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Old 07-07-2014, 04:02 AM   #31 (permalink)
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That engine bay is cleeaaann. Tasteful modifications on this build. I like it
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Little bit of frustration today - removed the open diff and went to swap in the Torsen. Got it raised into place... and realized I did not have the right axles to work with ABS. So I had to re-install the open diff with the original driveshaft mated to my transplanted motor/tranny. A couple hours of work for nothing. Oh well.

After finishing the diff, I installed the rest of the exhaust.



After this photo I installed the OEM bracing between the chassis and rear subframe.

That takes care of the transplant mechanics! I'll go back over everything with a torque wrench but I don't have too many more parts waiting to go in.

The next block of time will be dedicated to wiring up the EMS4 and as soon as that's done, Phee should fire up. Got an invite for canyon carving this Sunday... would sure be nice to shake Phee down!
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Didnt get quite as far as I was hoping but that's probably because of how much disassembly is really required. Had to remove the cowl cover, the engine bay fuse box, the bikini top, passenger seat, passenger harness, and passenger carpet. I spent about two hours trying to come up with a way to use the OEM firewall boot and I was not successful. There are significantly more wires going through the firewall boot in Phee because of the ABS system. There's just no room to pull the bundle of wires I need.



I decided to make a new firewall feed-through with it's own boot, specifically for the AEM wiring. This means I'm going to need to pull off the intake manifold, which means I need to remove the STB. Wanting to get something done, I went ahead and connected up the harnesses and ran the wire bundle under the carpet as far as the footwell.



The OEM ABS computer is the silver box and the EMS4 is zip tied in place, along with the Boomslang pigtail harness. I ran the bundle along side the OEM bundle so with the carpet on top, you can't tell there is anything different.

The cable coming from the center console is the PLX gauge display. The sensor module will be wired to the gauge and to the EMS4.
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SHE LIVES!

Phee is up and running with everything seemingly normal!

After cutting a new hole in the firewall, installing a boot and running the EMS harness to each sensor along with a little zip tie routing, she started right up. In fact, the throttle cable was a little tight so she shot up to 4000 rpms on two consecutive starts before I figured out what was going on. Adjusted the cable and she idled at 900.

Did a ton of "finishing up" things. Got out the Haynes manual and my trusty torque wrench and set every bolt on the suspension. Finished installing the front bumper, cowl cover, drained and then put Redline in the transmission, bled the brakes, bled the clutch, leveled off the Rotrex oil with the motor running, re-installed the seat, harness and hard top. Phee's completed engine bay - NOT yet detailed.



Then, she got her first bath under my ownership, followed by some machine polishing in a couple areas I saw swirls. I don't have any exterior pictures from today but hopefully soon. Tomorrow she gets a coat of sealant and then sometime this week I'm going to get my AC system evacuated and charged. Before then, she's getting test driven a little each day. I'm feeling out the power with this suspension (and crappy tires).

I've ordered some new flares from AK and those will allow me to run some decent wheels/tires.

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Congrats Brad! I'm very impressed you swapped everything in less than 4 weeks time!
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:54 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Congrats Brad! I'm very impressed you swapped everything in less than 4 weeks time!

You and me both! And the car was really only down for two weeks- I was driving it through suspension and interior swap.

I bled the clutch successfully after reading an M.net garage article although engagement is a lot closer to the floor than it used to be. I remember reading about an adjustment to take care of that. Need to find that post again.

I think it's always easier to wash the car with a hard top on, so yesterday I installed the Chaser CF hardtop.



In the sunlight I found a few more swirly areas in the paint so I polished them out before applying a sealant to the whole car. 15 minute cure time and after a buffing... Phee is pretty! Can't wait to take her to cars and coffee next weekend.

30 minute test drive around the neighborhood was pretty normal, except for the different clutch engagement. Car feels solid and pulls strong although I never really put my foot in it. As I pulled into my driveway, I smelled coolant. Some hot coolant splattered on my ankle and shin and scared the crap out of me. Turns out one of the heater core hoses wasn't quite tight enough. The pressurized leak made it past the shattered heater core firewall bushings, into the cabin behind the dash. Waited for it to cool down but think I have the hose snugged up now. Tomorrow I'll stretch Phee's legs a little more.

Pretty happy how it all came together without any major setbacks. Learning curve wasn't that bad. Took a couple shots of the new configurations in Phee - my favorite things in the bay.

Saikou Michi oil catch can, originially made for a 3.5l V6 NA motor with a 1" snorkel, layered filter media and a quick drain. Made a formed hose for the PCV side.



My custom intake manifold - cut, shaved, polished all DIY. The fuel gauge is brand new for Phee, along with the adjustable FPR.



And the vacuum manifold, linked to the intake manifold with a formed hose, this time with the MAP sensor on the manifold. The RRFPR vacuum line will be deleted after a re-tune.



Oh yeah, the ABS light is on so I decided I will get a shop to bleed the ABS and do the AC evac/charge at the same time. Got an appointment.

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Still driving Phee a little each day to see if I can catch anything that needs attention. Last two drives have had no issues - and I've started getting into boost.

