Gratuitous car porn thread

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Once-upon-a-time, this would be an unusual group of vehicles . . .


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My Xj-s was the BRG of the bottom one, I was so tempted to get it painted like that, however wiser counsel (SWMBO) felt otherwise....
SWIMBO went toxic when our last camper was a bit daggy, I started marking it up to do it in Berlin Urban. “What you doing?” Painting it in Berlin…. “er What’s Berlin?”
Showed her a photo of a chieftain,……NO! JUST NO!, well that was the end of another brilliant idea
 
SWIMBO went toxic when our last camper was a bit daggy, I started marking it up to do it in Berlin Urban. “What you doing?” Painting it in Berlin…. “er What’s Berlin?”
Showed her a photo of a chieftain,……NO! JUST NO!, well that was the end of another brilliant idea
Well done her .You wouldn't been able to find it afterwards
 

Bordon/hants

War Hero
Quite.
I suspect if the 'box was a narsty big ( perhaps sans synchro) Muncie 4 speeder or something similar it might need a bit leverage to ensure success though.
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If an original it would be a Borg Warner 4 speed "top loader", 289's had the Borg Warner T10 and later MK4's in 302 or race 298's often run a T5 (Mustang derived) 5 speed.

I have worked on and made all sorts on a good a few (real ones not kits!) over the years in the past , this one was for Rod Stewart. It was ordered yellow, then he saw one with stripes so they were added (paint obvs), then he saw a car with side pipes so they were fabricated onto the finished car which was a bit stressful as holes need to be cut and allowances made for movement etc.




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If an original it would be a Borg Warner 4 speed "top loader", 289's had the Borg Warner T10 and later MK4's in 302 or race 298's often run a T5 (Mustang derived) 5 speed.

I have worked on and made all sorts on a good a few (real ones not kits!) over the years in the past , this one was for Rod Stewart. It was ordered yellow, then he saw one with stripes so they were added (paint obvs), then he saw a car with side pipes so they were fabricated onto the finished car which was a bit stressful as holes need to be cut and allowances made for movement etc.




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I would not kick that bad boy out of my garage....but for me a BRG with yeller stripes please.
When can you deliver?
 

Bordon/hants

War Hero
However,
I'm guessing you may miss some aspects of it all.
I'm guessing...you love classics & specialist cars.
Do you fettle around your with own stuff?
Yep, guns and old motorbikes / some boat stuff, Sometimes do a job if interesting for friends.......Did a manifold / exhaust for pinto engined kit last year, but it's a slippery slope so I try to say "thanks but no thanks" as I never take payment so it can get out of hand.

My daily beater is an old outback but I am looking to replace it with a tax/mot free classic estate of some sort when it finally dies, as have had Subarus for the last 20 years so fancy a change.


Merc or Volvo maybe but it's finding one before the tin worm does and prices go even higher!

I am lucky in that I can make or repair pretty much anything, so really only take my cars to MOT's or sometimes dirty jobs like driveshafts, I am too old to be rolling about on the ground,

I look at the cost and decide that way, recently saved 2K by making sills and arches for a car and doing all the welding, took me about 9 hours all in, but I do have use of a workshop and 4 poster if I ask nicely.

I am normally to be found when I have free time at hillclimbs, airshows, classic races and steam fairs if that answers the other question!
 
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Yep, guns and old motorbikes / some boat stuff, my daily beater is an old outback but I am looking to replace it with a tax/mot free classic estate of some sort when it finally dies, Merc or Volvo maybe but it's finding one before the tin worm does and prices go even higher!

I am lucky in that I can make or repair pretty much anything, so really only take cars to MOT's or sometimes dirty jobs like driveshafts, I am too old to be rolling about on the ground,

I look at the cost and decide that way, recently saved 2K by making sills and arches for a car and doing all the welding, took me about 9 hours all in, but I do have use of a workshop and 4 poster if I ask nicely.

