Hi all, I’m John and I have a couple of confessions right off the bat…
I’m not actually in Derbyshire yet. Just dotting the Is and crossing the Ts on purchasing my first house (in Matlock). Until then I am in Nottinghamshire, but hopefully only for a few more weeks.
Also, I don’t actually own an MX5 yet! I have long since wanted one as a bit of a project and ultimately a weekend toy, but recently every spare penny has been going in to getting a deposit together for the house, and keeping my very boring daily runner, running (2008 Mondeo 2.0 diesel, phwoar!).
Over the next few months I’m going to be shopping for my first MX5, and as well as the hundreds of youtube videos I have been watching, I hope to use this club & forum to gather advice, suggestions and maybe even learn of some suitable cars and parts for sale.
My starting budget for the car will be quite low - £1-1.5k - but I specifically want a project car and plan on spending considerably more over the following months (or years…) to restore & upgrade. I prefer to be hands-on and want to learn new skills such as welding, painting, upholstery etc - but while ever the only car at my disposal has been my daily runner, I am hesitant to do anything too complex, time consuming or with the potential for very expensive mistakes! So far the most extravagant DIY jobs I have done have been replacing discs & pads and fitting a tow-bar! Ideally I will be looking for a manual 1.8 NA or NB, as close to stock as is possible. I will eventually be wanting performance upgrades, but I would prefer to fit them all myself.
Anyway, really looking forward to getting stuck in to the forum, although I might just be more of a lurker until I have bought my own!