Top Ad Widget

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Current Project

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Current Project

    Some time ago I decided to build a retro styled Miata on a limited budget, using leftover parts, bartering, and whatever other systems that would work. I started with this beauty....

    [attachment=56]

    Cute right? lol...yeah, anyway...I bought it with a hardtop and whole bunch of cool extra parts and misc items for about the price of a hardtop. I sold the hardtop and got back to zero. Then sold off all the extras to get in the positive cash flow arena.

    I continued saving leftover and FREE to me items, such as, 1.8 brakes, 1.8 diff w/RX7 posi internals, late model trans, low mile 1.6, etc etc...theres wayyy too much to list.

    Eventually a racer wanting a chassis shell to build decided he really liked that car, as the body was very straight and clean. He talked me out of it for a pretty nice price and being I really wanted a color other then red I took the deal. I took that cash and replaced it with this....

    [attachment=57]

    91 silverstone, in good running shape, but automatic! ugh! :)
    Nothing that cant be cured with a 5 speed swap though. ;)
    No fears...I removed the interior, top, engine, trans, diff, brakes, tail panel, mirrors, tail lights, wheels, etc etc and sold all of it, leaving me with a silver car instead of a red one AND more positive cash flow. :D

    Some of that cash went with a parts deal to purchase a lightly used FM2/BEGI turbo system with Link ECU and other goodies.

    I have since added (all free parts of course) clutch pedals and related, Koni adjustables on GC coilovers, a new Robbins softop pulled from a parts car, a fresh dash without cracks, good OEM carpet, along with installing the Link ECU. I added my MotoLita wheel (a leftover from a car I sold) and my retro gauge faces and KGWorks panel.
    [attachment=59]

    I also have a set of AWD gauge faces which are being prepared for the car...as seen here....
    [attachment=58]


    I have a custom retro style seat setup in mind, which I have seats for and have sourced a vendor to make the upholstery I want. More on that later. ;) The interior will have new fabbed door panels on ABS panels (compliments of my friend RedJeff), leather pull straps, no cosole but a finished retro style 'carpet hump' with shift boot. I have modded a radio surround for this as well.

    [attachment=61]


    More to come....
    sigpic

  • #2
    RE: Current Project

    Kick *** gauges. Gonna be pretty interesting, what power plans do you have for the silverstone? Any chance of a hardtop? I've always thought silverstones with hard tops look bad ***.

    Comment


    • #3
      RE: Current Project

      Awesome! :D

      Comment


      • #4
        RE: Current Project

        Hardtops do look good and have function but I am into the top down Roadster thing. Plus the hardtop isnt really part of my budget...which is extremely low for this car....stupid low I might say! I have owned many hardtops but always end up selling them, I'd rather have the $$ then the top. lol...

        As for power, I plan on running the standard 12-13 psi GT2560 FM2 setup with LInk, RC 440s, and Vishnu dual feed rail, so likely in the 225 whp range perhaps on the stock 1.6
        Anything over 200 whp is within my goal range.
        sigpic

        Comment


        • #5
          RE: Current Project

          Big thanks to Redjeff for supplying tools and labor yesterday to accomplish a frame rail "adjustment" to allow clearance for the turbo. I have not seen anyone do this cut neater.

          Also, a spacer is required on the FM manifold to adapt to the new style downpipe so we had to remove the turbo from the manifold and two nuts had to be split and cut off with a dremel due to being rounded off by the PO.
          Oil pan drilling operations were halted when I realized the bit I have is not tapered and too large for my drill.
          I dont know what you guys do when you get someone to work on your car...but I get an aircraft mechanic! :)


          [attachment=316]

          [attachment=317]
          sigpic

          Comment


          • #6
            RE: Current Project

            that's a neater looking cut than the one in the last issue of grass roots and that was by flyin miata!

            Comment


            • #7
              RE: Current Project

              Testing DIY red gauge needle appearance.
              Also had to look at gold wheels on silver for fun.

              [attachment=318]
              [attachment=319]
              sigpic

              Comment


              • #8
                RE: Current Project

                Water line upgrade for FM setup, will replace high temp silicone lines.

                [attachment=321]
                sigpic

                Comment


                • #9
                  RE: Current Project

                  Wow.
                  I need him to come do my frame when I install the GT2871R.

                  Originally posted by miata5620
                  Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    RE: Current Project

                    All it takes is a Little "Blue Moon" and a nice sandwich.:P Have grinder, will travel.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      RE: Current Project

                      Sweet. I'll look you up as well when the time comes. :)

                      Originally posted by miata5620
                      Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X