Background: Mid-40's, Married w/ 2 kids, Mechanical / Civil Engineer, Career Navy
Prior 'Toys': '68 Corvair, '73 Opel GT, '86 Toyota MR2
Oldest daughter about to turn 13, so went on the hunt for an early Miata as a father-daughter project to become her first car. Target goal was stock, cosmetically clean, mechanically neglected. Got way off-course and ended up with a '96 M-Edition, cosmetically scruffy, FM II turbo ( at $4,500 it was like buying the turbo kit + hardtop...and getting the car + other mods thrown in for free... )
FM II Turbo Kit ( 2560R )
Link Engine Management
FM Lightweight Flywheel
FM Springs & Sway Bars
FM Stainless Dual-Tip Exhaust
AGX Adjustable Struts
Konig Helium Rims
Dunlop Direzza DZ102
PROS: Mods done, Like-new Robbins soft top, hard top ( non-matching )
CONS: Dings / dents / scrapes, Seats need recovering
Was saved from an estate sale by local ASE mechanic who is into Mitsubishi turbo scene. He freshened up the stock 1.8, daily drove for 2,000 miles, then found a Galant VR4 project to restore.
Plan is to do some minimal cosmetic improvements ( DIY seat recover, full wet-sand / buff, refinish hard top)... daily drive for a couple years here in VA... then strip it apart as an Exocet donor for my Navy retirement present to myself...