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John250
08-16-2012, 10:06 AM
I bought a 94 Miata a few months back for next to nothing. I bought if just because I like roadsters and these cars handle nicely in my opinion. I currently have it up on jack stands getting it ready for all new suspension, brakes, exhaust, sway bars, and to take the control arms off and have them sandblasted and painted.

I was just gonna see what the people of BCF's thoughts were on these cars. Seeing as they were supposed to have been modeled after earlier British cars.

sd80mac7204
08-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Spitfire wanna be :jester:

John250
08-16-2012, 10:21 AM
haha Thanks.

I do like how primitive this car is by the basic suspension set up and lack of power steering. On the other hand I do believe my TR250 handles better.

Roger
08-16-2012, 10:22 AM
I believe there are several current or ex-owners of Miatas on this forum. I had a 2000 NB, it was a fine car. A bit old-fashioned, but then so am I!

aeronca65t
08-16-2012, 11:10 AM
I bought an NB Miata new in 2000.
It has currently accumulated 110,000 miles.

It's been better than any car I've ever owned, including 40+ years of owning various British sports cars.

aerog
08-16-2012, 11:39 AM
2003 NB here, a little over 80,000 miles, just did a 4000 mile driving vacation (https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcforum/ubbthreads.php/topics/855916/My_driving_vacation_report_ima#Post855916) in it. It's never been in the shop (except for the timing belt change). Best, most enjoyable car I've ever had.

martx-5
08-16-2012, 11:46 AM
I own '92 NA with a supercharger and Koni shocks that I never take the hard top off of. Great car.

Guest
08-16-2012, 11:47 AM
Just curious, how much is next to nothing?

John250
08-16-2012, 11:52 AM
I enjoy driving the one I recently purchased. I picked it up for 800.00 so you can imagine its not in pristine condition by no means. But it only has 103,000 miles on it. The guy I picked it up from had let it set up in a barn for a little over 3 years. The only mechanical issue it has is it slips in first gear from time to time. Body has a few rust places in it and the paint is oxidized pretty bad.

But I didn't buy it to use it right away anyway. I bought it as something to work on and have something of a project. I have always been more into cornering cars than straight line fast cars (Mustang, Camaro, ETC) I had thought of building a track car of sorts to play with in Sebring but I think I am just gonna do a sport suspension and brake swap and some minor engine modifications for now and make a fun daily driver. Biggest thing is it is a automatic and I would like to do a 5speed Manual swap in it.

Guest
08-16-2012, 11:57 AM
Biggest thing is it is a automatic and I would like to do a 5speed Manual swap in it.


Then putya a 5.0 and a T5 in it. :devilgrin:

John250
08-16-2012, 12:09 PM
I had thought of doing a 2.0 turbo swap to it.

But as for now I am not 100% on which way I will go with the motor

waltesefalcon
08-16-2012, 12:13 PM
I think they are nice little cars, like a modern Spitfire without the style.

John250
08-16-2012, 12:25 PM
Picture of my current project car

https://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg547/liljohn0011/4a81e731.jpg?t=1345137436

John250
08-16-2012, 12:26 PM
still can't figure out how to get the image and not the link to show up in posts

weewillie
08-16-2012, 02:40 PM
https://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg547/liljohn0011/4a81e731.jpg

here you go

John250
08-16-2012, 03:03 PM
Thanks.

How do you do this?

Guest
08-16-2012, 03:47 PM
Spitfire wanna be :jester:


I think they are nice little cars, like a modern Spitfire without the style.

I can see modern Elan but Spit? O.k, what am I missing?

sd80mac7204
08-16-2012, 04:24 PM
park a mk4 or 1500 spit next to a miata. Then look at the back. Similar size, shape, and tail lights. The miata is more modern and a little more <span style="text-decoration: line-through">bloated</span> curvy.

weewillie
08-16-2012, 04:55 PM
Thanks.

How do you do this?

John, when you mouse over the pic in your album you will see share ,edit ,delete, and move and at the bottom of the box you will see email, direct link, html and img code left click on img and it will show copied then when you want to post it just right click and that is it.
Hope this helps.

JodyFKerr
08-16-2012, 05:53 PM
I parked my Jensen Healey next to a friend's Miata once. Almost exactly the same dimensions (the JH was actually wider).

But from a "feel" perspective they always reminded me more of MGs. Too comfortable and not rorty enough to be a SpitFire.

Guest
08-16-2012, 07:26 PM
Too comfortable and not rorty enough to be a SpitFire.

Was that supposed to be rotty? :laugh: :jester:

JodyFKerr
08-16-2012, 09:33 PM
Too comfortable and not rorty enough to be a SpitFire.

