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    Ok, lets start. I will try and update it quite a bit as I get more in depth with my build now.

    I bought my car (90 1.6) in Jan. of 2007. I got it for $1700 with most of the mods today, just some things needed some playing around with. It came with spares, stock parts, extra set of brand new Toyo tires (had brand new Azenis on it), etc. Good deal!

    Things added since I got it:

    -Corbeau Forza seat
    -5 point harness
    -Megasquirt PNP ECU
    -Roll bar finished and painted.
    -Full alignment
    -Home Depot lip ;)
    -Gutted interior and painted
    -Flyin Miata sway bar
    -Exterior buffing...needs paint no matter what.
    -New engine items from waterpump, gaskets, etc.
    -...and some other things.

    When I bought the car I wanted to have a car ready to go autocross wise. It was pretty close, so I was happy. Plans changed and I wanted to turbo it, well I changed my mind, then I wanted to do ITB's, I got VERY close to finishing that, had all the parts, but went a different route. By the way for those interested, for my ITB setup I was going to use GSXR600 tb's attached to a stock 1.6 IM cut off at the runners for a manifold, it would have worked perfectly.

    Anyway so now the car is destined to be a race car.

    I have decided on ITA. The class offers different cars at different speeds. Spec Miata SOUNDS like the bargain class, but to be fast in SM you need to have a pro built car most of the time. Those are not cheap...

    So for ITA I plan on getting another 1.6 and doing a small overhaul, boring it out, doing as much as the legal things in the rulebook I can afford. Suspension wise I am upgrading to Konis and Ground Controls.

    Lots of other things have to be done, but the car will be set to go to the double school in Feb. at Roebling Road.

    I will put some pics on here as soon as I can.

    Things to do:

    -Finish roll cage.
    -Add fire system and cutoff switch.
    -Remove steering wheel lock
    -Alignment
    -Exhaust
    -Paint body
    -...and more.

    Like I said more real updates to come :)

    Mods List AS IS:

    -Tein springs
    -KYB AGX shocks
    -Flyin Miata sway bar
    -OPM strut bar
    -RB header
    -Intake, AFM delete, intake relocated.
    -A/C, PWS, everything entirely removed.
    -Gutted cat.
    -Roll bar welded in
    -All metal bushings
    -Steel braided brake lines.
    ...and other things I am forgetting.

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    Update: 10/22/2008

    So today I have started my last attempt at a cost alternative form of body work. I could spend $300 to get a Maaco paint job, but why if I could do it for a little less and do it myself (I have a VERY bad case of DIY disease).

    So I am attempting the $50 roller paint job.

    Supplies I bought:

    -Red Rustoleum paint.
    -Foam roller
    -Mineral spirits
    -Sand paper

    Bout it...lol.

    I am doing the trunk first, so I sanded it down. By the way, if you spray paint your car, at least whatever paint I used, it's HARD to get off with just sand paper lol. Luckily only my trunk/hood is spray painted the bumpers are too but easy to sand down.

    Anyway, trunk was sanded down very smooth, and I just applied the first coat. I am following many websites on this. At first I had a bad problem with bubbles, so I thinned the paint down quite a bit more and it went away. Next is orange peel type finish. I am waiting until it's dry and will wet sand it, and attempt to get that out, I read it's normal and there are ways to get it out. Waiting for it to dry it looks good, of course it looks good when wet but there are no lines from the roller, no issues. It's really easy SO FAR haha.

    Plan:

    -Wet sand when dry.
    -If orange peel is better, leave it, if it's the same, add coat, sand again until smooth. Maybe play with paint/thinner mixture.
    -When fully dry, wax/buff trunk to shine (I hope it does)
    -Wash car like regular, see if it fades, chips, reacts to anything.

    If it holds up, I will do the whole car lol.

    It can easily be done in a weekend.

    I have pics and am taking them all the time to make it a DIY thread if it works, or to show how NOT to do this, either way lol. By the way the color is BRIGHT red, lol, luckily with stickers on the car it will look more of a race car/bright attn ***** take my pic on the track car.

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    Exhaust update: I am running now a straight pipe, no muffler, no cat (gutted Jackson cat). Luckily a Supertrapp will get here today and serve as my muffling device. If you all have never used one, they are really nice to have. Especially for track days or events with a sound limit, you can change your tone, backpressure, and sound in a matter of seconds. Just add or take away discs!

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    Roll cage update: Some may have seen my roll bar for sale more then likely. I am planning on getting a FULL new cage at a crazy discounted price, as much as I could add to the front of mine for. So I figure why not do a whole new cage, that way I know I won't run into any issues with mounting a front half to a custom rear half.

