Cool sunroof bro... James' MX5
Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:24 PM
Along came fail number 1. Fudged turbo. So I got given a new turbo. Bolted that in. Turbo number 2 failed (had had a dodgy rebuild in the past we think, and had been sitting for years).
So then I thought "ah bugger it" and the project began, and since then it's been sitting in my garage in various states of undress.
So here I give you, one British racing green Miata...
I ditched that spoiler, was really a love it/hate it thing and I decided I hated it.
Original turbo was a TD04L, ditched that and went to a bit of a hybrid VJ14 with which died, now I'm going to run a T25 from a silvia that seems to be in good nick. The old oil return was dodgy, so that's kind of why I've pulled it all apart, proper dash lines, a proper oil return, proper water feeds, etc. Also doing a manual conversion while it's off the road.
Here's the second turbo setup I ran. Note the dodgy oil return line running all the way across the engine bay. Yeah nah that was crap...
All gone now, here's the new setup as it sits ready to have the IC piping and downpipe all made up...
I've got the next few days off work with the plan of getting as much done as I can, got a sweet Toda flywheel to go in, will be taking an old clutch in to autoclutch to be rebuilt, picking up some more fittings tomorrow and pulling the engine and box out on friday so it's all on the stand and easy to work on.
Been 4 months or so of annoyance, but hopefully it'll be plain sailing when it's all back together! Pleny more pics, etc to come.
Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:00 AM
Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:15 AM
i do like that colour on these....turbo rwd in a light mx5....fun...
Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:02 PM
Sweet colour. Wheels are pretty choice. I'm amazed someone turboed an auto?! What ECU is it running? Standard internals?
Yeah dunno why he kept it auto, although the gearbox seems to have held up fine. Far too rev happy for a turbo though! It's running an Autronic ecu, and yeah, standard internals.
Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:04 PM
are you still trying to sell this on TM?
Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:46 PM
Posted 10 July 2011 - 10:25 PM
Still got much to do, but moving in the right direction...
Posted 10 July 2011 - 11:07 PM
Posted 10 July 2011 - 11:09 PM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 05:30 PM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 05:40 PM
Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:00 PM
did you buy this from wellington by any chance? my motorsport club president had one in british racing green with the what i can remember was a apexi turbo kit on it
Leon's was manual wasnt it?
'83 KE70 Corolla sedan
Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:56 PM
Posted 04 August 2011 - 12:03 PM
On the interior side of things, everything's bolted back in, there's a gear shifter poking through the centre console and today I bought a leather boot from repco, and seeing I couldn't find a way to attach it nicely, I figured I'd bolt it...
So I'll fit that back in tonight. I need to make a trip to MX5mart for the boots that seal around the gear shifter under the centre console, a new hazard/popup light switch as mine has been buggered since I got it. I figure I might as well get the 1.8L brakes while I'm down there as well as a new throttle cable seeing I managed to stretch mine when pulling the motor out. I knew there was something I hadn't seen!
Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:44 PM
Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:49 PM
So tonight I put oils in the engine and box, finished properly fitting the turbo and thought ah why not. Lets start the thing up! No exhaust yet, so she's loud. Still bits and bobs to do but there's no leaks or anything so I'm happy. Clutch engages properly too.
Its looking sweet man, can't wait to see a road run
Posted 11 September 2011 - 08:54 PM
Going to heat wrap the downpipe before it's all finished as well. Should look pretty good!
Posted 05 October 2011 - 01:07 PM
So far I'm absolutely rapt with how it drives, on 6psi it's quite rapid and once I wind up the boost (after the clutch is properly bed in and I know it's going to run well) it should be a real weapon!
Intake space was quite tight so this was about the best we could do for now...
Also got my stickers from ihatestickers.com on Monday (took nearly 2 months to arrive!).
So for now I'm just enjoying it, but up and coming mods are a roll bar, replacing all the speakers, and a front lip.
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