Hi, my name is Nick. I ride bicycles and have a weird thing for hairdresser cars. I tend to avoid making build threads for anything, but I guess I should introduce myself a bit better, show ya'll my 94, and take you through a brief blast to where I am now. Hopefully I won't bore any of you.
Wanted a miata since I was a kid when the neighbor down the street had a sweet 96 m-edition. Fast forward a few years to when I got my license, one car that always caught my attention when I drove: Miatas. Fast forward a few more years to when the transmission in my Ford Escape blew up and I had a choice. $3k for a new transmission, or $3k for a Miata. Guess which one I chose!
This is the day I bought her. November 2013. Named it Potato. Some crazy hippy lady (unfortunately, she was
) wanted to move to some communist farm collective so she was selling off her worldly possesions. $3200 87k miles, 94, hardtop included, soft-top in great shape, and a little sooty on the tailpipe, and HLA clatter.
Went to work sorting the maintenance out. Looked like a grease-monkey special sorting through all the paperwork I got from her. At least she regularly changed the oil, but every 7k miles.
Anyhoo, did some things to the car to protect my life.
1) Rollbar HDHCDDHTOMGBBQ
2) Door bars
3) 15x8 Konig Flat-outs wrapped in DZ102 tires.
4) Lincoln Log's old Tein Monoflex Coilovers.
Now in clubroadster herra stance mode, I needed to adress the overwealming lack of oomph.
1) Roadstersport Exhaust (first time I've experienced v-bands.
2) Raceland Header (yea... still was a member of clubroadster then.
3) Exhintake mod
I thought It would be glorious; it wasn't. Installing the Exhintake I had to do do timing, so I did WP, T-belt, and all that jazz. Ended up 1-tooth off on the crank. Car had NO power. This freaked me out enough to investigate deeper. I ended up finding the timing mistake, but during search for answers did compression / leakdown test. I cried.
Dry : 110, 100, 70, 65
Wet : 115, 100, 85, 80
Leakdown : 10%, 15%, 35%, ALLOFIT%.
Well. New motor time. Felt discouraged, saddened, like I had a string of bad luck from blown transmission in Escape, to now motor in potato. ********.
In my knee-jerk reaction state, bought a "rebuilt" motor off eBay. **** me. Don't ever do this. Seller took used engine, painted it, sold it. eGay's buyer protection policy states that the buyer
is responsible for return shipping in the case of wrong product, wrong description, etc. So I would have been stuck with a $300 bill to frieght a motor back to him just to return it because he lied in the discription. Double ********.
I ended up keeping the motor (most expensive core ever....) and to venture down the path of building my first motor.
This is where I joined here. You guys actually know what the **** is going on. Amazing. I searched, read, and researched building a motor. In the dark depths of this site lay beautiful knowledge.
MT.net ubiquitous 'built motor', but without a turbo.
84mm wiseco 10.5:1 potato poppers (maybe turbo with e85 down the road)
ARP main and head studs
MSM BP4w head with BP5a cam
Supertech light doubles
Manley +1 intake/exhaust valves
Polished crank and balanced rotating assembly
Picture dump :
Well that was fun. Learned a lot, tried to noob as little as I could. Buuuuuut a 6-speed 'fell' into my hands too. Dude listed transmission as "1999 Miata 10th AE 5-speed transmission $300". Intrigued to know what was up, I emailed and asked for a picture. Picture came forth showing a 6-speed, I made payment, I recieved tracking number.
With my old engine limping along, and winter upon me. I parts hoarded.
-The "Soviet Special" fuel system (return-based fuellab AFPR, Mocal AN everything, FM(M-tuned) fuel rail, gt500 EV14 injectors, black-sausage fire-sleeve). Thanks EO2K and Nigelt!
-APR Supermiata GTC-200 off lincoln logs
-Supermiata Racing Beat hollow sway (the big and thick one
) and MSM rear sway/endlink package.
- Mishimoto rad / m-tuned re-route (shoulda bought crossflow
- Supermiata 11.75 bbk and rx7 FC t2 11" rear brake conversion, and wilwood tandem MC.
-TSE oil cooler kit
-Bunch of other random bushings, awr mounts, interior bits, etc.
And that brings us to this past monday. Motor swappage!
Everyone's seen a motor-swap, but this was my first... and my first built motor... so
Aaaaaand yea. Here I am breaking it in and loving every second. I would guestimate power to be in the realm of ~150hp based on what others have built, high elevation, and shitty 91 octane go-juice, but it's a revvy, quick blast to drive! Now I am in abject poverty, but ready for summer!
I wish I could individually thank all those who provided valuable knowledge throughout the build, but it's far too many to remember. Let me just say I'm very greateful for such an intelligent, and dedicated community of people that helped me turn my fail-parade into where I'm at today!