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Old 02-01-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default My awesome daily project 35mpg/150whp highway donut

I'm getting closer to making the daily livable and Emilio's daily thread inspired this. The car is spray-painted Rustoleum white, no sanding, no buffing, and beat to hell. The paint is so nasty and rough that you need a brush to wash it with Simple Green, preferably in the rain. This car will always look like ---- because I park it in Houston overnight, all the time. I also don't care about things like door dings, hail, and if someone violates my parking sovereignty I can use the door to bash their BMW...and not care. It's pretty liberating.

Things I already have:
This white, piece of ----, $1300 daily driver Miata I've had for about 5 years
AST 3000's
RB swaybars
Things in my garage:
2001 VVT engine only driven to and from the mailbox by your grandmother who I dated for a while
6-speed
3.63
torsen (already in the car)
stock 99 clutch from the engine I swapped in the turbo car
LC-1 with gauge
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Gauge cluster thingy from DDM
Things I don't have yet:
Reverant's MS2++^2
VVTuner
Roll bar

Pics of impending glory:





AST made these shocks for me out of old crap specifically for daily driving, they are valved to be super-duper smooth over rough ----. The car still handles like an exotic. Tonight I'm going to make it ride a little higher and possibly install the AWR swaybar mounts since the swaybar is held onto the car with zip-ties right now...yes, zip ties. It also needs a wheel bearing so I'll probably use one of the soft bearings in the track car for this.

More updates later this month or in March when the MS2 comes in.

For those searching for wire-schematics, look here.
I ran the VVT solenoid power from the EGR wiring, then borrowed they yellow/green wire also from EGR and soldered that at the harness behind the seat, to the #8 pin on the VVTuner.
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The seats. The carnage.
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The seats. The carnage.
That's the best part. Not even people from New Orleans would consider stealing this thing. It's pretty liberating. This thing was wrecked and fairly well repaired, but not painted. The front hood/bumper/fenders were dolphin gray, the doors and quarters were dark blue, the trunk was Mariner blue, the top was white...I went with white for the rest of the car.
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lol @ you guys freaking out about the seat. The pic does it no justice, the bolsters are totally gone too. It feels like balled-up chicken wire in there. The other seat is exploded but not as "flat" as the passenger side. I should also note that I let John borrow this car for about 6-months, it's done many standing burnouts and spends more time in drift and traction in the wet. I'm looking forward to some fairly safe drifting with these fancy shocks, it's retarded flat through corners, throwing me through the open window.
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It's going to be really funny when this car makes 150whp+ with ASTs and shows up to the track, looking like ----, and crushes some fancy ----.
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That car is boss. Power everything. As for the seats you can just buy ebay seat covers and be done.
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That car is boss. Power everything. As for the seats you can just buy ebay seat covers and be done.
Boss as ----!
Considering Miatas had one power feature called "power windows"...yes, it has "power everything". Cruise works too btw. :wiggle:
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So is it going to end up turblowchorged?
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So is it going to end up turblowchorged?
WTF does this mean? Use English.
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Boss as ----!
Considering Miatas had one power feature called "power windows"...yes, it has "power everything". Cruise works too btw. :wiggle:
You forgot power mirrors. Those look like power mirrors!
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You forgot power mirrors. Those look like power mirrors!
I know, I said "It has power everything!!!" Do not make me go back and edit my posts, okay? I'm a mod here, don't make me ban you for pointing out my shortcomings as a man who's mother never loved him.
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Eventually, after my GF finishes school and I only have to visit Houston for TXMC, this car will get quartered with a plasma and I'll get a fancy Corvette Orange NA roller for this stuff.
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I am going to take some pics of my DD's leather seat when I get home so that people stop giving you ----. Mine is so much worth, but I can not justify spending money on a new seat when the shitty one works fine.
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WTF does this mean? Use English.
Engrish to English translation:
Turblowchorged = Turbocharged

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Turblowchorged = Turbocharged

No turbo, just 10:1 compression and VVT with Texas 93-octane. I will also do an 87-octane tune and try to get insane-o fuel economy.
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This car is even more beat to ---- when you see it in real life. I put my hand on the hard top trying to get out only to get an unnamed sticky substance on said hand.

My favorite part were the MAF wires that were "lengthened" by twisting together bare conductors and wrapped in electrical tape.....
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This car is even more beat to ---- when you see it in real life. I put my hand on the hard top trying to get out only to get an unnamed sticky substance on said hand.

My favorite part were the MAF wires that were "lengthened" by twisting together bare conductors and wrapped in electrical tape.....
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I did not do this, I discovered this. Its funny because this car is so miserable and disgusting, yet it has better shocks than what most people put on racecars.
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unnamed sticky substance
Before getting in a car that looks like that, it's a good idea to inspect it with a UV lamp.

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heeeeeeyyyyyyy, I could store those ASTs for you since your crapcan doesnt need them. :3
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