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A long slim self tapper or wood screw might work if all else fails ?

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Cheers chaps! Thanks Ali, managed to make a hook using an  old CB ariel whip. Got the bugger out! Rubber was all perished so I'm thinking the leads deffo need to go. Final new plug now in. Test drove........still doing it! :frantic:  Going to get the new leads ordered from Autolink (was intending to change all this anyways then pop her in for an oil/filters change to keep the service book stamped) so not too bothered about the cost of changing the plugs and leads. The diagnostic thingy from here >> http://www.mx5tech.co.uk/diagnostic.aspx?fbclid=IwAR16-p8pkCFLQKlspmB7mRn_IWQBNxEH2qbKNBGepUDDfg38kxVjlZdZeFE will hopefully arrive soon so I can get to the bottom of the problem. I'm thinking coil pack/MAF sensor/or maybe o2 sensor?

 

She's ok if your giving it large on the right pedal, only suffers coming out of tight twisties in low rpm and driving through towns etc. Getting nice sun here too and can't get her out to enjoy it.

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Replacing the leads might well effect a cure ? :)....if not.....you'll have to continue as outlined.

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 So, new HT leads (in red) & new coil pack ordered today from Andrew at Autolink uk. Have to say what a really helpful guy on the phone! Hoping the bits come tomorrow. He suggested getting a ratchet spanner to make getting the bottom bolt out of the coilpack a bit quicker/easier, so been to Halfords and bought a set.

Weather is utterly amazing here just now (better than where we were last week in Gran Canaria!) so want Mindy on the road asap! So with mindy out of action, only one thing for it.........take my other modern classic out for the trip to halfords. DD (my Honda Civic Aerodeck) performed perfectly as always, so we went for a wee run. Forgot just how nice this car is to drive, and love the looks she gets when we're out and about.

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Amazing service from autolink, parts arrived this morning! All fitted and Mindy running sweet as a nut now, fault cured! 

Big thanks to Gayle for helping me in the garage today, my hands were too big to get to the bolt on the coil pack that was on the back of the engine and up against the bulkhead. Real swine to get to, but Gayle saved the day! Pic below showing Gayle with the offending bolt (and Mindy's nice new red HT leads!)

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Also Dave and Sarah were here today (DAVEMB2 and SarahFR) on hols so was great to see them again. Had Dave out for a blast in Mindy, then we all went for a run to North Berwick then Archerfield in DD. Was a great day out. Good to see Daves MB3 still going strong and looking sweet!

 

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That's super quick service! Glad it's sorted it and you haven't had to go on a wild goose chase of intermittent sensor faults that don't throw a fault code... 

Good to hear Dave and Sarah were there and that he's still got the civic. 8-)

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yes mate, think that's what I like about this wee mx5, easy to work on and not a lot of sensors. Only some bolts are a pain to get access to but other than that great wee car.Daves MB3 is looking good mate, although he did have a slight altercation with a very low bollardy type thing while up here (seems his rear brakes always get a problem when they visit Scotland too lol :-D

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Great to hear Mindy's wee cough has been cured double quick time :)......I agree.....could have turned out an expensive and frustrating task......bang on diagnosis Dave....lucky you had Gayle to apply the magic touch.

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13 minutes ago, Gel said:

Great to hear Mindy's wee cough has been cured double quick time :)......I agree.....could have turned out an expensive and frustrating task......bang on diagnosis Dave....lucky you had Gayle to apply the magic touch.

She's great in the garage mate! I was starting to loose my rag (which I do very quickly since the heart attack for some reason) with that bottom bolt, but Gayle is just so patient and calm when working on the car it's amazing! She always mentions the "tortoise and the hare" tale.........take your time and you'll get the job done, try and rush it impatiently and you'll get frustrated, loose the head and throw yer teddy out the pram meaning job won't get done! She's right! lol

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Just been on our first proper road trip with Mindy. Gayle got me a murder mystery weekend for my birthday at a very nice hotel in Pitlochry, Perthshire. We decided that we'd take Mindy as Gayle knew of some cracking roads in that part of Scotland, so would be a great wee test for the car.

