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Old 01-28-2009, 11:21 PM   #1
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I purchased a 1995 Mazda Miata yesterday. It was non-running due to blown head gasket. It has many dents and the center console was ripped apart from someone stealing the radio. I got it for $800 though so can't complain.

My goals are to make it into a stripped track car with occasional drag racing 2200lbs with turbo and rollbar. My build is going to be:

Engine:
99 Head
Belfab HP KIT
83.5MM 9:1 Pistons
Belfab Rods
Hp Rod Bolts
ARP Head Studs
ARP Main Studs
Supertech 1mm oversized intake and exhaust valves
Port and Polish
5-angle valve job
BEGI Intake Manifold
BEGI SSM KIT
GT2871 52trim .64 a/r
Seperated gases downpipe
Intercooler 18x12x3 Core
Greddy Type RS BOV
Toyota COP's
Fidanza Cam Gear
M-tuned Fuel Rail
550cc RX-7 Injectors (anybody have any extras even one?)
Stock or ? TB (I want to keep the stock IAC)
3" Mandrel Bent Exhaust with Magnecor muffler
NX Wet Kit 35-50-75shot for drag racing

ECU
Megasquirt running parallel built by BRAINEACK (thanks)
LC-1 Wideband W/ Gauge

Suspenion
KYB AGX Struts
Racing Beat Springs
Racing Beat Complete Front and Rear Sway Bars
M2 Rollbar

Transmission
5spd untill it blows up then 6spd
4.10 torsen untill I have enough for the 3.63
ACT Extreme Clutch and Flywheel (Happy Meal FTW)
Fidanza short shifter
Knobmeister Magnum black textured 6-spd Shift ****

Brakes
HAWK HPS Front and Rear Pads
Slotted Rotors
Stainless Steal brake lines

Wheels
SSK 031 Time Attack Color (volk knock offs) $250 on ebay! (We'll see how they do hopefully when I come out of my garage I don't bend my rim on the 1" bump)
225/50r15 Bfgoodrich Sports for street untill I do a few track days and get use to the car then Ra1's

Cooling
Mishimoto Radiator
1.3 Bar Cap
20% Anti-Freeze 80% Water w/ Water Wetter

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Thats a big expensive list. Are you doing it all at once or over time?
And why does everyone want 363's.

The car is actually pretty nice. Just needs seat covers, a door, and love on the quarter panel. But if you are just tracking it. I'd just drive it. Someone might hit you anyway.
Sounds like it is going to RUN!
Good Luck!
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freon in the radiator huh? what's that do?
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I may have to swing by and see this awesome build happening sometime...

What side of town are you on?
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thats a pretty good buy. i bought a 90 with 200k miles and the drivetrain is shot and is missing the hood and front bumper for 500 bux. straight frame and body though i cant complain.
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freon in the radiator huh? what's that do?
I have never seen that used before, but my guess is it amplifies the cooling effect of the cooling system. very weird though, and I wonder if it really works
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So far i've order everything for the engine except the begi turbo kit, fuel rail, injectors, and intake manifold. Also haven't ordered sway bars, radiator, rollbar, clutch and flywheel.

My first part arrive today. The smallest part I ordered of course

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Tomorrow, Friday, Saturday, and Monday will be like Christmas, Birthday, and Steak and BJ day (Houston Holiday) all rolled into one.

Today I picked up my 99 head from local junkyard for $350. They have two more I think and a few 01+'s for $450. I also removed the engine and tore everything out of the trunk and started on the interior. I need to buy some dry ice or a heat gun for the sound deading/tar.

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freon in the radiator huh? what's that do?
Sorry thought you were being sarcastic. Its a typo. Freon and water do not mix.

Its a doohickey that modifies the whatchamacallit for 1000 hp. Don't you know about it. Fixed

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I may have to swing by and see this awesome build happening sometime...

