Originally Posted by hustler
Apologize to everyone on this forum who's advice you did not initially heed or I will ban you.
You're joking right? I'm pulling the engine based on a combination of things (in no particular order of significance):
-Forum members advice / experience.
-Better pics of the tube that I was able to get with a good light and camera.
-Increasing discomfort with the thought of not doing it the right way. I don't like to do things half-assed. I had little knowledge of the parts I was dealing with and what I was seeing with my eyes initially looked like it wasn't that bad.
After evaluating the responses and weighing the pros and cons of pulling it, I decided to suck it up and do it. It was a really frustrating thought to begin with though.
I don't do anything based solely on opinions of others, particularly people I don't really know. I respect your opinion because you've been through a lot of trial and error stuff and seem to know your **** and you also seem to realize when you DON'T know something. I also respect Joe Perez's, Braineack's, and Savington's opinions. You all seem like smart guys and your posts carry some extra weight with me, mainly because I've read a lot of your collective posts and they seem to be intelligent.
I PM'd Joe and I also discussed the whole thing with Brandon at FM as well as a close friend of mine here in town that does a lot of Miata work and another close friend whose mechanical and engineering skills I really respect. I took all these opinions and information into account when I made this decision (and not everyone thought the JB Weld was a terrible idea btw). I kept picturing myself hammering along some back road 500 miles from home and knowing that damned tube would be in the back of my mind the whole time.
I don't owe any apologies. I never said anyone was wrong. I only asked for information and opinions and took them all under consideration. What needs to be punished around here and anywhere in my opinion, is blind following. I won't do that.
That said, I DO wish to thank everyone that contributed their thoughts. I appreciate the interest in my dilemma.