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bentovey 8th August 2018 09:06 PM

Newbie in Devon
Hi all, just starting to get parts together for a new build. Can anyone tell me if handyandy or anybody else is producing a flat pack kit for the roadster using an mx5 donor ?
Iím stripping the car now and would like to use as many of its parts as possible
Many thanks in advance

PorkChop 8th August 2018 11:07 PM

No one does a flat pack (or a chassis) any more now that Talon has stopped trading.

Andy hasn't done flat packs for at least 5/6 years...

tkpm 9th August 2018 08:20 AM

Welcome to forum, where abouts in Devon are you?


bentovey 9th August 2018 10:45 AM

Hi Terry, thanks for the welcome
Im in Newton Poppleford where are you?

bentovey 10th August 2018 05:26 AM

So if building the chassis from scratch is the only option, are there plans available for a Mazda MX5 with extra width (like the McSorley 442e but specifically for the Mazda irs) not that I’m big I’d prefer more room in the cockpit (better seat options)

Ianr 10th August 2018 09:25 PM

You could try Martin Batho at http://bathoscars.simpl.com/shop.html He does a lot of parts for the Haynes Roadster and may well do what you want.
Speaking from experience his products are excellent

bentovey 25th August 2018 06:51 AM

So Iíve decided to make my own chassis, Iím going with the Haynes chassis wit the Saturn amendments to take the mx5 engine, gearbox and suspension components.
Is this a popular route?
Is there anything I should be aware of before I begin?
Build table is first on th to do list

Numplumb 7th September 2018 09:55 AM

Hi welcome to the forum.
When I built my chassis to the Saturn plans for MX5 I found afterwards that the tunnel which you have to widen at the rear for the diff doesn't really need to be done on the passenger side also the front of the diff really needs some thought as to how you stop it trying to come up on acceleration, I personally made a bracket that went onto the diff in place of the Mazda ppf and used two suspension brackets and poly bushes on the frame, got this idea from the American site a few years back.
When it comes to body panels IMO Equinox make the best.
Regards Mick.

bentovey 13th September 2018 12:32 PM

Thanks mick Iíve just been planning the very same thing re diff support.
Iím going to build a Haynes based chassis with +50mm along the full width and a Saturn rear end. Iíll draw it all out on the build table and position the diff and axles on top to see if Iíve enough space

Numplumb 14th September 2018 08:39 PM

If you build it +50 I think you will have quite a few problems.
1) any fibreglass body parts will need to be altered.
2) Suspension wishbones will need to be altered.
3) drive shafts will be short.
4) the mx5 front steering is a problem with the track rod ends touching the wheels.
Just to name a few.
Phil from Talon made lower wishbones with a bend in them to get over it.
I think it might be better to look at making the tunnel section smaller.
Regards Mick.

bentovey 27th September 2018 08:24 PM

Ok thanks for the info.
Iíve just bought a TMXR chassis and wishbones
A build that was started a couple of years back an remained unfinished
Iím going to give the light surface rust a clean up, check all its dimensions an squareness
Hopefully should have a good base to start my build
Now looking for a talon diff cover (anybody know anyone with a spare one)

Numplumb 28th September 2018 09:45 AM

Sent you a PM
Regards Mick.

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