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gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - a Rusty Rack, some Shiney Wheels and "that bloody spring" !


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Looking good.

If your still needing a little extra height simple spacers can be made to sit above the shocks,  I've used 5mm and 10mm plastic chopping boards and you can get up to 50mm thick. A bit over kill for your needs but easy to make,  Basicly your making what looks like a giant gasket that sits above the shock.

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Good idea, I’ll bear that in mind if I need a few extra mm, thanks. 

Now lockdown is easing, I’ll need to get that engine hoist back to you - not quite sure how I’ll do that in an mx5 - I may need to borrow something more practical from the family :) thanks again for the loan, it proved very useful.

which seems like a good excuse to post this pic again 

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1 hour ago, gm said:

Good idea, I’ll bear that in mind if I need a few extra mm, thanks. 

Now lockdown is easing, I’ll need to get that engine hoist back to you - not quite sure how I’ll do that in an mx5 - I may need to borrow something more practical from the family :) thanks again for the loan, it proved very useful.

which seems like a good excuse to post this pic again 

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I've used that trick loads on 4x4s and works very well.

If your struggling with a vehicle I can pop down for it some time if you like unless anyone else wants to use it first.

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a post appeared on a local mx5 fb group with a member offering some parts before he took them to the tip

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I couldn't believe my eyes !

that is a mk1 manual steering rack - not very common at all - which would be perfect for the Exo. I currently have a de-powered steering rack fitted which is ok but the ratio on a manual rack is a much better option.

I sent a message straight away, attaching a pic of the exo to grab his attention and promising to bring a box of beers with me !

It worked and I arranged to nip down to Teeside yesterday afternoon and pick it up - One thing I hadn't counted on was it still having the hubs attached which made it rather awkward to bundle into the mx5. 

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As I was heading that direction, I made an offer on a set of steelies I'd been watching on marketplace. These were also squeezed into the mx5 and brought home safe.

Keen readers will know that I already own several (four actually) sets of Bini steelies, one set of which was due to go for powder coating to become the main set of Exo wheels - no need for expensive powder coating when I have this set of delivery mileage beauties ready for tyre fitting next week :) 

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there are a few tiny marks but I'm happy with that

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as for that steering rack, it might need a bit* of work before fitting

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a quick going over with a wire brush and it shows potential

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looks better already (excuse the accidental jazz hands) 

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I'll give it a proper clean up and paint during the week and order new tie rods & ends

so big thanks to Dan (steering rack) and Dean (steelies) down in the 'Boro

 

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when I got home last night, I plipped the fob to lock the mk1 and heard a not good noise from somewhere inside the door

a tentative pull on the handle revealed something was indeed buggered - no matter how many times I plipped the button or tried the key, the drivers door would not unlock :(  

going in from the passenger side didn't help either - only one thing for it - things need to come to bits 

dropping the window allowed me to see what is going on - right in the middle of the pic, you might just make out "that bloody spring"

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a common problem with mk1 mx5s, albeit one I've been lucky to avoid so far. 

a bit of poking around with a wire coat hanger I keep for such emergencies got the door open, it was then a case of taking out the window glass and runner to retrieve this little bugger

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and where exactly am I supposed to get one of these late on a Sunday afternoon ? 

and also, where is it supposed to go back ?

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I bent the end into a new hook, had a poke around and the job's a good 'un !

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a quick test and it's working perfectly. result.

I managed to get the glass and (freshly greased) runners in and the door back together just before it started thoroughly pissing it down :) 

And I saved £4.08 (didn't need to remove the lock either) 

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