What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

[✓] Suspension & Brakes

[IP] Interior

[ ] Engine Swap (probably 1.8 upgrade) & 1.8 A/C upgrade

[ ] Repaint, Freshen appearance

The suspension on the ol’ Miata still feels good about 14k miles after putting it on but the interior has always been too gross to even bother cleaning. The previous owner had a dog and I don’t think neither her not the dog ever once vacuumed the car. I reached for an electrical connector and got this instead.

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Illustration for article titled Miata YUGE Interior Project - Part 1

It has also always rattled like a mofo. A couple weeks ago, I started massing components for the interior - including the parts to do a center console delete, DIY some door cards, replace the carpets, and fix up the dash.

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This is going to be good.

Illustration for article titled Miata YUGE Interior Project - Part 1
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Illustration for article titled Miata YUGE Interior Project - Part 1

I started by doing all the things you do to pull the dash. It’s lot of nuts and bolts and electrical connectors, but it’s not impossible. I’ve been labeling everything as I go and putting the nuts and bolts into labeled medicine cups (with tape over the top). Invest in a label maker. You’ll love it. Also taking pictures of anything that shows orientation that I might screw up during reassembly.

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Illustration for article titled Miata YUGE Interior Project - Part 1

But things took a turn when I started disassembling the dash itself. It was smashed. I counted at least 8 spots that needed repair.

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Illustration for article titled Miata YUGE Interior Project - Part 1

Since I had to disassemble the entire dash, I also put some POR15 on the dash frame. Like all Miatas, even those in dry regions, the dash structure gets a little surface rust.

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This is just from dash disassembly:

Illustration for article titled Miata YUGE Interior Project - Part 1
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Illustration for article titled Miata YUGE Interior Project - Part 1

Bonus, I got a dipstick handle.

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