What side of town are you on?
Northside 290 and FM 1960. Found out it will take 3 weeks for the turbo kit to get to me once I order it. And I can't order it untill this Friday or next Friday. Waiting on tax return So i'm going to running around a full built turbo motor n/a for two weeks. Atleast I can get the rings seated and clutch broken in and not be tempted to much. Also in a few weeks i'll have a obx header for sale just slightly used.
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Thats a big expensive list. Are you doing it all at once or over time?
And why does everyone want 363's.

The car is actually pretty nice. Just needs seat covers, a door, and love on the quarter panel. But if you are just tracking it. I'd just drive it. Someone might hit you anyway.
Sounds like it is going to RUN!
Good Luck!
Most of it at once (hopefully). The rollbar, sways, trans, and diff later when I get more money. And then last the nitrous.

Yeah i'm going to keep the aerodynamic modifications (aka dents). Never cared on how the car looks except I like black so i'm selling the tan top and buying a black one. Plus i'm going to get some black clotch seats (lighter)

3.63's Are great for turbo's. They will keep you in 4th gear in qt mile, they load up the turbo longer, and it makes first gear usefull. N/A you want the opposite 4.3

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Also if anybody wants to see some of my old cars here a few videos on youtube.

YouTube - thumper2750's Channel

Highlights:
193mph Nitrous C6 Vette "Big yella", [email protected]
260z Turbo "Whistler", [email protected]
280zx Turbo "GHETTO BEAST", 400lb-tq 12.4&112mph
GTO Nitrous "Aussie done good", [email protected] doing the only thing its good for burning tires

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I have never seen that used before, but my guess is it amplifies the cooling effect of the cooling system. very weird though, and I wonder if it really works
Oops I thought y8s was being sarcastic. Its a typo. I've been posting ads about my a/c setup so I had freon on the brain.
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3.63s are crap for a track car. You want a 6-speed and 4.10s or 4.30s.
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Hey Chuck, do you have a caliper handy? I say you have the head off that motor F/S, but I was wondering if you could go measure the bore spacing. or hell, if you have the head off, and a caliper, could you measure the thickness between two cylinders and the bore diameter?

Looks like one hell of a list of parts.
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Hey Chuck, do you have a caliper handy? I say you have the head off that motor F/S, but I was wondering if you could go measure the bore spacing. or hell, if you have the head off, and a caliper, could you measure the thickness between two cylinders and the bore diameter?

Looks like one hell of a list of parts.
Are you talking about the 99 or my stock one? I don't have a caliper (need to get one) I have a measuring tape though not very accurate.
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Are you talking about the 99 or my stock one? I don't have a caliper (need to get one) I have a measuring tape though not very accurate.
The stock one, though they're both the same bore and spacing, so either measurement will do. If you happen to get a caliper, I'd appreciate the measurements. Need some numbers that are within .001 or so. FWIW, I got my caliper at Autozone for $20 and it's the same one Enco sells for 30 in a different color case. (I have both, lol)
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3.63s are crap for a track car. You want a 6-speed and 4.10s or 4.30s.
I would normally agree with you but because of the 6-spds close ratios and i'm hopefully going to have a wide power band I think the 3.63's will benefit me. Especially since the tracks around here have some good straight aways and high-speed turns. Plus I like long gears. Maybe when I switch i'll switch back.
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Also look into FM's new Level 2 clutch. It's the new hotness in clutches. And coming from someone that had nitrous and now has a turbo: You won't need the nitrous. I promise.
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Also look into FM's new Level 2 clutch. It's the new hotness in clutches. And coming from someone that had nitrous and now has a turbo: You won't need the nitrous. I promise.
Hmm that must be new. Just a couple of days ago it was the extreme still in there happy meal? Glad I hadn't order yet. Thanks

Yeah I've been thinking about traction issues. I will only put nitrous on if I think my street tires will handle it in 3rd gear. Then again I do plan on getting another 2 rims and putting some drag radials on. Doesn't matter right now it is definitely the last thing I will do so I've got a month or two to thing about it.
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