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Old 26th March 2013, 08:32
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Greetings fellow Tribute owners. I have finally taken the plunge, bought myself a very smart Mk2 MX5, complete with hardtop, and ordered the convertible kit from Chris. This will be very much a trip into the unknown for me. I've stripped an rebuilt motorbikes in the past but never anything on this scale.

I'll post some pictures of the base car over the next few days and hope you will bear with me as I ask some pretty dumb questions.
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Old 26th March 2013, 14:29
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Welcome along dude!
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Old 26th March 2013, 20:25
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Greetings fellow Tribute owners. I have finally taken the plunge, bought myself a very smart Mk2 MX5, complete with hardtop, and ordered the convertible kit from Chris. This will be very much a trip into the unknown for me. I've stripped an rebuilt motorbikes in the past but never anything on this scale.

I'll post some pictures of the base car over the next few days and hope you will bear with me as I ask some pretty dumb questions.
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Ask away, everyone is glad to help
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Old 26th March 2013, 22:11
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Greetings fellow Tribute owners. I have finally taken the plunge, bought myself a very smart Mk2 MX5, complete with hardtop, and ordered the convertible kit from Chris. This will be very much a trip into the unknown for me. I've stripped an rebuilt motorbikes in the past but never anything on this scale.

I'll post some pictures of the base car over the next few days and hope you will bear with me as I ask some pretty dumb questions.

Have fun and enjoy
greets Heinrich
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Old 27th March 2013, 20:51
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I can offer tips if required.
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Old 27th March 2013, 21:03
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Cheers Tony, I've been looking through your thread with great interest and may well be in touch.
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Old 28th March 2013, 18:01
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mx250 with hard top- I'm curious how it will look like
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Old 28th March 2013, 19:15
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that sounds very interesting
Good luck with the implementation
I am looking forward to the first pictures
have fun
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Old 28th March 2013, 20:49
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I'm intrigued to see how it looks with the hard top too. If it looks crap I can just used the soft top and flog the hard top on ebay.
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Old 29th March 2013, 09:00
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maybe someone will do a litle bit of photoshop ?
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Old 29th March 2013, 20:40
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The "destruction" of the car has begun

Soft top



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Front end removed



Trip to the local scrap yard also proved very fruitful. Set of headlights, Mondeo grill and some original 1960's Lucas rear lights off a rust bucket behind the office.
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Old 31st March 2013, 19:42
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Getting there, need to remove the bonnet release cable and flare out the wheel arches, although I might wait until I've got the kit to make sure I bend it the right amount.







A few "top tips". If you have a load of crappy old tools inherited from parents and grandparents Halfords have a special deal on their professional tool kits and they're pretty good, with a life time warranty, when lying on your back trying to remove the back bumper make sure your dogs aren't about as it's difficult to undo bolts with a dog licking your face and the door mirrors unbolt from the outside (which I discovered after taking off the door card).

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Old 1st April 2013, 12:22
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I have a feeling, with the hardtop, the MX250 might look a little like this so some rear wing vent mods to be done and searching around for some appropriate rear lights. Also decide to go for quarter light mirrors which look to be in keeping with the retro look.



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Old 1st April 2013, 12:37
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Love the LM you'll get those lights from cbsonline, I've just bought some
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Are you planning on removing the rear glass from the hard top, inserting a vertical panel inside, and then extending the rear roof line to be closer to the shape of the original? I think the solid band that goes around the base of the current rear screen would act as a solid base. It will look very neat if you do.

Although its none of my business, the MX5 hard top is quite distinctive and it will be recognisable if left untouched.

Just a thought.
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Old 1st April 2013, 17:07
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I'm going to see what it looks like with the standard hardtop but, as you say, it screams MX5. Not sure if my building skills extend to moding the roof at this stage but it is certainly worth thinking about for "stage 2"
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Old 1st April 2013, 17:31
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Are you planning on removing the rear glass from the hard top, inserting a vertical panel inside, and then extending the rear roof line to be closer to the shape of the original? I think the solid band that goes around the base of the current rear screen would act as a solid base. It will look very neat if you do.
It will look fantastic!
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Old 5th April 2013, 21:21
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Mutter, mutter, mutter - to get the boot hinges off I've had to remove the soft top. Still, it had to come off as it needs to be replaced.
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Old 5th April 2013, 22:53
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Thanks I was wondering how to get whats left of my hinges off as I cut them to make brackets to mount reversed on opposite sides to attach my gas struts to.

I could have kept the originals as Chris has done in his demo but external chrome look more period, mini hinges are too small, morris minor hinges are too curverd, Morris Oxford / Hindustan Ambassidor from Royal in New Delli are ok, you may need to beef up the steel behind the hood to stop flexing and to help profile the lines.

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Old 6th April 2013, 09:04
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If you decide to do this Tony have a look at this:

http://www.cienega32.com/miata/nb2na...top_xplant.htm

Do check that you need to go this far with the Mk1 though as the captive bolts may be more accessible simply by removing the carpet under the bay where the soft top folds in. Also, have a look at the info about the rain gutter as if you damage this taking the soft top off it has to be replaced.
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