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I've always been into cars and for the longest time, I had never actually owned one. Instead, I had a truck -- a 2007 Toyota Tacoma to be exact. Believe it or not, I actually daily drove this until I got my Miata. It has since become my offroad/camping/parts vehicle.

Started life as this...


Then after an extensive build (more info here), became this...




I then picked up a second-hand 2005 Triumph Thruxton to fulfill my motorcycle fix. Again, I just couldn't leave it alone.

Started life as this...


Then later became this...




Then fast-forward to February 2014, I picked up my 1997 Chase White NA8 Miata as a 25th birthday gift to myself, which was actually suiting because it was also the Miata's 25th birthday in the same year. :)

I had been looking around for a Miata for quite some time as a new daily driver/project then this one sort of just fell into my lap. My coworker was planning on getting something more practical and told me he was eventually going to sell his Miata. It already had a few things done to it, but most importantly, he had taken good care of it.








When I got the car, it already had the following:

  • 15x7 Panasport ULs w/195/50R15 Kumho Ecstas
  • Jackson Racing Header
  • Racing Beat Intake
  • Unknown Aftermarket Exhaust w/Racing Beat Power Pulse Connecting Pipe
  • Koni Yellows w/Koni Lowering Springs
  • Momo Team 280mm Steering Wheel w/Momo Hub
Then only after owning it for a week, I proceeded to add a Garage Vary style front lip, Feed style side skirts, R package replica rear lip, TougeRun "duckbill" lip/spoiler, and Garage Star front plate bracket in preparation for Project-G's Annual Meet. What better way than to spend my 25th birthday with my friends and my new-to-me Miata? :icon_cheers:


Since the Project-G Annual Meet, there have been a few big changes. I finally ditched the style bar and replaced it with a Blackbird Fabworx GT3 roll bar, swapped out the Koni Yellows with BC Racing BR Type coilovers, sold the Momo steering wheel and hub and bought a Personal Grinta 330mm steering wheel and NRG short hub + NRG quick release, and more.

Here are some pictures taken by a good friend of mine. More of his work can be found here.












Current Mods List:

Exterior
  • Wings West W-Type Full Kit
  • Project-G Bikini Top
  • Project-G Quick Detach License Plate Mount
  • Project-G Tow Strap Mounting Bracket
  • Takata Tow Strap
  • R Package Trunk Lid
  • Static Nine Garage Turn Signal Intakes
Interior
  • Blackbird Fabworx GT3 4-Point Roll Bar
  • Lotus Elise Seats
  • Flipside Customs Lotus Seat Brackets
  • Personal Grinta 330mm Steering Wheel
  • NRG Short Hub
  • NRG 2.0 Quick Release
  • JDM Door Cards
  • ARC Teardrop Shift Knob
  • Jass Performance Drift Button
  • OEM Soft Top Boot Cover
Engine/Drivetrain
  • Jackson Racing Header
  • St. May Dual Shotgun Center Exit Exhaust
  • ARC Intake Chamber
  • ARC Super Induction Box
  • ARC Oil Cap
  • Project-G Precision Series 1.1 Plug Cover
  • Project-G Precision Series 1.1 Dipstick Handle
  • Garage Star Radiator Cooling Panel
  • Garage Star Wiper Cowl
Wheels/Tires/Suspension
  • 16x9.5 et25 Arcane Legends
  • 215/40R16 Yokohama S-Drives
  • 15x7 Panasport ULs (TRACK)
  • 195/50R15 Kumho Ecstas (TRACK)
  • BC Racing BR Type Coilovers
  • Muteki SR48 Burning Blue Neon Lug Nuts
Lighting
  • RS Active Type I Low Profile Headlight Housings
  • Garage Vary Tail Lights w/Garage Woolery Trim Rings
  • 5000K HIDs
  • JDM Yellow Fog Lamps
  • LED License Plate Lights
To Be Installed/On The Way
  • ARP Extended Wheel Studs
 

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Wish I saw this thread before going to kinod. Saw you hop into the car and was going to compliment you on it, but I was feeling shy that day. I really like the white chaps on a white car.
 

