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Topic: Aircon on a 1991 Eunos   Go to last post
Posted: 18 September 2018 12:19:16(UTC)

Originally Posted by: rhino666 Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: saz9961 Go to Quoted Post

 

There is greater demand for aircon in the US and rockauto.com carry a lot of  Miata-specific pattern, remanufactured parts and rebuilt kits. A Four Seasons rebuilt compressor for a 1990 car is £230 plus shipping. Condensors are about £50. Evaporator cores are £25-30. Driers are less than £10. The only part they are struggling to get are replacement compressor clutches.

Conversion kit, £6

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=1251685&cc=1190876&jsn=418

Chinese made, so likely not a long life.

The problem here(backed up by ebay listings) is that the Miata appears to have been fitted with the 1.8 style of aircon with R134A refrigerant. Very useful if you have a MK1/Eunos 1.8(1993 - 8) that requires aircon spares, particularly the condenser which appears to be impossible to source in the UK.

Ebay US also list the clutch kit but from my experience they rarely fail on the 1.8 style of compressor which appears to be more robust than the UK 1.6 version.

This looks to be a worthwhile 1.8 condenser purchase......................

EBAY US 1.8 condenser

Be interested to hear if anyone has successfully installed a US purchased condenser and what, if any fitting issues arose.    

Unfortunately no use for the original poster or any MK1/Eunos 1.6 car owner with the totally different R12 system.        

 

 

All 90-93 Miatas were offered with R12. Why the hell do you think one of the most popular questions posted on miataforum is how to convert R12 to R134a, and whether the Walmart kits are any good?

for example;

https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=333677

 

US part number, page 84 onwards or thereabouts:

https://www.miata.net/garage/90-99Parts/90/MX5%2090%202%20OF%203%20BODY.pdf

 

JDM part numbers, early cars:

http://do-da.co.jp/sun-mec/na61/na61_6130.html

http://do-da.co.jp/sun-mec/na61/na61_6140.html

http://do-da.co.jp/sun-mec/na61/na61_6150.html

I haven't been through all the part numbers; you have more time than me, but I don't see any significant difference in part numbers. The only Miata parts that are likely different will be some pipes.

 

R134a didn't start to appear in new cars until 1992. R12 was phased out in 1995

 

While aircon might have been offered in the UK as a factory option, in 20 years, I have never come across a UK Mk1 fitted with aircon, so somewhat intrigued by your experience of UK cars having unique air conditioning parts.

Topic: First MX-5 buying advice   Go to last post
Posted: 17 September 2018 22:51:07(UTC)
I would have no issues buying off Andrew. Hopefully you have got tons of extra photos.






Ultimately, only you can decide whether you want it. White cars can look pretty bleak looking sitting in a yard, but I see them as a bit of a blank canvas, depending on what you intend to do.

You should check on insurance on this model, to make sure it does meet your expectations.

Getting it back; there are delivery services. The average cost from Scotland might be between £200-300
Topic: First MX-5 buying advice   Go to last post
Posted: 17 September 2018 21:42:11(UTC)

Originally Posted by: SiPo13 Go to Quoted Post
Also, found this one:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201808229757138?logcode=visc&fromSA=true

What do you think?

 

Well its had advisories for 4 years in a row for "heavy rust". The exhaust was rotten, but the owner just let it fall off at a MOT before doing anything about it. Both sides have been "done", but with slabs of underseal. Betting its all filler. Corroding pipes up front, so fully expect the front chassis members to be crusty.

You can see the bulging filler here:

 

https://i.atcdn.co.uk/imgser-uk/servlet/media?id=838431774eda45f8966d4ca87261773a

 

Bags of history, but I bet nothing for the last 5 years. Thats how you turn up to a MOT with a blowing exhaust and expect to pass.

 

https://i.atcdn.co.uk/imgser-uk/servlet/media?id=838431774eda45f8966d4ca87261773a

Topic: First MX-5 buying advice   Go to last post
Posted: 17 September 2018 21:29:12(UTC)

Originally Posted by: SiPo13 Go to Quoted Post

Hi @Saz9961, Andrew said that it’s cheaper as it’s not a fresh import, it’s had another owner over here and we bought it back off him at a lower price than we could import another one. Do you think this is worth the cost of a trip to Scotland to look at and potentially buy (im based in Essex)?

