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  1. Dave

    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    Thanks Ali. Yeah was nice to meet up with another enthusiast of the mx5, specially the mk1. Met Robin a few times but hes usually in his mk2.5 so first time seeing this mk1. Correct on the lowering, Eunos is on Koni street kit. Mine is on brand new oem spec suspension. Forgot to add the pics of Mindys interior as that's had a nice upgrade that i forgot to post up!
  2. So, been a bit down lately due to pressures/hassles at work and been a grumpy old git to say the least. Gayle reckoned what i needed was another project! I've wanted a MK1 MX5 since the day they were launched (was at the car show in Glasgow SECC when they unveiled it) and when the cover came off and I saw this sweet little red sports car I fell in love! Said there and then I have to have one of these one day, but I was a teenager back then with empty pockets! Roll on 29 years later and now I'm older (still with empty pockets, least i am after buying her!) and finally I've got one!! Always wanted a mk1, but did put deposit down on a mk2 in a garage around 7 years ago. Sadly my then wife (Dawn) became seriously ill so we cancelled going down to test it/buy it and just forgot about getting an MX5. Lost Dawn to cancer 3 years later Original plan was to buy one that needed a full restoration, but as i don't possess any welding skills that plan changed. After a lot of good advice from members in here, we upped our budget and went to view a few more cars. Most were bodged repairs and nothing like described, until we found this one in Stirling, Scotland. She's red (obviously), 1.6 UK car with 90K on the clock. 10 months MOT. There isn't a service history book, but all the old mots are there and receipts for various work done. The chap selling her didn't want to let her go, but was under instruction from his wife to buy a more family friendly classic car! She has had the rear sills done before, drivers side is a tidy enough job and solid (just the black paint that's not right), passenger side is still solid but repair is showing signs of rust. Engine wise, she's great! Engine sounds sweet, and pulls well in every gear. Suspension wise, she needs an overhall. Interior is basic but (now) clean and tidy. Hood is shot, but Gayle went straight onto ebay and found a brand new hood that the seller has had lying around for a couple of years for £120! result! She bought it, then we had another road trip to Aberdeen to go collect it. Hood is mint and getting fitted this weekend! I have noticed when at speeds of 70mph upwards, she has a horrible vibration which is coming from the front. It shakes through the car, and if at lower speeds (60mph) we go over any bumps in road, it shakes up through the steering wheel which deffo isn't right. Unfortunately during the test drive there were no roads we could get her up to anything over 30 - 40mph so this only came to light on the way home. But hopefully the work i'm planning should resolve these issues. So Plans are: Fit the new hood Replace all 4 shocks and springs Replace upper/lower wishbones (they look ok, just grubby, but I want to replace all bushes so might aswell just change the whole lot.) Replace wheels/tyres with dished BBS rims Full service including timing belt/fan belt etc. New front and rear brakes (rears have just had brand new calipers fitted) Full custom interior retrim in either full leather or half leather/alcantara Full respray, looking to go for a nice metal flake red! Will also be taking it to BorderMX5 before the paint to have both rear sills repaired professionally/correctly. Think we should be able to get through the next mot with them but not chancing it any longer than that. Engine and engine bay fully detailed. Accessories, such as chrome/stainless steel boot rack, new stereo (just replaced the one that was there for a Pioneer that I had lying around in the garage). Will be a long term project, but want to fully replace as much as we can as we go along for brand new/renovated parts. End goal is to have one very mint mk1 MX5. After cleaning her interior up to my standards, Gayle said "oh look, the suns out!" Which roughly translated means "time for a run in Mindy with the top down!" lol Got some pics when we were out. Totally love this wee car! She's not perfect, but she's ours and makes me happy! First ever convertible I've ever owned, and loving it! Don't worry though, DD isn't going anywhere! Just taking a break from her for a wee while as she needs MOT'd and a new front caliper. Plan is when I get the spraying gear all sorted out to respray the mx5 , I'll be doing DD's front end at the same time. So all's good!
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    Sooooo, went out with Mindy today as had a wee meet arranged with one of the members from mx5oc.co.uk (Robin). He had just got his Eunos back on the road after a lot of time, work and money spent bringing it back from the risk of being scrapped to an absolute stunner! Met over in South Queensferry, Down by the Forth Rail Bridge. It was too busy there for a wee photoshoot, so we headed over to the marina. Had a passenger ride in Robins mx5 and that thing can shift! It's a 1.8 auto, but being the Eunos import the box has sports mode and it really makes a difference! The whole car has had a body rebuild and also all the chassis/suspension replaced with brand new (inc wishbones etc) so feels really nice (and looks really nice underneath too!). We had a coffee and a good long chat in between the photos, so really nice day. Weather was really overcast (hence some of the photos being slightly dark) but no rain. By the time I got home, the bloody sun had come out! Typical!. Anyways, Mindy enjoyed the run and meeting up with her playmate (she's already met Robins wifes MK2.5 MX5 Sport) and we had some American tourist lady come over to us to talk about the mx5's! So all good! Here's some of the photos. Hope you likey!
  4. Spotted a clean civic mb in pirates black. Different alloys and was a Y reg so one of the last ones. Had a bit of fun with it on the Gladsmuir to Haddington road (I was in my MX5). Anyone from here?
  5. Spotted in Aldi car park. Red aerodeck, lowered, white alloys, exhaust, looked really sweet. Reg was NLP. Deffo sure this was a civic5 car before, looks really familiar.
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    Vtis project

