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Old 08-31-2015, 07:18 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Max the car looks great! It's so simple yet so effective. Perfect example of how a few properly selected parts can make a huge difference.
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Max the car looks great! It's so simple yet so effective. Perfect example of how a few properly selected parts can make a huge difference.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:55 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Found an NA6 dash locally and figured it would be a decent project. Not in the best shape, but I'm not complaining. This is what it looked like when I picked it up:



Bumpy.


Frame isn't too rusted, but will get painted.


I decided to repaint everything that's tan on this dash. Faded crash pad, glovebox, bottom half. Will also paint my door card pads to match. The other option was to paint the crash pad black, but I decided against it as it makes the interior look too dark. The bottom half of the dash is fading a bit, and I figure if I paint just the crash pad tan, then it wouldn't match the rest of the tan.

Will be cleaning up the plastic with brake fluid, prepping with SEM Plastic and Vinyl prep, and giving it a few coats of SEM Camel.


The only worry I have is the small crash pad to the left of the gauge hood:


A crack.


This shouldn't be too much of a problem since I'll be painting the pad, but I'm hoping JB Weld can fill this in and keep the crack shut.
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Old 04-06-2017, 04:00 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Making slow progress on the dash. Repaired a ton of the screw posts on the underside of the dash with JB Weld plastic weld, thin wire, and JB Weld plastic putty.








Removed the black sticky paint from the top of the dash with a combination of razor blades, brake cleaner, and brake fluid.






This is good-enough. I plan on covering the top with leather, so I don't really care about the leftover paint in the plastic-leather pattern here.

I also cut the vents out in preparation for leather. Unfortunately, my dremel slipped a few times in the process and I am left with a few small gauges in the plastic around the vents. These will probably not even show up after the leather is glued down, but I decided to be safe rather than sorry. Filled them in with bondo and will sand them later. The two AC vent posts underneath the dash also caused a few dents, so those got filled in as well.







Since the tan plastic on this dash has faded, I'm repainting the entire thing in SEM Camel. Glovebox came first, this is after one coat.

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Can't wait to see this come together
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Old 04-06-2017, 07:42 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Beautiful car and great shots! I have to find an NA that clean one day.
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Old 04-08-2017, 10:04 AM   #37 (permalink)
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favorite car. really excited for interior improvements.
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Old 04-11-2017, 05:55 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Adding some additional photos to show how bad some of the screw posts were on the underside of the dash:





First filled in with JB Weld's PlasticWeld.


Then wrapped with wire. This might look a bot sloppy, but each time I went around the post, I twisted the two ends tight. This was mainly to provide rigidity for the PlasticWeld Putty that I finished off with.
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Painted the bottom of the dash and finished the glovebox today.

Dash wiped down with SEM Plastic Prep (38353):




Here you can see the the discoloration of the tan plastic around the glovebox. Looks like some kind of chemical was used previously:


Bad photo, but the area near the hood latch release was not pretty either:


I used SEM Camel Color Coat (15173). I did not use an adhesion prompter, although that is recommended apparently.
4 coats later:




Area near the glovebox:

Yes, yes, I didn't remove the rubber bumps. They didn't come out easily, so I left them in. Not a big deal.

Hood latch release:


And the final look of the glovebox (lighting in this photo makes it look like the latch and glovebox are different colors, but they are not):



Overall, I am very impressed with SEM products so far - the finish looks fantastic. The crash pad will be repaired and painted later this week.
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Nice work on the na6 dash, Max, it is going to look great installed!
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good to see you back at it. Miss this car.
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Old 04-13-2017, 05:49 PM   #42 (permalink)
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This thread has gone unattended for a while, so I'm adding some additional photos from the last couple of years.

Pre-radiator (Mishimoto) installation and engine bay cleanup:


After:




Antonov AN-124 had a pit stop at CLT. Crazy to see one of these in person, it's enormous.






Exclusive Detail did a fantastic job polishing up the paint, I was absolutely stoked when I went to pick up.
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Old 04-14-2017, 06:43 PM   #43 (permalink)
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From a recent cars & coffee.







This one is recent. Morgan 3-wheeler - impressive in person, and makes a great noise.
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Old 04-17-2017, 06:31 PM   #44 (permalink)
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The hardest part of the dash restoration was completed on Saturday. I can't tell you how nerve-racking the entire process was. I was not looking forward to laying down leather, and was terrified of making a mistake. One error, and I have to start from scratch. What I was afraid of most was not being able to wrap all of the corners, curves, and nooks of the dash, but that turned out to be a piece of cake.

Here are the materials that I used (and scissors):
1. SEM 38353 Plastic & Leather Prep
2. DAP Weldwood Contact Cement (The Original)
3. Bondo rubber spreaders/putty knives
4. Brush
5. Blade
6. Scissors
7. Mask




Here is my leather "scrap" that I purchased from a local shop. Enough material to cover 2 dashboards, and around $50. Prior to these photos, there were a ton of wrinkles in the hide; not natural wrinkles, but creases from the leather being balled up and tossed in a scrap bin. This was fairly easy to correct with some brown paper, and an iron set to med/high. No steam. The wrinkles and lines you see in the photos are natural features in the leather.

I traced the dash pattern onto paper, and then marked it down on the leather. Gave myself around 2-3 inches of excess on all sides.





