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Discussion in 'Project Cars' started by Rewedmiata, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    And so the story begins with my RX7 being down, a need for a summer car, and a long standing want of a early miata.

    Joelle and I got back from our honeymoon at the end of May 2009 and at that point I had kind of seen one too many nice cars when out in Japan. So with my needs squared away I enjoyed randomly looking through Craigslist a few dayd after we got home.

    Looking on CL for a Miata before the vacation normally would yield a few clean examples for anywhere around $5k~$6k or for $500~$1000 for cars that normally did not have a title.

    And then, there it was, a rust less '91 that had two previous owners. Problem being, in my mind, was that for the price the guy was asking and the way the car looked in photos it couldn't possibly run well. So after a quick once over online I called the wife over to look at the post (normally I miss something like "Car runs, missing motor" from the excitement of finding something that I'm looking for.) to see what she thinks. She tells me that I should send out an email to see whats wrong with the car, because in the listing it mentions body damage though you could not see it in the photos.

    20 or so minutes go by and my phone notifies me of an email. It is from the Miata's owner and has lots of photos. He also explains that he has only had the car for two or three days an the title hasn't been swapped over to his name.

    So with the pictures in hand and a phone number Jojo recommends that we call him and ask a few more questions about the car. The call goes out, questions are asked, and the owner describes what happened and why he is selling the car. Long story short, he was/is a Honda guy that was wanting to try something new, but his mom didn;t see it that way. He also explained that the car was owned by just one other person before he bought it and that it had all its regular maintenance done on time with paperwork to prove it. So the phone call ends with him asking if we are going to stop by to look at the car that night, mind you that it was a Sunday around 3pm, an he lived 3 or so hours away.

    The only problem we had was that all the banks were closed an we needed 2k if the car really was on the up and up. So we head out running from ATM to ATM trying to pull the required cash for the car. The owner called an hour or so later wondering where we were and I explained that with it being sunday afternoon that all the banks were closed and that we were 3 or so hours away but that we should be heading out shortly.

    It was probably the longest 3 hours of my life, I remember going through, out loud, what I knew I needed to look for in a early Miata. AKA: looking at the rocker panels for rust, seeing if it had the short or the long nose crank, how did the top look, was the back window cracked, was the shelf in the engin bay rusted, and so on and so forth.

    So we show up and there is like 5 cars at the house not including the miata, two CRXs, two DA Integras and a DC integra. Oh! an did I mention like two b Serease blocks on the driveway?

    I get out of the ms3 an walk over to the owner and ask him if it was ok if I started the car, he throws me the key. After getting the formals out of the way I asked him about the paperwork he had for the car, and he responded with "look over the car I'll be right back there's a lot to bring out." So I do my normal thing and crawl all over the car an look for leaks/loose rims/dead hookers, etc etc.
    The first thing I noted was how nice the interior was for a car with 180k on the ODO. The carpet didn't have any missing fuzz, the seats look like they were from a new car, the only problem I saw was the "ricer" light up peddles.

    With that out of the way I opened the hood an found a remarkably clean motor bay, not so nice that you could eat off of it, but for a car that was almost old enough to drink and had done 180k(keep in mind that the moon is only 238857 miles away,so ruffly only 59k left to go) yet had no random fluids or rust anywhere to be seen. After going through the rest of the engine bay and looking at the trunk I realized that the car had no rust anywhere to be seen, even in the trunk (a known area when the wrong battery is used).

    At that time the owner comes back outside and was carring about 8 inches of paper stacked between his arms,"This is most of it" he said. Going through some of the papers I see mazda factory paperwork from CA from when the car was bought until about 2008, then it was paperwork from Mazda shops in MN. All the required RSM was done at a dealer all OEM parts, even the oil was changed at the dealer up until 2007, then to jiffy lube there after.

