So I have been super lazy and never got around to making a build thread my first time around but figured since I have pretty parts this time people might actually wanna see some of it. Or point out things that suck. Either way I will have something to entertain me at work since I am surprisingly slow after the long weekend.
Car: 1994 miata with maybe 185k? I dont remember. Solid drivetrain, not so solid interior but I planned on gutting it anyways so i didnt care. Pretty much bought it and put it on jack stands within a week and started ripping stuff out
Got rid of PS/AC right away, emissions junk, then started on the interior.
Originally went with cutting the dash and pulling all the HVAC/radio etc but got bored and ended up ripping it all out when I put in my new seats.
gutted the doors, ended up removing the center track also once I realized i didnt need it to keep the windows secure when they are in.
Then I remembered I had a credit card..so i spent way too much money too fast. Oh well
I was pretty excited when I stacked them up to compare. Calculating differences is not as powerful as finally seeing it in person.
swapped out my suspension using my patented "damnit i cant quite rip this out by hand..what is within arms reach of me? oh hey this might work" method. It worked.
Upgraded my clutch to a ACT unit, I had one in my last car and once i got used to the pedal feel I actually liked how snappy and quick it was so I went with the same setup again.
New seats came in
They fit pretty well, I ended up bolting them straight to the floor to maximize clearance for my helmeted head once I get a roll bar in. Might sharpie the Sparco logo out, looks a little ricey but as I mentioned already, I am lazy so I may never get around to it.
Then it got fun when I made a purchase from GeneSplicer. He was enjoyable to deal with, great correspondence efforts via email, answered all my questions and is apparently the devil because he mentioned he took credit card, so i was unable to resist the temptation and I bit the bullet. This is what actually started my spending spree.... But in all seriousness, thanks for the stuff GeneSplicer!
Went with a full 3" exhaust from ARTech, looks great and I cant wait to hear it.
Went to install it and realized I still needed to come up with a modified mixing manifold/water pump inlet so I was going to go with the flip/plug/tap etc method but my aluminum rad with stock fan didnt allow that. Ended up cutting out a section, grinding, JBwelding back together, capping the old heater core hardline (turns out a quarter is almost a perfect fit, JB welded over it all, drilled hole for old water line nipple, drilled out old hole and ground the casting to be round to accept a rubber hose to mate to the trimmed hardline.
Turned out pretty good, I might still need to modify the old elbow for the lower rad hose to tuck it closer but I am waiting to finish my IC piping first.
Now I have clearance for the turbo, nothing hitting or rubbing
That is where I am up to now. Not pictured is boring stuff like EGR blockoff plates, Cheap IC/Piping, PS looped lines etc. Waiting on some silicone couplers for IC piping, fitting for the oil pan, oil/water lines, v-band clamps for the exhaust, and I should be done with the hotside stuff. Only things left after that are swapping injectors, hooking up WBo2, boost gauge, plugging in MS and I should be able to start it up. Went with a MS2 this time instead of the MS1 I had on my previous build so I'm expecting there to be some updates and changes I will have to learn but I barely remember setting it up the first time so I will basically be relearning it all anyways. Going to try to get the injectors/sensors done this week while I wait for parts.