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How long?

Actually that’s worth pointing out. 560hours to IVA, not 120 or whatever it is you say Westfield ūüôā

To be fair that included a lot of MX5 breaking, head scratching and learning. still 560hours…

Rack causing me headaches

rack

All sorts… windscreen, fillet, wiring, rollbar, bootbox

65+435 = 500hours

Five hundred hours!? say it fast and that’s okay I think. Where does the time go? both in terms of me updating my blog and working on the car. getting there though…

All sorts in this update, early on sorting some more of the wiring, not sure what to say here, it was just relentless but eventually I’ve something that works all the electronics on the car. Dials, switches, lights are in, the dash is now in too, looks rather good if I say so myself.

Great to see all the switches working, lights etc all doing as we’d hope, even the tacho works – some calibration to do on the speedo.

Next on to the windscreen, arrived in an expensive wooden box (I recall you do actually pay for this :))

Fitting the windscreen was one of those jobs that makes a big difference, but to be entirely honest wasn’t that difficult (I will cover the fillet in a moment…). With help from the wife it was manouvered in place and the windscreen pillars fitted with the 4 bolts. with a little help from a wooden pole with a few markings on it to ensure the windscreen rake was right.

The fillet. What can I say that covers it or helps anyone else. The manual says it may need trimming – not incorrect. It must have gone on and off 25 times, my tip would be to leave only a small amount of fillet poking inside the windscreen pillar, not trim it down mm by mm. It does flex quite a bit so at least that was a bit forgiving.

Wiper motor and wheel boxes? not a lot of pain here, but there was certainly some fettling to do to get both the wiper boxes, rubber mount things and the fillet sitting anywhere near correct. I did still end up with one wiper arm at a different angle to the other, but a look at Stoneleigh shows me they’re all like that sir.

At last I’ve started the fitting o fthe lovely playskool MSA bar, and it was very simple instructiions to fix, also changes the look of the¬†car, just a bit of grunting and swearing to get the holes to line up. Also a set of ratchet straps are key here it seems. Trial fit didn’t have these, that was a pain.

For the boot box/panel I toyed with a few options, cut up the stock bootbox, fit something complex, or what I settled on, a carbon flat panel – carbon nv did a wonderful job of putting a¬†panel together, and I’ve taken the brave step of chopping it up to fit the car. Not before I made a foil¬†(wife was out for this bit) and then a¬†cardboard template.

Advice was permagrit bits and mask, gloves etc while cutting it, it is oddly quite satisfying to work with, rather like fibreglass, where as because it’s strong I kind of expected it to¬†be harder, it’s not, it’s quite malleable.

Next steps are to cut¬†the panel into 3 sections, 2 to fit around the rollbar diagonal, one to be a middle large access removable panel, that the¬†makes fitting the¬†rollbar¬†easier, as of course the harness eyebolts need to go in at the¬†same time – that’ll be fun!

Final thing – seats are on order from JK composites ūüôā should be with me in 2 weeks ish.

Before then I’d love to have the boot¬†panel in, rollbar fitted, carpets fitted (they arrived eventually, no rush Westfield ūüôā )and electrics with a line drawn under them

Then the list¬†will indeed be smaller. In not that long I need to think about when to book the IVA, especially¬†if there is a 2 month wait. book the IVA, words I never thought id; say…

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Coolant Reroute

220+15hrs = 235hrs

Again, I have not fallen off the edge of the planet, updating the blog has become something that gets slotted into a sleep for the little one, when I am not catching up. Averaging 2 hours a week of work on the car, so slowly slowly catchy monkey. On the subject of Monkeys my little 7 month old has another cold ūüė¶ garage time could be used for sleeping in the garage.

I digress. The much talked about coolant reroute, it’s documented in numerous places, links below, but more pics and description cannot hurt. The stock mazda coolant layout has the thermostat at the front of the block where the top rad mount takes the hot water, through a nice case ali fitment. The water enters through another cast piece on the front, lower section of the block, with a few spurs to take water of to the back of the block, ultimately for heater type uses. Here comes the need to a coolant rethink – the stock mazda fitment has a heater, a hose takes water off the back of the head for routing around the heating system – the WF has no heater, hence no coolant flow to the back of the head.

The concept of the reroute is AFAIK similar to that used on the mazda 323 and quite well documented for WF and non-WF blogs

some links I squirreled are here:

http://forum.wscc.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic/105177-another-mx5-coolant-reroute-question/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So my reroute is following exactly these principals, with a few things of note. I blocked off the front block opening with a piece of aluminium plate – the I’ve fitted the temperature sensor normally fitted to the back of the block here – wire to be extended. Also fitted a bleed screw at the top of the new blanking plate as that seemed a sensible
option.
Hoses were from AshHoses, who with their 15% off (code = ashhoses) have been excellent. I’ve never dealt with silicone hoses before, I knew they looked nice, but no dealings-they’re quite pleasant to work with, pretty forgiving, and choppable with a sharp Stanley blade and a hose clip to get a straight-ish edge.
For the rear of the head I’ve sealed the new fitting (1.6 housing) outlet that’s not required. a M16 (I recall) fine thread bolt was located on ebay to fill this gap – and some sealant and a copper washer.
now with the original casting that was on the front of the engine now fitted where the water pump inlet is it just needed plumbing up.
rigid ali pipe used along the length of the chassis rail and some nice blue hoses from ASH to fill the gaps. they also provide some ali joints with spurs of different dia attached, saved a welding convo with someone…
pics below! quite a satisfying job. Only a couple of notes:
The rad lower outlet is pretty close to the steering rack rubber covers – the hose is pulled away appropriately with cable ties.
If/When I fit a water temperate sensor to go with an aftermarket gauge where will the sensor go? I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it:)
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Prepping and removing tape from dash wiring loom

90 + 2 = 92

removing all the existing black tape from this bit of loom, and sorting and labling what I knew what it was ūüôā

ensured bits didnt fall all over the place with some token green and yellow tape.

As an aside – I was trying to establish what I did and didnt need under the mazdas bonnet, there seemed a lot of peripherals.

After some reasearch it seems the Carbon canister isnt needed, lots of mx5 enthusiasts remove it.

removes the carbon canister, a few pipes and a vacuum host from the throttle body. need to keep the solenoid to save from an ECU error it seems – not a limp home error, but an error none the less – in two minds about keepingthe solenoid.

identifying parts +2 = 15

Spent some time indoors figuring out what some of the bits are in the boxes – not as easy as it sounds with the vague descriptions.

also spent some time looking at the bigger parts outside – at least have a bit of a grip on what is what now. Mysery bits identified as well now – one is a “crap stopper” that stops bits getting in the arches, others are a seatbelt reel cover and a rectangle of metal to go on the tunnel.

hopefully have a grip on what some of the parts are now!

A couple of piccies of the garage

A mess… I didnt quite envisage the chassis being that bit (although i knew its dimensions!) and how many other bits and bobs id get… lots of identifying to happen.

Kit arrived!

Very happy – the nice people at Westfield had the kit sent after the slip up around collection.

So it appeared in a transit and trailer – and here it is!

Very excited, and i have been over some of the documents – next job is lots of part lableing, and figuring out what is what!

piccies to follow – very excited