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1996 Uk spec Rebuild (we hope)

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Re: 1996 Uk spec Rebuild (we hope)

Postby John&Luke » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:36 pm

So been working on two different parts of the car.

The first being to change out the Lamda sensor. The car's been running a bit rich, and I have a fault code indicating a Lamda fault. I have a spare replacement sensor so a simple job to swap out. Well that's what I thought yesterday. However, I ended up having to remove the downpipe to remove the sensor. And when I finally got it out (stillsons and a long bar) I find the thread is cross threaded. :(
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Not a pretty sight. So I'm thinking of a ÂŁ35 stainless downpipe from Fleabay???? anyone got any experience of these??????

The second job is a bit more of a interior mod. When in the USA this summer, I found some gauge holders for a Miata that can be fitted into the crash panel on the passengers side. The idea is you can have three gauges with the gauge holders angled towards the driver. See below. Nice mod I thought, functional and a bit different.
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As you can see I've cut all three holes and fitted one gauge pod.

Now for the problem, the actual fit of the original gauge pod (black one) IMO was poor. It didn't follow the crash pad contour that well and had a gap at the top and bottom as shown below
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Not happy with this I ended up re-profiling and filling one of the pods (grey one) so as to get a better fit.
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The looks a much better fit IMO so my plan is to make a mould and reproduce the other 2 pods. Will have to wait and see how this works out.

In the meantime any advice of the exhaust downpipe would be welcome.
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Re: 1996 Uk spec Rebuild (we hope)

Postby Mazda Mender » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:35 am

Those you have john will be copies off copies bud ,the original ones were from a Co called KG works(search their stuff) and the fit would of been a lot better.....
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As for the down pipe, personally i would look for a Jap jasma graded s/steel one, they can still be found coming up s/hand..
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Re: 1996 Uk spec Rebuild (we hope)

Postby John&Luke » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:47 pm

Mazda Mender wrote:Those you have john will be copies off copies bud ,the original ones were from a Co called KG works(search their stuff) and the fit would of been a lot better.....

M-m


MM, yes I guess your right.

So in search of perfection I decided to try to reproduce my one good modified gauge pod. Very interesting process and have learnt a lot in doing so. :-D

It all started with making up a mould 'box' using my modified pod. (the buck)
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Then adding the mould material. Making sure there was no air bubbles caught on the 'buck' surface.
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A 24 hour wait and then the killer question, would I be able to remove the 'buck'??? Answer Yes :dance:
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So tonight, it was a matter of taking a casting from the mould. On the face of it a very successful project, actually made 3 new pods tonight as part of the learning process. The end result can be seen below:
LHS (in black) original pod, Middle (in white) MY NEW pod taken from my mould, RHS (in grey) modified pod I used as a 'buck' for my mould.
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Time for a beer!
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