Well we are well overdue for an update!
Just started a new job. My employer was kind enough to provide me with a new Toyota Corolla Conquest - quite a nice little car to drive, and the price was right (free!).
I also came across this little NA8 at a damaged cars auction last week, so we are now up to six MX5s in our house! Interesting little car - stolen/recovered. Some of you may recognise it as the former ride of a NSW MX5 Club member. Had to put my hard top on it because the soft top was cut, and we are out of garage space
Once my car is finished, i'll tidy it up, blue slip it and put it back on the road!
OK - so I finished putting together the new front end. The crossmember was recovered from one of our donor NA6s (see above), so I added additional bracing to bring it closer to NA8 spec. I am considering the ILMS 5 piece underbody bracing kit anyway, so we should be good in the end. Sport brakes (NB8B) installed with drilled/slotted rotors, Flyin Miata V-Maxx coilovers, Energy suspension bushings installed. Getting closer! One hiccup though - I discovered that my 15x7 Rota RBs won't fit over the brakes - so they were sold (to Pete!), and I now have a couple of wheel options. I have ordered some 15x8 +25 Enkei J-Speeds from the states, and I also have the Sparco NT wheels that come with the black NA8 I bought last week see above).
Dad decided that he wanted the repairs to be perfect. We had the right inner guard lined up, but the sheet metal was too far gone to look much good. So, we ordered a new inner guard section from MX5 Plus. While waiting for it to arrive, I got to work on the rear end, pulling the brakes off, the wishbones out, and installing new Energy bushings, the V-Maxx coilovers for the rear, the rear sport brakes (NB8B) and drilled/slotted rotors for the rear, and the new HEL braided brake lines:
I also went ahead and installed the new Flyin Miata rear sway bar - part of the Flyin Miata V-Maxx stage 2.5 kit:
The new inner guard section arrived yesterday, so we started cutting and sectioning - the master at work:
Section bound in place! Still to do:
1. Line up and weld inner guard section in place;
2. Weld front sections back into place;
3. Clean up welds, prime and paint engine bay;
4. Install engine and gearbox into subframe, roll them under the front of the car & install;
5. Reinstall front sheet metal;
6. Prime and paint exterior;
7. Blue slip and register;
8. Install roll bar, other cosmetic bits;
9. Staged turbo install.
Hopefully she will be back on the road soon!