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Old 12-23-2016, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I spent most of my life in NY and recently moved to LA!! I moved here to enjoy the canyons and the car scene. I want a very focused customized car that wouldn't hurt me if it was stolen. Enter the miata:



1996 w/ 184k on the frame, JDM engine/tranny w/ mazdaspeed flywheel, clutch, and diff?? <-owner bragged about this.

Brakes are weak. Handbrake doesn't work. Seat is beat.




Interesting...


Exhaust is a hack job, leaks everywhere, but the solenoid works and the valve opens and bellows "Give this 4cyl a ticket!!", at least none of it rattles for now... When it's closed it sounds like it wants to be an Si... the owner explained that the exhaust tip came off a 2010 truck





Sidenote: This suspension look familiar to anyone?
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The coils look like Megan EZ-streets.
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dude when you are up and ready, come hit the Malibu canyons with us on Sunday mornings, sun-up. Followed by Supercar Sunday (cars & coffee) at the Westfield promenade off Topanga Canyon Blvd near the 101. You will NOT be dissappointed. I moved here three years ago and it still isnt getting old...

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Old 12-24-2016, 05:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The one time a year LA gets rain and you have a beat to shit top.
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I've got a soft top for real cheap if you just need it to keep water out of the car. It has a a bunch of rips but it has a window at least.
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The coils look like Megan EZ-streets.
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I've got a soft top for real cheap if you just need it to keep water out of the car. It has a a bunch of rips but it has a window at least.
I am pulling the top off for good and selling it with the defroster rear glass window, No tops needed!
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Old 12-26-2016, 02:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The intake piping had a hole warn through it from the radiator hose clamp screw head. Also the intake joint for the throttle body recycler?? was broken and silicon'd in place. Cleaned and J/B Welded both, came out really clean, i'll get pics the next time i have the intake off.



Cleaned up a few more odds and ends, removed the hood. Windshield washer reservoir was chopped up? who has an extra?... will happily make one if i find a clever container...

Here's my current big dilemna, i don't want to die if the car rolls off a cliff, can I buy/build a roll cage (no welder) for less than $500???

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Old 12-26-2016, 04:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hard Dog is the only way to go for a sub $500 bar
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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JB welded the intake, patched a whole from the upper coolant hose clamp bolt rubbing. Also re-attached the side fitting, what's the purpose of that lower intake hose?





I love to be OCD but I keep telling myself this is a canyon car, not a club car
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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$12 ragtop!!!!



I removed the soggy rotten carpet, and softtop frame(with some shreds of canvas).





That heap of Shite in the foreground is the carpet, AC system, PS pump, and random previous owner trash.
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Haven't kept up with my progress, more updates

Problem:


Found two Sparco replica? fiberglass seats for $110 with universal mounting brackets, previous owner says they were in an NB but won't fit in an NA.....

He was sorta correct? The mounting bracket holes didn't line up with the miata brackets. Sadly I do not have a fully equipped shop so a 12v dewalt and a dremel....

Lined up the holes and made my mark...


Weight reduction? Or is that the Ca fire talking...



Not so messy...




Passenger seat is mounted to the rails, but passengers are heavy...

OEM sliders still work!

$12 ragtop


More very soon! Going to the swap meet at 949 racing and meeting a craigslist seller there. Sunday at sunrise meeting some people to drive Topanga!!

I love SoCal so much...
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Old 01-07-2017, 02:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Dammit I completely forgot about the swap meet.
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Love the beater status. Let's get your brakes done and hit the canyons this weekend!

No kidding, I'd clean your interior as well as you can and then hit everything with bedliner and call it done.
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Love the beater status. Let's get your brakes done and hit the canyons this weekend!

No kidding, I'd clean your interior as well as you can and then hit everything with bedliner and call it done.
I was thinking primer gray hides dirt and dents the best, but I hadn't thought of bedliner!!!
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I was thinking primer gray hides dirt and dents the best, but I hadn't thought of bedliner!!!
I was thinking just for the interior though. Got a buddy that did something similar this past weekend. Bedliner out of a rattle can - would be great for a stripped out car with no interior, especially when you have no top and the car stays outside.

Did you save your soft top? You can remove the frame, save the front bow and make a bikini top if you wanted.
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:30 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I've been thinking about the bikini top, I'd love to see a bikini top in person to see how it fits and looks on the car. I'm not sure it'll work so well with my style bar either... Still waiting for a used Harddog to pop up.... anybody?
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I wouldn't use bedliner personally. Looks really bad imo. Get some used carpet from someone who gutted their car for cheap and clean it real good.
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JB welded the intake, patched a whole from the upper coolant hose clamp bolt rubbing. Also re-attached the side fitting, what's the purpose of that lower intake hose?
That's the inlet for your valve cover vent - from where your breather is currently installed.

Bedliner in an interior looks pretty good because of all the curves and contours - it hides the natural texture of the bedliner paint. Plus there are some noise dampening properties, it will seal bare metal, etc. Plus if you hate it, you can always find a used carpet to cover it up! Personally I've seen your interior... I'd say it would be a huge improvement.

A used Hard Dog should be around $300-400 depending on condition. Always bolt-in, I think. They also make door bars that use the same roll bar mounting points. DIY Roadster door bars also use the same mounting points so you don't have to drill new holes if the roll bar is already installed.

I've got a bikini top. I'll have Phee model it for you.
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:40 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Roll Bar? Cage? orrrr

SPEC Miata chassis?!?!?! I paid $500 to have this delivered to my driveway...
















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Old 04-09-2017, 03:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Too many pictures! but I can see the beauty and potential, so we need before and after comparison!




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Old 04-09-2017, 04:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Mystery purchase on Amazon.
Silicone 1.8L Miata Hoses

They are 9 of 10 quality but easily worth the $32 for all 3 hoses!

My Connecting Pipe is horribly rusted and needs replacement but it's holding seal after I wirebrushed it.





Replaced the thermostat, and brushed the thermo housing while I was in there.
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