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chris_smith

posted on 29/8/16 at 10:36 PM Reply With Quote
new scratch build Haynes MX5

so having built, sva'd and sold a locost previously in 2009. and flirted with a new build a few years ago picking up an F27 chassis including xflow 1600, gearbox and other components inc steering rack etc, but not really getting on with the build due to the shoddy workmanship of the chassis, plus changes with employment and home life.

I am now back with the full intention and motivation to complete a Haynes roadster with MX5 running gear.
I picked up an MX5 1.8 engine and box around the time of the F27 chassis for the bargain price of just 10.50!

this weekend I began by making the build table, and purchasing a number of items from "The Bay" ill be listing all items including costs as I continue to update this diary with progress reports and images .



Cost summary -

build table - 30

Steel - Box section -
25 x 25 x 1.5 - 6 off
19 x 19 x 1.5 - 2 off
Total inc delivery - 69.42

components -
MX5 1.8 engine and gearbox - 10.50
MX5 Steering column inc stalks and wheel - 45.00
MX5 Driveshafts pair - 56.00
MX5 Differential - 30.00
escort steering rack - came with F27 chassis paid 83
radiator (unknown make) - came with F27 chassis paid 83
Alloy wheels - Donated by my sister

Tools and accessories -
welding gas (3 x 390g bottles) - 30
cutting discs (50 discs) - 23.69
new mig welder liner - 5.98


Thats the story so far and I look forward to updating this diary on a regular basis





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AJC

posted on 30/8/16 at 11:16 AM Reply With Quote
Good luck! Should be easier if you've been through it all before!
Contemplating a build myself. Where is the best place to start?

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chris_smith

posted on 10/9/16 at 07:36 PM Reply With Quote
finally got a chance to start the chassis, progress below -

2nd build chassis
2nd build chassis






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chris_smith

posted on 11/9/16 at 04:43 PM Reply With Quote
day 2 -

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Murdoc

posted on 11/9/16 at 05:25 PM Reply With Quote
Quick progress!
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chris_smith

posted on 11/9/16 at 06:03 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Murdoc
Quick progress!


I like to crack on once I get going





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craigdiver

posted on 13/9/16 at 08:54 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chris_smith
quote:
Originally posted by Murdoc
Quick progress!


I like to crack on once I get going


Looking good :-)





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chris_smith

posted on 18/9/16 at 05:17 PM Reply With Quote
hi all, so second weekend on the car, only a few hours today and yesterday just the afternoon, but the pile of steel actually looks like a chassis now!

struggled a bit with the mitre cuts for the seat back uprights SB5 & SB6 but got there in the end

think progress is going exceptionally well, what does the collective think?

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prawnabie

posted on 18/9/16 at 05:35 PM Reply With Quote
Looking good!
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christim

posted on 18/9/16 at 07:48 PM Reply With Quote
Hey thats going up great by the looks! I'm not sure if its different for an mx5 build but U7 might be in the wrong position? Its offset from the BR rail, and will line up with the trans tunnel rails when they go in (idea is to give you more room for the pedal box)





My Build Thread http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/50/viewthread.php?tid=200874

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chris_smith

posted on 24/9/16 at 05:26 PM Reply With Quote
more work completed today, moved the upright toward centre next to pedal box.

added the diagonals

removed PFF bolts from the diff, which were a right royal PITA, had to use "Harry Hot Spanner"

moved on to the rear diff cage as per pics below

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chris_smith

posted on 2/10/16 at 06:17 PM Reply With Quote
more progress over last couple of days -

didnt have any 3mm plate for rear shock top assembly, so I put together my own using what I had lying around, will be a little bit more substantial :p

tunnel literally finished too













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chris_smith

posted on 4/12/16 at 07:49 PM Reply With Quote
been a few weeks since i posted anything however I have been in the garage working away,

I already had a diff, engine and box, when i started my build as id found/picked them up cheap, but as the chassis was progressing I started searching for other parts required and found that to buy uprights, discs, calipers etc would be as much if not more than finding an actual full car!

so thats what I did for a measly 200 -



I then progressed in stripping everything -




unwanted parts are listed or being prepared for listing on the Bay





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chris_smith

posted on 4/12/16 at 07:49 PM Reply With Quote
I then started to clean up and sort out the uprights, electrolysis was fantastic, and built a small blast cabinet and here are the uprights after painting in POR15 drying with the heat lamps -



and then moved to the diff before -



and after, will be fully painted once finished -




I have also finished making and painting the wishbones but forgot to take pics





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chris_smith

posted on 13/4/18 at 07:02 PM Reply With Quote
for some unknown reason Id forgot about this build thread, so heres an update!

The car is finished - apart from Mr IVA taking a look at it, which ill be be
booking in the next few weeks, please check pictures !!

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