Today I did a couple small things. Installed the Carbing STB in the rear. Not an easy install because of access to the bolts. But it's in and I do like the way it makes the car feel. Doesn't make anything faster but it feels more solid, less rattles and shakes, etc.



I also installed a clear third LED brake light. I like the way it goes with the tails.



Of course it lights up red.


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I dropped off Phee at a local shop to get the AC checked and charged. They called back to tell me no leaks so they filled it up - should be good to go.

When I first picked up Phee, I had and still have an intermittent slow start. Since I swapped both the motor, alternator and the starter the problem continues... which means it's in Phee's wiring. Not surprised because my last Miata also had worn ignition contacts. I'll turn the key and only 6V is making it to the starter, then all of a sudden, voltage will rise and the starter will turn over the motor slowly at first, then more and more quickly.

After removing the steering column plastic, the ignition wire harness looks both corroded and a little burned at the connector. Just so I never have to worry about this again, I ordered a new ignition cylinder and asked the shop to replace that wiring all the way to the motor. This is something I could do, but since the shop did the full diagnostic and already has it torn down, they should have it fixed in a couple days. I could have kept driving Phee the way she is but about every third attempt to start her, it's a no-go for 10-15 attempts before she starts. In this case the motor swap was really helpful in diagnosing. In the previous Miata with similar issues, it took a long time to eliminate other possible causes before coming down to the ignition cylinder & wire harness. Having seen it before AND running two completely different motors in this car confirmed it.
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What brand strut bar are you using?
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What brand strut bar are you using?

The rear bar is a Carbing and the front bar uses the Carbing firewall brace with a slightly modified Cobalt STB. I used to have the front Carbing STB but it wouldn't fit the rotrex intake without modifying the brace and I was not willing to cut the $500 Carbing. So I traded the Carbing for the Cobalt plus cash and cut it to clear the intake immediately.

In Phee, the Cobalt interferes with the OEM ABS lines, so I had to reroute a couple hard lines to get the brace mounted.
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Gotcha. I'm having the same issue as well. I'm trying to figure out how to place my rotrx's air filter and keep my OEM strut bar. I removed cruise control so maybe I can move my filter by my brake booster and free up enough room for my bar. I'll figure something out.
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Gotcha. I'm having the same issue as well. I'm trying to figure out how to place my rotrx's air filter and keep my OEM strut bar. I removed cruise control so maybe I can move my filter by my brake booster and free up enough room for my bar. I'll figure something out.
It'll be tough but not impossible. I had to remove cruise control as well but mine had never worked since I bought the car so it doesn't bother me at all.

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And I ordered the flipside customs mounting brackets.

I watched TV for a couple hours in one of the chairs - actually forgot I was in it for a little while. As far as I can tell, as comfortable as any seat I have ever had. Looking forward to having the brackets arrive so that I can install them. Seats are wonderfully light - holding the chair with one hand at arm's length is no problem.

I'd consider taking these to an upholstery shop and replacing the light gray bolster patches with black leather & red stitching just to tweak them enough to blend in... but I don't think I'm that patient. I want these in the car!
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Sweet, congrats Brad! Look forward to seeing them installed but I like the re-upholstered idea.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:35 AM   #44 (permalink)
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aww man you were the one that picked those up.. those are comfy
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Sweet, congrats Brad! Look forward to seeing them installed but I like the re-upholstered idea.
I dropped them off yesterday. Shop is backed up so it's going to be a couple weeks before they are done. Same shop has my Sparco steering wheel so hopefully I'll pick them both up at the same time.

To keep me happy until then, I picked up an OEM lip and a track dog radical splitter.

Assembled them together and used different hardware than what Trackdog provided. They claim the splitter protects the lip but then provide hex head flange bolts that sit below the splitter? I looked around and found that's pretty standard, it just doesn't make much sense to me, especially since I've had a splitter before and scraped off the bolt heads.

I replaced them with some countersunk heads after using a countersink bit on the splitter. Perfectly flat.



Hopefully I'll get this bolted up before the weekend. It's been pretty hot lately - might have to wait for a cool morning.

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Attacked the R package lip and Radical splitter install this evening. I used a half dozen spring clamps to hold the lip in place while drilling into the OEM bumper. The flange nuts provided with the splitter are great - they grab the bumper and don't require two wrenches to tighten down. I did have to cut part of the lip to fit the Rotrex intake pipes under the car. Nothing major - just part of the ducting behind the opening. A couple of small challenges getting everything lined up and installed but it's in and leveled at the struts.

It's definitely a change - I need to get used to it.







I got the edge trim for the splitter - paid $14 for what I now see is just regular door edge trim from Autozone/O'reilly's/Etc. I actually had purchased it in the past and had enough to do the splitter without the trim that came with it. Oh well. The trim really does finish off the leading edge.
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Man, this car has come a long way. I still remember you posting up about this car on Houston-imports. Didn't you used to own a turbo fx35 as well?Did you ever wind up getting another one?
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Man, this car has come a long way. I still remember you posting up about this car on Houston-imports. Didn't you used to own a turbo fx35 as well?Did you ever wind up getting another one?
Yes, for sure! Yeah I did have a Laser Red turbo FX until I wrecked it in December of 2011. Since then I've been building another one. This time she's silver and her first dyno put down 448whp. Not finished yet- still have some fab to finish up before she's ready to become my daily/grocery getter.

