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PostPosted: December 3, 2015, 4:57 pm 
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What do you guys think about shoehorning a NA Miata into a Triumph TR4?

I got a call from a guy who knows a guy... Anyway, there's a TR4 that might befor sale that's been sitting for about 30 years.
From what I understand it needs everything. With that said, it'll probably be cheap, and not likely worth a genuine restoration.

What about a fun resto mod?
Cram a Mazda 1.6 and 5 speed under the bonnet and have some fun.

Thoughts???

I know, I know, too many projects, etc. etc. etc.
The newest 7 is near the end of heavy fab and almost ready for wiring. I anticipate a first run in late January

The Mini is on the back burner still waiting on bodywork to be finished. When it comes out of paint the assembly process is 2 or 3 weekends.

Thinking ahead toward what's next.

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Seen it done. At an All-British car show a few months ago. Maybe it was a Spitfire. I have a picture somewhere.


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I've seen it done to a couple of Spits.

I think the taller front end of a 4 would make for an easy swap, but I've never looked at one up close with that in mind before.

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Sounds like a fun project. Any particular reason to not go with a 1.8 or larger?

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not really, just availability.
NAs come up at donor price point a lot more than NBs around here.

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NA's came with 1.8's from 1994 on (iirc).


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I don't think it would handle as well or be as much fun as the Miata. It would make a fun project though. That is, if you really like the style of the TR4. If the price is right and you have the urge, go for it.

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Turns out he was smoking crack when he thought about what the car was worth.
Talked to him for a while trying to find some common ground, couldn't make a deal.

My main rule is if you can't buy it right, there's no point to taking on a project.

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Like in realestate, always make your money on the buy in.

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TooBusy wrote:
Turns out he was smoking crack when he thought about what the car was worth.
Talked to him for a while trying to find some common ground, couldn't make a deal.

My main rule is if you can't buy it right, there's no point to taking on a project.


I've been a sucker for Porsche 924s mainly because of the fun factor to price point. I bought one 6 years ago for $450. Sold it 4 months later for $750. missed the car, wanted another one. started looking. Came across one with a "for sale price" of $1 on the ad. It was rough, needed floors, a fuel pump and interior from a leaking sun roof. Upon asking the guy how much he wanted - he replied with $3200.... wat. he said, well.. yanno.. its a Porsche.. so..

I havent looked for one since.

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1055 wrote:
TooBusy wrote:
Turns out he was smoking crack when he thought about what the car was worth.
Talked to him for a while trying to find some common ground, couldn't make a deal.

My main rule is if you can't buy it right, there's no point to taking on a project.


I've been a sucker for Porsche 924s mainly because of the fun factor to price point. I bought one 6 years ago for $450. Sold it 4 months later for $750. missed the car, wanted another one. started looking. Came across one with a "for sale price" of $1 on the ad. It was rough, needed floors, a fuel pump and interior from a leaking sun roof. Upon asking the guy how much he wanted - he replied with $3200.... wat. he said, well.. yanno.. its a Porsche.. so..

I havent looked for one since.


When I asked what he wanted, he says "I gotta have at least 5 for it".
I poke around and start a running tally on replacement panels, wheels, tires, wiring, paint, interior...
Yeah, I can do $500

"Oh no, I gotta have 5000. Fixed up this car is worth 100 grand..."

:roll:
delusional

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"Oh no, I gotta have 5000. Fixed up this car is worth 100 grand..."

:roll:
delusional

Very much so, I'd say. Best to just walk away.

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