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Jack Thrust's faded Eunos adventures, laquer peel = weight saving


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Hello all and welcome to a thread for my lovely little Eunos which I acquired earlier this year and have been trying to get back on the road.

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It's been with DFTR for a good while having a load of work done to get it roadworthy including:

Decent second hand set of Bilstein suspension fitted (old springs all broken)

New starter motor

Discs, pads & calipers all round

New battery

New tyres all round

Plus a full service and a few CV boots etc. It's booked in for it's first MOT since 2015 tomorrow, I think we're nearly there!

Despite looking pretty ghetto on the surface with it's knackered paint and tatty hood it's pretty much rust free so well worth getting back on the road.

I kind of like the tatty JDM hobag look and in the spirit of this I enlisted the kids at the weekend to help me stickerbomb the Tombstone with Pokemon stickers 😁

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I'm really pleased with it! Few bits to sort but hey ho good for a first attempt. The good thing about it being a ratty looking thing is I can mess with it to my heart's content without feeling guilty about "ruining" anything. 

I've got a few bits ordered for it and will of course update the thread with MOT status tomorrow!

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great to see another mx5 in the forum, i am quite* keen on them myself :) 

aside from the cosmetics, it sounds like a good solid motor, it’s all about having fun with these cars !

 

 

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3 hours ago, Ghosty said:

Remove horn pad for added win.

there’s a lovely momo steering wheel hiding beneath the rubber pad

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don’t chuck away the pad though, a fellow exo builder is desperate for one as the bare wheel won’t pass iva with exposed metal spokes. 

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7 hours ago, gm said:

spare front wings ? lucky man :) 

Bought them 10 years ago off a bloke that was breaking a silver car, to use most of it in his 2nd Exocet. 

I've been painting them since January. 

They Will* get fitted this* year 

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I've had the pad off the steering wheel for a bit but as cool as the MOMO horn button is I just couldn't live with it, really feels like something is missing and sets off my very feint OCD. I find the standard steering wheel too thin really and I know there are some aftermarket wheels that let you retain the MOMO button so I might go down that road.

Just love buying pointless tat for it, got a pool ball gear knob on the way 🤣

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  • 2 weeks later...

There's been some further progress in Eunos land, first up, ridiculous pool ball gear knob!

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It actually feels great to use. I had my eye on a nice Jass Performance one but didn't want to spend that much so got this as a stop gap, pretty pleased with it to be fair

Next up was to investigate the non-working stereo. It came with an old JVC CD only unit. It wasn't switching on so either the head unit was goosed or something more sinister was afoot. I decided to buy a cheap head unit just to see if that was where the fault lay. Eventually I want to get a nice double din touchscreen thing but that can wait til next year, for now I got a cheap Bluetooth unit off Amazon.

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I saw Matt on Furious Driving putting one of these in his 200vi and I liked the look of it. Nothing fancy, USB ports for device charging which is handy as the Eunos didn't have any, bluetooth audio streaming and it had a basic digital clock, again something missing from a standard Eunos. For £30 can't go wrong!

Duly fitted said unit and.....

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Great success! Can't tell you how happy this made me. The right hand door speaker doesn't work so something to look at in the future but the electric windows are slow as fook so i'll have to have the door cards off anyway soon. There are some weird little tweeters on the doors which work so at least there is some sound on the drivers side. 

Also discovered this:

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(Mostly) working electric aerial! I don't listen to radio so meh but still it's nice to know it (mostly) works.

Slowly getting there with making it usable and personalising it, flipping love driving it too!

Next up on the to-do list is to look at those creaky squeaky slow-ass windows, replace the gear gaiter and rubber shift boot and give it a good old polish. 

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for your slow windows, i’d suggest whipping the runners right out and giving them a good clean with petrol to shift the hardened old grease then lube them up with plenty of fresh stuff. you can do it in situ but it’s bloody awkward 

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8 hours ago, gm said:

for your slow windows, i’d suggest whipping the runners right out and giving them a good clean with petrol to shift the hardened old grease then lube them up with plenty of fresh stuff. you can do it in situ but it’s bloody awkward 

Thanks for the tip! I've been watching some vids on YouTube about what to do but most focus only on the window bushes. I'll do them as well as they're probably knackered and they're only 20 quid or so 🙂

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Some more minor fettling this weekend.

