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Old 05-27-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Hi, NOOB in Northern Virginia, looking to buy a miata.

Hello,

*UPDATE - I bought a 96 PEP with hardtop on Friday - for pictures scroll below

My name is Mike and I am here seeking knowledge for a turbo build. First I have to find a miata. But after seeing one, a built car for sale, I am on the fence about doing a build or buying turnkey.

I'll be 40 this year and this would be my third miata, once I find it. This will be my first "toy". I'm finally to the point where I can get a second car just for fun, start doing SCCA events and heading out to Summit Point for track day events.

My goal was to start out with a good base model. Since I have not been having much luck in Virginia I though I would buy from Meadow Lake Motors in Texas so I can get a rust free car. This would be followed up with my focus starting on suspension and chassis. After I learn more about motor builds then I would focus on that.

Right now I am trying to find the build-up threads so the "search" will be my best friend.

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Mike

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Old 05-28-2010, 01:46 AM   #2
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Great first post. You're lucky where you live. The largest concentration of Miata turbo gurus lives in the DC area. They can help you with your education and finding a car.
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:11 AM   #3
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Thank you Sam. I read through the stickies before I started the introduction.

One day later and I am now the owner of a white 1996 miata, 77k, w/hardtop. I am happy with the car and well aware of everything that is wrong with the car. The seller was a good guy and told me everything that was wrong.

Some dings and bad dent repairs (bondo), compression is okay. No smoke, etc coming out of the tailpipe. Can easily be a DD but it was bought as a project for me.

So now it begins. I have to make a list for myself, do the reasearch and meet all the gurus in this area. My first thing to do is take the damn aftermarket alarm off the car.

I saw one of the forum member's car on sale on CL, he gave me the website information and my eyes were opened. Between here and the other forum I hope to meet everyone in the area.
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The beauty of building a turbo miata out of a car that is not mechanically 100% is that miatas are super easy to work on. You can pull the whole drivetrain out in one piece including both subframes and literally swap it into a different car or swap a different drivetrain into yours or anything in between.

And as far as the people in this area, all but one of us love good beer.
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I love that you love good beer.
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:50 PM   #6
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Here is some pictures. 1996 with 77k mile and a hardtop (defrosters, etc) and I think it is the PEP.

The good... I excited and my new project (posted all this at another forum that helped me find this car). Maybe too excited and need to get more of a life.

The bad... Virginia DMV is closed until tuesday so I can't enjoy the car this weekend.

Good beer is good beer. Okay, taking a quick break from typing to get a beer.

Got beer, here are pictures
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A couple more pictures
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