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Old 01-09-2017, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, just joined your group, looks like a lot of good info/projects on your site. While I have had several project cars, and Mazdas, I am new to Miatas, so looking forward to getting my '91 NA back on the road.
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome! You say, "back on the road". Is the car stored or are you cerrently working on it? What are the plans?

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Yes! ^^^^ Tell us more about what's up with it!
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Project Cars are good cars.
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Old 01-21-2017, 12:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey guys, here is a little background on the car, another car buddy of mine knew the previous owner, so I feel it is fairly accurate. Apparently, the car was having problems with little power, but it ran. They took it to a local mechanic, who was not familiar with Miatas. He did a basic tune up and changed out the timing chain and components, but did not torque down the crank sprocket to spec and so it spun. He then welded it back to the crank (not sure about this solution) I haven't opened it up yet to see what type of job he did. I did talk to him personally so feel all this is accurate.

When I bought it the car did run although not real well, I put a new battery into it, cleaned it up a little but it has been parked for about a year. Now there is no crank, click, grunt or anything when I turn the key, battery is good, so not sure where to look first. I was reading online that if the connections are not real good at the starter it might do this? Any help towards diagnosing this would be great.

As for plans for the future, I would like to start restoring and eventually put a turbo on the car. I was pleased to find out that the stock internals are strong enough to take mild boost with the normal modifications to the peripherals.
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Old 01-23-2017, 05:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No start could be a few things, but I wonder about that battery after sitting for a year. Check this out: https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=279746

(I know it's another forum, but it's a great write up.)

BTW it has a timing belt, not a chain. Gotta replace it every 60K miles.
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