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Builds that Rock: Lars Brogen [Apr. 23rd, 2004|03:24 pm]
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slonie
I'm going to start a link page for builds which rock, eventually. Unfortunately I don't have any more info on this one, but it looks top-notch. The interior, especially, looks beautiful. Now, a luxurious interior has no place on a 7, but unless there's SOMETHING it's going to make me feel like I'm driving the Malibu Grand Prix cars every day.(Link)



Nice Wantanabes...





(did he raid the Caterham partsbin for this one?)
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2004|12:32 am]
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slonie
I have pics of the Miata stuff from today, but they're on Andy's camera...
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Miata on the lift...First report! [Apr. 18th, 2004|12:28 am]
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slonie
Today I got my first detailed look at the Miata, which is something I should have done before buying it. In any case, after cracking the hood with intentions to try and run the car before yanking the motor, I noticed something awry. The upper radiator rubber hose attaches to a metal tube coming out from the block. This was broken off by the impact. Snap! It didn't look like a hard welding job to fix, but no water is getting through the motor with this off. I later noticed that this piece (thermostat housing, apparently) snapped off past a flange, which was bolted to the block. In other words, I can take the part off from Lu's motor and not worry about this. The pully that looks to drive the alternator is also off, and it looks sort of like it may just be a press-fit anyway. This is a bit strange, but the truth will come out when I get the shop manual.

We put the Miata on the lift and looked for other issues, and couldn't find any (so far!). However, with the "hole in the block" as well as an empty fusebox and unplugged connectors everywhere, we won't be able to run it. This makes me highly skeptical that Colin (the seller) ever had it running after the accident. Either that or he ran it without water. Neither makes me feel very good, but oh well. We took the valve cover off and things looked pretty clean inside (as you might expect for a 40k mile motor). That's a bright spot in the otherwise somewhat disturbing investigation. The rear end looks decent (besides being an open diff, I'll have to source a nice clutch-type before putting it into my 7). The brakes are rusted as you might expect for a car that's been sitting for 3 years.

Speaking of sitting, there looked like rust in the sparkplug holes on cylinders 1 & 2...ugh.

So, at the current time, I'm a little worried but optimistic for the success of the swap into Lu's car. If the motor has issues internally, I honestly don't know what I'll do. I won't really know until I get the motor out of the car and into Lu's. Today I bought a 1000 lb. engine stand at Harbor Freight ($50 by the way) which will soon serve as the temporary home for this motor as I do the timing belt, and whatever easy gaskets and seals I can get at.

Just as a recap of the plan for this car: It will serve as the first donor for the S7 project (Super Seven? Slonie Seven?) but the motor is NOT going to be used for that. Instead, the motor is going into Lu's 1994 Miata with a blown motor. The rest of the salvagable parts will be stripped after Lu's car runs, and saved for my future usage. I have two competing plans in my mind for the 7's powerplant.

1) 12A on carbs or 13B (perhaps Sam Hsu's $300 1988 GTU motor on EFI). It would be nice to get my feet wet in the strange world of rotaries, and the power-to-weight ratio of the rotary powerplant is about as good as it gets outside of bike motors.

2) 20V 4A-GE. With my silvertop in the AE86 leaking like a mofo, I might want to pull it out. I'll pick up another 20V, do the seals on that one, then drop it into my AE86. Meanwhile, my current motor can come out and undergo an overhaul. When the 7 is ready, I'd drop the motor right in.
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A better build diary [Apr. 16th, 2004|04:29 pm]
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slonie
Because this one has actually started:

http://www.eunos.com/keith/seven/diary.php

I peg Keith at about a year ahead of where I am right now...He's making great progress on his Miata-based Locost and I expect him to be on the road soon. He's also working out the bugs in CMC's Miata kit for the benefit of the rest of us...

