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I have a 1990 Mazda Miata for sale, in USA - Illinois.
: 191,000 miles
Asking price is $6,000
Car is officially for sale.
Many of you already know the car, and for those who don't, this car is referred to as "The CCW Miata". Dan Young spent spent a lot of time building and perfecting this Miata, it truly is a work of art.
Everyone who knows me knows that I treated the car like a baby. The only time the car saw rain was on my way back from Florida for about an hour or so. When I did drive it, I never pushed it etc.
About 5 months ago, I bought a one way ticket to Florida, purchased the car and drove the it back to Chicago.
Since I've owned it, I replaced the hardtop bracket bolts, changed the floormats out, and replaced the shift **** with an OEM ****. I have driven the car around 15-20 times since it has been in my possession.
A month or two ago I was driving to a friends house and heard a pop. The car started acting funny so I pulled over and popped the hood. A coupler connected to the intake had ripped open which essentially caused the headgasket to chunk, and two of the valves in the head to burn. I took the head in to a machine shop and had them redo the valves for me. After installing a new headgasket and the refinished head, the car ran great. It was boosting the correct numbers, staying perfectly heated etc. The only thing I noticed is that I would get white/gray smoke that would linger in the air at startup. I drove the car 3 maybe 4 times like this and then it sat for another 2 or so weeks.
Here's the head after I got it back from the machine shop:
Here's a picture of my supplies when reinstalling the head:
About two weeks ago, I went to replace the throttle body with a used unit to fix a slightly high idle (950-1000rpm instead of 800-900rpm) that had been around for a while. I went to start the car up and forgot to tighten the coupler to the intake piping this time. I heard a pop and the car started idling just like it was doing when the headgasket blew before. I shut the car off immediately, tightened all of the couplers, and restarted with the same outcome. I'm assuming the headgasket is blown again at this point, and the car has been sitting in my garage for about a week since this second incident. The car will start up but I would not suggest driving it like this.
I contemplated replacing the headgasket again or even swapping the entire motor to a different low milage 1.6L, but I don't have the time right now since I am in school.
I am looking to get 6k for the car in it's current state.
A used 1.6L Miata motor can be had for anywhere from $100-$500, depending on milage and condition. I would assume if you replaced the headgasket again and figured the smoke issue out, you wouldn't need another motor.
I am willing to ship anywhere in the USA at buyers expense.
Here is a link to my car's JDMC feature so you can reference the pictures:
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