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    So lots of work has been happening lately, and I've neglected to keep the forum up to scratch, but in summary....
    • I've worked on getting the doors painted so now they almost match and are much more sturdy than the old rattle can paint.
    • The brake duct mockup has translated into version 1 of aluminium brake ducts. Liken them to home made singular motorsport items.
    • The oil cooler has been moved to a better spot - although not yet plumbed in.
    • The front duct work from the bumper to the radiator has been completed.
    • The front bumper has been cleaned up and painted.


    But, more excitingly, the engine has been started!
    Yep, I finally got around to nipping up the last of the bolts and giving everything a quick once over to start it and fire it all up. After some delays due to a swap around of the LS coil firing order, it started right up. A brief video to summarise where things are at with the car:


    And, the other exciting news is that I was able to get the car out to Sandown Raceway for the MX-5 Fan Fest.
    With the 1,000,000th MX-5 on show, Mad Mike in attendance, and some 670 or so fellow MX-5's... we and had a great day in the hot Aussie sun.

    The car loaded on the trailer for the first time in 18 months....






    Really happy to see the car out again and fully dressed. It's been a long time since it's had all it's body panels mostly installed.
    That's it for now, I'll post some individual updates of all of the little changes that have been happening to the car in the coming days with pics detailing what I've done.
    Next step is to properly tune the car and then, aero/bodywork upgrade is in order.

    Cheers,
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    Winton: 1:37.6 / Wakefield: 1:10.7 / Broadford 1:06.6
    Calder: 1:08.5 / Phillip Island: 1:50.4 / Sandown 1:27.5
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    So the car's been on the dyno and after a few niggles, finally got things settled and working.
    It's running around 180rwkw and a safe level of torque so as to not blow the little MX5's standard motor or gearbox.
    White Turbo MX-5 Time Attack Racecar
    Winton: 1:37.6 / Wakefield: 1:10.7 / Broadford 1:06.6
    Calder: 1:08.5 / Phillip Island: 1:50.4 / Sandown 1:27.5
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    Painting Doors
    The doors on this car were hand me downers, very rough and I'd previously painted them with rattle cans in a mismatched white.
    Since I'd gone to the effort of painting the roof, it didn't seem like much more work to get the doors painted too.
    Well, that was until I got a little closer to them.


    One door in particular was really battered up, dents and wrinkles and layers of paint that just made me cry. I sanded away the old flaked and poorly adhered paint and prepped them for a fresh coat.


    My el-cheapo paint gun I bought for under $100. Actually worked alright for a super budget job. (and ghetto paint booth behind)


    After filling the bad bits, the doors got a couple of coats of primer and the odd bit of filler again to neaten up the areas that needed more attention.... then, some paint went down.

    The colour came out nicer than it did on the fastback, I think I've gotten better with the painting method and working with the settings on the paint gun.


    This is a bit of a 'money shot'. I think this shot perhaps flatters my success with the paint more I deserve. But it does look nice and shiny here. Oooooohhh
    You can see the beginnings of a run in the corner of the door handle.
    White Turbo MX-5 Time Attack Racecar
    Winton: 1:37.6 / Wakefield: 1:10.7 / Broadford 1:06.6
    Calder: 1:08.5 / Phillip Island: 1:50.4 / Sandown 1:27.5
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    car looks awesome back together!
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddxxx View Post
    car looks awesome back together!
    Thanks todd



    Oh I should mention, I took some video of a friends car recently. A turbo NA6 with a collection of both interesting and unusual mods.
    First time I've done a more artsy video like this really... so apologies in advance for my lack of video making skill, I tried to polish a turd (the turd being my poor recording skills) by doing the best I could via post processing in Adobe Premiere.

    White Turbo MX-5 Time Attack Racecar
    Winton: 1:37.6 / Wakefield: 1:10.7 / Broadford 1:06.6
    Calder: 1:08.5 / Phillip Island: 1:50.4 / Sandown 1:27.5
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    Today, Automotive industry is quick growth in advance technology. You can modify your car with software and safety related also.
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    Soo... onto some of the other things that I had managed to finish (or in some cases, half finish) before the MX-5 Fan Fest event I mentioned a few posts ago.....

    Oil Cooler
    First up, the oil cooler has been moved to a better spot, plenty of airflow here - although it's clearly not yet plumbed in.
    On the pondering list is, exactly what sort of lines I will run, and where/how I till run them. Need to prepare the wallet first, hose fittings aren't cheap.


    Rad Duct
    And with the oil cooler in place, I needed to work out the front duct work between the bumper and the radiator(s).
    This is a reasonably simple aluminium box which bolts to the front of the car and is almost a perfect seal around the radiator, and also seals on the bumper opening.


    This angle kinda helps to visualize the airflow.... in the front, through the heat exchangers, out the vented hood.


    Brake Duct
    Aluminium brake duct mockup version 1. I'm not sure if these will stay as is, and whether I will leave them as aluminium. Still pondering that one.
    I guess you can liken them to home made singular motorsport items. On the to do list is to run a hose of some form to them, and make an inlet in the front ductwork.


    Front bumper
    Lastly, the front bumper has been cleaned up and painted... The difference between the before and after is quite satisfying.
    Here it is looking very sad for itself after I separated it away from the old splitter.


    It got a good share of body filler and sanding around the front.



    And after a good clean, removing a lot of old glue and some fresh paint, this was the much less crap bumper. Ah and I 3Dprinted myself a new front badge.
    This angle also shows how critical some front wheel spats/canards are to clear air from the front wheels.
    White Turbo MX-5 Time Attack Racecar
    Winton: 1:37.6 / Wakefield: 1:10.7 / Broadford 1:06.6
    Calder: 1:08.5 / Phillip Island: 1:50.4 / Sandown 1:27.5
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    Ahh so I am pleased to say I have a new episode out on my YouTube channel with some updates on the car
    This video details how I made up the aluminium sheet radiator ducting.
    White Turbo MX-5 Time Attack Racecar
    Winton: 1:37.6 / Wakefield: 1:10.7 / Broadford 1:06.6
    Calder: 1:08.5 / Phillip Island: 1:50.4 / Sandown 1:27.5
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    Love the video updates man! Keep up the good work, I'm sure the videos are plenty of work themselves, let alone the work on the car.

    keen for more!
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    What kind of paint did you use for the doors and did you use any clear?

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