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    Hey guys,

    Since I'm posting a bit on this forum these days I thought I should start a thread to tell you a bit about my car. I've already got a thread going on another forum, mx5cartalk.com, so I'll copy and paste some stuff from there to get you up to date. First, though, I'll give you a bit of background on how I got to this car in case anyone is interested. Then I'll probably have a bit of a fanboy rant. Most of you will just skip to the pretty pictures. That's okay.

    So, I'm 19 now and I've grown up around small British cars, mainly MG's. I learned to drive in my dad's '59 MGA, which I absolutely adore:


    Then once I got my P's I was rocking this for a fair while:


    Like most teenagers who are into cars I thought casually about what I would end up buying for my first car. I was probably about 16 when the MX5 first hit me as an idea. The more I read up on these little Japanese sports cars, the more sense it made: the classic roadster style like the MGA but designed and built by the Japanese. As a first car, when you need something that is really reliable, it just made so much sense. And I would encourage anyone who has any interest in driving to try an MX5 if you ever get the chance. Seriously, they are great cars.

    As I got more interested in MX5's, I also got involved in the (massive!) online MX5 community. I started following forums, then joining forums, and then posting and becoming a part of the community even though I didn't even own one yet. MX5CarTalk.com started regular Newcastle meets (partly my idea :P ) and the MGB (and occasionally the MGA) became a regular sight in groups of MX5's.



    Anyway, I spent a lot of time working for crappy wages and saving hard until eventually a great deal came up on an NA6 that needed a bit of work. It came up for sale on a Thursday, I called the guy on Thursday afternoon and we ended up driving from Newcastle to Canberra on Saturday and driving it back. It had been a long, long time coming but I finally owned an MX-5. I was dead tired but absolutely stoked at the same time. And so I'll pick up with my first post from my car's thread on MX5CarTalk:



    Originally posted by PaulF
    Yes, after 18 months and >1300 posts I have finally actually bought myself an MX5. And since they say...


    ... I'm going to give you ALL OF THE PICTURES...

    This is the original "for sale" thread, for my own future reference as much as anything else: http://mx5cartalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=54067

    Okay, so the car. It's not perfect, but that's to be expected for the price I bought it at. There are a few dents quite a few scratches that don't show up much in photos but are quite obvious in person. It also needs the gearbox replaced, but that should (hopefully) be happening pretty soon.

    Photos!

    Looks best from a distance...

    DSC_0388 by Paul F photos, on Flickr


    DSC_0387 by Paul F photos, on Flickr


    DSC_0389 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Some of the scratches I mentioned:

    DSC_0391 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Apparently the intake was legal in the ACT. It won't be in NSW, so I will need it fixed before the car gets blue slipped. I think Dann is going to help me out here.

    DSC_0401 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Radiator looks like it will need to be replaced.

    DSC_0403 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    I don't really like this steering wheel. It's better than a lot that I've seen, but still not really to my taste. If anyone has a stock Momo wheel that they would like to sell to me for a reasonable price, let me know.

    DSC_0407 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Soft top was removed by the previous owner.

    DSC_0404 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    There are some pretty serious cracks in the dash, but that doesn't concern me too much.

    DSC_0394 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Now we get to the, erm, interesting stuff...

    The head unit isn't exactly attached...

    DSC_0395 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Nor is the gear knob... :shock:

    DSC_0396 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    But the most interesting thing about this interior is the seats. They're fitted with these covers, but underneath is tan leather...

    DSC_0397 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    But underneath THAT is what appears to be the original fabric!

    DSC_0398 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    It looks like the leather has actually been stitched directly on to the original fabric seats. As you can see, the leather has started to come adrift and that's why the Super Cheap seat covers have been put over the top. I think I will try to unpick the stitching and expose the original fabric.
    To be continued...
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    '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

  • #2
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    Originally posted by PaulF
    Time for a bit of an update. I bought the car under the knowledge that it would need the gearbox and the radiator replaced, so that was my top priority once I got the car home. I also decided that while I had the gearbox out, I would put a heavy duty clutch in.

