Greetings, and welcome to my evergrowing dilemma of what the hell I am doing with my broken Miata. Since my shopping plans have continued to fall through and I havent yet bought another Miata, I have instead started planning what I want to do with my current car. As is, it just sits in my garage at home and I have started it a few times in the last 2 months just to keep the battery charged. Well I need to finally do something about it rather than let it sit with no progress.
Here was my previous updates on the Miata, declaring the car dead and time to move on:
And my shopping posts that have gone nowhere and resulted in me being disinterested in buying another car right now:
Anyways, for an update on my developing madness. I have found out that I can rent garage space at the Auto Hobby shop at work for $40 a month, storing the car in the back lot and having access to the shop bays and tools as needed. This will be the resting space of my car once I get around to bringing it in. My trouble will be managing to find a way to get home after dropping off the car. I can probably just take an expensive uber (should be under $50 at least at non-rush hour) and then be able to drive back whenever to work on the car. But I might also try to bum a ride in the direction of home with a coworker but that requires talking to people (shudder).
As for what to do afterwards? Well I might try my hand at just rebuilding the motor or just replacing with a used block. Rebuilding should end up around the same price in the end (maybe a little cheaper) but would effectively give me a new motor with zero miles. This would be quite the advantage over a random used motor that has an unknown life left in it. Now the rusty subframe issue makes this a boondoggle but I really would rather continue this project since I already fixed the other rust issues and I just want to get back to tracking the car with minimal money spent.
Oppo, I confess that I have gone a bit crazy for thinking about fixing this car but man do I miss having my Miata for canyon runs, track days, and just simply driving down the PCH with the top down. Either way, phase one of motor removal and teardown is happening and I should just focus on that. But I enjoy the thought of fixing my car and continuing to have a dumb smile while driving it.
I do miss this car no matter how impractical and slow it is: