getting work done

9 03 2014


street fd

18 02 2014



donor beast

20 01 2014

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


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.


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.


this isn’t helping the situation

18 12 2013


putting in work

2 11 2013


getting ready to pull out some engine.


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