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  1. I looked really hard at this once- before switching entirely to mazda engine and box. The RX7s use similar boxes- differences are mostly in the casings. The rx7 series 1 box. The bellhousing on this fits the mx5. It's a little wider and a bit shallower meaning it's not quite as long as the mx5. There are fewer bolts mount it to a back plate so, simpler. A couple of good points are that the clutch fork operates from the top of the bellhousing- so wont hit the chassis rail like it will on the mx5 bellhousing. Also the starter is mounted inboard on the other side (where the slave is on a herald bellhousing) although I cant verify whether that will hit the chassis rail- I think it's close, but will sit above. Moving the gearlever up couldn't be easier on the mx5 box- it's about 30min job. Itll get close to where your arrow is- probably within 2 inches without getting really inventive. The lump on the side is easy enough to grind off. However, the box is just a bit longer than a type 9, so on a six, where you can't move the engine forward, you are getting into funky prop angles and would need to move the handbrake/tunnel back a bit. Also the speedo drive- I ended up cobbling a right angle drive to it and it *just misses the chassis rail without inner cable chewing bends. But- later mx5 NB series use electronic pick up that can be easily retrofitted- whether converting the gauge is easier? Pictured rx7 S1 box
  2. I have had a few 1200 coupes (nz market) with the single long bolt. I think I may also have had some 1200 sedans with the same but I cannot remember clearly.
  3. Chris and Roger, how are you getting on? I hope everyone on here is doing their damned hardest to keep away and safe from Covid- keep up the good work! An update for you all- apologies- it's very long! I am laying in bed recovering after my third round of AC chemotherapy. These are essentially a breast cancer drugs, and after my fourth round I will move on to Taxol - which is another. A few things have happened since my last post, First off, this is a much more unusual form of cancer than initially thought. The PET showed something in my left breast -Id like to say pectoral here chaps, but I am a dad and possess the body which naturally comes with that! I was sent to The National Womens Breast Clinic which is aptly named if you are indeed a woman, but humbling if otherwise. There I was mammogramed and, eventually at a later date, biopsied and ultrasound.ed. The thinking is, breast cancer in men is rare- but it is less rare than parotid gland cancer to the degree that it is, in someone my age. So definitely worth checking out as that is where the major advances in treatment have been made. It may mean that my survival rate is very low comparative to the parotid cancer (we are talking 8% against 30% or something equally as disconcerting) but the funding, drugs and specialists are all on your side. Our population does not show salivary gland cancer cases very often- my Onc. has see 5 patients in his career. All very different cases to mine. Offputting isnt it? The results of all that testing were inconclusive. The spread is fairly significant- and the team of oncologists here are still disputing exactly what the primary location is. Now me, I am in no doubt that it parotid gland cancer. It is perhaps the rarest of all forms of it, and I am again no oncologist- but the travel down through the lymphatic drainage system just makes sense- why the hell would it travel up that against the flow of liquid? Because the oncologists cant determine the exact primary cancer type- they cannot say it is terminal. So in a very odd way, that makes me quite lucky! Due to the time it was taking to get anywhere with treatment I put up my hand at any that were offered to me first. Hence this breast cancer treatment. Is it better than nothing? Well, no. In the time that it has taken, and even in the weeks that I have been on chemo cycle, the other side of my jaw is begun to flair, and the nodes down that side of my neck and under my arm. So bugger. That tells me this chemo isnt working. It should halt any new spread pretty quickly. This Covid outbreak is also a bit of quite unfortunate timing. I can still go in to receive chemo, but oncologist- and any other- appointments are carried out electronically, obviously with no physical exam. So the oncologist really has no record of how the tumors are reacting to treatment- only I do. There is a previous PET scan, but it was done some time ahead of my first round of chemo and this appears to be a very, very fast mover so I am dubious at how accurately it will show the spread over the treatment time. Some quite good things have happened- it's not all doom and gloom. A good friend of mine started a givealittle page to fund my treatment. Now, I am just a truly terrible reciever. I cant have a friend buy me lunch without feeling sort measure of great discomfort. I love to give, buy rounds, treat dinners- often to the utter dismay of my wife who is much more worried about bank balances. And I wouldn't have - and didnt- allow a page to be set up. But then of course it's not really about me- its about my kids and my wife. So after considering that I was holding back to protect the state of my ego, I thought to hell with it. I had all but completely hidden my illness- only a few close friends and family know- and you guys. I gave my permission to set up the page, and the outpouring of support and love I recieved- frankly- even as I write this sentence- still makes my eyes well with tears. The letters