The general idea with the Pig in a Poke 3 (PIAP3) was to get the car home and have my mate Jan whip off the head and send it off for felting. It would (hopefully) come back shiny and new and then be reunited with the block. Add a sprinkling of new water pump, cambelt kit, (ahem Jimbo) and radiator….. a quick polish and……. Ta Da!!! The big reveal.
Well Jan’s been very busy of late, and with one thing and another PIAP3 has been left in the yard getting covered in bird sh*t.
Wednesday 22nd August dawned and I decided that it was time that the stalled project was given a kick up the arse.
Cylinder head off…. it’s only a few bolts!
Well I wont bore you. Suffice to say I did the job with the help of a borrowed ramp from QR Sport. All the mechanics were off playing at Oulton Park and I was swimming on my own in the deep end.
I do not and never will rate myself with a spanner in my hand, but acquiring the everyday expertise of a mechanic would have made the job twice as fast. But…. the head is now off being crack tested and skimmed and fingers crossed…….. we should have a running car in a few weeks, providing the bottom end hasn’t taken too much of a battering.
Oh the cause of all this hard work……. beware my fellow MX5 owners, was a very big split in the water pipe directly below the airbox! Then when the cars out of water, carry on driving like it doesn’t matter.
I slept very well that night!
Thursday 23rd August dawned. Happy 7th Anniversary Mrs W.
What should I do today? I know I’ll go and clean and polish the dirtiest car in the World!
Words fail me on the state of the car. But a few before and after pictures may do the talking for me.
More shiny shots….
Leather Seats have come up nicely …All thank to Gliptone…… And lots of scrubbing!
Oh and finally….
Mikey…. you thought you found some ‘interesting stuff’ under your seats…….
After (well not quite). I forgot to take a photo of after so this is from my green one… You get the idea though!
Amongst all that crap was;
A school report, a tote ladies umbrella, hair bobbles, chips, nuts, railway tickets, medication, two notes from friends, car park tickets, and £7.37 in coins and 2×100 yen coins!
Well I took the money and bought Mrs W a slap up fish and chip dinner with it for our Anniversary meal! Who says I don’t know how to treat a lady!