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PostPosted: November 10, 2012, 3:19 pm 
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Hello everybody I've been lurking on this board for years and finally got the space to start my own build. I figured since the frame is almost completed I should start a build log.

I'm following the Gibbs book and using the Saturn mods to the frame so I can use Miata running gear. As far as the donor I purchased a wrecked 95 M edition with 80k miles on it. The donor was in really good shape for a salvage car so there were tons of parts to sell off so I nearly broke even on it, which I think is pretty good considering I kept all the expensive bits. The main purpose of the car is to build a fun track car with full cage and maybe get it registered for the street down the road.

Here is a basic list of parts
95 miata runnign gear engine trans diff wiring ecu brakes etc.
Remanufactured axles
QA1 PromaStar shocks
QA1 high misalignment rodends
Nose and scuttle from Kinetic
Kirkey ProSport Drag Seats(I would have loved to use my Cobra Suzuka eat but there is noway to make it fit without major surgery to the seat)
ATL fuel cell with black box fueling( not lowcost but super safe)
Southwest Speed pedals w/wilwood masters

Pictures coming once I figure out how to upload them.

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PostPosted: November 10, 2012, 3:33 pm 
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Lets try some pictures:
donor as delivered
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Giving up its guts
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frame in progress. This was basicly my first thing I welded.
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Fuel cell test fit. Not ideal but it will work
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PostPosted: November 10, 2012, 6:11 pm 
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Welcome aboard, and congrats on your first steps. You look committed already and it's only your second post!

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PostPosted: November 10, 2012, 6:27 pm 
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JackMcCornack wrote:
You look committed already and it's only your second post!

Yea don't let the post count fool you. I've been lurking and researching for a long time. Trying to learn from others mistakes and limit my own. As far as commitment goes it is either build this or mod my S4...this might be slightly less expensive route, but not by much.

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Looking great...um, you didn't throw a wrench at the windshield, did you?

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PostPosted: November 11, 2012, 8:15 am 
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Trying to learn from others mistakes

Aha, so you been reading my build log, then, right??? It's "Mistake City" over here at Team Slotus, watch and learn!

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Looking great...um, you didn't throw a wrench at the windshield, did you?

I saw that and figured somebody "just HAD to do it."

Welcome to the forum! Looks like you're off to a good start already. Keep up the good work!
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PostPosted: November 11, 2012, 1:49 pm 
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Gblawson wrote:
Looking great...um, you didn't throw a wrench at the windshield, did you?

:oops: maybe once but not in anger....just for kicks.

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PostPosted: November 11, 2012, 3:33 pm 
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Hey,

Welcome to the site, Jon. Your build is looking very good.

Best,

Lonnie (a former Valley of the Moon dweller)

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: December 29, 2012, 2:13 pm 
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Got a little done in the last few days. I managed to get 4 suspension mounts fabed and the 2 rear lower control arms done. The mounts are made from 1.5" 14g square tube, desiged like the ones on Moti's build. The arms are made from 1' dom and uses high mis-alignment rodends. The toe is adjustable by turning the arm, making it longer or shorter as needed. I tacked the mounts to the frame and then built the arms. To my suprise they fit with no problems. So now I guess I need the fully weld the mounts.
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PostPosted: December 31, 2012, 6:40 pm 
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Your lower arms look good - are you intending on mounting the shock from the upper mount as others have done or at the T on your lower arm?

As you're intending on adjusting toe down there you might look at what I decided for the upper mount - viewtopic.php?p=154056#p154056 will let you adjust toe at the bottom point without fighting bushing bind on the upper.

Is that an allroad I spy in the background? Good tow vehicle choice ;)

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PostPosted: December 31, 2012, 9:02 pm 
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Tongboy wrote:
Your lower arms look good - are you intending on mounting the shock from the upper mount as others have done or at the T on your lower arm?

As you're intending on adjusting toe down there you might look at what I decided for the upper mount - viewtopic.php?p=154056#p154056 will let you adjust toe at the bottom point without fighting bushing bind on the upper.

Is that an allroad I spy in the background? Good tow vehicle choice ;)

Yea I plan on mounting the shock to the upper arm....I do like the ISC bearings but I want to get the car built with as little modification to stock parts for now...down the road I'll probably go the same route as you. Why yes that is an Allroad in the background...2.7T with the 6 speed manual and a Bosal hitch, makes it one of the most useful cars on the road.

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PostPosted: January 4, 2013, 11:07 pm 
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Quick update...I got one of the rear upper arms done and I just couldn't resist mounting a wheel and snaping a picture.
Its a Konig Wideopen 15x8 with a 205/50/15 Azenis. I got the wheels from Good Win Racing down in San Diego.
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PostPosted: April 14, 2013, 2:17 pm 
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I'm still working on the car. I didn't like the way the rear lower arms turned out so i made some new ones. I'm happy with the way they turned out, now they're more adjustable. I also got the two motor mounts fabed and have stared working on the trans mount. I'm thinking of just using the mount on the tail housing of the trans as someothers have done. It seems like it will leave more room for install and removal of the engine by using that mount.
Passenger rear suspenion still needs to be fully welded
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Not sure I like the angle of the shock. Might change it to gain a little more droop
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Drivers side engine mount mostly done. I'm going to trim the bottom corner off.
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PostPosted: January 20, 2014, 11:58 pm 
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Updates have been far and few between but I have been making progress.

Milestone today she came off the build table for the first time. I still need to fab the steering colmn support and such but she is on the ground.
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PostPosted: January 21, 2014, 9:10 pm 
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Congratulations on the roller. That's a big milestone.

Cheers,

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