I am normally to be found when Ihave free time at hillclimbs, airshows, classic races and steamfairs if that answers the other question!
Certainly does.
Get in there...Good man!
We never really give up do we.....;)
 
Actually, it is'nt.
Never was.
Mine was a Ltd run of 400 hand finished Hiroshima VS Type 2 Eunos Roadsters.v
"Eunos" is the specialist off shoot of Mazda....think Genesis of Hyundai, Lexus of Nissan, Cosworth of Ford etc.
AC, leather, wood, stiffer chassis, braces, uprated ECUs, PAS, and.....an optional Nakamichi ICE with powered headrest speakers & BOSE woofers. I could go on......
An £17.5k car in 1993...in YEN JDM terms
The term Mx5 is UK home-Europe - Oz markets badge engineering.
Also known as the Miata in North America
But hey...what do you know Mr Marque Expert eh?;)

SWMBO's Roadster has the same standard power to weight as the last of the 2.8i Capris.....and if she took you shopping and you were in the PAX seat, you'd phucking shit a brick. Roundabouts are her chicanes apparently IF...there is nothing around.
Knockhill track day trained many years back as well.;)
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But it’s still an MX5…..

As for your description of Eunos as Mazda’s equivalent of Cosworth, you are surely having a laugh. Eunos was a badge engineered Japanese market brand that was supposed to be fun to drive and upscale, launched at the same time as Autozam. Cosworth is an engineering company that has won over 100 F1 Grand Prix, multiple World Rallies, Indy Car, sports car and saloon car races with and without Ford. Chalk and cheese.

I owned a Japanese import Eunos MX5 as a daily driver 20 years ago. Another of many specials; mine had a factory turbo amongst a whole load of modifications. Allegedly, it was one of 200; turbo ls were never sold in the UK. Nice little car, but car porn?

As for the Ford Capri comparison, the 2.8i developed 160bhp. Hardly earth shattering stuff. Try an Elise with 250bhp or more.
 
But it’s still an MX5…..

As for your description of Eunos as Mazda’s equivalent of Cosworth, you are surely having a laugh. Eunos was a badge engineered Japanese market brand that was supposed to be fun to drive and upscale, launched at the same time as Autozam. Cosworth is an engineering company that has won over 100 F1 Grand Prix, multiple World Rallies, Indy Car, sports car and saloon car races with and without Ford. Chalk and cheese.

I owned a Japanese import Eunos MX5 as a daily driver 20 years ago. Another of many specials; mine had a factory turbo amongst a whole load of modifications. Allegedly, it was one of 200; turbo ls were never sold in the UK. Nice little car, but car porn?

As for the Ford Capri comparison, the 2.8i developed 160bhp. Hardly earth shattering stuff. Try an Elise with 250bhp or more.
And yet:slow:...you still bought one!:rolleyes:
There is no such thing as a Eunos Mx5.
1)The Eunos is pure JDM.

2)No Eunos was exported from Hiroshima to the UK unregistered.

3)It's either a Eunos Roadster initially registered & USED in Japan, or a badged Mazda Mx5 or a North American Mazda Miata.
If you bought something that said "Eunos-Mx5", someone sold you a pup. Back street rice car perhaps.
They are also very easy to cut n shut unfortunately thanks to floor pan & inner sill sections etc easy to obtain.
The other issue always has been the DVLA being tossers and calling them all sorts.
Mine...is registered as an Mx5 and has been for the 16 years I've owned it.

There was a thriving market in 2nd division shite being imported to the UK with dodgy Roadsters that had failed the dread "SHAKEN", or JDM Super MOT. Equally there were plenty low miles minters.
I imported mine from a trusted Japanese specialist who only bought cars which he knew had never seen salted roads. Yes Japan does salt it's roads. Another myth.
These cars dissolve quickly from the inside out. You might want to read up on "SHAKEN". That could be why yours was gotten rid of of like many hundreds others to the UK.

I know perfectly well what Cosworth is and does...I merely meant it was a specialist entity tied to Ford..and others. Certainly do not need a history lesson from people like you about motorsport. I took part at amateur day Club levels for nigh on 40 years till 5 years back,

As for the Capri comparison? I had two x 2.8is.
One was a Vulcan steel built/ Burton gas flowed 3.1 conversion. Check out their PTWRs of the 160bhp (1210 KG & 0-60 in a claimed 8.6 seconds) per ton to the 146BHP VVT milled per ton ratios of the 2002 Mx5 Sport ( 7.9 seconds)

