You made the trek all the way up here? Cool stuff. I had friends on two or three teams there. The team with the wambulance daytona that won organizers choice and the Halloween themed POS trans am guys who had no idea what they were doing and and did most of the work for the car in the school's motorsports garage. And I'm not sure if Bill Goodale was there with his toaterhome (that likely out values the entire field of cars) and his lemons car.
So, two questions on this build (so far, I'm only like 400 posts in or something silly)....
What's this two stage dual wastegate whatever thing?
You mentioned a bad batch of BW's? I suspected when the market was devoid of them for a while (also, they built a new factory, never a good sign for the first few off the line)... Anyway, is that what happened to you? I guess no one knows, but I wonder if the other sizes they are not yet making will have the same issues......
...Oh, and more reading makes that seem a certainty. Wow.
How was boost creep? Looks like you were able to hold low boosts?
So, you mention your warranties getting turned down, then free speed sensors - but nothing in the middle like "if you're thinking of blowing your $1600 wad on a BW, it's cool, they'll eventually come around and honor their warranty", or not. How did that pan out?
Uh.. I'm a developer myself. Would be a good time to dick around with MS code anyways.
Why would you do that to yourself? That is some ugly code....
P.S. Lemons is a riot. Everyone should have to do it.
Thanks for all the info so far, it's super helpful. Considering my VVT head, valve work.... It would appear that once I dump the FM ex mani, 350 won't be even slightly difficult with a little care - no need for stupid big turbo.
So a friend of mine came over to fix his exhaust leak. Apparently 94 midpipe from JDM ebay motor is exactly same as 1.6 midpipe but with a o2 bung.
Then we cleaned the garage and pulled the motor. This afternoon I started stripping and cleaning the donor car. I'll clean up some more tonight but basically making good progress. Also dragged the old shell out to the driveway. I have a leet mazda car cover so neighbors won't be scared by the ugliness of the old shell.
Did you section that like the road racers do so you can sell them as crash repairs to SM guys? It didn't look very rust.
No we didn't even think about that. And yeah its awfully rusty. Frame rails were almost rusted through on driver side. We junked it for scrap cost. I kept the windshield frame + windshield and going to try to sell that on craigslist.
Damn salty roads. How hard is it to find an actual clean shell over there?
Edit: sick b13, what are the plans for that? What motor/trans does it have?
As easy as a trip down south to pick one up. At least for miatas in new england rot free cars dont exist at this point, and if they do they're not for sale, or insanely priced. Soviet is more south so I bet he's got a better chance to get one. Mine car's nothing a weekend with the grinder, welder, some sheet metal, the rocker repair panels, and paint wouldnt solve. Soviet's looks like he could get away with just the rocker repair panels and some grinding and use the chassis weld epoxy rather than actual welding.