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MG CHRIS

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4,263 posts

53 months

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Wednesday 23rd May 2012 quote quote all
Right time to start a build thread as i will be picking my kit up on friday after putting a deposit down at stoneleigh.

Couple of pics the car before being stripped down it's a 1993 eunos roadster 1.8 for 400quid







Couple of pics of the strip down











Didn't take any pcis of the big step of removing the body but the ppf frame is back in my garage

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ppf frame has ben completly stripped cleaned and painted

Diff and gearbox cleaned and painted





Engine mounts and ppf bar that conects the gearbox and diff together



Propshaft painted



Shock and spring repainted



This is what i was going to do for all 4 shocks but have decided to get some gaz coilovers for it with adjustable damping and spring

Bottom wishbone stripped, painted and polybushed



Upper wishbone stripped, painted and polybushed



And front and rear subframes stripped and painted






Engine rebuilt and cleaned a tip for anybody take plenty of pics of the stripping down because they may come in handy when you come to rebuild it

more pics





Also managed to refit the diff into the rear subframe

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This is pretty much where i am with it waiting for my clutch to arrive so i can rebolt my gearbox back on to my engine. Removed the bushes out of the upper rear wishbones and painted them will fit the plybushes tomorrow also got to remove the bushes out of the lower arms which are proving to be tricky might have to burn them out.

Will be picking the kit up on friday have opted for a bolt in roll bar so i can upgrade to a msa roll bar in the future, dash pods, fly screen and alloy fuel tank will source the seats and lights myself and going for some mods will be getting a set of gaz adjustable dampers and spring plans for either the omex ecu and throttle body kit which is an option with the kit or a mini supercharger conversion kit.

Will be going for a gold frame and black body work will spray the frame myself this haven't been done before on a exocet but has been done on a rocket and it did look good.
My next update will be involving picking up the kit.

randlemarcus

9,511 posts

117 months

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Wednesday 23rd May 2012 quote quote all
Bookmarked, and following with interest, as am quite interested in doing one of these, perhaps running the donor over the summer.

Is a 1.8 that much better than a 1.6?

MG CHRIS

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randlemarcus said:
Bookmarked, and following with interest, as am quite interested in doing one of these, perhaps running the donor over the summer.

Is a 1.8 that much better than a 1.6?
Depends what model really the early mk1 mx5 the 1.6 were 116bhp and the 1.8 was 133bhp the latter mk1 the 1.6 were 105bhp or similar. From people who run them every day there is not a great deal of difference between them only when you get to the high end of the rev range you would notice a difference.

The 1.6 are more plentyful in numbers and are cheaper but personal i would go with the 1.8 just that bit more power. My donor had no tax and no mot hence the cheap price of 400quid but ive had to replace the bushes polybush set front and back, disc & pads on back, pads front, clutch and a few other bits.

The best advice is to get the best car you can get and run it for a few months to sort any problems out but i didn't do that due to insurance purposes as im 19.

Mr Obertshaw

1,953 posts

116 months

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Wednesday 23rd May 2012 quote quote all
randlemarcus said:
Bookmarked, and following with interest, as am quite interested in doing one of these
My thoughts exactly!


Woody

1,756 posts

170 months

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Thursday 24th May 2012 quote quote all
Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

I considered an Exocet in that colour scheme too, but need something a bit more practical (car not colour lol).

You donor looks in pretty good condition, did you get to drive it to see how it went?

Chris
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MG CHRIS

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Thursday 24th May 2012 quote quote all
Did get the chance to drive it on an industrial site and it went well but the clutch was slipping so that is being replaced. It had no mot or tax so haven't driven it on the road.
Regarding the condition the rear arches were starting to rust and the o/s wing was corroded aswel apart from that i could of been put back on the road without to much problems.

MG CHRIS

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Friday 25th May 2012 quote quote all
So after a 7 hour round trip thanks in no certain terms as the olympic torch relay coming through south east wales closing several roads the bridge works on the M50, knob head lorry drivers who spend 3 miles overtaking each other and some of the worst driving ive seen for a long time but that is for another day ive got the kit back to my garage.

Meet stuart and julie and had a look around at the mev facilites abd the X5 superlight which might become our 2nd kit after this one.

So a couple of pics of it back in my garage







Ive moved all the body panels and panels down into the conservatory my mother is not best pleased mind you.

Got the alluminium fuel tank, bolt in roll cage which makes it easier to fit the floor and a mod i would recomend, aero screen and the dash pod.
I will prime the frame then build the kit so it's running and everything is in place strip it apart and spray it in gold to try and eliminate scratching the frame to much.

Couple of problems though this week the clutch that i ordered was to small the bushes out of the lower rear wishbone are not coming out so will have to burn them out but apart from that i should this weekend be able to spray the frame in primer, cut the floor out and secure it using a couple of self tapping screws it will be riveted on after i sprayed the frame in gold. Fit the front and rear subframe reaseambly the front suspension and a couple of other bits aswel.

Keep you updated

matlee

777 posts

37 months

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Friday 25th May 2012 quote quote all
MG CHRIS said:
bolt in roll cage
Did you mean a roll bar or have you actually gone for a cage?

If its the roll bar, i went for the same and ended up having to chop and adapt the fixing plates to be able to widen the gap between to 2 vertical parts so that the fuel tank cover would fit between them. Infact i also had to chop the fuel tank cover itself as it was 20mm wider than the gap it was meant to go in. I could have left it butted up to the back of the roll bar but it then meant i had an overhang at the rear. In all fairness Stuart did send out letters regarding this and offered a replacement roll bar (iirc) but i chose not to due to the hassle of travelling back to MEV HQ.

