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Last Sunday i embarked on another roadtrip,this one was certainly worth it!

I've been searching for a Garage Vary bonnet ever since i had the previous MX5. I had missed out on countless chances,but i finally managed to get my hands on one!

Another reason why i wanted one so much,was because the Monster had one,when it was over in Japan









A massive thank you to AK Automotive for giving me first refusal and for keeping hold of it for me :)

Today (Thursday 5th February) i trial fitted the //WORK Meisters and Arches











Also got my Pistonheads Smiley fitted :D



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Time for an update!

Chrome Bonnet lifters fitted,incredible how much room these now give,and makes it look a lot neater without the bonnet prop there



Track Dog Racing Manifold blanket arrived from Moss Europe



There were a number of comments on Instagram with regards to me fitting this incorrectly,i can inform you that it isn't :)



Since fitting the Garage Vary and having some heavy rain. I noticed the Supercharger pulleys had started to get some surface rust. During a quiet afternoon at work I made a cover to help deflect the water. So far its worked a treat



With my first Track Day coming up,i thought I'd do some little bits and pieces ready

TRS Tow Strap and Steel Tow Hook fitted



Not a necessity,but I fitted new Bonnet Pins and also re-fitted the stock Door Mirrors (cant see anything in the Auto Blaze mirrors,especially for a track day)



Fire Extinguisher Mount made (just need to round the edges and paint it)



I did some more JDM parts hunting. In particular two items that the Monster had fitted when over in Japan. I don't want to replicate the car completely,but have bits and pieces fitted again

Dcuatro Headlight Cover



Zoom Fuel Lid



I've also had the Rear 1.8 Dimpled/Grooved Discs,Ferodo Pads and HEL stainless hoses fitted


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I apologise,after looking at the heat blanket again,i have fitted it back to front oops


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When I first got the car,there was a sticker covering the aerial hole. From what I can understand,these were issued out to show your level of skill? (I could be completely wrong)

I found a blog from about 4-5 years ago by 7Tune who was selling them. I also found them on the D.Speed website,but I never received a reply from either. So I contacted Ben Geany to see if he could replicate it,this man is a genius when it comes to graphic design and vinyl printing/making!



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You may remember a couple of posts back I mentioned I attended a Car Meet for my friend who was battling cancer. Mark sadly lost the battle,and I thought it was time to get his sticker added to the car



Yesterday (Tues 3rd March) I went to my very first track day at Snetterton! Arriving full of nerves and worry I headed out on track for the sighting laps and then a quick novice session before the day kick started.

It took some time getting used to it as I wasn't used to this style of driving. I could have entered the corners with more speed,or I could have turned in later. But I didn't want to put too much stress on the car or get over confident and end up binning it.

















I had to put some purple vinyl on the front to stop the bonnet lifting,did the job though :)

I even managed to get some passenger laps in Roddison's Mk3 Race Car,Norfolk Fives' Red5 and Fast Eddy's Smart Forfour Brabus!

Overall,an awesome day! Now I wanna buy more parts :/

Heres the GoPro video. I probably done a lot of things incorrect but oh well feck it lol

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Such a great little car you've got! I love reading your progress, and I'm glad you're having an amazing time with it.

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After the track day a couple of weeks ago,i needed abit more support,i was trying to push myself into the seat around the corners and ended up having bad back ache for a few days after.

So I was on the hunt for a cheap bucket seat. This Sparco Sprint V seat appeared on ebay and I got it for a decent price. Knowing the stock seat runner fits with minor adjustment,i knew it was worth paying abit more for that



It didn't take long to get the runner modified and bolted on



My Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres arrived,i went for 205/50/15 in the end



And fitted,damn these wheels look awesome now!





They've got a tiny bit of stretch,abit more than I was expecting but nevermind. These will do until I can find a decent 215 or 225 that's for road use and isn't gonna require a visit to the bank manager lol



And here's a sneak peak of whats to come ;)



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Photos speak louder than words ;)



















Wide Arches from Fast5.co.uk
Mazdaspeed Bumper
Dcuatro Light Cover
Garage Vary Bonnet colour coded
Garage Vary Tail Lights adjusted/modified
//Work Meister S1 15x9j ET0 Uniroyal Rainsport3 205/50/15


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This afternoon consisted of not very exciting things...painting calipers :/

But it was a good opportunity to test out some spacers. I ended up with 10mm on the front (the wheels catch the bumper on turning without them,so this will be interesting) and 25mm on the back.



