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Old 10-20-2013, 01:59 AM   #841
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I'm sure whatever ends up in the car will be awesome, with great great fit and finish.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #842
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Default The car is placed at SEMA

The car was dropped off at the SEMA show Saturday afternoon, and has a nice spot in the North Hall Lobby, right by the entrance. There were some crazy cars waiting for placement including a dual engine quad supercharger hot rod and Bruce Jenner's Lamborghini race car. Fun stuff.

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Old 11-04-2013, 11:29 PM   #843
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Jesse does not seem very interested in the Catfish ;(
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #844
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This one's my favorite Catfish photo ever.
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This one's my favorite Catfish photo ever.
yeah quite a row, we got a god knows what, catfish, global lambo, and t bucket ford.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:08 AM   #846
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Saw the picture on FB, looks very sexy!
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:44 AM   #847
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Default SEMA cars

SEMA brings out the crazy. They have just about the best of every genre; but then there are cars for every genre that have been taken just a little too far. In other words, these cars don't stand out necessarily at the show, but are gawdawful when driving by themselves. I swear there are a couple of SEMA cars that just come back every year with one more piece of bling on the car. And then there are trucks and perfectly restored GT350's like these that restore your faith in humanity.

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Old 11-05-2013, 02:57 AM   #848
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just curious, what is going on with the orange louver cut outs on the left side on the trans tunnel in the last photo?
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:00 AM   #849
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just curious, what is going on with the orange louver cut outs on the left side on the trans tunnel in the last photo?
Competition Werkes make a stainless kick plate and heel plate. The heel plate was installed over the microsuede flooring for wear purposes, and the gas pedal kick plate is there to prevent scuffs on the tunnel.

I added some of the orange wrap material under the kick plate for color.

The VIN plate turned out especially nice. It includes the make, model, weight, and who the name of the person for whom the car was made. I think we'll make them slightly smaller and install them right in front of the shifter for the production models.

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Old 11-05-2013, 11:30 AM   #850
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Really starting to like the one in your avatar; Audi-Volcano-Red-Chrome
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:48 PM   #851
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Really starting to like the one in your avatar; Audi-Volcano-Red-Chrome
Wait a minute...I thought you liked white! Are you sure a man of your distinguished background and demeanor should be driving a red car?!
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Wait a minute...I thought you liked white! Are you sure a man of your distinguished background and demeanor should be driving a red car?!
I drive two red Miata now. Guess I am not that distinguished
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:50 PM   #853
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I feel like the transmission tunnel needs something to break it up. The shifter looks so lonely there.

Catfish doesn't have a heater, does it? A set of sliders for the heater controls down there would look great. Maybe a slightly larger square bracket bolting down the shifter boot too, so it doesn't look like its floating.

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I know yours are weatherproof, but have you seen the site that makes custom switches? A person designing a car could have some fun with them.



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Old 11-10-2013, 01:55 AM   #855
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I feel like the transmission tunnel needs something to break it up. The shifter looks so lonely there.

Catfish doesn't have a heater, does it? A set of sliders for the heater controls down there would look great. Maybe a slightly larger square bracket bolting down the shifter boot too, so it doesn't look like its floating.

Lonely? Heater?! WTF!

Although it hasn't been discussed here, we already have a "waterfall" designed that connects the dash and the tunnel, and would allow room for gauges, a radio, a 7" tablet for "torque" gauges, etceteras.

Heat--anything from the Miata could conceivably be grafted onto the Catfish, but I'm not gonna do it. The smart thing to do (IMO) is seat heaters and/or what other Barchetta drivers do; plug-in vests or jackets. With your lower regions protected, an electric jacket (snowmobile-style) will keep you as warm as you'd like.

I had many conversations at SEMA about the hardest thing about making the Catfish--saying "NO".
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:59 AM   #856
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I know yours are weatherproof, but have you seen the site that makes custom switches? A person designing a car could have some fun with them.



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I had those Contura gauges on my 25' Baja boat. They look good in the pictures, but are actually pretty chunky. However, it's really up to the customer what type of switch they'd like to use. I think my ideas are pretty good, but there are PLENTY of talented people out there who will no doubt make an interior that looks great and that I wouldn't have even considered.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:12 AM   #857
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Default A few more SEMA pictures

I'll have over 100 pictures of the SEMA show up on my site probably tomorrow. Here are a few Miata/Catfish centric pictures.

Mazda designer Derek Jenkins hopped in the car, as did Bill Cardell of Flyin' Miata. Brian Goodwin (not pictured, unfortunately) recognized the familiar feel of the Miata in the reach to the pedals, wheel and shifter.

We also had Steve Stillen stop by--didn't talk to him--and Gerald Weiger who is the founder and designer of the Vector supercar. He was complimentary of the design, and asked about molding and design methods for the bodywork.

In all, it was a successful show with a few more orders in hand, and a few more promised.

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Old 11-17-2013, 01:32 AM   #858
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SEMA Picture Post Final | Bauer Ltd

I didn't get a lot of time to troll around the show, but there were some fun cars and things to see...
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:04 AM   #859
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Default Back from overseas

Hi guys,

It's been a busy December and I just got back from meeting with my long-time Tawan vendors. I've been buying parts for motorcycles from them for over 20 years, and ignoring the stuff they send to Italy and Japan that's then packaged into brand-name boxes that you'd all recognize. GOOD names...

Long story short, I'll have some new parts to show for the car that have obvious applications for Miatas, and turbos in particular.

On top of all this, I'm midway through my SB100 licensing for the car. Wish me luck!

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