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Altersoundwork
#1 Posted : 11 January 2019 16:19:00(UTC)
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Hello everyone,

I started this on the Spanish MX5 forum I tend to participate in and thought it'd be good to translate it in order to share it here.

I'm going to use this thread to document the story of this NB as it unfolds as for me this car is a toy and an excuse to travel so what we'll see here is progression photos of me making this car "mine" and photos of travels, views, roads, some places cooler than others and of course, other MX5s in meetups, events, etc. This car has one purpose, to make memories. It's something I've always thought about doing with other cars that I've owned in the past but have never done for one reason or another and this as much for myself as those of you who are curious. Having owned this NB for such little time (June 2018) and yet having document so much already at a personal level, I've told myself this is the perfect time to do this. Before starting, I'd like to mention that due to forum constraints I cannot simply edit the original post as I go along for ease of reading (max amount of photos allowed) so I will be making new posts in this thread as I go.

Note 1: While everything is chronologically ordered, it's very possible that due to memory, photo availability, etc, the content per month isn't chronological.
Note 2: Not all photos are mine, some are from other people that where there (such as meetups for example).
Note 3: Initially, I won't be naming other people and I'm taking the time to edit numberplates out (please do let me know if I miss any) as I understand that some people are more private than others. Granted this doesn't matter as much since this forum isn't based in Spain, but still.

2018

June:

For a few months now I had been going through second hand car websites, apps, etc, looking for a 1.8 NB that would catch my attention and wasn't stupidly overpriced (the second hand card market in Spain is incredibly overpriced compared to the UK for example). Having driven a couple of local 1.6 NBs (there's quite a few for sale here, I imagine due to it being the coast), I knew that while I didn't care about speed or power (there's other cars for that), the 1.6 was just too sluggish for me and I knew that eventually I would regret settling for the 1.6. Eventually I came across an ad in Madrid (that's about 6-7 hours away) that cought my attention mainly because I never thought I'd like orange this much so I called the listed and spent around 30 minutes talking to him, basically geeking out on cars, and got a real good feeling from him so we settled on a date (3 days after).

I went to see the car and I kept it. It has it issues, like any 18 year old car I imagine but for the most part, aesthetic issues. That said, the previous owner did take care of it judging by the paperwork but this car has had a hard life, 8 different owners, 3 countries, 114000kms (71000 miles) and no real history aside from the previous owner (2 years of ownership) and the equivalent of a DVLA report.

These are the photos in the ad plus a couple he sent me:

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The car, an NB SE 1.8 from the year 2000 in Evolution Orange Mica.

El coche, un NB del 2000 en Evolution Orange Mica. I'm in love.

July:

I made the trip back from Madrid to Malaga (where I'm currently living) without any issues. First order of business was a complete service because with these things I'm of the mindset that it's better to start from scratch. Filters, oils (engine, gearbox and lsd), fixed a couple of rattles (there's a piece of sheet metal under the gearbox that had been bent and was rattling, etc

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This meant that the car was parked for a couple of weeks but it wasn't long before I was cruising around the coast and the nearby Mijas mountains.

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All of my cars have had/have names, some people don't like giving cars names and others do, I do . So I didn't have any doubts about this MX5 being a girl but no name cought my attention (with my other current car, I didn't find a name till about 8 months of ownership, so basically it's not something I feel rushed with). My partner however decided to call it "Beyonce" due to the rear and the color that, according to her is more golden than orange. I don't really care for the name but it's kind of growing on me so it's kind of stuck now.

During this time I met a couple of members of the Spanish MX5 forums and discovered the huge community behind these cars worldwide.

You have to understand that I had just missed the yearly national meetup in June and knowing that I now had to wait another whole year was disappointing. At this point I (completely randomly) met a guy who introduced me to a couple of local-ish (the equivalent of county-wide chat) whatsapp chat groups which made it a lot easier to just go for a drive with other like-minded people, however just one week after this I had to go to the other side of the world (Vietnam) for work reasons for a month, and yet the guys in this group manage to set up a little meet just so I could finally meet other MX5 owners before I left. That act told me everything I needed to know about the community behind these cars. So, 2 days before I had to leave, we met up for a drive.

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Life seems to stop for a month.

During my stay in Vietnam I left her at my local trusted mechanic where I had new brake discs and pads installed as well having the front bumber resprayed (the only place where the paint was extremely bad) and to fix a sizeable dent on the front right wing.

Altersoundwork
#2 Posted : 11 January 2019 16:20:31(UTC)
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August:

Back home after a very hard month and I've started to change Beyonce. The NB1 seats leave a lot to be desired and honestly although they fit well with the original look of this NB, with the changes previous owners have done, they just didn't go that well anymore and well... they've definitely seen better days. So, I found a pair of NB2 seats in ebay UK in decent shape for 280€ (250GBP) including shipping and of course this also means that usually the passenger seat is the in better condition which here becomes the drivers seat (steering wheel is on the left in Spain).

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Here's the original list (for as long as it remains up) -> https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142854120675

A week late, they where home, unfortunately one of the seatbelt clips arrived broken (looks like it happened in transit). Fortunately, I salvaged one of the original ones.

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I had also ordered a style bar from MX5Parts which I now regret, not because there's anything wrong with the bar itself but rather because in hindsight, now that I know more, I should've gone for rollabrs that also would be higuer than I am (6 feet). That said, we put everything in the same day (me and a mate).


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Little by little.

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September:

First proper drive this weekend. Took the chance to go to a car meetup in the Malaga mountains.

