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Literally every one I looked at when I was shopping has rust on that seam. 

Looks like that's where they tend to go. Strange because egs etc don't suffer there.

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Yeah, really strange bit to start rusting. It looks like theres a seam filler that dries out then lifts away, taking the underseal with it leaving the metal exposed. I'm gonna just refresh the whole underside with new underseal as I've had a good poke around underneath and she's amazingly clean and solid everywhere else from front to back. Good dose of the black goo will keep her that way! 

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Had N/S cut out refabricated and welded up 2 yrs ago no rust anywhere else.

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9 hours ago, Dave said:

Yeah, really strange bit to start rusting. It looks like theres a seam filler that dries out then lifts away, taking the underseal with it leaving the metal exposed. I'm gonna just refresh the whole underside with new underseal as I've had a good poke around underneath and she's amazingly clean and solid everywhere else from front to back. Good dose of the black goo will keep her that way! 

If your undersealing. Have you got a compressor? Can get a gun and Lance really cheap so you can blast in orifices. On that section your talking about there are two large drain holes. I'd suggest  blasting loads of goop up in there and also trough the skirt holes into the sill. Exactly what I've done on mine should really help long term.

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Nice one Jake! Yes, got a compressor but just a normal spray gun. Will nip in to machine mart and buy the lance gun for undersealing. Have only done that bit on both sides then the floor from front arches to end of sills at the rear, but would deffo like to be able to spray up into all the wee bits you cant get to with a brush. Do you need to thin the underseal for spraying or is there a particular one for use on the spray gun? Know the parts place i got the underseal from also hand it in aerosol, but thought the cans wont go very far. 

 

 

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So she's back off the axle stands and ready for the retest mot. Brakes done, and also adjusted the handbrake as he'd said it was on the limits (but a pass). Suspension parts on the front (wishbones, drop links, subframe etc all treated with rust  converter then sprayed satin black. Also, as she's going to be on the road daily now, I treated the alloys with alloy wheel sealer then went over them with a mild silicon spray and buffed it up. Should help protect the wheels from the rain/dirt/brake dust. She's looking good! Roll on Wednesday! 

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9 hours ago, noodels said:

Had N/S cut out refabricated and welded up 2 yrs ago no rust anywhere else.

Looks like that's becoming the bit to watch on our Civic M's. DD is the same mate, other than that bit (now all fixed) no rust anywhere. I still want to get the sideskirts off though at some point to have a check at the sills, although from what i can see they look decent.

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That's decent stuff mate. Will get some ordered.

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And the pictures of work done!

New caliper fitted along with new brake pads (drivers side)

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suspension parts buffed with wire brush, rust treated and sprayed satin black

 

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Floor at front grinded with wire brush, rust treated then whole floor undersealed from front wheel arch to end of sills at rear. Still got rear end to do once I get a set of adjustable ramps.

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Oh and a wee shot of DD and Mindy together.

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DDs bits are looking nice and tidy now mate 8-)

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2 minutes ago, dr_broon said:

DDs bits are looking nice and tidy now mate 8-)

Thanks Simon, yes she's coming together nicely. Should have had this done ages ago but with one thing and another she's been lying there in the garage for a year with nothing getting done. looking forward to driving her again! :cool:

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Looks good

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And she passed her MOT. Will be taking her shortly and getting her out and about again! So £36 plus the vat was pretty good going for a 20 year old car getting through the mot. She's done us proud once again. Love this car! [smitten.gif]

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Out for a wee run in DD yesterday seeing as Dave and Sarah were up here on hols. Went to North Berwick, then to Archerfield on way back up. DD drove perfect as always!

We stopped in to a relatively new place just outside North Berwick called "Drift" (don't worry, wasnt a drift track and DD deffo wasnt drifting!) for lunch. Awesome wee place with the most amazing views ever!

 

Really great to see Dave and Sarah again, must get a wee trip down to Manchester arranged soon!

Wee pic from the day:

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Good to learn DD flew through her MOT :)

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So, been thinking of late. We are looking for a new house in the Scottish borders due to the local teenagers here becoming ferile rats! We'll be moving to a wee village somewhere (once we find the right house, which we may have done now fingers crossed). Unfortunately, we struggled to find a house with a double garage so have had to settle on a single built into house garage. There is scope for building another one out the back though at some point.

