Model: (Click to see more) 58180: Mazda Eunos Roadster
Status: Restored
Date: 7-Aug-2022
Comments: 10
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Who-knows woadster, Mars-der Me-yarta, I was after a M-02 and the MX-5 seemed to be the most likely body to put on this chassis, probably because it is the most popular, both on this and its cult following as a 1:1.



In car circles and in magazines, all the old dudes used to remark on what a great handling chassis the 1:1 is, and it's true. Unfortunately with the 'hairdressers car' stigma, and the jovial 'I bought it for my missus, hur hur...' every balding dude could pray his wife would let him drive it, and they would go out on picnics together and he could take it for a fang, while getting slapped on the arm and told to slow down.


Now before you all throw rocks at me. I'm going to go a little more off topic and relate. I never owned a 1:1 MX-5, I have driven a couple, and although I haven't been completely stupid in one, I do agree they handle very well. I DID buy my ex a Honda CR-X Del Sol SiR Transtop, and while not RWD, can be made to handle very well for a FWD. and could relate to the scenario above.



I had just organised my beautiful M01, with the amazing chap in the UK, and another guy in the US mentioned he had an M02. It had some hop ups (after a tear down, it had more than I thought!) and it got shipped out to me. It was a 'well used' car. I believe there was some talk about it used to be raced back in the day. It actually came with much more fruit on it than anticipated, but as anyone who has raced an rc car, knows they get a beating. It came with some Kawada wheels and HPI tyres, Tamiya Universal Joints, Tamiya Carbon shafts, Tamiya stabiliser set, but with aftermarket rods, and the wrong front stabiliser bar (the M wheelbase has its own specific length one, which comes with the car kit, not the hop up kit), Tamiya Racing Steering set with a aftermarket centre link, Tamiya Motor heatsink (with some gnarly anodised screws), the Tamiya Alloy chassis bolts, Tamiya Low Friction Dampers, and some aftermarket ceramic bearings with the inner shield removed (for less friction).



I found an NA MX-5 body (I think this was the lightweight version from memory), and looked through some google images and found a cool white one with a black roof, so went with that. The wheels are by Ride, and now that a lot of young(er) lads have gotten past the 'hairdresser' stigma of the car (I mean, seriously, what hairdresser wants to do her hair twice anyway) I went with the low offset, deep dish style that they are all doing these days, as finding the 'M02 only' version MX-5 wheels are very hard to come by.



I have a genuine Tamiya M02 bearing set, M-chassis bushing set, stainless shaft set, and some new chassis parts, and plan on giving this a freshen up soon. But happy with it, and another lovely example to add to the m-chassis collection.

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Comments

_miga_

7-Aug-2022

Nice one

Max Power

7-Aug-2022

Very nice, I had the pleasure of a brief drive of an mx5 years ago, it was great fun. You've done a lovely job on this one!

berman

8-Aug-2022

@_miga_ thank you!

berman

8-Aug-2022

@Max Power, yeah cool little cars aren't they? Thank you mate!

J@mes

8-Aug-2022

Whenever I see a mk1 mx5 otr in good weather with the top down I want oneā€¦ then I remember I got 2 kids & the last leaky ragtop I owned. Nice car Berman!

MAD-BEE

8-Aug-2022

Looks great mate!

berman

9-Aug-2022

@J@mes yeah, they are great aren't they? Unfortunately there is downsides to older cars, but sometimes you have to persevere, especially when you look back as you walk away, and know you have something a little bit special. Cheers mate

berman

9-Aug-2022

@MAD-BEE, Cheers bud, I appreciate it!

neobrunox

12-Aug-2022

Nice Miata

berman

15-Aug-2022

@neobrunox thanks mate


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