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PostPosted: September 12, 2019, 1:40 am 
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Price drop to only $2,500 as I really don't have time/funds to do the head or replace the top.

Got a '97 Miata 1.8 around two years ago from another member here.
Original plan was to make it a Locost donor, then Mom sat in it and claimed it as hers. :shock:
Put about $2400.00 into it including an engine and trans swap, new timing belt, clutch, flywheel, silicon hoses, new tires, etc.
It's been fun and reliable but has taken on the too common Miata trait of using oil.
I'm pretty certain it's the valve stem seals, still runs strong but is beginning to smoke a bit.
Convertible top is still pretty good but a seam above the glass rear window is letting go.
I have eight other cars to work on that are easier for me as I despise computers and EFI.

The Good!
Has a fair amount of whiz-bang suspension upgrade bits, Tokico shocks, roll-bar, aluminum radiator, 205/50-15's, etc.
Body is actually very good but not perfect, with intact end caps and a strait bonnet (Hood).
Great start on a track or auto-X car.
Never overheats, good oil pressure, everything but AC works (Never refilled it after engine swap.) seems to be getting about 35MPG of fuel and uses 2 quarts of oil per tank of gas.
Still really a little too good for a donor but once it's yours that is all up to you.
Since the body is actually pretty good a fair amount of the purchase price could be recovered in parts sales.

The Bad.
The bad is that once again it will not pass a SMOG check without some repairs.
An exchange rebuilt head is about $600.00, maybe less if you have a local machine shop that can do the valve job.
Convertible top is still water-tight except that the glass rear window needs stitching above the zipper.

In addition to the complete Nevada titled car I will include the original 1.8 engine and transmission with accessories.
The engine ran great but used a lot of oil.
This provides two of everything for the drivetrain.
A buyer could rebuild the original engine and swap it back in. :idea:

NOT going to be held responsible for this car passing CA smog.
If Kali buyer it's only sold as PARTS!


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PostPosted: September 18, 2019, 12:29 pm 
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Miata is "Sold Pending Funds", as in I'm waiting for a deposit today.

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PostPosted: September 18, 2019, 8:00 pm 
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Got a deposit.
Miata is to become an endurance racer in the North-East.
Should be good for that, already has some suspension work and a roll-bar.

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PostPosted: September 30, 2019, 4:25 pm 
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Sounds like you found a good home for it, Richard. I would be seriously interested to learn of its future racing exploits.


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PostPosted: September 30, 2019, 8:19 pm 
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Should be good for the buyer, they are getting two drivetrains.
Both smoke, hoping the one currently in the car is just valve seals?
Sold "As-Is" but I think they will be happy.

Mom enjoyed it but was starting to have some trouble getting in and out.
She is only 84 YO!
I never got to drive it hard as it became not really mine to thrash.
Still runs fine most of the time, but developed an intermittent ignition issue that may be the CAS, buyer gets a spare from the original engine.
I really hate intermittent problems.
Buyer would be very happy to learn more details of past work done.

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PostPosted: September 30, 2019, 11:00 pm 
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It was a track car for about five years, nothing fancy, just Flyin Miata springs and sway bars, and the Tokico shocks. It also has an aftermarket ECU that was good for a couple of horsepower, but the adapter harness was the source of many intermittent miss issues over the years. The engine was a Mazda factory reman, replaced at 86K when the engine spun a bearing in the hands of the original owner. AFAIK the car was never crashed, although at one point early on the driver's door was crunched a bit and poorly repaired.


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