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Old 02-22-2017, 03:15 PM   #1
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Long story short, I bought two Miatas. I sold my evo a while ago and had the itch for another autox project.

Why two?
They were cheap and the wifey is getting into autox and I'm tired of her driving my DD.

Why were they cheap?
The white car has a salvage title and would need to be inspected to be an R-title and street legal. It is a good running car starts right up and drives nicely with a 1.6l and open differential. All of the needed reconstruction appears to be done. This will be the ladies and will either be run in Estreet or STS eventually. The black car is a well abused 1.8l, lsd car with a stripped interior and many other things that will need to be corrected. I plan to make this into a CSP car.

Inspected and picked the black one up on the coldest/snowest day of the year.







Random pictures of the black car:

It has some unknown coilovers on it and balljoints in what might be the worst condition I've ever seen.












One seat, that's pretty much it for the interior.




Awesome welding BRO!!!





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Old 02-22-2017, 03:16 PM   #2
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Ill use this spot to keep track of what I buy and sell as well as what I need. See where all my money goes

Black one:

Needs:
Fuel tank cover (metal things on the rear deck)
Driverside window motor
MegaSquirt

Bought:
Interior carpet
Battery
Tie rod ends
all ball joints
Brake reservoir cap
Driverside door panel
Tail light bulbs
15x10 steel wheels
275/35-15 hoho's
Delrin for suspension bushings
Xida Coilovers
VVT Engine
NB Torsen rear end
NB subframes

Sold:

White one

Needs:

Bought:
Decent Clean title shell
Altenator
Ball joints/tie rod ends
falken 615K+ 195/60-14

Sold:
Old Salvage Shell
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:19 PM   #3
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:36 PM   #4
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I'm sure I will be talking to them.
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:02 AM   #5
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:12 AM   #6
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:26 PM   #7
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i need a miata too, anyone want a turbo ls bmw?
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Old 02-23-2017, 05:19 PM   #8
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I must say the miata is nice to work on.

things that I bought today:

A super light lithium battery, see if it works out.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also bought delrin to make my own suspension bushings.

I have found a complete interior that I will pick up this weekend.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:26 AM   #9
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Weekend Update!

This weekend I was able to press out all rubber bushings and ball joints. I forgot how much of a pain that can be. I also figured out that it has Vmaxx coilovers (at least in the rear for sure) but they are shot. I'm not sure if they can be rebuilt or not. I plan to buy better shocks anyway.







I also picked up a nearly complete interior, less seats, to be put into the black car.


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Other things I discovered this weekend:

The 1.8 engine swapped into the black car is an early version and does not have a spot for the temperature sensor that feeds the dash gauge.

The oil pressure sender is from the 1.8, which is actually a switch which means I don't get oil pressure readings to the gauge panel. The can be swapped out but 90-93 oil pressure sender are pretty pricey.

The white car started flashing the airbag light 6 times. It was not doing this previously, so I need to figure that out. Most likely a clock spring.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:50 AM   #10
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:37 PM   #11
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Turns out the white miata has a very normal clock spring plug connection issue. Cleaned up the connection and back to normal. Its nice when its easy.

My battery arrived. Haven't tried to use it yet but it is tiny and light that's for sure



Put most of the interior into the black one. Turns out a 95 radio bezel is different than a 1990. Already picked up a 90 version




Also started changing out wheel bearing. Fronts are super easy to change, rears not so much.


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I plan to start making delrin bushings this week. Hopefully I can get it all back together this weekend and make sure it is worth making into a good autox car. I still haven't drove it around at all, just onto the trailer and in the driveway.
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Old 03-10-2017, 12:06 PM   #14
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Started on the delrin bushings (cameo from my 79 year old grandfather still working the lathe!), they are nearly complete at this point but a ran out of material. We made some mistakes .





I also find it difficult to resist good deals (read- I didnt really need a header)...

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Looking good man!! A Miata has been on my list of things to do for a long time.....mainly because Öhlins makes coilovers for them still.

Have you checked out the two main Miata wheels (I'm sure you have)?

I have 949 Racing 6ULs 15x8 +36 made for your car. They're incredibly light and IMO look great.

Also, check out Jongbloed Series 500. It's another light, sharp looking functional wheelset made for Miatas: Link
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Looking good man!! A Miata has been on my list of things to do for a long time.....mainly because Öhlins makes coilovers for them still.

Have you checked out the two main Miata wheels (I'm sure you have)?

I have 949 Racing 6ULs 15x8 +36 made for your car. They're incredibly light and IMO look great.

Also, check out Jongbloed Series 500. It's another light, sharp looking functional wheelset made for Miatas: Link
Thanks.

Yeah lots of options for coilovers in the miata. So long as the car is running well when I get it back together I plan to buy some Xida. Pretty much all the serious autocrossers run them, unless they are on some crazy set of custom penskes and the like.

Long term I will need a set of 6Uls but in the 15x11 size. They need to fit 275/35-15 hoosiers. I read somewhere rumors of a 15x12 and a 295/35 hoho, ill jump on that if its true.

For now, in the interest of saving a little money I ordered some 15x10 steelies.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/usw-022-5041gm

Can't bet $85 a piece. Eventually these will be my street wheels and I'll run a 245/40-15 tire (widest street tire available atm).
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:44 PM   #17
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lmao, I'm glad to see that white Miata go to a good home. I was linked to that as a rallycross project and I'd have not given it nearly as much care
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lmao, I'm glad to see that white Miata go to a good home. I was linked to that as a rallycross project and I'd have not given it nearly as much care
I may still sell it as I'm finding it hard to find time for it. I am keeping my eyes out for a clean title shell to swap over all the good parts (which is nearly everything). That way maybe I can end up with a clean title car and drive it on the street and increase the resale value.

Delrin bushings are nearly complete... assembly will commence shortly.
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Offset Bushings!

Bushings are complete and the car is back on the ground.





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I took the car for a short ride, it seems to run okay but needs a steering rack. That is good news as the engine seems okay, I can now get after the good bits. HOHOs are already on order!
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