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Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
7/6/21 8:39 p.m.

Right. So what had happened was....

The transmission started making noise in every gear so I bailed on NCM, and then the O2 sensor wiring short made me miss Track Day Picnic. 

But I did fix it enough to drive to Gingerman to help out at Spring Kickoff. Where I picked up some wheels I bought from Spacecadet.

But I then immediately traded those for these.

Meanwhile at Gingerman, Mazdeuce covered my car in nanobeavers. 

And now the Miata is sitting while I plan what happens to it next. 

Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
8/7/21 11:45 a.m.

Finally got bored and curious enough to see how the new track/autocross wheels look. 

mikedd969
mikedd969 Reader
8/7/21 1:43 p.m.

In reply to Daylan C :

That's a nice little Miata!!! A Miata is on my "next to own" list, just not in the cards right now. sad But when the time comes, one like that, solid but just needing some TLC is exactly what I'll be looking for.

Enjoying reading your thread.  Just curious, where in KY?  I'm originally from Leitchfield and my wife is from Elizabethtown. Based on your roadtrip It looks like you are from the same "neck of the woods" as they say.  Small world.  We both left KY for the Mobile AL area way back in '04 and now live just north of Houston, after a (thankfully) brief period of residence in the San Francisco area.  I still get back to KY to visit family a few times a year, and I must say, I do miss it there, but not the winters.....  blush

mikedd969
mikedd969 Reader
8/7/21 2:07 p.m.

In reply to TurnerX19 :

Hilarious!!  As a past owner of several Fiat and Alfa Romeo automobiles, I understand completely!  Heck, none of mine even had power windows and they still refused to roll up or down at random intervals with great regularity. 

God I do miss driving them though.....particularly the  72 Fiat Dino Coupe and the 73 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce.  The Alfa is at the top of my list of cars I wish I could have brought back to the US from Italy.  I really loved driving that car, even with all it's typically "70's Italian-ness r" (meaning you got the chance to break out your tools a lot). laugh  

Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
8/7/21 3:15 p.m.

In reply to mikedd969 :

I'm from Glasgow originally. Lived there most of my 25 years until a few months ago. 

I'm still very happy with this Miata because its nice enough to not be miserable but ratty enough that I don't have to worry about it staying pretty, because it's quite ugly up close actually. 

Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
9/4/21 3:57 p.m.

I went and did a thing with my car again. I think that means certain people will expect me to update this thread later. More of a write up to come when I get home. 

Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
9/5/21 5:17 a.m.

So I saw on the calendar months ago that Great River region was doing a test and tune at the Iowa Air National Guard site at Davenport Airport. That's roughly 2 hours away and test and tune usually mean more runs, so I definitely wanted to make it to this event even I didn't do much else this year. So last weekend I buttoned up a couple things on the car and decided it was good enough. Headed early opting to leave my seat cushion at home like a complete idiot. But having 0 issues other than that. 

I knew going in the car has front shocks that are mostly dead and I the track day pads were going to bite harder than the old pads I ran on last time, so I opted to chew up my all seasons I don't need to commute on anymore instead of the Falkens. 

We did 3 90 minute long sessions. I worked the first session. Then drove the last two sessions after lunch. I got 6 runs the first session and 5 in the last session. Probably could have gotten one more in but I took a short break to get some water between sessions.

Car behaved like a stock suspension Miata on all seasons and worn out shocks is supposed to behave I guess. No issues I didn't expect other than the 1-2 shift feeling weird on my last 2 runs but I suspect that was me being an idiot more than the car having problems. 

After my last run I packed up and drove home with no issues.

And here's a photo dump in no particular order.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
9/5/21 5:22 a.m.

I like you doing racecar things with this Miata. 

Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
9/24/21 4:55 p.m.

Spacecadet pointed out I've had the car over 18 months now. So I guess I should update the thread.

I tore the front end apart to install a tow hook.

Bolts are pretty ugly but didn't slip when I tightened them so they'll stay for now. 

 

I found the hardware that was supposed to hold the air deflector for the radiator on was missing, so I went and got new bits.

Then I put the bumper cover back on.

Then the rear got a hook as well. This required drilling a hole for a 2nd bolt and my normal size drill chipped on me and I don't have a bench grinder here to sharpen it, so the silly long drill left over from the roll bar install had to come out. 

 

And new random pictures of the car at a lake and next to a tank. 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/24/21 6:27 p.m.

In reply to Daylan C :

Love the bumper sticker. 

Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
10/15/21 8:36 p.m.

Boring background progress and planning is happening. So I'll just leave this here.

A good friend did send me pics where a big part of finally getting me and this car on track showed up at his shop today. Probably won't be until the end of the year that we get to do anything with it though.

Daylan C
Daylan C PowerDork
10/16/21 6:01 p.m.

Bad lighting but I took the car on a group drive thing with Eastern Iowa Miata Owners Club today. 5 of us showed up. We found a couple fun roads in Illinois and had a nice lunch talking about Miata stuff. It was nice. 

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