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October 10, 2016, 10:40 PM #25

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looks pretty good mostly assembled.


onto the rear.  burn out the old bushings.

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    October 11, 2016, 08:59 AM #26

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    Looks good. Being able to powder coat yourself sure is handy 


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      October 11, 2016, 12:24 PM #27

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      Originally posted by Igor
      Looks good. Being able to powder coat yourself sure is handy 

      And it's a tax write off too as it's advertising for my business.  :)

        October 11, 2016, 05:31 PM #28

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        well, today was more sand blasting and rust coating.


          October 11, 2016, 10:38 PM #29

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          Bed liner installed on the rear sub-frame and wiper cowel



          and the reassembly begins as I wait for the heavy cast parts to heat up enough to flow the powder.



          lets call it a night.  that was a lot of work done in one day.

            October 12, 2016, 11:04 PM #30

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            alright.... here's today progress.  I had to throw the towel in on the sand blasting late afternoon before I was done cause it started snowing.  Figured I'd go start planning where to build and igloo and keep my dog sled... 

            Crazy how that took 2 hours.  That's just the top half.  Haven't even got to the bottom half where the really gross stuff is.  Tomorrow is going to be another long day of blasting.  But then the hard stuff is over.

            before

            after


            before

            after

              October 12, 2016, 11:12 PM #31

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              and my film came in today for my hydrodipping theme.  Lets see how long I can keep that one a secret.  Not doing so hot on keeping the rest of this build a secret. ha!  I'm excited.  It's BRIGHT!!!

                October 15, 2016, 02:56 PM #32

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                Rust coating applied.  Hopefully tomorrow i can get the bed liner in there and start putting things back together soon.




                  October 16, 2016, 09:24 PM #33

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                  Slowly but surely things are getting coated and slowly coming back together.


                  And bed liner is finally covering everything now.


                    October 17, 2016, 05:53 AM #34

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                    Ok where is the epic - ness. Been seeing this thread bumped almost every day but all I see is powder coating stock miata parts in old kitchen oven and making miata heavier with bed liner lmao....

                      October 17, 2016, 08:11 AM #35

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                      Haters gonna hate.  You gotta lay down a good foundation first my friend.  I know it may not seem all that exciting right now.  But that's how building a car goes.  Like painting a car. (we'll get to that yet too)  It's not really that exciting to do the body work but you wouldn't paint a car before fixing all the dents first right?  Patience.  The good stuff is just around the corner. 

                      Originally posted by mhubeny180sx
                      Ok where is the epic - ness. Been seeing this thread bumped almost every day but all I see is powder coating stock miata parts in old kitchen oven and making miata heavier with bed liner lmao....

                        October 17, 2016, 11:33 AM #36

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                        What did you use between the bare metal and bed liner, in that photo of the floor and I assume also on the rest of the parts that were stripped?
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                          October 17, 2016, 12:39 PM #37

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                          Valspar Anti-Rust Armor.
                          I use this for the anti-rust factor, resistance to all types of fuels, chemicals and UV exposure. It's a great product for restoring old motorcycles, marine apps and outdoor power equipment, all sorts of stuff.  All the stuff that gets powder coated is just straight to metal.  Powder seals the entire part and doesn't chip and has amazing UV and color protection.

                          Originally posted by firelizard
                          What did you use between the bare metal and bed liner, in that photo of the floor and I assume also on the rest of the parts that were stripped?

                            October 20, 2016, 06:54 PM #38

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                            had to make it juuuuuuust right. 



                            that's all for now...  i'll post pictures once things are dipped and cleared.  ;)
                            (i'm kinda being secret now right?)

                              November 07, 2016, 10:52 PM #39

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                              well, It's been a while since I got anything productive done on this guy.  I've been very sick the last week.  Before that I spent a week converting part of my shop into a paint booth for winter, and had a whole lot of yard work and clean up to get done before winter is here, that's life eh.  But alas today I finally got back at er a bit even though I'm still super sick. 
                              Paint is starting to get applied to the parts that will be hydrodipped.  I guess I'll let the secret out...

                              Camera's and fluorescent don't like each other so these pictures don't do justice. This stuff is BRIGHT!


                              interesting thing happens with the camera when you turn the lights off.







                              started getting the rear assembled. (temp shocks just to roll it around)


                              apparently snow is due for next week wednesday.  I better get a hustle on.  Ol Spitty probably wont do to well in the snow. Turbo loves the snow though.  Maybe I'll have to quickly build a dog sled and get him to pull me around in the mean time.

