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Old 06-16-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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As much as I intended on keeping it under wraps until it was roadworthy, I just can't do it.

I'm too excited.

I own a Miata again.


Against someone wise's advice, I did not buy a stockety stock perfect base car. While that would be great to start with a fresh slate, for some reason I actually prefer starting with something abused and set aside. Maybe it's a personal relation with my upbringing, and wanting to take something people shove aside or look past and make it something people can't miss. My first Miata did that, but in a flashy, "LOOK AT ME" way. This car will not do that. This car will be more refined. A roadster.




I bought a BRG yesterday. It's not pretty, it needs a lot of love, but it has potential. I initially decided to buy it for the deal, and potential flip value. I didn't want a NA6 chassis, even though I wanted a NA6 dash. But it's growing on me.
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I guess pics might make people happy.








I paid what I consider to be a very fair price for the car. That price included:

-1991 BRG, complete, with trans stuck in gear(unk if stuck in reverse or another gear)
-Brand new aluminum radiator and fans
-Brand new Exedy clutch and lightweight flywheel
-Relatively new top
-Brand new Clutch master
-4 BBS, one with minor curb damage
-3 BBS caps
-BBS Cap tool
-4 4x100 spares.


Although mostly complete, the car is rather taken apart, so the trunk and interior were full of stuff. We filled an entire tarp with the items, as you'll see in pictures. Upon spreading everything out, it seems we have lots of extras from a parts Miata that was also out where I bought the car.


Extras

-Complete chassis harness with ECU
-Tombstone
-Really bad shape Nardi ****
-Most of an under dash AC system
-Misc metal panels
-Random other stuff
-Spare finish panel
-Spare trunk
-Spare red mirrors.
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Once we got it to my friends house we took everything out of the car to assess the situation and how much work it needed. It's gonna be quite a bit, but we're well on our way.

Pics of mostly spare items, and stuff that was just sitting in the car, not really attached to anything.



The overall base for the project.






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So I guess we work pretty fast.



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Just kidding, I now own two Miatas. Two BRGs to be exact.
Well then you're wrong.


2nd owner BRG that was owned originally by the seller's brother.

136k
Many warranty records
Runs great
Hardtop
Soft Top Boot
Tonneau
Hardtop Cart
AC
Cruise










Also came with two goodies in the trunk, still in leather bags.




I've been parting out the other car. This one is mine to keep.
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Last week sometime I decided to put my wheels on the car when I was bored.


I had a feeling they would look ridiculously stupid on the car at stock ride height. I was wrong. I mean, they do look dumb. But they also look amazing. I can not wait for my coilovers to come. They've been ordered, but now it's a waiting game.







Oh, by the way, apparently I have Koni yellows? I was too hot and in a hurry to inspect further. I just remember my OEM was black on my Smurf.

I will be selling these when my coilovers come.





Oh, and here's a picture or two of the wheels monster truckin'.








PS. I need to figure out the hub size for hubcentric rings, and I also need short mud guards.[/QUOTE]
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I also got a nice box in the mail. The box inside was better than the box outside.




What could be inside?

Hmm, that's interesting.






That's a damn beautiful wheel.


Then I decided to pick it up and look it over.

Uhoh.



It's already been sent back to the retailer and I will be awaiting his new shipment from Italy to provide me with another Nardi.


Until then, I bought a Momo from Bogaut because I'd been wanting a reason to buy that wheel.........So I bought it.[/QUOTE]
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<p>I heart BRGs! jelous on your oem BRG hardtop.</p>
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Some other late updates.

I sold some parts off the parts car, and bought some for the keeper.

I also painted my tach needle yellow so it doesn't get washed out by the white of the moon. It turned out amazing.



And take into account my crappy camera, but here's the gauges at night. I am in love.




I may or may not have a matching HVAC panel in the works thanks to Adam.






I also had the fenders rolled. I took it to some guys I know that are well known for their abilities. They started the rears with the roller, but after it wasn't playing along, they decided to go old school. I was a little worried watching them take a metal body hammer to the car, but they did an amazing job, and now I won't have any clearance issues when my coils come in.

Also, after seeing that technosports rear subframe brace for sale on CR, and thinking how interesting it was, oddly enough when I looked under my car, I found out I actually have one.

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Oh, and about those parts I bought.

Picked up some brand new Zoom side markers from PhatMiata


And then I bought something else. Little backstory; I've decided that I plan to take a page out of Sharka's book by removing every mention of "Miata" off of this car, and replace it with Roadster. I was looking at KG Works' website at cluster panels when I came across the third brake light covers. I thought they were cool, but couldn't understand why they only made two, one with their logo, and one with Miata. And then two days later, I see another PhatMiata sale, and sure enough, it's a rare discontinued Roadster brake light cover. I immediately claimed it.




Installed my KG Works Roadster cover. I love it although it might not be for everyone.





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Picture from a meet the other night.


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<p>I heart BRGs! jelous on your oem BRG hardtop.</p>
Thank you! I originally thought about buying this one to take the hardtop and resell, but decided it was better to start with a fresh one.
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So this odd shaped package showed up at my door.


