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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 Linder9 days ago

FUCKING FINALLY! Transmission and exhaust is out of the car. Thank GOD! That took way too many months. Now to get the clutch and flywheel out so I can replace the rear main seal, and then install the new lightweight flywheel and performance clutch.

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[]Jake Johnson

That looks like the C-beam on a C4. Which car is this for?

[]Tobias Linder

You're referring to the metal beam attached to the differential? That's the PPF or "Powerplant Frame". On a Miata, the driveline and suspension connects to only the diff mounts, engine mounts and top of shocks to the body. The PPF mounts between the differential and transmission and provides rigidity and counteracts torque from the engine, to prevent the very common case of missed shifts due to a tilted driveline.

[]Jake Johnson

Interesting. On the C4, there's a big metal beam that does the same thing, except that since the car sits so low, it doesn't have a trans crossmember. So that beam and the bolts to the bellhousing are the only thing keeping the trans in place

Tobias Linder10 days ago

Gonna try to make a massive effort and actually get to the garage today. The stress and anxiety disorder has put a gigantic stopper on the project, but it's been going slowly forward through sheer force of will. I've got most of the stuff out of the car that needed out. I just need to cut a stud to separate the exhaust headers from the cat-pipe, then everything should be clear for removing the transmission. Well, as soon as I do

Tobias Linder23 days ago

So the tailshaft and differential are out. As is the PPF.. Fused to the diff. Them bolts are going to require some work. They're not rusty, they're just completely stuck to the PPF. Either way I'll be ready to remove the transmission tomorrow. Then to replace the rear main seal, flywheel and clutch.

Tobias Linder45 days ago

Sorry for the silence, everyone! Christmas, mental illness and physical illness has kept me from the garage for a *long* time. I haven't been there since my last post. But today I went back and conquered the differential and transmission. So the transmission is drained of oil, the tailshaft has been separated from the differential and the diff mounts removed. All I need to do now is drop the diff and the PPF and then I can wiggle the transmission

[]Ernie Szots

Nice!

Tobias Linder71 days ago

Aight, so I'm sick of rusted bolts. Actually, this thing has probably been welded by someone sometime, because it is not budging. I've cut it in half, still not budging. But I'm getting this exhaust out, one way or the other. I've disconnected the PPF from the transmission now, so I'll try that tilt-trick again next time. I'm telling you, this project is really doing its best to make me hate it with a flaming passion right now.

Tobias Linder82 days ago

Well, I've had the weekend to rest and ponder upon my problem. I'm getting ready to get that #%¤& exhaust out, so we'll see if this afternoon allows for some wrenching time.

Tobias Linder85 days ago

Well, nope. Partial success. I did get the engine to tilt just slightly by unbolting the drivers side engine mount and jacking the engine up on that side. However, it seems to snag on something, causing the entire frame to lift. I can't get enough clearance to wiggle the catalytic converter out from between the subframe and the engine. If I can figure out what the engine is snagging on, I can tilt it further and get the header out. A

Tobias Linder85 days ago

Well, I'm gonna make a second attempt at that bloody header tonight. Wish me luck!

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[]Chris Dirkschneider

Best of luck Tobias!

[]Phil Jagodzinski

i think if you remove the blood it might help

[]Justin Cavallucci

Good luck, well, luck for future endeavors as the time has probably passed.

[]Robert Sixto

Good luck, I find with a fresh start, things usually seem easier the second attempt.

[]Ernie Szots

Sending good vibes...

[]Sheldon Hall

Headers are usually a pain to do. Good luck on it!

Tobias Linder87 days ago

So, let me tell you that removing the exhaust header on a 1.8 NB is a *#%%& CHORE. The Miata is famous for being super easy to work on. Except the #¤%¤%& exhaust. I spent five hours under and over the car yesterday without getting anywhere trying to get the header out. See, the Miata exhaust is made of four pieces: Header, "downpipe+catalytic converter", midpipe and muffler. The downpipe and header is fused together with a flange that sits inside

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[]Andrew Taylor

Crows feet, just got a set yesterday.

[]Justin Cavallucci

I hate how my 2nd project rains rust all over the place, including getting down my shirt, when I am working on the car.

[]Sean Wally

I've never had a problem removing the stock exhaust manifold and down-pipes from my 1.8L BP but I've had a couple of aftermarket headers that were absolutely impossible to install with the steering column in place. Sucks to get half way through a project and find that suddenly the level of effort has spiked because of some unaccounted for issue.

That's the story of my entire project car life: Simple projects going to shit for the stupidest reasons.

[]Robert Sixto

Yes they do, it can be intensely frustrating at times. Things that usually get me crazy, is rust related issues. A siezed bolt, or even more fun, one that snaps off. I can usually have enough patience to work around things that are tough to get out, but when they don't want to come out even when you do everything right... Well, that's where the "tears" portion of "blood, seat and tears" comes into play.

[]Tobias Linder

Definitely. Rust is a very real thing here in Scandinavia, so I'm well versed in cursing over rusted nuts and snapped bolts.

[]Robert Sixto

I also love working under the car and getting the old random rust flake dropped in your eye! 😤

[]Tobias Linder

Much fun. Very pain. Ouch. To quote an old internet meme. But yeah, I have glasses so thankfully a lot of crap gets flung off, but sometimes it makes it in there.

[]Robert Sixto

I've got glasses too, I almost feel like that makes it even more frustrating when one somehow makes it through!

Tobias Linder92 days 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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[]Robert Linsenbach

I agree it totally helps

[]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.

[]Jeff Bowman

It’s 200% easier to comment on stuff

[]Jeff Bowman

I definitely agree there. Biggest plus for me there is that when you click on it, it actually takes you to a page where you can see it and respond, rather than having to chase the post back down and respond

[]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 Linder92 days 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 Linder92 days 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 Linder116 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 Linder126 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 Linder134 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 Linder156 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 Linder170 days ago

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

Tobias Linder170 days ago

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

Tobias Linder170 days ago

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

Tobias Linder171 days ago

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

Tobias Linder176 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 Linder177 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 Linder180 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 Linder182 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 Linder188 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!

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