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    Default Vanilla Build

    This is my Miata and we call her Vanilla. It's 1990


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    Washed her up from the underside to the body to begin my build throughout the winter season and it was surprisingly really clean.


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    Time to start stripping her down


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    Out! It was my first time removing an engine with a hoist and banged a couple of things on the way out but nothing major.
    Next I stripped the interior to remove Cruise Control, AC, and to do a wire tuck along with a clean up.


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    Last edited by Drock30; 10-15-2012 at 01:05 PM.

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    Love seeing these things dumped, Are planning on a motor swap?
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    No plans on swapping a motor just yet. Throwing all the loot on suspension, wheels, exterior and interior for now.

    Engine swap maybe later down the line

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    jealous of your hard top

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    Love white Miatas, build on sir.

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    better keep that luggage rack
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    i love my AC way too much to take it out. it is just for weight saving?

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    I would look into going FI on that motor since it only has 36,000 miles just because it will make the car much much more fun to drive (driven/owned na/fi miatas before) and it is quite cheap.

    Looks like a clean project to start with, can't wait to see results.

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    Alright so I stripped the interior some more and ran into some rust issues..... I Fucking **** rust! I expected this though.

    Broke all 3 nuts holding onto the lower part of this piece. So I'm currently in the market for this and the bracket.



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    Ugly piece


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    Moving on, I decided to clean up the interior and sand out the surface rust, than coating it with primer then paint.



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    Now, from a distance, it seems like a really clean interior but take a closer look and you'll find surface rust here and there.


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    Using this little dremel with a 60Grit sandpaper


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    I'll be doing this... (Sample)


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    After the interior is all cleaned up, I'll move up towards the engine bay for some more clean up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D&W View Post
    i love my AC way too much to take it out. it is just for weight saving?
    Nope, Just want a nice clean bay. Plus its a convertible and I love the heat and the sun so the AC can goooooo

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    Love this build so far! Glad to see someone as stingy with the details as I am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drock30 View Post
    Nope, Just want a nice clean bay. Plus its a convertible and I love the heat and the sun so the AC can goooooo
    you wouldn't be saying that in Texas. This past summer we saw an average of 95-100 degrees within june-august! I love driving with the windows down, but there are sometimes you're gonna have to say "fuck that" lol.

    The build looks good so far op!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckdee View Post
    you wouldn't be saying that in Texas. This past summer we saw an average of 95-100 degrees within june-august! I love driving with the windows down, but there are sometimes you're gonna have to say "fuck that" lol.

    The build looks good so far op!
    its like that up here in the summer too. I dont have AC in my 240 so i must rock windows down
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    he mustve enjoyed that bj.

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    I like where this is going!

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    God this makes me want an NA, what are your plans? There's a dude selling a white NA shell with a complete 1.8 swap out of the car for $500 and it's sooo tempting! Granted it probably wont actually happen because I'm a 16 year old and the logistics just aren't there. But good luck with the build!

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    It's been awhile and I haven't gotten very far with the build but here is just a little update on the interior....

    Removed all the rust in the interior with the grinder

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    Then I threw 2 coats of primer on for now

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    I forgot to get a close up when I was working on it but after the primer dried up, it looked like it was separating. I wouldn't say cracking because when I tired to pick it with my nail it wasn't chipping away like the crappy exterior body paint. It's probably because the drying was done during high humidity.

    Any ideas?

    For now, the interior will stay like this for awhile until i can finish up clearing and cleaning up the engine bay

    Here where I am now -___- Moving oh so slow

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    Blue tape are for labeling the wires. Blue tape is the shit


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    good start man, I love vanilla

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    Fresh White


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    Next is pulling the wiring harness and cleaning up the bay for the tuck and respray.
    ....Such a slow moving build

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    I ran into a bunch of rust issues with my Miata too. And mine is a freaking '05 for god's sake! Northern car syndrome FTL.....

    Anywho, good luck with the build!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OSSHWA View Post
    I ran into a bunch of rust issues with my Miata too. And mine is a freaking '05 for god's sake! Northern car syndrome FTL.....

    Anywho, good luck with the build!

    I don't get what the previous owner did to get rust in your car but that's pretty quick for rust to appear on an 05...

    Thanks for the luck though

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    "a virgin but still horny" i love it lol.

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    Great start!
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    That's nice work man!


    I am looking for a little project car like this to teach my self some of this stuff.

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    It's been a while since I've made an update. I've been putting in some work at the job and gathering some parts towards the build. Originality are def in a few of these boxes.


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    So back to the build.. I was able to work with the wiring harness and remove un-needed crap that was attached to the harness and than organized it for the tuck. I forgot to take a before picture of what I started with but wiring is wack


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    Airbag Harness was a pain and was usless since the wheel will be replaced.


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    Stripped and cleaned up the bay and thinking about how simple I can get it to be


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    great build and attention to detail, really excited to see this
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