It’s Alive!

That right guys, the MX-5 is alive!

I received an SMS 1 hour before I finished work today, it was from Anth, ” the car is almost ready to go”, so excited the remaining hour felt like forever.

Anyway, 4 o’clock finally arrived, and I was out the door, and on the way to Dahtone Racing.

So, I haven’t seen the car in a few days, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how the progress went.

Anth said to me, “we’ll start the car tonight” my eyes literally glowed, the amount of excitement I had was unbelievable.

We had a few hiccups to before that perfect crank of the key, it started!, but was running in limp mode “Oh shit!” I thought, what could it be?

Turns out somethings going on with the Piggyback, it seems to respond on the reds, but when the engine is running it doesn’t respond. So for now we bypassed it to see how it ran … Perfect!

The sound emitted from the exhaust was amazing, it’s extremely loud, yet beautifully crisp thanks to that incredible RS*R muffler. The N power headers really beef up the tone of the car too.

Anthony wanted to make sure the gearbox wasn’t a “dud”, so he went through all the gears and it all went smoothly.

There are a few little bits and pieces left, which will all be completed tomorrow. I can’t wait!

This is how the engine bay currently looks, if I do end up getting the Bomex bumper, I will probably make a duct for the Flow Stack to the passenger side inlet.

Till Tomorrow guys!


Day Three

Today was a pretty busy day, i needed to source a thrust bearing through work which proved to be a bit of a headache.

Anyway, I got a phone call on my lunch break … it was the missus, and some boxes turned up for the car.

So I get home with the thrust bearing, grab the boxes, get dressed into something suitable (note shitty old shorts and a singlet) and head off to Dahtone at Wethrill Park.

I get there, take the boxes out and immediately start unwrapping them. The Npower headers and BPI flow stack arrived!

The Npower headers, look brilliant! they really don’t look like a cheap $350 extractor off Ebay, they seem to be crafted well and everything lines up quite nicely.

The ports aren’t the best but who am I to complain for the price? The inlets are bigger then factory so if there would be any effect, it would be minimal.

First thing i did was to check if the header sealed onto the block, i was so into it that i forgot the gearbox was out of the car! i thought they didn’t fit, haha, But all good.

Heres some pictures of the factory headers for a comparison.

I took some snaps of how the engine bay now looks, wires everywhere, pieces missing etc.

Moving onto the flow stack, now i thought these piece would be a lot less sturdy than what it really is, It really is a hard durable OEM like plastic, it should finish off the intake nicely.

No, thats not a doughnut!

While the tailshaft were lying around, i thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of the spline.

The left is the manual tailshaft, and the right is the automatic, you can see the Auto tailshaft has a larger OD.

And to finish it off, a picture of the clutch mounted to the engine.

Tomorrow the upper intake manifold will be finished, the gearbox and diff should be mounted and, well probably more, so stick around.

Bits And Pieces On Standby …

Tomorrow, work commences on the MX-5, today I did some running around in getting some vital parts for the conversion.

I finally got my hands on this nice piece of kit, the ORC racing clutch/flywheel combo.

It’s a used piece that came out of Zi’s (the JDMYard) MX-5, the new owner wrote it off on at the Royal national park … but thats another story all together.

Plenty of meat left on it, and should hold up quite well, similar to the old clutch I had, it is also a 6 puck sprung setup.

Thinking long and hard about what gear knob I wanted, a mate of mine (Xhonda_boy) offered me his old one … which I adored I didn’t pass the opportunity to take it.

Its a bit battered, but it’s still good, it’s still good!

Trust Grex gear knob … it feels great, and offers a very smooth shift.

Still need to take this piece out of the Micra, a Jaycar DFA … I’ll be using this to lean out the fuel and hopefully gain a bit more power out of the MX-5.

And finally, I figured, we need to take of the headers to rip the gearbox out, and I have a new exhaust system, I might as well finish it off with some decent headers. Now the Npower headers aren’t ideal … they are like a OBXR/Raceland equivalent, but I am sure they will squeeze out that bit more power then my standard headers. Considering that the outlet Diameter is 2.5 inch, it matches the rest of my setup perfectly!

Still trying to track down a few more parts … I am currently after an NB tailshaft so if anyone has any idea where I could find one, holla at me.