Wokstars M&M Roadster
Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:46 AM
I initially started out looking for a cappuccino, the car I had lusted after for many years. Anyone who has seen my reaction when I see a cappa on the road knows what i'm talking about.
Finding a cappuccino proved harder than I thought. Mugsee found 1 for sale. I called the owner up and it was already sold. I had a few of the cappa lads on the look out for me, and they found one in Ringwood for $15000. Yes, $15000! This is not an unusual price for a cappa either as they rarely come up for sale. As much as I love cappuccinos, I could not justify that kind of price for my beloved kei car.
The 2nd car in line was an mx5.
I confess, I’ve never been a long time or die hard mx5 fan like c2888had been, I'd always thought they were too girly to be honest however, (due to blowing up tart) I was presented with the opportunity to drive his mx5 around for a week. I suddenly knew why everyone raved about them.
The car was gutless as all hell but DAYUM was it fun to drive!
So with that, I set about looking for my own mx5. The car had to have the following features:
- Power steering
- Air conditioning
- Hard top (as car gets parked on the street)
- Good condition (low kms – well looked after)
- DEFINITELY NOT RED IN COLOUR
Without further adieu, I present you with the reddest mofo you’ve ever seen.
Whilst I can’t stand the colour of the car, it was the best condition one on the market (during my extensive 1 week carsales search) so I figured it’d be silly to pass it up based on its colour. Just in case you were wondering, I wanted a white or a black one.
The lil’ roadster was purchased off a woman in her mid 30’s who did about 7000kms every year. The car has 143900kms on the clock. Usually with imports I wouldn't take the kms on the odometer as gospel however, the condition of this car seemed to reflect the kms.
She kept all sale documents and every single receipt for services and maintenance completed to her car which she has since passed on to me.
It passed a roadworthy with nothing more than a polish of the windscreen!
Here it is sitting happily next to tart. I have dubbed these two clowns Team roadSTARlet.
As this is the daily, plans are very modest and include:
- Track days
Why is this car called M&M? Because here it is next to c2888's. How embarrassing… :oops:
Thanks to c2888 for mechanically inspecting the car for me!
Many new adventures to come, I've got some track days planned in this car for early next year haha.
Posted 18 December 2009 - 08:50 AM
Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:08 AM
Don't be supprise if you start to spend money on this "suppose" to be spare car .
Posted 20 December 2009 - 05:52 PM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:43 PM
Thanks for the offer JC however the spare starlet track rims fit on this too!
This is the dangerous thing, the starlet wasn't as easy to find parts for. There is 10000000000x things I could buy for the mx5. It's so easy. It's very dangerous
i actually like the red expecially with the hardtop
Haha I like how you think! As this car will stay stock under the bonnet, I figure I can afford to be a little silly about how it looks on the outside.
Funny you mention that, I signed up tonight for a track day in Feb with the MX5.
Posted 21 December 2009 - 12:29 AM
Its a great combination - what do older people say when you tell them the MX5 is your "Weekday/Daily"?
Posted 21 December 2009 - 07:43 AM
The response is generally very similiar to renstars actually...
"So you bought a more impractical car for a daily, that just happens to fit your semis?"
I guess the logical thing to do would have been to buy a tow car instead of a back up track car (err i mean DAILY car ). The thought did cross my mind for a second, but you know, zoom zoom and all that...
Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:57 AM
anyway its cute as and glad they're fun to drive! the red looks awesome
92 GT Starlet
Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:07 AM
The first day I drove the MX5 to work, I noticed this annoying crackling coming from just behind me. I looked and there were no speakers behind the seat. I thought I was going insane until I realised there were speakers in the headrest.
To fix this, I moved all the sound to the front speakers. This didn't work, it only highlighted how bad those were too.
Now it's time to resort to stealing starlet parts. My nice headunit moves over to the daily.
Dan notices some less than good wiring done by the previous person and sets about fixing all that up too.
So, I learnt how to take an mx5 centre console out. Note: remember to plug back in the winky light before putting all the bolts back in.
Whoever created the 'half' din was a jerk.
Dan also had some spare speakers he was given from a guy at work a while ago. He thinks it's time I learnt how to take apart an mx5 door and change the speakers.
Unscrewed 4 bolts and the door handles/grabby bits come off easily.
