I'm new to the forums. I have a couple of build threads over on CR but with the heavy apperance and stance focus over on that forum I might fit in better here. In any case, why not start out by moving my build thread. Meet Kimiko, my '96 Montego blue miata.
I wish that most of its life was like that pic but the last five years have looked more like this:
Previous build thread can be seen here:
'96 NA turbo set up for drift - ClubRoadster.net
This car has seen a lot of guises. I bought it from a friend who had it turbocharged with a full flyin' miata kit fourteen years ago. From there it was a street car for my ex-girlfriend, a street car for me, a drift car, and finally an oversized paperweight. Unfortunately, more of my ownership of the car has been in paperweight mode than driving...
In the last five years since it last saw service, I started building towards a new turbo setup with a top mount manifold. The build has evolved from a full on drift car, to a combined street/track car, and most recently back to an almost entirely street focused build. This has caused a lot of backtracking and unnecessary work.
Where things are now:
The engine is out of the car and mid-rebuild. I've pulled it from one machine shop due to horrible communication and will be giving it to another to finish shortly.
Engine bay has been stripped down and spot primered to fix some surface rust from scuffs over the years.
The interior is pretty much as it has been for the last five years. Soon the roll cage will come out and move to my other new track car Yui
. That will kick off a lot of interior work to bring Kimiko's interior up to a level I won't be embarrassed to show.
New montego blue metallic paint has been purchased and very shortly I'll be spraying some individual panels as test pieces. That may be a bad idea as my technique with a spray gun is far from "expert" and doing things in little batches may end up with three or four shades of blue on the car... no help for it though, I need to practice some before I spray everything in sight.
Current plans are as follows:
Stock 1.8 block
Wiseco 8.5:1 pistons
Supermiata sold lifter conversion
Supermiata dual valve springs
Flyin miata manifold
Garret 2560R turbo
Flyin miata 3" down pipe
Hard dog roll bar
Custom gauge faces for new redline
Custom shorty console and trans tunnel cover
Respray in original montego blue
Delete current spoiler
Fastback (long term)
And to finish up, my latest pic of the engine bay work:
As you can see, lots of primer, and a lot more stuff to move out of the way and/or mask before I spray the engine bay.
Right now I have my engine parts back from one machine shop that I wasn't happy with and waiting on another paycheck before I take them to another one. Here's some fun before and after pictures of the work so far.
Block head and crank before:
Head after cleaning and valve job:
Crank after polish:
Block after cleaning:
More (as) soon (as I get another paycheck in).