Oh, and I acquired a donor car. At least a donor for all the non-engine-non-transmission bits. The engine from the Miata I bought (a 1997 with 40k miles on it) will go into Lu's car since he just blew his motor. The rest of the parts are mine! Unfortunately there isn't much left to sell for profit (no interior, for one), but I'll see if I can trade the gauge cluster to Kenji for, oh, I dunno, a motor ;D

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Miata Donor Viewing #2 [Apr. 5th, 2004|02:06 am]
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slonie
This one was an automatic. I wish the ad would have mentioned that so that both my and the seller's time was not utterly wasted. After checking it out, I decided to delay the donor part of the project until I can really afford to start on the chassis (6 months at least). This felt nice and liberating, and freed up untold amounts of funds (provided I keep saving up SOME each month) for other car fun. I even decided to build a go-kart as my "Project to learn welding, cutting, grinding, and stuff." Cheaper and less intimidating than a car, and hell, who doesn't like go-karts? Not me, that's for sure.

Then I got to Drift Day Pro (see here) and while there another drifter approached me and notified me that his insurance broker has a 1990-ish Miata that he's planning on donating to charity. It runs and hasn't been wrecked, but he wants to get rid of it. Considering I just decided to delay the project, this sort of hurts. But if I can pick it up (remember, this is a RUNNING CAR with no pole-or-SUV damage) for cheap ($500-$1000), it will make a nice second car so I can get to work while the corolla is being repaired, and then eventually become reborn into a glorious Seven. Or that's the idea anyway, I don't have any additional details on it yet. One thing's for sure though, keeping a running, non-wrecked car around as a second car sure beats keeping a wrecked car on stands in my driveway.

Side note: If I bought wheels/replacement parts for a Miata while waiting to for the Seven to happen it could be thought of as "fattening it up for the kill." I like that analogy.
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Timing [Apr. 2nd, 2004|01:08 am]
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slonie
[music |the advantage - 05 - bomberman, stage]

I mean, I don't have the money to even get a chassis right now, let alone do the whole project. So, even though my dream of a 7 went from "way out in the future" to an "abruptly moved-up project in the near future," that never should have meant I was going to get started immediately. But that's no reason not to start a weblog, I guess.

Ahem, in any case, here's a discussion over at the Champion Motorcars page about the Miata donor kit, with plenty of details. Also check Keith's page (linked from the thread), he is way ahead.


Check back here in like 6 months! Or tomorrow, you never know with me. I can still afford a donor after all, and that Miata is still unsold I'm sure...
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A Sunburst Yellow Miata [Mar. 30th, 2004|10:33 am]
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slonie


This isn't quite what the one I looked at on Saturday resembled. More on that later... ;D
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(no subject) [Mar. 27th, 2004|01:04 pm]
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slonie
Update: The car in Moreno Valley is drivable, but the tires are flat. He says he'll send some photos soon, and I can go from there.
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Starting the hunt [Mar. 27th, 2004|10:56 am]
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slonie
I've had 4 Miata leads so far, and I'll go over them in order

1) $1000 red one on Autotrader out in Palm Springs. Called after work and it was sold.
2) $1500 silver one on Craiglist in West Hollywood. Apparently it's sold since nobody ever replied to my email.
3) Around the same time, I found out Dave Huang (yei's cousin and aspiring crash-test dummy) has more or less retired his red '91. He wanted $2000 but "could be convinced to sell it for $1500." It has 175k or so as far as I know, and I also know the car has been beat to shit :P...But the frame isn't important to me...So it may be my best bet

4) Today on Club4AG a guy whose 100k-mile 1992 sunburst yellow miata flew headfirst into a truck (but it still runs) offered $1500 OBO. I'm going to offer him $1000 for it and see if he takes it. He's a motivated seller, since it's taking up space in his garage. The question is, will it be drivable 400 miles back to Sunnyvale? If not, I can always tow it...But driving is cheaper (and more exciting, with wrecked, unregistered cars)
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What's this? [Mar. 24th, 2004|11:14 pm]
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slonie
It'll make sense soon.
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