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3148markc 4th June 2017 16:55

Tribute MX250 My Build
 
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So i've finally got the car today after a good few weeks / months of searching. I've already ordered the Kit 2 weeks ago and still have plenty to do before the Kit arrives, but managed to get some work done today and remove some of the front panels, not much help from the little one, but she's enjoying sitting in the little car. :icon_biggrin:

First time i've driven the car and was impressed with how it goes for such a small car, however my plan is to do a good overhaul of the engine, brakes and a good seal underneath before getting any of the new panels on, so you can imagine theres a lot to do so not in a mad rush for the panels, but it's nice that things are starting off well.

I've not got much room in the garage as you can see but enough to do what i need to do one side at a time and worse case the car can get pulled out (Not sure this will happen when the weather turns) so want to get as much done as possible.

Plan is to collect the panels even though it a 10hour round trip, but Chris is going to get the kit on one of his cars so would be great to get some pointers etc as this is my first time doing anything like this before. I'm not bad on the mechanics side but doing body work is another story so i'm sure they'll be plenty of questions to be asked.

Right, time for a well earned cuppa !

Mark

Piguin 4th June 2017 19:19

Welcome :D

Always nice to follow another build, glad to see you went for the MK1 model as these don't seem to have the rust issues in the engine compartment that plagues MK2's.

And personally, the dash design works way better with the kit :)

P.S. Someone seems to be really excited about the build in the second picture!

3148markc 5th June 2017 09:48

Yeah there's not too much rust although a bolt removal tool was my friend yesterday for some of the bolts underneath.

Trying to get my kids involved which they do a little but think they prefer just to sit in the car and watch lol

3148markc 5th June 2017 09:50

Eek already noticed I don't have the front bumper support on my car, guess it's been taken off at some point. Is this a requirement for the new kit or is it ok not to have ?

Paul L 6th June 2017 05:54

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Originally Posted by 3148markc (Post 88550)
so would be great to get some pointers etc as this is my first time doing anything like this before...

Mark A belated welcome to the forum. :cool:

You will find links to various MX250 build threads in the posts below, which should help:

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...9&postcount=12

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...5&postcount=14

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...6&postcount=15

At some point, Ill add this build thread to the list too.

Good luck, Paul. :)

3148markc 6th June 2017 18:53

Thanks Paul for the links. I've been reading through some of the builds over the past few months when I was thinking about what kit to go for.
It's great to get things moving, I feel like I've been waiting months and months to start. Lol.

3148markc 6th June 2017 19:00

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So got confirmation from Chris that I don't need the front bumper support which is good news.

While the front is of its a good time to really give the engine and engine bay a good going over. It's not the cleanest of engines and I hate getting all caked in oil for no reason so just wrapped the electrics and going to give the engine bay a good clean before I start stripping things down.

Even got delivery of the workshop manual woop woop.

Also just ordered a compression tester and although I think all is ok, I'm going to check as again if anything needs stripping down then nows the time.

3148markc 9th June 2017 14:59

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Not done much on the car over last few days but made a call to Dan at danST performance engineering regarding their throttle body. Well I just had to order one. Love the look and the sound will be fitting for the car well as good as can be with the stock engine. Hopefully will be ready in 10 days time. Attached a pic of how the engine will look, can't wait. Better crack on I guess still lots to do.

LeighV6 9th June 2017 15:56

Looks good

molleur 9th June 2017 16:35

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Originally Posted by 3148markc (Post 88686)
Not done much on the car over last few days but made a call to Dan at danST performance engineering regarding their throttle body. Well I just had to order one. Love the look and the sound will be fitting for the car well as good as can be with the stock engine. Hopefully will be ready in 10 days time. Attached a pic of how the engine will look, can't wait. Better crack on I guess still lots to do.

Awesome!

3148markc 18th June 2017 17:30

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Not much to update on at the minute. Stripped the front and, just the plastic around the bottom of the window screen to take off and all ready for the front of the kit. Engine was stripped to the block. Needed a new head gasket and although no signs of smoke or water in the oil the gasket did have signs that at some point the car may have overheated. Now the engine bay needs a good clean and paint up is in order which seems a long process but good to see results.

Even got a key ring off the kids for Father's Day today of the GTO so I think I'm getting all the family exited about the project even though the wife has alread said she's a kit car widow. Lol

3148markc 6th July 2017 09:12

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So still at it with engine but it's coming along, got the carbs on from danST performance engineering and the engine is slowly getting put back together. Lots of re wiring to do but once that's done and the odd few bits to put back together the engine side of it will be done. Even gave the engine bay a clean and sprayed up :) Hopefully the kit will be ready in the next few weeks but in the meantime I'll be working on stripping the rear end and the hood then onto the suspension and brakes. Pictures of the engine as of now.

DaveP 6th July 2017 09:51

Engine and bay looking very tidy and sparkly !

Lifting the bonnet will be such a pleasure once the kit is finished

Dave :)

landmannnn 6th July 2017 10:12

I do like the black cam cover and red detail, add that to my list.

3148markc 6th July 2017 15:16

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Originally Posted by DaveP (Post 89304)
Engine and bay looking very tidy and sparkly !

Lifting the bonnet will be such a pleasure once the kit is finished

Dave :)

You could guarantee somebody would want to look under the hood and I would hate to disappoint with an oily rust bucket. It's been well worth it even painting every bolt you can see and I'm sure will make the difference.

3148markc 6th July 2017 15:18

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Originally Posted by landmannnn (Post 89306)
I do like the black cam cover and red detail, add that to my list.

I didn't replace the tired out cam cover, just gave a good clean up, sand down and re sprayed with Matt black then after 5 coats and a week of drying hand painted the red wording which was a little painful but again the results made it worthwhile

3148markc 10th July 2017 20:48

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Engine done, just some electrics to do and then ready for a good tune up !

3148markc 10th July 2017 20:50

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Bonus today managed to get the soft top off within an hour simples :)

landmannnn 11th July 2017 08:17

Provided it is in good condition they get quite a good price on eBay.

3148markc 11th July 2017 18:40

The Roof is in ok condition, but I've found that although buying spares is great as you can get a good bargain when it comes to selling you don't get much as you would have expected. I've still got most of the parts I've taken off and will list later on and try and get as much back as possible to help fund some of the upgrades.


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