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Old 12-22-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, my name is Shane and I'm 16. I'm new to the forum and somewhat new to Miata's. I currently own a '75 Datsun 280z that I am in the process of restoring. This is my second car, my first car was a '71 Datsun 240z that I got when I was 14 but it was more than I could handle, so I sold it and bought my current 280z. Anyway, I got into Miata's when I started hanging out with my friend that has a NB. We always drove it around and I occasionally would drive it, and I fell in love instantly. Then we went AutoXing and I got to ride along, that experience gave me a whole new outlook on Miata's. I was surprised at how it handled and how well it performed. That just put the icing on the cake.

So now I'm going to go pick up a NA this weekend. It's been sitting for a while but is insanely clean. The interior is immaculate for a car that has 148k on it. I'm planning on preparing it for the $2011 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. I have 2 other friends that are helping me and we are all Juniors in high school. The plan is to do a turbo'd 1.8L swap, some suspension, wheels, and get rid of as much weight as possible. I will post up some pics of the car once I get it and I'll most likely start a build thread. So until then, so long and thanks for welcoming me to the forums.

This is my 280z when I first got it.




And how she looks now




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Old 12-22-2010, 07:56 PM   #2
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Welcome, you've got some pretty good skills with cars for only being a junior in HS. Good luck with the Miata project.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:58 PM   #3
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Nice to see someone else so young on here man. Nice 280z man, that's insane, I could not have done that when I was 16... I probably couldn't do it now. Welcome
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:25 PM   #4
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Thanks you guys I did the motor swap in it 2 summers ago so I was 15. I did it on Jackstands, outside of my dad's shop (where he has a lift :( ) in one day with the help of my little brother. In a day we pulled the old motor and put the current motor in. Mind you that I was 15 and my little bro was 12.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:40 PM   #5
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Welcome to here. I'll look for you at $2011.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:20 PM   #6
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Thanks and see you then
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:29 AM   #7
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Nice Z. I've always had a soft spot for the Z cars. And since you can use the shift key, and proper punctuation, you're already a step ahead of most other n00bs Welcome!
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Haha thanks. On HybridZ.org, proper grammar is required so I'm used to it. Plus, I stopped typing like that years ago.
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Nice whip, where in FL?
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:09 AM   #10
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I'm in Daytona Beach
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