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Old 6th March 2017, 09:45
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Interesting, keep it coming.
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Old 6th March 2017, 20:07
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Default Rear Lights

Struggling to decide which way to go on rear lights. I quite like the GTO / land rover /lucas rear lights. But with added fog, reversing lights and reflectors, I think it looks a little busy.

I quite like the Daytona rear lights, but can't really find anything similar for sale that would fit flush-ish on the rear of the kit.

Any ideas /good web seller links?







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Old 6th March 2017, 20:24
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Check out Opel manta "a" series rear lights
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Old 6th March 2017, 20:29
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Nissan skyline lights on mine, but a tight fit and a pain in the arse
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Old 7th March 2017, 03:21
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Google images "BMW 2002 rear lights"

Similar to the black 275GTB. brake/tail, indicator and reversing light all in one, I was going to use one of the reversing lights with a red LED bright bulb for the fog light. Meant to be separate but my MOT tester said it would be ok.
I bought mine on Ebay.DE, don't come up much on UK Ebay.
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Old 7th March 2017, 20:11
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Thanks chaps. Neither Manta or BMW 2002 is doing it for me though. Need to make my mind up soon though!
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Old 7th March 2017, 20:18
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Old 7th March 2017, 20:26
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Now those Opel GT lights do look nice. Looks like the main lights just cover indicator, stop and tail light though. You'd still need separate fog, reverse and reflectors?

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Opel-GT-Blink...YAAOSwcL5XMLnq
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Old 7th March 2017, 20:33
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I think the only way you would get an "all in one unit" is if you got those modern kit car LED units, but they don't look period and scream kitcar.

Take a look at older Nissan skyline various models of ferrariesqe rear lights. And can be had very cheap, think mine cost 10 off ebat.
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Old 9th March 2017, 04:15
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I'm going Opel GT lights on mine. I don't really have a decent picture yet but here's the holes cut for the lights, to show size and position etc..


The lights have built in reflectors, so no need for that. For a reverse light I've bought a square Lucas reverse light which I will mount under the number plate (it has an "arm" so will float"
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Old 9th March 2017, 16:01
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Don't know if this helps but Fiat 850 lights are very close to the 275GTB design.
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Old 9th March 2017, 18:08
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Hi TynopPrime. Thanks for the pictures. I do like the GT lights, so am tempted. What are you going to do for a fog lamp - given that it is a legal requirement? Also - how did you cut the holes for the lights?
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Old 9th March 2017, 18:10
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Also, I assume you have bought the lights? Can you place them in and take another picture. That would really help to see what they look like on the MX250. Thank-you.
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Old 9th March 2017, 18:31
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Hi TynopPrime. Thanks for the pictures. I do like the GT lights, so am tempted. What are you going to do for a fog lamp - given that it is a legal requirement? Also - how did you cut the holes for the lights?
On my 250 SWB the rear fog is inside the car in the back window. The MOT tester checked the requirements and it's perfectly legal. As it shows as clear LEDs when not lit, you can hardly see it.



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Old 20th May 2017, 21:10
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Default Rear Clamshell

It's been a while since I last posted, I'm slowly working my way through all the items I need to do to before fitting the rear clamshell.
I've made a list which may or not be of interest to others.


Clamshell
○ Rub down all mould lines and get shape correct
○ Area between doors and rear wheel arch
- Trim profile to allow enough distance to blend filler
- Consider how to get uniform both sides
Rear Window
○ Trim flange edges for rear window glass to 5mm smaller than glass
○ Fit window
○ (paint flanges first as appropriate)
Parcel Shelf
○ Repair, Fill and sand
○ Paint
○ Rivet and bond to rear boot area
○ Cover with fabric as appropriate
Boot Extender
○ Ensure fits Correctly to allow rear clamshell to sit at correct height
○ Repair, Fill and sand
○ MK2 - fabricate pieces to close corner gaps in corners
○ Glass fibre large gaps to avoid water leaks
○ Tiger Seal seams and smaller gaps
○ Paint
Vents behind rear wheels
○ Cut holes and sand
○ Fabricate and Glue mesh
Area between doors and rear wheel arch
○ Trim profile to allow enough distance to blend filler
Wiring & Lights
○ Route rear lamp wiring
- Cut Holes in body
- Fit lights
- MK2 can use rear light jumper / sealing grommets / connector
- Join light pigtails to vehicle lighting wiring
- Consider how to connect wires when body is fitted
○ Number plate lights
- Need to re-route Mx5 wiring from rear boot lid to rear area
- Fit number plate lights
- Join light pigtails to vehicle circuit
- Consider how to connect wires when body is fitted
Aerial
○ Re-locate aerial (inside boot?)
○ Re-route wiring
○ Fit booster if needed
Heated Screen
○ Route and glue wires around edge of window aperture
○ Ensure connection route path to body wiring
Headliner
○ Glue headliner to body
○ Leave extra at edges to trim later
Fuel Pipe
○ Cut hole in clamshell
○ Create recess as appropriate (from glass fibre matt) & bond
○ Fabricate longer fuel pipe and breather from 2nd MX5 fuel pipe
○ Mount fuel pipe to body
○ Fit petrol cap
Exhaust Pipe
○ Need to lower to clear lower valence of clamshell
○ Temporarily cut and fit 90 degree bend
Boot Lid
○ Fit hinges - ensure gap is uniform
○ Fit boot rubber
Boot Latch
○ Fit latch to boot extender box section
○ Route remote release as appropriate
○ Fit striker to boot lid
○ Fit Lock to boot lid or use original lock as appropriate
Drain Tubes
○ Fit spiggots in boot trough
○ Drill holes in rear boot extender
○ Fit tube between two
Trim
○ Re-fit any trim pieces that will be hard to access afterwards
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Old 20th May 2017, 21:24
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Default Boot Lid

Struggling to get the lid to sit on the rubbers straight. It is high on the lower left corner and low in the middle of the top edge.

Any hints / tips on how to get the lid to sit flush with the body?



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Old 21st May 2017, 06:41
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Its hard to say from the photo but a few things to consider.
Is it the boot lid that needs adjusting or the surrounding areas that it sits in.
Does it sit better with the rubbers removed. Bear in mind that they will compress a little one time.
Can the lip be trimmed to allow the boot corner to be lowered.

With my bonnet, I put some slices into the strengtheners underneath, curved the bonnet and glassed it back up. You could do the same, screw the boot lid to the car to get it flat and then glass it up from underneath. Screw holes are easily filled afterwards.

With the ariel, I bought a sharks fin ariel from Ebay for about 10, it has some kind of circuit board inside and a lead with an eyelet on the end. The eyelet screws to the old ariel base and the sharks fin sits under the fibreglass shell with double sided tape. It actually has better reception than the original ariel, this was on the Z3, the fitting may be different on he MX5.
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Old 21st May 2017, 09:57
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You are sitting the shell on a big bucket, this is distorting the frame.
Fit the shell to the car first. It will require some fettling to fit.
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Old 21st May 2017, 21:01
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Thanks guys - good advice. I'll try it again fitted on the car first and then see if I need to do anything more major afterwards.
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Yep, I did build up the shell a bit to meet the lid, I guess a couple of mm out.
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