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Old 11-08-2016, 05:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, Cody needed a winter car. There's a whole pile of Miatas around He so he figured it would be easy to slap one together quickly. Well that's quickly turned into a "build a brand new car" build. Everything is getting stripped and refinished.
The plans for this are not just another cool Miata. No no. This will be another Eppic Miata. We say top secret but really, we get too excited and just want to share our creativity with people. Hopefully another week or so of hard work and this new project will be rolling.
Onto the pictures:

Sorting out what parts to use.


Rebuilt steering rack


Subframes out and getting ready for prep


Stripping things right down to the are bones



Had to move the shell out to sand blast the engine bay. Fastest way to get work done is just do it yourself.


We powder coat here at Eppic Industries. Figured this would be a good opportunity to advertise. So, parts go in the oven to be baked and gassed out before sandblasting and then powdered.


Subframe all cleaned up and ready for coating


Interior is fully stripped.


And the list continually grows larger and larger.

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Old 11-08-2016, 05:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Blood orange, gold, and high gloss black

Metallic Merlot


That was a messy job. *Fully sandblasted engine bay.



Sandblasted and rustproofed the floor.




Parts take up all 2 levels of the shop.*


​​​​​​​Bed liner installed...




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This is looking pretty good.*




Looking good all installed.*



slowly figuring things out and getting things in order. *Biggest problem now is that I can't decided what I want to dip and what I want to powder coat.


test fitting a dinky little 1.6L


parts came in. *Got them front wheels on loosely so I could roll her out of the shop. *Have to work on some customers vehicles every now and again



Front Calipers rebuilt and powder coated.


​​​​​​​Lots and lots of sandblasting.


And more and more powder coating.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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looks pretty good mostly assembled.


onto the rear. *burn out the old bushings.


more sand blasting and rust coating.



Bed liner installed on the rear sub-frame and wiper cowel



and the reassembly begins as I wait for the heavy cast parts to heat up enough to flow the powder.



I had to throw the towel in on the sand blasting late afternoon before I was done cause it started snowing. *Figured I'd go start planning where to build and igloo and keep my dog sled... *

Crazy how that took 2 hours. *That's just the top half. *Haven't even got to the bottom half where the really gross stuff is. *Tomorrow is going to be another long day of blasting. *But then the hard stuff is over.

before

after


before

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​​​​​​​Rust coating applied. *Hopefully tomorrow i can get the bed liner in there and start putting things back together soon.



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Slowly but surely things are getting coated and slowly coming back together.


And bed liner is finally covering everything now.



had to make it juuuuuuust right. *



​​​​​​​well, It's been a while since I got anything productive done on this guy. *I've been very sick the last week. *Before that I spent a week converting part of my shop into a paint booth for winter, and had a whole lot of yard work and clean up to get done before winter is here, that's life eh. *But alas today I finally got back at er a bit even though I'm still super sick. *
Paint is starting to get applied to the parts that will be hydrodipped. *I guess I'll let the secret out...

Camera's and fluorescent don't like each other so these pictures don't do justice. This stuff is BRIGHT!


interesting thing happens with the camera when you turn the lights off.







started getting the rear assembled. (temp shocks just to roll it around)


apparently snow is due for next week wednesday. *I better get a hustle on. *Ol Spitty probably wont do to well in the snow. Turbo loves the snow though. *Maybe I'll have to quickly build a dog sled and get him to pull me around in the mean time.
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excellent work, terrible title
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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ya I know. I was trying to be all secret and create suspense when I started this build. I'm terrible at secrets. I want to bring people on board and get them excited with me as things develop. That's naturally more fun.
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I'm assuming rust is a big problem where you live, otherwise the use of bedliner is just excessive. Pretty sweet though i with i had the equipment to take my car apart and refinish everything. i love the florescent motor parts.

Also I'm sure it's fine, but in that fist pic of the reassembled brakes it looks like the brake line doesn't have enough slack to turn full left lol.
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This is amazing. Got any links to previous build threads?
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm assuming rust is a big problem where you live, otherwise the use of bedliner is just excessive. Pretty sweet though i with i had the equipment to take my car apart and refinish everything. i love the florescent motor parts.

Also I'm sure it's fine, but in that fist pic of the reassembled brakes it looks like the brake line doesn't have enough slack to turn full left lol.
Cars generally deteriorate rapidly due to the salt and sand we put on the roads during winter time. I honestly drive in the ditch some times if I'm in a capable vehicle as it's more fun and legit preserves the life of the vehicle a bit longer.

Brake lines will get lengthened quite a bit once we get further into the build.
for now I'm getting it road worthy so I have something to drive next week when it snows.
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This is amazing. Got any links to previous build threads?
Let me know if these don't work.

1998 3000gt VR-4
http://toptierimports.com/index.php?...47809#msg47809

1990 Mazda Eunos Roadster (Called the spitfire which I've been corrected about 1000 times that's not accurate bla bla bla)
http://toptierimports.com/index.php?...61989#msg61989

1994 Mazda Miata R package
http://toptierimports.com/index.php?topic=3978.0

1972 Toyota Hilux thats kind of on hold now that I started building this thing.
http://toptierimports.com/index.php?...3480#msg263480
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Old 11-08-2016, 11:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The fun is starting to happen. Dipped a few parts this evening....
This is not cleared yet. you guys get to see the raw uncut first images of what's coming down the tubes for the engine bay.

