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Old 10-17-2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Track **** or parts car?

97 M Edition, Engine is seized from lack of oil. I need the diff for my car so I would need another diff again if it became a track car. The wheels are just dirty and will be chrome again tomorrow.

Track **** or parts car?

Ball park on how much for parts (total if I ebay stuff)? (no rust that I have found so parts are in good shape, brakes work but no clutch hydraulics)

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Old 10-17-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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Both...sell all the m-edition BS you don't need (leather seats, fancy radio, chrome wheels, etc..) and make the shell a track ****....if you've got the funds to support it.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:28 PM   #3
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Plenty of good parts cars out there. Beat this **** down on the asphalt!
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:47 PM   #4
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:21 PM   #5
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Sell what you don't need for trackin' and fund your season with it.
If it becomes a serious "****" it won't look the same anyways.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:45 AM   #6
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I concur with the general consensus. Buy it. Strip it. Build it. Track it.

On that note. My friend's '97 M edition is gonna look like that soon if I don't get him off his ***-***** and out there working on the damn thing. He got all emo about his car after a tree limb effed up the A pillar and top. When I say that though, I should note that the damage is minimal. The top is ready to fall apart, but the A pillar isn't bad. Everything works just fine. Just banged up. I guess its a 97 M edition thing. I've seen 4 of them. All shitty condition, or getting there. What happened? :shrug:
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:30 PM   #7
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Ok. The masses have spoken. I think I am going to put it in my buddies name so it doesn't technically count as my sixth car. We are going to use it as a stupid experiment to see how light we can get it and how much power out of a stock 1.8, extra funds permitting.

We are going to try and turn the existing engine tonight, I give it 100 to 1 (against). Any wanna bet?
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Current goals are 1800lbs and 400hp. Dream big.
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Oh, and I polished the wheels and they look great. Little too much bling for me though, going to have to sell them.
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I'd take the diff and part the car out. This is assuming that your current ride is better.
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Current goals are 1800lbs and 400hp. Dream big.
iguess it woulnt be a dream if it was easy. You planning being able to use 400?
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Current goals are 1800lbs and 400hp. Dream big.
400whp is doable. 1800lbs isn't.
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The engine spins now and actually sounds ok. (it can't be) Getting fuel, no spark, fuses ok, so we'll play around a little first, time permitting. I really surprised.

Ok, 1850 lbs.
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400whp is doable. 1800lbs isn't.
How much do you think Matt Andrews car weighs? 1900-2000#'s?

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The engine spins now and actually sounds ok. (it can't be) Getting fuel, no spark, fuses ok, so we'll play around a little first, time permitting. I really surprised.

Ok, 1850 lbs.
If it runs, keep it. You can always find another torsen.
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last time I checked Matts car really isnt absurdly light. Considering he has full cage. I think its a lil over 2000lbs. So figure without a cage in the miata, 1900 lbs is reasonable, but I really doubt 1800 lbs is.
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Well, it is currently running. Starts right up. Unfortunately, there seems to be a very small gnome or elf or whatever inside one of the cylinders with a hammer and he or she is really pissed off or trying to get out or a cry for help or something. Although it could be rod knock.
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Well, it is currently running. Starts right up. Unfortunately, there seems to be a very small gnome or elf or whatever inside one of the cylinders with a hammer and he or she is really pissed off or trying to get out or a cry for help or something. Although it could be rod knock.
I was wondering why I haven't seen any travelocity commercials recently...

Project cars are always more fun that daily driver cars. No expert, but if you put safety aside then yeah weight can get pretty low. I bet you could hit 1700 pounds if you tried, but it would be a track only car. But it's definitely easier to dial in boost then removing those last few pounds.
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Part it if you deal with emissions testing. Jacking with stand alone sucks for OBD2 inspection. OBD1 is pholyphe.
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Part it if you deal with emissions testing. Jacking with stand alone sucks for OBD2 inspection. OBD1 is pholyphe.
None of that here.

Now I wish the car was put together, we could have gone for a drive. Perhaps some donuts in the culldesac when the snow comes. If it has enough power to spin em on snow, that is.
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