Hello, my name is Eric and I'm 48 years old. I was a Ford trained auto technician back in the late 80's to mid 90's. I changed carriers several times over the years and am now a Self employed sub contractor / stair builder and part time NRA firearms instructor. Married, with children and a home owner.
I have owned / restored / modified several performance cars and motorcycles over the years. (Mustangs, Ducati's ect) A 68' mustang with a 289, 4-speed was my first. My last was an 85' GT 5.0 with ported heads, cam, Nitrous and numerous suspension upgrades. I have experience rebuilding automatic and manual transmissions, engines and troubleshooting factory electronic engine controls. I have yet to do a turbo build though.
I recently acquired a mostly stock 95', 1.8, 5-speed Miata with 69,000 miles on it and have a desire to turbocharge it. I initially contemplated doing a 5.0 engine build / swap with this car but have decided to go the turbo route instead.I find turbocharged cars more entertaining now and want to retain reasonable economy with enhanced performance. I plan to do some light suspension and brake upgrades as the project progresses. My focus at the moment is on a FM II kit without electronics, coupled with a MSPNP2 or MSPNP Pro. I'm not sure I need the additional features the Pro offers but need to do more research. I'm not opposed to the extra cost if it is something I will make use of later. I'd like to run 3" exhaust on this build at some point and have access to a fabricator. (My brother)
I'm looking at the Flow Force 640 injectors, Innovate WB o2 sensor kit and GM AIT sensor from DIYAutoTune. This and an FM level 1 clutch / pressure plate. My goal is 250ish RWHP with good drive ability and reliability. I wish to retain the AC and power steering.
Budget: I wanted to try and keep this build at around $4000 but see it being closer to $5000. I've looked for places to trim the "fat" but don't want to compromise the quality or reliability of the build. I look forward to learning more from reading what members of this board have done. My next topic of research is learning as much as I can about the Megasquirt tuning process.