One of the rear light clusters was really badly faded and irritating me greatly. I found a decent second hand one on eBay and manages to win it for the princely sum of 99p! £10 p&p mind but still a bargain!

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Had some free time yesterday afternoon so decided to have a crack at it between rain showers

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Old unit out, not a bad difference!

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It was absolutely filthy behind the old light with an astonishing array of deceased arachnids. Cleaned it all out and new one in:

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Much better. The seal that came with the unit was looking a bit ropey so I've ordered a new set to do both sides, I'll also have a good clean behind the other light while I'm there.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Few more bits and pieces done, first up I saw some swanky looking floor mats on Instagram and ordered some back in April, finally showed up from Australia last week and in they went, really love them!

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Really love the JDM Chequer look 

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Then last week I was taking my lad to stay with his Gran, a rare journey with just the two of us so took the opportunity to take him for a spin in the Eunos 😁

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Needless to say he bloody loved it!

Finally the standard steering wheel has been increasingly annoying me. It's all split on the inside of the rim and it catches the top of my legs when I change gear etc so opted for a Motamec Deep Dish steering wheel to give me some more clearance and just overall be nicer to use! The nice thing about it is you can retain the MOMO horn push button from the standard wheel. Looks great and under £70, well pleased with it.

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out with the old and...

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In with the new!

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I really like the look of the interior now. Just need to sort out the ashtray area, tried a couple fo cheap ebay cupholders but they were both shit so not sure what to do.

Next up I've got some import sized plates made up of my private plate so I'll get them on. Also got some window bushes ready to fit and a new gear gaiter and shift boot, just need time to do it all!

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1 hour ago, JackThrust said:

Few more bits and pieces done, first up I saw some swanky looking floor mats on Instagram and ordered some back in April, finally showed up from Australia last week and in they went, really love them!

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Really love the JDM Chequer look 

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Then last week I was taking my lad to stay with his Gran, a rare journey with just the two of us so look the opportunity to take him for a spin in the Eunos 😁

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Needless to say he bloody loved it!

Finally the standard steering wheel has been increasingly annoying me. It's all split on the inside of the rim and it catches the top of my legs when I change gear etc so opted for a Motamec Deep Dish steering wheel to give me some more clearance and just overall be nicer to use! THe nice thing aout it is you can retain the MOMO horn push button from the standard wheel. Looks great and under £70, well pleased with it.

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out with the old and...

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In with the new!

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I really like the look of the interior now. Just need to sort out the ashtray area, tried a couple fo cheap ebay cupholders but they were both shit so not sure what to do.

Next up I've got some import sized plates made up of my private plate so I'll get them on. Also got some window bushes ready to fit and a new gear gaiter and shift boot, just need time to do it all!

Those Motamec wheels are a great buy for the money. It's looking good. Love the floor mats.

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7 minutes ago, tom13 said:

Those Motamec wheels are a great buy for the money. It's looking good. Love the floor mats.

Thanks 😊

Yeah it's great value, I saw it on the Bofi Racing youtube channel a while ago and I've not seen anything better since so decided to go for it.

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On 6/12/2022 at 7:18 AM, JackThrust said:

Some more minor fettling this weekend.

One of the rear light clusters was really badly faded and irritating me greatly. I found a decent second hand one on eBay and manages to win it for the princely sum of 99p! £10 p&p mind but still a bargain!

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Had some free time yesterday afternoon so decided to have a crack at it between rain showers

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Old unit out, not a bad difference!

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It was absolutely filthy behind the old light with an astonishing array of deceased arachnids. Cleaned it all out and new one in:

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Much better. The seal that came with the unit was looking a bit ropey so I've ordered a new set to do both sides, I'll also have a good clean behind the other light while I'm there.

At first I thought it was some sort of aftermarket light, looks a lot better now, it is amazing how such a small thing can make such a big difference

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