Classic car as a daily runner?

I debadged all round.
Just prefer the bare bottom look.

I may have a look at that.......I mean, a bare backside is quite appealing......I mean a back end with nothing on it would be attractive...I mean oh bugger! No, not that! Debadged! Debadged may be good!
 
Nice arsses on the Mk1.
Gets ruined with the badges which are pretty horrid to my eyes anyhow.
In my view badges are just manufacturers' adverts we pay to display..
Off with the bonnet one as well. My Eternal Flame JDM looked like a bent milk top.
Just smooths things out nicely.
 

DAS

War Hero
On my extensive foreign tours, I have never seen a custom bike being ridden any distance
notice the bit of wood under the side stand on the lower one and the front mudguard thats going to get you pelted with rain and grit !!

all ok for posing
they do look stunning though
and beards and birds in jeans
but not any use for serious riding
my guzzi is standard apart from the panniers and screen i ordered with it
I was out yesterday and did a few hundred miles in Company with my Brothers new GS ( that thing is so complex it frightens me !!
he did say that as soon as the warranty expires he will replace it
mine is 18 years old, and gets used
I'm trying to fit just Guzzi accessories to my V7 850 but a few items have had to be sourced else where. Givi rear rack, Mistral exhausts, front fender extender and a tidy fly screen.
 
Educate me on Miatas/MX5s/Eunos please. Before I emigrated in 2005, there was a fairly large market in imported JDM cars. Not just Eunos, but pretty much any Jap car. As RHD, they were 20% cheaper or so than the equivalent UK market car. Pajeros/Shoguns being a big difference in price.

Clearly the Miata/MX5/Eunos is fundamentally the same car, but are there significant differences between market models? For example, you can’t buy a diesel Jeep in the US, but in Europe, you probably don’t want anything other than a diesel.

If you debadged a Eunos and an RHD MX-5, how could you tell (other than glass type approvals)? Same for a Miata and a LHD MX-5. Is it down to ”All Eunos had Sony radios while MX-5s had OEM Pioneer”, or “Miatas had side repeater lamps while MX-5s didn’t”?
 
@Roadster280
The short answer is there is a huge list of differences between the UK & JDM cars.
Most to be fair you'd not notice unless into the marque.
It's not helped by Hiroshima's marketing boys who reckon bringing out "Ltd Ed's" by the dozen every 6 months.
I doubt there is really such a thing as a "standard" non Ltd Ed around.

For a kick off, look at my arrse. It's a small JDM plate mount panel as the UK cars had a much longer one to allow fitment of the UK plate. Under the bonnet, JDM cars do have numerous very minor differences eg my Auto ( or was an Auto till yesterday) would not allow 3rd or 4th to engage until fully warmed to comply with JDM NOX laws and...they are "limited" to 108 MPH or summat with some ECU electrickery but I de-restricted mine years back. I fitted a plug and play 1840cc UK engine 7 years back when I blew my JDM at Croft. It all just connected up...bar slightly different temp & oil sensors.

No R.S. was a UK car. No Mazda-Speed Turbo was a UK car and no MK1 Autos were UK specs.
JDM cars as a rule were always better blobbed charted eg Italian Nardi wood steering wheel, nob, and handbrake cover. leather, AC, chassis braces, suspension mods, more exotic 14" BBS alloys, and Hiroshima specials EG the factory handbuilt MazdaSpeed Turbos, and "Cafe Racers" ( 30k plus now )which came with uber rare PanaSport hollow alloys like mine...which I got cheap. For a while, JDM production windscreens were found to be thinner than UK cars..which caused a few issues but seals were developed to over come it....an issue that really did not exist as the later Mk2 screens fit just the same. However, Nardi stuff is usually found in abundance eg my wife's 2002 Sport steering wheel.

Basically, the UK cars were a bit of a joke insofar stripped out of much lovely blob-chartness, the price hiked up, but they were flogged in their 1,000's.
Miatas are far more JDM specs, and came with additional NOX restrictions I think.
I could go on, but TBH you could write a anorak book about the wee differences and what I've done is just the tip of the iceberg...and probably enough for you for one day.
In short, I'd reckon a JDM Roadsters & MX5s are well over 97% identical.
Until you visit a Dealer for spares...and then the teeth sucking starts. *ankers.

