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Old 05-05-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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My name is Kyle, I'm an ASE certified tech that loves to wrench on something in my spare time. I'v been lurking here and there and figured it was time to man up. This will be the condensed version I'll try and make a full build thread when I get a chance. I got into Miatas by receiving a very run down '91 as payment for some work I did. If I recall he bought the car for $100 for a parts car and let it sit for around 5 years. He said it ran when he parked it, but somewhere down the line he pulled the fuel pump and the tank was full of rust so I had to take his word. I saw potential so I took it. After I got her home:



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First order of business was to swap tanks and see if it runs.




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Threw in some gas and it fired right up after a quick prime... I was amazed. So... out came the motor, all the suspension and most of the interior.






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Motor was cleaned, semi tore down, and resealed. Suspension was blasted, powdercoated and urethane bushings installed. Engine bay painted, and suspension reinstalled with 1.8 brakes, '94 torsen, and GC/Koni combo.




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FM Happy Meal goes in then the motor. Its all reinstalled as stock for now. Streetable wheels and tires are sourced and I make it to a local miata meet.



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Source new front fenders. Install "new" dash and cage. Fix front bumper. Lots 'o body work. Roll fenders and prep for paint.



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Get it painted. Make some door panels to delete the door handles. Install Personal Neo Grinta with Quick release. And finaly receive 6ul's and mount some 225/45 rubber.



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Sourced a Hartop and a authentic GV lip. Deleted Softtop perm-mounted hardtop and painted rear deck.



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Now the fun begins.... Nabbed a Greddy "kit", MSPNP, and RC550 injectors. Prepped the car by doing a DIY Reroute. Bought a CX Racing FMIC kit (No that's a real Greddy Type-S) . And had Fifteen52 fab a 3" stainless turboback for me. That's where the car sits now...




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I dunno why but a roll cage/bar with thick padding on it gives me a hard one. Amazing revival work, great looking car, enjoy the powah.

Cannot get over the amount of detail work, especially with the suspension, good job, very good job.
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Wow dude, you've been busy, that's a helluva transformation!
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Yeah, I'm a tad ---- about the finer details. LOL But I could have gone way crazier.

It's been just over a year since I turned the first wrench. Money held me back or it would have been sooner. So yeah I was busy but not busy enough...
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Always nice to see a miata near the edge of death be brought back to a beast of a car. Nice job everything looks good! Got me motivated to keep collecting parts for this falls complete tear down! Love the cage... I want.
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impressive, I ain't got none of dem skillz
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I like the powdercoated suspension pieces, nice knowing that crap wont rust anymore. Welcome to the site, your car seems well put together.
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where in florida?
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So much work put in. Awesome.
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Sarasota/Bradenton
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fawk...That's awsome!! Almost reminded me my car when I first got it (in bad shape). I never thought about powdercoat suspension parts. I love the transformation from ugly duckling to Fresh Prince!!! Who made the roll bar/cage ??
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also..love your choice on the steering wheel! 350mm??
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The cage is a bolt in Harddog I got second hand and then powdercoated.

No, I went with the 330mm.
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I've been inspired! Hallelujah.
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Great work. Put a heat shield around that brake reservoir
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Great work! Would not believe it was the same car once upon a time!
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I agree, you need a heat shield. Little advice from a fellow greddy owner though, don't get the FM/Bowser heat shield, it won't fit well with anything but the stock down pipe. Mine popped a spot weld or two, and you have to extend the lower bracket over. Simple, but if you have some fabrication skills, I'd go ahead and make your own, just copy the basic design.
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wow, you seriously brought it back from the dead. phenomenal job
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Amazing job. Going to get it on the dyno after the install?
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