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    More SOON!

    (and pics of the trunk tonight!)

  • #2
    RE: My Miata...

    You got it for $1700??? That's an absolute steal mate. You forgot to mention the seam welded part too. I've always liked your car, it's a hardcore fighting Miata. What kind of scheme are you gonna go with for the ITA racing? Painters tape racing stripes??

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    • #3
      RE: My Miata...

      PAINT THAT DAMN CAR!!!!!!!!!

      lol and shave your beard homo
      DIE WHITE GIRLS

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      • #4
        RE: My Miata...

        And post some pictures

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        • #5
          RE: My Miata...

          Pics or it's not real! lol

          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...

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          • #6
            RE: My Miata...

            I demand pics!!

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            • #7
              RE: My Miata...

              Here is quick snap from the ARRC last year, will post new pics asap when I get it cleaned up.

              I am painting it soon, hopefully before this years ARRC.

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              • #8
                RE: My Miata...

                Pink headlight covers reduce wind resistance.
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                • #9
                  RE: My Miata...

                  Naah it's just clear coat weight savings, like the Germans did with their silver race cars.

                  That's a cool picture Simon, must have been good fun showing up the pricier cars.

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                  • #10
                    RE: My Miata...

                    LOL it's more like non buffed and waxed headlight covers.

                    But I like the German idea!

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                    • #11
                      RE: My Miata...

                      Update:

                      So today I have started my last attempt at a cost alternative form of body work. I could spend $300 to get a Maaco paint job, but why if I could do it for a little less and do it myself (I have a VERY bad case of DIY disease).

                      So I am attempting the $50 roller paint job.

                      Supplies I bought:

                      -Red Rustoleum paint.
                      -Foam roller
                      -Mineral spirits
                      -Sand paper

                      Bout it...lol.

                      I am doing the trunk first, so I sanded it down. By the way, if you spray paint your car, at least whatever paint I used, it's HARD to get off with just sand paper lol. Luckily only my trunk/hood is spray painted the bumpers are too but easy to sand down.

                      Anyway, trunk was sanded down very smooth, and I just applied the first coat. I am following many websites on this. At first I had a bad problem with bubbles, so I thinned the paint down quite a bit more and it went away. Next is orange peel type finish. I am waiting until it's dry and will wet sand it, and attempt to get that out, I read it's normal and there are ways to get it out. Waiting for it to dry it looks good, of course it looks good when wet but there are no lines from the roller, no issues. It's really easy SO FAR haha.

                      Plan:

                      -Wet sand when dry.
                      -If orange peel is better, leave it, if it's the same, add coat, sand again until smooth. Maybe play with paint/thinner mixture.
                      -When fully dry, wax/buff trunk to shine (I hope it does)
                      -Wash car like regular, see if it fades, chips, reacts to anything.

                      If it holds up, I will do the whole car :jawdrop: lol.

                      It can easily be done in a weekend.

                      I have pics and am taking them all the time to make it a DIY thread if it works, or to show how NOT to do this, either way lol. By the way the color is BRIGHT red, lol, luckily with stickers on the car it will look more of a race car/bright attn ***** take my pic on the track car.

                      --------------

                      Exhaust update: I am running now a straight pipe, no muffler, no cat (gutted Jackson cat). Luckily a Supertrapp will get here today and serve as my muffling device. If you all have never used one, they are really nice to have. Especially for track days or events with a sound limit, you can change your tone, backpressure, and sound in a matter of seconds. Just add or take away discs! :D

                      ----------------

                      Roll cage update: Some may have seen my roll bar for sale more then likely. I am planning on getting a FULL new cage at a crazy discounted price, as much as I could add to the front of mine for. So I figure why not do a whole new cage, that way I know I won't run into any issues with mounting a front half to a custom rear half.

                      ----------------

                      More SOON!

                      (and pics of the trunk tonight!)

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                      • #12
                        RE: My Miata...

                        If anyone else feels like doing a roller paint job I have 6 quarts of Interlux Brightside paint in bright red. They call it Fire Red. It supposed to work better the Rustoleum. ;) It is a polyurethane paint with UV inhibitors etc made for ocean going boats. Can be rolled or sprayed.

                        Keep us posted on your roller job.
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                        • #13
                          RE: My Miata...

                          ^Yes it is, but can't beat like $8/can lol

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                          • #14
                            RE: My Miata...

                            Good luck Simon, can't wait to see pictures. We'll have to do the same to our Lemons car.

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                            • #15
                              RE: My Miata...

                              Cool. I was hoping to see someone locally do this. Keep us updated for sure!

                              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...

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