The Mx5 UK Sport you will find is much lighter (1065kg). If the usual stupid drop-clutch abuse is applied to both, the 0-60 times are pretty bob on with each other, with the 5 being nearly a second quicker. I never claimed either is/were "fast". The 2.8i was a cheap thriller of it's day 30 years back.
Number of times over the years I've corrected Yo Dudes in the OC complaining their 5 is not fast enough....I usually tell them they bought the wrong car, and go get a hedge finder 3 pot Fiesta ST or shagged WRX and see how the insurance looks,


As for a 250bhp Lotus..yes brilliant wee things.
Funny but true. Over a good few years if I've been stopping say EG at The Green Welly in Tyndrum for a pee and coffee, it's usually been a Lots of Trouble Usually Serious waiting with it's bonnet up for the AA. Or French. Or Italian.Well cheers but I'd rather do a journey in something that has not shed bits on the way home TVR style.

I'd also like to see photos of this JDM Turbo'd toy laden whizzbanger you had
Was it a Mk2 or Mk1? I'll pop the photo off to our resident JDM Club guru who holds every chassis & production stat in various databases of every worldwide version that left Hiroshima.

It could have been some genuine Ltd....or a bag of fake shite. I've been in the marque and very involved with them for over 17 years. Not saying yours was an oddball, but MazdaSpeed JDM built turbos were usually 180bhp...soft pressure Garret Ai-Research I think turbos. There were a couple of uber rare JDM Mk2s "Cafe Racers" rated at 220 plus BHP but I believe only 1 hit our shores. It was black..I think it got 18k at auction.
Your experience was, typically, a passing phase 2 decades back.

You seem to be getting a bit wound up about a production world beater of a wee "fun car for everyone" that means nowt to you 2o years later in your life. It is what it is. If you had a pound for every one sold, you'd have 1.5 millions in the bank instead of whip starting a cement mixer.

Now, tell us all what your chosen weekend special fun steed is. I'm interested. Sort of.
Oh C'mon you know you want to.:D
Now, if you will 'scuse me, we are orf in the wife's poofy wee Sport for lunch in the Lothian Borders.


You have a nice day now.:kiss:
 
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And yet:slow:...you still bought one!:rolleyes:
There is no such thing as a Eunos Mx5.
1)The Eunos is pure JDM.

2)No Eunos was exported from Hiroshima to the UK unregistered.

3)It's either a Eunos Roadster initially registered & USED in Japan, or a badged Mazda Mx5 or a North American Mazda Miata.
If you bought something that said "Eunos-Mx5", someone sold you a pup. Back street rice car perhaps.
They are also very easy to cut n shut unfortunately thanks to floor pan & inner sill sections etc easy to obtain.
The other issue always has been the DVLA being tossers and calling them all sorts.
Mine...is registered as an Mx5 and has been for the 16 years I've owned it.

There was a thriving market in 2nd division shite being imported to the UK with dodgy Roadsters that had failed the dread "SHAKEN", or JDM Super MOT. Equally there were plenty low miles minters.
I imported mine from a trusted Japanese specialist who only bought cars which he knew had never seen salted roads. Yes Japan does salt it's roads. Another myth.
These cars dissolve quickly from the inside out. You might want to read up on "SHAKEN". That could be why yours was gotten rid of of like many hundreds others to the UK.

I know perfectly well what Cosworth is and does...I merely meant it was a specialist entity tied to Ford..and others. Certainly do not need a history lesson from people like you about motorsport. I took part at amateur day Club levels for nigh on 40 years till 5 years back,

As for the Capri comparison? I had two x 2.8is.
One was a Vulcan steel built/ Burton gas flowed 3.1 conversion. Check out their PTWRs of the 160bhp (1210 KG & 0-60 in a claimed 8.6 seconds) per ton to the 146BHP VVT milled per ton ratios of the 2002 Mx5 Sport ( 7.9 seconds)

The Mx5 UK Sport you will find is much lighter (1065kg). If the usual stupid drop-clutch abuse is applied to both, the 0-60 times are pretty bob on with each other, with the 5 being nearly a second quicker. I never claimed either is/were "fast". The 2.8i was a cheap thriller of it's day 30 years back.
Number of times over the years I've corrected Yo Dudes in the OC complaining their 5 is not fast enough....I usually tell them they bought the wrong car, and go get a hedge finder 3 pot Fiesta ST or shagged WRX and see how the insurance looks,


As for a 250bhp Lotus..yes brilliant wee things.
Funny but true. Over a good few years if I've been stopping say EG at The Green Welly in Tyndrum for a pee and coffee, it's usually been a Lots of Trouble Usually Serious waiting with it's bonnet up for the AA. Or French. Or Italian.Well cheers but I'd rather do a journey in something that has not shed bits on the way home TVR style.

