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Tobias Linder
@Mana

Born 81, never interested in cars until I bought a Miata in december 2015. Now trying to balance street and performance while looking slick.
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TOBIAS's STORY

I grew up one of those kids who didn't really care much about cars. I was more interested in the outside and forests, and later once the late-eighties rolled around, videogames. I started with the Atari and Commodore64 as a young one, but once the NES rolled around, video games really took over my life. It wasn't until I was a grown man I got an interest in cars and bought a Mazda Miata. Well...the rest is history, pretty much. I'm now a fully fledged car nut and working to build a show car that looks amazing, but also drives amazingly. 

Tobias Linder10 hours ago

I much appreciate the addition of the comment notification. Makes it much easier to follow up posts you've made, without having to trawl your own wall. Thanks! <3

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[]Andrew Johnson

Glad you like it! We're still refining the comment reply page but hope it's easier now to find and make comments.

[]Ernie Szots

+1

[]Yves Vds

Yup, great addition indeed!

[]Sheldon Hall

I also think that this was a great addition!

[]Kit Lau

Our lead engineer ryan should be happy about that ;)

Tobias Linder1 day ago

In case you are wondering, yes, I'm definitely still working on the car. I've gotten pretty far, but there is still a *ton* of work to do. Join me in this quick overview on where we are in the project! (Apologies in advance for the lesser quality than usual. I had lost my GoPro cover, so I had to use my phone. I've since found the cover, so future videos will be back to normal awesomeness!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjxRIvlWO7A #project_car #project_bumblebee #bumblebee #mazda

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[]Robert Linsenbach

YESSSS! I'm stoked to see more progression; I love keeping track of your mx5

[]Tobias Linder

Very glad to hear it! More goodness coming up ahead!

Tobias Linder1 day ago

Don't have much to share at the moment, as I'm still in the process of "rip everything unnecessary off the car". I've gotten half the engine bay cleaned out, radiator out, the rear exhaust, all the stabilizers from underneath, emptied the diff and engine...well, I've done a lot. (Photo is from right before I removed the radiator) I filmed a fair bit of the stuff, and I'm in the process of editing the footage right now, so expect videos

Tobias Linder25 days ago

Got him to the garage and am starting to strip down the front partly for cleaning up wheelwells and engine bay, but also to redraw some wiring and of course, supercharger, radiator and all that good stuff! Not at *all* excited about putting this in the car this winter, nopenope. Performance radiator, stage 2 clutch, lightened flywheel, TVS900 supercharger, CAI, coolant lines, new engine mounts...LOTS of awesome stuff! However, am not too excited about having

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[]Yves Vds

Enjoy your winter. Looks like you will not be bored.

[]Ernie Szots

Ha, careful, those Volvo boys might not take too kindly...lol

[]Tobias Linder

I actually like my old beater a lot. It's just not a Miata. :)

Tobias Linder34 days ago

Time for winter storage and maintenance, mod work and general cleanup. 

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[]Fox Nixor

Lol......your avatar looks like a generic VW diesel logo sticker!!!!!! Hey!!! Put a VW diesel in your nb!!!!! Mmmmmmm.........DIESEL!!!!!!

[]Andrew Johnson

Looking good! I'm happy to take it for one last drive before it's long nap ;-)

[]Levi Spaans

Nice headlights man

Tobias Linder42 days ago

This is the last week of driving Bumblebee. Actually a bit sad to put him away for the winter, but at the same time I know I'll many fun hours in the garage this winter so...expect videos!

Tobias Linder64 days ago

Well, the season is rapidly coming to an end with high winds, very wet and cold mornings and tons of rain. Since Bumblebee didn't make it through the yearly checkups (high lambda value) it's time to put him away for the winter.  In a few days I'll drive him off to the garage to park him there and get all the necessary bits and bobs in place such as charging the battery, putting him on jack stands and

Tobias Linder79 days ago

A short vlog on all the parts delivered for Project Bumblebee.

Tobias Linder79 days ago

Time to replace the fried ignition coils! Enjoy the video!

Tobias Linder79 days ago

After changing his ignition coils, Bumblebee rumbles happily ever on without complaints again! Ignition coil replacement video coming forthwith!

Tobias Linder80 days ago

Well, my delivery has arrived. Time to get working!

Tobias Linder85 days ago

Bah! Got part of my delivery today but it was just coolant, brake fluid and my hoses. Everything else seems to be stuck in the UK still. I wanna start working on my car dammit! 

Tobias Linder86 days ago

Well, I complained the other day that I didn't have any recent photos of my car. I took a few! You'll have to excuse the poor weather. This is Sweden, we have about 6 hours of sun every year, so this is the best I'll get. 

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[]Porsche Duésnburg

Sheesh that thing is spotless!

[]Tobias Linder

Thanks! Though this is hardly the most flattering photos of him, just the most recent. ;)

[]Ernie Szots

Looking great!

[]Tabitha Blagdon

Nice!

[]Michael B. Gonzales

I spy at least 2 Volvos in the pics, indeed you're in Sweden :)

[]Tobias Linder

And that's with two missing. On any regular day there's four Volvos in this parking lot.

