Ever reach a point in your build where you start to wonder if it's ever going back together? This was that point for me. Totally necessary step, but kind of daunting all the same. Last weekend we pulled out the M20. We tried once before out the top of the car, and that proved to be literally impossible. The M20+G260 combo is simply too long to come out the top of the car. So we dropped it out the bottom with the subframe.
Per usual, I just didn't take many photos. I was
The car finally arrived back from shop. It's not 100% yest, but its close to where we want it to be.
This is my uncle who gave me the car (for free) so my dad and I can work on it. He is the original owner if the car. Thanks to him, I now have my "Dream car"!
I made him drive it.
He drove it with his wife , and it brought back a lot of memories.
Working with Brian Kinports out of FL to replicate his gas strut mounts for the trunk and hood. He was kind enough to put together measurements and a prototype kit and send it my way to see how it all worked. I’m happy to report the fit is great
I had to borrow a rivnut tool from a friend, but it went together easily. I may end up putting on some stronger struts for the trunk so that when I press my trunk release button it raises under its own power without needing a nudge up.
Completed some pre-start items yesterday
- fueled the tank / checked fuel pump operation by running a pint out of tank then connected fuel line to carbs
- connected starter then turned over motor till i saw oil from the spray bar and oil light out
- checked for spark with a plug attached to #1 wire then installed all the plugs (already gapped)
Got up and waited for another set of hands to show up then got to it.
Ran for 15 minutes after fiddling with idle
The exhaust is done. A custom built system by Patrick O'Neil at Midnight Motorsport here in Seatown... I win again. IE long-tube step header, Summit Racing glass pack and Magnaflow muffler with a 2.5" (or maybe it's 3.0", I can remember) center exit. Dead center. We planed that when body work was underway. The cutout for the exhaust tip was relocated to the center of the valance.
For the love of the 1600
The moment is here, its time to show and shine! But if it was only easier said than done.
Let me take you to how Derby got prepped for the Hillsborough Concours de Elegance.
First of all, the Hillsborough Concours is the longest consecutive running concours in the world! No joke. They have gone longer than the "Quail" or even the Pebble Beach Concours. For 63 continual years, they are proud of this tradition of honoring and celebrating ex
Ok I am going to level with you all. I always wanted to turbo a car, and the opportunity popped up earlier this week. One of the fellow 02ers posted a system in parts for sale. It is a complete system from what I understand. It was advertised with a megasquirt and boost controller that I passed on, as I have my heart set on a Haltech EFI system.
The challenge is always time. I couldn't take the car off the road for the 3-5 months to have the system fabricated for my car, so a tur
With all the Miata updates on my Instagram page, it’d be fair to think I forgot about my 2002. I haven’t given up on this car, it’s just been slow going. My friend, and fabricator for this leg of the project, got injured at work and was out of commission for a few weeks. So priority was low on this project for a while. However he’s knocked out some stunning work so far.
Front end out of the car
The biggest thing he’s been working on is this new front end support. I
What a spectacular weekend! Had what many considered the best spot. In the shade literally all day, nestled among the trees, after a few hours I tired of cleaning up the tree debris, I closed Vern up. The Misselwood Concours is a top-tier show. The venue is enchanting and beautiful. The perfect setting for a Concours of this caliber. I've been to Amelia Island, Pebble Beach, Hilton Head, Greenwich and Misselwood is my new favorite.
Vern and I were the last car to leave the Misselwoo
NOS or “new Old Stock” might as well mean be prepared to pay through the _______ (fill in the blank).
It’s a bit of a risk as the manufacturers date is sometimes also not known, condition while “new” is still “old” or worse it’s something someone claims is NOS but actually isn’t. Anyway i guess the point is when buying on eBay (or anywhere online for that matter) where you can’t inspect what you are buying is somewhat risky.
Sure you can buy from a reputable seller a
Early last year 2018, a friend, Rob swapped a m20 into his 318 Convertible and he asked me if I'd want his m42. I'd been interested in this swap for a while so I said absolutely. I was pretty intimidated no matter how many writeups saying it's easy I read. And thanks to all those who have done writeups before me. They were all super helpful.
Big shoutout to Jakeb for infinite and timely help along the way to my millions of questions he answered amazingly quickly considering how busy
Many of you will have seen an abridged version of this on the 2002 group on Facebook, so apologies for the repetition.
After taking the car to the dyno once the EFI build was finished, I kind of got the bug for more power which is probably no surprise to anyone here. I was somewhat disappointed in the 134rwhp/129tq on ITBs+EFI, and figuring that another dyno session with no substantial changes would only yield modest gains, I decided to stretch myself and go forced induction.
Some more progress was made over the holiday weekend. The cooling system finally got the full plumb up. It ended up taking 4 hoses to make 2. The system seems to purge the air pretty well and that's what matters. Haven't gotten warm enough to trip the fan yet, so that will still need to be checked out. All in I think the engine bay turned out fairly clean for this much modern in a car that never had it.
it really is amazing how much work it takes to make a modern EFI engine look simpl
I posted up a couple of photos of the work that was done on my steering, there was over 200 hours of labor putting humpty back together again. I really had no idea what was involved, The steering rack itself need to be shortened 2.5" - every part thereafter was fabricated. The bump steer they told me was the worst they had ever seen and would have been sketchy to drive (read, down right dangerous). These are some photos of the work. The guts of the rack are out of an e-21 Motorsport rack w
its been a conflicted and multifaceted decision process, but I have decided to list the car.
I've enjoyed this project immensely and am still enjoying my '74. I'm sure I will have another tii at some point