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Meandering Marmot
« on: November 16, 2013, 11:15:16 AM »
So I bought this, because I felt sorry for it - and I got it el' cheap.


Miata # 9!

So, this car isn't a proof of income, it isn't something I want people to ogle over and tell me how cool it is.

This is car SOLELY based on the joy of driving. I bought this car cause it had character, I could tell when I drove it. I knew it needed an owner who would give it some fun, as I don't think it was treated well by it's previous owners.

I laugh when people think cars are appliances, or status symbols. Cars have a soul, they have character. This car has both in spades.


Untitled by PaulGT2164, on Flickr


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93 C-Package with 133k on it. It looks ok due to the crappy cell pics - but it has the worst repaint to ever be applied.

I drove it to work, and then the dash cracked when I traversed a slightly taller than average caterpillar.

So then I did this :


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Driving around with no dash is fun. Stripped out the car was hilarious.

Anyways, to make a long story somewhat shorter - and mainly because I deleted the photos in a fit of rage I will just type what happened next.

I spend a great many hours repairing my stock dash. EPA illegal quantities of epoxy were used. I installed repaired dash. Dash broke again, which caused me to bash it repeatedly with hammers.


DSC_0144 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

Cursing the Gods for wasting my time.

So, I then acquired another hood, two fenders, hood, and a nose-cone off craigslist for 75 bucks. The dude who sold them was putting one of those horrible Z3 look alike body kits on his Miata.


DSC_0134 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

I started to polish the hood, since I had a spare. Why not.


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I then bought a :


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And since they are local, some of these :


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And those resulted in this :


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Then like any good ricer, I bought some fake wheels :


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This resulted in an agreeable look.

At some point around this time, I started to try to make the paint somewhat shiny. This resulted in me wiping the entire car down with Xylene - then buffing it to the point normal paint would be destroyed. It got a slight bit shinier.

I then discovered my warehouse was a great photo location for my limited skills :


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Because they are local, I bought a fun-lever and bias controller.


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It should also be mentioned, that I am not on the stock LSD either. The car has a 1.8 subframe/LSD in it.

I bought some tow hooks. This car will see track time, as all my previous has.


IMAG0080 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

I also bought the factory shifter rebuild parts, a short shifter, and voodoo k-nob.


IMAG0082 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

Went to a local car meet. Got gang-banged by FRS/BRZs


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Found a later model dash locally, bought a Momo wheel from SafeRacer (never again!,) etc.

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Bought some frame rails locally. Had immense fun drilling large holes in my car.


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Now I slide over bumps like a penguin on a glacier.


IMAG0196 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

Cat still was not impressed.

I then had to come up with some sort of exhaust. I had been running mostly open header - to the joy of everyone near me. Some Peruvian mangled up the exhaust before I got the car, so it took considerable hillbilly possum engineering to get it all working.


IMAG0303 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

This, by pure unadultered happenstance was right around the time emissions was required. So it passed and was quite the hit at the testing station :


IMAG0302 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

I then returned to work, amongst the giants :


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IMG_0141 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

I then got annoyed at the little shiny flex lines on my e-brake, so I made the best hard lines that cheap tools can make :


IMG_0145 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

I also finally mounted the airbag cover on the dash, and made it removable for secret-squirrel level hiding spot.


IMG_0146 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

Then someone hit me :


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The damage :


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I queued the music, and taught my wife to weld :


IMG_0151 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

The dude who hit me, his insurance (MapFre) sucks and was taking a long, long time.

This became a major issue when this came in :


IMAG0323 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

What is the point of having a badass custom plate, when you have not the vehicle to install it on.


So I once again queued the music - and fixed that shit myself. Amazing what happens when I remember I worked in a classic car resto shop for many a year.

Before :


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Hillbilly solution :


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Then there was much, much hammer/dollying and cursing, bending, flexing, etc.

And then I noticed this happened :


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It had worked.

