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Old 05-23-2016, 10:13 PM   #41
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We managed to get my friend's $1500 bed linered turbo 91 up and working well for a reasonable amount. His seems to have been in slightly better shape than this one though. All told, by the time he gets it done (clutch, different manifold and turbo, ecu, fuel injectors, maintenance and other things) he will be into it for a grand total of $4k. Selling the stuff that is on it now that is being replaced should net about $400-800 depending on what drift kiddies are around to sell it to.

That said, I have spent the last 3 years reading everything I can about how to turbo a miata on this site and that is the only reason this car is even running still at this point. The way the previous owner had it set up would have self destructed in a few hundred miles at best. (like trying to run 15lbs of boost on the stock 1.6 injectors with just a voodoo box...)
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We managed to get my friend's $1500 bed linered turbo 91 up and working well for a reasonable amount. His seems to have been in slightly better shape than this one though. All told, by the time he gets it done (clutch, different manifold and turbo, ecu, fuel injectors, maintenance and other things) he will be into it for a grand total of $4k. Selling the stuff that is on it now that is being replaced should net about $400-800 depending on what drift kiddies are around to sell it to.

That said, I have spent the last 3 years reading everything I can about how to turbo a miata on this site and that is the only reason this car is even running still at this point. The way the previous owner had it set up would have self destructed in a few hundred miles at best. (like trying to run 15lbs of boost on the stock 1.6 injectors with just a voodoo box...)

not sure why everyone assumes this car is in bad shape- just needs brakes and fan switch

not going to turbo a 1.6, i might swap in a 1.8 if I can get one reasonable priced or i might just enjoy this can an fix it up a little then sell for a better one
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Probably because you actually called it a "Turd". This implies that it is indeed, a pile of ****..

Glad to hear that it might not be the case. Post some pics for the court.
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Old 05-24-2016, 03:54 PM   #44
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-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 [somehow this is a plus? The fact that the car is assembled?]
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
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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.
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i would be doing all the work myself and it wouldnt be first time.

its a non dd, bought it to get used to rwd autox and track - GRM 2017 challenge went through my mind but that isnt the sole purpose

im not trying to restore it to factory so the fact that its gutted is ok with me.
Yeah I guess we were crazy to think the car is in bad shape

Just needs brakes and a fan switch? Now you're starting to sound like a Craigslist ad.
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lolz.

OP, Sell your turd+ Buy this turd= Profit
https://www.miataturbo.net/cars-sale...top-dfw-89110/
That has to be one of the biggest piece of **** Miatas I've seen advertised in a while. What have you done to that poor thing? It has aids and is trying to infect us all.
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Probably because you actually called it a "Turd". This implies that it is indeed, a pile of ****..

Glad to hear that it might not be the case. Post some pics for the court.

fair enough - might be able to snag some more tonight.
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Yeah I guess we were crazy to think the car is in bad shape

Just needs brakes and a fan switch? Now you're starting to sound like a Craigslist ad.
hahaha


its in bad shape if you want to return it to stock. for my purposes its ok...
probably could have got the price down a little more, but for a running driving miata i think i did ok
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its in bad shape if you want to return it to stock. for my purposes its ok...
probably could have got the price down a little more, but for a running driving miata i think i did ok
That's all that matters.
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I won't argue that a $1000 for a running driving beater miata that you don't care about is not a bad deal.
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looking at the pictures I'd completely agree it's a pile of poo. I mean, just look at it




...........but if you're happy, that's great. enjoy the car
PS: it's actually a lot of fun to own a beater like that cause you can just thrash it and not care. still a beater tho
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I actually kind of did what he did. My car was in way rough shape when I started. I love it now, but it took me a LONG time and a LOT of money to get where I am today. I could have looked for a cleaner starting point and saved a ton of headaches and thousands of dollars. I think that's the gist of everyone's advice.
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Here are some more pics of the car. Sorry for my terrible phone camera. Cant really see much


I was reinstalling the battery and tray and tie downs and mounts. Dude just had the battery connected to the cables floating around (New battery at least!)

This is what glare looks like. I kind of like the shitty "dash" here, but for some reason the speedo is mounted front and center and the tach is in the center console area. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised





body is actually pretty straight and they did an ok job of rolling the fenders





Hopefully the IC will just plug in and work - it wont work but hopefully it will be easy to sort out the hacks.
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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
sold for 185 shipped

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sold for 185 shipped
bravo. Don't tell them about this forum
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And here is how she turned out.... Was a bit of work:

Front Pass Wheel Bearing

Both tie rod ends

Both lower ball joints

Shifter rebuild

Bilstein Hard S dampers and diy coilovers

all 4 rotors and pads

Radiator fan rewire

fixed ricer intake issues


Fastest miata at this autox and something like 5th best time ( behind 3 c5zo6's on r comps and some talented drivers in faster cars)



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Hernando County Airport near Brooksville, and it looks like Florida Corvette Racing Club.
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Hernando County Airport near Brooksville, and it looks like Florida Corvette Racing Club.
Yup, you partake?
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It's been awhile. Those are the best guys for autocross events. I started with them in 2003ish. Great relaxed atmosphere and lots of run time. I started doing track days in 2010 and stopped going out with them except on rare occasions.
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It's been awhile. Those are the best guys for autocross events. I started with them in 2003ish. Great relaxed atmosphere and lots of run time. I started doing track days in 2010 and stopped going out with them except on rare occasions.
nice. where are the cheap track days at?

Saw the firm but its like 200+ for a day...
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$200 is cheap for a day. Up here, you are looking at $300+ unless you go to the TNiA or Englishtown where they let you out on track with no instructor.
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