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Old 10-21-2012, 04:04 AM   #481
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Default Test firing the car--sans muffler

We did some major "cut and paste" with the wiring harness last night. The result was a reassuring engine noise at around 11pm.

We've literally put in about 45 hours on the car in the last three days. Everyone deserves the weekend off, even if the show is only a week away.


While we build a "new" car, little things are cropping up on our 22 year old donor car, like an idle screw that's stripped, a worn our wheel bearing, leaking CV seal, and a host of other small items. Let's face it; a 2005 Miata with 25,000 miles will make a much better donor car than a clapped-out 1990 model that's seen more driver's than the Tea Cup ride at Disneyland. However, that old car easily outpaced a newer Rotrex Miata at El Toro. It deserves a showing at SEMA.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:37 AM   #482
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We're getting closer to putting the body on the frame. I guess the body needs a bit of paint before that happens, and the wheels need to show up on UPS. And get painted as well. Oh, the tires have to show up too. And the exhaust...the exhaust needs to be redone before any of that happens. Should put the brakes on too...

What the hell, I've got FOUR days to do all that. No problem. If I take four Five Hour Energy drinks a day, that leaves me four hours of sleep.

The interior is really coming along nicely. Here's a snippet of the interior--I think you'll like it. The diffuser went together as a test-fit, and is coming apart tomorrow for paint.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:52 PM   #483
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Nothing like a deadline to create a little motivation Good luck, you and your guys will get it together!
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I feel your pain. I put in what seemed like endless hours in the past 2 weeks to get my packaging machine to the Pack Expo in Chicago... pretty much the SEMA of the packaging industry.

Now I get to fly out there, take the engineering hat off and put the sales hat on. Yay for small companies.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:25 AM   #485
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I feel your pain. I put in what seemed like endless hours in the past 2 weeks to get my packaging machine to the Pack Expo in Chicago... pretty much the SEMA of the packaging industry.

Now I get to fly out there, take the engineering hat off and put the sales hat on. Yay for small companies.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:31 AM   #486
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Default stickers!

You've gotta give away something at SEMA, right?

And I picked out a t-shirt for our model.
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Not giving out the model away? Booooo negative proppssss!!!
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:40 AM   #488
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Not giving out the model away? Booooo negative proppssss!!!
Sorry, I lied. No model. Stickers and t-shirts however. Anybody wants stickers let me know--AFTER SEMA.

A few of the body parts were painted today, and the actual car is now in the same building as the actual body. That hasn't been the case for over a month. Things are "coming together."
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Default auger resources

Check out this neat little stuff from Auger Resources (Auger Resources Automotive Accessories). It's a stainless steel toggle tab that universally fits all 1/2" toggle switches. Just add the tab, and then peel and stick the right icon to go with the toggle. The icons include everything from lights to seat heaters, and everything in between. I think a few will be going on the Catfish.

Sorry--the picture's not the best, but they show everything on their site.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:51 AM   #490
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Oh now it makes sense, that looks nice.

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Oh now it makes sense, that looks nice.

The Pantera that those toggles rest in is absolutely SICK. The owner of the company also has a Monster Miata, a Lotus and (obviously) a sickness for track toys.
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Default Standard tire size?

The tire fitment on the car has been a real PITA. We had to go down in size from our original size before we "reconfigure" everything after the show.

Right now we've got the following wheel tire setup;

front; 17x9, 35 offset

rear: 17x9, 22 offset

245x35 Toyo R1R

They look like they mean business...
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Default Time for SEMA!

It's showtime. It's also 2:15am, and I finally made it home...with the Catfish. It's finally complete, finally has ALL of the parts in place, and it's finally ready for SEMA. We leave at 7am tomorrow.

YES!!!!

Now that it's all together, I can honestly say that it turned out better than the renderings.
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Nice guys, now post some pics for us folks that cant make it to the show :P
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Although I figure you are waiting for the big reveal to be at the show
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It's showtime. It's also 2:15am, and I finally made it home...with the Catfish. It's finally complete, finally has ALL of the parts in place, and it's finally ready for SEMA. We leave at 7am tomorrow.

YES!!!!

Now that it's all together, I can honestly say that it turned out better than the renderings.
Less teasing, Moar pictures!
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sweet, glad you guys got it done for the show. Ive followed the build and I cant wait to see coverage from the show.
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Awesome to hear! I'm looking forward to some finalized, "in the flesh" pictures on the show floor.
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