Still loads of room in the arches,shall see how I get on







And a random photo from the other night



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Finally got round to getting the Stainless Elbow welded and fitted to the car! Need to get the Inlet welded to the charger (as it keeps coming loose) aswell as making a support bracket due to the extra weight.



Bought some Toyota COPs (these will be on a back-burner until I've got a gap inbetween car shows)



Today I had the car detailed by Stuart at . Stuart was here for almost 10 hours,and what an INCREDIBLE job he's done! Heres a quick run down of the work.

Engine Bay cleaned
Rubber and plastics cleaned and dressed
Chrome and Metal cleaned and sealed
Under Bonnet cleaned

Exterior Paint Washed
Chemical Detamination
Clay Bar
Machine Polish
Glaze
Waxed

Wheels cleaned and sealed
Exhaust and exterior chrome cleaned and sealed

Interior and Exterior Glass cleaned
Interior plastics and chrome cleaned and sealed
Leather Upholstry cleaned and conditioned

I'm sure i've missed a few things out lol

It would have been rude not to take some photos

















I cant recommend him enough! I don't think I'd let anyone else detail it,will definitely be using him again!


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I've been sitting on the fence about getting a strut brace since the charger has been fitted. Very disappointed that the Mazdaspeed Brace wouldn't fit over,and I wasn't 100% sold on using an OEM brace. So I fired an email over to Moss Europe to enquire about their Cobalt 3pt brace,and I was informed that it would fit. Very fast delivery from them as always,and they were true to their word!





I also ordered a 45* silicone elbow for the air filter to get rid of that air ducting which was damaged and frayed



Awhile back SpeedHunters posted a photo on their Instagram asking to see their reader's rides that were Supercharged,ready for their next article. I thought I'd send them some photos and info,knowing that there are some SERIOUS cars around the world,mine would never be picked.

How wrong was I! Happened to look on their site to see if the article was published. Scrolling through reading about the numerous cars they've chosen across the world until I stumbled on photos of the Purple Monster!

You can read the article here >>


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It is a very good piece of work you've built there. It deserves the attention. Well done :)

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A month or so ago I trial fitted some 25mm hubcentric spacers to the back. The wheels caught the arches pretty badly,so purchased a pair of 20mm spacers from FreakyParts and got them fitted.

With the 20mm spacers,the original studs protruded through by a couple of threads,not allowing the wheel to sit flush against the spacer. Once those were trimmed,they fitted like a glove





On Friday I took a road trip across the country ready for Japfest at Castle Combe. A couple of days before the show,a friend asked if I could help out on a trade stand,a valeting company called .







Last but not least,some AWESOME news I've kept quiet for awhile....

You may remember a couple of posts ago I had the car professionally valeted,this wasn't for just any reason. I had been approached by who were photographing it on behalf of Banzai Magazine!

Cant thank Matt enough for the awesome photos,cant believe its been published this quickly! Its available to download from Monday 18th and in the shop Thursday 21st!











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Think its time for an update :)

First of all I did a little drive by video,as I realized I haven't got a video since its been mapped and the belt slip has been sorted

https://vimeo.com/128187251

Today I removed the charger to make up some support brackets. Since the new stainless elbow adds weight to the end,i noticed the inlet now has some slight movement.



While the charger was off I did an oil change. Considering it was supposed to have 20 delivery miles when I bought it,the oil says differently!



Gave the charger and inlet a lick of paint,looks good as new! Also cut down the silicone elbow for the Air Filter as I noticed the foam filter itself keeps coming off. But it seems it works itself loose from vibration,so will be ordering a smaller filter.



I also had the CD of photos from the Banzai Magazine photoshoot come through the post today. Here are some shots that didn't appear in the magazine (and some that did)















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I've had my TR Lane cage powder coated for awhile, finally got around to fitting it





Which meant I could finally fit the Carbon Miata seat belt extenders too :)



I've been meaning to do an Over The Rad Intercooler set up for awhile (I should have done it at the beginning really). Managed to get everything off eBay for a reasonable price



With some help from H&S Performance (as always,a flawless job!) they moved the radiator and fitted the new set up (inc getting the IAT boss welded).

