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In 2013, I had owned and driven my MK1 for 7 years and 75,000 miles. I was ready for a change, and my old body protested getting in and out of a Sports car. I started looking for something that was a bit higher off the ground than a MX5. Criteria didn't change much, the replacement had to have a retractable roof, manual gear box, and get similar fuel economy to the MK1. I concluded that the only car that met all of my needs was the Fiat 500C Abarth. I had a doctor's appointment, and was discussing the pain that I experienced getting into and out of the Mazda, and my car search. Long story short, Doc changed my cholesterol medication, the pain went away, and the next week, I found my current MX5.

This car is not as go kart like as the MK1, and does not offer the same driving pleasure; however, it is a much more pleasant touring car, and maybe a bit more suited to the roads and type of driving that I do. I have been driving the car for 3 years now, so I recon that I have 4 more years before I am ready for a change.
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The 500C is gone from our shores. There is nothing left that exists here to replace the MX5, so I will keep what I have.
 

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George all happy with refreshed headlight and some spit & polish

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Yorkshire car restorations.....This time the turn of the Mk3! (A 57 plate Icon).:cry:

 
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Yorkshire car restorations.....This time the turn of the Mk3! (A 57 plate Icon).:cry:

The bodywork looks nice on that 15 year-old NC, which belies the horrors underneath! 😯

This could be an interesting series, Chris - thank you for posting 😊
 
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^^^Thanks Kev....Yes, the chap (Steve) does the job with a 'Yorksheer' slant/humour to the repairs, and I think does the jobs well as a fabricator rather than how a body shop would ...ie just buy new panels. (y)
 
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Sadly another 'horror story'.....This one has 77,000 on the clock, and again, looks very tidy on the outside!

 
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I find it really scary that, in this day and age, an extremely tidy car like that can be so dangerously corroded underneath! The rear subframe has clearly lost much of it's strength and integrity, yet to an unwary punter that MX-5 is a beautiful car and in 'perfect' condition for it's age! 😦
 
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I find it really scary that in this day and age an extremely tidy car like that can be so dangerously corroded underneath! The rear subframe has clearly lost much of it's strength and integrity, yet to an unwary punter that MX-5 is a beautiful car and in 'perfect' condition for it's age! 😦
It is Kev....and looks far more complex to repair than something like the Mk2 chassis rails....:unsure:
 
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Back to repairs on the 'Icon'.....o_O

 
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Wow! What an incredible amount of detail he put into making that repair panel. All that joggling, beating and shaping makes it look OEM now it's sealed and painted. I wonder how long it actually took him? (I can't work it out due to the sped-up film).
 
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Wow! What an incredible amount of detail he put into making that repair panel. All that joggling, beating and shaping makes it look OEM now it's sealed and painted. I wonder how long it actually took him? (I can't work it out due to the sped-up film).
Having done a bit of 'Tin bashing' in my engineering days I'd say a good few hours Kev!..... :unsure:
 
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'Tother side, as they'd say up ere in Yorksheer.... 😉

 
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Thank you, Chris...

I love the way he 'joggles' the new steel to replicate the original panel and to add strength 👍
 

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Thank you, Chris...

I love the way he 'joggles' the new steel to replicate the original panel and to add strength 👍
Yes I agree Kev.....Really knows his stuff this chap, unlike back in the day where some would have just stuck a plate over the rust!.... :LOL:
 
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