Hello from another newcomer.
I don't expect I'll actually be posting much for at least a year or two (lurk mode ftw) but figured I'd introduce myself anyways.
I don't currently own a Miata, but am strongly considering one for my next project. I have experience building and tuning turbo cars in general (mostly euro stuff like VW, Saab, Audi, etc) and currently own a Mazdaspeed 3 (daily driver, stock), a Saab 900 SPG (project car, far from stock), and a Scion xB (backup, stock).
Having lived in the snowy northeast US for most of my life, I've pretty much stuck with cars that made sense as daily drivers - regardless of if they were actually my dd or a fun project car (see current cars list above.) Recently I have been trying to take a step back and analyze my longterm goals for automotive ownership. This scares me, because it sounds like a midlife crisis in disguise - and I'm certainly not old enough to be having one of those just yet. At any rate, I had an epiphany - while I love the MS3 and the SPG, they're pretty much identical cars: FWD, turbo 4's. Then I realized that nearly everything I've owned has fit that profile. Even my most radical projects (frankenstein turbo Corrados anyone?) still boiled down to the same exact basic configuration.
So I need a change of pace. I've been looking for something 2-seat, RWD, light, and tuneable. Initially, this lead me to the very cars Miatas are based on - little euro sportscars from the 60's and 70's. However, finding one of those in good shape is tough, and I'm not sure if I want to deal with carbs. After months of fretting over this choice, I realized that the Miata is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for.
So enough of the
and on to my plans. I'd like to get an early car, probably a 1994. Do a DIY turbo conversion. I've been playing with the idea of megasquirting my SPG, so also thinking about doing that on a Miata, too. This is all probably a year or so out at the earliest, as I've recently moved and started a new job. So for now, I'll just be lurking and reading stickies.
If anyone actually reads this, cheers!
PS - I'm not huge into sharing personal info on teh intarwebs, but for the sake of potential local contacts down the road, I'm in central NJ.