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Today I was busy. The weather was warm and I got in my groove and before I knew it... this just kinda happened. Not cleared yet. This is still freshly dipped and rinsed.

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imovie on my phone gave me some super chessy music to work with...

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Today's compiled list of activites include...

powder coated rear calipers and all their parts


parts are hunger and ready for clear. Found out I forgot a couple parts today so lets call this batch #uno (doing that this evening)


And lets see if we can't get these guys installed while clear coat dries on the parts in the booth.


picking up another miata tomorrow evening and then if all goes well, Plan is for the car to be together and running by the end of the weekend. One last hard push and I should be able to knock out the majority of the work to get it mobile under it's own power again.
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This morning began the strip down of the turbo parts miata I picked up last night. Radar was quick to investigate the interior and sniff out all the curious smells.


Turbo on the other hand here laid claim to this being his car.


which then led to the coolest miata ever. Twin Turbo with state of the art 12 year old radar navigation system...


It's got an old fm turbo kit and burns oil like mad. Probably doesn't help that the vent breather is being used as the oil cap... There's oil EVERYWHERE from that as this engine has some major blow-by. Lets hope just the engine is toast and the turbo is still good. (not my dog. He's super good!)


Had some young aspiring lads who want to learn the automotive world come and volunteer to help disassemble this miata. They may not know a lot or work quickly, but I enjoy teaching them and watching them learn how to work on cars and i find a lot of value in helping someone understand how things on a car work so when their car breaks that have a better sense of what's actually happening. Gives them a good sense of pride.
This also allows me to get the complex stuff done like reassembling a power steering pump without scratching it as it's been powder coated and hydrodipped.

Bumpers, Doors, seats, and they started on the roll bar before we called it a day.


Sandblasted all these suckers by hand as my parts tumbler from eastwood never showed up. Then painted them That was tedious.


I was busy working on reassembling calipers and master cylinders and getting things ready on the motor to install.


And throughout the day we pleasantly enjoyed finding a plethora of interesting artifacts the previous owner cared not to remove from his vehicle before selling it...


Tomorrows goals...
-assemble motor completely and install into car
-pull driveline from parts miata and install into built miata
-hook it all up and at least get it running and driving

Snow is imminent any day now. Gotta push major hard for another week and hopefully knock this thing out the door so I have something to drive. Body will have to get finished at a later date and work is kinda backing up more and more now that this new work whip is top priority.
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I think I need to get myself a media blaster.
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:26 AM   #19 (permalink)
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This is an awesome build. A lot of it reminds me of things i've done on my build. Really motivates me to finish up my build seeing how fast you've done your progress.

Can't wait to see more progress on this.

Keep up the awesome work. One piece of advice though, since you are going turbo, i'd look into a coolant reroute setup. There are a few good ones out there if you look.
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Old 11-13-2016, 07:27 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Pounded out a bunch more stuff today. My volunteers showed up again. They got the roll cage out.


I blasted and painted even more bolts as I realized I needed them for different areas of the car.


And this is where I end the day today. I had a goal of getting it running but... I spent a ton of time looking for misc gaskets and seals for this that and the other.
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Huh, never seen a turbo kit with a panel air filter like that before. The heat shield looks wonderfully vintage.
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And on today's list we have....

One super oiley turbo charged engine and tranny being removed. This engine probably ranks highest on the most oil covered engine I've ever pulled out of a vehicle in the 11 years I've been doing this job. Previous owner said it burns just a little bit of oil... :trollface:

The ol not so top secret miata lurkin in the back waiting for parts.

And we have a gold clutch! Does that mean it's worth more? Anyone know what them little weights are stuck to the springs? Aftermarket on the aftermarket to give more clamping pressure?

Bits and bobs being reassembled. I think I may have painted and dipped the wrong master cylinder resivoir because it's not fitting to well and I've checked the 6 other miata's I have and none of them have a resivoir that looks like that. UGH!


Getting lots of you guys checking out the website and facebook page and sending me little encouragements. Appreciate it. Gives me a bit of extra motivation when you guys are excited about this thing too.
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you should get some FM suspension spacers for proper winter ride height
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already built my own.
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This build is epic! Oooooooh....so many colors!
Fantastic job on your attention to detail.
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No windshield proves to be handy. Got her running today.


Well, today she fired up. Now just to get the rest of things in order. No turbo for now. Just want to get it running regularly first so there's less "problem elimination" if anything were to go askew in the process of getting her road worthy.
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When you got deadlines and an oven for powder coating... you work and eat at the same time.


Grabbing parts as I need them. Almost done everything underneath the car. Brake lines are done. Exhaust is in. Driveline is in. Fuel lines in.


We're close. Was hoping to drive it out today under it's own power but I had to stop early as I forgot I had other plans this evening.
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is that pizza just sitting on a spraypainted cardboard box?
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is that pizza just sitting on a spraypainted cardboard box?
cleanest surface in my shop was a freshly painted box.
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