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Old 09-06-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Patrick, going to college for mechanical engineering, and recently completed/am working the kinks out of a 9 month turbo build.

Why so long? Because I am an idiot, and took a several month hiatus from the project. I took a welding class at a community college my senior year of high school. The instructor was a great guy and said it'd be more fun to make the parts (manifold and down pipe) than buy them. He's also a machinist and gave me complete use of his shop/tools.
Mistake #1 Knowing I made the parts gives me huge satisfaction, but took forever because it was my daily driver.
#2 Trying to turbo a daily driver....I spent about a month and a half without my car at one point..
#3 If you don't know what you're doing getting parts can be extremely difficult...I visited a hose shop, several times a week during this project.
#4 Bandaids...everyone hates them, now, I know why. Luckly I picked mine up second hand relatively cheap. I was worried about inspection but, again the idiot in me, forgot my buddy works at a dealer garage and has gti that hasn't been legal for at least 5 years...

So as it sits I have an intercooled, power carded, 2001 turbo miata. Currently pumping out a whopping 4psi.
Next project is definitely going to be megasquirt + injectors. Then I have a whole list including, full exhaust, MBC, external waste gate, and hopefully a built engine and bigger turbo.

This site has been a huge help already. Especially the thread that gives an exact recipe for how to turbo a miata.
So I'll continue to lurk and try not to **** you guys off
-Patrick
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:17 PM   #2
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Hi gorillazfan1023, enjoy your stay :)
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Welcome. I went MS and was very pleased. Already did the band AIDZ once.
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Nice intro, and welcome! Harrisburg isn't too far from me, it's nice to see another member from PA.
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Thanks for the welcomes. I'm actually from Mechanicsburg, but that is just across the river from Harrisburg. Yeah the only the thing stopping me from going MS right now is the advice of a mechanic I trust. He runs a blown ranchero, and is building a RX-7 with a swapped turbo coupe motor. He told me just to work tiny issues out before jumping into the megasquirt, and for once I'm listening
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Believe it or not I'm taking the same class right now. I got to talking with him about my eventual turbo build and he told me about the work you did. Small world!
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Believe it or not I'm taking the same class right now. I got to talking with him about my eventual turbo build and he told me about the work you did. Small world!
With Wayne? That's awesome. If you ever need any help/advice/parts let me know. I can give you a bunch of tips for fabrication or a hand if you need it.
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Yup, the man himself. I appreciate the offer. I have a few months until I can start acquiring the turbo parts (I already blew this year's budget on new 6ULs and tires) so I have a feeling I will take you up on your offer. A $5000 FM kit is not in my future so it would be really interesting to see what you've got cooked up. Right now my miata is at my parents house while I look for a house to buy, but I hope to be able to start playing again very soon.
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Dude low budget is my middle name. My manifold cost all of $56 and will probably never break because it's super thick steel. Its not perfect but bang for buck..it's there. I've been messing with new designs in solid works. I just fitted a different turbo and new exhaust so we'll have to have a miata get together sometime. I was also pretty happy with my low buck N/A setup if you want some cheap ideas..you know to tide you over before the turbo
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Yes on the get together, I could use some first hand inspiration on parts. About all I know right now is sr20 and MS for engine management. Maybe ThirdGen would come down, when I first joined the forum he offered me a ride in his car and I still want to take him up on that whenever I can get my car out of captivity in the spring.
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Whenever you guys wanna meet up, I'm down.
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I am also down to meet up whenever. I am from whitehall. Right next to allentown.
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Sweet sounds like a party. I'm in. Redcarmel one piece of advise I have is to grab up a bunch of the steel from HACC while you can. For flanges and what not. Thats how I got most of mine
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We should have a PA meet / car cruise...
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I'm down. I'll be the one in the green Integra
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Wrong...you'll be the one in the other megasquirted miata...
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Wrong...you'll be the one in the other megasquirted miata...
Sounds about right
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Wrong...you'll be the one in the other megasquirted miata...
Haha thats what you think. At this rate I'll be the one with a BP table..
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Sweet sounds like a party. I'm in. Redcarmel one piece of advise I have is to grab up a bunch of the steel from HACC while you can. For flanges and what not. Thais how I got most of mine
Did you just pocket clean pieces or take some out of the scrap bin and cut it up later? Honestly I'm not sure on the sizes I would need.
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We should have a PA meet / car cruise...
Definitely
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