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    Paul B's 90 NA "Build"

    Well hello everyone. Been a member for a while but recently became a supporting member and was told to make a build thread. I've posted photos of my car here before but I usually just post photos from Tapatalk as I take them on my phone. So here is my "build" thread even though really I just bolt on and install stuff that I pay money for.

    A little about me first and the Miatas ... I've owned a Miata since late 2004. I was 17. A black '95 that I eventually turbo'ed. Basically ruined the car because I was young and stupid but it was a perfect car to learn on. Did everything I could do to it with my low college student funds. A few years went by and then in winter of 2012 I decided to take it apart, part it out and start over. The right way. Bought a white hard top locally. Then it sat in the garage in pieces for 6 months as I struggled to find motivation to get it running in stock form.

    Then March of 2013, I was with my wife when she was stationed a Dover AFB for a few months when a female friend of hers messaged her about getting rid of the Miata that her family had owned since almost new. We were the first ones she contacted. A few phone pics later and we offered her $2100 for her bone stock 1990 White NA with 88,000 miles on it. She came back with $2300 because she just had it inspected and some maintenance done on it. Fine. A week later she delivered it to us in Buffalo from Maryland. I wish I still had the pics from the day I got it home. Nothing done to it. Not even a wash, wax, interior cleaning in years. It came with minor dents and dings, some dull paint, and a beat up top. It had heat, AC, power windows and cruise control! I could work with it. It was perfect.

    So fast forward to this day. The plan from the get-go with this was to not destroy it but make it look classic and vintage. Simple, clean. It would be a car shared by my wife and I so it had to be reliable and have no issues if she ever drove it. She drove it once, somehow got pulled over in it for speeding and hasn't driven it since. That was my cue to start doing what I wanted to it. I'm the only one who drives it, to and from work now since we had our son.

    Some parts were swapped over from my last Miata as soon as I got it home. And 10 hours worth of polishing, washing, waxing. Even to this day I am cleaning new crevices each time I wash the car.

    "Mods":
    Interior:
    Nardi Deep Corn 350mm wheel with perf. leather and red stitching.
    Nardi hub
    Redline Goods handbrake boot to match steering wheel
    Voodoo knob and handbrake handle crinkle black
    JDM tombstone w/ Alpine head unit & upgraded speakers
    Revlimiter Door pulls (customs red Sharpie stitching)
    Re-covered door panels(did an awful job, will re-do next season)
    Revlimiter Stirling gauges
    Revlimiter polished vent rings
    Revlimiter Stirling HVAC panel w/ trim ring
    Revlimiter classic Hazard switch
    M-Edition polished sills w/ Revlimiter sill inserts
    Garage Star minimalist console
    OMG Pham tombstone finish panel w/ power window switches
    Lotus Elise Probax seats on stock sliders/Revlimiter mounts -(still slowly paying a friend for these)
    HardDog Hardcore Hardtop Double Diagonal w/ hardness bar
    Soft top delete mod

    Exterior:
    Revlimiter nose Badge
    Rolled fenders
    GV style front lip
    R Package rear lip
    Planet Miata side skirts
    Hard top
    Pep Boys side mirrors
    Shaved all lenses (yellow lamin-x on front signals for JDM scene points)
    GV Taillights-unpainted (on trade for my wheels) not 100% installed properly
    6ul 15x8 wheels (will be gone this spring) 17mm & 19mm spacers
    Dunlop DirezzaDZ101 205/15-15
    Raceland coilovers

    Underhood:
    Basic clean up, repaint brackets, wire tuck/delete shit that isn't necessary (charcoal canister, washer bottle etc)
    DDM Works intake
    DDM Works CC relocation
    Magnecore wires
    Purple powdercoat valve cover from local friend
    Garage Star cooling panel
    Some new vacuum hoses
    Project G oil cap (to be installed spring)
    Project G dip stick pull (to be installed spring)
    RSpeed dual hood struts
    Enthuza TestPipe w/ stock exhaust




















    And Future plans:
    It's an early 1.6 so not sure I want to do power mods to this engine so probably just RB header and Maybe a Rotrex supercharger so I can switch it back or basic FM turbo eventually OR 1.8 swap. Motor stuff is far down the road though.
    -Since I traded my wheels for the GV tails, I'm thinking 15x8 or 15x9 Rota RKR for next year
    -Maybe fender flares if wheels require it
    -Better suspension- FM VMaxx, endlinks and front sway bar
    -Chassis bracing galore- door bars, shock tower brace, fender brace, frame rails etc
    -Project G G-fuser setup with corner flare
    -Better exhaust
    -Reupholster door cards - maybe have a professional do full dash, crash pad, door panel recover)
    -Sound & heat insulate interior
    -MazdaRoadster SS kit
    -New clutch
    -Project G Plug wire cover
    -Moroso Over flow tank
    -GarageStar cowl panel
    -Revlimiter Gauge cups (if SC or turbo installed)
    -KG Works trunk spoiler

    I think that's it lol sorry for being so long-winded
    Last edited by Paul B; 01-04-2016 at 02:13 AM.

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    Nice one paul! Great to see a wave of supporting members put up their build diaries lol (must be a new years resolution thing for us).

    I find it hilarious your wife drove it once, got done and isn't keen on driving it again lol. You gotta get her back into it man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91BRG View Post
    Nice one paul! Great to see a wave of supporting members put up their build diaries lol (must be a new years resolution thing for us).

    I find it hilarious your wife drove it once, got done and isn't keen on driving it again lol. You gotta get her back into it man!
    I always tell her that she can drive it whenever she wants, as long as she doesn't have the baby, but she just doesn't want to. Who knows lol

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    You can add one of these to the shift boot


    http://www.parts123.com/parts123/Par...obra_Restorers
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    Sweet! I had to run my wife off. JK! Keep us watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90blue View Post
    You can add one of these to the shift boot


    http://www.parts123.com/parts123/Par...obra_Restorers
    Thats a good idea! Thats kinda the plan i have in mind. Been waiting to see what garagestar will come out with to finish up the console-less look.

    Or the audi tt ring and shift boot.

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    I hope is will be cheaper than Cobra Restorers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90blue View Post
    I hope is will be cheaper than Cobra Restorers
    Couldn't get the price to show up on my phone for the cobra one you posted.

    The audi boot alone is like $80, so we shall see. Being patient since i desperately need a shifter rebuild kit. ie: MR short shift kit

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    Cobra ring is $35
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90blue View Post
    Cobra ring is $35
    Ill start looking for a cobra shift boot and see where that avenue takes me. thanks for the tip!

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    That ring fits over the Miata boot perfectly snug
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90blue View Post
    That ring fits over the Miata boot perfectly snug
    hmmm.. You are incredible. thank you for that tip! Got any photos of this?

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    Cobra-style shifters look sooo good on NA's! I believe there was some reference that an Audi TT boot fits perfectly the jass performance surround for the stock NA center console in the UK forums, can look for it if you are interested.

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    here ya go
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryB View Post
    Cobra-style shifters look sooo good on NA's! I believe there was some reference that an Audi TT boot fits perfectly the jass performance surround for the stock NA center console in the UK forums, can look for it if you are interested.
    Yes, please! The more ideas the better!! This is a main project for me this upcoming season, especially since I will be doing a MR shifter, boot less model. Id really like a nice shifter ring setup to show off the new shifter

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