This weekend we tackled the wiring harness.
The MX-5's engine and body wiring is pretty much one single harness, a huge pain in the ass if you just want to remove the ECU and engine harness. While the harness was out we decided to remove all unnecessary wiring, doesn't have to be done but sure makes for a neater harness. Was a big task ahead of us...
Started off by removing any clips and disconnecting the harness, removing the after-market alarm/immobiliser, and then the blower/heater/air-con boxes.
After visiting MX-5 Plus, we quickly rushed home to work on the MX-5. Was just mainly cleaning up all the interior, full degrease and hose down. You wouldn't believe how much crap is under the carpet...
Track build MX-5 next to the donor MX-5, the silver one currently has the SR20DET gear that will eventually end up in the black track build MX-5. Check out all the mess under the carpet...
About a month after I got my S15, the engine started developing a noise that is known as "VTC Rattle". It's a common problem with the S14/S15 SR20DET, the VTC Cam Gear wears out and produces an annoying rattle noise that sounds like a diesel truck. It usually happens on a cold start but progressively get's worse and happens more often even when engine is warmed up. It all has to do with engine oil pressure, as the noise goes away when you step on the throttle.
My mate recently found a black NA8 MX-5 shell for sale and it seemed like a great way to start a track car build. mmmmmmmmm SR20DET powered MX-5. Mate already has the SR20DET engine/gearbox and also the appropriate engine/gearbox swap kit.
Unfortunately, it was all the way down in Sydney... We borrowed a mate's tow truck and left Brisbane at 7PM on Friday and arrived to Sydney around 6AM. Upon arrival in Sydney we decided to take a nap at a local Bunnings while we waited for it to open, had to buy some ropes and a tarp to cover the shell for the drive back (was raining mad). Also took the opportunity to visit Cabramatta for some delicious Pork Salad Rolls, YUMMMMO!
So this was the truck we used, imported from Japan. Has a proper JDM sticker of a Ferrari sitting on the tilt tray!
Picked the shell up at around 10AM, it had no shocks/springs so we had to put the shell on top of some old tyres and strap it down to the tow truck. This worked very well and the shell didn't move at all during the whole trip. We then left the guys place at around 11AM and got back to Brisbane 11PM.
Was a pretty awesome trip, wasn't very tired and we took breaks and swapped drivers every 2 hours. STOP REVIVE SURVIVE!
Some photos of the future track weapon.