GTO is officially gone.
The Miata search has begun.
Technically I need some time to put some money together. I am considering a pre-built turbo Miata, I'm considering buying a later Miata and installing my own kit, I'm considering a V8 Miata.
OK so I really like NB's, right? But here in Oregon, you have to de-mod to pass emission or use sucky engine management. I'd rather do the former than the latter, but I'd rather do neither.
I have realized that I don't need an NB comfort-wise, the car won't be used for long trips or anything and I don't mind a little noise on my 20-minute commute to work.
Basically: I might have the opportunity to buy a somewhat ratty old Miata with an absolutely epic engine build in a few months.
However, I just happened upon an LS1 Miata in Seattle that has caught my attention. It's pretty rough, and the owner says it's got about 90k miles on the swap so at least it's sorted. Needs paint horribly, needs sucky 17" wheels dumped. But it has the following parts:
--- 1991 Miata chassis
--- Chevrolet LS1 5.7 liter (346 cubic inch) engine
--- Chevrolet WS6 ECU
--- Custom intake and pleated filter
--- Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
--- Griffin aluminum, cross-flow radiator and Griffin fan
--- V8 Roadsters front sub frame
--- Energy polyurethane engine mounts
--- Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission
--- D&G Short Shifter
--- V8 Roadsters frame rails
--- V8 Roadsters transmission mount with poly bushing
--- Flyin Miata / Wilwood clutch master cylinder
--- South Bay Driveline drive shaft
--- 7.5 Ford limited slip differential from Monster Miata
--- Monster Miata differential carrier and axles
--- Monster Miata differential carrier
--- Monster Miata axles
--- Sanderson Headers with O2 sensors
--- 2.5 inch custom dual exhaust with dual electric cut-outs before rear wheels
--- Borla dual-in single-out muffler, 2 inch tail pipe
--- Flyin Miata Front V8 sway bar PN 26-13300 with custom mounts and poly bushings
--- Racing Beat adjustable front sway bar end links with poly bushings (Flyin Miata PN 13-99000)
--- Aftermarket gauges for engine temperature, oil pressure and battery voltage
--- Aluminum wheels, 205/40R17 fronts (75% tread left), 225/40R17 rears (95% tread left)
--- Hard Dog Fabrication M2 Sport Roll Bar
--- Hard Dog Fabrication Roll Bar Pad
--- Hard Dog Fabrication Harness Bar
He says the engine is out of a 2000 WS6 Trans Am, claims 325 hp and 345 tq (would be crank).
Pics below. What say you all? What would you pay for something like this? And bottom line... If you could have this, or the same car with a perfectly built engine, 6-speed, rear end, and EFR on the best hotparts, etc (while we're theorizing) for the same money, which would you choose?