Oh look, a Momo. And conveniently placed short hub and quick release.


Down to the clockspring.


So I don't have the before picture, but I removed the brass(?) grounding ring in the back of the hub, in order to not delete the clockspring, and I decided to route the horn wire through the hole of the hub. Poke a small screwdriver or pick through the wheel holes, apply pressure, and it will pop off.


Pic of the hub attached with the horn wire coming through. Attach a female blade connector, and attach it to the quick release side that gets bolted down.




Connected like so.


Short hub attached. Don't mind the alignment. It's turned all to the right from tightening the hub bolt.



And done! Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of the grounding ring and hooking up the horn to work, but the horn does work. Any questions, feel free to ask. When I get my Nardi, I will take pictures.


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Looking good so far, glad you found your way back into another miata.
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Appreciate it! Happy to be back, it was long overdue.
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So today is a great day. And I only woke up 30 minutes ago. I feel like a kid on Christmas Morning. I received two tremendous packages in the mail.



The smaller package is from Bill at MiataRoadster. The second is from Adam/Revlimiter. We'll get to it in a minute. Save the best for last, right? Now that's not saying the MR package isn't noteworthy, because it's a great package in itself.

Now, the shifter in the BRG is probably one of the sloppiest shifters I've ever had. 13 cars, 10 manual, and it takes the cake. I knew I needed a MR kit to solve that. Unfortunately, I had missed out on the last Group Buy by a week or two. I messaged Bill to let me know if there were any leftovers once hte shipment came in, but began to look elsewhere, as the shifter was desperately in need of replacing.


Two/three days ago I was at a Mazda dealership visiting a friend and pricing out all of the shifter accessories. I got a text from Bill telling me there was one 5-spd stock height kit left. I paid immediately, and he shipped same day. Amazing service from Bill. And now I can hardly wait to put this on my car and feel the difference it makes.

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Now the package from Adam. I felt it deserved a post of its own.

Now since I have got back into Miatas, and started being a regular again, Adam and I have become friends. Great friends. That's saying something, because when I was younger, and was around the first time, Adam actually banned me from CR for a short period of time. I totally deserved it, but I jut think it's a funny little addition to this.

Back when I ordered my gauge set, Adam went crazy and made the Lobo gauges for me. Today's package might even come close to topping receiving that package.



First up is a black retro window switch. Even I was surprised by the quality and heft of this piece. It's solid, and I can't wait to install it.



Next up is a black hazard switch. I didn't want to take it out of the package and assemble it just yet.



The Miata logos on the sill plates aren't terrible, but they're worn. I needed new ones. I was stuck briefly with the decision of which way to go for the new ones. I believe it was Roadster, RX2 and the Type 60. For some reason, Adam slightly nudged me in the RX2 direction, which I was actually leaning towards. But we'll retouch on that a little later.



Now with the Lobo gauges, I couldn't stand having a normal HVAC panel, so I commissioned Adam to make something that will tie in with the Lobos. He did what Adam does.



My daily keychain is heavy and bulky. It's got doodads and doohickeys. And a few keys. The Miata deserves better. The Pole Position key deserves much better. I took some inspiration from Adam's SSR keychain and asked if he could make a Big End Rodder keychain. Adam once again did a thing.




Now, this next piece of the package is what makes this package so amazing. Not that the items up to this point were rubbish, but this just takes it higher. While ordering these items, Adam told me he had a gift for the back of my car. He told me it was something I needed, and it once belonged to Scrat. This was huge to me. Although I never mentioned it, two Miatas were my biggest muses both now and back when I was around the first time. Scrat and Sharka. I read and read, lusted over their build quality. When I left the "scene", Scrat wasn't finished. When I came back, Scrat had been sold and parted. Since then I had been trying to find a piece to have for myself, without luck. Hell, I almost bought the GV Trim Rings a few months ago just because.


Now a few emails later, Adam mentioned he had an idea for a small Sharka gift as well. Now that just took me into a full stupor. I was getting pieces of my two favorite cars.


I saved this box for last when it came to opening my package.



First up is Scrat's badge, that Geoff was never able to use. Geoff sent it back after Scrat was sold, and Adam thought it needed a good home, and surprisingly, he chose my car to be that home. Now I see why Adam was pushing in the RX2 direction for the sill inserts.




Next up is one of Sharka's hardtop badges. Adam didn't put them back on when Sharka was repainted. The other is on Sharka's cooling panel. Mine will probably go in the same place.



These items are a true treasure. Thank you Adam. They will both find a happy home.

Oh, and Adam threw in a front bumper replacement Mazda sticker. Be looking out for those on the store later on.

Here's a picture of the full package. I can't wait to throw all of this on the car.

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What's in the box??????




OOOOhh EXTREME!!!!!!!!




They're so cute and tiny.
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Small size difference here.






Super happy to have the coils on. They ride great. Gonna let them settle for a day or two and go from there.
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Pic someone took at a meet last night.

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