I'd also like to see photos of this JDM Turbo'd toy laden whizzbanger you had
Was it a Mk2 or Mk1? I'll pop the photo off to our resident JDM Club guru who holds every chassis & production stat in various databases of every worldwide version that left Hiroshima.

It could have been some genuine Ltd....or a bag of fake shite. I've been in the marque and very involved with them for over 17 years. Not saying yours was an oddball, but MazdaSpeed JDM built turbos were usually 180bhp...soft pressure Garret Ai-Research I think turbos. There were a couple of uber rare JDM Mk2s "Cafe Racers" rated at 220 plus BHP but I believe only 1 hit our shores. It was black..I think it got 18k at auction.
Your experience was, typically, a passing phase 2 decades back.

You seem to be getting a bit wound up about a production world beater of a wee car that means nowt to you 2o years later in your life.
Now, tell us all what your chosen weekend special fun steed is. I'm interested. Sort of.
I’m not wound up about anything; your the one with an MX5 fetish! You’re incapable of commenting on a car thread without mentioning your cars. As I said, they’re all just MX5s!!! It’s great that Mazda have made so many and still make them. But they’re just MX5s.

My MX5 / Eunos Roadster / Miata Turbo was a Mk1, bought from Charlesworths of Kegworth who were then the biggest importers of second hand Japanese cars. It was a Mk1 and came in to the UK with the turbo fitted. I was led to believe it left the factory that way, but it was just a daily commute car for me. I’ve not got any photos; they went with my divorce.

As for the Elises, the Mk1 was a bit flimsy and had some Rover K Series engine issues, but was generally reliable for the 50 odd k miles I drove in it. The 111R had a Toyota engine; I did approaching 150k miles in it in five years and only ever had services items done in it. Brilliant car.

I’m out of sports cars at the moment; our garage consists of a 2001 Toyota Landcruiser Prado with 480,000km on the clock, a Discovery Sport and my Christmas present to myself; a Suzuki Jimny. It’s an absolute giggle

The next sports car will be a Lotus. An acronym for Lots of Totty. Usually Sexy. Probably an Elan, because that’s what Mazda imitated!
 
I’m out of sports cars at the moment; our garage consists of a 2001 Toyota Landcruiser Prado with 480,000km on the clock, a Discovery Sport and my Christmas present to myself; a Suzuki Jimny. It’s an absolute giggle
That all sounds totally fabby.
Carry on.
Each their own.

As for, and I quote you@
"You’re incapable of commenting on a car thread without mentioning your cars. As I said, they’re all just MX5s!"

Utter bullshit. Simply not so.
Furthermore, over the years on ARRSSE I've been approached by a good few people looking for their little weekend special to advise them on one they have seen or are going to see.
Because...they know I know what I'm talking about. So, no matter what you pitch about me, I've saved a good many from piles of grief over the years.

I do note you are not prone to addressing basic facts that are presented to you and tend to cherry pick
Not too surprised so far you got added to the UK divorce stats.
I can only hope you perform somewhat better with your (ever been hapless?) customers.
 
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Bluenose2

War Hero
As for the Elises, the Mk1 was a bit flimsy and had some Rover K Series engine issues, but was generally reliable for the 50 odd k miles I drove in it. The 111R had a Toyota engine; I did approaching 150k miles in it in five years and only ever had services items done in it. Brilliant car.
You did well there. My 111R Sports Racer came with £19k's worth of receipts at 43k miles and was made of crisp packets. The core mechanicals were fine but the build and component quality was dreadful. I was forever glueing bits of trim back on!

Terrific thing on a back road even if it wasn't that quick above about 60mph. I'd be tempted with a S3 220 S/C but the prices have gone silly, so i'm back in a Baby Porker for the time being.

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Can you two now find a garage somewhere to share, and discuss your MX-5s ?! ;) .
 

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