Less than $1500 and he has a fast Miata. That folks is how it is done on a budget. This thread should be stickied or at least referred to when the noobs come in and want to know how to do a cheap setup.
I can verify the fact that it is a DD, first-hand observation.
As I observe a giant wing and splitter followed by the sound of an LS1 going in the opposite direction!
At autocross there have been many people who ask if it's street driven. I get REALLY annoyed then realize that half the time it comes in on a trailer. I sometimes tow the club equipment trailer. If I don't tow the car then I don't get to drive.
I daily drive it as long as I don't have to tow or haul very heavy things. That being said, I do tow a little trailer with equipment, have had 10' pieces of steel sticking out the unzipped back window, hauled ten (10) wheels and tires, a generator/welder.... and I think I've had 4-5 80lb bags of Quikrete in the trunk. The number of dirty tools and dirtbags that have been in the passenger seat are too numerous to count.
It is sort of driven off road every day. My frame rails are incredibly smashed. I almost high centered it a couple of times(not really proud to admit that).
A couple times at autox complete strangers will comment on how dirty the car is. lsc224 told me that I REALLY need to vacuum it out!
So, short answer long, it isn't a trailer or garage queen. It is a down and dirty driver.
Good to see its still going, this is pretty much what im planning on doing this winter.
Did the ebay manifold have the t3 flange on it? I cant seem to find a tubular manifold with a t3 flange (I probably just fail) and am considering buying one with a t25 flange and cutting it off/ welding on a t3 flange.
also.. crappy first posts, but your car is ridiculously awesome...
Still alive. Same 220k+ motor, SS Autochrome manifold and eBay churbo remain functional. I still get offended when people ask if it's a trailer queen - maybe a trailer queen means that it's a cross dressing car that tows trailers.