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    really love your MX5 man, makes me want to get one myself!

    just curiously, any reason why you're painting the engine bay in gray ? Is it just purely cosmetic or is there another reason behind it?
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    Yeah just cosmetic, but the engine bay paint is currently in a horrible state. I figure grey will stay clean looking for longer
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    Ready To Be Towed - http://omgpham.com/ready-to-be-towed

    The final stretch before the Mazda gets towed away, engine came out pretty fast since I did all the prep work earlier this week.



    Engine out! Head will be removed and sent away for inspection before it gets bolted onto the rebuilt spare block I have.



    Engine bay will get a quick scrub before the body shop does a proper clean and sand.



    Every bolt that was removed has been bagged and tagged.



    A friend hooked me up with these 31-pin Deutsch connectors, ordered new pins and extraction tool so just waiting for those to arrive. These will be used so I can quickly unplug the engine from the car.

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    like the Deutsch connector idea... keen to see how this thing ends up
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    Off To Body & Paint - http://omgpham.com/off-to-body-paint

    Today was a good day my Mazda was towed off to J&D Quality Smash Repairs.



    Everything all set aside and ready to picked up.




    Looks tough without the rear bar!



    Tow drive arrived around 8.30AM and had her loaded up for a 30mins drive.




    Sort of weird seeing your car get towed away, good weird though.




    Once arrived at the shop, we continued removing a few more bits and pieces from the car. Things like rubber seals and everything in the door jams.



    Quickly cleaned up one side of the engine bay using wax & grease remover with 3M Scotch Brite pads. Cleaned up really well and gets the surface some what ready for primer and paint.



    Decided on the engine bay colour, this is Audi's Aviator Grey. Clear coats will be applied on top of this too.



    More updates next week!
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    Powder Coating - http://omgpham.com/powder-coating

    Last week I dropped off some brackets, head-light assembly and sway bar at the powder coaters, got them back today and everything looks awesome!

    Before:



    After...





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    Received an update from J&D Quality Smash Repairs on Friday!

    Pretty happy with the schedule and I'll be dropping in whenever I can to take photos for everyone

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    Paint Shop Update 1 - http://omgpham.com/paint-shop-update-1

    Dropped by J&D Quality Smash this afternoon and gave the boys a visit to see how everything was going Very happy with their progress and quality of work.



    In the final process of stripping.



    Engine bay cleaned, prep and primer will be next.



    Front windscreen and hardtop glass removed.




    I purchased 2nd hand bonnet to replace my hail damaged one, the paint on this was in great condition so it'll be sanded and primered. Same goes with the boot lid.




    The front bar getting a bit of love and in final stages of prep before primer.
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    Paint Shop Update 2 - http://omgpham.com/paint-shop-update-2

    Quick visit today A lot of work has been done, the guys have stripped most of the panels and are now finishing off repairs. The next update will probably see the car in etch primer.




    The guys started taking panels back to bare metal because the factory paint was so bad, just part way through getting everything smooth and flat. There were a few dents here and there.



    I also chose to have the factory "stone guard" removed. Never liked it too much.



    So bare.



    The front quarters, bonnet, front and rear bars have received primer and just waiting to be blocked back.



    Lots and lots of repairs and prep to go...



    A few common rust areas on the MX-5 getting repaired.
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    Paint Shop Update 3 - http://omgpham.com/paint-shop-update-3

    Hell yeah another update! The guys finished all the repairs and high build primer has been applied. This will need to cure for a few days to let the solvents evaporate. So about mid next week they'll start blocking the primer to get everything flat and make sure there are no imperfections.



    Both doors, I had them remove the factory "stone guard".



    So happy seeing the car in primer, a sign of progress



    The guys at the shop made the decision to paint the door jams too.



    The area just in front of the boot had a lot of dents, probably from dropping the hardtop.



    Repairs to a rusted area in the pillar.



    Another before and after of rust repairs.

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