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and of course...

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as well as a gorgeous route through the natural reserve that these mountains are part of.

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We had another small meetup on the second week of September with visitors from Córdoba (south-west of Spain) and Galicia (North of Spain).

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We even had to random cars join us for no other reason than going for a drive!

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This same weekend, on Sunday after a family visit, I felt like going for a drive around "Coín", after it I found "Tolox", a village that's around 45 min away from where I live and that for some reason I didn't even know existed.

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The next weekend I fulfilled what's practically become a tradition with all of my cars which is going to Sierra Nevada (a Ski resort around 2 and a half hours away) at 2550 meters up (8367 feet).

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To end a brilliant weekend, I picked up a hardtop in a remote village in Málaga, which seemed like an incredibly random place for one to be on sale but whatever. It was a bargain.

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Obviously the color isn't the right one but if all goes well, this coming week it'll be fixed (it won't be the same color as the car)

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#3 Posted : 11 January 2019 16:21:37(UTC)
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October:

Hardtop painted in black! The fibreglass was... what I can only describe as corroded, even if that doesn't make sense... on one side spot but there where no holes so we had it sand down and touched up. Not great pictures these few and it has a layer of dust on it so you can't really appreciate the metallic finish (love it). While it was there, I had the side mirrors and A pillars sanded down and resprayed ad a previous owner had it done with plastidip. I love how the black contrast worked but the plastidip was just no good plus I wanted the colour to match with the hardtop. Loving how this is coming along.

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It's time for some roadster strips.

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And it's wooden touchs with a Nardi Clasico in 340mm (a plan of the future is colour matching the rest of the wooden details to it with varnish) as well as a mandatory stop through the coast and up to my local Mijas Mountains for a drive.

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Another local-ish meetup!

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Visit to the North (Galicia):

Every year there's a couple of nation wide events. One of them is almost exactly at the opposite side of the country. But... hell, I just had to. Around 3000km (1865 miles) in total between going there, routes and coming back. The first stop was in "Cáceres", about half way up through "Silver route" as it's called which borders Portugal (as opposed to going through the center, via the capital) and what a stop, I never thought this city would be so gorgeous.

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The second stop, "A Coruña". Waking up to this view truly has no price (master card ad style):

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And a bit of tourism was in order in the zone of the Tower of Hercules (to me, a special place since this is where my mother, aunt and grandparents grew up).

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We started the event the night before the official start with a traditional northern dinner.


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First day, starting point.

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First route and stop.

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Second stop:

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Altersoundwork
#4 Posted : 11 January 2019 16:22:13(UTC)
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Third stop:

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At this point, Beyonce wouldn't start. Remember when I said we servided the whole car as it's best to start from scratch? Well, we forgot to check the battery. It's dead (thanks to all that pushed, haha) Time for a massive meal:

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I skipped the next route as I went on to find a new battery (a couple in an ND came with me just in case I got stranfed so they could help me start her up again). With the new battery installed, we headed to the next point:


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Last day (unfortunately I do not have much from this day but it's something!)


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On my way home, I drove down with another Southener (albeit nowhere near where I live but we shared the same route for a large chunk of the way). We stopped in a town name "Plasencia" for the night. I'm sure I took photos but alas, no idea what happened and cannot find them.

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And as life would have it, the second I got home, this happened:


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I'm home. Quite the trip!

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#5 Posted : 11 January 2019 16:28:19(UTC)
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Lovely  looking car and great photos

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#6 Posted : 11 January 2019 17:16:44(UTC)
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Nice photos.

In answer to your other posting about the hardtop, it appears to have no demister fitted (I can't see the filament wires). if so, then it originally came off an early Eunos Roadster. These hardtops came either body colour, with a demister, or in a black finish without a demister. The black tops had a textured finish, hence the poor finish on the paint when you got it.

Not clear if the the top came in that bronze colour, which is not a match for the MK2 Evolution Orange. You might have luck finding a bronze Mk1 on the Gaydon or Sandringham galleries. I think the latter was one of the first meetings where we hit a really big number in attendance (it was the first meet, where I gave up trying to check out every car in public parking).
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#7 Posted : 11 January 2019 17:44:14(UTC)
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@DaveB63:

Cheers!

@saz9961:

Cheers for the info. It does come with the demister however (filaments are there, I guess it's more of a, they don't show as well in the photos). I know the kind you mean though, a local buddy with an NA has the hardtop you mention, no filaments, no cable to connect it and a matt-y like weird texture. Mine however is smooth all round, it was just one small area that looked corroded, the theory is some corrosive liquid fell on it. From what I've been able to find out, there was another orange called "Lava Orange / Chili Orange / Passion Orange" (33J / 27Y) which seems to match the color the top came in.

Unfortunately and like evo orange it's super hard to take pictures off so tones always seem wildly different depending on light, this is the closest picture I've found (sorry for the size):

 

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#8 Posted : 14 January 2019 23:32:04(UTC)
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Loving your NB mate, they do look superb in that colour!  Really nice topic, and enjoying all the photos. I'm especially interested to see there is a good fan base in Spain for the mx5! We are planning on retiring to Spain and will be taking the MK1 NA with us so hoping to get involved in some meets there and meet up with fellow owners. Only thing is my Spanish is virtually non existent so planning to learn it before we move there! We're We'r in Sept this year for a holiday (will be in the north east, not sure of the town as my wife booked it all) so will be looking out for you mx5! If you see a mad looking scottish person waving at you, that be me! Lol

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