• Bosch E-Codes

    I converted the car’s headlights to accept H4 bulbs with a pair of Bosch E-Codes. For the bulbs, I chose the PIAA Xtreme Whites. I’m against using plug-in HIDs on cars that have lenses designed for halogen use. I rather have proper cutoffs over cool blue light that’s thrown everywhere. Taking off the lights was […]

    One response May 31, 2011
  • An Interlude

    As a quick follow-up, here is the engine bay now in its current stage and after I did more cleaning. Looks fairly presentable now. I took off the coolant overflow reservoir in this picture, should have something else in the works soon. This is the open differential, now a big paperweight. Can’t wait to try […]

    One response May 30, 2011
  • ARTech Custom Fabrications Exhaust

    When I was looking around for Miata exhausts, it didn’t take long before I realized that the available options are thin. So I went another route. I contacted ARTech Fabrication from Texas and contracted a custom build. I’m done with big fart cans, I wanted something more sophisticated. Since the choice was under my control, I […]

    No responses May 30, 2011
  • Do Work

    Alright, this post might come out a bit nonsensical because I’m super tired, and I barely did any actual labor today. Well, I did spend hours wrestling on a stupid U-Haul hitch for the Prius, but that’ll be another post. After having the car back for a day, I decided to ramp up the speed. […]

    2 responses May 27, 2011
  • Back in Black

    I picked the car up today after exactly 3 weeks at the body shop. Didn’t take any pictures, because it basically looks as it did before… except shinier and smoother. This repaint was a big decision to make, but at least it has been made. I did in fact get it painted at a Maaco… […]

    2 responses May 25, 2011
  • Cut and Wrinkle Painted Valve Cover

    With the car still at the body shop, I decided to undertake a paint project of my own. The valve cover on Miatas have a front lobe that covers the cam gears and timing belt. It’s mainly for protection of the belt but there’s really no point. Plus, if you ever need to do anything […]

    3 responses May 15, 2011
  • Projects Shouldn’t be Easy

    I’ve been meaning to post this update earlier, however, a couple demanding choices needed to be made and thought through, which I’ll get into momentarily. I devoted my attention last Sunday to, shall you say, further simplification. This included ridding a few nonessentials, which included the rear trunk’s interior, rear half of the interior, windshield […]

    One response May 7, 2011
  • Oil Change and Fender Rolling

    Was reminded today how dirty and unpleasant car work can be. I followed the common ritual of changing the oil, and also did the transmission fluid as well. At least getting the jack under the car is still easy… should probably savor it while it lasts. Maybe a bit hard to tell in the above […]

    2 responses April 30, 2011
  • MX5 Past

    Technically speaking, I’m on my third Miata. Some old habits never change. The first one shouldn’t even count. This was back in ’09, and was extremely shortlived ownership wise. I think it was sold within a few weeks of purchasing. The Montego Blue paint was in horrible shape and oxidized everywhere. Now, this yellow one […]

    One response April 28, 2011
  • Project Roadster

    The day I decide to pull the plug on the S14 idea… I find an ideal Black on Black Miata. It’s truly amazing how things changed and worked. It took me 4 months of constant searching for a S14 I could never find, and only 1 day of browsing craigslist to find this Miata. Feels good […]

    One response April 25, 2011
  • Moving On

    I’ve reached my limit of waiting. All these months, after scouring craigslist and forums every day, it’s been conclusive that the car I’m looking for does not exist. Maybe it does exist, but to have all the right qualities match up (low miles, no sun roof, the right color, clean history, etc.), and be put […]

    One response April 24, 2011
  • Driveshaft Shop 600HP Complete Axles

    Contrary to the coilovers, there are no suitable alternatives when it comes to axles, nor many choices to begin with. You either have axles that will break, or you can shell out like a beast and get some 600HP level axles. Guess which route I took. Yeah, this was no small investment, but I think […]

    No responses April 13, 2011