I just came out!!
*long post warning
Name's Derek. I live in South TX (though Im from the Midwest).
I build computers, work on cars/trucks, race RC cars (recently), and just bought a new house so I had room to do projects and things.
I haven't always looked at a Miata platform as...well...a manly option...
My first car was a 69 GTO, Ive had multiple muscle cars, lifted 4x4's, and various cars that were larger and faster. I picked up an 04 Cavalier a few years back as an A to B type of car. That didn't stay stock long since I like to wrench. I ended up supercharging it, building it from bumper to bumper (intercool to fuel pump!), and it has been an ongoing project and is currently ungoing its 2nd engine swap.
My 4x4 NISMO eats gas like a fat kid and a fresh box of cupcakes, and has not been ideal for a dd. I am tired of not having a car to drive for fun after work and on weekends to cruise/race, etc. So I decided to look for a 2nd project.
Small enough to fit into the garage without taking up a lot of space, and cheap and easy to work on, the Miata seemed to fit the bill! I have really loved seeing the V8 swaps, and am considering that or a good clean turbo build very soon (keeping it under 250whp). Just enough to cruise with style, enjoy the back roads, but low enough to not really need to swap motors if I don't go the V8 route.
So yeah. Long(er) story short, I picked up my 91 BRG SE yesterday.
Interesting story on it. I saw it on eBay a few days ago. It didn't make the reserve price. I noticed it happened to be only a few miles from my house. Then saw it on CL that same night it ended at auction. Called the guy. Set up a test drive after work, and loved it.
it had 174.9K miles. Original everything (paint, leathers, etc).
5spd. I believe a short shifter was installed. It has the Nardi shifter (box and all), and was all loose and not installed right (with the set screws). Has a cheap ebay fake suede shifter boot, but looks good. I noticed an aftermarket black shifter ball (with green 1-5/R) on it. I put that on instead. Not a big fan of wood grain. I knew I could instantly work on this and drive it too, and enjoy the **** out of it!
The guy I bought it from only had it for two months. With him it sat in the garage, got it inspected, and that's literally it. Bought it to sell it apparently. Guy before him, did all the following mods back in December/January and he only owned it for 2 months. However, sadly, that guy (in his mid 30's) died after acquiring the Miata due to a late diagnosis to cancer.
Heres what he put on it (all brand new):
coil overs, wheels/tires, header/full exhaust, replaced the engine (though I have no paperwork to prove this, it is clean and runs flawlessly).
It also came with: 2 new speakers for the doors, a leather tonneau cover for the vert top, SE badge (#3660), and front spoiler (still in plastic).
The ONLY bad: rear window is missing
Since yesterday after acquiring the car, ive had the fenders rolled in the front, detailed the interior, and made sure everythings running/functioning. It has cruise, dash all works, and the clutch engages beautifully.
I will raise the front a few inches very soon, get a hard top for it, and go through all the parts to get a parts list currently on it. Then Im going to either turbo it (250 or less hp goal to the wheels), or just do a V8 swap. I also want to track it, so I need a spare set of wheels/tires and a proper roll cage (its just got a pretend bar on it now).
She gets a lot of looks and Ive already had two trucks try to race me (wtf lol)
*My truck gets too bad of fuel mileage to be a dd anymore (06 NISMO 4x4).
*My 04 Cavalier is currently undergoing its 2nd motor swap, and has a ported blower and a huge list of mods (including meth, rear disc swap, and anything you can imagine down to the fuel pump and rear view mirror having auto dim/digital compass haha). And all while looking nearly stock!
*This will be my dd/weekend cruiser/track car. I will baby her enough to keep her in like-new shape, but I love to drive and I will take her on back roads and give her the threshold testing she needs for pushing her limits. I cant stress enough how much I simply love to drive!
On to the pics.