So I've had this random drivetrain sitting in my garage since I bought it ... a year and a half ago.... and some. It was intended to power a Grassroots Motorsports Challenge car build. Through a few events (buying a 323 GTX, then buying a second...) of chance, I decided to thin the herd and sold off the Miata shell I had in the driveway for the build. Right around the GTX buying time, new turbo kits turbo was bad and I decided to change the path for the track car. I figured why not use the really fun drivetrain in the track car.
So track car Miotta VQ35 was born (vs my pseudo secret plans for the GRM build). I've had the car on jackstands and the drivetrain out for a few months. Don't expect this to be a super fast build.
Did another round of moving crap around, taking stock of parts, evaluating what I'm getting into etc... List is something like this:
Engine mounts (cutting subframe, possible steering rack moving)
Trans mount (will be done off of the bolt over framerail reinforcements)
Rear diff front mount (using Rx7 gsl 7" clutch type for super cheapness)
Wiring for e-pedal/harness adjustments/ecu reflash (security removal + tune)
Adjust fuel system for return style
Manifold Connector for turbo (assuming it fits... flipping OEM headers for cheapness)
Bang/crush/pinch/hammer/bang alot more... frame rails to fit frame rail reinforcement dealies
Downpipe (will build to replace turbo at first, NA to get everything working)
Transmission shifter relocation (shorten linkage and modify shifter holder)
Custom driveshaft (cutting up CF 350z driveshaft and rx7 rear, sending out to be built)
Install new ISC tophats for rear
Rip out both subframes, clean up and install Delrin bushing LCA set.
Make mounts for HID projector ebay junk
Trim engine bay frame rails (don't expect to need clearance but doing it while I stitch welds up, and then paint)
Lots and lots of other random crap that will slowly drive me nuts all winter long.
I plan on and hope to have this ready for next track season. Initial plan is to prep the build for turbo... but run it NA for awhile so I can debug everything. I figure about 250whp NA will be fine for a bit anyways
. Turbo will be a nice clean Holset HX35W I picked up... figure 400 with a silly powerband/torque curve will be fun.
Here are some pictures to show I actually moved stuff around.. and uh... started....
After some clean up, junking Turbo Capri motor, old miata motor on stand, bringing everything out.
Did I mention that this won't be a fast build?