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So here we go, time to start a build thread on my first car.

Just before my sixteenth birthday I found out my grandpa was going to get me a car so of course to say I was excited was an understatement.

This is the only picture I have when she was completely stock, a one owner 2002 LS with 76,000 miles on the clock and a hardtop. The only downside was that it was an automatic :fp: but I sure wasn't going to complain about a free car like this.


The first thing I did to the car was add the red strips on the drivers fender, and one of my friends started calling her Candy which stuck.


She stayed like this for quite a while and I was happy with the car. I saved up some money and swapped my stock muffler for a Flyin' Miata one and started looking for other parts.

Next was cleaning up the engine. I got a Racing Beat intake off ebay sprayed it black and painted the valve cover, along with a few other things. At the end of the day it looked like this


Around this time she also got some stickers


I was also getting tired of how the auto shift lever looked and since a transmission swap was out of the question I looked for a solution. I soon stumbled upon the Zoom Engineering dress up kit for auto Miatas and after some work getting one from Japan. My interior looked like this


I was very happy with how it looked and since I had also spent quite a bit of money gutting the Bose stuff from my car, I was broke so it was time to start saving for the next thing a rollbar.

After a few months of saving and looking I had decided on a silver Boss Frog Clearview.

and once on the car

Not only did this stiffen up the car a bit but I also loved how it looked.

I know you guys are screaming "Needs more low!":x but we'll get to that. Next was my first real DIY project and I started very simple. I found out that the turn signal stalks were aluminum and could be sanded down and polished so that's what I did. I was happy with how it turned out.


After a few months of not doing anything to the car I decided I was going to get a new steering wheel which came in the form of a wooden Nardi 330

I polished it up and put it in the car.


The car now looked like this


...But I knew it needed something and its what you guys have been waiting on. I picked up some Racelands (I know, I know :fp:) and this is how the car sits right now 12" hub to fender


I know I've left some stuff out but this takes care of most of the big stuff that's happened in my two years of ownership of this beautiful little car. My only immediate plans right now are to get new wheels and maybe go lower but for now I couldn't be happier. This will be a slow project since I'm not out of high school yet, but I'll try to keep it updated with whatever I do with this car.
 

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Thanks guys and yea sometimes I wish it was a stick but overall I don't think it matters that much on a car that will never see a track or any kind of FI.
 

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I've finally made the decision on what wheels i'm going to buy. The Enkei Apache 2.
I love the look of this wheel along with the little bit of vintage flair I believe it will add to the car.
I'll be ordering these tomorrow in silver 15X8 +25
 

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Today my wheels showed up wrapped in 205 50 S Drives once my lugs come in I'll mount these on the car. I'm so excited :mrgreen:

 

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So today I finished my Junior year of high school. After picking up my report card I headed to Cracker Barrel with the gang (Along with most the school). When we walked outside we found our cars had been drawn on.



My new lugs also come in today so I'll hopefully have my wheels on the car in just a little while.
 

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haha not these girls atleast but as long as they're attractive I'm cool with it.:woolery:
 

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After a just a few hours I got my new wheels on the car and honestly I couldn't be happier. I feel like these go very well with my idea of a "Vintage inspired NB"


 

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Damn 16 with this car, Nice!!
 
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