Make-Over Time!

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.

Practical Classics and Restoration Show Demo Car

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.

One sill was cut away showing the rot on the inner and outer sills, (before the repairs) Suspension was swapped over (just for the show, nothing fancy nor permanent, from bilsteins to UK), brake discs and pads were done, little things like seals, sensors and rocker cover were changed over the show as part of the demonstration. Mazda Menders chucked a hand, was an interesting weekend and was STHT published. (My first issue as an OC member and my car was in there, many smiles!)