    Awesome news mate! Hope you said hi to Rich and the guys at Dynodaze for us. Shes looking amazing, must be great to be able to drive her again.
  7. Perfect bud, i'll send you a pm with my number as think its changed since last time i saw you.
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    ABS Modulator -urgent replacement

    Welcome to the club. To be honest you are probably better sourcing one second hand as i believe Honda may charge a fortune for one. Try giving our trader Naz (10000RPM) a message as he may be able to help you out. Naz has decent prices and always helpful. @10000rpm
  9. Were away on hols in June but thinking maybe July or August? Man I'm in Dalkeith every day, work there! Was brought up there too! Need to hook up soon so I can see your MB6 in the metal mate!
  10. Awesome update mate!! A lot of time and grief youve had to endure but the end result is worth it. Have you moved down south? I though you'd moved to near Edinburgh? Talks are in place of a special civic5 meet so hoping you can bring her along! Not seen you (or the car) for ages!
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    Hatch or aerodeck

    Was indeed. I think you could get a retro fit cruise control but Honda never offered it. Deffo missed opportunity Evo slayer!! Lmao
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    Hatch or aerodeck

    Oh yes, especially in DD's case! ES actually stood for "Executive Sport" although to really confuse things, laterly the very last "ES" Aerodecks and hatchs were badged as 1.6iES Executive Sport ( there being a tiny wee badge next to ES saying "executive sport". The 1.6SE was also similarly badged the same, only "Sport Executive"! I remember being in our then local Honda dealership Chatham Honda and asking the sales guy about the model badging and what was what and he just shrugged his shoulders and said "buggered if we know!" Lol And to add a final twist of confusion, I also saw a "1.6iES Sport Executive" . Seems Honda just flung badges on them at the end just to get em shifted/use up what was left, pretty much standard for any car maker at a models end of life.
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    Hatch or aerodeck

    Should have the following as standard: Leather interior (black or cream) Top tinted windscreen Headlamp washers Wood trim to dash and centre console Instrument panel dimmer switch 4 x electric windows Electric and heated door mirrors Electric tilt/slide sunroof Air conditioning 14" (15" option) alloys Either single shot Pioneer cd player or optional Pioneer cd multichanger in boot (Pioneer radio cassette in dash)(optional extra remote control for stereo on steering wheel) Colour coded mirrors, door handles and bumpers Front and rear mudflaps. Slightly dark tinted windows in boot.(Aerodeck) Carpet car mats. Think that's the lot!
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    Hatch or aerodeck

    I saw that aerodeck too while browsing autotrader Gerry! Pretty nice condition, and being the ES full leather too.
  15. Dave

    The story of my MA8!

    And so the real story begins!
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    Need cheap set of headlights ASAP

    Give Naz a pm mate, hes bound to have a set somewhere. @10000rpm
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    My Silver MB2 Thread

    Thats the spirit! Now she's welded mate she'll be good as new. No shame to her needing that to be honest given our Civic M's are all old girls now. Always good to get the mot out of the way for another year! She'll look sweet with the VTiS skirts on. Is the squeal maybe just the fan belt needing tightened/adjusted?
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    Vtis project

    That shine is unbelievable mate!!! Looks like glass! Shes looking top dollar indeed!
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    Snakey's VTI Deck! --DECK REBORN!!--

    D day today!!! Hope she passes the mot mate!!!
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    Deffo no an old codger driving it now mate! Lol yeah, would love to have a meet this year, not sure if we're gonna have the funds to get DD on the road though, need to wait and see. Im skint at the moment! Would be great to see everyone again. Just checked your number on my phone. Its ending "077". Lol no wonder you didnt get the text Mine still the same, ends 701. You want to text me your number Ali and I'll change it in my phone.
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    It was a youngish dude driving it mate, maybe in his mid to late 20's? No older than 30 i thought. Ill need to check that number! Have you changed number recently? Lol, yeah have to love their 28 speed gearboxes in F n F!
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    Thanks Ali. Yeah, a wee bit kore power would be nice i guess for any straight roads, although tbh we always go and find the wee back roads when we go anywhere in Mindy. Tis a mega blast if giving her beans on the twisty roads though! What i would really like is the six speed box from the mk2.5, the gearing on the motorway means quite high revs at 70-80. I texted you the other day Ali, spotted your old Accord in Musselburgh. Still looks sweet as hell!
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    X Reg MB2 1.4S auto

    It's quite theraputic to be honest although your fingers might be a bit sore when you've finished.
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