    The car got its very first package in the mail - one of many to come, I imagine.

    IMG_2016[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    I didn't take many photos at all of the gearbox and clutch job, but here's proof that it happened.

    IMG_2019[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    IMG_2020[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Xtreme HD clutch. Works nicely; no complaints. Dann reckons it feels better than the Exedy in Peter's SE.

    IMG_2022[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    Once we had it back together, a celebratory Mt Sugarloaf drive was in order. We had the cars facing one another in the carpark to check a couple of things out so I took the opportunity to take a few more shots.

    IMG_2024[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    IMG_2029[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    IMG_2031[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    IMG_2034[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    IMG_2036[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    This is the real highlight, though. Dann finished the cross pipe for my new intake and I am absolutely stoked. It looks awesome and sounds fantastic at WOT. :twisted:

    IMG_2027[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr

    I will get some better photos of it at some point; it's a real work of art. Couldn't be happier with it.

    You may have noticed, however, that the last photo doesn't have my shiny new radiator in it. Yeah... I'll explain that later.
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    '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by PaulF
      A few small updates.

      Got the alloy radiator in, but not the thermofan yet. Was absent-mindedly sitting in traffic yesterday and got the car a little warmer than ideal. ops: Have topped up the water and all seems to be okay.

      Bought a standard Momo wheel, so I can see the top of my gauges now and it feels nicer than the Autotecnica one IMO...

      I also pulled the driver's seat out to get a better look underneath the seat cover. The plot thickens... There's fabric in the main back section and the main base section but none in the bolsters:

      IMG_2038 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

      IMG_2039 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

      IMG_2041 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

      Also, the "leather" is actually vinyl, which I kind of expected. It's clearly a pretty terrible job. I'm thinking that I'll pull all the vinyl off and put the other seat covers back on, but that will have to wait until I buy a set of metric spanners because I need one to get to one of the bolts and apparently my dad doesn't own any. :roll: He has four bloody socket sets but only imperial spanners. Damn MG owners. :lol:

      Anyway, I'm trying to work out what I'll do with the seats in the long term. They might be suitable to someone who's thinking about retrimming their seats in leather or something but doesn't want to hack up their perfectly good seats.
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      '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by PaulF
        Pulled the seat cover off the passenger's seat, to find that it's in considerably better condition than the other. There are a few marks, most noticeably the black marks on the headrest and what appears to be the result of a leaky pen on the base. Had a bit of a go at the headrest with some multi-purpose cleaner but didn't have much success moving it. Some of the stitching has also come adrift. Still, I decided that I preferred "slightly tatty vinyl" to "vinyl with a cheap seat cover over it" so I removed the seat cover completely and reinstalled the seat.


        IMG_2046 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

        IMG_2051 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

        IMG_2053 by Paul F photos, on Flickr

        IMG_2054 by Paul F photos, on Flickr
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        '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by PaulF
          So last night, a lifted 4x4 run up the back of me at literally WALKING PACE. In a carpark. I guess the moron just didn't know where the front of his car is, which suggests that he shouldn't have been driving it in the middle of the f*cking city. :evil:

          I got out and had a look at the rear bumper and didn't see any damage. "Gee, that's lucky", I thought.

          The light of day, however, revealed this:

          Argh by Paul F photos, on Flickr

          I guess the 4x4 was too high to actually hit the bumper. This makes me even more pissed off because if he'd hit the side of my car, his bullbar would have been in my face.

          Anyway, it looks like all the lights work at least. I'm still pissed off though, because I will have to replace it at some point and I don't have his details. Lesson learned: Check more thoroughly for damage after any incident.
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          '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by PaulF

            IMG_2072[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr


            IMG_2073[1] by Paul F photos, on Flickr



            Bought these Gaz coilovers...

