OK… so its now kinda spring time and the paintwork was getting me down. You cant polish a turd, I had tried all sorts, but with the budget sill repairs (where I had some practice at welding and bodywork), it was looking awfully tatty. Already having one immaculate show worthy paint job, I wasnt overly keen on a respray, roller painting seemed to be the in thing to do at the time, so we got the rollers out 🙂 Shout out to pals BamBam, Connor n Tish for the assistance! This is kind of where “Winter Beater” became “Budget Build” as an excuse to do a £32 paint job.
In March 2015 the “Winter Beater” popped up as the perfect candidate for demo car on MX5OC Stand at the Practical Classics and Restoration Show at the NEC. They wanted to show the typical repair/ maintenance work 20+ y/o mazdas often need.
‘Number 3’ was had from within the community last September, taken on in a near scrap condition, half stripped, half rotten mess, it was nicknamed my Winter Beater as it was intended literally as that. Marked up as an S Special edition without any of the special left, I was not impressed in comparison to my first, older 5 (Below) It was rattly, smelly, raw, clunky and I drove it like I hated it. Few months went by, (lots of moaning and fault picking) and I started to realize something quite wonderful… Without the fear of damaging something you have spent good money on, I think its natural to push it a little harder, odd clutch kick out of junctions, less fear of the back skipping out in the wet… I was starting to enjoy this almost “0-fks given” approach and was faced with a very different experience of owning an mx5, an mx5 that is repairable, replaceable and mostly, one to actually use rather than pose in 😉
Both myself and the current 5 have come a long way in the past year, new paint jobs, new engine, track days and new achievements. Decided (totally off my own back, no one has been nagging me about it for months and months), instead of spamming facebook and instagram (@JDM_Sweetheart) with random build, progress and problem pics, to crack on with a build thread. seeing as something new is going on with it almost weekly recently, decided a blog is better suited… so… here we go! (My first ever blog, whoooppeeee!)