Sooo. This is how the Micra currently sits. It's been neglected for quite some time. It was the micra I passed my driving test in (March last year), and being a CGA3DE, inevitable oil starvation led to it eating a bottom end. RIP.
But first, introduction to how my micra obsession came about.
Introducing Y279RPP. My first micra. £250, Boxing Day 2015. 1.0 S, bit rough around the edges, but one of the most solid micra shells I've ever seen. Currently owned by my friend Ben's little brother Tim. Ben is the owner of a CG13 swapped K10.
Needless to say, my driving test was coming around fast, and I hit a high kerb with it one night. Bent the front cross member and made the exhaust leak at the manifold-downpipe joint.
Bought the black micra at the start of March 2016.
Quickly found fame locally as 'My Nan's Micra', after someone shouted at a car meet 'Your nan is going to be F*****g Livid' after I did a chavvy burnout in it. Hindsight tells me this was childish. I was on L plates after all. Passed my driving test 12 hours later with 2 minors.
Started using it as a bit of a workhorse. Was a good car, carried my tools about for me as I needed it to. Then one day the bottom end went.
Onto eBay I went, and bought another micra cheap. There was a 1.0 nearby for £250.
Workhorsed that as well.
Yes, you can fit an engine crane in a micra.
And 3 propane tanks at a festival.
Shortly after, I got my first rented garage. Just somewhere to store tools and keep stuff. This was August 2016.
My friend George volunteered to pull the trailer with the car up to newport for me. He's been my best mate ever since.
Got the engine out. Took about an hour, engine was being thrown out, so I wasn't picky about it. Pulled the engine loom from in the car and left that on, and lifted the engine out minus driveshafts.
Introducing unit 2. Moved up to a bigger unit in November 2016.
And that brings us fairly close to where we are now. I was planning a B204 conversion and threw various ideas around, but the cost of B204s has gone through the roof of late, so I threw that idea out recently. I chanced upon £100 of 1.8 manual MX5. Hmmmm...
Before I ripped the engine and 'box out though, I was determined to have some fun in it.
£35 of spray paint, £10 of stickers and £40 of welded diff later, voilà. 16 tyres in 2 weeks.
Sadly, I've blown the clutch on it. So this basically forces my hand to get the engine and box out and start making some kind of progress on it. So this week the micra will come back to the yard out of long term storage (My mates farm), the mx5 will come off the road, and well make a start on making some kind of Frankenstein's monster.
No twin ignition switches - one wiring loom for engine and car.
Car must be genuinely MOT'able before going on the road. Not taking any chances.
No cut and shut. Not welding mx5 floorpan into the micra. Modify whats in the micra now to accept the new running gear.
Bonus rule. I'll consider it a job well done if my mother would happily get in it and drive it without complaint.
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