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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:22 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:56 pm 
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Its been a busy few weeks with the new Silver project...

New Caliper
New Rear Brake Pads
New Handbrake cable
HIDs removed
Horn wired up
All broken interior trim replaced

While i was tidying up the wiring under the steering column (its got a black box with a loom attached,but most of the loom is bunched up and not connected) I caught the accelerator pedal and it happened to move alot more than usual.

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It was cracked all the way along the plate,and only held on by the bend on the left (i snapped it off for ease of removal). What a ball ache that was to change!

While the rear wheel was off having the brakes sorted,i spotted these...

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Looks like they haven't moved in a long time,something else to look at sorting

It seems when ever i 'browse' eBay i end up spending money. Found a listing for some 'Mazda MX5 Mk1 Alloys',they had 4 bids at £102 ($136). Looking closer at the photos,the stamp in the centre was very distinguishable. I ended up winning them for £118 ($157)!

RS Watanabe 14x6 ET? (i'm guessing either 35 or 40) with 185/60 tyres (will need replacing)

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Yesterday (Monday 1st August) i took it for its MOT (yearly inspection for those over seas) and she passed with a couple of advisories

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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:47 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:35 pm 
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Fitted the Deep Corn Nardi that was removed from the Purple car

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Received a delivery from Driftworks

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We dropped the RS Watanabe's off at a local Powder Coater last week. They didn't have the colour we wanted,they didn't have a sample either. He said if we allow him to go ahead with the colour,he'll do it at a lower price. I'm glad we took the gamble cos they're stunning!

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Stuck some Uniroyal Rain Expert 185/60r14 on and got them mounted on the car. The car also had the rear camber arms free'd off,greased and adjusted,new track rod ends and an alignment. Garage said it was the worst car they've seen a long time :( oops!

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Also fitted some clear Headlamps from eBay

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:49 pm 
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I still want an MX5 :( Well Jell :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:38 pm 
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Yesterday (Sunday 21st August) myself and a few friends headed over to Santa Pod Raceway for their Run What You Brung events. Having never done this i was pretty nervous...

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MX5 - 200hp
MR2 Turbo - 363hp
Astra GSi - 276hp
Leon - 325hp

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It wasn't until my last run of the day that i found the Intercooler pipe on the Charger side wasn't attached. By the time we managed to get it fixed the track had closed. The times aren't the best for the car spec,but i now have targets to beat for next time

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:38 pm 
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Headed into the city where a new light tunnel had been put up. Would have been rude not to get some snaps

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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:31 pm 
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Certainly not the most exciting christmas present you'd usually receive,but i'm thankful :)
Received an engine stand and a 1.6 UK long nose engine. Compression is very good 198/202/210/210.

Plans are to strip it down and clean everything up with a lick of paint or powder coat. Will also be fitting a coolant re-route,COPs,GarageStar pulleys (already have these). Replace majority of the gaskets and seals and the usual service stuff.

The supercharger will also get a new coat of paint along with new intercooler pipes as and when the current engine is removed :)

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Managed to grab a set of Toyota Coil On Plugs at a very good price. Even better that the wiring has already been sorted

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Been collecting a box of parts ready

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Today (Weds 4th Jan) i was finally able to degrease the block inbetween the rainy showers. Theres a few smaller areas that need cleaning (behind the silver tape for example) but its 90% ready for paint. I've switched from aerosol to brush on as it'll be easier to do with the unexpected weather at the moment

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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:57 am 
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Any reason for the new lump, or "Just Being Careful"?

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Just caught up on your latest progress, still love this thing. Really makes me want one :S

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:02 pm 
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Any reason for the new lump, or "Just Being Careful"?


Current engine suffered from bad bore wash and low compression from when i tried to fix it at the end of last year. I've always wanted to learn how to do stuff like cambelt change etc but without the worry of not having a car on the road. This seemed like a great way of doing it,plus the Monster gets a healthier engine

Fitted a front Stainless Tow Hook from Jass Performance along with their new Interior Mirror and retro style oil cap. I also fixed the broken side light on one of the TSIs.

