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Hoodedreeper's Mk1 The Purple Monster

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Re: Hoodedreeper's Mk1 The Purple Monster

Postby hoodedreeper » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:14 pm

Wednesday was very foggy,which made for some cool photos. We headed over to the Black Mountain Pass again in the hope of getting some more photos but sadly the fog ruined the view

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Thursday we visited Rhossili Bay

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Turned the sat nav off and took the route as it came. No matter what,you'll never be disappointed with the views

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We finished the holiday with a visit to the Total 5s HQ in Barry

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Postby hoodedreeper » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:22 pm

Not much to update car wise. The silver daily had its yearly inspection,all was well except it needed a steering rack gaitor and the handbrake adjusting. The bodywork was advised too which i knew about. Both rear arches need replacing along with the front wings/fenders. Bumper may aswell be replaced as thats got some bad paint cracks.

I got messed around with a part that was for sale so put the money towards a hard top for the daily. Paint isn't in great condition,but the whole car will be painted eventually.

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I removed the stickers today,to find how poorly the hard top spoiler had been fitted. They've bonded on 3 brackets to the glass,one side was taped on...so that needs looking at

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Also noticed some scratches on the glass just below these spoiler brackets,looks like either sanding or grinding marks?

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Over the past few months i've been collecting and building up a small video games collection. Today i moved into my fiance's place. I had already sorted out the man cave ready for the move in ;)

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Yes that is my Mazdaspeed boot spoiler hanging from the ceiling,storage space is limited lol
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Postby hoodedreeper » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:31 pm

Back in April you may remember i had a photoshoot for Fast Car Magazine

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Today the feature was published

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As mentioned in the Magazine,a special thanks to H&S Performance, Autodoc, All-Trims, Garagestar, Auto-Genie, Rev9, J's Garage, Jass Performance, Revlimiter, BN Media, MX5Nutz and my friends/family
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Postby hoodedreeper » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:39 pm

Today i received the photos from the magazine shoot,photos courtesy of Matt Woods Photography

There were 70 images but i've picked the best 10 (in my opinion)

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Postby hoodedreeper » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:12 pm

The 1st September marked 4 years since my previous MX5 caught fire. On the 10th Sept it'll also be 4 years since i got the Purple MX,wow how time flies!

The weekend just gone saw the return of JAE (Japanese Auto Extravaganza), the UK's only 4 day jap show. It was also a year ago i had the running/ECU problems coming back from the same show. You'll be glad to hear i made it there and back with no issues :)

We went up with the club we always attend with,although attendance was very low this year,but we still had an awesome weekend. The week before the show i had one of the organizers ask for my car to be inside the hall for their Show & Shine

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We stuck around till the end and watched the awards (couldnt get the car out any sooner). And to a huge surprise I ended up winning Best Mazda! Its great to finally see a reward for the work. A mag feature and trophey in one month is pretty awesome!

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Monday just gone and me and the other half started to strip the daily MX. The MOT (annual inspection for those overseas) had an advisory of the passenger wing/fender due to corrosion. Managed to source a replacement along with another front bumper for a very good price. (bumper had severe paint cracking,so it made sense to change that too)

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The bottom didn't look great...

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Gave the inner wing and bumper fixing areas a coating of underseal before refitting

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All back together along with an import plate surround and some 6mm front and 10mm rear spacers.

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We also picked up a twin exhaust and silenced de-cat. The initial plan was to cut the existing bumper and eventually fit an R-Package rear lip. Then this Auto Joy/VIS Racing fibreglass bumper came up for sale locally so went with that instead

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Found out the rear lights were siliconed in,which resulted in 2 snapped studs on the driver side light,luckily i had a spare pair of lights. Also swapped the broken number plate panel for my painted carbon fibre one i had on the other MX

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So yeah.... we've done more to the daily MX in the last 2 weeks than we have all year lol
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Postby hoodedreeper » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:50 pm

Browsing through the interweb looking at stuff when i get a notification pop up saying [url]https://www.facebook.com/jdmpartsrupewrecht/]JDMParts.rupewrecht[/url] had posted an item. Followed the link and it was a Mazdaspeed Trap Timer.