 

@FreddieR i have looked it up on the MOT site and it has only ever failed on the rear tail lights / loose wiring and seems to have always been fixed (has an mot till August 2019).

 

It's only been here 4 years.

 

If you want a fresh import, you need to stump up at least £5k.

 

If you were importing a car to order, you would be buying it essentially unseen.

Topic: 1991 1.6 Non Starting   Go to last post
Posted: 17 September 2018 19:00:14(UTC)
Topic: insurane renewal, cant believe it.   Go to last post
Posted: 17 September 2018 15:45:45(UTC)

Originally Posted by: Davyo Go to Quoted Post

 SERIOUSLY these insurance companies need real-ling in.Its about time its was abolished and put on fuel.

An invite to avoid personal responsibility. I don't see why I should be paying for the poor standards of others.

Topic: what glue for soft top trim?   Go to last post
Posted: 16 September 2018 16:40:53(UTC)

Originally Posted by: Pollyanna Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: saz9961 Go to Quoted Post
Gorilla Glue is recommended frequently over on the other forum (miataforum). Widely available here now.

 

I have seen a report somewhere that said this glue was useless. If you put a blob of it onto some wood for instance, and don't spread it about, just let it dry, then cut through it with a razor blade or Stanley knife it looks like the old Aero chocolate you used to buy. It is full of tiny holes making it weak as a result. I have used it but not happy with it after i used it on Wood. You will be able to get adhesives especially made for fabric etc, its just a case of finding it. Ask an Upholsterer, they will know. 

 

Check  Real World Experience on Miataforum, 109,000 registered used, 13,000 active users. The topic is is reference to gluing plastics and mohair-like materials, not wood.

 

For example:

https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=306138

https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=553989&

 

 

The reason why it failed for you is that you failed to follow the instructions. It's a water activated glue, so you have to lightly dampen down the surfaces. You didn't add any water.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pxs6jFsp5s

 

Seems very strong to me. When properly used, your wood is going to break before the glue bond.

Topic: what glue for soft top trim?   Go to last post
Posted: 16 September 2018 09:02:22(UTC)
Gorilla Glue is recommended frequently over on the other forum (miataforum). Widely available here now.
Topic: First MX-5 buying advice   Go to last post
Posted: 16 September 2018 07:42:42(UTC)

Originally Posted by: SiPo13 Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for coming back to me @saz9961.

That does indeed look like a belter. Is there anything i should be wary of on it that you can see from the ad?

I am seriously considering dropping the hammer on that one.

Thanks,

Si

 

Knowing the seller, I'd have no issues with that car. If I was in the market, if I had a few extra photos, I'd probably buy it unseen. Its white, so any rust will really stand out. The pricing I think reflects the replaced engine and cosmetics; the green hood seems a bit random and might be just a spare hood they had knocking about (the seller breaks MX5s). It will be sold as is; so no valeting etc. The headlamps have turned opaque; they might respond to polishing. His other Mk2s are all around £5k. Ask Andy why its priced as it is. Short MOT. And you need to go to Scotland to collect it. That might not be far for you.

 

As it is non-UK spec, it WILL cost more to insure. How much more, depends on the driver. For me, the difference is trivial. Other drivers might struggle to get cover. There are still a lot of insurers who will not cover an import.

Topic: Aircon on a 1991 Eunos   Go to last post
Posted: 16 September 2018 07:26:28(UTC)

 

There is greater demand for aircon in the US and rockauto.com carry a lot of  Miata-specific pattern, remanufactured parts and rebuilt kits. A Four Seasons rebuilt compressor for a 1990 car is £230 plus shipping. Condensors are about £50. Evaporator cores are £25-30. Driers are less than £10. The only part they are struggling to get are replacement compressor clutches.

Conversion kit, £6

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=1251685&cc=1190876&jsn=418

Chinese made, so likely not a long life.

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