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Old 02-02-2016, 09:51 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Your car is making me miss my 90 Classic Red NA. It looks like your doing a great job!

I also got screwed by the auto correct in my build thread title, so I feel your pain lol
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And also for the 15x8's you can get them in SBC as well

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Old 02-04-2016, 03:16 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Ready for some fresh drivetrain fluids!
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:41 AM   #64 (permalink)
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So I got new diff oil in, but no bueno on the transmission oil. I couldn't get the fill plug loose on the tranny!! I don't understand why anyone would put so much torque on the fill plug. I can't get the car high enough to get a decent length of cheater bar on it. I need a garage with a lift...
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:33 AM   #65 (permalink)
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That sucks... I hope you didn't drain it before you tried loosening the fill plug?
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:05 AM   #66 (permalink)
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Try a 16mm 12 point socket over the square fill plug.
It really helps give you some leverage without the rocking.
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:09 AM   #67 (permalink)
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That sucks... I hope you didn't drain it before you tried loosening the fill plug?
No, I tried the fill plug first.

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Try a 16mm 12 point socket over the square fill plug.
It really helps give you some leverage without the rocking.
I will try that. Thanks!
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Old 02-12-2016, 10:11 PM   #68 (permalink)
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I've had these for a while, just finally got around to cutting them down to fit. I got the center two fitted, I'll do the outer two later. No more saggy AC vents!! Now they stay where I point them!



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Passenger side done.

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Old 02-14-2016, 09:00 AM   #70 (permalink)
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You had to cut them shorter to fit? They look really nice
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Old 02-14-2016, 04:39 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Yes, cut them shorter and sand the diameter smaller to fit the size of the holes in the miata dash.
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:42 PM   #72 (permalink)
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A while back I ordered a set of "leatherette" seat covers from autotopsdirect.com through eBay. I realized that the bottom portion of the new seat covers are made for the miata seats where the center section juts out. The seats in my car are the version that are flat across the front. Instead of send the covers back I decided to see if i could find the correct seat foam. I found a good passenger side foam in the car I pulled all of the body panels from. Unfortunetly someone had already taken the drivers side.

The seat covers went on fairly easily and look really good! I am really happy with it! Now I am searching for a drivers side foam. The drivers side is still available new from mazda, but at $180 it's more than I want to spend. I'll eventually put in a racing seat, maybe two, but that won't be until after I finish building/replacing what is needed on the chassis and building a new motor. So on to the pics.

Rusty seat pan


Much better!



And all done!



Still haven't been successful in removing the transmission fill plug. I don't have a way to get the car up high enough to get a cheater bar on the wrench for extra leverage. Trying to find someone in town that will let me use a lift for a few minutes.
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:47 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Adjusted the front coil overs 1/2" lower. I think the stance looks much better now. The car REALLY needs a front lip!
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Old 02-28-2016, 01:08 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:22 PM   #75 (permalink)
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I love brand new emblems!! However, they will be hidden away in a box until I get the car painted.


And how does a crack like this appear overnight??!! Anybody have a nice NA8 dash laying around? Or maybe an NA6? Does the NA6 dash hold up better over time? If there is one thing that drives me crazy in my cars, it's a cracked dash!
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:20 AM   #76 (permalink)
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I found a solution for my cracked dash that was getting increasingly worse every day.

Minty fresh 1.6 dash!!



Then I immediately took it completely apart. My plan is to cover the upper portion of the dash in black Alcantara! I'll need a to find a tombstone and gauge hood, but I was really pumped to find the dash locally.
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:22 AM   #77 (permalink)
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I was reading on revlimiter's website about his 1.6 dash swap in Sharka a few days ago. He used brake fluid to clean the dash. I have never heard about using brake fluid to clean plastic. I was skeptical. I've seen old cars severely corroded and paint stripped off under the brake booster because of leaking fluid. If brake fluid will strip paint from steel I thought it would do worse things to plastic! But I couldn't argue with the results shown in the pictures of Sharka's dash, so I tried it!

It is amazing how much dirt/grime came off of my dash. Equally amazing is how much better the dash looks now! It looks so good I am second guessing covering it in alcantara!

It is hard to get pictures at night inside, but I think you can see how good the plastic looks now.


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Old 03-07-2016, 07:35 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Restored the dash beam. Why didn't Mazda spend the extra pennies to paint this at the factory? I should have taken a before pic. Lots of rust!



Also had to fix a couple of broken mounting points with plastic weld epoxy.

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Much better!
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:10 PM   #80 (permalink)
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The decision on whether or not to cover the dash was decided for me. The morning after installing the beam back on the dash I noticed a Y shaped crack in the dash!

Just like revlimiter's dash, I fixed the broken dash beam mounting points on the passenger side and after I reinstalled the beam the crack appeared.

You can see the Y shaped crack in this picture. The silver dots are where I marked the ends of the crack. I drilled a small hole at the ends to stop the crack from running.


I drilled the holes, notched the crack with a dremel burr bit. The crack had not gone all the way through the dash yet, so I ground just deep enough until I couldn't see the crack anymore. Then I filled the opened crack with plastic weld epoxy.



I let it cure over night and sanded the epoxy smooth.


I also removed the little fins in the defroster vent openings. This will make it easier to wrap the alcantara inside the openings. I will probably back these openings with some sort of mesh similar to Sharka.



I am not happy about the crack, but I think the end result covered in Alcantara will be really cool! Fabric is ordered, so I hope to have time to wrap the dash top this weekend.
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Anxious to see how it turns out.
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Old 03-11-2016, 11:33 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Turned out awesome! I can't wait to get it in the car!






More pics to come!
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Oh damn! It looks really good.
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What is the finish oh your gauge hood, painted?
Gotta say again, I can't wait to see it in the car.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:02 AM   #85 (permalink)
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What is the finish oh your gauge hood, painted?
Gotta say again, I can't wait to see it in the car.
No finish. It's brand new! Thought if I was going to all this trouble with the alcantara I would splurge for a brand new gauge hood and tombstone.

Crash pads are reinstalled. I just need to make some mesh panels to cover the defroster openings. I should be installing tomorrow.
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I'm asking cause I think I like yours better, I ran a polisher over mine and it's like a clear coat now. But honestly I like yours much better, seems more modern.


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Old 03-12-2016, 08:06 PM   #87 (permalink)
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You could paint with a semi-gloss paint. It would be very close to the look of a new hood.

I pulled my old dash today. In case you are curious what is back there....


I swapped the wiring harness over to the NA6 dash and reinstalled the AC/heat ducts.


And a couple more pics because it's awesome!!




Should I wire these up for extra light in the cabin?


Old and busted! This thing was cracked in a bunch of places. Glad it is going in the trash!
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It looks amazing!

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It looks amazing!

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If you ever have your dash out for one reason or the other, be sure to take a little extra time to clean out the fan box and AC condenser box. Mine was full of leaves and pine straw.




The AC is currently removed from my car so I was able to remove the condenser box to take it apart and clean it out.


Next, I removed the windshield cowl so I could clean the leaves,pine straw, dirt, bird feathers and other unidentifiable substances from the top of the air intake. While I was in there I added a piece mesh with smaller openings to keep the debris from getting in to the fan box.

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Great build, I really like the direction you're going.

I live in Birmingham also and have never seen this around.
I'd love to check it out one day. Do you go to cars and coffee or any other meets in the area?
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