I've only seen a handful of photos of this device and i missed out on one that Dan shared about 6 months ago. So we exchanged a few messages and had agreed for him to bid on it for me. We ended up winning it,it was expensive but who cares,you cant take money to the grave!

I spent the next few days and nights trawling through Yahoo Auctions for more stuff to buy (may aswell include more stuff in with the shipping!) After a week or so waiting for shipping they arrived on my doorstep today

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Its all Mazdaspeed....i kinda got an addiction with the brand. Dan won be floor mats,horn push button and the trap timer.

Sadly no box for the Trap Timer but the original instructions were which was a bonus. A big thank you to Randy over at MazdaRoadster for the translation he posted online a few years back,they were a great help!

I also managed to score a few items here in the UK too.

Oil Cap (still waiting for delivery,but this is the actual item)

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Carbon Fibre Gear Shifter (i think it's missing the shift pattern sticker on the top?)

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I also got from the same seller as the shifter (thanks again Chris Horne) a 360mm steering wheel. The steering wheel had seen better days but certainly looks like its been used well.

My original plan was to strip off the old dye and re-dye it using RevLimiter's blog as a guide. Spoke to a couple of Leather Repair companies and nobody would touch it. Spoke to a local company called Moores Vehicle Trimming based 20mins away from me and they were happy to take on the task.

He quoted a very good price,so agreed and left my details thinking it was a restoration job,turns out it was a retrim.... winner! 9 days later and i receive a call to say it was ready for collection. They said they originally under estimated the duration of the job and it should have been alot more,but they stuck to their word and honoured the original price. Very happy with that and the quality of the work! Will certainly be using them again for any future work.

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Postby hoodedreeper » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:57 pm

Some photos of it all fitted

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I also got bored and painted up a spare Xbox One controller to match the livery of the car lol

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Re: Hoodedreeper's Mk1 The Purple Monster

Postby hoodedreeper » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:43 am

An MX5Nutz member kindly sent me an original owners handbook

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I also had another book arrive,this time from Japan and purchased through JDMparts Rupewrecht

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The Mazdaspeed obsession continued when i stumbled across a damaged A-Spec Type 1 bumper only a couple of hours away

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The middle of the bumper is paint flaking off and adhesive tape from the number plate,the damage is in the corner

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It had the lower rubber lip and air damn included, the parts that are always sought after for this. Luckily the lip was there,because thats whats keeping it all together lol

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Me and the other half took both cars out for a drive to a local meet,would have been rude not to take a photo together

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Re: Hoodedreeper's Mk1 The Purple Monster

Postby hoodedreeper » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:31 pm

For a month or so I've had problems with the Purple MX5 not starting and the battery going flat. I originally put it down to lack of use and the cold weather. The battery died again last weekend so I fitted a new one and it still wouldn't start. So I got the car up in the air and found the culprit

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Made up a new earth strap,and after fighting with the only bloody bolt, it was back together and it fired up first time with no hesitation....winning!

Next on my to-do list was to find some decent headlight bulbs. Working at a Motor Factors I've tried most bulbs we stock/can order in and I've never found anything close to HIDs. HIDs have been ok in the past,but the high beam has always failed no matter which kit i buy.

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A few friends have suggested buying LED bulbs, I've always been on the fence about them because of the 'lack of beam pattern'. So i took a chance and ordered a pair of Night Eye bulbs. The base comes apart, so the base is fitted first with the retaining clip,then you insert the bulb and twist to lock it in place. The bulb bases have a heat sink fan to draw out the heat,these are a little noisy but the supercharger and iPod its hard to hear them :P

I've done some comparisons to a standard halogen, Ring 150% and the Night Eye. I didn't realise till afterwards that the Night Eyes were 180* out,so were effectively on high beam.

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Something I've been wanting to do for awhile was yellow tinted headlights. Lamin-X was my first option but after seeing the price and size of the tint sheet,i gave it a miss and went with a cheaper eBay equivalent

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With the Night Eyes flipped round 180* so they're pointing in the correct direction, I took some photos with the tint. Not as bright, but such an improvement over what i had. As always, its hard to photograph the true light

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