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    Thread: It seats two. It's Laguna Seca Blue. My rust-free 1991 Mazda Miata.

    1. 04-20-2012 04:29 PM #26
      FWIW I don't think that strut bar is factory. Doesn't really matter, and I'm not even sure about it, just thought I'd point out the possibility. That's a nice NA in a bitchin' color. Leave the top down and take corners hard

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      04-24-2012 07:09 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      Awesome pickup! My '94 isn't in nearly as nice shape cosmetically speaking.

      You'll have fun in that. The 1.6 is revvy in comparison to the 1.8.

      If it has OEM dampers on it, they are shot. They don't last beyond about 50k. Something to think about. Refreshing the suspension--bushings, dampers--on any NA Miata and installing some sticky tires can totally transform the car.
      Thanks for the insight. I'll look into the dampers. I'm thinking coilovers and some bigger wheels/stickier tires are in order. These little 14" wheels look like skate wheels.

      Quote Originally Posted by choochoo View Post
      that looks really clean for a 91. Much better buy than that ratty E30. no miata advice from me, but did the PO bolt an aftermarket horn to the strut bar?
      Yeah, as I'm going through this car I'm finding a few odd things here and there. The guy must've loved doing electrical work on it because there are wires everywhere-- and many of them lead to nothing at all. No issues though, which is good!

      Quote Originally Posted by Hufeisen View Post
      Nice find! I think it is cool that the previous owner gave you all the other items. Usually when I sell a car, I sell off the parts or rarely depending on the buyer, will include it.
      Same here! Some of it is going straight to ebay.

      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Zero View Post
      The wood trim is cool bro. Get the Nardi wheel and knob to go with it.

      Maybe it doesn't work so well with the blue, but it's a cool little upgrade from the boring black, really brittle, cheap stuff they use for the surrounds stock.

      Cool find. I miss my Miata. Great cars.
      The "wood" trim is gone. It was peeling and I finally ripped most of it off at a stop light because I hated it so much. It look horrendous in person! I'm going to try to figure out what to do with the center area with the HVAC controls/radio because nothing is taking the glue off.

      Quote Originally Posted by Omnilith View Post
      Looks solid.

      Please don't slam it with funky wheels and ill-fitting tires.
      A mild drop and some 15" or 16" wheels with nice, meaty tires is my thought. No worries.

      Quote Originally Posted by Smigelski View Post
      At the very least the rear bumper has been repainted. The car didn't have clear coat from the factory, and that's what's peeling off.

      Your car has the early 'shorty' rear mud guards. At some point, Mazda changed them to be taller, so they go up over the rear fender more and discontinued the shorter style. Those are worth a decent amount to some in the Miata community, so if you don't want them, sell them (don't throw them out).

      Also: What the heck is that hanging off of the front strut bar?
      Thanks for the info on the mudguards. I think they're staying on since I have a gravel driveway. All 120 HP spins the rear tires if I'm not careful pulling out of my driveway!

      Quote Originally Posted by patrickvr6 View Post
      It gives the owner something to toot during parades in June.
      HEY!

      Quote Originally Posted by Bias_Ply View Post
      Looks like a nice car! I would just paint the wheels, as I understand "they all do that" and the painted wheels on my Miata look fine year after year.
      I was able to really clean them up today with some Meg's Chrome Wheel cleaner, but they still look a little rough.

      So I'm thinking about a repaint. Either white, silver, gunmetal or gold. Any opinion?

      Quote Originally Posted by 200HP4dr View Post
      Good grief! That took long enough!

      Great color. I guess the roadster trip was enough to convince you to get one.

      I think you made the right choice. You'll enjoy this car for a long time.

      Chris
      I'll have to take you for a ride soon! If you can fit your feet in it...

      And, yes, the Triumph did help to inspire the roadster bug. Darn it.

      Quote Originally Posted by N2OInferno View Post
      I'm ridiculously jealous. I haven't been able to find a suitable one for a decent price around here. Someday, though.
      I've been looking for about 6 months, on and off. It's by far the nicest I've found.

      Quote Originally Posted by Bibs View Post
      Very nice Smurf Blue! I love NAs, I had a '94 BRG. Check to see if this car falls into the "short nose crank" VIN category...It can be fatal, but should be avoidable. Read Miata.net.