 

Gave Mindy a once over before we set off (oil, coolant, brake/clutch fluids etc) then off we went. Mostly motorways until we got past Perth and on the road to Inverness. Have to say that was the one bit I wasnt looking forward too, going by how Mindy drove home on the motorway the say we bought her, but she totally surprised me. She is happy on the motorway, cruises along at 70mph no probs, with occasional we jaunts upwards of that. No horrible shakes or vibrations now that she has her new suspension, and it was quite a relaxed trip. Once we turned off to head for Pitlochry, Gayle took us on another route that goes up to a place called "Queens View". This is the most beautiful tourist viewpoint, with staggering views of the hills/mountains and across Loch Tummel.

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Mindy having her first wee rest at Queens View!

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And the best cappuccino ever when we arrived at the wee cafe there

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The views from Queens view over Loch Tummel

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Then we headed back to Pitlochry to explore the town and our accommodation for the weekend, Fishers Hotel.fisher-s-hotel.jpgfishers_hotel_gardens.jpg

 

The staff were great, the food awesome and the murder mystery a right laugh!

 

For the trip home, Gayle planned a great route, taking in some beautiful little villages and towns along with some of the best roads we've been on! She knows this area very well so as soon as we hit the route she smiled and said "enjoy!"

 

First place we stopped off at was Kenmore, a stunning little village.

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Next we headed along some even better roads to Killin, another stunning village.

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The river was impressive, with its waterfalls and large rocky area. Although loads of rocks you could walk out on, these are pretty much covered over during winter when the water level rises

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We had a look through a little arts/crafts/thrift shop which used to be a mill. Had some old vinyl LP's for sale too (yes, we had a good rumage and bought one!). We also popped into "Falls of Dochart Inn" where we had the best home made scones ever! They were blooming huge!!!!

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From there we headed through the hills, east and back towards Perth. Avbsolutely an amazing drive and loved every second of those wee twisty roads! Our first trip done, and Mindy never missed a beat. She drove perfect the whole trip, and was so much fun! Now we've seen what she's like on a trip (we covered 250 miles all in) we want to take off for more weekends away! We did notice a slight noise from the left rear which I think may be the start of a wheel bearing going, so will get that looked at although it wasn't loud or anything. Other than that, flawless. Love this wee car!!!

 

Oh, and so many waves from fellow MX5 drivers, from mk2's to mk3's and even the latest mk4!

 

Also got a wee video of Gayle driving down the narrow twisty road from Queens View which I'll post up once I've finished editing it.

 

 

 

 

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I remember going to Pitlochry as a kid when my dad was working up that way... Stayed at the hydro hotel. Was dead nice scenery from what I remember. 

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2 hours ago, dr_broon said:

I remember going to Pitlochry as a kid when my dad was working up that way... Stayed at the hydro hotel. Was dead nice scenery from what I remember. 

It's a beautiful place Simon. Funny, I never rated it before when I went there every year for 5 years when I was an electrical tester, but had only seen the housing end where the high school is! Hadn't actually went right into the town!

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The perfect car for your National Geographic Tour :).....nice one Gayle.....you really do know how to enjoy life.

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On 7/18/2019 at 8:16 AM, Gel said:

The perfect car for your National Geographic Tour :).....nice one Gayle.....you really do know how to enjoy life.

Indeed Gerry........she deffo taught me that life is for living and also that life is a journey best travelled with the roof down!

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So, after much thought we decided we didn't like the tombstone seats we fitted. Only one thing for it then.........

Buy these for Mindy!

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Nice 2 tone black/red leather seats from another MX5. Apart from some very slight wear on the drivers bolster which we're going to have repaired locally, and needing a clean, these seats are pretty mint! Well chuffed with them and even the undersides (unlike the original bases on the tombstones which we had to swap which were rusty as hell) on these look like brand new.

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Got them for the bargain price of £70. Apart from afore mentioned slight bolster wear which appears to be just the colour that's worn off, there is no damage/tears or rips anywhere on them.The guy even threw in the matching red leather gear gator and handbrake gator. Really chuffed with these. Going to get them properly clean and then conditioned, then get the restorer to repaint the bolster. A very happy chappy! Can't wait for them to be ready to fit!

Suppose the good thing is from an originality point of view, they are the same as the original seats we took out, only in leather, so kinda more in keeping with the car.

 

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"Berger you're looking good" :cool:

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lol well chuffed with these mate! :civic5rocks3:

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They look great Dave what a bargain.

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They are indeed! Just waiting on the cleaner stuff coming, the restore kit has arrived so cant wait to get started!

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