A ton of body work is being done on my Miata in order to get rid of the rust. Bringing a rusty miata to the west coast would be a damn waste of my time so at least everything is being done right and my car will once again be clean! Since the guy doing the work is a friend, I’m getting an absurdly good rate so it’s actually worth doing instead of parting out and starting new. Yes, a clean slate could be nice but I’m fully committed at this point. And the results are going to be amazing!

So glad to see the rust gone, new metal in place, and all put together nicely.
Drivers side fender will be stripped down and repainted
Front bumper needs replacement with a straighter piece. Hood still to be repaired.

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So many welds! This side is getting closer to paint stage

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In total including everything but paint (so all of the labor and supplies for the body work) this will cost $800. Now that is definitely a steal for what good work he is doing. Originally I thought that was the cost of doing just my passenger rear quarter. But really he is doing the entire car in order to bring it to back to a fully restored status. I still have to source a front bumper and a trunk lid before we talk about paint. We agreed it would be too expensive to fix my rusty dented trunk lid and the front bumper is just beat out of shape. His quote for painting 100% of the car was $1400. Again a great deal! Figuring out today if he has time for paint before I leave for California at the end of next week.

I also finally put in my harness bar that was custom made by hard dog for my boss frog roll bar. I done goofed by buying a roll bar that was made by a company out of business. But at least hard dog made a nice custom harness bar that fits perfectly. Only issue with fitment was the oem seat belt adapters. Had to shave the harness bar a bit to clear those. Was easy to do though with the car already there in the shop.

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Not perfect but it will work

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Now my car is ready to safely use my 6 point harness as well as the stock seatbelt. Although I won’t get to hit any tracks until I’m out in California, at least willow Springs should be pretty fun when I do!

It’s been a long month waiting for my Miata but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yeah its a lot of money to spend on a miata but this was too good of a price to pass up. Still unsure if it will get painted in time but I will be spending a ton more later on if I don’t do it now. And at the end of the week, I will be the proud owner of three cars!

“Can’t spell trusty without rusty” miata

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Trying to sell “rental car” Neon
SAAAAAAAAAABARUUUUUUUUU

Yes it’s actually happening. Friday I pick up the Saabaru. More details to follow! Gonna have a nice 400 mile road trip to bring it home and then my crazy adventure across the US in the Miata begins.