PH FLEET: MAZDA EUNOS ROADSTER
So, did Dan kill his Eunos or what?
Performance5 could update the suspension to his latest configuration I really, really needed it to be as simple as that.
The fuse bolted into place (I found this out after destroying the old one trying to lever it out - I do these things so you don't have to) and, once replaced and with a freshly charged battery ... it fired first time. Thank fu...ses for that.
A few lingering gremlins remained, including the brake light fuse going again. Which was OK, it only took me two days of commuting in stop-start traffic on the M25 to notice. Shudder.
Gingerly I limped to Phil's and left the car with him, hoping he was as good with electrics as he is with suspension. He is and when I popped back a few days later the car had been fully updated with his latest eyelet bushings - more compliant SuperPros - and a touch more high-speed rebound damping.
Pete's S2000 had twice the power, Ben's Lotus a couple of hundred fewer kilos. Keeping tabs meant, basically, not slowing down. A goal aided further by Phil's tweaks to the damping. In the first few yards the improvement in the NVH was noticeable, the increase in the damping meaning it felt a little 'harsher' at low speeds but came into its own at, cough, higher ones. Getting it there meant making a lot of noise - by heck is it loud now - and lots of revs but the engine remains as sweet as ever and, better still, apparently spits the occasional flame. This last revelation has caused me no little satisfaction!
No matter! With a North Face duffel (yes, like that one, no 'jokes' please) stashed behind the harness bar and a boot stuffed with camping gear it makes a useable tourer and on the boring motorway schleps the stupid exhaust fades away to an entirely acceptable background drone.
I've also got a spoilerless bootlid, donated by fellow Mazda owner James Page from Classic & Sports Car. I'll be giving that a go over the weekend to see if I prefer it with or without. Clearly less downforce at the back has to be good for skids, so I look forward to putting that theory to the test...
Car: 1993 Eunos Roadster (JDM import model)
Run by: Dan Trent
Bought: January 2011
Purchase price: £1,250
Last month at a glance: Car killed in idiotic cross polarisation jump start situation, Dan hopeful a fuse is all that was needed to fix it...
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