Hello all, my name is Eli and I am from Columbus, OH.
This is probably going to be a fairly unique intro post, as I am not driving a Miata at all. I have a 1978 Triumph TR7
that is a project car. I will be removing everything British and installing almost all parts out of a 2004 MS Miata
. Of course, it will not remain stock in the least.
My goal in joining the forums is to read and learn, which is difficult without signing up for a membership, so here I am. I probably won't post very often, as it is difficult to learn if you talk too much.
About the project
I already own the TR7 and there is a bit of a backstory to it. My cousin owned British sports cars all through the 70's and had one in a field behind my aunt and uncles orchard. I inquired about the car and he gave it to me. I made plans for the project, including an IRS out of a Miata. I actually bought a 1993, but the parts were a bit outdated for what I wanted. I also changed my mind and decided to go with the entire drivetrain from the MX5.
While I was deciding what to do with the car my cousin lost his battle with cancer and is no longer with us. The car he gave me was too far gone to rebuild, and there was also a title issue with it. I found a rust free (
, well, almost) version of the same car less than 25 miles away. I bought it to build in his memory.
I looked at some salvage Miatas for about a year and a half before finding a 2004 MS in New York. I bought it and both cars are at the shop awaiting transformation. In the meantime, I contacted one of the owners of a car I tried to buy during my search and offered him the parts he needed to fix his car. I also loaned him my body man.
On to the pics!
TR7, before any work:
I burned the boy racer Type "R" floormats
Friend's car before/during/after repair work:
The project has evolved over time, but the goal is now to build a <2000 lb car with >300whp. I am using all parts possible from the MX5, including the electrical/electronics, brakes, steering, drivetrain, interior, etc. You would be amazed at how close the specs are between both cars.
The only problem is it'll still be really