So then this :


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Fuck people who don't pay attention when driving, fuck insurance companies that take forever (still waiting, btw...)

Car was back on the road.


Then I bought these from someone local. Way too bling for my car, but after it's ass raping by the F250 I felt it needed something nice.


IMG_0157 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

I then made a center stack cover, and drew a Marmot on it.


IMAG0348 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

I will eventually do the door cards to match.

So there was the last six months , we are up to date. I didn't take pics of things like me de-powering the brake, deleting the non-working ABS, etc. The engine/bay is still 100% stock for now.
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Re: Meandering Marmot
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2013, 11:17:18 AM »

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I mounted a headunit in my glove box so that way it is out of sight. It has blue tooth streaming so that way I never have to even look at it. Just automatically recognizes my phone and I use the phone to control volume and whatnot. This required something to hold my cell phone, so I made a spring loaded cell phone holder (black thing attached to the tombstone.)

First bunch of new parts came in :


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GarageStar Cam Bolts, Cooling Panel, Lightweight pulleys, Delrin diff bushings on B.O.
Corksport lightweight crank pulley, adj. Cam Gears, Mazdaspeed Motor Mounts.
Cometic headgasket and top end gasket set.
Mishimoto silicone rad hoses.
Raceland header (I know....I know..... but I was happy with the one on my NB.)
DIYAutotune megasquirt and AFM delete kit.
Gates performance timing belt and new OE tensioners.
ARP Headstuds.

I am going to pick up this weekend new CAS seal, crank seal, oil pan gasket.

Next week the Flyin' Miata happy meal with the lighter weight flywheel (7lb) should be in, as well as a complete energy suspension bushing kit. I pick up my other 1.6 at the machine shop on Tuesday.


IMAG0364 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

the Marmo-Squirt lives, after a great many hours of soldering.

I didn't like running the wires for the adapter board under the PCB like in the instructions, so I re-did it on top with much nicer wiring.


IMAG0366 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

Once that was done, and I was happy - Had to Marmotize it :


IMAG0367 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

Then after uploading the basemap, much cursing, it runs and seem much, much more responsive. I still have some work to do with the return to idle settings as it wants to die - but I am very happy with everything else so far :


IMAG0368 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

Now I just have to come up with a intake as I no longer have that horrible AFM.

Where o' Where could the Marmo-Squirt be?




DSC00065 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr




There it is!




DSC00061 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr

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Re: Meandering Marmot
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2013, 11:18:35 AM »
Parts that have not made it on yet.
 

CorkSport Adjustable Cam Gears + GarageStar cam gear bolts and washers.
 

GarageStar billet lightweight pulleys (Alternator and Waterpump.)
 

 
Prothane Diff mounts, and MazdaSpeed Engine Mounts.
 


Raceland SS Header, Corksport Cam Gears, Corksport Lightweight Crank Pulley, GarageStar Cam bolts, GarageStar cooling panel, GarageStar pulleys, AEM UEGO, Gates "Racing" Timing Belt, Top end gasket kit, Cometic Headgasket, MishiMoto hoses.
 
Megasquirt, Wideband, and intake stuffs installed already.
 
Still waiting on 7lb flywheel, ACT clutch, a crapton of gaskets/seals/etc from Moss Miatas, complete Energy suspension bushing kit, GarageStar Delrin diff mounts, etc.


IMAG0373 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr


More parts came in. Nothing too exciting.


New dipstick, timing belt tensioner spring, oil pan gasket/seal set, rear main seal, CAS o-ring, Lower timing cover, pcv gasket.

Thanks Moss Miata!

The Bluetooth module came in for my Marmo-Squirt (megasquirt.)


I bought the "ShadowDash" program from EFI Analytics (Makers of TunerStudio) and put it on my nexus. Made a mount for my tablet in the car, and this is the result :



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DSC00084 by PaulGT2164, on Flickr



Blinky, shiny, movy things make me happy.

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 11:18:57 AM »


Random pic @ work.