      There is a series of newer Mazda head units (Double DIN) from the early Tributes and ~2001+ Protoges...they fit in that slot perfectly, have the same connecotrs, and look pretty stock. It also gives you a fully modern head unit. They pop up on ebay frequently, and the details are documented on Miata.net.

      I agree. The wood trim is bad...easy fix, though.
      Thanks! I'll look into that issue.

      Quote Originally Posted by Mike0105 View Post
      Nice pick up! Have fun with it
      Mike
      Thanks!

      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      you went looking for a practical comfortable car that got good mileage... and you ended up with a miata?

      oh boy...
      Yeah, I don't know how it happened.

      So far it's been good on gas and I feel really confident that I can sell it for more than I paid for it in a few years if I want to get rid of it. After the detail I gave it today, I definitely added value to it.

      Quote Originally Posted by initiation View Post
      FWIW I don't think that strut bar is factory. Doesn't really matter, and I'm not even sure about it, just thought I'd point out the possibility. That's a nice NA in a bitchin' color. Leave the top down and take corners hard
      It isn't OEM for sure, but it does seem to tighten the little car up!

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      04-24-2012 07:18 PM #28
      Did a major interior detail on it.

      Removed the seats, the center console and used a Little Green on the seats and carpets. Looks a million times better.

      Before:



      Even after tearing out carpets and poking around, there are no signs of rust or accident damage.




      After:






      Noticed a very small rip in the top near the back window. Any advice for patching a soft top? Duct tape?


      So far I've really enjoyed this little car. For a measly 120 HP, it's lively and fun and I find myself speeding a little too often. It's gotten polarizing reviews from family and friends, but I'm loving it.

      I ordered a stubby antenna, new H3 bulbs for the headlamps and put in some LED tail light bulbs from Autozone-- anything I can do to make the car have more visibility on the road.

      Next order of business is ripping out the horrible fog lights the PO installed and doing a full exterior detail on the car. I'll post pictures!

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      04-24-2012 07:18 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by 22AudiQ View Post




      I'll have to take you for a ride soon! If you can fit your feet in it...

      And, yes, the Triumph did help to inspire the roadster bug. Darn it.
      Hey! They fit my frame. You should swing by and assist in the Triumph water pump. I'll help you fix your crank nose.


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      04-24-2012 07:32 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by 200HP4dr View Post
      Hey! They fit my frame. You should swing by and assist in the Triumph water pump. I'll help you fix your crank nose.


      Chris
      Cool! When are you doing the water pump?

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      04-24-2012 07:39 PM #31
      don't let those little wimpy looking tires scare you.
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      04-25-2012 08:37 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by 22AudiQ View Post
      Did a major interior detail on it.

      Removed the seats, the center console and used a Little Green on the seats and carpets. Looks a million times better.
      Hell of a difference in that carpet...

      BTW, what do you mean by "a little green"... Simple Green?
      I'm just your local purveyor of Miata and Nissan Z-car fanboyism.

      Quote Originally Posted by Chmeeee View Post
      Because then you'd be shopping at Kmart, where it always smells like 1976.

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      04-25-2012 09:10 AM #33
      That's really cool.

      Threads like this always make me want a Miata....

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      04-25-2012 09:23 AM #34
      Someday I'll lose a hundred pounds and own a Miata.

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      04-25-2012 09:51 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      Someday I'll lose a hundred pounds and own a Miata.

      Me, myself = fat guy in a little coat. Fvck it tho... I enjoy the crap outta my car, and I still fit in it well enough to daily it comfortably.
      I'm just your local purveyor of Miata and Nissan Z-car fanboyism.

      Quote Originally Posted by Chmeeee View Post
      Because then you'd be shopping at Kmart, where it always smells like 1976.

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      04-25-2012 10:44 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by zeewhiz View Post
      Hell of a difference in that carpet...

      BTW, what do you mean by "a little green"... Simple Green?
      Yeah, it's way better! I actually just dyed the carpets in the trunk with black Rustoleum-- it's a little detailer's secret.

      I used a Bissell Little Green machine. It's a carpet extractor. It works fairly well!

      Quote Originally Posted by SilverSLC View Post
      That's really cool.

