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Back from autotesting so thought I would try and track down some of the new noises that appeared over the course of the day.

First up I think the current tyres have had their day
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They were put on AVO by tickman and have done many trackdays plus autotesting since then.

I have stuck on the semi slicks for now
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Whilst changing over the tyres I gave things a prod and pull. The shocks are done - not sure if they are actually original 7d50ff4a894a4c7d651e98682cb9d586.jpgeae8f8f1cb866bf501904b88558e2704.jpg4a0963fe204b9b8123401839ca416484.jpgdb871e850f96cfbe1b1bbf36e6e85c66.jpg

Some of the knocks I think are bushes so will add that to the list to do
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Couldn't help poke at the electrics.

Earth strap between the block looked horrible so removed it, cleaned and put it back - I think it may be worth replacing
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Headlights have been reluctant to pop up and when they do one doesn't work.

Passenger side one out
Bowl is a bit crusty
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May have found the issue - the connector has done the melty trick.
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Will replace with a ceramic one.

The other light was a pain - the screws are well rusted so took the lid off

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This connector is fine
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Will leave it for now.

All back together and the earth strap clean seems to have sorted the glowing light
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Job list
New suspension (most cost effective)
Replacement tyres
Fit roll bar
Order poly bushes
Do timing mod
Repair headlight connector
Remove alarm siren
Replace earth strap

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Most cost effective with suspension refreshes tend to be budget coilover units. They come fully assembled and ready to bolt in and generally are cheaper than a full set of OEM springs and dampers. JOM blueline are good and cheap, used them a few times now

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Household discussion were had on the way to the train station at 6am this morning which has resulted in some decisions made.

1) Rover needs to get an MOT and be gone. It is just sitting there and has outlived it's welcome. Have agreed to hand it over to a professional to get it ticketed up. Unless someone wants a project?

2) Tein adjustable coilovers and a set of tyres have been ordered (Costs set against Rover selling). Mx5 is to be the tinkering car.

3) 205 will need to go when it comes home. I need to stick a ticket on it and then will probably Roffle - it's a luxury I don't need at the moment. It has got indicators and brakes here waiting to be fitted.

4) SMARTs future is in the balance - new owner hasnt taken to it that well. Will give it a month to see how we get on with it

5)reduction in car related expenses and activities - got house bits to do, PhD to study for and that has to take short term precedent. Plus already got non car holidays booked.

So need to get back to Golf, Mx5 plus one other car.

Scarily when I add up insurance tax plus car bits it gets to a big figure quickly.

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2 hours ago, Matty said:

205 how much mister?

Wont know until I get it through the MOT. If it costs me a fortune then I may just end up keeping it, if it flies through then may move it on. 

 

If someone wants it with minutes of MOT left then £350 would probably take it. 

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After negotiations mentioned above - bits for mx5 have been ordered. I am very excited

Four of these (on List A of the Msc blue book for autotesting)

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One set of these
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Also got rollbar to fit. And trying to ignore the call of polybushes.

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Those headlight bowls sure look angry.

How's the MX5 for aftermarket part support and availability? Just thinking about those bushes... I was browsing for Volvo parts and was somewhat shocked to find that a new lower suspension arm complete with bushes and ball joint is in fact cheaper than getting just the bushes and ball joint separately.

I understand that it's an apples to oranges comparison, though...  there's probably lots of specialized parts for the MX5 instead of low-priced bulk.

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3 minutes ago, shoddybanger said:

Those headlight bowls sure look angry.

How's the MX5 for aftermarket part support and availability? Just thinking about those bushes... I was browsing for Volvo parts and was somewhat shocked to find that a new lower suspension arm complete with bushes and ball joint is in fact cheaper than getting just the bushes and ball joint separately.

I understand that it's an apples to oranges comparison, though...  there's probably lots of specialized parts for the MX5 instead of low-priced bulk.

Full car polybush set is about £100 - mx5 stuff is buttons really. Need a new rad - £35, tre - £13, front pads can be had for about £15 etc. 

The wishbones are a bit more expensive - it is easier to polybush when stuff is off rather than replace the arms.  The Mx5 is going to be a bit more track focused so comfort is slightly less of an issue.  Will need to call insurance once I have added all the new bits to ensure it is covered. 

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Someone asked about the wee Smart.

I really like the car - bit bouncy over Accrington potholes but aside from that a nice thing.

A sort of review of its features
Firstly it is basically a big car with the back seats lopped off. Wheels at the corners mean it will do 65/70 happily on motorway

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Of course this has the optional high speed stability package fitted.

