Thought it was about time I posted on here as I seem to spend more time here looking at build threads than I do over at MX5Nutz recently.
The first part of this build thread will be copied over from MX5Nutz and then I will post all the recent updates which I have not added to the MX5Nutz thread just because it seemed like I was talking to my self half the time.
So here it goes!
I passed my driving test around Febuary last year and I didn't really know what car to get as insurance kinda limited me with most cars being atleast £2,000+ to insure.
We have had a MX5 in the family that at the time was my mothers car however she stopped using it due to it being so low and getting in and out was becoming a pain, so it simply sat outside after we moved house basically rotting away.
Now I didnt really consider the MX5 at all at first however my I was offered the car for £1000 which was what my Mother paid for back when she bought it plus I knew the history and the car quiet well also.
So I bought the car and bit the bullet on £2750 insurance £3100 when you add interest and ended up with this...
At this point the car had:
- Stainless Egay exhaust system
- Black show bar
- Black TSI and matching side repeaters
- Lots of expensive chrome goodies (Minus the crappy ****)
- Recovered stock seats in black vinyl (If I remember correctly this cost around £300-£400)
- Bluetooth headunit
- Upgraded speakers (nothing special only vibe units)
- Black hardtop (paint chipping on the front)
- Stainless sill plates
Still either way the car was fairly nice and I really rather enjoyed driving it, although getting adjusted to a RWD was even more fun and that ended up with me in a car park with the car trying to drift with a open 1.6 diff failing and ending up doing two continious donuts by accident... it was a moment of ow **** and then just really loud laughter from both me and my friend haha.
Eventually I got bored and changes had to be made so I ordered my self a set of Borbet A 15x7's lovely wheels and not a mark on them for £400 delivered (no tyres) they are genuine wheels which is hard to find in this size now as they only do 16+ now.
Following this I then ordered a set of Falken tyres, cant remember what model but they certainly do grip for £200 a set tyres.
Excuse the missing wheel covers in this picture, I had to cut down the excess on the wheel nuts in order to fit them.
Not long after putting about 5,000 miles on the engine and really just abusing the car the engine decided to drink oil and really lack power, I wasn't surprised however we still had a show to go to and a club drive to go along to...
So of course I went since the engine was a gonner and there was no more damage I could really do, I took the car down to the garage to get prepared for the local autosport show and got a friend who is a professional valletor to give her the once over.
While I was there I removed the tacky chrome number plate surrounds, the stainless grill and swapped the rear lights for some miles better looking standard units.
After this show I also attended Japfest 2014 with the engine still burning oil but she kept going minus the high fuel/oil usage, I would find my entrace picture for Japfest but its just not worth the time.
Finally as you can guess the engine gave up well not quite she just kinda started making some fairly angry bottom end shell banging noises with a nasty burning smell not bad for 175,000 miles on the engine.
So it was time for a new engine, so I went on the hunt and found a MK1 1.6 long nose import engine with less that 100K miles for £100!
However while I was waiting for ramp time in the garage I also sold my Suzuki Bandit 600 which I used for communting to college for 2 years and now I didn't need it due to the car and it was a shame to see it sat there so got rid and in return £1150 which was going to go into savings...
So I was sat there with £1150 and a car with a dead engine and a standard engine outside... So I did the obvious thing and blew the money on turbo parts of course ha!
It took a while as I was planning on buying all the parts seperately over time, however a full came up for grabs and it certainly was not a bad kit however the £1600 price tag put me off... after some talking we decided on £1300 originally without the engine but then he said I could take that as well because it will just sit there else which was awesome.
So me and a friend made the trip to collect the array of parts I purchased plus some free goodies!
I feel for the suspension in this photo... woops!
So just to run over exactly what I purchased here is a list:
- 1.6 Long nose engine 120k miles
- Blue manecore HT leads
- Corksport USA cast exhaust manifold (no cracks or welds)
- Garret T25/T28 hybrid turbo (rebuild 8k miles ago had slight play)
- Bosch EV14 550cc injectors
- ACT XT clutch (rated to 277 ft-lb of torque)
- FMIC with all associated piping
- Megasquirt 1 ECU + MAF delete
- Two AEM wideband sensors + AEM gauge
- Backyard custom exhaust (many uglies, much skill, very crap)
- VTPS (from the auto mx5)
- 1.8 front calipers
- New plugs
- MX5 Mazda sill covers (Free item thrown in really wanted these)
- Receipts for everything (I was surprised at some of the prices :0)
- New fuel filter
- Nomad boost gauge
- Windscreen pillar gauge holder
- Billet handbrake and gear ****
- Lower front brace
- Offset number plate bracket
- Serial to USB for MS1
- Two fuel pumps
- Tonneau cover
- Spare wheel cover (Mine didn't have one...)
- And other various parts
So now I was stuck with all these parts and simply a date for garage space... it took me 1 weekend mostly on my own to get this fitted and driving but it was so worth it...
Excuse the dirty engine bay, I had limited time with the ramp so had to get it done.
I didn't have many issues with the install apart from it took a while to get the IAT sensor working properly and the ECU map was horrible and auto tune was hard to use due to the AFR targets being in volts so half the time I was unsure what I was doing...
Over time I managed to improve the car with slight hickups here and there but mainly okay, I eventually got around to fitting the pillar gauge holder and moving the gauges.
The fittament is not perfect but for now it will do untill I replace it with a better 3 gauge molding that is availible via ebay for £100.
Even took it on a drive with some other club members, and man I loved every second of it!
So I was using the car as it was trying to improve the map and smooth out the AFRs while feeling like I was fighting against the ECU at the same time, had a awesome summer because of the car however come winter time things went bad... quick...