My name is Jay, and I was browsing the internet a month ago looking for a fun inexpensive car, and eventually was lead to the Miata. What started out as a simple search has turned into a full blown obsession. I have been lurking around this site for the past month reading threads daily much to the displeasure of my girlfriend. I don't currently own a Miata, but I hope to in the near future. The girl wants a ring and a house, but I want I Miata
. Once attained I will start to build a turbo street car. Will I track it in the future? Probably not, but I won't rule it out.
I guess I should start with my current skill and knowledge level. I have a basic understanding of automotive tech, and I do most of my own vehicle maintenance and modifications. I have owned two previous turbocharged cars both daily drivers.
2003 VW Gti 1.8t - I bought it new and it was the first car I modified. I did many bolt-on mods such as: turbo-back exhaust, custom intake, diverter valve, turbo inlet pipe, upgraded side-mount intercooler, Apr re-flash, clutch/flywheel, short throw shifter, and gauge work.
2009 Cobalt SS/TC - I bought it used with 90 miles on it. The only modification I did was the GM Stage 1 kit. The cars had several problems and with costs of living I downsized to my current car, the 09 Nissan Versa.
Back to the Miata -
Essentially what I hope to achieve from the Miata is a fast, fun, and reliable weekend car. My goals as of this point change with the wind. I have only driven a Miata once, about 4 years ago, and while a blast to drive, it lacked in the power department. Having never driven a turbo Miata, I'm not sure how much power would satisfy me. I have started a build sheet in Excel containing most of the modification I want and I'll post them up in my next post.
Thanks for reading and I hope to learn and contribute in the future.