    With all this paper work and the shape the car was in I mustered up the will to ask why he was selling the car. He responded by pointing over his shoulder an saying "My mom is done with all my cars, it's get rid of the Miata or my Integra." So I asked about the other cars and he responded with "They are all my projects and I still live with my mom, I need to have a running winter car so I have to stick with my Honda."

    So with that I drove the car for about 20 or so minutes (drove around the block, and up and down the highway) and got back with a smile. The car didn't have any weird sounds/smells, hell the car didn't even have any slack in the steering wheel, some thing I hadn't had in one of my cars since my KIA some two years before. With that I happily handed over the 2k, didn't try to haggle at all, it floored my wife cause we can't go and buy anything anywhere with out me trying to get a deal some way.

    3 hours back home went off with out a hitch.

    V All from the day I picked up the car V

    Now with the mod photos
    Craigs List shocks/springs/upper hats an mazdaspeed tow points


    Rollbar install
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  2. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Miata parts list

    Eibach pro drop springs
    KYB AGX shocks
    Flying Miata anti sway bars
    Enki rpf1 15x7 brigestone re11 205/50 15
    Hard Dog m2 hardcore double diagonal
    DIY intake
    Corksport drift cat back
    Mazdaspeed tow points
    Mazdaspeed seat
    Mazdaspeed stearing wheel
    RJS 5 point harnesses
    DIY TTSO mod (for the lightness)
  3. Rowtard

    Rowtard <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    I've loved watching this thing take shape over the last year. Spring is a'comin fast!
  4. derp

    derp New Member

    Hi Erik!!!!

    I enjoyed driving your car. damn little go kart.
  5. Shwangtwong

    Shwangtwong New Member

    now me needs to get one:)
  6. ij1889

    ij1889 New Member

    i cant wait to go cruising again with the ol gang of cars
  7. derrian

    derrian Administrator Staff Member

  8. derrian

    derrian Administrator Staff Member

  9. Grappler

    Grappler <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

  10. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>


    And so it begins....
  11. bflee90

    bflee90 New Member

    nice project!
  12. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Well as most have seen the project is slowly moving. Looks like I have a finalized front motor mount designed that's way easier that what i was trying to pull off before. So since I have a car that finally moves on its own I redirecting time to this project. Hopefully I don't burn myself again.


    2012-06-27 11.47.33.jpg
    ^ Quick shot before it was all cut up...

    I know the welds look like crap, i cant run a bead since it would heat the sub frame and warp it. lots and lots of lil welds.

    looks like I also have a final idea on ware to stuff the exhaust since there were the issues of preexisting fuel and brake lines and that wonderful item called the PPF. Thank you French rally drivers for the idea of wrapping the header under the transmission to the side that is lacking in all the restrictions that were slowing me down on header length/ location. In the extra time I also managed to source a 4.1 torsen lsd out of a 97 for $125. Add that with the FC Rx7 rear holder and FC axle stubs and 95 na8c axles I will have a fairly strong rear end.

    2012-06-30 12.18.12.jpg
    ^ sketchy removal of lsd at junk yard.... poor z31 :(

    ^ + cheap NA8c drive shaft for the swap.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  13. derp

    derp New Member

    you got something to run :O

  14. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Front Subframe after powder coating at powderkeg
    Drive line of oem parts
    Oil lines and motor mount plate
    DIY coil braket
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  15. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    DIY OMP block off plate and gasket
  16. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Tim making my exahust manifold


    How it wraps around the transmission

    It passing the diff

    What it looks like for clearance on the ground
  17. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Part of the upgraded fuel system
  18. Rewedmiata

    Rewedmiata <font color="#EF77A6">Super Moderator</font>

    Fan bracket

    still need to take a photo of it done an on the car
  19. shibbs

    shibbs New Member

    Wow, this is looking awesome. I'm excited to see this in all its glory!
  20. cmspaz

    cmspaz New Member

    So you've got the FPR, what else was left? I remember it's all stupid/little shit now.

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