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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby billybobster » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:40 pm

mrFanel wrote:Update 3: So the S/C'd Miata is a definitive no-go. Apparently the reason for it failing readiness codes is due to a cracked head which was discovered after the owner decided to take it a shop.

Sadness and despair but at least not my headache.

I'd say you dodged a bullet there. "Car I'm selling is just as described in the ad. Except for not passing smog because of the cracked head."

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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:41 pm

maxh2o wrote:Sux about the sc'd NA. sorry man.

So I was looking on CL for you just now (I know, you can thank me later), and found this instead. And having owned several MKII's, I'm kind of tempted.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/cto/d/vw-cabriolet/6221922229.html



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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby maxh2o » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:45 pm

lmfao!
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:54 pm

Gonna check this one out:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/6215659989.html

Apparently it developed the blinkin-air-bag-o-death. Seller believes its just a module replacement - shouldn't be too bad. How much does it cost, on average, to match the hard top to the body?
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:45 pm

Update: checked the one above. Mechanically it's sound - dude did a lot of maintenance on it (seals, gaskets, pump, belts, axles, hubs, brakes); drives well, accelerates well to redline, clutch holds really nice which is why he didnt change the rear main but it is barely even weeping... barely any lifter tick.

Body is decent; he's lowered on Teins so the front bumper/lip scratch but not too bad. I'd probably get rid of the front garage vary style lip, fix the bumper and go with r-package lips front and back. JR exhaust sounds really nice too. Interior is in good shape but shifter boot seals are shot. Overall - pretty decent car.

He wants $5500, will do $5100... I'm teetering; we'll see how I'd feel about it after a good nights' sleep.
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby Big Lan » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:04 pm

mrFanel wrote:shifter boot seals are shot

They always are...and it's an easy 30 minute fix if you're taking your time.

Probably worth the money. These things are starting to be on the upward swing of the depreciation curve; nice cars aren't $2500 anymore... :(
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:29 pm

Big Lan wrote:
mrFanel wrote:shifter boot seals are shot

They always are...and it's an easy 30 minute fix if you're taking your time.

Probably worth the money. These things are starting to be on the upward swing of the depreciation curve; nice cars aren't $2500 anymore... :(


Yeah... I hear ya. Also hard to find someone who took good care of the car...
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:31 pm

Are Miata front bumper covers made out of fiberglass or all plastic?
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby Big Lan » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:28 pm

They might have some glass in them, but you can definitely reform them with heat (like taking out license plate bracket dimples), so that says largely plastic to me.
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:36 pm

I see. The crack is not significant but probably something I'd fix.
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:12 am

Awwww shucks. The dude with the two-tone Miata decided to keep it. Oh well; wasn't meant to be!
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:59 pm

Hrm - how about this one?

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/d/ ... 46942.html

No maintenance records - guy had it for 3 months and decided to get an E92 M3 instead... says there's a weeping from the rear of the engine which made me think rear main but he says his friend said it was the CAS...
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby punklove » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:33 am

This:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/d/ ... 97029.html

If I had the garage space I wouldn't be posting this. Clean looking 91 BRG under 100k! Someone here? If not, someone scoop this up!
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby brkinshiz » Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:28 pm

That car has been on CL for a long time. For how clean it is, it's minor league concerning...
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:40 pm

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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby Big Lan » Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:49 am

That plate is fantastic
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:54 pm

Yas!!

However - I already have an issue to report.

I got the Garage Star hard-top security plates and decided to install them today. 4 out of the 6 bolts that hold the latch no the top itself did not want to come out (22 year old loctite - surprise surprise) so I had to drill and tap... but 3 one of them snapped and is pretty much flush and stuck in the socket. Tried drilling it but the drill bit caught at an angle and I even managed to scuff a bit of the edges (and apparently its fiberglass?) - nothing bad. Gave up since it was the bolt not used by the plate and wet on my merry way.

However - it bothers me... and I may not be able to take it out at all. So - if I was to ever put the original latches back on, is it bad to secure it with only 2 out of the 3 bolts? For reference, the bolt that is stuck is the far right one on the right latch when inside the car.
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby Big Lan » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:54 am

mrFanel wrote:4 out of the 6 bolts that hold the latch no the top itself did not want to come out (22 year old loctite - surprise surprise) so I had to drill and tap... but 3 one of them snapped and is pretty much flush and stuck in the socket.


You need to use heat to break the bond of the loctite - big soldering gun, torch with a really fine tip, something like that.

Tried drilling it but the drill bit caught at an angle

Not surprising. You'd need to use a center punch first, then start with a fairly small bit and work your way up in size. I would be inclined to heat first, then use left hand drill bits to see if the screw backs out on its own. If you'd rather not acquire left hand bits, I'd probably punch and drill a couple sizes, then heat, then stuff a screwdriver or something into the hole (ez-outs are actually the correct tool here) and try to back it out.

However - it bothers me... and I may not be able to take it out at all. So - if I was to ever put the original latches back on, is it bad to secure it with only 2 out of the 3 bolts? For reference, the bolt that is stuck is the far right one on the right latch when inside the car.

I can't imagine Mazda would have used three fasteners if they didn't think it was necessary. Regardless of necessity, the hole is there and it would bother me to no end. I think you'll be able to get it out once you get some heat on it.
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:14 am

Thing is I drilled into it pretty significantly already but my extractors (which are left hand) aren't catching in :(

I may have to bring it to the big gunZ
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Re: So I am gonna buy another Miata.

Postby mrFanel » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:31 am

So update:

The bolt ain't coming out. I took it to a shop I trust and their assessment is that without drilling through the bolt AND likely drilling through the fiberglass, the bolt aint coming out. It's took dangerous of a job - though they think it is possible to replace the riveted potted plate - but that too is not very easy to do.

So - final consensus is to leave it be, use the Garage Star security plates (which do not use that bolt) and when I take the top off, I'll clean the threads with a tap and get a new set of security bolts.

When the time comes to repaint the car, I'll have it professional repaired
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