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Old 05-22-2016, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default so i bought this turd for 1k

thoughts?

-ps belt taken off?
Ac lines cut out and interior completely gutted but the ac compressor is still there?!?
got a bumper and support on there
massive exhaust leak
fans controlled by switch, probably overheated.
bad wheel bearing
horrible brakes


has a hard dog roll bar
supposedly w/lsd
came with cxracing turbo manifold and front mount w/ some piping
runs and drives



Plans are to get the brakes and cooling sorted out, add the bilstein's to it that i picked up, and maybe turbo the 1.6 / 1.8 swap and turbo / lm7(ls1) and t56


hoping for 250+whp cone slayer more interested in response and torque than whp#'s.

Im wondering if its possible for under 1k with everything I have now (would need a t25/8 and wg, bov, oil, injectors, and diypnp
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Not sure exactly what you are asking, but my used ms3 was like 750.....so......
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im wondering if i should try to get rid of the car an get a 1.8 car or if its possible to get to stated goals for 1-2k
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If you aren't totally in love with that 1.6, sell it. When you buy it 1.8,you get: bigger brakes, bigger clutch, bigger axles and a bigger differential.
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im wondering if i should try to get rid of the car an get a 1.8 car or if its possible to get to stated goals for 1-2k
You vastly underestimate how much it will take to turbo your car and not have it explode.
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1.6's do require alot more to safely turbo as stated above^. i believe the only reason i did my 1.6 is i have a strong connection to the car and a healthy motor.
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If you aren't totally in love with that 1.6, sell it. When you buy it 1.8,you get: bigger brakes, bigger clutch, bigger axles and a bigger differential.
Think I'll shoot for that then. I'm just hoping I can get out of this car without losing $

Any guesses as to what I could sell this thing for? It does have a bumper now and i already bought all the brake parts

Do the 1.6 and 1.8 bolt up to the same transmission? and motor mounts?
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The 5 and 6 speed transmissions bolt to all 90-05 motors fine. The motor mount brackets are different for 1.8 cars. The 1.8 drops right in though with the correct motor mounts.

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good to know - maybe the right play is just to buy a 1.8 and put some rods and pistons in it and swap it in down the road. I would need a new turbo mani but the rest should all swap over...

how much of a limiting factor is the axles and diff? (ie what power level are they mostly safe until?)
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The stock 1.6 diff breaks at stock power levels. You are looking at $500-$1000 to replace it with a 1.8 setup. That will include the diff, axles, and driveshaft which all need to be replaced.

If you are planning on building a 1.8 motor, expect to be $2500 or so into the bottom end. Your best bet if you want a built motor is to call [email protected] and write him a check for $3000 and get the built bottom end he has sitting on the shelf.

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sell the turd. it's not worth 1k at all. it looks like a $250 piece of trash

buy a real car
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sell the turd. it's not worth 1k at all. it looks like a $250 piece of trash

buy a real car
you want to buy it I make you a nice price


looking around on CL and other places locally looks like it'll be 3g's plus for the NB that run and drive



Thanks for the feedback everyone


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Yeah, that's a bit of a risk for $1k. Finish stripping it, fix the brakes and the wheel bearing, new fan switch in the thermostat housing (probably why the fans are on a switch), flat black the bumper, and hope to get $250 above what you've now put in to it.
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Yeah, that's a bit of a risk for $1k. Finish stripping it, fix the brakes and the wheel bearing, new fan switch in the thermostat housing (probably why the fans are on a switch), flat black the bumper, and hope to get $250 above what you've now put in to it.
i figured worst case- sell the roll bar 300 manifold 150 and intercooler and piping 150. im at 600... can probably get another 250 for the wheels (4 rims and 2 steelies). still leaves me the whole car for 150 ish


I might just keep it how is it for my wife to beat on so I dont have to worry about her destroying a nice car.


Thanks again guys for all the quick info
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The manifold sells for like $100 new on eBay.
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The manifold sells for like $100 new on eBay.
this manifold Turbo Manifold for 89 93 Miata 1 6L with T25 T28 Turbo Flange | eBay

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ya, that one can be found for 100 shipped on ebay.

it's a raging pile of junk, so you'll have to find someone stupid enough to buy it even for 100
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You can find them for cheaper. All of those ones are complete crap and will crack on you. If I had one I would throw it in the trash before selling it to someone and making them suffer.
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Take all the stuff you bought, back to the store. Sell that turd and hope to just get your money back. Learn a little more about these cars and what you want to do with one.

Take this new found knowledge and make a better purchase decision next time.
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what?!
do you mean to tell him that it's not smart to spontaneously buy a bunch of stuff and then try to figure out if it's junk or not?

buy first, research later
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