Project Blaze KL-ZE
Ok I'm in need of help!!! I've done too much to just to give up with it and I will not scrap another mx3.
when I purchased the car It was a none runner, It had ignition issues in the past because I have receipts for the work carried out on it and the loom has signs of being probed all over the engine bay.
It came with a Clifford alarm and this had been spliced into the loom and then changed about and been spliced into different places (have recipes for the rework). So to level yhe playing field I cut out the clifford and the car sprung into life after being sat on my drive for 3 years.
After starting I had oil everywhere as the oil filter had perished so I purchased a new filter and changed the oil then I noticed there was no water. After looking about I found out there was no antifreeze in the car and the harsh winters had caused the plastic radiator pipe to split where the filler cap is and pushed out the two o-rings on the water connecting pipes that run between the two bank's, all three were repaired quickly.
So now I have a running mx3 again :mrgreen: (at this point anyway).
So I started getting it ready for MOT just befor Christmas.
I needed new brakes and disc's so I went all out and got EBC groved and drilled disc's with green stuff pads, fitted and refurbed the calipers.
I found the was some extensive welding work that needed doing inside the rear wheel arches, the mount for the rear trailing arm and both cills. All were cleaned, plated, sealed and sprayed with shuts.
The next thing was the flexi pipe on the exhaust. Everything was seized but got the old pipe off and purchased a stainless flexi off of Christopher from the Facebook page (not sure what his username is on here). The pipe needed modification to fit as the down pipes on the stainless steel manifolds are longer but this was easily done. The rear lamda sensor thread was destroyed when it was removed from the old pipe so I had to source a new one.
whilst the exhaust saga was unfolding the weather started to get cold so in a blind panic I put loads of antifreeze in the engine and started the car to pump it around ( with no lamda sensors conected) and the car died :? And wouldn't start. Thinking it was because of the lamda sesors not being connected I was to worried.
The new rear lamba sensor was fitted with the newly modified flexi pipe and the car wouldn't start :x
With loads of fiddling about with wires that I may of touched whist sorting the exhaust the car started and ran for half hour and then just died again.
Over the last couple of months I've replaced the plugs on the dizzy and checked wiring all over the engine bay but nothing has worked.
I then purchased a new ignition coil but this hasn't solved the problem.
So today I destroyed on of my son's toy car's so I could get a LED and bridged ten to ground, put the LED in fen and +b and nothing. I checked the LED on the battery and that worked but would not light up on the diagnostic plug.
One thing that boggles me is every now and then the radiator fan kicks in for no aparenu reason and will only shut down when you turn the ignition off.
I hope someone could put me in the right direction as I want to drive this car. Driving a diesel citreon is boring, I want mx3 v6 action again.
Lori Carlyle last edited by
I'm Chris bud :)
For the fans, I'd look at a small single wire sensor drivers side of the bay between the two rocker covers, it's the coolant sensor.
It should kick in when the engine gets to to temp, but if it's disconnected it will read as overtemp all the time. If it's a bad connection, it will fire at random giving you something like your issue.
I've also fired mine up without the 02's connected, won't hurt it, but it will cause it to run rich.
What happens if you reset the ECU. (Disconnect neg, hold brake pedal down for 10 seconds, reconnect neg) then try to fire her up.
I've tried resetting the ecu to no joy. I just went thru the paperwork I got with the car and it has had 2 replacement dizzys in the past so I'm thinking it could be the modulator that is at fault but seeing as it has had an ignition problem twice before there might be an underlining electrical isaue.
Some pictures from last year :D
Can't wait to wake her up from hibernation.
After searching for a klze for years and finding I have either not got the money at the time one is for sale or missing it completely, I have finally given up :(
So I settled for a DE, all I need to do is source a ecu that will run on a obd1 loom and use a je50 vaf
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Well I'm back on the project, also with a new user name because my login wouldn't work after the site migration.
Loads of stuff has changed with me but I still have one of my flame red v6 mx3's and also now have 1 of the 3 v6 eunos presso's in the UK.
Now I have the time because of lock down to work on them and get the klde back together so keep an eye on the thread for future updates.
Made some real progress this week, amen to lock down!
The intake manifold has been port matched to the thermal gasket set and I've also cleaned up some of the edges inside to manifold.
Manifold, throttle body and fuel rails were the painted and reassembled.
The heads were sent off to be skimmed and pressure tested then I've port matched the heads to both thermal gaskets on the intake side, port matched to the exhaust gaskets on the other side and I also knife edged the exhaust ports to get rid of the nasty gasses quicker. Egr delete was also made and installed.
These have also been painted and ready for reassemble.
Rocker covers have been prepped for paint but I can't decide on the colour.
I'm now just waiting on parts, mainly gaskets so I can't get it all back together.
Rocker covers painted, I went with a rover peal (rover KMN).
Primed in zinc primer and then 4 coats of normal primer. Guide coated then wet sanded
They look good with 4 coats of lacquer on them. Just need to get them back on the car.
Messed around with the sump today, seeing if I can baffle it to prevent oil starvation during track days.
Not my best welding but it will do as a prototype.
Spoiler alert.... Always wanted to say that 😂
Today I started on something different, a duck tail spoiler. This is something that was never made for the mx3 and I think will suit the look of my car when everything is finished.
Mocked up first on a oem boot garnish and crafted out of expanding foam. Covered in gaffer tape ready for fiberglass.
I apologise for the picture links. I can't seem to get the link right to post them direct.
Got the spoiler sanded down today, there are some parts that are not good enough but I can't sort that with a little bit of fibreglass filler.
That's a sexy rear....
Loads more to do on this. Lots of filler, dolphin glaze and primer to get it perfect then paint.
mickthemaverick last edited by
@mazdax3 Looking good!!
@mickthemaverick thanks buddy. With all this time on my hands, the mx3 is getting some well deserved attention
@mazdax3 looks good mate, and I know what you mean, mine has been sat for a couple of years waiting... finally getting stuff done!
@jono I'm actually getting more done than I planned, costing a little more but what the heck.
Before 🤢 and after 👌🏻
Marco last edited by
@mazdax3 Good work :D Shaping up nicely!
@marco you're still here... Been a while fella.
Atm I'm waiting for things to sell on ebay so I can push forward with the build, funds are sadly starting to run low but that was inevitable. This build will be done by the end of the year including...
Rocket style custom kit
Spare wheel well deleat
5 stud conversion
Huge offset wheels (still can't decide what I want)
The engine should be done and in the car by the end of this month so the first time in 11 years I'll get to drive a 2.5 mx3 🤟🏻
So I made £400 on ebay selling broken playstations 🤣
So now on order is:
Elring head gaskets
Ering stretch bolts
Engine crane (I'm starting to need a bigger workshop at home)
Exciting times ahead!
Marco last edited by
Nice! Were your head bolts out of spec?
I remember buying my engine crane. My dad said sure you'll hardly use it LOL