What has happened now is, given the Yen to Pound collapse, rarer with age, very rare 99 points prime JDM stock, and impossible import issues in terms of time and profit, pretty much no rot free Mk1s or Mk2's are landing in the UK. Those with decent runners like mine could make a decent wee wedge.
I'm told by a Mx5OC guru that there are probably no more than 35 of mine actually left running now in the UK...of it's spec and year.
Those with showroom reference cars have an investment in the garage. Bit like old Fords....
Which is why perhaps Hiroshima engineers have been offered to come out of retiral to nut and bolt Mk1s for customers back at the factory...if you have between £ 25 to 35k handy.
 
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@Roadster280
The short answer is there is a huge list of differences between the UK & JDM cars.
Most to be fair you'd not notice unless into the marque.
For a kick off, look at my arrse. It's a small JDM plate mount as the UK cars had a much longer one to allow fitment of the UK plate. Under the bonnet, JDM cars do have numerous very minor differences eg my Auto ( or was an Auto till yesterday) would not allow 3rd or 4th to engage until fully warmed to comply with JDM NOX laws and...they are "limited" to 108 MPH or summat with some ECU electrickery but I de-restricted mine years back.
No R.S. was a UK car. No Turbo was a UK car and no MK1 Autos were UK specs.


JDM cars as a rule were always better blobbed charted eg Italian Nardi wood steering wheel, nob, and handbrake cover. leather, AC, chassis braces, suspension mods, more exotic 14" BBS alloys, and Hiroshima specials EG the factory handbuilt MazdaSpeed Turbos, and "Cafe Racers" which came with uber rare PanaSport hollow alloys like mine...which I got cheap. For a while, JDM production windscreens were found to be thinner than UK cars..which caused a few issues but seals were developed to over come it....an issue that really did not exist as the later Mk2 screens fit just the same.

Basically, the UK cars are a bit of a joke insofar stripped out of much lovely blob-chartness, the price hiked up, and they were flogged in their 1,000's.
Miatas are far more JDM specs, and came with additional NOX restrictions I think.

I could go on, but TBH you could write a anorak book about the wee differences and what I've done is just the tip of the iceberg...and probably enough for you for one day.


Cheers, pretty much what I was looking for; I was just curious. A mate of mine is English by birth but Cypriot by descent. He bought an Audi TT in Cyprus and imported it. He had all manner of trouble getting it registered. He did it in the end, but it was an uphill battle because of seemingly very minor differences.
 
Cheers, pretty much what I was looking for; I was just curious. A mate of mine is English by birth but Cypriot by descent. He bought an Audi TT in Cyprus and imported it. He had all manner of trouble getting it registered. He did it in the end, but it was an uphill battle because of seemingly very minor differences.
Yeah.
The OC was abound pre-Covid with import-export issues and getting a car from Greece to the UK is a 'mare and right now the DVLA is in admin turmoil.
A few known JDM importers have gone to the wall if they were not big enough to diversify, while MOT fail & fatal damaged "strip for spares" specialists are having a ball.
An Mx5 Mk3 mill a couple of years back...around a grand. Around 2.5 grand now for a low miles 2000cc.
 
My washer-dryer no longer reliably gets to the end of a drying cycle, which a hidden error code has indicated is due to a temperature cutout. I replaced the offending thermistor but still it fails and I CBA to try anything else.

What's depressing is that next to maybe getting a larger TV, the prospect of buying a new washing machine is now one of the most exciting things in my life. I genuinely get enthused at the prospect of a larger drum and quieter spin cycle.

I probably need to get out more, before the Government ban it again.
I feel your pain ( I live in girlie world, 3 of them pubesent!!) The amount of washing that gets done here is insane.
word to the wise, spend your cash on an expensive ( ish) mid range Miele.
they are normal appliance size but built like a commercial machine, it will outlive you.!
On the classic front, I went to inspect an aeroplane on Sunday near Thirsk.
The owner has a just postwar Bristol ( one of those built with tooling they nicked from BMW!.)
He inherited it from a relation, but the engine and box were long gone.
A dodgy rebuilder had had them away for refurb, never to be seen again.!
As a result, and for reasons of practicality he has re engined it with the motor and box from an Austin Westminster, which was a very close match for the hole he said. ( And unlike the Bristol engine, isn’t made of unobtainium").
 
Happy to assist.

Ref the edit regarding old engineers Nut & bolting them. £35K is absolute peanuts compared to some others.

