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No!! It’d be like adopting a puppy from the pound because it’s got a cute curly tail then having it docked...
 
 
 
 
 
Wonder if it would fit an MX5?
Mx5s is going to be bigger!

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One of the jobs that I am am planning on doing on the mx5 is to polybush it.

Trying to think a bit logically I bought some secondhand suspension bits from eBay which I am going to derust, clean, paint and polybush - then I can just swap the suspension bits over.

Benefit of this is that Northern Monkey wants to polybush his as well so once mine is off we can do the same.

Then once his is off I will clean and paint them before flogging them on.

All bits at the ready
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As you can see they are a little crispy

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It is all solid bits.

Let's get to work
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Came up ok. Only took an hour for all bits using flap disk and two wire brushes.

Then found a suitable container
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Derust weapon of choice is
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Then left in the sun.

After an hour
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Chassis paint ordered and I need to source some lower front wishbones for not many pennies. a70048c01424c3809dcc0226bb7424ff.jpg

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Beautiful weather still this evening so time to remove some of the stains in the golf

The back seat has a map of Australia c513ac911c820df4039eaee7d41a17be.jpg

Bit of Vax wet and dry and behold
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Also cleaned all the other seats but didn't think they were worth photos

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yikes - shouldn't you be wearing gloves when handling that toxic looking goop ? and what is it doing to the grease in the balljoints ? should look a treat once painted and bushed though, good work :)

have you priced up a new set of 8 alignment bolts yet ? 😯

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yikes - shouldn't you be wearing gloves when handling that toxic looking goop ? and what is it doing to the grease in the balljoints ? should look a treat once painted and bushed though, good work
have you priced up a new set of 8 alignment bolts yet ? 
It's safe goop. I guess you don't want to work with it everyday without gloves.

Ball joints are going to be changed they are knackered - might as well do it properly once.

Alignment is a bit further down the road. Get it bushed and jointed then get it aligned . The bolts are a bit crispy so was going to get the mx5 specialist in Burnley to sort them out and set it to AVO specs.

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12 minutes ago, snagglepuss said:

 set it to AVO specs.

funny you should say that, I'm taking mine in to ak automotive this week to get it set up - to AVO specs - it was them who set her up last time and they did a bloody good job :)

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My paint arrived - bought from Amazon

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First coats on

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Looks ok. I did the stupid thing of applying too much paint so it ran a bit.

Whilst that was drying I cut off the abs sensor bolt on the arm as I don't need it and wanted to be able to paint underneath
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Grinder tickle
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Northern monkey also lent me his BJ puller.
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It's a meaty bit of kit
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Made easy work of it
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Took the arms out, washed and let them dry. Then painted with two coats
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I thought I was being clever and warmed the first arm on the BBQ which meant the paint bubbled a bit
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Makes it look like it has got scabies

Pushed all the bubbles out and gave it another paint layer
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Left them drying
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I need to source front and rear lower arms which don't seem to be that cheap at the moment. Half thinking of just sticking the car up on stands and taking the existing ones off to do.

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Love island was on so I took myself to the garage.

Time to get Brazilian and remove the bushes

Northern monkey lent me his bush puller so after some testing this happened

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Using a torque wrench made it pretty quick to do
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The inside surfaces are a little rusty so going to tidy them up with a Dremel
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I'm not sure how you are fixed tyres but I just happened across this very good price for track day rubber

https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=110&cart_id=M9MCowzeaevnJhp5.110.297965637&sowigan=So&Breite=195&Quer=50&Felge=15&Speed=&kategorie=6&Marke=Uniroyal&tyre_for=&x_tyre_for=&Herst=Uniroyal&m_s=3&Ang_pro_Seite=50&weiter=50&rsmFahrzeugart=ALL&Label=E-B-71-2&details=Ordern&typ=R-394575

 

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xl is the one with the firmer side wall, designed for heavier cars but I have these on mine and find them to be brilliant on track (although comedy in pissing rain, like we had last night on the way to sainsburys, so much sideways) 

 

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Finished the upper arms yesterday

Gave them all another coat of paint
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And let them dry.

Gone from this
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If I had the ability a sandblaster would have made short work of the rust and is probably a quicker way to clean up the arms.


My new* brake stopper arrived yesterday. Was cheapish on eBay so couldn't not get it.

I thought it was blue in the photo but reality is that it was quite manky
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Wire wool plus Dremel reduces the rust
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Then couple of coats of chassis paint and looks good
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Need to get some lower arms now and some grease for the poly bushes.

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Good work, thats well worth knowing re the deox-c stuff - looks to have cleaned the rust right up on theose suspension arms. What do you do with the contents of the bath once you're done de-rusting the parts? Can it just go down the drain or does it need disposing of by a team of men in hazmat suits?

What is the brake stopper? What does it do? excuse my ignorance!

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Good work, thats well worth knowing re the deox-c stuff - looks to have cleaned the rust right up on theose suspension arms. What do you do with the contents of the bath once you're done de-rusting the parts? Can it just go down the drain or does it need disposing of by a team of men in hazmat suits?
What is the brake stopper? What does it do? excuse my ignorance!
The black mix went down toilet. It is biodegradable and safe according to the bottle.

The MK1 mx5 bulkhead flexes under hard braking. The solution is to create a brace for the brake master cylinder. There are different options this one triangulates on to the chassis - it also means a front strut brace can be fitted as doesn't use the suspension mounts

They are normally north of £60 so this one at £20 was fairly bargainous.

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neat bit of design that, I've seen these for sale but never figured out how they fit. should make a big difference to your brakes
 
I am not sure what that bolt hole is for, don't know if it is for other markets or abs or soemthing. Very tight fit, but I guess that is the point.

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The Rover is resisting Mr Monkeys efforts to get it roadworthy.

Underneath there were sikaflexed on plates - lovely. All be sorted.

Current situation is

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He is going to resume battle tomorrow.

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52 minutes ago, snagglepuss said:

 

The Rover is resisting Mr Monkeys efforts to get it roadworthy.

Underneath there were sikaflexed on plates - lovely. All be sorted.

Current situation is

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He is going to resume battle tomorrow

 

He is going to attempt to bodge a P38 filler neck into place. It’s still a Rover, innit?

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