Beautiful.




Before we move on to the photos, this took me 8 hours to complete - I started at 14:00 and finished @ 22:00.

First, spray with SEM and wipe with a clean cloth.




Then, line up the leather, and fold over to one side. Brush a generous amount of contact cement on both sides and let it sit for 15 minutes. Anything under 15 minutes wasn't tacky enough in my case, and the leather wouldn't stick as well as it should.

Slowly fold over the cemented section, and press down slowly and smoothly with your fingers or a cloth. Once the section was down, I firmly went over with a Bondo putty knife.




I decided to finish the large flat section first, and leave the edges for last.




Almost done laying down the leather and wrapping the edges in this photo:





Cut SLOWLY and LITTLE BY LITTLE. This would come back to bite me in the ass when cutting out the windshield vents. I cut one long slit in the middle of the vent, and then made little cuts along each edge to help the leather wrap around easier. First of all, this wasn't needed along the straight edge of the vent, you only need to do this at the rounded ends, as the leather is flexible enough to wrap around the long curves. Second of all, when you do make these slits, DO NOT CUT IN TOO FAR. I did, and you can see these cuts when looking from the top, or from the side. I'm not too worried about this - will be cutting out some trashcan mesh like Revlimiter did for his dash restoration, and I'm hoping that will help conceal these cuts. However, it is the one thing I could have definitely done better, a little disappointed in myself with this part. Luckily these aren't too visible, and can also be concealed with a fine-tip sharpie.
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Old 04-17-2017, 06:32 PM   #45 (permalink)
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ANYWAYS, on to the almost-finished product. Enjoy!


























I have to say, overall I am extremely pleased with the result, and can't wait to finish the entire project!
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:50 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Whoa. That looks ace.
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:56 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Thanks Tamale!
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:26 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Some additional photos of parts that may have gone undocumented until now.

1. K&N Typhoon intake for NB, modified to fit NA
2. Mishimoto Radiator
3. Garage Star Radiator Cooling Panel
4. Flyin' Miata cruise control relocation bracket
5. Tanabe strut bar






6. Techno Toy Tuning GTC shift knob
7. Techno Toy Tuning 50mm hub extender
8. Joyfast handbrake button
9. Mitsubishi Eclipse AC vents - not feeling these as much anymore, might switch back to eyeballs when the dash is swapped
10. Royal Clover Poleposition key and rotary keychain







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Old 04-19-2017, 10:29 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Began stockpiling parts last week. Hopefully I will have time to install this lot in the next month or so, although the eccentric bolts might have to wait.

- I.L. Motorsport bushings
- Mazda Comp differential mounts
- Mazda Comp motor mounts
- New eccentric bolts
- Flyin' Miata frame rails


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Old 04-19-2017, 10:47 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Your car is the very definition of OEM+

One thing though, please paint or polish your valve cover already! I would also love to see an aluminum coolant tank in there as well.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:21 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Anything in the engine bay is low on the list at the moment, but it's definitely on there. Wrinkle black VC probably.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:10 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Fresh delivery from last night. Fujitsubo Exhaust right?



Or is it...
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:11 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Nope.

K-1 Racing (?) exhaust that was imported from Japan (possibly via Rod @ Tetsyua Garage), then found a home with SFLMiata, then came to me. He was nice enough to throw in a Top Speed resonator in the sale. The exhaust isn't perfect, and needs some cleaning up, but that'll get done in the next couple of days. This seems to be a pretty rare exhaust, and I had trouble even finding any sound clips of it. I'll get some up after the installation.

Also, if anyone has any additional information about this exhaust or manufacturer, I would appreciate you sharing!



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Old 04-20-2017, 10:11 PM   #54 (permalink)
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That should look sweet.
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Old 04-22-2017, 01:21 PM   #55 (permalink)
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More goodies from Japan. RS Factory Stage brake grip.





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Old 04-24-2017, 10:04 PM   #56 (permalink)
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So nice! Can't wait to hear that exhaust!
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Love the attention to detail, especially on the dash. Nice job man
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Polished the exhaust a bit with Mothers MAG Polish, but not to an extent worth taking photos of. The tip and muffler polished up just fine, but the rest are going to need some sanding and more polishing to look shiny.

Really liking this exhaust so far; reasonably quiet if you're cruising at <3,500rpm and very little drone at all driving highway speeds. Completely different when at full throttle though.

Anyways, I was able to install it Friday night, but struggled to get any proper sound clips. My Nikon D5100's build-in mic doesn't do the job well enough, and the sound came out flat. The iPhone definitely did a much better job, surprisingly. Audio has been edited for noise reduction.



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Dash is nearing completion. Painted the crash pads and glued down with silicone. Working on the mesh defrost vents right now, and will have to clean up the dash frame. Other than that, I'm having some trouble fitting the side defrost vents, may have to cut and trim to fit.




Also, new tires. Really bummed out that Dunlop don't make the Star Specs in 195/60r14 anymore, only 185/60r14 is available. Went for the new 195/60r14 Falken Azenis RT615K+. I've worn well through the tread on one of my current Star Specs, but I have a ton of suspension parts to install and don't want to get multiple alignments, so these will go on after the suspension parts are on.

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Getting closer to finishing the dash. Mesh vents formed and installed.

















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