I.B.G. - Important Builder Guidance - Exocet Feb 15, 2015 15:33:13 GMT waveydavey and symo76 like this
Post by The Management on Feb 15, 2015 15:33:13 GMT
This thread contains Important Builder Guidance and is 'stickied' so it stays there for all to see. It represents information gleaned primarily from owner builds that have met and surmounted unforseen obstacles. It will be of great help. (Further information)
Important - to be read in conjunction with the Exocet build guide.
1. A complete strip and rebuild of the MX5 underpinnings or just a clean and paint?
Replacing rubber suspension bushes can be a tough job and may not be required, just feel for play or seized bolts with a crow bar. If they are OK you have two choices: clean and paint; burn them out and replace after sand blasting and powder coating of the subframes and wishbones.
Alternatively a sander and wire brush will remove excess rust, brush on a coat of liquid gloss and get your Exocet on the road in no time.
I know many people can be afraid of wiring. Don't worry - the Exocet and Mevster both use the MX5 harness so all you need to do is plug it back in.
- No painting
The panels for Exocet and MEVster come finished in your choice of gel coat. They are polished and ready to fit.
- No special skills
You don't need to be a mechanic to build these MX5 based kits. All you are doing is transplanting components. No welding is required
- No special parts
No specially made parts need sourcing. They all come from one donor car, either a MK1 or MK2 MX5. We even use the handbrake and throttle cables to make life easy.
You can even use the MX5 exhaust or fit the stainless one.
- Seats and interior
You can use the MX5 seats or get our GRP ones for £198 a pair.
The instruments are straight from the MX5 too.
- IVA - getting your car on the road (UK)
There are no issues here. If you put the lights in the right place and ensure all contactable edges have a minimum radius of 2.5mm then you will pass, assuming you have not left cables hanging down or built the car badly, in which case you should be glad they found the faults to ensure your safety.
Self centring, brake balance, speedo calibration, emissions, decibels, switch gear etc. These are all MX5 standards and will pass. The above points cause problems for kit car builders who do not choose MEV.
2. Although not a true IBG note, will all Exocet builders using this forum please take the time to fill in your personal profile and use the signature area to detail your donor's year and engine size. Makes it much easier for others answering questions to help trouble shoot problems.
3. When stripping MX5s and before you remove the body shell....on the little video clip of removing the body, I mention removing one nut on top of each shock. If you take off the body by taking the 2 smaller 8mm nuts off instead, then the body comes off leaving the springs under tension on the shocks. When you take off the centre nut to clean and paint, the spring goes BANG and flies in the air taking your head with it! So please remember to do it my way, or get a spring compressor for later removal of the springs.
4. The vacuum pipe going to the brake servo from the inlet plenum has a one way valve in it. Not easy to spot but easy to put it on the wrong way around. The pipe maybe marked with a direction arrow which would mean air flowing towards the plenum for vacuum.
To test: - Put your foot on the brake. Start the engine. Pedal will be sucked down slightly if servo works.
5. The pipe running across the rear subframe may need replacement. It is best to replace as cost is minimal.
Check product 'Build Guide' for further information on these important issues. If not covered therein, research relevant thread in the 'Technical Section' for unofficial guidance.