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  1. Right, as we've spent the past few weeks moving house and settling in, I've not had time to get May's comp up and running! So, here it is....Civic5 COTM May 2020. Going to run this for only a few days then go to voting so we can catch up again. Get them entires in now!!
  2. Glad you got it sorted mate, and glad it was something east to fix too.
  3. For the blower, test it with a multi-meter to see if it's blown. Or if you can find the live and negative feeds for itat the fan itself, try connecting it straight to battery as it could be the actual switch on the dash (although not a fault we've seen coming up in the past) . This test will determine if either the blower motor itself is ok and if the switch is ok or faulty. The rising temp most likely is an airlock. Both the D series and B series engines (the B series in particular) are a pain to bleed. It could be that when you replaced the coolant last time, there may still have been an airlock that you didn't get out which is showing itself now. I'd deffo make sure you've got all air out before troubleshooting further. This will be the easiest and cheapest fix if that's what it turns out to be. The thermostat is always an obvious source of this kind of fault, so it's good that you've changed it. Thing is, I've had instances in the past where I've changed the thermostat only to find that the new one is also faulty. I had 3 on the bounce that were new but faulty, so ended up going to Honda. Did you bleed the system after fitting the new thermostat? As said above, it would be a good idea to test the fan too is it may just be the fan is gubbed. I had to replace the one on Ruby years ago so strong possibility that it may be the fan.
  4. 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)

    Defo mate, be good to see you! Lots of nice roads round here too for a wee drive.
  6. I would strongly advise against buying it online if you want it to match (or be as close to a match as possible). Visit your nearest good automotive paint supplier and they should have the two colour cards there so you can put them against your paint to see what one matches best. Bear in mind that these cars are old now, and have saw a lot of sun/UV effects on the paintwork so your paint will be lighter than normal due to fading. My paint supplier is no longer there, closed up shop years ago which is a shame as they were amazing.
  7. Hi Ricky There are indeed two shades of Orleans blue mica, but both have the same paint code. I found this out when respraying the bonnet and bumper on my MA8. My paint supplier had two paint match cards, one slightly lighter than other (for the MA8 it was the lighter one). Both were B77P. There is another metallic blue these civics came in which looks similar to orleans blue but is a darker more blue (if that makes sense?) colour. I think Chandlers deck might be that shade. Its on a lot of later civic M's around the 2000 MY
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    My new german

    Skillz Yo!
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    Vti-s Turbo project

    Damn, least its nothing broken mate. And suppose with lockdown still restricting us it'll be easier to take things easy for a bit
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    Vti-s Turbo project

    You sure you havent broke any bones? Sounds painful mate
  11. Time for this months competition. Enter the civic you want to see win COTM. It can be any members civic or even your own, all are welcome! Remember to add a photo of the car, and a link to its topic/project thread in members cars. Lets see them folks!!
  12. lol yes, this uber expensive invisible diamond encrusted white gold steering wheel . Very rare and pricey! Lol you do however now stand a chance of winning a prize in our annual Car of the Year competition. All 12 cotm winners go head to head in the COTY comp. There will be a nice prize for the lucky winner, along with a Civic5 COTY certificate.
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    Found the old guntree photos of Mindy from the ad!
  14. Spot on advice from Jake. We have had a few turbo'd D series in the club, even a D1.6 auto that was turbo'd. Tyr the search function to search the forum for them as they might have interesting info in there that you can use. For professionals, Rich (civicturbo79 on here) runs Dynodaze in Hinckley. He built one of the first turbos we had in the club, was a stunning mb6 he turned into a B20 turbo. Amazing bit of kit. He will have loads of info for you, and nice guy to speak to (was a moderator on here at one point too). Nice to see another D series Civic M being turbo'd.
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    That old rickity shed is going, and next to where it sits just now is where the new double garage is getting built.
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    There we go, gives you an idea. House looks small in the photo but is huge inside......one maaassive living room and a corridor so long we keep losing each other in the house! Been using the civic5 walkie talkies for when I'm away over in the garage working! lol Garden looks a lot different to those photos now as we've been busy pulling out weeds and I've started power washing the tar parking bit to get all the old moss off it (its covered in it, or at least it was!)
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    It is mate! the view from our living room front window is across the village and into the hills. Have to pinch myself every time I look out the window! DD has been loving the roads down here too, so good to get her out and about now. her parking space is litterally right outside our bedroom window at the back of the house. We have a massive loing drive that comes in off a lane at the side of the house, and goes all around to the back where we have a nice big tarred bit to park on. Really can believe the land we have here. Will need to post a few pics!
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    Daves Mazda MX5 Mk1 (aka Mindy)

    Much has been happening! Coming to terms with losing mum, still got a lot of legal stuff to do and help my sister with sorting her estate. Not easy with half the family not on speaking terms and no idea where they live now. Now for some better news.......we have finally moved to our new (old) house in the scottish borders......and loving it! So quiet, peaceful and chilled out down here it really is amazing. House needs a shed load of work done ( got sparky rewiring whole house next weekend) then new windows to get ordered and fitted after that along with decorating. It's slowly coming together though, Gayle and me have been so busy since we got here getting the garden sorted, doing stuff to the inside (ive been fitting stuff, putting up shelfs, swapping out some of the light fittings and switches etc. Not got the planning in for the new double garage yet, but if we run out of time we've hatched a plan to get the single garage we have here emptied enough to get Mindy in there for the winter (she's currently slumming it in the leaky car port joined onto the garage at the moment!). Had family down this weekend (all outside and following the rules) and they have fallen in love with our new house, saying they cant believe how big it is and the amount of land it has. They all love the village too, which is one of the prettiest in the borders. have to say, thought I would struggle leaving our old town (even with all the agro we had there recently) as I'd been in that house for 27 yrs. I have to admit, I don't miss it a bit! people and neighbours here are totally amazing, and so helpful too. We seem to have fitted right in no probs! So, thought we'd take Mindy for a wee adventure on some undiscovered (by us!) roads around the village and surrounding countryside.Be rude not to post a few photos! Mindy is a bit dirty as not had a wash since we left our old town......only just got the outside tap fitted a few days ago so now we're good to go. This is the back road into our village (basically 2 min drive from our house), can just see the village in the distance And wee Mindy! Loving her new life in the Scottish Borders. We wanted to see where the road went, so drove for around 7 miles and the hills/scenery is breath taking. Eventually the road brings you onto the back road into Galashiels at Tweedbank side. Can't believe we have this as our back garden/playground!
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    The story of my MA8!

    New seats look great, nice addition. She looks sweet on those new rims, sitting very nice mate.
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    My new german

    that looks pretty decent mate!! Big improvement.
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    Vti-s Turbo project

    Mate that height looks spot on, plus will go some ways to help protect that stunning undercarriage. Think Ali (burbleboy) might be able to help with the settings or Dan DMRichards? Loving how clean this looks, credit to you bud! DD also needs those bushes replaced although they passed the mot but they look completely shot. It's deffo on my list of things to get done.
  22. And our Car of the Month April 2020 is Aky's gorgeous MB6. Well done bud, really sweet Civic M that!
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    A hybrid 4wd aerodeck... That's what

    going from hummmmmmmmmmm to Bwaaaaaaahp bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap would indeed be amusing!! lol
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