Time to get de-Noob-ified... My name is Mike, and I was given a turbo'd white 1990 Miata with for my birthday a week ago from my wife of 37 years and our two sons. Now before you go all weird all over me, our younger son just started working for Eppic Industries (<a href="http://eppicindustries.wix.com/eppicindustries">eppicindustries</a>
, and the owner Cody Epp is a great young man, who loves his Miata's. My wife was getting Cody to do some repair work on her truck, saw the white Miata, asked about it, and bought it as a surprise for my birthday. Cody and our younger son did some work on it to get it road ready. As a first time Miata owner, and not having done all my usual overly detailed analysis of everything before hand, I find myself at a bit of a technical dis-advantage. Hence, here I am. The VIN number describes the car as a 1990 made in Hiroshima for the US market. Now I know that the turbo was NOT an option in 1990, so I am faced with a question (at least one question; probably LOTS more as I get into this a little further).
If the VIN number says that the chassis was made in 1990, and that the stock engine was a 1.6 L naturally aspirated,
1. How do I tell if it is still a 1.6L engine in there and not the later 1.8?
2. If the engine is the original one, or if it was swapped for a newer 1.6?
3. What turbo I have in there?
If you have any different parts of the forum you can direct me to, please do. I would like to gather some more info on the engine and turbo specs, so I can get the correct parts as I go along. I am not the greatest at wrenching, but I finally have the time and the space to work on this as a project, as well as enjoying some spirited top down Canadian prairie driving, with my awesome wife.