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    I'll try not to be too long winded but I started out as a muscle car guy. I won't name them all but several first generation Camaros and Firebirds, Chevelle convertible, 57 Chevy, etc.

    My wife wanted a Miata and we got her the 95 in 97 I think. She loved it and we decided to get her a new one around 2001 or 2002. We were looking at new ones when we stumbled on a 10AE with only 16K miles and she liked it better so we got it.



    The trailer we picked up from a guy with a Goldwing that didn't want it anymore. The picture is in the badlands in SD.

    So, we got her a new car and I decided to keep the 95 as a toy for myself. I progressively upgraded, torsen diff, wheels, ground controls on AGXs, KG works dash, hard top, etc.



    Middle of last year I took a week off work to do some upgrades on the car and house. I got the car finished and while test driving it blew a head gasket. The upgrades were a suspension rebuild with poly bushings and some other minor things. I am generally pretty slow at projects so I needed something else while I worked on this. Along came the Mini - 2002 Cooper S.




    Now while waiting to get the Miata fixed I knew I wanted to race but I didn't want to have to hold back worrying about hurting the Miata which is what I generally drive daily. (I figured I wouldn't keep the Mini when the Miata was done.) So after some research a Formula vee setup to run FMod looked like a good plan. Another addition to the family.



    Here's a garage shot of the miata with the Vee.



    So I finally got to work on the miata and out with the old.



    If you look close you can see the new crate motor on a pallet wrapped in plastic at the front of the garage. The new motor is in and I fired it up for the first time this past Saturday.



    Along with new motor I powder coated the valve cover and intake, added 55mm radiator, a Spec stage 2 clutch, ACT street light flywheel, and large oil cooler with remote filter. This is all prep for a turbo in the fall.

    This leaves me with one last project. I needed a trailer for the vee. I found a large double axle utility trailer used on craigs list. It is smaller than a standard car trailer but big enough for the vee and Miata. The guy used it for construction and had built up ladder racks and such on it. In this shot I've cut all that off and now just have to build the ramps and tire rack.



    Finally waiting in the wings is a throw back to my muscle car days. A 1970 Mustang fastback that needs restoration.

    Hopefully I threw in enough pictures to make my story interesting. (I like when people post pictures)

    Todd
    1995 Miata 2860 turbo, ground controls, etc. - 2013 MX5 Club Sport PHRT (wife thinks its hers) - 2007 Saleen S281

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    RE: My sports car history and future

    That's a great story, you sound like an older version of Tommy aka Roadster. It's great to see a passion for all things automobile persist for a long time. Welcome aboard mate.

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      RE: My sports car history and future

      Great story man. Love it.
      16' VW Golf R | 97 Salvagewon Eliminator | 90 SC'd Track Project

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        RE: My sports car history and future

        Great story, Todd. Sounds like you've got quite a stable full. But am I the only one who doesn't see any pics?

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          RE: My sports car history and future

          I saw them yesterday, what host are you using?

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            RE: My sports car history and future

            Thanks for the replies. I am hosting them on my box at home. I will have to make sure it is not hibernating.
            1995 Miata 2860 turbo, ground controls, etc. - 2013 MX5 Club Sport PHRT (wife thinks its hers) - 2007 Saleen S281

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              RE: My sports car history and future

              I don't see anything on my box that would make it unavailable. Please let me know if you see the problem again.

              Thanks,
              Todd
              1995 Miata 2860 turbo, ground controls, etc. - 2013 MX5 Club Sport PHRT (wife thinks its hers) - 2007 Saleen S281

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                RE: My sports car history and future

                Originally posted by ToddN
                I don't see anything on my box that would make it unavailable. Please let me know if you see the problem again.

                Thanks,
                Todd
                You just opening up ports and running an ftp client to host things? Because there are a million free web hosting places. Leaving ports open = bad~
                16' VW Golf R | 97 Salvagewon Eliminator | 90 SC'd Track Project

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                  RE: My sports car history and future

                  No, I've go a web server and only allowing http through port 80. Standard web site stuff.
                  1995 Miata 2860 turbo, ground controls, etc. - 2013 MX5 Club Sport PHRT (wife thinks its hers) - 2007 Saleen S281

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                    RE: My sports car history and future

                    Awesome garage! :)

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                      RE: My sports car history and future

                      Good story!
                      My dad used to have an '04 Mini Cooper S that color.. Sure is a fun toy!
                      2012 Acura TSX Sportwagon
                      2001 NB track car that never gets driven

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