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gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - subframes reunited - getting close :)

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inside the battery pack is just a bunch of AA type cells wired in series - should be easy enough to replace with something like this 

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there is a (I presume) temperature sensor in the middle of the pack to prevent overheating which should be easy enough to swap over, I’ll take pics when I get round to ordering the bits 

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Been busy at work for a couple of days but today it was time to get this bloody thing started

job one : break out @paulplom's blowtorch and despatch the knackered bush off this

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hit it hard with the wire wheel and a couple of coats of magic paint - noice :) 

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then get busy with the black and decker

90 x 5mm holes were drilled

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and rivits were inserted thus

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and then took out again 'cos I'd forgotten I need to run a bead of sticky black gunk first

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rivits were reinserted

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and today's tip top top tip tool was employed in a rivit-tastic manner

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and the floor is done 

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I'd been a tad generous with the tigerseal so a healthy amount of thinners was needed to clean up but look at that - I've actually made a start - should be on the road next week :) 

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mebbes the week after, then 

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my replacement pollybush arrived this afternoon (which I haven't paid for yet, the guy said he would email me an invoice but must have forgotten)

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tools were assembled (the giant washers I used last time are now back in use as a vital part of the front subframe, i improvised with hub nuts and jam jar lids)

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which enabled me to rebuild the rear subframe again

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attached the ppf (power plant frame)

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and reunited the front and rear sections

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as soon as my brake and fuel lines arrive, I can join the two halves :) 

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I love this thread, you make it looks so effortless, then i remember exactly how wrong this would go if i were to attempt it and go back to my internet voyeurism.

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2 hours ago, paulplom said:

Any progress or are you busy with work?

I'm hoping to finish mine this afternoon. If I get time are you available for me to collect the exhaust?

no progress yet, waiting for parts to arrive and stuck at work anyway :( 

next day off is wednesday, hopefully parts will be here and I can crack on fitting the fuel and brake lines then plan to flip the thing over :) 

 

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45 minutes ago, 1duck said:

I love this thread, you make it looks so effortless, then i remember exactly how wrong this would go if i were to attempt it and go back to my internet voyeurism.

i have to say that, so far, it's gone remarkably well - there have been a few cock ups along the way but nothing major. My big concern is the engine - I only drove the donor car up and down the street a couple of times so it is a bit of an unknown. mx5 engines are solid things but I'll be happier once I've got it all built and a good few miles under its belt. 

 

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The only progress over the weekend was to strip the suspension - these are the kyb shocks and eibach lowering springs I was using on the mx5, going to need a lot of work to make presentable :( worth it though, the car did drive very well with this combo

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Then non AS mate, Michael, turned up looking for a bit of help with a sticking calliper on his modern* mx5

turned out the slider pin was dry as a bone and crusted with rust. A quick dab of grease improved things but a new pin is on order.

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