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I've been working on this project for about 5 months now and finally decided to post a thread since there isn't much work I can do in the snow.

Let's start with the backstory...
Purchased a 92 MX-5 in July with the purpose of a totally custom Miata. From body, to engine, to interior. The goal is a track day car that isn't just a race car. Something you could drive comfortably to work and back, or to the track, and be able to compete with the big boys. But I'll just let the build do the explaining.

Caution dial-up users: Many pictures on the way.

So here she is the day I bought her:

First thing to do was get rid of these:

And replacing them with these: 15" 6uls wrapped in Hankook RS3's... what else.

I'd say they should lay down some grip a little better:

And on they went:

So while waiting for the suspension and some other goodies in the mail, I got to work on the hood scoop...

And the bumper: took it off and chopped the bottom part off for some customization.

I then created a template for the bottom section of the bumper:

Glassed it and connected it to the upper part: also did so filling of the scoop.
(note that the black on the bumper is just some plasti-dip in testing of grill shapes)


I'll leave it at that for now. More to come. Stay tuned. :D
 

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Here is today's installment.

Another goody shows up at the doorstep: MOMO Millenia wheel

Looks MUCH better in the car:




And then FINALLY my long awaited package came in courtesy of Flyin' Miata.
VMaxx stage II NB kit with FM sway bars:


 

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Out with the old:



And in with the new: Dont mind all the rust. Remember that I am in MN :fp:



Next spring the car will be getting new control arm bushings and I'm going to recondition the control arms while they are off. Also new brakes obviously.

Then these showed up while I was working on the car:



Corbeau A4's with some corbeau 4 point harnesses. Why not 5 points you ask? Well remember that this is meant to be a ROAD and track car. One clasp is much less hastle when you are stopping at the gas station, food, etc. Yet they still provide incredible hold.

My boss frog double hoop came in on the same day, but I was so excited about the seats that I forgot to take any unboxing pics. But here it is while I was test fitting it:



Seats are out and the bar fits just fine. So the new seats went in. And the roll bar was bolted in completely.



They look awesome imo.... But you may notice something is amiss with the passenger seat.



For some reason or another. The Corbeau sliding seat bracket they sent me just didn't fit right. And no, they arent on the wrong seats, backward, upside down, etc. They are on right, but the passenger seat just sits way to far towards the door. In fact, the bolstering is bumping against the door. So I need to somehow fix the bracket, or inform corbeau their bracket doesn't fit very well and hope they are sympathetic.

Anyways, all that was in and was still good looking and functional. So I carried on with body work. The hood is coming together and the bumper has it's basic shape. (Don't worry if you don't like it, it gets better down the road) lol



That'll do for now. :D
 

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dead build thread is dead. :? I'm bored. MOAR PICS!

Added some fangy type parts to make it more of a 3 part grill:



It was pretty weak at the front before, but they helped. And then I added some lip to it to make it more finished looking:





Started smoothing out the bumper a bit, and got the hood pretty much completely smooth. Threw some primer on it to help pick out any imperfections:







The rag top had someserious flaws. Vynal was torn and frayed in places. The crappy plastic window had a couple holes and was pretty much held on by duct tape. So it had to go. I replaced it with a one-piece zipperless, defroster glass window, canvas top. Sooooo much better.





The current stance. Was lower. But it still needs to have the fenders rolled. So much rubbing.

 

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If the car does see track use I'd highly recommend 5 if not 6 pts and fixed back seats not only due to increased safety but also because the 4 pts may not even pass tech inspection with various clubs. Just a heads up. Looks like you are working quickly though cool stuff in here.
 

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I have the corbeau a4 aswell, with same bracket and my passenger seat is also like that, biggest PITA ever I do not know how to fix so lmk if you find a solution.
I think my main option is to cut off the angled piece with the hole for the bolts, and re-weld them over an inch or two. Otherwise it's gonna be a totally new custom bracket. Yeah it kind of grinds my gears, because it causes a dent in the seats from being pressed against the door pannel. :fp:
 

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Thanks. Yeah we will see. Since they are new. If i decide to go with anything different eventually I can and it's no big deal. I've never heard of anyone have troubles at tech, with 4 points.
Not uncommon at all. Nobody wants to slip under their belt in a wreck or have the latch/kamlock hardware tear into their soft tissue as it rides up.
 

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So I've yet to even make a real "mod list" so since I have nothing to do now but wait for my parts. So I'll make a basic one of the big things.

Chassis: (already have)
15x8 6uls
Hankook RS3's
VMaxx adjustable coilovers
Flyin' Miata front and rear sway bars
Boss frog double hoop roll bar
Chassis: (to come)
Flyin' Miata bushing kit
Refurbish control arms
949 Racing end links
Flyin' Miata brake upgrade kit

Engine/Drivetrain:
(All parts are to come)
Ported and polished
Supertech stainless valves
Superteck valve springs and retainers
Raceland 4-2-1 exhaust header
Custom side exit exhaust
Ralco RZ Performance Short Throw Shifter
BEGi 1.6 Cold Side Supercharger System
Exeddy clutch kit
Honed and polished short block
New rings and bearings

Interior: (already have)
Corbeau A4 seats
Corbeau 4 point harnesses
Full costom dash, console, and door panel upholstery (in progress)
Custom gauge cluster
Custom shift knob
Custom E-brake handle
Momo Millenium steering wheel
Stereo (not sure what kind yet)

Exterior:
Oracle flush mount headlights
Canvas replacement soft top with defrost glass window.
Not much else to say. I am custom fabricating the entire body.

I'm sure there is a lot of stuff I am forgetting, but I'll update it when I think of other things.
 

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I like the drawing, but love the NACA duct on the side of the front bumper you are making. I would say keep it in the final version.
 
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