Engine work, engine in and one other thing…

10 + 185hrs = 195 hrs

Lots has happened since my last post, again I’ve not got lost or given up, on July 1st I became a dad 🙂 Photo below in amongst the on topic car photos. So I’m now the proud owner of Joshua Oliver Mann, born at Oxford Hospital on July 1st at 8lbs 8 – I am now a very proud happy chap. And the wife is doing well, as am I, albeit less sleep.

For the time being I’m going to keep the car, I keep toying with whether it’s the right thing to do for many reasons, mainly time. However while it doesn’t deteriorate to much while dry in the garage under a cover I’m going to keep plugging away when I get time when Joshua is sleeping, and I’m not…

Besides progress wasn’t exactly fast before, why change now?


A bit of a braindump of photos below, engine has had a lot of serviceables, mostly thanks to mx5parts and littewick green mazda who are now detesting me as I order single bolts and single gaskets as I come to realise I need them.


To give the gist: new clutch kit, plugs, (overkill, too expensive) HT leads, thermostat, gaskets, waterpump, camlebelt and associated tensioners etc. The general stuff that makes sense to get done when the engine is not in the car.

Everything is pretty much back on the engine now, gearbox mated and with a nice orange cambox cover that was beautifully blasted locally for £15, why I ever mess about with brushes and wet and dry I don’t know, the finish was amazing.

Last weekend we were able to get the engine in the car, which considering I roped my wife in to help and Joshua was having a snooze wasn’t a mammoth job, front wheels on some wood for a little height, some tilting, grunting etc and it was in the general direction.

Needless to say the LH engine mount holes are in the wrong place, a bit of a remeasure and lineup, drilling and hole filing and we’re back to a better place. I just need to drill the holes for the gearbox mounts in the chassis, as I’ve seen elsewhere, masking tape to try and get relatively accurate is the knack I suspect.

next jobs will be a bit random I suspect, as i’m hoping not to go for the full completion kit (whether I will choose to regret this?) – there are a few bits I could focus on:

steering rack – then column etc

radiator and fan

fuel tank


needless to say these all need doing, but when these are sorted then I’d like to think I can go down the plumbing route and potentially use the tried and tested mazda coolant reroute plan, as I know a few WSCC pecam sprockets cambox cover cambox cover2 crank sprocket dolly engine front engine no cover engine sans waterpump engine work engine engine2 engine3 inlet manifold joshua baby locking flywheel silverstone stoneleigh under gearbox waterpumpeps have done with success.

Honestly, I’d like to have the engine run before getting much more in, especially given how long the engine has been standing, turning it over by hand is one thing I guess, but just to keep it moving would make me a bit happier. In which case I can use the exact existing wiring just to get to this stage, then look at replacing the original mx5 cluster etc when I have that level of progress.

That’s all for now, tiredly. Andy


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  • Dom  On August 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats on the birth of your son – will you be finished before he’s old enough to wield a spanner and help out? 😉

    I’m going to move one of the pipes in my coolant system. Instead of having it coming out of the thermostat at the rear and up and over the manifold I’m going to go across to the chassis and then along that to the radiator. It was fine whilst I had the standard manifold and heat shield, but now I’ve got the Westfield one that pipe is getting a lot of grief

  • andyismilesaway  On August 6, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Thank you, exciting times! I’ve had numerous comments around whether he could learn to drive in it for it’s first run out, I’d expect nothing less.

    Thanks for the info re the coolant pipes, I’m fast approaching having to think about how things get plumbed in, I see no reason to no do the reroute plan, so the tip across the manifold is a good one.

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