Greetings from a new member in Seattle.
Been wanting to own and operate a turbo Miata for many years, and finally was presented an opportunity at Easter dinner this year.
A friend of mine purchased, drove, and then drove a turbo'd '90 Miata into a ditch several years ago and left the poor thing to rot on his property. I saw the potential in it and we began price negotiations.
As you can see in the attached pictures, it's not pretty. Lots a mildew, some rust, but overall the vehicle is solid. We spent a few hours trying to get the engine to turn over, but after pulling the plugs we noticed a large collection of some liquid in the rear cylinders. The entire thing is seized up.
I was able to source a NA8 motor from Miata-lover in the area (I believe he was swapping in an LS1? Hi Chris!). Came with the motor mounts.
Here's where I'm stuck: I haven't purchased a turbo manifold yet. It appears that most, if not all, NA8 manifolds are going to mount the turbo in a slightly different location than the NA6 - necessitating a new downpipe and possibly other bits. For example, look at FM's kit here
You'll notice that the compressed air leaves the turbine straight down because the exhaust manifold is completely straight/horizontal. On the NA6 the compressed air exits horizontally to the driver's side.
1) Is there an NA8 turbo manifold that locates my Gerrit turbo to the same place?
2) If not "1" is it likely this GReddy piping kit already took this into consideration, and has some other configuration that is suitable for NA8?
Sorry for rambling, got a lot on my mind. Thanks for the help in advance!