of kindness and ongoing support were really the best thing that anyone could have given me. It is that level of ongoing support that gives me the reassurance that if I dont make it, my family will be looked after- and the feeling that accompanies that- that is indescribable. That page has generated enough money for me to look at persuing other opinions and treatment options. I have requested another PET scan, scheduled for next week. On the results of this, chemotherapy may halt. My blood is in for genetic testing- if this finds the BRCA gene, which is likely due to family history, my treatment plan changes dramatically. I have also sought, and await to receive, a second opinion on diagnosis and treatment from the leading parotid gland cancer oncologist at the mayo clinic in the states. Due to covid I will be unable to go there for treatment, but the hope is to implement it here as much as possible. But it doesn't stop there- Another friend works in journalism. She has quite a large influence in what goes to print in one of our leading papers, and organised for my story to be featured. I was not particularly cool with this at all. I work as an actor in real life- but I hate the limelight. And I really cant stand posed photos etc. They are something of a necessary evil in my line of work so I have had to grin and bare- literally. TV and film work I can live with as long as I figure it is the character they are filming- not me. But generally my private life is private. I find flaunting my mortality about cringe inducing- again, the ego. So my friend had the story angled towards my wife- I didn't have to have anything to do with it- which is very satisfactory. It made the front page in the Sunday paper. I am under no illusion that with all media attention on Covid, people are hungry to read anything that is about something- anything- else. Again, the outpouring of support from complete strangers is truly astonishing. People really are wonderful! Beyond this, an Australian news channel is interested in doing a story, which in terms of reaching oncologists there that may be able to help is fabulous. Also, early this evening I received a call from the head oncologist of a number of departments at Auckland hospital. He had read my story in the paper. He specializes in brain and lung cancers- so his immediate field of knowledge is not in line with being able to attend to my case. But he has asked all the relevant oncologists in other departments, a team of his own, and the genetics team to look over my case in the hope they may be able to offer decisive diagnosis and treatment options as quickly as possible. He has come up with a good hit in an Australian oncologist now working in NZ who specializes in parotid gland cancers. He is calling next week to ask initial questions and set up a appointment to see me after this isolation finishes. Should his treatment plan look promising, there is the option of seeking treatment in Australia where the surgeons etc, would have seen more cases due simply to the larger population base. This is looking promising indeed! I'll point out- these oncologists are point blank refusing my offer to pay for their time. Their opinions and help are all offered gratis. I'm blown away, truly, utterly blown away at their kindness. Well, that was a slog. I told you it was long!
  4. I do, We are both Auckland based. Why do you ask?
  5. Ah, you looking at those on trademe too? Go on, buy em. I'd love to see what they look like fitted
  6. Thank you all guys, your thoughts are very much appreciated. I am still awaiting any real movement on this I am afraid. This limbo is an arduous torture. I had to really fight to get an oncologist to see me this afternoon for some answers- hopefully a treatment plan. It has only been in this period of waiting that the symptoms have really kicked off. Beginning to lose a lot of mobility in my neck, etc. Sold a 1200 coupe on the weekend- quite happy to see it go though. Off to a mate to get restored- he will do a good job. Still have the project car and associated parts- wont be letting that escape in a hurry. John, the Macmillan website has been very helpful. The NZ model of how cancer is treated is really based on the NHS, so the information Macmillans provides is spot on. Finding it very useful. Nick, I had to look up immunotherapy- and I really like the look of it. Just makes sense really doesn't it. I'll ask the oncologist today how that is as an option for my predicament - if it is a possibility, I'd bet that a combination of surgery, radiation and immunotherapy would give pretty good results - hell, I'm no oncologist, but sense is sense right? Peter C, interesting about the D3 -yes breast, prostate, skin and gland cancers are all very similar. I am a big believer in 'if it doesn't hurt, do it' , so I will talk to the Onc whether I might be able to pilfer an intravenous dose of both D3 and C (which I have also been recommended) The only thing I am not willing to try just yet is anything THC related- not that I haven't heard stories of its effectiveness (I certainly dont suffer any moral implications), but I have read that it can interfere with some chemo drugs and I need options at this stage. Miles A, I think the personal MOT idea is not only a good one, but a very saleable one. That is the kind of thing that could be bought as a gift for a loved one. It would be nice to see a government initiative to jump on that idea and make it a 'thing'. The most helpful thing I have done in the last few weeks was see a counselor. Nice German chap, got along like a house on fire. I really didn't feel like I had reason to see one- but I am really damn glad I did. It is nice to be able to speak freely to somebody quite removed from yourself. It was good to be able to talk through all the things I really cant discuss with my close family yet- now is a time to keep them positive. I especially cannot talk through all things with my wife- that sounds terrible- but my wife is heavily pregnant and these hormones and topics are at odds with each other. I'd really rather protect her from undue stress at this point- For the sake of both herself AND myself. Thank you all again, I'll give the oncologist a good dressing down about this period I have had to wait, and will keep you updated. Cheers,