While the bumper was off i refitted my HIDs as the current bulbs are pretty useless

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With the car breaking down back in September i was starting to have enough of it,this meant it didn't get cleaned for 4 months! :( The other half kindly cleaned it for me,as it always seemed to rain when ever i had a day off :/

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:16 pm 
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Made alot of progress with the spare engine recently

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:45 pm 
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It was that time of year where my local car club organise a charity meet raising money for Big C Cancer and to remember our good friend Mark. Weather held out and we filled the car park again,raising £1161 on the night

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The other half has been wanting to do a group photoshoot of our cars,luckily the cars stayed clean and the weather was dry

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:55 pm 
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The past month its been abit of an Import theme

Initial D Vol 1 book

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Hyper REVs the first 4 issues for the NA/NB MX5

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(Another) Dcuatro Light Cover

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And my latest purchase,this will be kept a secret for alittle while until i sort some other stuff out

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The past 4 and bit weeks the car has been back at the bodyshop having repairs done

Mazdaspeed bumper repaired and repainted
Front wide arches/flares removed
New wide arches/flares painted and fitted
Wings/fenders painted
Driver side rear wide arch/flare repaired
Bonnet hinge replaced

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I'm also re-living my child hood abit and been purchasing alot of old gaming consoles and games. Collection is growing nicely (and pretty fast). I move out late summer,gotta get the spare room well equipped :P

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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 6:20 pm 
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Abit of an update

Went to the Spring Performance Action Day at Castle Combe
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Went to Japfest at Silverstone a couple of weekends ago
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Last year i was approached by a big UK Car Magazine. We've had to cancel the photoshoot 3 times due to the car keep breaking. All was looking good,so had the car valeted by a friend ready for the photoshoot. The weather was certainly on our side and i'm eagerly waiting for the issue to be published.

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I've had one of Aran's M45 inlets it sitting in the garage for about a year,it was time to finally fit it. While the supercharger was off i did an oil change and fitted a new belt and tensioners.

Also while the supercharger was off i replaced the L shaped hose inbetween the Waterpump inlet and metal joiner (which goes to the lower radiator hose) as i'm pretty certain thats the cause of my coolant leak.

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You may remember in my previous post (if not,scroll up ^) that i received a package from Japan. That was a brand new RX7 FD3S 99spec front splitter! I've seen one other car with it fitted on a Mazdaspeed bumper and i fell in love. It was a gamble as i didnt know what the fitment would be like.

With the original lip discontinued from Mazda,i had to improvise. Its far from perfect,its not the correct shape but i think i did a good job with getting it on.

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As you can see,i didn't fix the coolant leak :( I need the front crank seal,timing belt and waterpump changing so fingers crossed its waterpump related.

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 Post subject: Re: Hoodedreeper's MX5 The Purple Monster
PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 10:30 pm 
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Y'know when you get an idea in your head,and you can't tell if its going to be a good or bad idea...well...that may have happened.

Every year it seems i do something drastic with the car and its always a risk. I've had an idea about having a livery designed and fitted to the car for almost a year now. I contacted Tom at Infamous Creations (he's done some awesome drift car designs for drivers across the globe) as i knew he'd be the guy to speak to.

A few months went by with ideas being thrown back and forth. I've always loved the HKS livery and knew that would be the one for MX5. So Tom drew out the pattern as a base and we built it from there. The design ended up looking like this:

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I wasn't too keen on my photography logo being as big as that,but that could be changed later on. I emailed a local graphics company (Unique Signs) with the render back in June 2016. We got the design sorted,the guys took lots of measurements and the graphics were fitted this week. I collected the car on Thursday (25th May) ready for the Modified Nationals show the following day.

After getting back from the show today (Sunday 28th May) i stopped off at a previous location i took for photos not long after i bought it

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:54 pm 
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A couple more photos of when i got the car back

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My Car Club's new window sticker

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And a couple i took from the show

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:30 pm 
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Jass Performance have been developing their flush headlights for awhile now. Yesterday i received the first set off the production line and fitted them to the Monster.

Fitment still needs tweaking on the corners. Please bare in mind my bonnet and bumper are FRP and the bumper is sagging abit,so fitment isnt as spot on to a stock car. Also my Intercooler pipe is sitting higher for some reason (another job to do)

Assembly was simple,took longer to align them in all honesty. The expansion bottle has to be moved back approx 5cm,all hardware and brackets are included.

The beam pattern is fine and hasn't been effected. I've experienced zero drag or air turbulance from them. I cant see it being any different to when pop ups are up.

Vlad should have them up on the website with a write up over the week/next week

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I've been busy....

Jass Performance Stainless NB Heater Controls Cover

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Garage Star / Circuit Sport Expansion Tank (looks tiny compared to the OEM tank)

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Did a quick photoshoot at night,pretty pleased with the outcome

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My DIY airbox is now finished. Made the sides from Aluminium and the insulation is from eBay. The silver ducting i got from work,which will be replaced with something more rigid (that doesnt split so easy)

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Last night's purchase was a set of AWD Dials. Its been one of those rare parts i've dreamt of owning but these never come up for sale. I'm swapping my current dials for these plus there was some cash on top. Worked out quite alot but oh well,you only live once

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Currently waiting for a Rev9 order to be shipped,more on that once it arrives :)

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