1990 mx5 welding for mot :o

  1. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    i moved this so as not to hijack someone else's thread
    cheers
    dave

    i have just started repairing sill damage on a 1990 mx5 both inner and outer sills chassis rails inner wing and rear arch both sides lol
    will put some pics up tomorrow of progress on driver sill as battery flat on camera but it has a 2 inch tide mark where it was half full of water du3e to blocked drain holes but he wants the car saving
    cheers
    dave
     
  2. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    here is what i found when i cut open the sill lol

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    and full of patches! someone been here before?
     
  3. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    ok so have cut out all the rot in the strengthener wire brush on grinder had a go at it and hydrate 80'd it all, left with this
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    rear arch / sill section was originally a box type affair not now lol
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    first piece of steel (zintec put in to start to strengthen it)
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    former for rear arch in now and bottom piece to add some strength

    hole in bottom right of section rotted through then drained all the water from the sill into the chassis rail pmsl oh yeah and then rotted them :o
     
  4. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    put a new sill bottom in out of zintec and will add a flange to it later
     
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  5. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    used stop start method to seam the whole length of new sill bottom it was already seamed to good metal above tide mark but it has to look good from bottom for mot, its a bit untidy earlier on in the run:ashamed: but it was blowing through
    also attached other piccies of the last 4 inches got into the swing of it by then lol long run :whistle:
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    in case it crosses anyones mind the steel welded to was clean and once welded up i will grind and wire brush it all before undersealing it
     
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  6. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Holy moley! You cut all that out without bracing the car at all???!!! :o
     
  7. rtcosic

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    I wouldn't worry. If it's that rotten it will be banana shaped already.

    This is an easier way of gaining access:

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    More joyous pictures of terminal rust here:

    http://www.cosic.org.uk/MarkoStuff/5/Rusty5/

    No cutting/hitting tools were used - only a pressure washer.

    Oh and it is taxed to end of June and MoT has only just expired.

    Mail order MoT anyone???

    Lots of parts now for sale!!!!!
     
  8. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    by thats a good pressure washer you have there it seems to flattened your chassis :whistle:
     
  9. rtcosic

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    OK - we did have to jack it up at one point:

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  10. davenport Member

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    sweet jesus!!!
     
  11. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    the cutting was only the outer sill the rest was already rotten he jacked it up and it bent lol nothing inside was attached
    it straightened up when we jacked it !
    those are not chassis rails just floor strengtheners only thin metal not jackable when new.
    i've read a lot about em so far crushed ones wont fail only rusty ones
     
  12. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    just pulled front wing to look at inner wing
    it looked a bit crusty
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    oh dear :D
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    more work lol
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  14. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    uk limited edition
    trim is like the japanese v special trim beige leather and wood etc but not eunos

    i may be strange but i am enjoying it lol:whistle:
     
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  16. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    i've imported 2 full cars from japan before :-
    first one cost £330 in japan and was mint but auto [​IMG]

    2nd one was red not as clean cost £71 and was manual but had a leaky roof

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    that picture was straight off the boat at liverpool not cleaned yet it came up well in the end
     
  17. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    parts each side will cost £250 i'm gonna make them from steel

    i just grind galv from the weld path off the steel and then re prime it with 90% galv primer then it will get underseal and waxoil
     
  18. delcbr

    delcbr Member

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    iam interested in this importing to get a good one.how did you go about it is there a website you used etc talk me through it please.
    how much on top of they prices did you have to pay by the time you could drive it and can you tell me what you had to pay for?
     
  19. wallopadonkey

    wallopadonkey Expert Grinder !

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    the green one was first it was motd and taxed for £1150 ish
    cost of car £300
    overland transport to port £75
    shipping £300
    import duty £67.50
    vat £120 ish
    value added to car because it now british (no sh1t) £101
    mot £45
    first registration fee + tax (6 months) £150

    was cpl years ago now
    hope this helps
    bought of invite only private forum
    but have a few other sites more expensive

    done a few others
    here ya go lol

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    nissan skyline gtst

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    also had an impreza wrx, subaru legacy twin turbo estate, toyota estima,
     
  20. wallopadonkey

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    ok today had to sort out the inner wing area

    was a bit crusty so......

    i gently removed the outer skin with grinder and spot weld drill
    to give this:rolleyes:
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    was not a great suprise but hey ho

    all the strengtheners rusted away again large piece of rust on bottom right side was loose behind it again a large hole leading into the chassis rail:o
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    after angle grinding with wire brush left me with .... well not much really

    needed a patch in front of wheel
    then did back and side of sill and replaced front and rear bulkheads inside which left me here
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    close up inside sill header
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    cut and fettled inner wing's outer panel started seam welding it bit more to do but you get the idea
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    thanks for looking
    dave
     
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