It knocks off 3 mph from top end but you can effectively drive the car upside down in tunnels
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For those missing their range rover in town, this beauty has a split tailgate. Currently the top half has a neat feature of gravity assist to ensure the top part is shut correctly

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Fancy somewhere to drink your Pimm's at Ascot - got you covered
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Jeeves has forgotten to top up the screenwash - access holes can be seen here
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Inside funky seats await
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Cupholders are plenty large enough for on your move drinkies
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Loads of little features - moveable gauges
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Tiny sunvisors
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Heater controls are located around the centre including the Aircon and heated seats switches

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Door pockets are functional
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Safety is paramount and integrated into the styling (or just sellotaped under the dash)
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You know what you are driving
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Dash at dusk
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But the most interesting part of the car is that it is a robot operated manual car.
Gearstick allows manual changes or auto mode
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My inner sega rally demon loves the paddles
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To drive it is miles better in the paddle mode as you can keep it on boost longer - in auto it changes up far too soon.

6 gears means the motorway is a doodle. Spritely off the line as well as simple to park.


Will do some engine shots when I get a chance.

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let me know when it is time to move it on, this would be ideal for my nephew to learn to drive in (he's currently only twelve but we'll use the cash'n'carry car park or something) 

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Love the smart Will. They're strangely addictive things. I had one in the same colour scheme - but an early LHD example in pulse trim. Compared to which yours is positively decadent with your heated seats and air con... Glass roof+no air con was a delightful* experience in the summer!

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Sun is out, feeling less I'll than I have for a bit so time to fit a rollbar.

Start the clock
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Water had been sitting in this sound deadening so that is removed and binned
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All done - time for first trial fitting

Lap time

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Metal needs to be trimmed and it is pretty simple with cordless grinder
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Drill holes marked and punched
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Time check
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Funky drill time
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Car up in air and arch liners off
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Final challenge somewhat slowed me down.
There is a gap where it mounts to the seatbelt towers. You can trim the old seat belt spacer but instead I decided to enlarge the holes on the bar using a dremmel so I could run the space straight through.

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All metal painted with zinc spray.

Carpet and plastics trimmed and then put the interior back in
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nice work, what was the final time check ? have you been for a drive yet ? I would imagine you will feel a big difference in the car when 'pressing on', especially with the track tyres on too

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its interesting to see it only has spreader plates on the rear fixings, my tr-lane roll bar was the same but I presumed they were missing and used offcuts to make my own for the front fixings. I suppose thinking about the forces involved in a roll situation, the front  fixings will most likely be in compression so a spreader plate there wouldn't do anything useful.

seats and harnesses next ? 

 

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That's very impressive...
Fitted a new exterior door handle to the 216 Cab the other day. Took me three hours.

2.5 hours to get the bastard thing off, and then 20 mins to put back together again....

I think this would have taken me all day, then would have somehow fitted it backwards...

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nice work, what was the final time check ? have you been for a drive yet ? I would imagine you will feel a big difference in the car when 'pressing on', especially with the track tyres on too
From start to bars in was just under two hours including tea stops.

Extending the holes was about 90mins. Mainly cause using a cordless Dremel rather than a decent air driven die grinder

Does feel much more of a solid car. Pressing on can't happen at the moment as the suspension just knocks it's balls off!

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its interesting to see it only has spreader plates on the rear fixings, my tr-lane roll bar was the same but I presumed they were missing and used offcuts to make my own for the front fixings. I suppose thinking about the forces involved in a roll situation, the front  fixings will most likely be in compression so a spreader plate there wouldn't do anything useful.
seats and harnesses next ? 
 
Not sure why it is like that - I assume they know what they are doing.

The bolts are quite short so I think front plates might have been a bit of a challenge.

Got a bucket seat and harness to collect but think the seat will be too small for me.

Next up is suspension plus poly bushes.

I did notice the rear sills probably could do with sorting next year.

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Excellent work as usual. Swiftly and with style!
Cheers
Jesus, just looked at the pics again.
You were not joking when you said Slicks....

Oh yes :-)
That's very impressive...
Fitted a new exterior door handle to the 216 Cab the other day. Took me three hours.
2.5 hours to get the bastard thing off, and then 20 mins to put back together again....
I think this would have taken me all day, then would have somehow fitted it backwards...
It's easier being track car so breaking clips doesn't matter as mcuh. Plus mx5s are easy to take apart.

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