So I am now taking the MX5 to the new level: Boosted and Built! I just bought a 2002 1.8 VVT Engine from a member on here with 207K miles on it. The plan is to buy the following parts to get this thing going:
Boundary Engineering Oil Pump
Engine Cylinders will be over bored to 84mm
Pistons: Supertech 8:6to1 with Wiseco xx piston rings
Manley H Beam Connecting Rods with ARP Rod bolts
Replace thrust washer
ACL Rod Bearings
ACL Main Bearings
Clutch: currently have a happy meal good for 318 ft lbs
ARP Main studs and head studs
Just bought an MS3 from Brain with knock sensor
And the obvious timing belt, all gaskets and seals change out.
Approximate remaining build cost: $ 2,200 excluding cost of new manifold and exhaust as needed.
Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure: