Damn dude. What a mess. I'd thoroughly inspect the motor and start it in that chassis personally, just to ensure everything is fine before swapping it over. Who knows how long the engine ran when the car was upside down and whatnot, anything could have happened and you weren't there.
So i would, 1) check/replace the oil, 2) check the waterpump, and inspect for any damage on the block and whatnot to ensure its not fd up, and then 3) crank it over with no plugs/shoot some compressed air in there and air it out. Put in some new plugs and crank it over.
My opinion. Glad to see you got the car back and are looking at this in a positive light. Good luck sir.
Will do, time to learn how to inspect the water pump on this thing!
Guy in Phoenix is pretty much giving away this shell, I'd cut the roll bars out since they don't look too functional. It doesn't look terrible though...rough yes, but I plan on painting any shell I get.
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Hey man, I'd avoid that shell if i were you. If it were me, I'd be looking for something MUCH cleaner than that as a starting point for my project. Miatas are so cheap, even a clean one should not run you very much if you find the right one.
My car is actually really clean, yet i still find myself occasionally wishing i'd have just started with a cleaner shell. Just my $.02
Thanks again Fireindc. New oil/filter, started it sans plugs a couple times to ensure the engine wasn't flooded, new plugs, and it started right up. No hesitation, stuttering, or dying. AFR was a little rich at 12.1 but I think that was mostly due to it being cold and not having started for a week.
Also I got some suspension shots. From what I can tell, at least to the eye, nothing looks bent. Steering rack has full lock side to side, no hub bearing noise at all.
If it wasn't Sunday I would have put the bead back on the wheel and driven it a couple yards to see how it did. Transmission shifts cleanly into all gears etc etc.
No leaks from the Diff
Scrapes on the Muffler
Glad to see it runs! Sounds and looks fine from here. I'm damn surprised the suspension looks as straight as it does under there considering the rollover. Why even get a new chassis, that one should track out pretty straight.. LOL. Kidding. Good luck finding a replacement chassis. Keep in mind that the nicer car you find as a donor, the less work you will do in the end to have a perfectly clean car.
Hmmm they want $1900 but it does have a hard top. Automatic but I'm pretty sure I can just transfer my wiring harness over since it is a 91' correct?
Damn dude, I dont know how the miata scene is where you are - but that's a $1300 miata max where I live, WITH the hardtop. You should be able to find a MUCH cleaner shell for close to 2k. I'd skip that one.