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Old 02-06-2017, 09:20 PM   #211 (permalink)
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Did a lot of research on BP cams. They are definitely NOT an upgrade over the BP4W cams. So once I get to the point of building the head I'll look for a BP4W exhaust cam and probably go with a BP5A intake cam from a MSM.
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First track day coming up this Saturday! Can't wait!

Talladega Gran Prix Raceway. 1.4 mile road course.



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Old 02-19-2017, 08:30 PM   #213 (permalink)
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The track day was a blast! I am definitely hooked. Many more to come. I can't wait until Barber Motorsports in June.

The car performed very well, much better than expected in fact. It was slightly raining at the start of the day so the first 2 sessions the track was wet, not flooded but wet. I started out with a best lap of 1:22 during the first session. The best lap of the second was 1:20. During the second session on the 7th lap a Nissan Juke pointed me by in the second passing zone. I passed and came into turn 2 with too much speed and spun. Too fast + damp track = spin. Nothing broken on the car so chalk that up to a learning experience!

Here is the spin video.

I had some great instruction throughout the day and great pointers. My times came down consistently as the day went on, the track dried out and I got more confident. Ended up with a 1:17.85 as my best lap during the last session of the day. I was chasing a newish BMW 3-Series this whole session and wasn't loosing ground. Here is that video.

The Falken's did great also! I was a little nervous after reading that they get greasy when they get hot, but I didn't experience that at all. Probably because they never got too hot. It was overcast all day, so the track didn't get very hot from the sun and it was never hotter than 60 outside. I had great grip out of them all day!


Getting set up in the rain!


After a great day with my twin. Except it's a 1.6 Spec Miata and the driver can get it around the track quick!!


Will have some official photos to post soon.
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Old 02-20-2017, 05:38 PM   #214 (permalink)
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Last night I was putting track day dates on my calendar so I wouldn't forget any of the upcoming opportunities to hit the track. I found a track day being held by "Hooked on Driving" at Barber Motorsports TODAY and for a special price of $99! I couldn't pass it up. So it was a great weekend! Two track days, two different tracks!

This is my second best lap of the day. For some reason the app didn't record video of the best lap. 2:06.69 was my best. Not bad for only my second track day and not real track tires. I can tell already the car will be much faster with a set of real track rubber!

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Old 02-23-2017, 09:53 AM   #215 (permalink)
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nice action shots
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:44 AM   #217 (permalink)
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Barber is a great track. I've done a track day and a few Chump Car races (all in a Miata) there and I can't wait to go back again this year with more power and grip. I see a few minor issues with lines, but I'm sure you'll clean them up with more laps.
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:36 PM   #218 (permalink)
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Barber is a great track. I've done a track day and a few Chump Car races (all in a Miata) there and I can't wait to go back again this year with more power and grip. I see a few minor issues with lines, but I'm sure you'll clean them up with more laps.
It is a great track! I live only about 15minutes away.

My lines can definitely use some work. Can't wait for the next track day to continue working on my skills!
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Car looks awesome man. Well done.
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So much win.
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:32 PM   #221 (permalink)
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Installed these today. That was a pain! My frame rails were in terrible shape so I had to "massage" them a bit to get the braces to fit over them. Very happy with the out come though. I can feel that they have stiffened the car up quite a bit and looks much better under there now.

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I'm really into your build, a lot of inspiration here for me and my NA. I love everything about your miata. Nice work!
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I'm really into your build, a lot of inspiration here for me and my NA. I love everything about your miata. Nice work!
Thanks!
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At a cruise-in last weekend. Quite a diverse collection here! These are two of my father's cars. A 1970 Oldsmobile Rallye 350 and a 1972 VW Super Beetle. My brother and I helped him restore both of these cars. All so different, but all so fun in their own way. My first car was a 72 Super Beetle I sold back in 1999. We found this car to restore. Same year, same original color, a clone of my first car. Would love to do some "German Look" mods to this car some day. 4 lug Porsche Fuch wheels, slammed and maybe a EJ22 Subaru engine!


#goals


or maybe something like this!


Gained some horsepower today!
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Finally got a proper intake.
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"Proper"


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you should make a heat shield at least.
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Yes, I plan to.
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Old 03-12-2017, 10:15 PM   #230 (permalink)
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Great mods. These are the best kinds of build threads. Keep up the good work!
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:13 PM   #232 (permalink)
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I've been tearing down the 99 engine and collecting new parts to get ready to take it to the machine shop. Two of the cylinders had water/coolant sitting on top of the pistons from a blown head gasket. So the cylinder walls in those cylinders have some rusting. I am hoping that it will still be able to just be honed. I wasn't planning on over boring. Just planning to use OEM 10:1 pistons from an 2001 BP.


Eww....


Rods and Pistons out.



2001 Pistons/Rods after a good clean.



I love new parts! 2001 Pistons, Rods, ACT Streetlite Flywheel, Mazdaspeed Oil Pan Baffle, ARP Main Stud Kit, ARP Rod Bolts , ARP Flywheel Bolts, ACL Thrust Washers and more to come!


I decided to remedy my slippery pedals also. When I bought the car the OEM rubber clutch/brake pads were gone. Really wasn't bad without them, but this will be better. I used some traction tape I had and cut it to size.

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Old 03-20-2017, 12:31 PM   #233 (permalink)
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In my experience, if there is rust on the cylinder walls, you're going to have to bore the block. I tried to get away with a hone on my original VVT build when I found a little patch of rust. I ended up have to pull the motor less than a year later because it was consuming and pumping oil out into the catch can. The rust patch had damaged the rings enough to allow oil to be sucked into the intake on decel. If you plan on doing a lot of tracking, its worth the piece of mind to have new pistons. Plus you'll know you have a good bore to match you pistons.
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A little before and after fun.

The day I bought the car and current. I bought my RPF1's and Falkens before I even found this car. And it worked out great because the PO wanted to keep his wheels. He had black Konig Dial-Ins. I didn't like the look. The car was WAY too low also.




I wish I would have taken a photo of the AWFUL NRG steering wheel that was in the car when I bought it. It was a huge pile of junk! It would flex in your hand if you just barely pulled back on it.
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Car is really coming along. I've thought about using 01+ OE pistons if I was to ever rebuild my 99' engine and stay NA.
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Car is really coming along. I've thought about using 01+ OE pistons if I was to ever rebuild my 99' engine and stay NA.
Due to the rust on 2 of the 4 cylinder walls I will probably end up using .020 over Wiesco 10:1 pistons and Manley rods. Might as well go all out while I am doing it! So this set of 01 pistons will be for sale soon.
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:10 PM   #237 (permalink)
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Thankful today that BPs are non-interference engines. My 6 month old timing belt broke today.


At least it looked good on the roll back. The driver really liked it also.
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Due to the rust on 2 of the 4 cylinder walls I will probably end up using .020 over Wiesco 10:1 pistons and Manley rods. Might as well go all out while I am doing it! So this set of 01 pistons will be for sale soon.
Hmm. Shoot me a pm about those pistons when you have a chance.
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That sucks about the TB. What brand was it? I've had great luck with my Gates standard and racing belts over the years.
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That sucks about the TB. What brand was it? I've had great luck with my Gates standard and racing belts over the years.
Don't remember the brand. Not a Gates.

I have a standard Gates on the way to replace it. Just needs to get me through a couple more months until I can finish this engine build. New engine will get a Gates Racing belt.

I was only driving the Miata because my daily was down due to a cracked radiator hose T fitting. I ordered an aluminum fitting to replace the OEM plastic fitting and was/am waiting for it to arrive. I had to go buy the OEM plastic fitting to get my daily up and running.
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