Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

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This section of where you guys can show off the progress you make as your build comes together of your clubman, give details of any modification progress, share pictures etc. There are just a few rules that need to be followed for this forum to stay nice, clean and easy to use:

1. ONE thread per project please. You all have access to edit your own posts, so do that. You may post as many times as you feel like it within your allocated thread.
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Important : As this was a exsisting forum moved to its new home all exsisting build diarys will carry on as they are but by the new rules

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Wanganui7
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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:47 pm

In the evening after work packed the wife into the passenger seat and we set out for a first run. Headed north out of Wanganui for about 20 km, not going to far incase we suffered some problems. But car ran faultlessly. Great around corners but with a soft ride. Incredible braking. I had set the engine timing advance to 10 degrees as recommended on the mx5 race forums. The power is very docile up to 4000 revs then comes on strong. Am thrilled with the overall car, better than my old Striker in every respect. Still lots to add to it in the coming months , but so happy to finally have it road legal.
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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:31 pm

After first run the leaking thermostat gasket came back to haunt me. Fitted a new one for the second drive and this time no problems. Had no co-pilot this time so was able to push it a lot harder . I'm going to get my wife to film it when I can get to Manfield. Have a look how it sits through the corners and if it would benefit from a front anti roll bar, as I've already fitted the mounting points for one.

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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:02 pm

Having a problem with clutch today. Pedal going to the floor but resorvoir is full and no leaks. Clutch operation has always been good , so this is sudden failure. Will take out of car and check. There's a bit of talk on the net of slave cylinders failing.

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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:41 pm

Replaced the clutch master and slave cylinders and have cured the problem. Although the car is now on the road, the build goes on. I have folded up a tool box to fit over the diff. Large enough to store the jack, handle, pump and a few tools. Also have purchased a few chrome fittings for the roof frame.
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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:08 pm

The four week lockdown has given me time to work on the rear cover. Just need the corners welding, when I can get back to work, and powder coating. Dog didn't approve of the boot space ,but it's all I could manage. Maybe I could get him a pair of goggles. Am also moving the inside rear view mirror down nearer the dash and might reposition the outside mirrors a bit higher.
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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Thu May 21, 2020 7:04 pm

After a few runs post the covid 19 lockdown I've added some wind deflectors to the screen. $20 of 3mm polycarb and 20 minutes work hopefully will help keep me a bit warmer on the cold mornings ahead.
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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Thu May 21, 2020 7:13 pm

Am thinking about upgrading the rear shock springs. I'm using 180 lb springs and have managed to bottom them out a few times on uneven roads at speed, so might increase to 225 lb. Will bump up the dampening first to see what effect it has.

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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by feckn7 » Thu May 21, 2020 9:33 pm

I made a pair of wind deflectors like yours - makes a huge difference.
I've since made new ones which are longer on the bottom edge and sloping backward a bit so now they not only stop the wind from coming around the windscreen but also the wind that used to come around the bottom of the old deflectors and straight into my kidneys

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Re: Wanganui, Mcsorely 442E / MX5

Post by Wanganui7 » Sun May 31, 2020 2:50 pm

During the weekends run with the Fraser car club, had a fuel line to the regulator come off with car grinding to a halt. Reattached it with help from a local in Pihiatua and had no further problems on the trip home. The cold mornings start to the tour showed up a need for doors , so will be on the list of things to do. Also will wind up the rear springs to increase ride height a bit.
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