Congratulations to Anton on the selection of his rebuilt 1990 as the October MX-5 of the Month!
Please excuse my English, as a Norwegian I use an all together different language. In my younger days, in the 70`s and early 80`s, I worked as an Seaman, and visited the US a lot both on the west and east coast. Also I have visited several times up on the great lakes, Chicago,Detroit, Milwaukee and more.
Now as an 51 year old familyman, I am on my third and fourth MX5 and Miata, both 1990 models. This story I want to tell you about is mine 1990 MX5, roll-over wrecked car I bought, primary for spare-parts. But it ended up as an 2 year project to get back on the road, as an very nice and well-known car here in Norway.
1990 MX5 . From wreck to a beauty.
The car had just 118 000 km on the speedo, so the engine and drivetrain were in pretty good shape. I spent two years on this one, most of the time interrupted with some of my other projects. This one was worked on when I waited for parts for my other projects.
I work at a bodyshop, so I took it down to work. I started to take some of the outer panels away, and welded back on to the car.
I used the Autorobot Carbench at work to straighten to the correct dimensions.
Shifted also some of the spindles and control arms, both front and rear.
After all the bodywork, I started to do an service on the engine and drive-train, including some K-Sport coil-overs to lower the car.
The service included most of the gaskets and seals on the engine, timing belt with pulleys, waterpump, new clutch, ignition plugs,
oil and filter, new oil and gaskets on gearbox and differential.
We mounted a rea -spoiler, mudguards, stereo with speakers, rear back lights cover, got rid of the rather poor looking door-mirrors and added a modified stylebar/rollbar.
Even if you don't read Norwegian, here's the build thread with lots of pictures.
Will you be next?