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I originally started off with a 2010 Toyota Corolla LE in July 2009. Coming out of high school, I needed a car to travel to my university. Because of my Corolla I really got interested into cars and, unfortunately, found out what a piece of crap it was for having fun in. However, I cannot deny that it is a great commuter and as a daily driver. So with that, I've always had dreams of modding my Corolla. Then began my modding phase.

Started off with painting my hubcaps (yes, it's rice, I know) and then lowering them on some Tein H-Tech's.


And then finally I had some money to buy some rims!


My parents weren't too happy about me slapping some rims on my car, so I had to remove them, going back to all black steelies without the rice white hubcaps. I went to a car meet with my car and decided to add a little flare to a boring Corolla.


And that is how it sits today, just without the big cardboard body kit.

I knew eventually I wanted a new car. One day after work, I convinced my friend whom I carpooled with to drive back home with the top down in his S2000. Although it was a really cold night I was truly impressed. I then knew my next car had to be a convertible. I also knew I wanted a stick car because I just loved being able to control your car, so my next car had to be a manual. (I also wanted to learn how to drive stick, so I had to buy one)

A few months ago, around Summer 2011, I was able to ride along with one of my friends in his NA 1.6 Miata. I was really surprised at how well it handled in turns and everything. He told me that there was independent suspension as well as it's a RWD. I began looking on Craigslist for a Miata.

Here's a Miata that I looked at and was really down to buy it, but unfortunately it was a little out of my budget and it was sold on the spot to the next person who came:


After a few more months I found this Miata at the end of October 2011. Here's how the car was when I first went to meet up with the guy. He told me it was a 99 with 85k miles and that the exterior was a little rough. Our theory is that the previous owner swiped something and tried to touch it up. My friend (the one who owns the 1.6L Miata) came with and inspected it and said it was mechanically sound, so I bought it on the spot. I am the 4th owner of this clean title. :) This car was originally first bought in San Francisco, which probably explains why the exterior was so rough.


I initially have a few mods I want to do for my car:
- Lower it
- Get awesome rims
- New paintjob
- Roll bar
- Hardtop
- Turbo (eventually)

Here is how the car currently sits as of December 15th, 2011. With winter break here, I plan on working on my car a bit more.


Some of the damage mentioned:
Front bumper had a huge gash in the front bumper. This picture shows that I've started to sand it down a little. I plan on bondo-ing over it or to buy a new bumper.


Soft top is still sound, leaked water once on the side but I think it was because my rainguard was a little messed up.



Passenger side front fender with a few dents


Driver side fender with blotchy looking spots


Driver side door with bad bondo/touch up spray paint


Driver side headlight with painted grommet and headlight


Bumper gap x_x


Both headlights seem to have swiped something...



Driver side door


Nasty looking paint in the mouth


I plan on sanding down the car and repainting it at home this winter break. Stay tuned for more. :)
 

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So when I took off the front license plate + holder I found that this bumper was seriously in need of a new paint job.


So as of December 17th, 2011, I've began to start sanding down my front bumper. (unfortunately I didn't get too far because I had work)

My first purchase:

It's a sanding block! Too bad there was "Coleman" imprinted on the middle of it... that spot is never going to get used...

Started a little bit more...
 

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Sad to see the car was so neglected but glad you are putting some love in to it. Are you planning to paint the bumper yourself? If you are doing bodywork, you should consider debadging it. Did it on my car and i think it looks really clean.
 

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Sad to see the car was so neglected but glad you are putting some love in to it. Are you planning to paint the bumper yourself? If you are doing bodywork, you should consider debadging it. Did it on my car and i think it looks really clean.
Well the car was originally purchased in SF, I don't blame the original owner THAT much.

I am actually planning on repainting the whole car as well as doing bodywork. Unfortunately I have no experience, so hopefully this is a great time to learn! :p
 
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