One of the slats on Vern’s passenger side grill broke. I tried several backer rods which were all to big. I wound up using a WD40 straw so I don’t have to worry about galvanic corrosion.
The repair worked better than expected and pleased with the results. Unfortunately I found other slats with stress cracks, so I’m going to reinforce them before they break. Checking the driver side grill too.
I have been working on this car for 4 years. The first blog post was 2/26/2016. At that time I had already spent some 6-8 months repairing rust. Last night the last hurdle was cleared. The custom driveshaft was picked up by my lovely wife. In one of the few times something worked first time. This video is the first time since I've owned this car that it moved on it's own!
On to the thoughts about driving. So far only up to about 50 mph. The 320i rack with stock 2002 steering
With apologies to Mr. Polak.
Started out modeling this just because.
Printed the tags individually, epoxied them to a metal license plate frame then painted.
Stupid project - sure. But, so satisfying. 😁
This past weekend I got epoxy down on the trunk. I think I can cross this off the list until its time for final paint.
Thee are a few small areas that yet need to be addressed that will be addressed when the car is in PA and I can take the rear glass out, but structurally the trunk is now sound. This makes me very happy.
And today, something showed up in the mail for me!
Really excited about these. There is also a rear seat cover that I ha
Meet Veronica, a 1969 1600 Cabriolet which was restored in Japan in the 1980s. The seller imported it the US 30 years ago and spent its US life in a garage in Blue Hill Maine. Mario Langsten of Vintage Sports & Restoration brought this to my attention this past July. Finalized the deal Friday September 13, 2019. There is a short to do list to make her safe and reliable for us to enjoy this fall.
the last little steps seem to take quite a bit of time. I did wheel the car out into the sunlight just cause.
The Uro door seal install really was not too bad. Followed the excellent advice from the FAQ. starting at the corner and then jumping to the bottom of the door and working up sure helped. also the harbor freight plastic tools for interior panels are great for weather strip installation. They allow you to push the rubber into the correct tracks without damage. With the right too
My output flange bolt on my GETRAG 245 was on pretty tight. The 20v cordless dewalt impact gun did nothing but make a bunch of noise. It needed a real air impact gun. So off to a friends house (he had the right tools). I helped him getting his transmission prepped for install. We got the bolt off and new seal and new bolt installed. This inspired me to pull out the Bluntech ultimate 5 speed conversion kit and start installing the kit.
Pretty straight forward. Here are some pics.
This head was ported by metric mechanic. I had a Dr Schrick 292 cam installed and I’m using the Korman intake.
My mechanic is finalizing the whole engine build now.
Here is a teaser picture.
Video of of the first start will be taken.
I worked on my headlight buckets over the weekend. Cleaned, sanded, sprayed with clear. I added a led h4 style bulb and reassembled.
Borrowing parts from my parts car. Unfortunately the best chrome rings holder/surround were from the same side....Sigh. realized that once finished.
It will do for now until I figure out which way the chrome should fit on each side...meaning is the wider bit of chrome on the outside or the inside. Then I’ll source the right parts.
Update: I shot a short video today to capture the sound of the ITBs and the exhaust. I'm very satisfied with how everything is sounding. Thanks to Patrick for revving the motor. Video link below...
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 planned that
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
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