MG CHRIS

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Friday 25th May 2012 quote quote all
Yes sorry i do mean roll bar gives me the oppotunity to change it to a msa roll bar in future if i decide i want to take it racing.

MG CHRIS

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Sunday 27th May 2012 quote quote all
Right after poping down to llandow to have a look at the kits cars down there mainly the racing exocet managed to start on the build so

Day1

First thing to do was mark out the floor and cut to shape



Did start to drill the holes for the rivets after managing to drill 12 holes the drill went on the fritz and died so have to do the rest again.

So as it was upside down decided to bolt on the front and rear subframes this was a mission in it's self but after mayby half hour or so managed to fit the front and rear subframes.







Finished for the day and going to be having a bbq one thing i rather be building a kit during the spring /summer months than winter.

Tomorrow will reassamble the front suspension fit the roll bar and fit the steering collum

MG CHRIS

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Sunday 27th May 2012 quote quote all
Day 2 rebuilt the front suspension mounted the roll bar and steering collum did start on trimming the side panels but had to stop to help a mate out so pictures of todays work









Layed a coat of red oxide primer in the places where im likely to touch so eliminating any rust from foarming.

Hopefully next week i should be able to burn the rear bushes out paint the arms and fit the new polybushes, my clutch should turn up and i got to get a servo, master cylinder and porportion valve of a non abs mx5 to convert mine to non abs.

So should be able to get an update during the week if i get time to work on it.

MG CHRIS

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Thursday 31st May 2012 quote quote all
Day 3 on the build.

Cut and trimed the side panels to shape got to get some screws to fit them

Fitted the pedal assembley, brake servo, master cylinder and clutch master cylinder pics







Might have to take a washer out of the left side of the servo to make it square with the pedal.

This was done mostly by my father as i was in colege.

Ordered a set of stainless brake hose arrived today so should have the side panels mounted, rear suspension fitted, brake lines fitted, wing stayes and wings mounted on the weekend.

Then next week start on getting the engine in and start on the wiring loom ??

JamesHayward

547 posts

50 months

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Friday 1st June 2012 quote quote all
Hi Chris,

Was it you that came over and said hello at Llandow on Saturday? If so, was good to meet you and best of luck with your build.

James

MG CHRIS

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Saturday 2nd June 2012 quote quote all
JamesHayward said:
Hi Chris,

Was it you that came over and said hello at Llandow on Saturday? If so, was good to meet you and best of luck with your build.

James
Yes it was me good to meet you aswel and got some tips from the exocet you were using as a guide to building mine.

What tracks are you visiting this year for racing wouldn't mind coming down to one if it's localish.

MG CHRIS

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Sunday 3rd June 2012 quote quote all
Day 4 on the build.

Refit rear suspension as i finally managed to burn the bushes out of the rear suspension



Fitted brake flexi after they arrived on friday. Rear ones simply to fit just reuses the original mounting points on the rear subframe





The front is more difficult as the mounting points on the mx5 are on the body and since the body is not being reused bracket need to be made, they have to be poistioned so they don't strech when on full lock or touch the suspension with the steering the other way





was going to route the brake pipes bought brake ends and roll of brake pipe but someone forgot to take the brake flaring tool from work on friday and now not open till wednesday :smile so that will have to be done again

Next job was to fit the handbrake cable and fit the handbrake lever, to do this you need to set the cable to the least tension possible mark out the holes for the lever and drill 3 holes



Also drilled the hole for the accelerater cable


MG CHRIS

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Monday 4th June 2012 quote quote all
Day 5 on the build.

Made a template for the rear bulkhead and marked out on to the plastic sheeting had to make a couple of cuts to get it to line up but managed to get it in



Also started to mock up the brake pipes using fencing wire to get the correct shape and length will have to transfer them to copper during the week and get them mounted.

Got bored with doing the mechanical side of it so thought i see what the front end will look like this. So decided to paint the mesh grill gold trimmed to size and fitted to front nose. Mounted it to the front and also put the bonnent on to see the results





Im glad i went with the black and gold theme.

This weeks plan is to fit brake pipes. Fit new clutch when it arrives and refit gearbox then fit back into the frame. Then can start on making brackets for all the engine parts, header tank etc and start with the wiring loom.

Mr2Mike

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141 months

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Wednesday 6th June 2012 quote quote all
How are you going to protect the chassis from rust in all the areas that are now inaccessible due to subframes being bolted on etc?

MG CHRIS

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Mr2Mike said:
How are you going to protect the chassis from rust in all the areas that are now inaccessible due to subframes being bolted on etc?
It may sound a lot of work but due to my choice of colour for the frame gold i was adviced to build it first drilling out the holes in the frame etc then strip apart then paint it to prevent scratching to the frame.

Mev only does black powder coating so any scracthes in the frame that occurs when building it can be touched in and wouldn't notice it after with gold it's harder to match the colour if you need to touch it up if it gets scratched when drilling holes etc.

MG CHRIS

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
Day 6 on the build.

After mocking out the route for the brake pipes borrowed the flaring tool for work and fitted the 4 brake pipes needed.





Still got to secure the front to rear brake pipes once i get more clips.

Fitted the rear bulkhead panel and both side panels that i cut to shape last week







Also mounted the instrument cluster into the mev supplied housing

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Should get the engine in this weekend and start on the wiring loom.

robcollingridge

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169 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
MG CHRIS said:
It may sound a lot of work but due to my choice of colour for the frame gold i was adviced to build it first drilling out the holes in the frame etc then strip apart then paint it to prevent scratching to the frame.

Mev only does black powder coating so any scracthes in the frame that occurs when building it can be touched in and wouldn't notice it after with gold it's harder to match the colour if you need to touch it up if it gets scratched when drilling holes etc.
How are you going to remove things that are rivetted to the chassis such as panels and brake pipes?

Rob

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