The car was delivered on a flatbed trailer on Saturday, 5/22, and I started tearing it apart that day. I put up ads on craigslist for Miata parts for sale and got some hits. I was feeling pretty bad about the whole thing for a while because not a whole lot of pieces were coming off the car, and, more importantly, not a whole lot of pieces were being sold
. Friday changed that: a guy called about the hard top, and picked it up, and also helped me get the dashboard out. That made me feel a whole lot better. I now only have ~$350 invested in the car! I feel like I should be able to break even sometime soon, tear out my parts and get this car scrapped!
I found a Craftsman tool cart on craigslist for supercheap, and it came loaded with tools, so that's made my disassembly much more enjoyable. There was a 3/8" ratchet stuck in the left position, which was okay for disassembly, but I took it back to Sears and they gave me a new one! I love that warranty. I also made my garage a much more pleasant place to be with four banks of fluorescent lighting. I can actually see at night now. Previously there was a single 150W incandescent bulb with a terrible reflector.
I've got all the major body panels off now, and, as you can see below, there was a ton of dirt underneath the fenders. It's getting close to being done and gone.
I found my materials for the build table at my local Mr. Plywood, so I'm getting ready to start fabricating that once I've got room.
I met with the local Lotus club and hung out with them over the weekend some. They're cool people, and they're interested in seeing me get this project underway.
Please tell me your not going to always wear your sweater while you're working in your neighborhood and that you're not overly friendly with the neighbors children!
Haha, I usually take my sweater off when I get too hot and sweaty. It's hard work making a Locost in the Land of Make-Believe--err, Portland.