Kit and colour options.

Kit and colour options.

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Zed.

32 posts

43 months

Friday 25th December 2020
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7 kg is a lot to loose, how floppy is the bumper skin now?

Rich.

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Friday 25th December 2020
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Zed. said:
7 kg is a lot to loose, how floppy is the bumper skin now?

Rich.
I'll find out in March when the charity track day season starts again (Covid pending). wink

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Friday 25th December 2020
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Today is a very important day for millions of people. One of the most important people in history was born December 25th. A man who would change the world as we know it for the better.

Happy Birthday Sir Issac Newton

The father of modern day Physics inspiring me to apply a little to my MX5

When you brake, friction between the pads and discs generate heat. To aid dissipate this I thought I would add some air vents.



Wheel off...



...disc and caliper off...



...wooooo-ha-ha-haaaa...



...make a hole...



...make a duct...



...test fit...



...weld it...



...check clearance.



Not my best work but in my defense I was welding rusty metal to rusty metal covered in brake dust and crap. wink

The front part of the brake ducting will be addressed after lockdown 3.0


Zed.

32 posts

43 months

Sunday 27th December 2020
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you're better feeding air to the centre not the outside, feed air into the centre & it draws heat away from the bearing to the outside of the disc wink

Rich.

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Monday 28th December 2020
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Zed. said:
you're better feeding air to the centre not the outside, feed air into the centre & it draws heat away from the bearing to the outside of the disc wink

Rich.
It's the only place I could cut a hole without hitting the hub or other parts.

Similar to this...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mazda-mx5-brake-cooling...

...but £120 cheaper. smile

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Sunday 28th February
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Lockdown means the parts I bought before Ultimate Climax are still waiting to be collected so...



...the sticky back Velcro didn't stay stuck so I've used some upholstery glue.

But before I could stick them to the doors permanently I had to paint the car...















Matte finish again due to being outside and the wrong time of year for lacquer. Besides the body is so rough in places you can strike a match off it. :-)
Simon's cat survived and the Net stencil stripe kind of worked. The headlight trims are the same green as the stripe and when I get the Superlight wheels they will be to.

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Sunday 28th February
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Liquid Knight said:
Zed. said:
7 kg is a lot to loose, how floppy is the bumper skin now?

Rich.
I'll find out in March when the charity track day season starts again (Covid pending). wink
Postponed until May. rolleyes

More time to sort suspension and sticky tyres for the spare wheels. :-)

VladD

7,521 posts

232 months

Monday 1st March
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I like the matte finish. I'd quite like that on my car, but dark green.

Liquid Knight

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150 months

Monday 8th March
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VladD said:
I like the matte finish. I'd quite like that on my car, but dark green.
Green on the log book and repainting green is easier than having to deal with the DVLA. hehe

Liquid Knight

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Sunday 14th March
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Years and years ago. Before I started forum posting and that. One of my neighbors had a base model BMW X5 Diesel.
Like all base model BMW owners he went to Halworld or Motorfords and bought a cheap nasty "M" badge so he could pretend it was an X5M and drive even more like a twunt.
One night on my way home from the pub I thought it would be funny to peel off the M and stick it back on with the strongest glue I could find. I have previously stuck "M" badges on upside down but in this case I couldn't resist giving him the MX5 of his dreams. hehe

I didn't give this any more thought until last year I spot the same X5 in a random supermarket car park with the "M" badge where I had left it. wink

As standard MX5 badges are a bit vegan...



...I thought I would beef mine up a tad and dedicate it to my long suffering neighbors. hippy


VladD

7,521 posts

232 months

Sunday 14th March
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laugh Nice work.

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Monday 29th March
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This...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265095353608

...has "bad idea" written all over it.

VladD

7,521 posts

232 months

Wednesday 31st March
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Liquid Knight said:
This...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265095353608

...has "bad idea" written all over it.
So is the "bad idea" soon to be neatly tucked away in your garage?

griffdude

1,698 posts

215 months

Thursday 1st April
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That manifold is awful. It’s going to cost a lot more than that.

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Tuesday 6th April
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...with the other 323 turbo bits?

Nah. It sold before I could raise funds. Besides fitting a turbo will scupper my twin Webber plan for the engine. wink

Liquid Knight

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Monday 19th April
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So time for the bumpers.

Taking the NA one off was an arse...



...Mazda truly have made a European sports car. hehe

NB.5 front...



...cut a notch just below the side reflectors.



...put a sting between notches...



...mark with some matte Nardo grey. If you don't have any use primer...



...now cut along the line...





The same for the NA bumper but due to being curvier I had to use fine masking tape.



Not too bad...



...I then cut a strip from the NB.5 bumper and used Tigerseal to stick and fill the edge.



Plastic bumper filler goes brittle after a while so I hoped windscreen glue would be strong and flexible enough.



Sanding was more problematic than I expected. I should have keyed the edges better. But painted and refitted...





...I'm glad it's a track day not a concourse. wink

So the butchered back bumper got massacred while I was at it...





...full "Br-br-br-brap! Brap! Chair!" spec' innit?

Liquid Knight

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Saturday 24th April
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Gratuitous grass cutter shot...



...cutting the original bumper at the top of the grille and the Mk2.5 an inch or so about the gop line (gopping) the bumper sits lower without adding a lip.

smile


JimSuperSix

3,999 posts

210 months

Saturday 24th April
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Liquid Knight said:
It looks like an extremely happy frog hehe

Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Wednesday 12th May
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So the track day was yesterday and while I wait with baited breath for the "action shots" to go live I thought I would give you all a little update.

The fog light brake vent idea had a teething issue...









...the pipe I could afford was a tad too big and fouled the front wheels on full lock.

So back to that drawing board. smile

I added some more lightness...





...raided my shed for a bum holder.





Neither fitted so I found one on eBay for £34. :-)



Glad I kept the bonnet sticker from last time. The black gelcoat would have been hot in the Sun.

Got some tyres...



...picked the wheels up I bought before Christmas, but...



...the 21mm lugs were too big and needed to get some new ones.

If anyone was wondering why the blue spoiler...



...now you know. smile

I tried to adjust one of the shocks...



...but even heating the ring with a gas torch and clamping the tension from the spring wasn't enough.

So I was bump stopping again but at least I'll have brakes, tyres and an engine working properly this time. biggrin



PS

Thank you again to RS Van Hire, this is not an advert' or sponsored placement. I'm a happy repeat customer.


Liquid Knight

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15,726 posts

150 months

Wednesday 12th May
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I really need suspension...

https://youtu.be/XXLzB4c1--Q

...that suspends.