I picked up my 1991 turbo Miata from a GRM Challenge racer in November 2009. Since then I've gotten it home and road legal. I've replaced the frankestein junkyard turbo with a T3/T4 50trim .48AR no-name china charger (been working well so far), upgraded the radiator and changed many of the cooling lines, added real catch tanks, worked on the MS1 Hi-Res tune a bit, replaced intake and exhaust gaskets, and have been futzing with the exhaust system quite a bit. The car already had a 6-puck clutch, MS1 ecu, KYB-AGX shocks, ebay springs, 550cc rx7 injectors, rx7 clutch-type LSD, mazdaspeed competition diff mounts, hard-top, and hard dog roll bar installed (and probably a few other things I'm forgetting). I've just been upgrading and replacing things as they've failed so far because I like the mods that have been done to it and how the car performs. The body is a little rough, but that's okay because it's just a toy/project car for me, not a show car. My hope is to auto-x it a few times a season and maybe the drag strip, but it's mostly to wrench on and go for drives when the weather is nice.
I have a bit of experience with the MS ecu family, I've used MS1s, MS2s, and Microsquirts on FSAE cars in the past. I have a respectable level of understanding of many automotive systems in race-type appluications because of my FSAE background, but I'm still getting used to the nuances, tricks, and good practices of a turbo Miata. I'm pretty good at building parts with many machine tools (again, FSAE experience) and I can TIG weld very well (or, at least I could before I got this desk job
). My education is in mechanical engineering with a large focus on automotive engineering and solid mechanics/structural design.
I'm already a huge fan of turbo Miatas (clearly) and I'm looking forward to contributing to and learning from the miataturbo.net forums. I'd be particularly interested in collaborating on a custom project, large or small.
My Miata with two friends' MR2s
Latest (but not greatest) engine bay pic.