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    Absolutely glorious day today in Sydney which was rare because for the past few weeks it's been miserable with rain and thunderstorms, so seeing the sun was a welcome change indeed. Perfect day to go for a bit of a drive but instead I decided to do some DIY, namely replacing the fuel pump and fuel line cover as well as the metal lower bulkhead parcel shelf.

    In a previous post, I mentioned that this year I was going to focus on refreshing and restoring the things on the car you can't see with the naked eye. First step towards accomplishing that goal was to replace these covers. Now a bit of a recap: I ordered these parts from Amayama and since these covers were metal, I gave it a few coats of VHT silver flameproof enamel paint to prevent any possible rusting in future. They were ready to be installed.

    Much to my surprise and amazement, when I took the rear parcel shelf carpet off to access the covers, they were still in excellent condition. Slightly oxidised but zero rust! Not bad for a 21 year old car! I had seen other peoples covers which had rusted to bits and gone very bad but mine were still minty fresh. Even the bolts were still shiny! I could have left the covers as they were to be totally honest with you but I had the parts out ready to install so I decided to go ahead with it anyway. It was also a great opportunity to inspect the soft top rain rails as well as cleaning the grime/dirt/dust which had accumulated on the parcel throughout its lifetime. There's something therapeutic about cleaning that I enjoy and it's a great feeling knowing that after a good clean, given the proper treatment and maintenance it should last for at least another 21 years.

    Original covers. Still in amazing condition! Zero rust!



    Fuel pump cover.



    Fuel lines cover.



    Closeup of fuel pump cover. Slightly oxidised and very tiny bit of rust but nothing too crazy.



    Closeup of the fuel lines cover. Oxidised but otherwise in excellent condition.



    Rear bulkhead parcel shelf. Looks brand new!



    Old covers at the top, new covers on the bottom.





    Always use a trim removal tool to get to the plastic clips.



    Out of the 20+ plastic clips, only one broke. It was already half broken when I pried with the trim removal tool.



    NA8 seat with holes in the foam for headrest speakers. I will be putting some speakers in there and doing a DIY but thats for another day...



    New covers installed and rear parcel shelf cleaned. No more grime/dirt/muck.



    Carpet vacuumed and cleaned before putting the seats back in.



    Overall, this wasn't really a hard DIY to do as all it involves are to remove some plastic clips, remove the rear parcel shelf carpet, unbolt the old covers from the car, pop the new one on, bolt them back down and you're done. Just need to take your time and be patient with it, especially with the rear bulkhead parcel.
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    Sunrise vibes...

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    When I took delivery of my MX-5, I considered myself extremely lucky to have purchased one which was straight, unmodified, original and very clean. In fact, it was probably the cleanest one I had seen in person. However, given that the car is now 21 years old, things will naturally start to wear and will eventually need replacing no matter how clean the car may seem. One of these things would be the HVAC system.

    Recently purchased a good second hand NB heater core and the heater core housing assembly from MX-5 Mania. It was a little dusty and dirty but overall in great condition. I took this opportunity to give the housing assembly a good clean, wiping off all the dust, dirt and bits of nature it had accumulated during its time. I also got rid of the brittle old foam from the flaps and the assembly surround, cleaned the adhesive residue it left behind and replaced it with brand new foam. It came up very nicely if I do say so myself. Looking at how dirty this was, I can only imagine just how filthy the current one is. Although it's currently working fine and nothing is leaking, for the time being I might circulate some water through my existing heater core to flush out any grime and gunk.

    The dash will have to come out for me to install this full assembly with the new NB heater core but I will be installing it together with my A/C retrofit when the time comes. Since the dash is going to come out, it will also give rise to other things which I will be doing at the same time such as thermal insulation/sound deadening in the chassis, giving the carpets some treatment, fixing and cleaning up any loose wiring and sanding and painting the metal dash bar as it will most likely have surface rust.

    NB Heater core and housing assembly. Notice the amount of crap accumulated behind the mesh.



    NB heater core metal pipes.





