LITTLE RED MK 2.5 .. the story so far!

so heres my new 5 , its my 7th mx5 :sunglasses: ( my 2nd mk2 )

I have been looking for a while for a nice little 5 again and i have looked at many , , all quite shabby , rust buckets . :weary:
This one turned up online and i did a MOT check , not 1 mention of rust on there. So the following day i went to view, but it wanted too many jobs doing for the price the seller was asking so i walked away. :unamused:

A week later the seller contacted me and we agreed a reasonable price :smiley: :innocent: ( £ 1250 off his asking price :moneybag: :moneybag: :moneybag: )

I collected it last friday night and drove it 60 miles home , it drove really nice .

came with loads of service history and only 52k miles

It’s just had all new discs , pads and rear caliper fitted .
new timing belt 1000 miles since ,
recent alloys and tyres ,

on the weekend i set about cleaning the under side of surface rust and treating it…

painting the calipers too :blush:

while doing this i found some “bubbling” on the chassis leg (o /s ) ,
i knew there was some “bubbling” on the near side when i went and inspected the car
( 1 of the reasons i initially walked away ).

So i have booked the 5 in with mx5 specialists (mx5motors in doncaster ) for this inspecting / sorting asap…( getting done on monday )

the car also visited the local dent man who sorted 10- 12 little dents out for me :ok_hand:

cleaned out the boot , its very clean and complete with an unused space saver wheel

the rocker cover is weeping oil :frowning: , new gasket ordered. :wink:
the engine bay needs a good fettle, that will be next weekend…

but i did start cleaning / spraying the usual rusty brackets … :rofl: :laughing:

both seats have marks or small rip , so will be replaced .

looking at home in my revamped garage!!!

thanks for looking :partying_face: :partying_face: :partying_face:


Glad your getting sorted Geoff! :+1:

Nice looking motor and Steve at Mx5Motors should sort the rails for you! Love the wheels, they look like new? Plenty of history with the car etc and mileage is good too! Just got it at the right time hopefully as lockdown is easing a bit and you will be able to get out and about in it :nerd_face:


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hi barrie , i’ve plenty to tinker with now :sunglasses: :laughing: :ok_hand: :ok_hand: :ok_hand:

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Can you post details of the dent man or pm me please?
I take it you were pleased with results and cost?
Many Thanks from Mark

hi mark ,
the dent man is fantastic , he has done around 10 cars for me :ok_hand:
the price varies per panel , ( plus he does me " mates rates " )
what’s your location ??

Comprehensive update Geoff and a lot done in a short space of time. Looks a great car - enjoy it.:+1:

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Good stuff :+1: love the colour.

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the 5 is back home after the chassis legs have been fully repaired and cavity treated . :grin: :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes:
( now, " solid and will last for years " , in the words of steve from mx5motors )
he had a good look around the car and gave it his “nod” of approval . :wink:

as its too wet to continue with the underside i decided to do the "bay "

a good fettle later ,

i’ll get pics of the chassis legs once i get underneath it again .
steve has taken pics of his work , but hes not as yet sent them . :crazy_face:


25mm spacers fitted !!

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Get in there Geoff :+1: all looking very nice indeed. Looks like you got a very nice car there!


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What was required regarding the legs, also what product do you use to clean and sparkle the engine bay, also where did you get the spacers and do they require longer bolts and do they sell thinner spacers, sorry about all the questions, I was only going to say it looks great :rofl::+1:

the legs had bubbling ( water gets between the 2 metal skins and rot from the inside )
both sides were repaired , now all solid again . :partying_face: :partying_face:

the engine bay is just treated with a degreaser , then hosed down with hose pipe , wiped over with a cloth and silicon spray applied :wink: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

the spacers were off ebay , they are bolt on hub-centric 25mm .
, the spacers come with nuts to fasten to the hub , then the wheel bolts to the spacer.
thinner spacers are available , but make sure your wheels are recessed to accommodate the length of your studs . :woozy_face:

HTH, thanks :laughing:

had some time today to carry on with my jobs list :face_with_raised_eyebrow:
so removed the cam cover to replace the gasket :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

it all looked quite clean in there ,
i took the opportunity to clean / spray the cover and heat shield with VHT paint and couple of lacquer coats …
new gasket fitted ,

all back together

as it was …

next ???


Lovely stuff.

Not much of a red fan myself, but given the condition and the wheel package, that looks very well indeed. Always enjoy your threads, and you’ve certainly hit the ground running with this one.


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Thanks rob :pray:
Nice to know people enjoy my bit of tinkering :grinning::grinning::grinning::grinning::toolbox::wrench::hammer:

added an extra 10 BHP, :laughing: :star_struck:

used a syringe with blunt needle to fill the lettering :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


Keep ‘em coming. I love this kind of tweaking, really good

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Well done Geoff, you’re moving fast with this one. Like the idea with the syringe. :+1:

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any guru’s out there who can tell me what " special edition " my particular 5 is ???
theres nothing stated on the log book :thinking: :thinking: :thinking:

thanks :wink:

Don’t think it is a special edition.

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