DeBoRah Build Aug 29, 2013 15:46:04 GMT
Post by James on Aug 29, 2013 15:46:04 GMT
We opted for a Mk 1 1.8 as the donor and found this one in January 2013. As this was the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin it seemed an appropriate time to start our first ever kit car. We weren't that bothered about age but we were looking for relatively low mileage. We were happy to find this quite locally with 67k verifiable miles on the clock and plenty of history. Drove brilliantly back to Lancaster from Leeds. We rang Stuart at MEV and put the order in. We were amongst the very first after seeing a preview in Kit Car mag. It wasn't officially released yet but we simply had to do it. It seemed affordable, do-able and it was the right car - a British icon to die for.
Doors off, roof off, interior stripped and plenty of cardboard boxes. Masking tape and pens always to hand. We reasoned that over-labeling is better than wondering later on. Somebody on the blogs already described the MX5 as '99% wiring looms'. We were forewarned!
Once you get the hang of the fact that there are several looms all growing out of each other it's not so daunting. Be prepared to spend some time easing them through the front bulkhead. We would have struggled if Larry hadn't been on one side pulling and pushing while I eased each individual block connector through one at a time.