TL;DR: random person trusts random people from internet, meets said people deep in mountains, doesn’t get harmed and has a fun time. Thank you for hosting this, Ike!
Have damage to show for it.
Was there not a NICE example of a NA Miata (or even a UDSM one?) available to Douggo?
Hint: there’s a rusted out 01 MX-5 SE sitting in my back yard with a serviceable aluminum 1.8L DOHC I4 engine, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, and Torsen LSD.
Spotted this group in downtown San Francisco on my way home. Presumably some press drive or something. Still cool to see all the ND's parked together.
I dropped the oil pan plug into the bucket of hot oil! Luckily, I let the car sit for an hour after arriving at the shop so it didn’t leave any burns on my hand but it was still very uncomfortable feeling around for that pesky bolt!
I’d been doing some sprint events, out on the track aiming for ever faster laptimes, but my friends insisted I get involved in the Peter Hall Memorial Six Hour, down at Mallala Motorsports Park in South Australia.
Found a doppelganger yesterday. This is basically the “two spiderman meme” irl.
2019 compared to the 2018 version
The 2019 Toyota Supra is really gunning for the 1993 Toyota Supra. Meanwhile, the 2019 Miata dwarfs its 1993 variant with greater than 50% improvements in both peak power and torque, better performance in every regard, far more variety, arguably similar driving engagement (minus EPS and DBW), while marking a…
I gave it a good run, made it 7.5 months into my new years’ resolution to not buy any cars this year. Then a 91 NA with no rust popped up. Partially disassembled comes with blown 1.8L and a complete, ready to install 1.8L VVT engine, coilovers, and “a truckload” of parts. It was an automatic that was swapped to a 5…
I knew that the local Mazda dealer imports Mitsuokas, so... nice weather... time for a ride. In the flesh, the Himiko looked better than I thought it would. Still not-quite-right, but better. Certainly wouldn’t enjoy pulling out of t-junctions.
So I’m sure most of us know about the fine vehicles that are the ND Mazda Miata and the based-on-the-platform Fiat 124, both fine entries for the roadster market. But...
... posting pretty pictures from last weekend to cheer myself up.
Oppo after having been a passenger in a handful of Miatas I finally got to drive one. But not just any Miata, but a nicely track prepped on and I borrowed drove it for 7.5 hours to and from Radwood yesterday.
Rays-Mazdaspeed MS-03 wheels. SPLIT-THREE-SPOKE WHEELS. I would totally buy these if it weren’t for the fact shipping alone adds 60% to the buying price. Shipping is $400 and the wheels alone are $683 according to eBay.
Over 350,000 miles and just completed an epic offroad day trip without an issue. The tach was pegged in the red for a good 50% of the drive, in case you thought this was just a lazy Sunday cruise. Brief trip report below, I brought a 4Runner and a Samurai with me this time.
Only has taken me 8 months to do it.
A big thank you to gmporschenut for putting my dimensions and concept into .stl format so as to be 3D printable. I really appreciate it man. If you’re ever in western North Carolina I will owe you a beer. For the life of me I could not figure it out on my own.