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Old 02-01-2014, 07:30 PM   #1021
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We should count how many times Jeff has said "I'm starting to burn out" and then proceeded to accomplish more in a day than most of us could manage in a week/month/ever.
Don't look into my hypocrisy!
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:20 AM   #1022
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Speaking of hypocrisy...

Windshield cowl and blower rain shield restored and installed. New foam on the pieces too. I cant find the large screw plastic covers on the cowl, hopefully I can track them down.







wiper arms painted to clean up the faded paint a bit.



Old Matting and glue ripped off the carpet. I picked up some really high quality carpet padding from Lowes for $30 for a 6X6 foot piece of 11mm padding with a vapor-barrier/antimicrobial/plastic sheeting layering on the top side.

Going to take a while to cut the foam padding to size and glue it down. Seems like the OEM carpet only had padding in certain spots, so I'm considering just blanketing the whole main carpet piece with padding. We'll see though, with the amount of sound deadening I put in I think I'd run into fitment problems.



the nasty old padding



Painted and installed the radiator/intercooler brackets



Rennmetal Tow Hooks installed. Haven't put the rear on yet since I don't have the rear bumper support on.



Rear finish panel finished...looks way good, not happy with the alignment with the quarter panels yet.



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On the padding, be aware that this is a convertible and convertibles leak. Mazda used plain jute on purpose because it will evaporate the water rather than trap it (it "breathes"). If you use a lot of plastic in your carpet (especially considering the sound proofing job you did), you're likely to trap water leading to corrosion.

If you always use the hardtop and make sure it is utterly watertight, you may be OK. But again, the way to handle water over the long term is to give it drains and opportunity for evaporation. Sealing only lasts so long before it's more of a problem than a solution.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:23 PM   #1024
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On the padding, be aware that this is a convertible and convertibles leak. Mazda used plain jute on purpose because it will evaporate the water rather than trap it (it "breathes"). If you use a lot of plastic in your carpet (especially considering the sound proofing job you did), you're likely to trap water leading to corrosion.

If you always use the hardtop and make sure it is utterly watertight, you may be OK. But again, the way to handle water over the long term is to give it drains and opportunity for evaporation. Sealing only lasts so long before it's more of a problem than a solution.
Hard top will be permanent. Going to put sealant around the windshield seal to hard top contact.

Shouldn't have any problems with leaking but I'll have to check on that occasionally.

Plus the fact that in Utah, moisture is the last thing you worry about "remaining". It I'd so arid with no humidity that anything wet gets soaked up immediately and evaporates.
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I would not use sealant. Get some of that foam backer rod, used for caulking. Thread it into the front seal to force it to keep the round shape. Seals even the worst gaps.
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I would not use sealant. Get some of that foam backer rod, used for caulking. Thread it into the front seal to force it to keep the round shape. Seals even the worst gaps.
Winning! I didn't even consider that!
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:59 PM   #1027
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I used clear silicon caulk on a couple of different miata's to cut down wind noise with no adverse effects. Nice thing is it just peels of if you want to pull the hard top of for any reason. Its amazing how much noise comes from the front hard top joint.

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Old 02-03-2014, 08:31 AM   #1028
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Little more done.

Wiper arms turned out like **** the first time, so I sanded it down to bare metal and put some etching primer on and then some OEM trim paint.





Carpet padding all finished up. Love me some Super 77 adhesive spray, makes it way easy.



Also repainted the Cig lighter trim ring and the Boost gauge trim ring.

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Just when I looked at this picture I noticed that I have put on the wipers and windscreen trim before that rain shield... D'ooh!



So it pay's out more than once to have a look at this thread...!
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Eh, cut out a tiny piece of worthless plastic below the passenger wiper and it'll slide right on
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Installing the rear bumper tonight so I thought Id get some pictures up while I take a break.

Cleaned about 4 lbs of mud off the rear bumper bar and brackets and then put a little Super VRT on for protection.





Installed. Is there some exact method to line up the bumper bar perfectly with the outer bumper? Seems like there is a lot of left and right play in the mounting bolts for it to move.



Found some grade 10 bolts that would work with the tow hook.



Forgot to paint the little windshield wiper spoiler that helps it stick to the windshield better at high speeds.

Primered.



Going to take a break and mount the rear bumper on.

By the way, mount bumper first AND THEN the rear finish panel...
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Little more done last night before I passed out.

Got the bumper mounted, it is starting to look like a car rather than pieces now. Nice to see the pile of bolts slowly decrease.



Fender trim finished. Need to find a way to restore my mud guards somehow. They look like ****.





Wiper spoiler(?) all painted up and finished. I have some Trico Neoform blades ready to go in. No clue if they are good but I always like to try new wiper brands to see if they are good or not. Plus I got a set for $20 rather than $60 they normally retail for so...bonus!

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Need to find a way to restore my mud guards somehow. They look like ****.
You mean the inner fenders or the pieces that mount on the outside?

For inner fenders (and other plastic parts), wipe down with power steering fluid. Makes the parts look like new with minimal effort.
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and then what? don't they just gunk right up and look even worse in like 2 days?
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Nah, the outers, I don't think either car had inner fender liners. The actual mud flaps themselves.
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and then what? don't they just gunk right up and look even worse in like 2 days?
Not the inner fender liners, the mudflaps themselves. Tons of gouges and scratches.

We'll see though. If I can't find a cheap way to do it I'll just clean them up and mount them.
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The restoration of the blower, HVAC flappers, and carpet padding is a whole other level. I'm... I feel so inadequate at this moment.
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The restoration of the blower, HVAC flappers, and carpet padding is a whole other level. I'm... I feel so inadequate at this moment.
Shut up Adam, you know you do amazing work dude! Your leather interior blows me away, no way I could DIY that sewing like you did.

By they way, does anyone know where this connector mounts? Looks like it should be behind the drivers seat somewhere but I have poured over everything and still cant find it.

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