Bought a high mileage (247k) 90 miata with a ln engine swap (lower miles) with a hard top for 2k$, paints in decent condition along with the body except for the problem spot I made
seemed like a good deal to me (pics in a bit.) I'm just starting with mechanics but I'm good at researching and the miata is my new obsession. I'm broke and a part time student at the moment so parts are going to have to wait until I get a job hopefully in a few weeks at which point I will pour my earnings into the baby; but I plan on building a megasquirt myself, and buff up my welding skills which I just acquired to possibly start fabbing **** like a mani downpipe and exhaust. It would probably be a good idea to get some driving lessons/autocross time as well although it will mostly be a daily driver.
the build list in order of priority:
-suspension- current setup seems to be shot; does the 90 come with bilsteins that can be rebuilt?
-wheels used 15x7 or something of that nature
-brakes 1.8 upgrade with new pads
-choosing a final
rwhp goal and whether or not to swap engine stuck at a range from 220-280 (big.. i know) help deciding here would be nice
-engine - if i go 1.8 i will probably get a cheap 94-95 block get a newer head with more flow and build it... at the higher end of my goals with new rods and pistons at the least
-megasquirt/stereo/possible carpc build -i have no stereo right now, thank god for ipods
-clutch ebay if i can get away with it
-***, a nice fat torsen
-injectors used rx7 550s seem good to me
-turbo bits looking at about the 2560 to T28-T3 range
-exhaust probably 3 in if i get to it, i understand that its the biggest restrictor but its also a dd in california and i don't want it to be a cop magnet. sleeper aspects appeal to me.
-extra stuff... there will probably be a lot
*what hp goal that i can work up to is really fun for a daily driver and potential auto-crossing?* - i know its more of a personal decision, but i have little concept of how fast fast is; i don't have a very wide range of cars that i've actually driven, i KNOW i want more power but where to cut the line is in question. i like not doing things twice (starting witha 1.6 working with it, and then swapping to a 1.8) so if i can start off at sane levels until i can actually get to a level of borderline insanity, but a level i can control, that would be ideal.