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Old 02-23-2007, 03:39 PM   #21
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makes me want to build a GSM challenge car so bad....I'm sure I could easily make it a top 10, just have no time.
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:38 PM   #22
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well, it looks like he used a greddy manifold, turbo, afpr, and probably downpipe too. The intercooler and radiator are held up by a custom bracket and the intercooler is definitely in front. Really clean setup, im just surprised he didnt do the coolant reroute with all that other work he did. For $1900 wow, you got hoked up on parts and must have access to lots of fabrication equipment.
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:32 AM   #23
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Hey guys, sorry for the delayed response.

Beleive it or not, quite a few of the parts I used are from the junkyard. I spent many hours poking around the yards, looking at different cars and measuring various components. I purchased the Miata for $750 a few years ago. It's still using the original 115k mile engine that it came with . Lots of cleaning and a bit of paint go a long way in making things look clean. The car was originally white. I have completely painted under the hood, all of the sills, and basically anything that I could get to. That said, many of you know how badly most of the '90's white Miata's paint is/was. All of the fabrication was done by myself, with exception of the LSD.

The break down on the car is as follows:

ENGINE
-GReddy manifold replica -- Ebay
-Hybrid IHI Turbo (VJ14 bearing housing, VJ11 hot side, T-bird compressor wheel and housing) -- Junkyard parts and donor Capri XR2 that I purchased for $100
-Homebrew adaptor plate to attach the above two compoents
-Turbo Volvo Intercooler (I forget the actual model of the car, 740? More details on this found in the link below) -- Junkyard
-Turbo Volvo Brass Radiator - Junkyard
-Turbo Volvo Overflow (Since the volvo uses a pressurized overflow bottle, I had to replace the stocker with this) -- Junkyard
-Homebrew bracketry to mount the I/C, radiator, overflow bottle, and VAM
-Homebrew steel I/C piping -- "U-bends" from Ebay
-1st Gen 626/Probe upper T-stat housing (to point the upper hose in the proper direction to align with the upper radiator port) -- Junkyard
-MSM bypass valve - salvaged from a friend who was tossing it.
-'88 Ford Econoline 3" rubber intake tubing (only a portion, the eblow was used to connect the turbo to the VAM) -- Junkyard
-Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch (I got about 100 miles out of it before it began to slip) -- Mazdaspeed Motorsports
-Auxillary external fuel pump from some breed of a VW or Audi -- Junkyard
-230cc BP injectors -- Junkyard
-Cartech RRFPR -- Purchased from a friend
-Homebrew solid engine mounts (welded plate steel between the upper and lower halfs of the mount, essentially bypassing the rubber portion)
-Homebrew downpipe that ends at the firewall (sounds rather awesome).

Drivetrain
-Phantom-Grip replica LSD installed into stock diff.
-Powder coated hollow spoke stockers (PC'd them myself) -- Randy Stocker
-Hoosier 225/55/14 tires -- Take off's
-Stock rotors and pads (ugh!)

Suspention
-KYB AGX struts -- Ebay
-Ford Escort DropZone adjustable coilover springs and perches -- Junkyard
-Removed rear sway bar
-OE front sway bar

Misc
-BSP Roll Bar -- Purchased online from somone converting to a Spec Miata
-Homebrew radio delete panel
-Super cheap Boost Gauge (JDM, y0!)-- Ebay
-PPG Aerospace Paint -- Discarded/deemed unusable (this stuff sucks to sand, but is tough as nails. The gray is leftover paint from one of BMW's corporate jets)
-"Properly" De-powered steering rack.

I know I'm missing a thing or two, but this is the general run down of the "big" things. I have a build-progress thread with pictures that details most of the construction process HERE.

Another underhood shot nearing the end of the build

Craptacular Phantom-Grip knockoff (that works great)

Intercooler modification to make the Volvo I/C work with the Miata

Overall, I placed 6/62 in this year's challenge, up from 18/54 in the $2005 challenge. With the Megasquirt and a few minor adjustments, I'll be taking the win this year .

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Old 02-24-2007, 01:54 AM   #24
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6/62 that's freaking sweet! The whole car is a junkyard build, and that's cool.


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Doh! I forgot to post the budget. As I said, I knew I was forgetting something: Budget
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your build thread is pretty neat, I think ill join up on your forum and see how I like it. It would be pretty tough to beat this forum for knowlege and a good attitude to people really into performance (as opposed to appearance, they get shat on here)
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Old 02-24-2007, 08:52 AM   #27
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Am I missing something here, HUSTLER?
Can you please expand on your comment?
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neato mosquito!
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:26 AM   #28
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thanks for the breakdown!

I need to hit the salvage yards...
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:17 PM   #29
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man I love your engine bay. you've done it. you've inspired me, Im thinking about cleaning my engine bay now...

I love the junkyard build, Im planning a junkyard parts list for my friends car (non miata) and your list will really help!

hook up that breather!
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