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Old 02-17-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Dunno why I haven't posted this link to my project here yet, I thought I already did MX-5 Ireland :: View topic - The BIG Project.

The last page has been updated with "The Secret Art Of Rattle Canning".
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:30 PM   #2
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altezzas, body kit, clear corners, gaudy fiberglass attachments? I'm ashamed to call myself Irish today :(
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Bumper isn't bad, the shitty SportFag wheels need to go...as do the clear front turnsignals (which should have proper bad-*** looking TSi's). The intercooler looks kinda small too.....

So where are all of the pics of the turbo project?
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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Anxious to see how the molding process goes. I think I may have scared myself out of doing it..
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I think the turn signals are a matter of taste. I like the clears. Tail lights and side skirts are not my flavor. Sportmax are played out here but judging from that thread seem not to be across the pond. I really like the nose though. Looks like a fun project.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:41 PM   #6
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I think the turn signals are a matter of taste.
isn't everything?
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Yeah, you're right. That was a bit superfluous.
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I like the front bumper, side skirts are ok, do not like the wheels and the altezas have to go. More on your turbo setup.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:41 PM   #9
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I'm not clicking through 5 pages uninstalled random body panels... please link some pics OVER HERE of stuff actually on the car.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:04 AM   #10
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I'm not clicking through 5 pages uninstalled random body panels... please link some pics OVER HERE of stuff actually on the car.
Will do !
SportMax are all the buzz over here at the moment, not much of a selection when it comes to wheels as most are to expensive to get shipped from the USA or elsewhere.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:20 AM   #11
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Well it's been a while since I gave any update.

I had to totally redo the bonet vent as I didn't factor in the IC size - it was out by just 1". A really messy job taking out the previous vent and filler etc.

So it's done now, redesigned and I think I like it even MORE this way.
The left side of the vent slipped down a few millimeters when bonding to the bonet, it's all flush now though.

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(It's just a first coat of primer on it that is still wet right now)
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So, what do you think so far ?
BTW the clear front indicators and rear break lights will be smoked.

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:36 AM   #12
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long live the queen of england!!!!
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:57 AM   #13
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hood looks pretty good
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:29 AM   #14
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This was a bit of a pain to fit....

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At the moment there are only 2 bolts holding it in place, the sides are not bolted up either. I had to shave parts of the bumper on both sides in order for it to fit flush with the wings.
I also had to take off the white plastic 'impact' thing and shave inside it so it fitted on the car 1" further back.

The wheel arches must go on and I'm going to do a 'job' on where they meet the bumpers.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:55 PM   #15
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Oh hell, I haven't updated my thread in a long time



So, 1.6 brakes replaced with 1.8 brakes which I reconned/sprayed/fitted. I power washed them and took off most of the old paint first, then fitted new seals etc.
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The bonet/vent fitted to the car just to see what it looks like.
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Problems with the wheel arches due to the side skirts - the standard fitting placed them to high above the wheels going by where the notches on the arches were, so I had to shape & drop the arches to fit lower and with the side skirts. I also had to shave/shape the IL MotorSports front bumper and side skirts due to wheel clearance issues.
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Rear bumper line and 'bicycle reflectors' filled with a plastic resin filler.
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Body lines on the doors filled in.
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New Gaz coilover suspension going in.
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Sitting good now.
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Wheel arches going on (I had to cut 2" off the front arches for wheel clearance). Took me days to shape the arches for them to fit with the side skirts as they were not designed to be fitted to a car with side skirts.
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Fully flared/wide bodied now !
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Making cut lines to blend in the bumpers and also blending in the wheel arches and side skirts.
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I have just 1 front wheel arch to blend in and then it's going to be painted (by myself - 1st time painting a car BTW).

After that all the REAL goodies are going into the engine and the Torsen type 2 LSD diff.

Also, I had a fabber that was going to make me up a new down pipe for the Greddy Turbo that's in there but he's now said he's way to busy at the mo to do it, can anyone recommend a GOOD downpipe for the standard Greddy Turbo kit - Beigi or OBX etc ?
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Are you doing body work in your living room? That's pretty ******* hardcore.
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Are you doing body work in your living room? That's pretty ******* hardcore.
I was before. I 'created' the bonet vent in my living room since the weather was very bad here but now, it's all done outside. I will be finishing off the last wheel arch and then painting the car outside in a gazabo....then installing all the goodies I have for my turbo upgrade
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:20 PM   #18
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Mods, please delete this thread.

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Oh well, since this thread is still up here's a little teaser...

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Ditch the tail lights, mousetrap, and get some wider wheels.. That'd be one sick looking car.
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