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    Project Moby

    Transferring my build thread onto mazdaroadster.net.

    I picked up my second MX-5 in April of 2014. It is a 1994 M-Edition and had 58,000 on the clock at the time. It had not been started in over 6 years, and sat in a garage under a cover the entire time. I named him Moby.

    It leaked zero oil, was completely rust free. I ended up driving it home on shot tires, metal-on-metal brakes, and no A/C. Came home, gave it a good wash, and parked the car under cover for two weeks.

    Drove it up to a local MX-5 specialty shop - 42 Autosports, who did all mechanical maintenance that they and I could think of:

    - Water pump
    - Timing belt
    - All gaskets
    - NGK ignition wires
    - NGK spark plugs
    - Thermostat
    - Coolant
    - Motul 8100 5W40 Full Synth motor oil
    - Subaru Extra-S STi Factory transmission/differential fluid
    - Turret oil
    - Clutch bled and fluid replaced
    - Brake fluid
    - Brake pads and rotors - OEM
    - All other fluids
    - All other belts
    - All other gaskets
    - A ton of O-rings
    - A few other bits.



    I picked up Moby after a 2-week wait, and he drove like a champ. I have since replaced the shift boot and brake boot, installed a 320mm Momo Monte Carlo, and sanded the Nardi shift knob down to bare wood to get rid of all the grime that built up over the years. I ripped out the rubber from the knob and replaced with the faucet rings.

    After a good detailing, I went for a drive on some back roads. I couldn't resist taking a few shots:




















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    Fast forward to 2015.

    Out of pure luck, found a black Miata with a montego blue hardtop for sale. Offered to trade tops, win win. Made all the difference.

    All parts transferred from the old black car, but unfortunately, Moby hasn't been driven much. Parked it for the winter and didn't drive it for a while. Driven maybe 5 times this year. Took it out for a drive at some point and took some photos.

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    - Dunlop Direzza Star Spec
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    - R-Package lip













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    Nice looking Miata, neighbor! Glad you have a build thread!
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    Shows how beautiful these cars are with very basic modifications. So clean and simple. Gorgeous.

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    Still 2015. Installed an NB K&N Typhoon intake with some help from Flyin' Miata's cruise control relocation kit.

    Went for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway:















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    Found an NA6 dash locally and figured it would be a decent project. Not in the best shape, but I'm not complaining. This is what it looked like when I picked it up:



    Bumpy.


    Frame isn't too rusted, but will get painted.


    I decided to repaint everything that's tan on this dash. Faded crash pad, glovebox, bottom half. Will also paint my door card pads to match. The other option was to paint the crash pad black, but I decided against it as it makes the interior look too dark. The bottom half of the dash is fading a bit, and I figure if I paint just the crash pad tan, then it wouldn't match the rest of the tan.

    Will be cleaning up the plastic with brake fluid, prepping with SEM Plastic and Vinyl prep, and giving it a few coats of SEM Camel.


    The only worry I have is the small crash pad to the left of the gauge hood:


    A crack.


    This shouldn't be too much of a problem since I'll be painting the pad, but I'm hoping JB Weld can fill this in and keep the crack shut.
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    Na6 dash ftw. Looking forward to how it comes out.


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    Very clean! NA6 Dash will look GREAT!

    I have the same SEM Camel here to refinish the dash pads for my BRG... I've been told it's an excellent match.

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    Making slow progress on the dash. Repaired a ton of the screw posts on the underside of the dash with JB Weld plastic weld, thin wire, and JB Weld plastic putty.









    Removed the black sticky paint from the top of the dash with a combination of razor blades, brake cleaner, and brake fluid.





    This is good-enough. I plan on covering the top with leather, so I don't really care about the leftover paint in the plastic-leather pattern here.

    I also cut the vents out in preparation for leather. Unfortunately, my dremel slipped a few times in the process and I am left with a few small gauges in the plastic around the vents. These will probably not even show up after the leather is glued down, but I decided to be safe rather than sorry. Filled them in with bondo and will sand them later. The two AC vent posts underneath the dash also caused a few dents, so those got filled in as well.






    Since the tan plastic on this dash has faded, I'm repainting the entire thing in SEM Camel. Glovebox came first, this is after one coat.






    More to come next week.
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    Nice progress, eager to see more!

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    wow that looks amazing! Might look into doing something like this later on myself!!! Cant wait to see the other tan plastics and how they turn out with the SEM paint!
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    I am such a sucker for a Tan interior o.O

    I can't wait to see where this goes, my interior needs a revamp along the way...

    I feel I'm one of the few who would actually prefer the later NA dash, alas, they never made one to fit a RHD car.
    You want a good car. I want a good miata.

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    Adding some additional photos to show how bad some of the screw posts were on the underside of the dash:





    First filled in with JB Weld's PlasticWeld.


    Then wrapped with wire. This might look a bot sloppy, but each time I went around the post, I twisted the two ends tight. This was mainly to provide rigidity for the PlasticWeld Putty that I finished off with.
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    Good idea with the wire. Genius.


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    Hey, if it works, it works! It gives the plastic some strength so that the putty isn't doing all the work.
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