BOTTOM OF THE PILE
In business as in life, from time to time you have to be prepared to change your priorities. In the last edition of Total MX-5 I related how I’d bought a somewhat decrepit mk3 with intention of pulling it apart to better understand its inner workings, then using it as a mule to trial different tuning options. I was rather looking forward to it.
Shortly afterwards, however, with my Cleverley Repaired Cars strategic planning hat on, I realised there was a more important priority to attend to. Plenty of people were bringing in their cars for an MOT, but because we weren’t an MOT station, we were outsourcing that task. That meant lost revenue and the hassle of taking the cars to and fro. So we’ve invested heavily in our very own MOT testing station. And while we were about it, also stumped up for a sophisticated camera suspension alignment setup.
Then, of course, we had to be trained to use it. Which is why the mk3 currently sits outside, nothing more done to it. Chances are it will stay that way for a while – installing a new ramp and the associated MOT and alignment equipment put the workshop out of action for a few days, and we’re rushing around to clear the backlog of customer cars. But the mk3 is still on my mind, it’s just not a priority.
Mk3 is going to be living out here for a while. Possibly a long while
Run by: Michael Cleverley
Owned since: November 2016
Total Mileage: n/a
Latest costs: n/a