      Threads like this always make me want a Miata....

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      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      Someday I'll lose a hundred pounds and own a Miata.
      Nah. Some people buy racing seats to stay in place. You have built-in padding to keep you from getting thrown around! Right?

      Quote Originally Posted by zeewhiz View Post
      Me, myself = fat guy in a little coat. Fvck it tho... I enjoy the crap outta my car, and I still fit in it well enough to daily it comfortably.
      I'm 6'1" and skinny. People have told me I look sort of funny emerging from such a small car.

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      04-25-2012 10:59 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by zeewhiz View Post
      Me, myself = fat guy in a little coat. Fvck it tho... I enjoy the crap outta my car, and I still fit in it well enough to daily it comfortably.
      I can stuff myself in and drive, I just look like I'm wearing Miata-shaped pants (from Big & tall)

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      04-25-2012 11:20 AM #38
      Nice! I love the Mariner blue, but I found a red one that I just couldn't pass up on (no rust, 79k on it, matching HT, all for $3950) and it's a joy to drive. My heater hose just blew yesterday and started pissing coolant. I'd advise doing timing belt/water pump/cooling system maintenance as soon as you can. Once the maintenance is done on my car, I'm going to start mods, and I can't wait!
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      05-07-2012 11:27 PM #39
      Cleaned up the Audi and the Miata:


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      05-07-2012 11:57 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by SilverSLC View Post
      That's really cool.

      Threads like this always make me want a Miata....
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      05-08-2012 12:06 AM #41
      Congrats on the find! I recently picked up a 94 with 46K miles and already managed to log 5000 miles on it since mid-February!
      Nothing like a properly running NA!

      Now, CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP me find these center caps in the picture below. My RPF1 wheels came with no center caps and I still can't locate anything that fits!

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      05-10-2012 09:37 PM #42
      That hard top is BEAUTIFUL. Great find!

      Center caps? What if you just run to Home Depot, find some plugs that fit and spray them black or silver? Yeah, it's not totally kosher, but it'd be better.

      Cleaned up the Miata and the Audi last weekend.



      Unfortunately, my ownership experience is probably coming to an end. A few things have come up and it's probably getting a for sale sign in it this weekend.
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      05-10-2012 09:40 PM #43
      A simple start would be using fiberglass to make a plug for the center, you could smooth it and paint it whatever you want, the biggest issue would be keeping it on the wheel (though at least it'd be light).

      That sucks you have to sell it 22AudiQ, what happened?
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      05-10-2012 10:04 PM #44
      Yeah, that sucks. What happened? Got a hankering for a real roadster?



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      05-10-2012 10:12 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by l88m22vette View Post
      A simple start would be using fiberglass to make a plug for the center, you could smooth it and paint it whatever you want, the biggest issue would be keeping it on the wheel (though at least it'd be light).

      That sucks you have to sell it 22AudiQ, what happened?
      Quote Originally Posted by 200HP4dr View Post
      Yeah, that sucks. What happened? Got a hankering for a real roadster?



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      05-10-2012 10:24 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by 22AudiQ View Post
      Long story, can't really say on a forum. Everything's okay-- just changes in the future likely.
      you ARE the father

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      05-10-2012 10:39 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by 22AudiQ View Post
      Long story, can't really say on a forum. Everything's okay-- just changes in the future likely.
      Gotcha. Lets hit Panera soon.

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      05-10-2012 10:46 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by S0RRY View Post
      you ARE the father
      Quote Originally Posted by 200HP4dr View Post
      Gotcha. Lets hit Panera soon.

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      Thank God that's not the issue here.

      Everything's good, just probably going to need some money.

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      05-10-2012 11:57 PM #49
      Beautiful blue M&M you've got there. I like the headlights, which I haven't liked on other Miata's before. Sorry tohear your ownership experience is truncated, you may find yourself wanting one again sometime. That happens to be the case for me, I miss my Twilight Blue '99- but I love the colors on the NAs.

      Whenever your decide to sell, let me know - I know a person or two (or me) who could be interested.
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      05-21-2012 11:55 PM #50
      Dang it. I'm starting to enjoy this little car a lot. Thinking that there won't be a for sale sign in it after all.

      I've been averaging 30 MPG, even with an aggressive right foot.


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