SPECS
Horsepower
133 HP
Torque
114 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2293 LB
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
1.8 L
Transmission Type
5-Speed Manual
MPG (City/Highway)
26 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

First Drive: Bought her on April 1st, 2017 as my first car and first Miata. While still driving my dad's '97 Honda Passport, this cars was intended to be a weekend car to learn how to drive stick. Loved driving the car so much that it became my daily. Found her at a dealer in Philadelphia that bought it at auction. Only had one previous owner from Rhode Island who had it for 20 years. The story (from the dealer) goes that this Miata was owned by someone that drove the car for the first 10 years of its life until 2006. It sat around from 2006 to 2016 until it was given away to a charity organization. An oil change sticker left on the windshield from 2006 and the lack of registration from 2006 onwards supports this theory. The charity organization subsequently put the Miata up for auction from which the dealer bought it. She wasn't perfect when I first saw her. Dirty, slight surface rust, and feeling a little under-powered. I couldn't resist the color and the m-edition interior. Without hesitation, I bought her and drove her home on what was the most exciting and terrifying 3 hour drive in my life. The dealer reinstalled the original tires and wheels, of which the rear right had a bubble on the sidewall. The car shook violently when driven over 60mph, and driving well below the posted speed limit made it seem like every car wanted to run me off the road. I've since moved back to California where the car is still my daily. I intend on restomodding the car, keeping the exterior and interior looking stock, while replacing the worn out and outdated parts with modern oem looking equivalents. Early Maintenance: -First thing I did was install BFG G-Force Sport Comp-2 tires in 195/50-15 -To pass Maryland inspection, I replaced the front brake rotors with Centric blanks -In an attempt to recover lost power, I replaced the spark plugs and spark plug wires -Wix oil filter and Mobile 1 10w-30 -Replaced old air filter with Wix air filter -Removed slack in throttle cable -Performed a mild foamectomy to increase visibility out windshield -Changed useless washer jets to misting jets from Ford -Cleaned the throttle body -Cleaned the MAF sensor -Water pump had a catastrophic failure at 70k miles, luckily I was less than a mile from home -Replaced timing belt and tensioners -Replaced water pump -New thermostat -New radiator and cap (old radiator was green) -Replaced accessory belts -New valve cover gasket -Set timing to 12 degrees, was at 8 degrees -Installed new Wix fuel filter -Replaced PCV valve and grommet -Changed trans and diff oils. Used Redline MT-90 75w-90 for the trans, 75W-90 gear oil for the diff Coast to Coast Cross Country Drive: 2,900 mile drive from Washington DC to Southern California via Tail of the Dragon Work as of (2018 - 2019): -Shifter rebuild, trans turret filled with Ford XT-M5-QS Manual Transmission Fluid -Side marker lights replaced with LEDs from superbrightleds -Changed power steering fluid: Red Line 30504 D4 Automatic Transmission Fluid -Changed clutch fluid: Ford PM-1-C High Performance DOT-3 Brake Fluid -Installed new fuel pump -Cleaned fuel tank check valve and rollover valve -Replaced window bushings, grease window guides -Fixed passenger electric lock (connecting rod disconnected from lock) -Removed tie down hooks (removes 6lbs outside wheelbase) -Gapped crank positioning sensor to 0.020" -Tuned throttle positioning sensor (improved engine characteristics while lifting off throttle) -Brakes bled with Ford PM-1-C High Performance DOT-3 Brake Fluid -Brake light bulbs and reverse bulbs replaced with LEDs from superbrightleds -Installed refurbished injectors 2020 Downtime: -Clutch work + lighter flywheel -Planned work -Chassis bracing: butterfly brace and strong arms -Wishlist -New rubber control arm bushings -Differential bushings -Real oil pressure gauge mod

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[]Daniel Mraz

I dig the build man. Very clean, but also performance oriented as well. Good job