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Old 03-27-2013, 03:41 AM
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Just like the MINI, I've found Miatas are tough not to come back to. They're a great platform, with a huge aftermarket, used parts, and plenty of different ways to modify them. After my last 1993 Miata I felt I wanted to build an NB, more specifically a 2001-2005. I had a vision of building something with a high end sports car theme, and so far I've made a little progress with getting that vision started.

I ended up buying a 2001 that a coworker was selling. It had high miles at 186k, but it had a decent list of recently updated parts, and it was well within my original price range, giving me a little more money to get started with. After buying it I had to do a couple of immediate repairs since it had a sizable oil leak, which gave me a chance to have a new timing belt, water pump, pulleys, and thermostat installed at the same time. It already had a decent roll bar and Raceland coilovers, which crossed a couple of things off the list (at least for now).

As part of the deal he kept his XXR wheels that I had no interest in, so he raised it up a little and put my stock MINI wheels on as my temporary setup before I took it home. Sadly, once I started working on it I found a lot of additional issues that I hadn't previously seen. Some of his modifications were questionable, not to mention a few neglected maintenance items. I immediately started in on those items, and decided to do a full tear down to get it painted.

It has been at the body shop for about a week, and it's only days away from getting painted. I won't say what the color is yet, but I will say that it's not stock, not black, and not common. I'm sure you're ready for pictures, so scroll down to see where I started, and what I'm working with at this point. Stay tuned for more updates over the course of the next month or so while I try to get this thing back together and down to SoWo.

When I first got it:
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Once I got it home, it immediately went into this mode:
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Yes, that's a bright PINK valve cover...
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After getting it torn down, I started doing a wire tuck, custom intake, etc:
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Getting delivered to the body shop:
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And one of the original minor rust concerns turned into a much bigger repair:
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But, he's good... so it now has a new metal panel welded in that looks as good as new:
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It's getting emblems, antenna, and windshield sprayers shaved while there:
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It will be running a set of wheels previously seen on my last MINI... with a little update:
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And some proper hardware to bolt them to the car:
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I've got a few more things in the works while it's in the body shop and before it's out on the road... So keep an eye out for the completion of the first phase of this project.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:17 PM
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:08 PM
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Wow, way to start a project! I can't recall having seen D90's on a Miata before...
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:23 PM
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Sweet. I actually really like the holies.. lol.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:50 PM
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Can't wait to see the finished product. I know you've put tons of thought into this whole thing.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:14 PM
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Lookin really sick. I love the white roll bar. And that's a great unexpected choice of wheels.

I do have a question though. Years ago I looked at getting spacers for the Mustang I was driving then. The guy at the shop, and subsequently a handful of others, told me spacers were dangerous. Now obviously I've since seen hundreds of cars with them, especially in these forums. I'll be using them myself soon. But those are some hilariously gigantic spacers you've got there. I'm sure you know what you're doing but is there a limit or threshold of safety? Or were those guys who told me they were unsafe just huffing glue?
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:25 PM
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Thanks! I'm pleased with the progress, and can't wait to see the finished product. I actually just got an awesome text from my painter... he worked late yesterday and started painting it today. I'm VERY happy with my color choice from what I'm seeing so far.

ElderHatesman, I have personally logged somewhere in the neighborhood of 50k miles on wheel adapters in my life. I had a set on a truck that I used for a full set of tires (35-40k) and ran them on my R53 when I previously used these wheels. This is by far the nicest quality set of adapters I've had (considering cost, machining fitment and fit/finish) so I'm not concerned with the thickness. I don't plan on taking this car on the track any time soon, but when I do I have another set of wheels that I'll use that won't require adapters and are better suited for that duty.

One thing to note... anytime you install aluminum wheels or adapters it's a good idea to retorque them after around 100 miles. I've actually always done this when I install wheels on a car, more for piece of mind than anything. I'll be taking the wheels back off and torquing these back down at each bolt after putting a few miles on them.
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Wow, that bodywork repair looks super clean. Well done.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:28 PM
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Is the paint going to match the valve cover?
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So sick Drew
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Cant wait to see this buddy.
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Those Porsche wheels....
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Damn, dude. This is gonna be awesome.
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yay miata!
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