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Old 12-29-2018, 12:46 PM
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Been a V-Dub guy for some time. After being introduced to motorsports and taking my mK6 Golf R off track and I to the woods, I found the coat benefit of the miata. Been driving a '91 vvt swapped car for a year now to autox and track events when I finally gave in to needing more power.

This is where the forum came in. The plan: I purchased a '01 vvt motor for dirt cheap with 200k miles. I plan to build the motor to be a 350hp quick spooling beast starting with a balanced forged bottom end, built head, diy turbo set up, upgraded fuel system, ignition, and a stand alone MS3 Pro ECM. Once put in the car will get a zf trans, race built suspension, and completely worked over body to eliminate the huge rust bucket that it is.

I've read a lot so far and plan on reading, and reading, and reading before it is all done.
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have the correct shopping list already. The BMW trans swap works well.

Where are you located?
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Welcome to mt.net. I can't tell if that is the Citadel Mall or Coliseum autox.
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Welcome to mt.net. I can't tell if that is the Citadel Mall or Coliseum autox.
This is at the Coliseum. Citadel mall was a little too cold to take / get pictures.
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Originally Posted by sixshooter View Post
Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have the correct shopping list already. The BMW trans swap works well.

Where are you located?
The shopping list is a work in progress. I plan to do as much DIY as I can. I typically over engineer whatever project I'm working on so this should be a fun project that is still reliable.

To answer your question...Charleston area
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Can you weld?

Also I am local and may know a thing or two about turboing a miata.
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Can you weld?

Also I am local and may know a thing or two about turboing a miata.
I'm using this as a learning experience... By the end of the build I plan on being able to weld. Which is good cause I need to weld on some new quarter panels lol

Rear Driver Qrt Panel

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My recommendation is sell the rust bucket and start your build on a clean rust free chassis.

save your self months of aggravation and work and will probably be cheaper at the end.
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My recommendation is sell the rust bucket and start your build on a clean rust free chassis.

save your self months of aggravation and work and will probably be cheaper at the end.
Seconded. If you've the time to unfucker the rust on that not-so-chaste white car I imagine waiting for a good deal on a clean chassis to come along before transferring all the go-fast bits wouldn't be too much trouble.
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Originally Posted by borka View Post
My recommendation is sell the rust bucket and start your build on a clean rust free chassis.

save your self months of aggravation and work and will probably be cheaper at the end.
I take you're recommendation and say "No"...
I understand it will be a ton easier and cheaper to find a better specimen but I'm doing this build for an experience. This build is to teach me new skills, make me hate my life, and in the end step back and say "F the world... I did this!" It's gonna be fantastic.
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My recommendation is sell the rust bucket and start your build on a clean rust free chassis.

save your self months of aggravation and work and will probably be cheaper at the end.
3x
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I agree with y'all that there are better ways (i.e. start with a better car). That said in addition to installing parts (which I already know how to do) part of this build is learning new skills (engine management, welding, fabrication, etc.). What better to learn with than on a rust bucket?

P.S. Most of that fender is gonna get chopped off and a fender flare added to fit a 275/30/15.
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Okay. I get it.
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Dont be that guy that has grand plans for the car, makes the build way too long and complicated, gives up mid way and parts out. I see this happening all the time.

want to learn body work?, buy a few rusted/dented body panels at the junk yard and go have fun.

fixing miata rust is no fun.
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Originally Posted by borka View Post
Dont be that guy that has grand plans for the car, makes the build way too long and complicated, gives up mid way and parts out. I see this happening all the time.

want to learn body work?, buy a few rusted/dented body panels at the junk yard and go have fun.

fixing miata rust is no fun.
Guess only time will tell. If you wait long enough you might get a steal on some vvt parts
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