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Old 12-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Hi.

I joined this forum in search of Miata/Feline info . I'm in the process of searching my surrounding area (Dayton/Cincinnati Ohio) for a Miata. I thought I'd join up here and read/lurk all I can.

I'm moving away from the Volvo world, but with that I'm bringing Megasquirt + turbocharging experience. I'm looking forward to the wealth of aftermarket support Miatas have.

Here's my Volvo wagon. (May it rest in peace)
Holset HE341 @ 22psi, 1000cc injectors, e85, full 3" exhaust, MS2 3.57, harness made from scratch (as you can see from the old first run picture below) ect, ect.



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The kill shot: (Happens when the head lifts from the block)


Hoping to find a Miata soon, and maybe some local people that I can wrench with while I'm at it.
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Welcome Walter! I've always likes the "sleeper" of volvos...
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That wagon is so damn cool.

Welcome, noob.
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Walter White drove a Volvo in the last episode.

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Welcome, what are you looking for specifically NA, NB. Stock, or race ready? also ohio has a miata owners facebook group, we do some meets and track days, and some drives. https://www.facebook.com/groups/478759678813248/
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Welcome, what are you looking for specifically NA, NB. Stock, or race ready? also ohio has a miata owners facebook group, we do some meets and track days, and some drives. https://www.facebook.com/groups/478759678813248/
NA. NBs are a little rich for my blood right now.

I'm looking for one that's been mildly modified to save me some time on some basic stuff. (Wheels, coilovers, pre-stickerbombed rearwindshield[jk])

Fun fact: The dude that donated his Volvo 244 to Breaking Bad is on our Volvo forums. The Volvo community is pretty small, but tight.
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Very nice volvo. I've been looking to get one myself, seems like a stupidly fun car.

Doesn't ARP make head studs for the B-series?
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coilovers, header, 120k miles 5k asking price. 1995 Mazda Miata
94, ive driven this car when it was for sale about a year ago, it was a great car but needed work. looks like the new owner did alot of it already.
Miata 94 with Torsen Limited Slip Differential
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Welcome, Walter!
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Love me some turbobrick.

I just bought a car sight unseen, flew out, picked it up, and drove home. Very happy with my purchase...buy my car so I can have room in the garage for my new one.

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Doesn't ARP make head studs for the B-series?
They do, but this was a close to 300k mile unopened, untouched, stock NA high compression motor. It was no surprise when it blew. (But took all sorts of punishment before that)

And I'm on CL daily looking of the right one. It's tough thinking about spending $5,000 on a car when I'm used to picking up Volvos for between $400-800.
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A sub $1000 dollar Miata in Ohio is generally so rusted and rotted out that it is only good for parts. Your looking between 3500-6000 for a decent rust free car. There was a 96m in Kentucky with a matching hardtop for 4000.
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Myles gave up on that project a while back. He's back to finishing up his '79 coupe.

Redturbomiata: Yeah, I figured. Any in that $1000 range are normally beat. I end up pouring over 5k into the Volvos when it's all said and done, just not used to the higher entry price point.
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Myles gave up on that project a while back. He's back to finishing up his '79 coupe.
Damn, it would have been a nice horn in the side for the local purists (or just narrow minded).
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Redturbomiata: Yeah, I figured. Any in that $1000 range are normally beat. I end up pouring over 5k into the Volvos when it's all said and done, just not used to the higher entry price point.
You want a 94+ and a torsen rear end if you want to turbo it.
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Welcome!

Volvo's are The Shizz.. I'd kill for a nice 122 or P1800. Someday....

I'll give you the same advice that I give anyone looking for a Miata. Having grown up in NJ I became accustomed to rust. It's just a reality, cars rust, right?

When I moved to Florida I found out that I was wrong, or at least limited in my knowledge of the world outside salted roads. Aside from people who live beachside, the cars down here are generally immaculately clean. The sun is hard on tops, but tops are cheap and easy. Plus down here in the sunny south, Miatas are fairly popular since you can really enjoy the car year round. Florida is made for convertibles, and there are a bunch around.

I would really suggest you expand your search to the south and southwest. Heck, I'll bet that most of the regulars here would be happy to check out any car that may happen to be in their area for you. I know I would.
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Welcome!

Volvo's are The Shizz.. I'd kill for a nice 122 or P1800. Someday....

I'll give you the same advice that I give anyone looking for a Miata. Having grown up in NJ I became accustomed to rust. It's just a reality, cars rust, right?

When I moved to Florida I found out that I was wrong, or at least limited in my knowledge of the world outside salted roads. Aside from people who live beachside, the cars down here are generally immaculately clean. The sun is hard on tops, but tops are cheap and easy. Plus down here in the sunny south, Miatas are fairly popular since you can really enjoy the car year round. Florida is made for convertibles, and there are a bunch around.

I would really suggest you expand your search to the south and southwest. Heck, I'll bet that most of the regulars here would be happy to check out any car that may happen to be in their area for you. I know I would.
I've got people in Florida, so that's actually a really great idea. The search expands. Craigslist has me all tempted to put a GM 5.3 in my DD Volvo, but my desire for a Miata burns on.

I grew up in Jacksonville. Loved it. Probably the best memories of my childhood. Peed in the St. John's River a million times.
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I've got people in Florida, so that's actually a really great idea. The search expands. Craigslist has me all tempted to put a GM 5.3 in my DD Volvo, but my desire for a Miata burns on.

I grew up in Jacksonville. Loved it. Probably the best memories of my childhood. Peed in the St. John's River a million times.
A 5.3 in a Volvo would be sick. I've done a ton of 5.3 and LSx swaps, holla if you have any questions. The 5.3 4L60 Silverado cut-outs are a great deal, and great motors.
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BUMP!

Moved from OH to VA, and picked up a Miata my first week here. Yeah, took me that long.

1997 Miata. 1.8l. High miles, but runs and handles pretty well. A/C Blows super cold. 100% stock except for a Racing Beat CAI ($230~ what a waste of money) and some BMW bottlecap wheels. I got it pretty inexpensively.

All I've done so far is replace the ripped leather shift boot and the rubber isolation boot to stop the hot air from flowing into the cabin.

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