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So lets start at the beginning folks, my name is Ashley and and my amazing Miata's name is Rico. I originally bought this car as a cheap way to have fun at the track after I crashed my 65 Cobra four years ago. I started autocrossing about six years ago fell in love with my Cobra. Unfortunately on my way through a canyon road the brakes went out completely and we went spinning into a tree, trunk first. Fortunately there was no engine damage done and we are rebuilding that car but that's a whole other build blog :)
Last summer I wasn't happy with how long it was taking to rebuild the Cobra, so I sucked up my pride and bought a '94 M edition Miata: Complete with blue rope lighting, gold rims, a 12 in subwoofer, and some styin' shades i found in the trunk, haha. I only payed $3000 for this car and wasn't planning on spending much more than that in total. Damn was I wrong...
A few months after I bought the car I noticed everything cutting out as I made sharp turns. With help from some friends and a compression test it was officially announced that my car had a cracked piston: a huge chunk of it was missing. Well, the decision was made that a new engine was going to be the solution. And if spending the money to get a new engine and doing an engine swap wasn't headache enough, I wanted to switch my '94 engine with NB2. And so the hunt for an engine started. After a couple months I came across a 2002 engine and transmission, with only 50,000 miles on it for $1000. Sold.
And so my wonderful misadventures continue. I have started documenting my progress of the engine swap and many other fun projects and problems that I have run across along the way. Please note that I am in college and on a college budget, so this might take a while :p So sit back and enjoy my progress :)

Let me make some introductions: This is Rico, he is awesome

This is the cobra, pre tree:
 

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So to start, draining the fluids, taking off belts, intake... blah blah.

Took my whole exhaust system out before taking the engine out which was good because I found some lovely little holes in the pipes and a cracked header :) Joy.

And so time to take the engine out. Didn't realize you had to lift the passenger side of the motor out first... So many fun times I can barely count them all *cough cough*





Will post more tomorrow, but its late and I'm tired :p
 

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^^ Why thank you :)
So a little update...
Everything is out of the engine bay for the most part, except me :p

So I decided to move on to my new engine. I changed out the timing belt and tensioners


And since everything is in a pile in my garage, what better time than to paint my valve cover...
Before:

During:

Finished:

And my "workshop" that my dad has so generously donated for the time being :)

So after a bulk of the engine work was finished and a majority of everything has been taken out of the engine bay I decided to start on the interior with removing the airbags first:

Which leaves you with this fantastic hole to put... the 2002 ECU :)
 

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Finished taking out my drivers and passenger side seat to start taking out all the wiring.



I ended up taking out my boss frog double hoop roll bar to get a single hoop roll bar. This one was already in the car when I bought it but wasn't really my style. But with all the carpet and dash out I made some pretty interesting findings...


Like this awesome clusterf*ck of wiring next to my steering column :/



Which leads to the rear wiring and my old 94 ecu


 

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OMG a girl!!! I thought this place was filled with gay dudes.


Car should be a beast when done. Best of luck. You are cool.
 

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Thanks for all the kind words everyone :) RJ- I honestly have no clue what the wheels are that came on the car. I've been trying to figure it out for a while but to no avail. They are 15x7 though.
So I pulled apart my dash completely apart thinking I wanted to get an un-cracked black dash, but thinking about it, I might just end up painting the dash black and attempting to come up with a solution for that top black panel that is cracked on EVERYONES car :p We'll see how that goes when I get some time haha


I also ended up taking out my whole POS exhaust system from underneath the car and looked into my cat converter to find....

Haha, don't think it was working too well :p

But this huge rice-y exhaust/cat was a total piece of junk so I had a huge smile on my face as I threw it in the recycling bin :D

And since that whole exhaust was toast, I decided to buy:


a Fujitsubo RM01A exhaust, hurray!
 

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I also decided to take the ABS out of my car


Should be fun times ahead haha. Also Sunday was my birthday (yay!) so I got a bunch of rad new schtuff for my car:
GV front lip and R package rear lip? haha whatever it is called :p

And my fantastic parents got me new rain rails for my car as well

And as a gift to myself I bought a Project G "G Wing", and a front bumper and trunk lid :D


In a couple weeks I'm going to get my car completely painted, engine bay and all the Lexis IS300 Graphite Gray Pearl. My new front and rear lip, and G wing are also getting painted gray too. I'm so excited since my car has SO many dents I can barely count them all!
 

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So the wiring harness for the NB engine is much shorter than the one for the NA so I had to cut out a new hole through the firewall for my new harness. This is about the location for the NB harness:


Check out my fancy schmancy template and the new hole for the engine wiring harness:

And so the finished product:

So this (other than getting my fenders rolled :D) is the last thing I needed to do before my car gets painted. Hopefully I'll be able to get it prepped and painted within the next couple weeks and then the reconstruction can begin, yay!
 

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lookin goooooooooood!

Engineering majors do have their moments, excellent build thread :D
 

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Wow, from a Cobra to a Miata! This is a fantastic build thread and you are giving me so many ideas for my 95 which I got last week.

Please keep us updated on your future progress. :icon_cheers:
 

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Aww thanks dk :)
Ben- luckily my dad helps me out a lot with the cobra financially since it used to be his.
thanks for all the kind words PLC, it started out as only needing a new engine and blew up into this huge project :) it was a nice change from working on the cobra because surprisingly the miata is a little bigger than the cobra!
 
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