MORRIS MIATA MX-5

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got the electric windows working and installed the newly-chromed window frames. The electric motors come from a Chinese kit that I've used before - its all a universal fitting package that comes with loads of different gears etc, so making it work for the Traveler's configuration was pretty straightforward. I had to saw about 1/4" off the square drive, then select the appropriate plastic adaptors from the kit that mate up to both the square end and the electric unit's belt drive. I fitted the unit to the winging mechanism via some little adaptors I made that lined up with the bolting pattern on the winder. I routed the belt drive behind the door sheet metal and attached the drive motor at the lower rear end of the door as shown. I was a bit worried that running everything inside the door would create interference with the window frame, etc but everything cleared nicely. The chromed frames look really nice, and I fitted mirrors to the very front part of the frame ahead of the quarter light glass - it was a tight fit but do-able. Next job is to figure out how to run the two wires for the window motors; on my Midget, I used the leather strap tht stops the door opening too far, but of course the TRaveler doesn't have this, so I'm at a bit of a loss.
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could you not use the contact type fittings used on trunk lids for lights fitted in the trunk or rear wiper systems,

plate on a post and sprung fittings fitted on door edge,

i know you wont be able to use window if door is open, but they look neat,

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Neat looking electric window conversion - sits right at home in that aperture. 8)

Do you have a link to the kit you used?


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Sorry, but the box doesn't have a name, simply says "made in Taiwan" . I got mine from Victoria British which is a US supplier that focuses on MGs and Triumphs. I'm sure you could contact them and order from there (the brit pound is really strong right now so it would be a good deal) or maybe they'd tell you where they get them from.
Regarding the door contacts, that might be an option, but I'd rather have hard-wiring for the reason you mention. If I can't sort anything else out, then contacts it will be!



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Got all the parts back from the chrome platers today. This place also powder coated the bumper-related mountings. The first two pictures show the bumper brackets that I welded up from 3/16" plate. The front bumper is made to suit the narrowed, filled, and trimmed bumper blade. You'll note that most of the mounting holes are actually slots; this is because when I filled all the bolt holes in, the welded-in bolts are at various angles, so its impossible to bolt up unless you can sort of "slide" the blade into its bracket. There are some fitments welded underneath the main plate - these are for a pair of rectanugular Lucas Fog lamps and the front license plate. I added two optional locations for the lamps - on the extreme outside or just next to the license. I'll play with this and decide which looks best. One reason I used such thick plate is because the 'valence' also acts as a mounting location for the new headlight high beams: In an earlier post I noted that the Miata wiring was not at all compatible with the Minor headlight configuration. So, I bought a pair of the classic old Austin Healey 3000 rally car 7" flamethrower spot lights and will use these for my high beams whilst the Minor headlamps get relegated to dip beam only.
The rear bumper, as noted before, is a one-piece, and I made a rear valence for this unit and had it powder coated. I originally thought I'd have them coated to match the body (i.e. irish green) but decided that a bit of contrast would look nice so both bumper units are gloss black. The chrome bumper blade incorporates brackets for the rear license plate plus mountings for a pair of little rectangular Lucas reversing lights.
I've added a picture of the interior panels that I made for the rear seat/load area. These are from 1/8" ply and MDF. You'll see that its all one-piece and incorporates the rear seat armrest. as I noted previously, the arm rest was a real PITA, and I had to use veneer to get the correct compound curve shape which was then fiber-glassed to get enough rigidity and strength.
Last picture for this session is of the mirrors I've fitted. I got these from Europa spares. They're supposed to be for wing mounting and had springs in them to allow them to deflect when it. I drilled a 1" hole through the small triangular plate in front of each quarter light and mounted them there' The spring mounting made the assembly far to long, so I took out the springs and soldered the stalk permanently to its mounting screw. Thus, it fits nicely within the depth of the quarter light frame. Hopefully they'll be usable once I actually start driving the car!
Next ask is to install the roof's luggage rack.
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Very nice its coming along. 8)


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I love that colour green. And probably asked you this already but what shade of green is it!

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It's Porsche Irish Green - remember the early 70s when all the 911s were that color? Steve McQueen's Porsche at the beginning of the movie "Le Mans" was this color too.
Bumpers, valences, and lights installed today. Of course, if I run into anyone, the first thing to go will be the ridiculously expensive 7" flamethrower spots, but what the hell....it looks cool!
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Very novel, the single-piece rear bumper, and an unusual radio aerial placement. 8)

How did you mount the reversing lights? I have a couple of those Lucas ones, which I was thinking of fitting to my Traveller...


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The aerial is the powered one from the Miata. It works well, but I need to make a spacer to get it coming up more vertically.
I mounted the Reversing lamps on little brackets I welded to the back of the bumper blade ( the blade actually has a length of 11/2" angle running all the way across it for strength)
Going to have a go at the roof rails this weekend, I'm trying to get everyhing done so it can go into the upholstery shop next week.



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roof rails installed. Very easy - who knew that Honda Odyssey vans were so close to a Traveler? I had to trim down the plastic bases a little, but other than that it was very simple, just four bolts per side. Even the Honda gaskets were a pretty good fit, needing just a little trimming. I wrapped the bolts with dum-dum to make sure things were watertight, plus used big fender washers with neoprene backing on the inside. Of course, I realize that the rails can't actually carry much load (due to the weak aluminium rear roof section), its more for looks than anything. The plastic end caps were chromed and the middle aluminium extrusions polished.
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They certainly add a neat and distinctive touch. Surf's up, dudes! 8)


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Very nice like this a lot. 8)


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Gotta love Texas - for a few dollars you can get personalized license plates, even in any color you want. So, Dorris got her name today

Still working on various stuff, current problem is getting the big-ass Lucas spotlights to talk to the Miata harness; it turns out that those big Austin Healey Rally spots actually have high and low beams in them and earth through the body of the light. This makes them totally incompatible with the Miata's wiring, so I'm in the middle of fitting halogen sealed beam units into their housing (these use a wire for the earth, which matches up with the Miata headlamp switch). This isn't as easy as it seems because the housing is quite low-profile which means modifying the electrical connector for the sealed-beam unit to make it fit. So, a total waste of an afternoon screwing around with this stuff. Hopefully will finish tomorrow and get onto more interesting tasks.
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texas mongrel wrote: earth through the body of the light.
Can you not just use a piece of wire to run into the loom for the earth?



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