This story is a sad one with no end.
My first car was a Volvo 240DL...it was AWESOME. I actually bought this car because it was the only one my parents would give me a loan for. I'm saying it was awesome because its awesome NOW. I never fully liked and appreciated the actual potential of the car when I had it and sold it when the clutch went. Knowing what I do now...I would have never sold it to buy an great car like a prelude:
Now this car was "funner" to drive then the Volvo and a lot nicer to look at. It gave me the motivation to start working on vehicles and enjoying the progress. Probably something I should have done with the Volvo since it would have been a much better platform. Something still didn't feel right...It was light'ish compared the Volvo, very comfortable though, but still lacking a certain "feel". Maybe it was RWD. Either way...after owing the car for 5 years and going through 3 engines and 5 transmissions, I got rid of it. I even shed a tear when it left my dooryard.
Fast Forward a few years...above was my second Miata (the first was a red 90 with a bad crank I JB welded and sold for a slight profit). I would call this car my first real project. I'm almost positive I've turned 80% of the bolts at some point on the entire car. It was also my first boosted project.
I bought a brand new built engine from a person on here and it lasted 500miles before blowing up. After it blew up, I pieced together and got another engine professionally assembled and its still running today. While trying to sell the car to buy the MSM, a test driver wrecked it. Insurance obviously didn't think the car was worth the thousands I put into it and I was left to part out a lot of it.
Some of the mods from this car will transfer to the...MSM...finally...the topic at hand.
The picture above is a few weeks after I bought it. I've installed BC Racing Coilovers and some knock off wheels I already had purchased for the last car.
The car came with an intake and exhaust as well as manual boost controller. This was my first MSM experience but I intended on having fun with this car.
Lots of fun
This car was lacking...well...everything compared to my NA. It was slow (My NA was probably well above 200whp). The power did not come "on" the way it should. It seemed to spool quickly but it didn't actually go anywhere until some sort of magic "switch" was hit around 5000rpm. With the size of the turbo...I could only blame the ECU, my hazardous tuning skills were still better then what is the stock tune on this bastardized 2 year turbo miata experiment mazda decided to call "mazdaspeed"....but enough of this rant.
So begins my build thread for this car. I installed a roll bar shortly after buying the car(only picture I could find)
Shortly after that, I crossed my fingers and took it on a road 2000mile road trip to ocean city with a few friends:
The above is how the car currently sits. The car is sitting with the paintshop right now getting the bodywork fixed up as it has its fair share of bumps and scratches.
Over the winter, the following will be installed:
Begi S6 Downpipe/Manifold/GT3071r (recent pickup off m.net)
Megasquirt (from rev) & wideband
RC750s with Peak and Hold driver.
3.3 gearing (Miataroadster)
short throw shifter (Miataroadster)
Built short block
- I need input here, should I use the block and head from my old 97 or use the MSM head and the 97 block or take out the internals and swap them over?
That's all I have for now...I don't think I've ever really done much of a build thread even though I've been on this forum for years. But the story can start here and hopefully move forward.