            Looking forward to getting them fitted. With my exhaust getting built soon as well, things are really starting to come together for this car.
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            '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PaulF
              It's been a productive couple of days. On Friday I helped (read: watched) Dann build and install my exhaust. Dann's workmanship really is top notch and this looks and sounds amazing. It's a 2" (i.e. correct size) mandrel bent stainless system with 4-2-1 extractors sourced from Wozzah, high flow cat and 2 resonators. No muffler, so it's loud but not ridiculously loud. It's been built so that if I want to, we can cut the rear resonator off and weld in a high flow muffler like Goonie's setup which Dann built today (which also sounds amazing). Dann posted this in his own garage thread:

              Originally posted by NitroDann
              Paul Fs new setup.

              So much awesome it distorts his face.








              Tacked.

              Welded. Face distortion due to awesomeness.


              Didnt realise this photo was of the start/finish of the weld when I took it.






              Originally posted by PaulF
              I've been asked to make a video of how it sounds so I will try to do that in the next few days.

              The other development is that I went down to Sydney yesterday to pick up an NB8B driver's seat which I got off a forum member for a great price. It has had the famous "foamectomy" on the base and I'm really happy with the difference in seating position. It also should offer some head protection from a roll bar in future and it makes my interior a much nicer place to be IMO. Money well spent.
              ... And that brings us pretty much up to date. The coilovers haven't been fitted yet. I think I'll wait until after I get the car blue slipped and registered in NSW. In the meantime, I'm driving the car every day and it's putting a big smile on my face. Plenty to come for this car, budget permitting.
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              '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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              • #8
                NICE! do you think the car will pass blue slip with no muffler though?
                Keep up the good work!
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                • #9
                  Paul's Red '91 MX5

                  Hi Paul! I recognize your car from cartalk, good to see another 5 join the MCM forum!! Look forward to following your progress and hope you enjoy the MCM forum too, everyone here is great and really helpful
                  Red NA6 MX5

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                  • #10
                    Ive been wondering why you didnt have a thread on here :P

                    Looks good mate, can't wait to see it at the next mini meet
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                    • #11
                      Mad little project there mate!
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                      SLAYING THE COVENANT SINCE 2001

                      Check out my ute build here, from bogan BNS ute to mad 4x4

                      Originally posted by bassdee
                      shaking worse than michael j fox on a paint mixer.
                      Originally posted by Hound
                      Yeah guuize, im in bed with my missus too.. Palmela Handerson and I are having a great time.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for all the compliments guys.

                        Originally posted by kingtube69 View Post
                        NICE! do you think the car will pass blue slip with no muffler though?
                        Keep up the good work!
                        Not sure about the intake and exhaust for blue slip purposes. I'm going to try and discuss that with whoever I get to inspect it. If necessary, I can swap back to the standard intake and exhaust for the inspection.

                        It still has all the factory emissions gear and I don't think it's illegally loud or anything, but I'll see what they say.

                        By the way, if anyone knows a friendly guy for blue slips in the Newcastle area feel free to let me know.
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                        '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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                        • #13
                          Hey man,

                          Denison St Automotive (I think that's what they're called) in Hamilton are pretty easy going. My friend's TA22 Celica passed there with pretty average suspension, a reasonably loud exhaust and a fair bit of barely concealed rust. They also sell prawns Car looks like great fun by the way, and that exhaust is awesome! Hope you have no major trouble with your blue slip.

                          Simon.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Simon, I might check them out. Prawns, wtf? Haha... Your Pulsar looks like good fun too. You coming to the meet-up tomorrow night?
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                            '91 MX5, hard top, coilovers, 15's, intake, exhaust, much more to come

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                            • #15
                              that exhaust system must sound nice throughout the top rev-range. why is the manifold blue? you should paint it red to match the body, looking forward to seeing it again tonight.
                              i like it loud <<-- my build thread '64 mini ... van

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