 

Which got me going down the same road I did when I had Ruby, Lexy and DD (for those that don't recogise the names, my 1998 civic mb6, 2011 Civic TypeS and my 1999 Civic Aerodeck) in that I'm thinking of downscaling how many cars i've got (yes, here we go again).My current cars are a 2008 Mini Cooper (Carly Cooper) which has been an amazingly fun daily runner (cheap to run, and lots of fun),and Mindy (my mk1 MX5) has only been here a year and was meant to be a project. Oh, and DD, who is one that is deffo staying no matter what.

 

First thought I had was this........We'll call this plan A.....sell Carly and Mindy and buy a newer MK3 MX5 with folding hardtop to have as my daily. The mk1 only comes out in the decent weather, so not used very much (although we have done over 3k in year in her) so would be nice to have one that I could drive all year round. Would be as much fun as Carly (maybe even more) although not as cheap to run.

 

Then there's plan B. See, the mk1 mx5 was a car I always wanted, and Gayle also loves Mindy. Another thing about the mk1 was it would be a wee investment. So kinda torn about selling it, but know I'm not getting any younger (heart attack proved that!) so restoring her will become harder. Still, there's something about a mk1 so Plan B is sell Carly, keep the mk1 MX5 and put DD on the road as the daily. Would mean her being on the road all year round, even in the snow. Would also mean driving her when there's tons of salt on the road. I would be changing back to her original oem suspension if she was a daily though, can't be arsed with a lowered car as a daily.

 

What does everyone else think?

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So long as DD is staying :geek:

 

Why is Mindy just for fair weather? Is there anything that could be done to make her more winter proof? 

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Lol these MX5s dissolve in the rain mate! Plus being the soft top, shes an easy target for thieves. The area where i work has loads of undesirables so would be stressed out every time i left her parked. The other things are these mk1's are are pretty basic, unrefined cars. I love driving her on a hot sunny day along all the A and B roads, but in winter, hood up, theyre quite noisy. Deffo not the kinda of car id have as a daily! Lol

 

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Sell Carly, garage Mindy and use DD as your everyday car.

 

Thus far you've been lucky with Carly   i.e. BMW Mini's are notorious for expensive woes.

 

There is another solution.........move to a hot climate....lol

 

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34 minutes ago, Gel said:

Sell Carly, garage Mindy and use DD as your everyday car.

 

Thus far you've been lucky with Carly   i.e. BMW Mini's are notorious for expensive woes.

 

There is another solution.........move to a hot climate....lol

 

Lol now that's no funny Gerry! angrymod.gif1 We'd originally planned to move to Spain but that idea has been canned! Lol (just back from there too and i already miss the sun! Lol:-D

Deffo correct on the bmw money pit though! Everything's got lots of £££££ signs where they are concerned, including the MINI's. Just wondering how old DD would cope with the daily use. Work would be around 38 miles one way, so almost 80miles a day, 5 days a week. Think she'd deffo need to be on oem suspension as they do get the snow bad down there.

Do love driving DD, although she's just a cruiser. Doesnt have the power or handling of the mini to have fun in, but then i don't drive DD that way anyways. Thing that worries me most is if someone crashes into her (not just during winter) would break my heart to see her smashed up. Know she would be written off too. Suppose its something we need to just accept might/might never happen. Suppose it would do her good to get more use.

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Underseal her properly in and out.

Keep her clean and maintained and drive with sympathy. Will make a great daily for many many thousands of miles.

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2 hours ago, KiNK43 said:

Underseal her properly in and out.

Keep her clean and maintained and drive with sympathy. Will make a great daily for many many thousands of miles.

Thanks Jake and good advice. Have done the whole centre floor of the car (from bulkhead to rear end of sills. Need to get inner wings done and rear arches/boot floor. Think if she does go daily, I'll deffo need to whip the side skirts off and maybe see about getting dinitrol injected in there. Still got vtis side skirts sitting in the wings but not sure if I'll fit them or not. 

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The mileage you intend covering isn't too much for DD but you'll be losing exactly what makes DD endearing to folk  and collectable  i.e.  the low mileage and meticilious service record.

IMHO 24,000 miles p.a. is just too much for an ol' girl like DD.

 

Having a Mindy of your own has been a lifetime ambition for you Dave.....and don't forget how Mindy kept occupied after your life changing illness.

 

Decisions decisions....who needs 'em.

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