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Old 05-11-2012, 07:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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PICS GOT ALL JACKED UP SO GO TO MY WEBSITE.

I rewrote everything with working pictures and stuff. so good to go.
IF YOU NEED MORE, MESSAGE ME. I will have my dad take some of what you need


So here is the plan.
1. Strip miata
2. install exocet chassis
3. go fast
Basically this is a direct replacement for thet miata body, onto all the running gear. You can see more info at the website HERE[/URL]. It drops a third of the weight, with minimal fabrication making it one hell of a gocart. Couple that with my 300hp from the built(ish) 302 and it is a fucking trip. It isnt the norm build here, but still can be of entertainment for you guys. This whole build will take place over the next two-2.5 weeks. I am going to pick up the chassis Saturday, bring it back and do some modifications
the plans are for this weekend/monday:
modify the firewall to accept the larger bellhousing of the 302, and for ease of install, removal.
Fab up the floor pans; Normally they are riveted on aluminum, but i am using 16ga steel, and welding to the frame itself for rigidity and strength.
Weld in mounts for switch panel, get fuel lines, and buy some brake line
Next thursday i take the trip up to south carolina to do the actual build (i am in florida right now) saturday ill start the stripping of my miata (some of it is sold already, hopefuilly most of hte extra parts will be by that week) and plan to have the shell ready to be removed sunday afternoon and progress from there. Plan is to be totally done by the following weekend and get the roll cage built to tie into the frame itself instead of how the race version is bolted to parts.
anyways, less talking, more pictures.
Miata as it sits:

Miata front.jpg by Flsimages, on Flickr

miatafrontside.jpg by Flsimages, on Flickr

miata top down.jpg by Flsimages, on Flickr

IMG_1880.jpg by Flsimages, on Flickr
Then the conversion you see here:
(from a shoot i did last weekend)

IMG_2413 by Flsimages, on Flickr

IMG_2378 by Flsimages, on Flickr

IMG_2374 by Flsimages, on Flickr

IMG_2370 by Flsimages, on Flickr

IMG_2369 by Flsimages, on Flickr
www.exomotive.com/exocet
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So you're not actually happy with a v8 in your car o.O
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yeah, but there is always more fun to be had. So lets put it in something 1/3 lighter
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Fair enough. So Im guessing a turbo comes once you get sick of the lightweight body?
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Fair enough. So Im guessing a turbo comes once you get sick of the lightweight body?
haha nah, ill just bore the v8 out a little more.

maybe a whipplecharger
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I really look forward to your progress grant. I've been wAtching your cars for quite a while. Even sold you the soft top part for your g-string. Anyways keep it up man!!! Best of luck!
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haha thanks man!
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Dat shit cray cuz. I'll just watch this over at miata militia.
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Picking up some 225/45/15 Hoosier R6 saturday morning too!
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Didn't you just finish your miata? Now you're gonna cut out it's organs and transplant them into this? Bummer... I really liked your miata.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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just a car
they come and go. it is the fun you have building it that makes it awesome
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:35 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Damn, that looks like fun. Can't wait to see it done.
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You car will have the same style roll hoop as Kevin's car right? I hate that curvy M shaped bar they build for them .
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Why don't you just sell your car as is and find another roller and motor to use for the exocet?
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:51 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Now that would be a sick ride to be driving in.. BTW are those the Corbeau Forza seats in there?
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Yeah, that is what he has
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Why don't you just sell your car as is and find another roller and motor to use for the exocet?
becuase what i have invested in this car, it isnt worth it to sell it. calculate in the massive loss (around 10k) id take in selling it, it is worth it just to reuse everything....since it does, and just put a chassis on it. all im not using is the body kit, roll cage, and shit like that.

all the supsension, engine, drivetrain, gauges, wiring, etc etc are all being reused
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You car will have the same style roll hoop as Kevin's car right? I hate that curvy M shaped bar they build for them .
i will have that one for a little bit.
end result is a modified version of his (i dont like how the optional stuff mounts.) with a platform built above the rear shock stays to weld the roll bar rear downtubes to, the main hoop will look about the same, and i will do forward bars mounted to the actual side frames, and a top front bar, and a top cross bar

from the side like this:

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with the rear downtubes about 3 inches lower htan they are there
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your miata is dope as it is.
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Those Forzas appear to be in vinyl, how's the feel of the material? Does it feel fairly durable? And I assume they're comfortable as well?

I've been thinking about getting some Forzas and can't decide on the cover material.
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I'm excited to see the progress on this Grant!
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:40 AM   #22 (permalink)
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idk much about the weight of the miata engine compared to your 302. If the 302 is lighter you may want to think about how it might affect the effectiveness of the exocet shell. Im sure its nothing that cant be cured with a bit of weight distribution though. Either way...im all for this build, Good Luck!
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do you still need a seat mount? it seems like it'd be easy to just put the side mounts in your car
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Going to pick up my shell after I take a shower
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Very exciting!!!
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http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0COcBEPMCMAM

Use that to do the floors.
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I've been trying to decide between v8 miata or 1.8 exocet lol.
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Let's do some work!

Firewall modded( normally straight down tubes)
Floor pans in. Fully welded 16ga on bottom, stitch welded on top

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More real pics when I'm back in Florida and I have a card reader
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