Mk1 MX5 rear wing removal

  1. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    3D0947E6-8BCF-4A7C-A251-A80B6359325F.jpeg B8BD128F-6FC2-408A-9E13-C965D6741F28.jpeg 524876BF-7945-41AD-B1EF-278E29851056.jpeg Bought a 1/4 donor vehicle to remove the rear wing & replace the damaged one on my Mk1 Mx5. Ive removed all the spot welds I can see but the wing refuses to come away from the bits behind. Anybody replaced a rear wing & point out where its still attached. I could have bought a repair panel but this is a genuine Mazda panel & practice for removing the damaged one, once I removed this one.
    Any thoughts please?
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  2. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    Sometimes you don't get all the weld with the drill bit so a chisel will be required, if you can't see spot weld sand the area and it will often reveal them
     
  3. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    Ive used a pry bar, after using a zipcut on the welds & they all appear to be free. The panel seems to be still tethered in the middle of the panel, if there are more spot welds they’re very well hidden. Had hoped somebody on the forum might have already removed one.
    RonA
     
  4. CKJDJK

    CKJDJK Member

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    Check inner wheel arch flange. Will be spotted and/or adhesive been used. Also joint where rear panel overlaps the sill and door B? post. Sill may be spotted or brazed. Remove that door stop as well.
     
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  5. colnerov

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    Hi, Instead of a prybar use a bolster driven in along the joint this will clear any last remains of the spotweld, caulking and stress the flange so that any hidden spotwelds are more obvious. Remove more of the parent shell material back to the mounting flanges to make it easier to manipulate. Have a look at Urchfabs removal of the wing for possible hidden features, from about two mins in. -



    Colin
     
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  6. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    There must still be some where the rear panel meets the sill
     
  7. If you are an Artur Tussik watcher you will see this often happens and is due to some glue or mastic behind the panel. He uses a heat gun to melt the adhesive.
     
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  8. CompoSimmonite Member

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    Try heating the outer panel with a hot air heat gun at the point where it seems to be sticking as that should soften any adhesive.
     
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  9. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    On Toyotas I think the arch rim is glued together as it's too narrow to spot weld on some of their cars....dunno if Mazda do the same.

    Both Nissan and Toyota also braze steel joints too...mainly areas like roof panels but I've seen it on rear quarters too.....maybe Mazda do the same too?
     
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