So this is where you crazy forced induction Miata enthusiasts hang out. I was warned there would be places like this. :-) I did some searching but as you all know it is impossible to find apples to apples so here it goes. I am not new to Miatas but new to turbo Miatas. I am in the very southwest corner of Michigan (Gingerman area) if that is important.
I recently became the owner of a 1990 Miata
, white with 80K miles.
Cartech turbo setup
, intercooler, fuel pump, 15" Konigs, lowering springs over stock shocks, sway bars (don't know brand) with adjustable end links, FC RX7 big brake kit
, exhaust (don't know brand), roll bar and a five point harness.
Pluses- excellent top and no rust
averages- decent interior gauge cluster and radio surround are not broken but radio surround has GORGEOUS stick on wood grain as do the door cards :-)
Negatives- paint is CRAP, broken rear finish panel, broken drivers side mirror and the paint is crap
I was told the engine
has a hole in #3 piston. I haven't done a compression test to confirm but the positive pressure in the valve cover indicates there is EXCESSIVE blow by. It is not a 1990 engine as it has the eight-slot pulley so somebody has chewed through the original engine and this engine. It does run however, quite poorly, but it will move on its own.
The car came with a 1990 engine (VIN number confirms with an "L" at the 10th digit) with no history. I have yet to perform a leak down test (because it has been so friggin' cold!) but it was supposed to have nearly the same mileage as the car. But it is an used engine with zero documentation.
So if this car was all stock with the same damage, issues and a blown engine I could probably get $1200ish with the miles and it being rust free. So with the suspension bits, brakes, wheels, roll bar and harness where do I start? I don't want to give it away but I do want to sell it rather than have it be part of my landscaping forever. I guess the turbo system is an older system so I realize that doesn't add a ton of value.
If I knew more about turbos than just how to spell it I might be tempted. I would do a leak down test (and if good), put a water pump, timing belt, seals and gaskets on it then change engines. But I don't want to do all that work and then because of my ignorance have something go boom and waste an engine, time and the blood and skin from my hands.
Is this just something I throw on Chicago CraigsList, deal with the crazzies, lowballers and hope for the best? With a weekend or two of work somebody who understood what was here could have a pretty fun track car for not a whole lot of money. OTOH somebody who thought they knew what they were doing could have a summer of issues and curse me (and my mother) for selling them such a mess.
So where do I price it?
thanks for your thoughts