                                November 08, 2016, 11:31 PM #40

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                                The fun is starting to happen.  Dipped a few parts this evening.... 
                                This is not cleared yet.  you guys get to see the raw uncut first images of what's coming down the tubes for the engine bay.


                                  November 10, 2016, 01:17 AM #41

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                                  Today I was busy.  The weather was warm and I got in my groove and before I knew it... this just kinda happened. Not cleared yet.  This is still freshly dipped and rinsed.


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                                    I'm digging that combo. Pretty cool.
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                                      November 10, 2016, 12:39 PM #43

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                                      imovie on my phone gave me some super chessy music to work with...


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                                        Super cool what you can do with hydrodipping, i need that in my life.
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                                          November 10, 2016, 05:41 PM #45

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                                          Today's compiled list of  activites include...

                                          powder coated rear calipers and all their parts


                                          parts are hunger and ready for clear.  Found out I forgot a couple parts today so lets call this batch #uno (doing that this evening)


                                          And lets see if we can't get these guys installed while clear coat dries on the parts in the booth.


                                          picking up another miata tomorrow evening and then if all goes well, Plan is for the car to be together and running by the end of the weekend.  One last hard push and I should be able to knock out the majority of the work to get it mobile under it's own power again.

                                            November 12, 2016, 11:48 PM #46

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                                            This morning began the strip down of the turbo parts miata I picked up last night.  Radar was quick to investigate the interior and sniff out all the curious smells.


                                            Turbo on the other hand here laid claim to this being his car. 


                                            which then led to the coolest miata ever.  Twin Turbo with state of the art 12 year old radar navigation system...


                                            It's got an old fm turbo kit and burns oil like mad.  Probably doesn't help that the vent breather is being used as the oil cap...  There's oil EVERYWHERE from that as this engine has some major blow-by.  Lets hope just the engine is toast and the turbo is still good. (not my dog.  He's super good!)


                                            Had some young aspiring lads who want to learn the automotive world come and volunteer to help disassemble this miata.  They may not know a lot or work quickly, but I enjoy teaching them and watching them learn how to work on cars and i find a lot of value in helping someone understand how things on a car work so when their car breaks that have a better sense of what's actually happening.  Gives them a good sense of pride.  :)
                                            This also allows me to get the complex stuff done like reassembling a power steering pump without scratching it as it's been powder coated and hydrodipped. 

                                            Bumpers, Doors, seats, and they started on the roll bar before we called it a day.


                                            Sandblasted all these suckers by hand as my parts tumbler from eastwood never showed up.  Then painted them That was tedious.


                                            I was busy working on reassembling calipers and master cylinders and getting things ready on the motor to install.


                                            And throughout the day we pleasantly enjoyed finding a plethora of interesting artifacts the previous owner cared not to remove from his vehicle before selling it...


                                            Tomorrows goals...
                                            -assemble motor completely and install into car
                                            -pull driveline from parts miata and install into built miata
                                            -hook it all up and at least get it running and driving

                                            Snow is imminent any day now.  Gotta push major hard for another week and hopefully knock this thing out the door so I have something to drive.  Body will have to get finished at a later date and work is kinda backing up more and more now that this new work whip is top priority.

                                              November 13, 2016, 07:27 PM #47

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                                              Pounded out a bunch more stuff today.  My volunteers showed up again.  They got the roll cage out.


                                              I blasted and painted even more bolts as I realized I needed them for different areas of the car.


                                              And this is where I end the day today.  I had a goal of getting it running but... I spent a ton of time looking for misc gaskets and seals for this that and the other. 

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                                                And on today's list we have....

                                                One super oiley turbo charged engine and tranny being removed. This engine probably ranks highest on the most oil covered engine I've ever pulled out of a vehicle in the 11 years I've been doing this job.  Previous owner said it burns just a little bit of oil... :trollface:

                                                The ol not so top secret miata lurkin in the back waiting for parts.

                                                And we have a gold clutch!  Does that mean it's worth more?  Anyone know what them little weights are stuck to the springs?  Aftermarket on the aftermarket to give more clamping pressure?

                                                Bits and bobs being reassembled.  I think I may have painted and dipped the wrong master cylinder resivoir because it's not fitting to well and I've checked the 6 other miata's I have and none of them have a resivoir that looks like that. UGH!


                                                Getting lots of you guys checking out the website and facebook page and sending me little encouragements.  Appreciate it.  Gives me a bit of extra motivation when you guys are excited about this thing too.  :)
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                                                  November 19, 2016, 08:50 PM #49

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                                                  No windshield proves to be handy.  Got her running today.


                                                  Well, today she fired up.  Now just to get the rest of things in order.

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