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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2013, 11:19:51 AM »
I bought another one, a great deal for a really, really nice shell
 

 






1993 shell.
 
Repainted (Correctly!) factory color in 2006.
 
Poly bushings with zerk fittins all the way around. Poly rack bushings as well. Corner glass vents.
 
Nearly perfect shape. Very, very, very few tiny dings and imperfections. Literally the nicest 90-93 shell I have ever seen.
 
There will be some really, really cool things happening now.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2013, 11:21:27 AM »

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Haha.


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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2013, 11:24:57 AM »
I just picked up a Koyo Radiator/fan/cap for the car last night.

I also got headlight covers for the red car.

I am going to work a bit on it tonight, should be some fun.


So far, that is the Marmots.
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2013, 12:07:09 PM »
This is the coolest miata ever.
Very nice work

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2013, 11:52:02 PM »
This is the coolest miata ever.
Very nice work


DUUUUUUDE, don't let Ric hear you!

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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2013, 11:07:59 PM »
So I put in some work on the engine bay today.


I have decided to keep the Black car as is, and build the red car into a running/driving really nice DD style car.


So, the engine bay on the black car was a mess, here is a bad pic :


The stock computer relied on a barn-door style AFM that was a major restriction. That and it was huge and ugly. The worst part was the only place for it to go was on the "hotside" of the engine. This required the intake to be on the same side of the bay as the exhaust manifold. Here is a pic of the giant AFM when I was removing it, the Marmo-Squirt EMS allows me to ditch it/ You can see the stock crossover tube as well.





I swapped the original glass into the red car, and installed the plexiglass corner windows with vents into the black car :




I then started cleaning/arranging/installing in the bay.


You can see the new intake, which is just a 90 degree bend to a filter. I temp. installed the IAT sensor as well.





I then installed :


Basically new Koyo Radiator
GarageStar cooling panel
Mishimoto Radiator Hoses
New T-Stat and gasket
Cleaned T-Stat housing
Corksport crank pulley
GarageStar waterpump pulley
New Lower Timing Cover (PO didn't bother putting the original one back on, which caused some issues when tuning the MarmoSquirt)
Refinished the upper timing cover and new t-cover seals
Moved/cleaned a ton of wiring crap




I also have done this on the last few Miatas. Built a custom engine dampener out of a club-car hydraulic shock absorber. This fixed the well known Miata 2nd to 3rd mis-shift into 5th issue because of engine movement.


I used a Chevy axle spacer, random steel bracket, and a steel spacer and the club-car shock. Works like a champ.




The wife and I started inventorying the red car, and removing the wiring harness which is heavily modded, so I won't be able to use it. I also removed the carpets, the cut up dash, and organized all the random fasteners in the truck/cabin.




I think this coming weekend I will be yanking the black car's engine and going through it seal/gasket/etc wise. I will then swap subframes with the red car (it has poly bushings.)
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Re: Meandering Marmot
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2013, 01:49:16 AM »

I also have done this on the last few Miatas. Built a custom engine dampener out of a club-car hydraulic shock absorber. This fixed the well known Miata 2nd to 3rd mis-shift into 5th issue because of engine movement.


thats one reason i run solid mounts lol

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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2013, 08:00:02 AM »
I have much stiffer engine mounts, and delrin diff mounts that are going in as well.
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Re: Meandering Marmot
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2013, 11:24:42 AM »
I love seeing miatas being treated right. If you ever want to let one go I'm here haha. But seriously the progress so far is awesome!

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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2013, 12:56:36 PM »
M-m-m-Marmot mobile! Yeah yeah yeeeaah! He's meandering threw the hills! The mother effin marmot mobile.

There's your new theme song. Your welcome.
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2013, 04:06:31 AM »
i cant say i am a miata fan quite the opposite . always such hack jobs. i can say i do kinda like this one though. hopefully shes not as gutless with them goodies as most i see

ps. exhaust is terrible lol
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