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Old 09-06-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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My 10AE was destroyed when tboned by a Camry that ran a stop sign. To replace it I picked up a new to me Miata and this time around I figured I'd try to document it's (hopefully swift) evolution.

I ended up picking up a '94 R-package. The car has a few small dents, a bent fender, faded paint, and the AC is good for droping ambient temps by at least 3 degrees. I feel like I paid way too much for it but there just wasn't much selection locally, I was going nuts with no car, and I really liked the R-package options: torsen, no ABS, power NOTHING (steering, windows, locks, etc), and came with a hardtop. I picked it up bone stock, aside from having the muffler cut off, with 98,676 miles on it, for $4400.

Took a picture of it on the way home. I should be able to clean it up a bit tonight and get some better pictures. God I hate the stupid pin stripes, but I know it's going to look horrible if I pull it off.

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I always loved those R Miatas.

Can't wait to see the results.
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Nice to see you picked another up so quickly. I know that feeling regarding the pinstripes, looks to me we have the exact same ones with classic red and everything.

What will the first mods be ?
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I'm actually hoping to swap my suspension on tonight. BC Coilovers and Racing Beat Swaybars/Endlinks.

The thing is so slow, I'm dying to get a turbo on it but it look like it'll be a little while to recouperate my finances and gather supporting mods. I raced my girlfriend in her RSX last night and she put bus lengths on me, later she told me she never went WOT
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I used a 3M stripe-off wheel on a drill to remove pin stripes the other day. Does the work without damaging the paint.
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congrats man. so basically your 10AE will be re-incarnated in this thing?
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Nice find! Can't you just transfer the engine,drivetrain, etc?
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Should have driven up here for more selection. but you'll do well with that.
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If it makes you feel better I bought my '99 150K w/ 195/195/200/195 compression for $3000. See "slutbucket rape victim" thread in my signature. It did not have pinstripes but it did have rust. Which I handily took care of.
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but it did have rust. Which I handily took care of.

Lol!!!
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Congrats man, car looks great. Nothing like a 94R. Is the built motor/6 speed going in this?

What do you think of NA vs NB cars in general. You've had a few now.
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Got a few more stock pictures last night.









I did get the coilovers and sway bars swapped over but by then it was too dark to get any pictures.

I was able to salvage quite a few parts from the 10AE which will eventually find their way onto this one. It doesn't look like I'll be able to save the motor though. There had definitely been an increase in the frequency I was dumping my catch can anyway. I feel like the stock '97 pistons/rings had probably seen better days, but they did see ~20,000 miles over 300whp and another ~20,000 miles around 250whp so it's hard to complain.

As for the NA vs NB question, they're really very similar. It comes down to a few pretty obvious things IMO. NB has better interior and better head, NA has stupid popup headlights, it's cheaper, and weighs marginally less. NB is a better daily, NA is a better racecar.
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Wow, looks much better than the first pics now that its in the day. Can't wait to see this progress. What are your plans, just swap the turbo kit onto the stock motor? Mild build? fully built? Subscribed for epic-ness. I loved your last miata, but really my favorite was your light blue N/A. I used to love watching videos of that thing **** on a v8's.
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Lol, thanks. I'm hoping this car will be kind of a combination of my previous 2 cars. The first one I went way overboard with getting every ounce of weight out of it and the last one was full weight and then some (adding a lot of sound deadening).

I want to buy a daily driver and rip the AC out of this one since it barely works anyway. The plan for now is to turbo the stock motor and run the typical 220-250hp and then see how the finances fall into place. I'd love to buy a beast of a motor from Savington and push it toward 400whp, but realistically I'll probably end up doing another half-assed built motor and shooting for low 300's.
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mow your lawn. you're going to need a machete to get past your front walkway soon.
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Make car go faster > mow the lawn
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It's southwest Florida. That's probably 6 days worth of growth. It rains hard for about 40 minutes every afternoon in the summer. It's raining right now where I am.
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You forgot the part where the NA looks much better.
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lolol


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It did not have pinstripes but it did have rust. Which I handily took care of.
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