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  1. Right. I've been slack as shit on updating this. Where to start? Hilux diff has been sold. I have front and rear mx5 subframes siting in the garage, Mx5 d2 adjusties, steering rack etc. The gearbox tunnel has been finished. Engine has had a rattle can rebuild. Am going to start notching the rear chassis and floor to fit the IRS rear end. Car is going to get 50mm flares all around to fit the wider subframes. Have decided to keep the rota in it.
  2. From what I've read the nb torsen diff will handle up to 350whp. If that's the case it's plenty for a 3S.
  3. Mx5 diffs are decently strong. Theres heaps of options of factory lsd, aftermarket lsd and diff ratios. The beauty of the beams is that its a very well known engine that has been done heaps of times and has a tonne of aftermarket support. I can buy an off the shelf wiring loom for the link with the plugs and everything for the ITBS ready to go. The adapters are off the shelf. And parts are cheap as chips. Plus the 6 speed comes attached to most of them. I think the beams will lay down around 180hp atw with itb and cams but will make much better torque through the rev range. Also, they're
  4. So I've got a few disgusting ideas rolling around in my head. The first is that I'm going to fit an mx5 IRS set up to this thing. Second is I'm considering seeing if I can make the mx5 front subframe and suspension fit so that I can utilize all the aftermarket parts available and also swap to a power steering rack. Last is I'm considering swapping out the 12a for a beams 3sge with ITB. I feel like the beams might be a more appropriate engine for the car. As much as I love the rota if it goes boom I'm going to have a hell of a time rebuilding it being a 12a. I think the 3sge will be
  5. Ok so a bit of a better update. Someone suggested yanking the gear lever while giving the car a boot load and I managed to pop it out of 3rd. I changed out the fluid and found no signs of metal so was hopeful. I realize at this point that the box has issues but hoped if I drove it like a normal human it would suffice until I could get the car legal and then spend money on the fun things like IDA, electronic dizzy, light weight flywheel and new gearbox. Unfortunately after going out for a test drive the noise that I thought was ujs seems to have got worse and once it warmed up it jammed in 3rd
  6. Fuck it. Killed the gearbox. Its stuck in 3rd. Will pull it out and strip it down.
  7. Boring update but will add it for my own records Got drivers window sorted Got headlights working Got seatbelts, rear 1/4 interior pieces and rear seats back in. Spent forever getting the boot popper in and working properly. Probably could have done a engine rebuild in the time it took to get that thing working smoothly. A couple of photos of the boot popper for storytelling appeal. Then I got it out and went for a dodgy, green stickered, no wof, no cert drive around the local industrial area for about 15 minutes to iron out any issues and get
  8. They say answer to every question can be found if you just look hard enough. This was proven tonight. Question: Does the exhaust hit the gearbox cross member? Answer: I suspected that might have been one of the last noises I was hearing. So I thought I'd better sort it out. And like some terrible magic trick we have clearance. Yeah, maybe I erred past the point of caution into unnecessary but eh. Tomorrow I attempt to fix the driver door window and finish the handbrake off.
  9. Got it out for a little drive. Man, its so nice to drive now compared to when I got it. Most of the random noises are gone, the engine vibration through the whole car is gone. The brakes still suck but thats on the list. Booked in for lowering on the 25th. Looking forward to getting it slammed.
  10. Managed to get most of another job ticked off over the last couple of nights. Running the handbrake cables internally. Due to the fact that the cables were already rubbing on the driveshaft and that the cars going in for more lowering in a few weeks I decided to get creative. Everything's working nicely. I will have to make up a cover and some little mounts for the cover so that it can be removed if it needs any repairs but the majority of its there. Its nice to be getting these things sorted. Hopefully the cert man doesn't shit himself
  11. Well after staring at this in the workshop for the last 3 months while we've been massively busy at work and I've been caught up on the weekends entertaining my son I finally managed to get a couple of days to spend on this so I managed to mount my seats and get my tunnel fab'd up. I had to change my plan for the seats as my original design ended up too low and too far back surprisingly. Also the cert man wasn't happy with me removing the stiffer running the width of the car. So, I went back to the drawing board and came with this Then I made up a
  12. Started on the tunnel and finally got some trim parts painted!
  13. Got this started yesterday. Decided to start with the plates for the seats. So I can tack them in to stiffen things up when I take out the top hat stiffener. Much better seating position now for someone of 6’3” however the mrs might not be able to drive it anymore...
  14. No, but I’ll be cutting it out piece by piece and welding in temporary bracing as I work my way along. Not to mention the likelihood that when they made the disgusting mess of a tunnel originally that nothing would have been braced. It will probably allow the car to sit more naturally when I cut that abomination out haha
  15. So I’ve been waiting for weeks now to get my grill, mirrors trims and stuff back from the painters before taking the car home but he’s been flat out and I’m getting it done for free so I’ve decided while the cars sitting at work to get into the main fabrication work. Pulled everything out to start dry icing the floor tomorrow after work. Then the plan is to cut the entire gearbox and driveshaft tunnel out, fit all new stuff done properly and that gives extra clearance for the driveshaft when I drop it lower. Then I’m cutting the channel out that runs the width of the car and I’ll fold up
  16. New tyres and spacers on. This thing just gives me one step forward and 2 steps back. I discovered a few amazing things today: The front end of off centre by 4mm. The LF wheel has 7-8mm guard clearance and the RF has 0. I will have to remove the subframe, slot the holes 4mm then weld the slot and reshape the mounting holes. The rear end has been fitted 10mm off centre. The LR wheel is flush and the RR is in 10mm. I will have to cut the mounts off and reposition them over 5mm. I have found some rust underneath that I’ll have to fix up and the chassis rails need tidying up b
  17. Maybe it’ll look better with wings rather than wheels?
  18. Yeah fair call man. I’m happy to sort something out I’m just not 100% on when I’m going to be doing the interior. There’s a bit of work in the old girl yet.
  19. Hahaha! It’s even got similar colour wheels. Consider me moist.
  20. Thanks man. I really appreciate that my car can be inspirational. I will be having new door cards made although my vinyl is peeling at the bottom so not sure if it’s of any use to you or not? on that note have you got a RH rear pillar vent internal cover? It’s the metal cover that goes on the inside of the vents on the pillars I only seem to have the LH one for some reason.
  21. Fuck I’m hesitant to post these photos! I kinda went pretty out the gate on the wheels. I wanted something different and I thought the japs used to have pretty crazy wheel colours back in the days. So I present to you my new wheel set up. This sure as hell won’t be for everyone but I’m really liking it. Please keep in mind the cars getting dropped significantly, I got the wrong size rear tyres so they’re being changed and also my spacers haven’t arrived yet. Anyway, I’d love to hear people’s honest feedback......... Again, discussion here:
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