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Wish I saw this thread before going to kinod. Saw you hop into the car and was going to compliment you on it, but I was feeling shy that day. I really like the white chaps on a white car.
You mean Panasports? ;)

Btw, I don't know if you remember, but I was the one whose buddy bought your Momo Monte Carlo, haha. It was nice meeting you.
 

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I've seen this around the forum. Looks really nice. I'm also not into the lifted truck thing at all but that thing looks like it can actually do some good off roading instead of sitting pretty. I'd totally drive it.
 

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That Tacoma looks so rowdy, and the bike is so classy. I HAVE to follow this thread to see where the Miata goes! Keep up the good work man!
 

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white on white i like it
Thanks! It actually grew on me, haha.

I've seen this around the forum. Looks really nice. I'm also not into the lifted truck thing at all but that thing looks like it can actually do some good off roading instead of sitting pretty. I'd totally drive it.
Thanks, it's a blast on dirt!

That Tacoma looks so rowdy, and the bike is so classy. I HAVE to follow this thread to see where the Miata goes! Keep up the good work man!
Appreciate it! Thanks!

lol finally another built tacoma and miata guy. sweet looking NA. love it.
Thanks Rylee! Jealous if your MSM. So clean!

I don't typically give a look into bikes and trucks, but those are both badass. This leads me to think you'll do good on the Miata.
Thanks, I really appreciate it! Miata is definitely far from being where I want it. Just so many endless possibilities with these cars, haha.
 

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Just a small update. Swapped out the dummy oil pressure gauge and sender with one off of a '90-'93 NA. It was really straightforward and took me a couple of hours only because it was difficult to get to the dummy sender.

Dummy sender on the left; '90-'93 sender on the right.


Dummy gauge on the left; '90-'93 gauge on the right.


The finished product!
 

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That truck! If our trails here were wider I would love to have something like that! Oh and nice Miata or something.
 

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Love the truck and bike. Looking forward to what you do with the Miata!
That truck! If our trails here were wider I would love to have something like that! Oh and nice Miata or something.
Thanks for the kind words fellas!

Installed the Project-G bikini top and St. May exhaust.



A little teaser of what's to come. Getting the car ready for the Nisei Showoff. Showing with my buddy from Wheelflip/Arcane Wheels. Lotus Elise seats, ARC intake chamber and super induction box, 16x9.5 et25 Arcane Legend true 3 piece forged construction wheels, and 215/40R16 Yokohama S-Drives.

 

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oooh^^ looks good
Thanks!

Nice build! Love the white softtop it came with. And that Blackbird rollbar... man. I need to just tear out my HD and get one.
Thanks, it means a lot coming from you. I wasn't a fan of the white top at first, but it sort of grew on me. I was really lucky to find a used Blackbird Fabworx GT3 and the color was the kicker. I have to say, I'm very pleased with it. I also want to complete the interior with some of your gauges eventually.

Also forgot to mention that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity of picking these bad boys up from Mr. Woolery himself for my Garage Vary tail lights.

 

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your car makes me want to go to nisei showoff now
Haha, you should come out!

Are those 16x9.5 wheels Mugen M7 replicas?
Yes, but in a true 3 piece forged construction format all made here in US. This is the 1st and only set of the 2nd design right now. Alex of Wheelflip/Arcane Wheels chose this design because he wanted to get rid of the Honda stigma that's attached to the Mugen M7 design. I've always liked the M7s and IMO they're a timeless classic.
 

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Haha, you should come out!



Yes, but in a true 3 piece forged construction format all made here in US. This is the 1st and only set of the 2nd design right now. Alex of Wheelflip/Arcane Wheels chose this design because he wanted to get rid of the Honda stigma that's attached to the Mugen M7 design. I've always liked the M7s and IMO they're a timeless classic.
Strange. Can't say I support the business decision, as I'm sure he's not a Rota fan.

That said, your Taco and Triumph look awesome, I'm sure this will turn out well.
 
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