  7. When this thread started, I read it- but I must say I didn't think a whole lot about it. Well- how the tables turn huh? I am facing a little bit of tough time. I can't say I have had any trouble with the prostate, but a couple of weeks ago I was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary glands. Quite rare apparently- but then, I am not the kind to go for any of your run-of-the-mill cancers. No no,! I am 36 and I was a pack a day smoker for around 6 years, but quit cold well over 10 years ago- it is hard to say whether the cancer was a direct result of the smoking or not- I partied pretty hard in my 20s with all manner of things. According to my surgeon, glandular, breast and skin cancers are all very closely related. Being that breast cancer runs in the family, genes may well be the root of the problem. For months I had felt quite tired- but then, I work bloody hard so was never particularly surprised. Rarely do I take weekends or holidays. Never taken a sick day. Just thought I was run down- until I had a series of lymph nodes pop up which was quite unusual for me. Usual story- went to the gp, checked bloods and swabs for everything else. Came back with a slight case of strep throat so was assumed that that was the culprit. Lymphs would swell and disappear over the next couple of months until I was bothered enough to seek a second opinion (or at least some antibiotics!) Second gp was somewhat more interested. Performed a biopsy of a node on site. Received a call a week later from a concerned surgeon wanting to see me in the office immediately- which I must stress is a fairly uncomfortable request and would not wish upon anyone! Stage bloody four already! Well, listen chaps, this is no plea for sympathy. I will survive, as I am as determined as I am stubborn and hairy. Which is quite. I just have too much on the go at the moment with a toddler, another on the way, huge projects at work and a hundred unfinished projects in the garage. Its bloody stupid, but it did occur to me in the hospital recieving my diagnosis that the Herald has been in too many parts for the last 15 years or so, and I frankly, have too much sunk into it not to see it finished. Funny how the mind works at times of stress. I guess the moral is- I wish that I had spent more time pursuing the cause of my fatigue. Worked less, played more so that I could sufficiently identify it as a problem. Above all, I wish I hadn't dedicated the year to paying off the student loan! But, we live and learn. In case I dont, I will be posting as much as I can on the research and modifications I have made on small chassis stuff in the hope that the knowledge may help others to finish their projects. It may seem silly to some, but I do genuinely feel that I have as much reason to get through this for the sake of my family as I do to see my lifes work come to fruition in a running car. Read that as you will. Must be a guy thing right? Look anyway, just riffing here, perhaps it should be treated as some kind of public service to post short messages in car threads every other week or so- just unobtrusive comments- suggesting that anyone who feels under the weather get checked out. There is such an enormous wealth of information and support for breast cancer awareness etc, it would be nice to find a way to get guys inspired (or at the very least pestered) enough about their health to do something about it. I'll keep you posted
  8. Hey Nick, I may be overthinking this- your fuel vapor vent ends just above the exhaust? Admittedly you'd have to have parked the car at a funny angle- but if you were to manage to roll it wouldn't you be directing fuel to a hot bit?
  9. John if you remove a float chamber and pull the leveling grommet, it will tell you the angle that sits the floats horizontally- then you can work backwards no? I went to an art school, so my math would be far too shit to help however. Incidentally, you will have to replace that grommet with something more horizontal- ala- http://sucarb.co.uk/float-chambers-spares/float-bowl-chamber-adaptors.html
  10. NICE! Looks quite at home in there. I am fitting a mazda b6 to a herald and I was thinking of using a mk1 spit header tank I have sitting about- whats the rad you are using there? like it may suit
  11. Ah- NZ at the moment, but I spent years in Scotland. An estate would be some seriously overweight luggage. There are still a few about NZ but because they were so plentiful, (and worthless) for so long, there are very few solid ones
  12. Good grief that is a lovely motor! Well done on that. I have been thinking recently of selling off or swapping my coupe body in search of an estate- you may have just fed the fire a bit there
  13. Damn, that's a pity. I was just thinking this week of pestering my local library to order a subscription. How has it gone wrong Ian?
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