So let me start off by saying that I have read through several build suggestion threads on here and other forums. I have used the search function as well and, although all of that has been useful, I am looking to get a little more specific with what I am asking. I am looking for input from anyone with experience on the topic and also shop recommendations from So Cal locals.
I have a 97 Miata whos compression numbers are: DRY 160, 166, 172, 175; WET 185, 187, 195, 190. The motor is stock and is the original with approx 140K miles on it. It leaks and consumes oil but not too much, maybe .5 qts every 1K miles.
The car is primarily a track car that I would like to keep street legal. I have no intentions of going FI nor do I want to massage much power out of it. I would just like the car to be as reliable as possible. I plan run about 6 track days per year. I would like to drive the car to local tracks and plan on renting a trailer and towing it to further tracks as well.
I have a small garage that fits the miata but it does not have ample room to do major work on the car. I do work on my own cars and have done a trans swap on an old miata (at a shop I worked at) but I only do brakes, fluids and other smaller jobs at home as I do not have access to the shop anymore. Future bolt on stuff I can handle but I would like a shop that can do all of the major work that is in Orange County CA or somewhere close to that.
My ideas for the car are:
-CA street legal
-Junkyard bottom end/longblock OR rebuild old motor
-Add new aftermarket rods, pistons and ancillary bits for reliability
-Refresh the head (if it is still in good shape)
-Front and rear motor stuff (TB, WP, gaskets, etc.)
-Megasquirt ECU if it can be emissions legal
Not an all inclusive list by any means but it's a start.
I have read Miata engine building notes
and [NA] 135whp with stock NA8 long block - MX-5 Miata Forum
so I have an idea of what I am looking to do but I would love to hear from you all as to what I can do to make this a reliable and affordable build.
All that being said, the limiting factor is budget. I would like to keep the project below 3K total. Maybe a little more depending on what you all suggest but realistically 3K is my upper limit.
Thanks for any and all input!