    Foam inside the assembly. You can see that it has started to deteriorate. When you run your fingers through the foam it flakes off. Time to replace it!



    Closeup of the mesh and the bits of leaves and other crap.



    The brown foam needs replacing. The surrounding foam could also do with a refresh.





    Surrounding foam removed.



    Dirty mesh filter. Some hot soapy water was needed to clean this. Before...



    ...and after. Much better!



    Old foam removed and ready for the new foam.



    Surrounds and flaps re-foamed. Mesh filter and housing assembly all cleaned.



    Close up of new foam for the flaps and surrounds.







    Ready to install.





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    That's one job I intend to do myself, too. Didn't know you could use the NB unit.


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    That's something I also want to do one day, so far I have only done the fan assembly, since it was much easier to access. What type of foam did you use?

    P.S. I will have something coming your way soon

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    I would very much like to clean out my NA a/c box and replace all the foam too. It looks like a long process though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustRat View Post
    That's one job I intend to do myself, too. Didn't know you could use the NB unit.

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    Yep! The assembly itself should be pretty much identical to the NA's as all the holes will line up in the firewall when you take the dash out. The NB core is the same as the NA except one is made from copper/brass and the other is aluminium.

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    That's something I also want to do one day, so far I have only done the fan assembly, since it was much easier to access. What type of foam did you use?

    P.S. I will have something coming your way soon
    Hey Harry. I just used some multi purpose open cell foam strip that you can buy from any hardware shop. It's inexpensive and it has the adhesive already on it so it should pop straight on over where the original foam used to be. Just needs to be trimmed to size.

    Cant wait for that part! Should be good!

    Quote Originally Posted by fwdtamiya View Post
    I would very much like to clean out my NA a/c box and replace all the foam too. It looks like a long process though.
    Yeah its tedious, but well worth it in my opinion, especially if you are going to have the dash out.
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    Recently, I was asked by "Club Torque" (a quarterly magazine of the Mazda MX-5 Club of NSW) if they could use the sunrise photo I took last month at Palm Beach as the cover for their 2017 summer edition. I happily obliged and I think it came out great!

    The magazine is both printed on high quality gloss paper and available online in PDF format and it has the latest reports on club events such as meets, drive days, social events, motorsports as well as media releases, tech tips, etc. The online version can be found here :

    http://nsw.mx5.com.au/club-zone/magazine

    Many thanks to Mel Keller, editor of the magazine.

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    I decided to replace the rear tail lamp gaskets. The gaskets for these tail lamps become brittle and can fail over time simply due to age which would compromise the seal and a failed gasket which isn't sealed properly can mean that water could make its way into the boot, which would then be a breeding ground for rust. Sure enough, the gaskets were old and crusty but it didn't look all that bad. They held up quite well as I've seen far worse. I replaced with OEM parts and it's now good as new for at least the next 20 years.

    Decided to remove the centre number plate garnish as well and give everything a good clean behind there as there would have been a lot of dirt and dust accumulated behind the garnish over time. Removing it was pretty straight forward. Just a couple of 10mm nuts to unscrew and a couple of plastic clips holding the garnish in place. Some warm soapy water, all purpose cleaner and degreaser along with some elbow grease and it came up looking awesome.

    Old OEM gaskets VS new OEM gaskets.



    As you can see, the gasket is still in pretty good condition but it has started to become old and brittle on the left side of the gasket.



    Old passenger side gasket.



    Centre number plate garnish and tail lamps removed. Pretty filthy.



    Some rags, warm soapy water, all purpose cleaner and degreaser and a plastic scraper was used to bring it back to factory fresh condition.



    Fresh and clean, ready for the new gasket.





    Tail lamps were also given a good clean.

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    This is greatly satisfying to my OCD

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    Went for a little drive today since it's been a while that I've had the car out and about due to all the rain we've had over the past month (constant rain/shit weather for the full month of March and the last 2 weeks of February).

    Felt good to just get the car out and drive



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    Late night drives...

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    Before.



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