getting work done

9 03 2014

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street fd

18 02 2014

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donor beast

20 01 2014

plucked from the carcass of this decaying beast: one engine crossmember and everything connected to it, minus the engine.

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back to basics

13 01 2014

i’ve owned my miata longer than any of the other cars in my garage/driveway/backyard. i bought it in 2007 to build into a weekend track toy, but it never set tires to tarmac. pulling daily driver duty, it’s been through two engines, two timing belts, two radiators, two clutches, a water pump, four sets of tires, two sets of brake pads and rotors… multiple road trips, three houses and four jobs. all with a minimum amount of fuss and zero drama. calling it merely dependable would be doing the car a major disservice.

stage 1.5 was bolt ons and cheap as free springs, and the car finally had the snarl and bark to match the semi-serious shark mouth. it was still lacking proper bite though, and so i set about giving the little guy some real teeth. pulling this engine is almost rote behavior. i had everything out within 3 hours, pressure washed in five and put away inside of seven. i was moving too fast to get pictures of anything, but i took a break and snapped this early in the day.

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cleaner, redder, warmer

2 01 2014

so with the holidays creating a nice little hole in my work schedule, i decided to put some time into my wagon. my plans were interrupted by family obligations, then an untimely onset of cold/flu symptoms, but i was finally able to break out the pressure washer yesterday and make some headway on the engine bay. i wish that i’d taken a before pic, but use your imagination to conjure up the image of 30 years of leaky 4M fluids and road grime congealing into an inch-thick layer of tar that wouldn’t budge with repeated simple green applications and brillo scrubbings.

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this isn’t helping the situation

18 12 2013

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putting in work

2 11 2013

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getting ready to pull out some engine.








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