Dan didn't trust me popping out the door cards because I like to smash clips. Here you can see every clip is not broken. Clearly I did not do this.
Old VS New
Success! Sound is much better now!
If you see someone offensively rocking out at the next set of lights, that'd probably be me.
Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:12 AM
Import cars sometimes come with bonus stuff. Heres what I got with the car.
Random strut brace.
Rear diff cradle brace.
I don't know if it has anything to do with the extractors, but this is one of the worst sounding engines I've ever heard. It definately needs an exhaust (or if i'm rich ITB or boost ) to drown out the engine sound. Starlet: 1 Mx5: 0 in that department.
03.01.10 Attention to detail.
I've never been described as someone that pays attention to detail. I'm a 'that'll do' kinda person. Having said that, theres nothing on the MX5 thats broken and needs fixing really so I thought I'd give it a proper detail.
I've never had a car worth doing this on so this was my first attempt. Also note, this will be my last attempt. Haha it's really not for me.
Taking advantage of supercheaps 20% off sale, I pick up a meguirs quik detailing kit with clay bar. The other product was the free sample bottle of auto glym resin polish we all got a few months back. Windows were cleaned using auto glym glass polish.
As the car was cut and polished (quite badly) before I bought it, there wasn't too much grit on the paint but the clay bar still picked up a few things.
Rule number 1. Don't drop the clay bar on the ground. Guess what I did
Left: Barred and polished. Right: Without any cleaning.
Obligatory shiny bonnet shot(s).
All finished. Also something I didn't notice when I bought the car in the evening. The car is a few different shades of red haha.
In conclusion, detailing a car is as painful as prepping and sanding a car back for a respray, but without the really big awesome reveal.
Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:19 AM
I can't bring myself to buy any sportmaxx rims just yet.
Also I couldn't help myself and ended up in the twisty stuff.
I would brace myself for places where I knew the starlet would jump and get jittery but it just never happened in the 5.
So thats what independent rear suspension is all about! Thats quite interesting!
In the mountains: Starlet: 0 Mx5: 1
Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:02 AM
ur posts are so amusing
92 GT Starlet
Posted 09 January 2010 - 11:33 AM
My mate couldnt figure out how to get in to my brother picked it up for next to nothing.. got it home on a trailer and got into the boot, got the keys and started the car in 10 minutes... My comment was.. "You need the right tool for the job!"
Anyways its an interesting car, while I wouldnt own one.. my brother is enjoying throwing it around the streets!
Posted 10 January 2010 - 01:28 AM
Good to see your having fun with her!
I wouldnt worry to much about the colour differentiation - its almost mandatory for import MX5s
Keep at it!
Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:20 PM
I ordered another set of the infamous BLAKE pads from Japan.
Much to my dismay, some gaijin must've had a word with the company, as they've corrected their spelling to say Brake. Awww.
The brakes on the MX5 needed an overhaul anyway (read: track day is coming up ).
They were a good street/track pad for the starlet. No fade, not too dusty and didn't squeal on the street. The Trust/GREX pads on the starlet at the moment squeal like mofos so wasn't keen on using those again as this is a daily driver.
Oh yeah, I've found and purchased a set of rims too! They are on their way over from Japan wrapped in some tyres that are unnecessarily small for the width of the rim. Stretch anyone?
They should arrive in Mid February.
Stay tuned and stay classy!
Edited by wokstar, 20 January 2010 - 10:21 PM.
Posted 19 February 2010 - 10:30 AM
New vs Old. They were rusted on something fierce. Happy Gilmore style hammer attacks may or may not have been involved.
Cain's MPS 3 front rotor vs MX5 front rotor. Yes, his rears were also larger than my fronts!
Posted 19 February 2010 - 10:32 AM
Got my 'track' alignment done today at Rowville Traction and Tyres.
While I was there, got them to swap my rims over too.
It's not as easy as the starlet. You can't just throw 12 tyres into the back.
The solution is 3 in the passenger seat + 1 in the boot. Some dudes in a work ute gave me a weird look as I was driving to the alignment place.
Even bad 90's soft spoke rims that have been spray canned look better than the oem wheels.
Now lets hope I don't make a major embarassment of myself on the track tomorrow!
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