Tobias Linder88 days ago

As I look at my garage, none of the pictures in my garage really shows off my car as it looks today. It's a hodgepodge of pictures from it's entire life in my ownership.  I maybe should take new pictures of what it looks like now, and rearrange the current pics so that there's some chronology to them. What do you think? Speaking of which, it would be nice to have a &quot;Current&quot; section of photos

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[]Kit Lau

Do it. I'll help!

[]Tobias Linder

Help with what? Arrange the pictures?

[]Michael B. Gonzales

I like that "current" idea a lot. We're pushing out a lot of new features (not the least of which was our Android app) but I'm gonna make sure this idea gets on the radar.

Tobias Linder90 days ago

Was cruising on a country road when Bumblebee suddenly jolted and lost heaps of power. CEL started blinking and a quick ODB2 lookup yielded a &quot;multiple cylinder misfire&quot;.  I'm suspecting one of the coil packs gave up. 

Tobias Linder97 days ago

So I just secured funds for the next step in the build, which is a complete engine and general areas maintenance. This includes new calipers in the rear, new hoses in the engine bay, new belts, timing belt, gaskets and the whole shebang. In the picture you can find everything I'm planning on getting. I included a lot of replacement fasteners, bolts and clips too, because on an 16 year old car, these things need to be replaced.

[]Ernie Szots

Looking forward to it!

Tobias Linder111 days ago

I apologise for how quiet it's been here lately. It's just that it's in the middle of the season and I'm mostly taking it easy and going to meets and stuff. There's not a lot of building going on.  I've done some small things, like the spoiler and wideband, but the big stuff will have to wait. Stay tuned for the end of the season! 

[]Ernie Szots

Looking forward to it. I enjoy your updates.

Tobias Linder121 days ago

I finally got around to installing the Innovate MTX-L wideband since I now have the proper tools to do it. Getting the upstream O2 sensor out on a MK2.5 Miata is a chore. But now it's in and wired, and the gauge is in the dash. Now I just need to deal with the P0031 code that the ECU keeps throwing because it's looking for the old sensor that isn't there. The spoiler finally got mounted too.

[]Kit Lau

that O2 sensor/gauge looks badass!

Tobias Linder127 days ago

Spent the day washing, claying and waxing the car and also cleaning up the interior. I've been invited to Halmstad Sports Car Event again this year and I want Bumblebee to look his best. Shame I didn't have time to mount the wing. 

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[]Joshua Taylor

As always, never disappointed in your miatas. Looks super sleek and super clean.

[]Tobias Linder

Thanks mate! Means a lot to me to hear you say that ^^

[]Ernie Szots

So clean.

On a separate note, is that a Yaris in the driveway?

[]Tobias Linder

If I'm not mistaken that's a Kia. Not sure on the model. It belongs to my parents. I use their yard for washing and detailing.

[]Ernie Szots

Yeah, from what I can see in the pic, the front didn't look quite right for a Yaris, but everything else does. Didn't realize how similar the two are.

Tobias Linder133 days ago

Got my wing back from the paint shop today and boy did they do an excellent job. I had to test-fit it and photograph it immediately, in spite of both the car and the wing being dirty. I'm also slowly moving forward on the wideband install. The wires have been drawn and soldered but I still need to figure out a way to get the gauge to securely sit in the dash. As for the O2 sensor

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[]Ryan Brenner

Wow, The color on the wing is spot on. Looks factory.

[]Tobias Linder

I did provide them with the Mazda original color code, and it seems they got the correct shade, because as you say, I can literally not see any difference between the wing and the car. Even the speckles are identical.

Tobias Linder135 days ago

Well, I guess the brick wall had to hit sooner or later. I've spent eight hours in the garage today, struggling to get my upstream O2 sensor out so I could replace it with a wideband. I've got an Innovate MTX-L waiting to go in. At least I've got the gauge wired up and ready to go, but I just cannot get my O2 sensor out.  It's in the stupidest position ever, wedged inbetween the transmission tunnel wall

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[]Mike May

I feel for you on this one good luck man

[]Timothy Markworth

No big deal. You "just" have to drop your entire exhaust. Heck. If you're well equipped, it might take less than four hours for the whole ordeal.

[]Tobias Linder

Yeah I know. It's just such a massive pain in the behind on the Miata as the downpipe has the dumbest fasteners known to man.

Tobias Linder141 days ago

Right, since my top was starting to leak, I spent the afternoon taking it out of the car and mounting my hardtop semi-permanently. I also took the time to move the sub-box from the footwell to the parcel shelf now that there's space so my passengers don't have to sit like midgets in order to fit. I also installed the Hard Dog bar.

Tobias Linder144 days ago

Finally got my hands on a small plate for Bumblebee and mounted it in the Miatas &quot;mouth&quot; instead of splashed all over the bumper. Looks great! Remains to see how much this'll affect airflow and cooling.

Tobias Linder156 days ago

So the bodywork ended up costing about $1700. Still totally worth it. Looks awesome, and no more rust. Loving it.

Tobias Linder164 days ago

Well, I'm currently &quot;Miata-less&quot; due to Bumblebee being at the body shop for a pretty substantial body work repair. I've got rocker rust and they'll be cutting out almost all of the metal around the rear left wheelwell and repair it from the inside out. Not exactly cheap, but definitely worth it!

Tobias Linder168 days ago

Seems like I'm looking at a front window replacement too.

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[]Andrew Johnson

That sucks

[]Tabitha Blagdon

aw man...good luck

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