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I figured it was time to move my projects from my own personal Facebook page to the pages of Club Roadster for everyone to enjoy along with allowing me to archive it in a better fashion than just some personal Facebook posts.
To give some background context, I put out some feelers to some good local Miata buddies of mine to keep an eye out for a 90-93 NA6 for me back in February/March of 2019. After already owning, tracking, and working on NBs for a few years prior, I figured it was time to dive into an NA as well. Now I wanted a 1.6L at the time because I was going to attempt to bastardize together some kind of custom VVT setup but eventually realized this would basically need either a lot of CNC work or a full-on CNC'd head. Obviously because of this, I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on a mint NA just to end up either selling or eventually replacing parts that wouldn't be on the car for long. Since that fell through, I looked to pages of Hyper Rev along with YouTube, CR, etc. and finally settled to have some fun and build a 1.7L using our own custom spec of Wiseco pistons along with some other custom bits and pieces to make a fun weekend car that sort of fit a bit of a retro meets golden era Japan aesthetic.

Originally, my prerequisites were clean title and, to quote myself, "I'm not picky on the color but the further away from red it is, the better," but I guess fate decided to make me retract part of my statement and lone behold, RLRSK8T.

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This 1990 NA6 that had been sitting in a precious little old lady's backyard for the past 10 years. Honestly, she was quite the character, that typical sweet old lady filled with stories of her travels and life but still a lot of life left in her. The car though, was a family friend of theirs whom fell on financial hardships during the recession and had other vehicles (other cars, boats, RVs, etc.). When times got better, he took his other vehicles but left the Miata behind right where he parked it under her walnut tree. She asked him about it and they agreed the car was hers and she could do with it as she pleased. Life went on and the car continued to sit. Eventually, she wanted to redo her yard, the walnut tree was taken down, and the NA had become an impeding lawn ornament in the grander scheme of her yard.

I was put in touch with her via one of my local Miata buddies / good friend of mine and so I went to go see the car. She was kind enough to be flexible and fit in with my busy schedule, so I ended up seeing the car shortly after initial contact. For sitting for 10 years, the red paint was reasonably mint, the dash uncracked, and the interior in overall good shape. The deal was made and a few days later I returned with a trailer to pull RLRSK8T out of the little patch of dirt it had called home for 10 years prior.

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The weeks following turned into some of the most fun I'd had in awhile. From getting new keys, to sorting through all the things in the trunk, and even getting it started only a few weeks after taking ownership, it was a back-burner project that really lit up my desire to do so much more with such a fun, old chassis.

I think this is where I'll call it for this initial post. It's late and I think it's best if this all gets told in easily digestible chunks. I'll post more and more of the story in the coming days until we're all caught up to present day.
 

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Another day, another update to get all caught up. As you can see below, RLRSK8T made it home safely after the hour long trip back from its 10 year resting place to my shop. A quick hose-off got rid of most of the yard dirt outside of some major build-up around the bumper mouth. Next was to tackle the years of grime built up in the engine bay and interior. Nothing major but the squirrels did have a field day stashing walnuts all around the engine.
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After a few minutes of scooping walnuts out of some critical places and spraying some soap to help get rid of the grime, there was already some progress to be made!
Engine bay was already looking a bit better than just moments prior.
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Next on the agenda that was done a few days later, it was time for a final wash and rid the car of its old alarm system and fog lights. It was around this time I realized that this was about to go from back-burner project to lighting a fire under me to do so much more, even if a lot of it was just undoing years of deterioration. Oh and did I mention those ugly 17"s came off pretty quick?



Tires on the Koseis were replaced before they went on permanently with some 205/50r15 Federal RS-RRs. The wheel/tire combo will eventually be changed out in the future but for now I'm content with how they look and perform. Fast forward a month or two and the TSIs had their lenses changed from yellowed plastic to a nice new orange lens and I started to both import and locally acquire more and more parts. This included a Works Bell hub, Mazdaspeed rollbar, Pitcrew strut tower brace, Tein Flex coilovers, and more.
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And we'll leave it at that for today. Tomorrow, the photos of all the parts installed along with the lead up to and weekend at Miata Reunion!
 
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