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Old 06-04-2018, 03:40 PM
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Dont you have a Tahoe? No need to push just pull it with a tow strap
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Old 06-10-2018, 07:12 PM
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I thought that my donor's trans was painted black
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Old 06-10-2018, 08:46 PM
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Cant wait to see this done. Wasn't there a guy on here from time to time posting about his kit car? Wonder what happened?
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:24 PM
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Seems like there should be more people posting about DF Goblins. Once in a while someone comes looking for parts but I can't recall anyone posting updates about completing the car.
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:33 PM
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one guy on here had videos of a completed goblin.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:35 AM
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This guy showed up yesterday:



It's from a CTS. The bracket conveniently welds onto the Miata pedal assembly in place of the cable throttle pedal. Now I just need to learn how to weld.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by exninja View Post
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It's from a CTS. The bracket conveniently welds onto the Miata pedal assembly in place of the cable throttle pedal. Now I just need to learn how to weld.
Drill and tap instead
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:55 AM
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There's a few more things to weld so I may as well learn I will eventually need to make seat mounts so I'll do the non-life-threatening stuff first. I do have a friend that is experienced helping me so I don't need to worry about killing myself when the time comes to make big boy stuff.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by exninja View Post
There's a few more things to weld so I may as well learn I will eventually need to make seat mounts so I'll do the non-life-threatening stuff first. I do have a friend that is experienced helping me so I don't need to worry about killing myself when the time comes to make big boy stuff.

I'd recommend starting with a stick welder. If you can figure out how to do that well wire welding will be easy peasy
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:31 PM
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hahahaha my buddy also has a mig setup so I'm just going to use that. I'll take free
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:02 AM
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hahahaha my buddy also has a mig setup so I'm just going to use that. I'll take free
So if you disappear from the forum, we'll know what happened
Good luck with the welding! That is something I'll never be able to do myself - the fumes alone would kill me.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:54 AM
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Thinking ahead and mostly to document my ideas, I'm thinking of making a gauge cluster/dash out of a Raspberry Pi and screen not unlike this: https://www.miataturbo.net/megasquir...acedash-92851/

I can use the current Miata dash without too many issues. I'd just have to connect wires to the correct lights and such. However, the Pi dash would be pretty cool. The only issue I see is the speedo, where I'd have to either replace the cable with an electric VSS, then input the signal to a conditioning board, or just use GPS into the Pi directly. I'm thinking the former would give me a good signal to the ECU as well (should be able to adjust the pulses/mile with HPT), but it's also expensive unless I can find a VSS for cheap (they go for about $150). I am assuming most open-source CAN bus dashes for the Pi/Linux just pull vehicle speed from CAN rather than using GPS so I'd have to figure out how to program that. The Miata has a functional oil pressure gauge which I can attach to the LE5 with an adapter so I could keep the fuel and oil pressure gauges, or plug the signal into the Pi or Arduino board (yeah I'm still figuring out how those work) and go to town with my own dash.
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:13 AM
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GPS can be accurate, but those modules are pretty expensive even for Raspberry Pi. Your best bet is to have a counter on tire rotation (connected sensor, or wireless).

Edit: I'm talking about possibly using the ODB2 connector, not actually wiring your wheels lol. Just realized how silly I wrote it out initially.

I did see a few instructions online for this type of scenario, you just need a digital screen to feed the info to you.
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:26 AM
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I started looking into something like that on the driveshaft but didn't get very far. Theoretically it could be easier and cheaper depending on the signal coming from it if I can skip the conditioning board (the Miata VSS outputs a sawtooth vs pulsed). Another thing I may end up doing is just get an Android tablet with GPS built in. It would be pushing the easy button, but it would be cheaper. I wouldn't have the flexibility of doing stuff like adding fuel and oil gauges or whatever else I wanted, but I could always get a second one for doing other stuff
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If you want Google to track your whereabouts all the time sure, but finding a cheap enough tablet that has enough hardware to do the displays without lag, you'd be hard pressed. An ok-ish tablet (7" for pricing sake) would be around $170. Anything cheaper - that I found - are not worth it.
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Buy a second hand android phablet for cheap. I have used digihud app on my old note 5 at work when either speedometers don't work or when I have to drive huge mudder trucks.
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:14 PM
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I'd prob see if someone's selling an old Nexus 7
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:37 PM
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I'd prob see if someone's selling an old Nexus 7
That's probably your best bet.
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That would probably work. anything with a quad core should have plenty of power to give fast updating and maybe even record if you find the right app
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:21 PM
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Divorced the engine from the trans today. Sure is easy without a car in the way.
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:22 PM
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Messy garage is messy.
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:44 PM
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Yup, it's all mil's stuff. Annoying to deal with. At least I have room to work.

And I took the picture before I cleaned up my tools
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:22 AM
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Mig welding is really easy, you will master it quickly as long as you get the heat range and feed speed set correctly.
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:06 AM
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At least you have a garage. Purchasing a house is not in my financial best interest at the moment - especially since houses "start" at $600k.
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Housing prices are nuts up there.
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