• Roadster Project Complete

    Prelude: this post. Time to put a bookend to yet another project, I sold my Miata last week. The reason why I decided to part ways with the car is clear – and not a new one. Like my other cars, I did not make enough use of it. If something does not have immediate […]

    4 responses November 24, 2011
  • Mazda OEM R-Package Spoiler

    What an ordeal… I had to buy 2 R spoilers and go through 3 paint jobs before I was happy. On the third paint job, I ended up taking the spoiler to a different, painter-owned shop where the guy sanded down the clear coat and redid it. He did a great job and was able […]

    One response September 17, 2011
  • Wood Grain Gripping… Nardi Classic 360mm

    As noted previously, installation of the first Nardi steering wheel concluded disastrously. Not only did I break the horn button, I also botched up the actual spokes of the wheel. Courtesy of Nardi, the wheel came new with a couple light scratches. So of course I attempted to buff it out, which only yielded even […]

    One response September 16, 2011
  • Bum Life

    If you’re even thinking about modding a car, here’s my word of advice: DON’T. Fight the temptations, no matter how good of an idea it may seem in the beginning… in the end, it’s not worth it. I’m definitely second guessing myself right now about this whole Miata thing. I thought it would be a […]

    3 responses September 10, 2011
  • Mudguard Preservation Society

    I’m kicking myself for stalling up until now to install a set of mudguards on the Miata. I was initially uncertain about whether to add mudguards or leave the car clean… glad I eventually made the right choice. These are OEM (what else?) and mount conveniently to pre-drilled holes on the car. The rears go […]

    One response September 2, 2011
  • Junk on the Trunk

    After many months of letting layers of dust and dirt pile on the Miata, I finally decided to give the car a wash over the weekend. What started out as an innocent maintenance task turned into a nightmare. Before I even turned on the hose, I had to take care of the spoiler, which wasn’t […]

    No responses August 28, 2011
  • All Guts, No Glory

    Got a taste for the d0rifto life yesterday night. It was fun and the Tomei 2-way locks up superbly. I found it pretty easy to keep the tires spinning, even under stock power. Following a very low red S14. Changing the rears of said red S14 over to spares (got tuck?). On location. Fast and […]

    2 responses July 17, 2011
  • Rolling Rolled Fenders

    Going through deliberate means of hiring a professional to roll my fenders the first time proved futile. The fronts were rolled nice, but on the rears, he didn’t completely flatten the lips. They were more or less curved inwards, which still caused rubbing. Apparently, even though I tried to have it done right the first […]

    No responses July 16, 2011
  • Obligatory

    With the hardtop on the car, I went for a quick drive and took a couple pictures on the way home. I’m getting really lazy with the camera thing. I also didn’t clean the car at all because, frankly, I don’t care. The front is raised up a few turns from before. Blah blah blah, […]

    2 responses July 1, 2011
  • Consumed

    I’m starting to lose my grip with this whole project. As a disclosure, never think for even a second your car build is done. You close one door and 5 more will open. That’s the thing with cars, there’s just too many things that need to be taken care of, it’s almost endless. And all […]

    2 responses July 1, 2011
  • Hardtop

    I tried my best to like the soft top and convertible idea, but in the end it wasn’t happening. A hardtop was a must. I think the car loses character with the soft top up, yet I hate driving around with the top down. Having a convertible is cool for maybe 5 minutes, then you […]

    2 responses July 1, 2011
  • Rota Grid V

    After only a couple of drives, I made the decision to switch up the white Grid Offroads. The white on black combo was simply too loud for me. I am now an old man, so I can’t hang with the whole “tuner” crowd anymore. Which is the main reason why I opted to not install […]

    2 responses June 26, 2011