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Well hello there boys and girls. I suppose it is time to introduce myself, seeing as I have been lurking here for nigh on a year now. . .
My name is Mark, I go to school in Montana, and I've become quite attached to my new baby - a (now) black '96.

I've known I wanted a miata for a long long time but never had the time to invest in a project, or the money to drop on something nice. There is, however, a time and a place for everything, and it is called college. After moving into a place with a garage last year, I started scanning craigslist and eventually landed on my project for $750. Didn't have a title and needed some pretty serious bodywork. Perfect.

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So, starting in October I've been putting what little spare time I have between school and work into resurrecting my new pride and joy. I know she will never be perfect, but that yields character. I don't know all the history of the car, but long story short it had a (terrible) paint job to a powder blue, and sometime after that was rear-ended.

In addition to some engine work, I spent most of this winter attempting to right the wrongs of the previous owners. I removed nearly all the old paint, and bondod/fabricated the body panels back to a passable shape. After teaching myself how to paint, she got classed-up in satin black, and is now returning to the dignified little road warrior she is.

Flame away on the satin black, but it is something I've always wanted to do, and a $750 project car seemed like the time to do it. It is Blitz Black done right (aka, not rattle can), and I'm pretty satisfied with the results.

Next step is: a HDHC bar, Megan EZ streets, R lip, as well as a hardtop at some point.
She is a 4x4 right now, but given the roads around here, and large amount of gravel, it is a practical trade-off.

All told after some other car dealings, I've got right around $900 into this project - including all the body work, new paint, new Toyos, and licensing. Oh yeah, and she still has only 99k miles, and a LSD. I'm pretty pleased. Her name is Adrien.

I look forward to getting to know some of you all. . .
 

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Looks a lot better, any more pics of it. I like the view you have on the car and your plans for it down the road. My first miata was also a wrecked beauty (rolled 2.5 times) i put lots of money, sweat, and tears into it and it treated me well. Welcome to forum and keep up the great work!
 

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Thanks guys! It is encouraging to how a little (or a lot) of time and effort can pay off.

Here are a few more shots of the build process.

Stripping the paint:


Prepping for paint:


Almost done:


Aaaaand as she sits right now:
 

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I love the "rally" look to it with the mud flaps etc! Great job!
 

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wow thats some really great progress. i like how when you painted it you even kept the floors wet to prevent dust from accumulating in the air. Good work man, keep it up! The further you get with it and the better you make it the more pride your going to have in yourself!
 

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Thanks again. Yup, I'm kind of digging the rally look as well - I'm debating whether or not I should pursue that a little more. Originally I just put the flaps on to help with keeping the black paint cleaner. . .but they do give it an interesting stance. Eventually I'm bringing this car back up to Alaska, so setting it up for non-track performance may be the more practical fun route in the long run. These cars ARE a helluva lot of fun on dirt.

As for the paint, yeah, the previous color wasn't bad, but the paint itself was so terrible that I just couldn't keep it. It had been an apparent mask-and-spray job that was not holding up. As I got farther into the bodywork there was some serious bondo-on-paint-on-bondo layers that needed to go. Definitely ended up being more work than I was anticipating, but it was a good learning experience.

The painting itself was also a learning experience, but overall it came out alright. I'm thinking I will probably end up wetsanding it down for a bit more of a lustre finish, but for now I'm just going to run it and see how it wears.
Does anyone here have any experience with JD Blitz Black? Most of what I've found comes from hotrod forums.
 
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