Today I made a new slam panel and tensioner cover. With the old tensioner cover,i think the water was coming up underneath causing the tensioners to corrode. I'll see if this helps,fingers crossed it does :)

Just need to paint both covers,but I ran out of time today :(







I made a eyelet in the corner of the cover and used the bracket on the PAS hose to connect both. I used a spare top hat spacer from the seatbelt to space the gap. Its nice and solid now with no movement.

Just realized I left my ratchet on the top mount...oops!







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When they come up with a word for "Awesome" to the 97th power I'll use it to describe this car.

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For awhile I've been thinking about some more gauges,but the issue was on where to put them. The current AFR gauge was in a pod on top of the steering column cowl. I did start making a gauge pod in the air bag awhile ago,but they point towards the roof (not ideal). I couldn't find a RHD A-Pillar pod either,i could get one made but it would work out a lot of money.

So I ended up swapping out the double din JVC to a single din and putting the gauge panel above the radio.

I also painted the radio and gear surrounds Gloss White to tie in the roll cage,wheels and engine bay.

I just need to fit the oil sandwich plate to get the Oil Temp gauge working





Also added these,i know its not to everyone's tastes,but then again,neither is the whole car to some lol



Recently I was tagged in a Facebook page that sells those dress up kits. But his counter sunk washers have names engraved. So I bought a couple of packs to test and try out













And some photos from a couple of local meets/shows





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Pulled the Monster apart again,this time ready to fit the Oil Sandwich Plate and do an oil change





Got the Oil Temp sensor plumbed and working fine :) Its gonna take awhile to get use to reading it in Fahrenheit rather than Celsius.

The backbox had been rattling for a number of months so finally got round to ordering a new one from I.L Motorsport. Abit disappointed the silence box has started to tarnish from the heat,i guess theres nothing that can prevent that :(



Received an order from Jass Performance too

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Oil dipstick handle



Last but not least,my custom engraved Sill Covers. The photos don't do these justice,these are incredible!





The other half and her sister have just bought a car together,i had zero influence on the decision....honestly!



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That clock binnacle is looking more and more like an upside down Triumph Vitesse ;)

Superb build, and now you have another car to "influence" ;)

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At the beginning of the year I was offered a boot spoiler which I was indecisive about getting,as I wasn't sure it would suit my car. Then I found this photo which sold it for me



I searched high and low for a Mazdaspeed A-Spec Type 1 boot spoiler and couldn't find one (checked all UK and US forums and even Yahoo Auctions). Until I got a message from Derrick @ Cork Sport saying he's got one,and to make him an offer. He accepted and a couple of weeks later it was with me



I've only got 2 more shows this year,so i'll wait till Winter to get it painted and fitted :)

The local MX5OC area were invited to a Family and Friends day at RAF Marham (Full album can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 756&type=3)



You could say mine stuck out a little





Next show was Silverstone Classic,a very very wet day at Silverstone with the MX5OC but still a very good day (Full album can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 756&type=3)





In the photos above you'll see I've also had my new Black Vinyl Robbins hood fitted that I got from MOSS awhile ago. Much much better and the glass screen has made a massive difference!

Today (Tues 4th Aug) I received my Aluminium Window Handles from Carbon Miata. These have finished the doorcards off perfectly and match Carbon Miata's Door Pulls and KG Works Door Handles a treat!







I've also had an OEM undertray fitted to help reduce the water from splashing onto the Supercharger Tensioners,sadly no photos


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Another little addition I've been working on are some LED under bonnet lights.

I originally fitted 2x 17cm White COB strips under the wings,which provided a lot of light to the sides but I needed something from above. Not wanting to cut too much into Garage Vary bonnet,i placed one below the catch. Feeding the wires through the two skins and out above the hinge. I then tucked the wires as best as I could behind the hinge,through underneath the scuttle panel and through the bulk head.

Here's a little video (taken on my phone) Remember to watch in HD :)

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Today is 2 years since i took ownership of the car,what a crazy 2 years thats been!













Finally got my personal number plate transfered onto the car (i know the front plate is wonky,i need to adjust the bracket)



Last Sunday i attended the MX5 National Rally







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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:21 pm 
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I ran out of words to describe how cool this car is months ago. :)

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