So I think I'm approaching the point in my build where you stop going by general wisdom. I've already done things like installed the xidas, sticky rubber, and finished the general maintenance, so this is the point where the car can finally start to take on it's own unique personality. Hopefully it will turn into something fresh and different.
I feel that now would be an appropriate time to start a build log since I can skip the "just finished the timing belt. what a pain!" posts.
I'm originally from Hawaii, but moved to Tokyo for work after that. I moved back to the states from Tokyo almost 2 years ago. In Japan I endlessly chased and documented the car scene in a bright yellow Volvo T5-R, which i loved to death. You may have come across some of my images on the internet (notably Speedhunters, among others) or in a magazine.
Unfortunately this life style had to end. It didn't look like I was going to make it in this line of work, so I had to face reality. The bittersweet part being that right around the end was when things finally started to take off, and my images started to really have their own recognizable branding and style. One of the last things I did while I was there was have a gallery opening displaying my work.
I do go back to visit for a few weeks every 4 or 5 months however.
So back on US soil with a new job, I bought a bone stock black 93’ NA with a hardtop with somewhat unrealistic dreams of turning it into street legal daily driven race car.
After some elbow grease, general maintenance, clutch change, etc and basic modifications needed to be somewhat competitive in STS Autocross, it looked like this.
I started autocrossing and doing track days straight away, in the first two years entering nearby autocrosses and pro solos, picking up more modifications along the way. First season running Rivals, second on RE-71r. I also acquired a garage/workshop finally.
Aftermath of first prosolo:
Eventually got the Passenger seat in and was satisfied with the interior for a little while. Also cleaned up the bay.
In daily guise:
Restored a free trailer to accompany the car. Being pulled by an FM hitch.
And finally this is how it sits now. Ignore the hitch. I use it okay!
I’ve stopped prepping the car for STS autocross since the last season. Modifying with a certain rule set and limitations has it’s place, but not when it’s your only car and there’s just so many fun things I’d like to do. I’ve also since come to terms that this car is primarily a street car, and should be modified with that primarily in mind. It was a hard, long realization, but over time I’ve found that there’s something to be said about how you feel 90% of the time you spend in your car.
Since i’ve stopped prepping for STS, the mod cap has been uncorked. First thing I added was a Megasquirt PNP2 and Injectors, and am now prepping fully for boost. (plans/parts below)
Modifications (as of 15 Jan 2016)
949 Xida Clubsports. 700F/450R
Racing Beat 1.125" front hollow sway bar / Supermiata endlinks
OEM brake pads front, Hawk HP+ Rear.
ATE Superblue (RIP)
TR C1 15x7.5” wheels / Bridgestone RE-71rs (track)
Enkei RPF1 14x7” wheels / Dunlop Z2 star spec (daily)
FM Frame Rails
Roadstersport 3 exhaust
Magnaflow high flow cat
Innovate MTX-L Wideband
Miataroadster tall angled short shifter
Everything else bone stock
Recaro Pole Positions on PCI seat mounts
Momo Mod 78 (320mm, suede), NRG hub and QR
JGTC Shift ****
Schroth Clubman Harnesses
Hard dog double diagonal
FM tow hitch
Trackdog tow hook
SITTING IN MY GARAGE WAITING TO BE INSTALLED:
FM Happy Meal
3.9 Torsen / Poly mounts
Enthuza 3” exhaust / cat
Toyota COP kit
Dual feed fuel rail
Artech 3” divorced downpipe
Artech oil/water lines
Flow Force 610cc injectors
In the Mail:
FM no electronics kit / Garrett GT2554r/GT2560r/SR20 ???
Custom auxiliary gauges (wideband, boost, water temp, oil temp, volts)