Was that supposed to be rotty? :laugh: :jester:

lol, at this point I think they're all a little rotty.

apbos
08-16-2012, 10:35 PM
Take the body off and put this body on :devilgrin:

https://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n632/jmcbigbelly/sammiorear.jpg

weewillie
08-17-2012, 05:34 PM
now that is just sweet

aerog
08-18-2012, 07:55 AM
With the abundance of older "NA" Miatas around, I'd think there would be even more rebody kits floating around. There was a simple faux-Ferrari going around for awhile that wasn't bad and wasn't a hard conversion. Not my thing, but...someone else's I'm sure.

apbos
08-18-2012, 12:10 PM
Here is the discussion of the kit above BCF Triumph Spitfire/Miata Kit (https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcforum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/826131/Searchpage/4/Main/84156/Words/miata/Search/true/Re_New_Spitfire_based_Kit_Car_#Post826131) . I too am surprised there are not more kits for the Miata around.

Paul

Guest
08-18-2012, 01:04 PM
I too am surprised there are not more kits for the Miata around.

Paul


When you think about it, it's not surprising they don't have any more.

It's too good of a car to begin with. Why take a perfectly good car and add problems to it. I've yet to see a kit that didn't have any issues.

There should be a kit that make lesser cars into Miatas. :laugh:

GregW
08-18-2012, 02:39 PM
There should be a kit that make lesser cars into Miatas. :laugh:
Like a Cadillac Deville...

waltesefalcon
08-18-2012, 09:03 PM
"Like a Cadillac Deville..."

Hey now, I own a Caddy and it is a fine automobile.

Shinsen774
08-19-2012, 07:57 PM
I have a 2003 Mazda Miata Shinsen Version I bought new. It has 91,000 miles now and I love it. It's bulletproof, no ABS, 5 speed. Mine has the LSD rear end. Mine is bone stock and it's great!!!

GregW
08-20-2012, 05:54 AM
"Like a Cadillac Deville..."

Hey now, I own a Caddy and it is a fine automobile.
Putting a Miata body on it would be "interesting". Panel gaps might be a little bigger.

martx-5
08-20-2012, 06:56 AM
With the abundance of older "NA" Miatas around, I'd think there would be even more rebody kits floating around. There was a simple faux-Ferrari going around for awhile that wasn't bad and wasn't a hard conversion. Not my thing, but...someone else's I'm sure.

There is an "Italia" kit by Simpson that is really nice looking. There's some pics here of this kit being offered by RetroForza. (https://www.retroforza.com/)

John250
08-20-2012, 08:48 AM
I have a 2003 Mazda Miata Shinsen Version I bought new. It has 91,000 miles now and I love it. It's bulletproof, no ABS, 5 speed. Mine has the LSD rear end. Mine is bone stock and it's great!!!

The only reason I am not going stock is I figure if I am going to have to replace the worn out suspension I might as well upgrade it a little. Same with the exhaust.


There is an "Italia" kit by Simpson that is really nice looking. There's some pics here of this kit being offered by RetroForza. (https://www.retroforza.com/) [/quote]

This actually looks really nice

Guest
08-20-2012, 10:04 PM
The only complant I have about 'em is the tinny sound of a closing hood and/or door. Other than that maybe not enough room b/w wheel and arm rest. I drive w/ my left leg drawn up the the seat and my knee gets caught there. No problem w/ the midget.

martx-5
08-21-2012, 06:59 AM
The only complant I have about 'em is the tinny sound of a closing hood and/or door...

Not much of a complaint, but probably the result of trying to save weight. Especially the hood, it's aluminum.

NA '90-'97 = 2100 lbs
NB '99-'05 = 2300 lbs
NC '05-'12 = 2400 lbs

Low weight is part of Mazda's philosophy of building cars, which get's harder all the time as new regulations keep popping up. Although the latest Miata has plumped up to 2400 lbs, it's still one of the lightest cars made.

bradltl
08-28-2012, 03:25 PM
Spitfire wanna be :jester:


I think they are nice little cars, like a modern Spitfire without the style.

I can see modern Elan but Spit? O.k, what am I missing?

That was my thought as well. The Flyin' Miata guys can make them go pretty good, and they do cool things like race Targa Newfoundland.

https://www.flyinmiata.com/index.php?deptid=5687&amp;parentid=0&amp;stocknumber=98-10910

aerog
08-29-2012, 08:32 AM
Mine does cool things like, take me to work every day for the last 8 years.

JPSmit
08-29-2012, 08:52 PM
another option. saw this in a magazine tonite...

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