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Old 10-12-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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On a whim I became a Miata Guy. Bought this the day after V-Day '09 and got to drive it on weekends for a whopping 9 months before I decided to do a ground up restoration. Rockin' on Day 1 with 17s


Got a steal from a guy who just bought a M3 and didn't want it anymore. Came with a T-25 turbo, MOMO seat and steering wheel, roll bar, and little else including HVAC. Oh, and a permenant oil changing system from all the leaks but I didn't care. At first.



Come to find out, the manifold had a small warp and after sucking two gaskets, I decided to address the issues and rid our garage of the rotating cardboard pieces used to absorb the dripping oil. Having owned several English cars and a 510 with side draft carbs, I decided to pay a little homage to the English cars of yore and restore the whole damn car and go with IRTBs. Out with the old...



...and in with the new.



About 90% of the electrical clips broke during disassembly and the engiine bay was a really sweet two-tone red from a previous master cylinder leak and "touch up". I ended up getting a whole new wiring harness and painted the bay Rust-Oleum speckle grey to help cover the sins.
Some of the rebuilt motor/transmission includes:
-Capri VC powder coated and pinstripped with oil catch can bungs welded in.
-Joy Fast VC dress up bolts from Rev9
-TODA Racing adjustable cam gears
-Gates Racing timing belt
-Integral cams... Stage 3 intake and stage 2 exhaust
-All new valves, springs, guides via 949Racing
-Cometic head gasket
-Racing Beat exhaust header
-79mm pistons 10.6:1 pistons and rods via 949Racing
-New bearings, polished crank, and a bunch of labour at Miller's Automotive.
-ARP main bolts and head bolts
-OEM oil pump, water pump, gaskets, thermostat, all new plumbing, and a laundry list of other small things from the dealership.
-Bosch alternator
-Rebuilt transmission and SPECS stage 2 clutch and flywheel.
-New baffle, pick-up tube, dipstick, dipstick tube - all OEM
-ISC Racing oil pan powder coated to match VC.

Here is a more recent shot of the engine bay after installing the Mishimoto radiator and fans as well as the Jenvey IRTBs.






Being an almost two year restoration and not really just a quick rebuild, I took my time and saved up for a variety of parts and pieces. Some will certainly be flame worthy, I'm sure, and some will be MT Approved like this and was one of the main reasons I joined MT.net



I'll post up the parts and pieces shortly.

TL;DR - Car is currently at TDR in Dallas getting the last few things wrapped up i.e. fuel pump/filter, some plumbing, suspension tuning, engine tuning. Hoping to have it back mid-November and then onto body and paint. As I last saw the car.

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Very cool, but I would build a plenum and put the turbo back on

Have you dyno'ed it yet?
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Very clean engine and engine bay. That is an attractive motor.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:31 PM   #4
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Exterior parts and pieces for the body shop include Barchetta front bumper, TRAP 120mm lip, MOSS lo-pro lights, and GV extractor hood.









Project-G side skirts.



Project-G bikini top.



GV Tails and Simpson shorty bumper.



YSCC trunk.

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Welcome, Stoly!
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Love this build. When it's done right, all motor is sexy time. Can't wait to see this thing in real life! Definitely a retro-ish look going, which again, when done correct looks oh so nice.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:35 PM   #7
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Proud Supporter!!

Motor looks fresh. I r jelly.

I think that combo of exterior parts is going to look mean as **** once its buttoned up and painted.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:44 PM   #8
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Wheels, tires, brakes, suspension, and bracing parts and pieces in random order as I go through my Flickr pages...

BBK.



Carbing STB.



XIDA-S 700/400 w/ helper spring option.



RB front sway bar (rear OEM sway bar delete).



6ULs 15X9 w/ R-S3s 225/45/15



Boss Frog arms.



949Racing rear brace.

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Old 10-12-2011, 03:49 PM   #9
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Normally I could care less about side skirts, but I approve !! Im looking them up now
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:02 PM   #10
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Thanks guys! Some miscellaneous stuff...

St. May exhaust.






ZOOM center console & revlimiter window switch.



Corbeau A4 seats & harnesses.



Self-Flaming Moment! Wanted a more comfortable seat and whilst they fit, they are too tall with the Corbeau slider brackets. Looking at getting some custom brackets made so I can use them. If not, I'll sell and start over. My goal is to be able to take the car on longer trips ergo the desire for a recling/lumbar seat.

MOMO wheel and hub.



ZOOM mirrors w/ long arm option. Carbon fibre sections will be painted to match the body and stickers will be removed.






Custom revlimiter gauge faces.

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Progress looks ******* and looks like the work/attention to detail is top notch. Pretty damn nice build for sure,


except,


Is "pay homage to...." really the only reason you want from f/i to n/a? With your skills you could have a monstrous turbo setup, just wondering why you chose n/a.
I'm not hating because you pulled it off quite well, just wondering.
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Is "pay homage to...." really the only reason you want from f/i to n/a? With your skills you could have a monstrous turbo setup, just wondering why you chose n/a.
I'm not hating because you pulled it off quite well, just wondering.
Thanks, and no. Well yeah, kinda. Two years ago I was naive and bought into the IRTBs-add-tons-of-power hype. They were one of the first things I actually bought once I decided to restore the car. So, at the time, it seemed like the best of both worlds. Fast forward to now and though I've learned a lot of hard lessons I have no regrets. It'll look and sound great and already reminds me of my old bug-eye Sprite. Future power mods? Perhaps. 'IRTB and turbo' rolls off the tongue quite nicely. In the interim, I can't wait to actually have a driveable car.

P/S - Full Tilt Boogie - Not running yet but will post up dyno's once it finally does.
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Is "pay homage to...." really the only reason you want from f/i to n/a? With your skills you could have a monstrous turbo setup, just wondering why you chose n/a.
I'm not hating because you pulled it off quite well, just wondering.
I asked him the same thing the first time I met him.
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Phenomenal build quality you have going, nice work!

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c c c **** that is a nice build.
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Gorgeous engine, always loved the cleanliness. Why oh why haven't you done a reroute though? If anything just for more cleanliness.
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I'm loving every bit of this car! Not gonna lie, I'm really jealous of your valve cover. I dunno what it is about them, plus I can never seem to find them. Where did you manage to find it??
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Wow! Very nice! A lot of this reminds me of what I intend to do soon. Is that Jenvey ITB's I see? I didn't see anywhere what kind they were. Look forward to seeing dyno numbers, curious to see what it makes. Mine will be very similar except 1.8 instead of the little guy.
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Sweet work!
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Wow! Very nice! A lot of this reminds me of what I intend to do soon. Is that Jenvey ITB's I see? I didn't see anywhere what kind they were. Look forward to seeing dyno numbers, curious to see what it makes. Mine will be very similar except 1.8 instead of the little guy.
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