So my car has been a project for the last 6 years that started as a long-shot to even turbo the car. I've taken a long and expensive route to get here but I think I'm finally on the home-stretch on my project.
I started with a Brilliant Black 97 with some passenger-side fender trauma and a heavily worn top with a torn zipper. I bought a simple Wiseco 9:1/Carillo H-beam rods and 99 head with no porting done. I then spent a year with a built motor and no turbo hardware until the next spring, when I purchased and started the install of my FM2/2560 kit. Over time I added things like shocks and springs, tophats and chassis stiffening.
After 3 years of driving she met her unfortunate end hugging a light post evading an accident with a far more expensive car. I bought my current car (Red 95) from a friend of a friend and transplanted my whole setup. The car has extensive hail damage, which is why I got a 32k mile car for $3,000. Almost nothing from the 97 was broken, which was fantastic in my book. At this point the car is turbo with a nice setup of suspension and stiffening.
That's pretty much by backstory, I have been too lazy to start a build thread until today however the weather is shitty so why not start now?
My current setup as of April, 2013:
1995 Miata, Red - Bought with 32,000 miles - I bought it with that hail damage
The hail damage:
94 1.8l block (yay driver side oil feed, got lucky on this one)
Wiseco pistons, 9:1cr
Garrett GT2560 turbo - home port on the exhaust housing
99 Intake w/ VICS controlled by EMS
3" Turbo-back Exhaust with a high-flow Magnaflow muffler. No resonator. Sounds mean, and a "too damn loud" for my neighbor apparently.
Mazda competition motor mounts
The engine, pulled 4-6-2013:
The inside, after ~20,000 miles. #4 is damp, and from the looks of the head it seems a valve seal was leaking..
After an hour of cleaning with a toothbrush and some brakleen.
The 99 head, notice the wet valves on #4.
This show's the work when I was partway through porting the turbo. This was taken about halfway through my port. I still have some work to do though.
ACT XACT Pro-light Flywheel
SPEC stage 3 clutch, 6puck
99 Torsen II 3.909 rear differential.
Hydra 2.7 EMS
Tokiko Illumina shocks
Flyin Miata Ground Control kit
Flyin Miata front and rear sways
Flyin Miata butterfly brace
Polyurethane bushings in the control arms
Polyurethane bushings in the differential
Konig Helium 15x6.5 wheels
CX Racing intercooler (not sure on the size)
Mishimoto 55mm Aluminum radiator
Full aluminum boxing around radiator and intercooler
Just a slight increase in surface area...
FM Intercooler, a good starting point, but not as good as I'd like..
CXRacing intercooler. Quite a bit larger than the one I got with the FM kit.
Undertray; the cooling with this setup was significantly better than my unboxed setup previously.
Harddog double-diagonal Roll bar
Full re-tune of the map post head work, including tuning for general street use
Improved turbo-oriented Intake Manifold