Motor was stock up to 65k.How many miles on your 99, engine mods not listed under your profile, any abuse, and what were you doing when it blew?
I only ask as I get paranoid with mine.
so yours is still salvageable?i've never seen a stock miata rod bent that badly.
mine turned out to be a blown ring gear. the bearing headed south (explining the howling i heard a few miles previous to its demise), probably seized and dislocated the carrier enought to break the ring. new friction plates, hardened ring gear, bearings and seals going in.