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Old 11-25-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Greetings from AZ.

Well let’s see if I can explain the events that led up to me looking at-for a turbo Miata.
A few months back I was sitting in the staging lanes at my local drag strip….sitting 2-3 hours for a 10-11 second run in my Chevy powered Mustang and said “F” this and that night started pulling the car apart! The Mustang was soon sold as a roller and I had my 355 race engine, TH350 trans and an 8.8 built rear sitting on the garage floor.
The new plan was to build a rat rod, well that was short lived after I had a chance to do a ride and drive event at Bondurant. That was my first time on a road race track….well I was hooked. Now….what kind of car??? Started looking at C4 Vettes. Figured I could use my 355 in one. I have lots of spare parts ect… Well I can’t seem to “fall” for the vette idea.
I started looking on YouTube at road race vids and noticed the Miata’s look like a hell of a lot of fun! Now I am like….500+ hp 355 in a little car like a Miata = FUN. After coming to my senses I am thinking maybe my engine is a little to much for a fun street/track car.
That brings me to turboing a Miata .

My (and wife’s) other toys are..

1998 Z-28 vert
1996 Supra NA-T 62-1 Turbonetics turbo.
1996 Celica-driver
2000 Tundra-driver

So now I have lots of learning to do about turbo Miata’s and decide if that’s the path I want to take…..sure looks like a fun path.

Here are a few pics of my toys including the Stang..RIP






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Old 11-25-2010, 06:19 PM   #2
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Hiya. Got a few guys on here down in Tuscon, and I know there's a guy down there with an LS6 in his Miata as well.
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:16 PM   #3
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I want your supra. By far in my opinoin the best looking car ever. For now I'll stick with my mini supra miata until I can get a real one. Nice cars and a turbo miata still has the fun factor that the other cars have trust me.
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:43 PM   #4
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Good looking collection. Welcome. Ill trade you my 88 Supra for your 96, please...
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:44 AM   #5
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Greetings from AZ.

Well let’s see if I can explain the events that led up to me looking at-for a turbo Miata.
A few months back I was sitting in the staging lanes at my local drag strip….sitting 2-3 hours for a 10-11 second run in my Chevy powered Mustang and said “F” this and that night started pulling the car apart! The Mustang was soon sold as a roller and I had my 355 race engine, TH350 trans and an 8.8 built rear sitting on the garage floor.
The new plan was to build a rat rod, well that was short lived after I had a chance to do a ride and drive event at Bondurant. That was my first time on a road race track….well I was hooked. Now….what kind of car??? Started looking at C4 Vettes. Figured I could use my 355 in one. I have lots of spare parts ect… Well I can’t seem to “fall” for the vette idea.
I started looking on YouTube at road race vids and noticed the Miata’s look like a hell of a lot of fun! Now I am like….500+ hp 355 in a little car like a Miata = FUN. After coming to my senses I am thinking maybe my engine is a little to much for a fun street/track car.
That brings me to turboing a Miata .
Welcome to the MTF! Turbos do quite well in the Miata, but having had one, I really like the grunt & roar of a good ol' 'Murican V8.

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Hiya. Got a few guys on here down in Tuscon, and I know there's a guy down there with an LS6 in his Miata as well.
I know of three other V8s in AZ besides mine, a cammed up LS3 here in Tucson, a well built LS2 in Prescott and a SBF in Casa Grande. Where's the fella with the LS6 living?
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It puts the v8 on the Miata or else it gets the hose.

Nice looking toys. Welcome.
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Old 11-26-2010, 12:59 AM   #7
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just signed up from Tucson myself

though i'm 19, and have a 2010 Mazdaspeed3 as my toy, with zero hands-on experience with miatas.

Wanna learn all i can and have a miata as a project myself :], cool to see some Tucsonians!
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He might not have an LS6, I really don't know. Thought it was though. I think it's Laguna Blue, in Tuscon. NA.

Going to Tuscon this Sunday, picking up my VVT engine.
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Welcome, any chance you were on SMC back in the day?
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Welcome, any chance you were on SMC back in the day?
Yep I was like member 50 or so... I had a 99 stang back then..
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Hey! I may have seen you at the strip... night when it was race for cure/ bunch of mustangs?
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You have a v8 sitting in your garage and you want to turbo a miata?

v8 swap. no questions asked. that is your only option

welcome btw
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You have a v8 sitting in your garage and you want to turbo a miata?

v8 swap. no questions asked. that is your only option

welcome btw
You missed the part where it was an automatic iron block V8. :P
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Yep I was like member 50 or so... I had a 99 stang back then..
That car looks familiar and I knew the screen name from somewhere. I was pretty good friends with Tony back in the day....haven't really heard or talked with any of them since I moved up to Seattle. I've definitely changed my taste in racing over the past few years. Anyways, welcome.
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