The miata is so sweet- built to a goal with balance. Love it. I seriously feel like a kid in a go kart every time I drive it. Did a canyon run this morning- my favorite part of the week every week.

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Yes, for sure! Yeah I did have a Laser Red turbo FX until I wrecked it in December of 2012. Since then I've been building another one. This time she's silver and her first dyno put down 448whp. Not finished yet- still have some fab to finish up before she's ready to become my daily/grocery getter.

The miata is so sweet- built to a goal with balance. Love it. I seriously feel like a kid in a go kart every time I drive it. Did a canyon run this morning- my favorite part of the week every week.
Do you have a thread on the FX?
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Yep.

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Picked up my seats! The gray suede bolsters are gone and replaced with black leather and red stitching to match my interior. Pretty excited to get them but my brackets have not shown up yet so I can't mount them. THAT is frustrating.





After rolling around for a week with the splitter, I decided to add three more supports; one in the middle and one near the end of each side. I was able to level the front of the splitter right at the supports perfectly but move 18 inches away from the support and the splitter isn't flat anymore. One in the center front, which will use an already existing mounting point, just like the first two supports. The two side supports I ordered much shorter and I plan to attach them to the bumper cover with a metal plate behind it to spread out the load.

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That looks pretty damn good. I need to get mine reupholstered at some point...
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I'm loving how this build is coming together mate, keep it up
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Seats reupholstered, flip side customs brackets installed... Stock sliders on deck.

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Picked up a workshop manual for my 1994 (w/95 engine & transmission). Plan to build a spare motor and swap in when I've beat the current one.

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And I finally got around to a heat shield.

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I'd attack the seats and the heat shield but my Miata is at Autokonexion for a V1 flare install. Not sure how long before I get her back.


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Your car is basically the NA version of my car.
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What can I say - you have good taste? Except maybe on the model... Love the NA!

My car has been sitting at Autokonexion for the last couple weeks - should be picking it up after the long weekend with the V1 CF flares installed.

As soon as she gets home the 15x9 Volk TE37V wheels with NT01 rubber go on and the seats will be in very shortly after that. Cant wait to drive her to work next week.

Got my stock sliders bolted up to the flipside customs brackets.







I sat in them on the floor and I like the angle - just need to get them in the car so I can see and feel the final poistion.

I have an appointment with the tuner as well - the plan is to remove the RRFPR and increase pressure with the 5x adjustable reg that has been installed since I swapped the motors. It came set at stock fuel pressure - which is something I have not verified since I've been driving it. But at least I can see my AFRs and things have been fine.

In addition to re-mapping all the fuel tables, I'm including some O2 feedback tuning as well - to help get a little more response through braking and acceleration.

Need to focus on the Torsen install next - it's too easy to break traction (with one wheel) with the open diff. Should be a lot better with the Volks/NTs but that combo just doesn't sit right with me. Gotta get the LSD.

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It's been a minute since I updated. Ran into some fitment issues with the Volks so I can't drive on them just yet. But DAMN they look good bolted up. SO happy with them. Lighting is not the best in these photos but Phee isn't ready for a real unveiling yet so this is all I have.









I had the car home for just a week and now it's going back to Autokonexion for a while longer. Not sure exactly how long but it's worth it to be able to roll on the Volks.

I did install my seats - and I'm really happy with them too. They have such a small volume that I actually have more room in the cabin. Again, both seats are on the flipside brackets and stock sliders.







I got my Sparco re-wrapped at a local upholstery shop. I asked them to make it a full 1/2" thicker. I like me a fat grip.



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Gawd I love those seats! And I'd be interested in wrapping my hands around that wheel.

Part of me is sad that you had to build this car but I do love it.
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After a lot of patience, Autokonnexion finished up the V1 CF flares install and I finally bolted up my Volks.



I made my way to Cars & Coffee Irvine on Saturday - taking it easy on the wet streets since I have my NT-01 tires installed - not known for wet performance. Because of the weather it was not as busy as usual, but plenty of interest in my car.

Sunday morning I decided to give the new setup a workout in the canyons. Unfortunately my car had other ideas. After driving problem free for 30 miles, my timing belt seems to have slipped. The car shut down and I had to have it flat-bedded back to my house. The crank is turning but the cams are not. So glad it's a non-interference motor!







She's up on jack stands, ready for a full timing belt change including a new timing gear pulley, a new belt, a tensioner and an idler, a new woodruff key and a new crank bolt. Since the SuperMiata damper pulley is still doing it's job I'm guessing there isn't anything wrong with it. At worst I could have some crank surface damage but I should know as soon as I take it apart this week.

She looks good even when hurt, am I right?
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Sorry to hear about this Brad but you will have er up and running in no time! You ever considered doing a slight tint/smoke on the taillights? Just have a body shop put some black in a clear and shoot them, it will keep them from hazing in the future and I think it would look really good.
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Hope you get her all sorted.

When you do, some Zeromotive rear canards would go great with your other aero.
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