Hello All, Mark and my daughter Annabelle from Liverpool. I have been reading the forum for the past few months after deciding to build an Exocet following a visit to Stoneleigh this year. Hopefully I won’t ask to many stupid questions but thanks in advance for any tips and advice I am sure that they will be invaluable over the next however long it takes us.
I have wanted to do this for years and the original plan was something more like a seven style kit but costs and time needed to complete those builds made me go for the MEV as I have no prior knowledge of tinkering with cars so thought this was a good place to start to give me a good shot at finishing the build.
I purchased the donor in June, MK2.5 MX5 2003 80,000 miles, body work pretty poor but 10 months MOT so I have had a ball driving it for the last few months, but as the weather is now changing time to get it stripped before it is too cold to work in the garage.
Planning to get my order placed in the new few weeks once I have been able to get the body shell off and assess what the PPF is like! Looks pretty rusty from what I can see so far so I expect to have plenty to do before I can start putting things together.
After 2 Sundays I feel like we have made some good progress, labelling and bagging up everything. Planning to start on the engine wiring this weekend now I have found some wiring diagrams!
the key is to enjoy the build and it will give you good rewards, don't spend all your time on it as it will get frustrating. you tend to find if you hit a problem its best to move on to something else, I always find a solution will present itself. you have a number of choices to make so don't rush to get the chassis mounted to the ppf. is you engine a vvti ? if so you need to decide which way your going to resolve the issue with the bonnet fitment before you mount the chassis. there are a number of solutions I also used a 2003 mk2.5 vvti so you can check my build thread out and see how I decided to get round it. I decided to keep the abs and power steering as I'm going to be using it on the road and wanted it to be as easy as possible to drive but that comes down to personal preferences.
I hope you both enjoy the build and if you get stuck just post your issue and im sure you will get the answer or at least a few options.
UK West Yorkshire MEV EXOCET G BODY - MX5 MK2.5 1.8S-VVTS
Hi mate, Welcome along, lots of help and advice and good build threads here to help you. For ease leave the engine loom fitted and disconnect it from the plug to chassis loom is one good tip! Ive been building mine since April and my thread is Surrey Exocet Build. Happy to help out with any questions.
Thanks for the initial responses all those months ago.
Well I did not expect to take this long to get the donor stripped down and the garage in a state to receive the kit. I had also planned to post more on here but guessed the strip down is not the most interesting bit so saving my posts for the many questions that I will have during the build stage.
I understand why there are soo many MX5 MOT failures out there as did I find some rust! I read it many times before buying the donor but getting an 03 plate I thought rust would not be too bad but boy was I wrong. Ceased bolts all over the place and so many weeks lost spraying with penetrating oil and wire bushing trying to avoid shredded heads but I still had some which had to be cut off in the most awkward positions.
Really enjoyed taking the reciprocating saw to the body and as I stacked up the sections on the drive way to the disgust of the wife, local Romanians offered to take it all away!
Then the dreaded bushes were totally perished so not having a press, I lit the fire pit and over few beers one evening (after sunset to avoid complaints from the neighbours) they were out. Anyone doing this wear old clothes and some gloves, the melted rubber gets everywhere and is impossible to get off.
Generally only get into the garage on Sundays, so the past few months have been spent cleaning, painting and rebuilding the suspension, brakes and planning the main build by reading other threads. There are so many great ideas and helpful hints out there to help us newbies along just hope I remember most of them.
Well kit has been on order for a couple of weeks so hoping to get cracking soon just trying to get the garage cleaned up and finish some minor bits before it comes.
Just counting the days now for Stoneleigh to look over some completed cars to get even more ideas.
Things progressing steadily but not as quick as Russ unfortunately..
Went to do the charcoal cannister delete last night but noticed that the middle hose from the cannister appears to have a snapped connection in the end of hose which I think is the one I need to recirculate things back into the engine?
Can anyone give me a picture or diagram of where this should be connected or can I just leave this to vent to the air?
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Had a go at the wiring over the weekend and had a couple of issues.
I got the engine to turn over but would not start. Checked fuel was being sent and that was ok, but read last night that the fuel system is pressurised. Does that mean I need to seal the tank ( will use the donor filler pipes) to get the fuel to feed through?
Also read in the owners manual I should prime the fuel system to avoid over cranking the engine is this needed?
Second issue was that I connected the MX5 lights to check I had power etc and they come on but wont turn off? Could this be a bad earth points?
Hopefully once I sort these issues I can start taking some of the excess wires out otherwise I wont get the loom into the wiring tray.