JLR have a whole department, you can get an essentially brand new E-Type for a mere $450,000. I keep seeing ads for nut & bolted Mk1 Ford Broncos for $220,000. For $220,000 you could buy FIVE brand new Ford Broncos (if you can physically get them) that are superior in every respect.

We saw a different one at a Bronco Nation event last year. It was a Mk1 shell, but had a “current” interior, with what looked like the heated/cooled perforated leather seats out of my F-250. Instruments were digital. It also had a trailer, that was made of the back end of a Bronco, so the lines matched the main vehicle. The trailer had a wheelchair ramp, so I’m guessing this was a special for a disabled person. I can’t imagine what it must have cost.
 
Educate me on Miatas/MX5s/Eunos please. Before I emigrated in 2005, there was a fairly large market in imported JDM cars. Not just Eunos, but pretty much any Jap car. As RHD, they were 20% cheaper or so than the equivalent UK market car. Pajeros/Shoguns being a big difference in price.

Clearly the Miata/MX5/Eunos is fundamentally the same car, but are there significant differences between market models? For example, you can’t buy a diesel Jeep in the US, but in Europe, you probably don’t want anything other than a diesel.

If you debadged a Eunos and an RHD MX-5, how could you tell (other than glass type approvals)? Same for a Miata and a LHD MX-5. Is it down to ”All Eunos had Sony radios while MX-5s had OEM Pioneer”, or “Miatas had side repeater lamps while MX-5s didn’t”?

What @Ecosse said. My Eunos is quite early (1990). It is a standard Japanese market car but in comparison to what would be a UK spec model of that time it has air conditioning (yes it is useful with the hood up in winter), electric windows, leather, additional speakers in the seat head rests, Italian Nardi wheel, handbrake and gear knob and a few nicer bits under the bonnet. It has a rectangular rear number plate which I prefer. One downside is it uses a smaller gel battery rather than a larger UK battery. If I took the badges off you wouldn't know unless you were a bit sad.

With imported bikes, they were usually far more unusual, more interesting and better equipped. My Bandit was speed restricted to 120 and had a jewel of a DOHC 16 valve engine which revved to something silly.

I can't remember why the bottom fell out of the import business. I recall at one point car transporter loads were going to Eire. and edited to add, there is now a big market in Mazda Bongos (really!?!) for camper van conversions. They were cheap but now they seem to be going for silly money but again, they are very well equipped.
 
What @Ecosse said. My Eunos is quite early (1990). It is a standard Japanese market car but in comparison to what would be a UK spec model of that time it has air conditioning (yes it is useful with the hood up in winter), electric windows, leather, additional speakers in the seat head rests, Italian Nardi wheel, handbrake and gear knob and a few nicer bits under the bonnet. It has a rectangular rear number plate which I prefer. One downside is it uses a smaller gel battery rather than a larger UK battery. If I took the badges off you wouldn't know unless you were a bit sad.

With imported bikes, they were usually far more unusual, more interesting and better equipped. My Bandit was speed restricted to 120 and had a jewel of a DOHC 16 valve engine which revved to something silly.

I can't remember why the bottom fell out of the import business. I recall at one point car transporter loads were going to Eire. and edited to add, there is now a big market in Mazda Bongos (really!?!) for camper van conversions. They were cheap but now they seem to be going for silly money but again, they are very well equipped.
Those Mazdas have to be the winner of the worlds longest model name though.
my girls used to sing out in the car, “ Look, a Mazda Bongo Frendie, Auto Freetop, full time four wheel drive!”
one of our flying club members has got one, he likes it but to me they exude an air of “ not really succeeded in life like I expected, so this will have to do for a leisure vehicle”
Beats walking though.!
 
Those Mazdas have to be the winner of the worlds longest model name though.
my girls used to sing out in the car, “ Look, a Mazda Bongo Frendie, Auto Freetop, full time four wheel drive!”
one of our flying club members has got one, he likes it but to me they exude an air of “ not really succeeded in life like I expected, so this will have to do for a leisure vehicle”
Beats walking though.!
We looked at one and ended up with this instead....
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Flipping Mazda Bongos. When my ex-wife and I first had kids, we got a Chrysler Grand Voyager to cart them and all the Attendant stuff around. Great car. Very expensive at the time, they weren’t too popular in the UK at the time, and it was worth quite a bit. Well the STBX has some kind of mental wobble and quits working, and comes up with the fantastic idea that we sell the Chrysler and buy a Mazda fücking Bongo. “No, shove it” :)
 
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