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Old 07-11-2018, 01:10 PM
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Check that. I just bought a set of bushings for a really good price so I'm going to rip those control arms off again. Oh well.
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:33 AM
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Started installing the bushings and grease zerks

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Old 07-18-2018, 01:37 PM
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Old 07-22-2018, 12:24 PM
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Finished the bushings and put the rear end back together


Meanwhile I confirmed my suspicion on the source of the Miata's oil leak

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Old 07-23-2018, 09:19 AM
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Meanwhile I confirmed my suspicion on the source of the Miata's oil leak
That's nasty
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:35 AM
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That's nasty
Yup. When the cam sensor o-ring didn't fix it I knew what it was. Glad I waited to fix it since I'm getting rid of it anyways.
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where are the burnout videos?
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Old 07-29-2018, 11:11 AM
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Made some progress this week. Put the control arms back together on the front. Did my first weld; I welded a CTS throttle pedal to the Miata pedal bracket:


I then drilled holes in the Miata flywheel for the ecotec bolt pattern:

I also popped the oil pan off of the motor to start the oil pan swap process. I have the forged rods, so that was good. Didn't take a picture of that.
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Old 07-29-2018, 12:25 PM
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Nice to see you moving on it. Subframe looks nice.
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:25 PM
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Thanks Nova!
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Took some convincing but the oil pan is on

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Some of the holes not quite align or what?
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Old 08-04-2018, 02:56 PM
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It was a little crooked, my guess is due to welding. The longer bolts had some trouble starting because of it. It should be sealed enough.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:12 PM
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An eagle eye will spot the part that doesn't belong:



I used a thermostat housing from a 2.2 cavy. Word on the street is it will clear the Miata trans. The original requires a spacer, and this was easier (and doesn't leave the pipe crooked). Didn't do much last night otherwise, just drained the Miata motor and moved it out of the way. Right now I'm waiting on some arp bolts so I can mate the engine to the trans, then put the frame down on it. After that is fitting everything for welding brackets.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:43 PM
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Some fine progress with this lovely weather we're having! Nice job.
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Thanks! It's humid but bearable
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Slowly but surely.
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Painfully slow but yes, progressing. I'm doing more than I thought I would during the summer. I've been held up by parts a lot.
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You're not in a huge rush to finish it either since there is no "deadline" really. Just as soon as possible but not at a break-neck pace.
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My goal is to be able to enjoy it before next summer, especially since they are repaving a really fun road nearby. The hard part will be getting the electrical sorted since I'll basically be splicing together two harnesses. But yes, no deadline makes for a relaxing build as long as I can keep working on it.
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Old 08-26-2018, 04:21 PM
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Small update.
Been doing some grinding this week. First I notched the bell housing so that the starter will fit:


Then I started putting the clutch, etc. together. The holes that I drilled in the flywheel were spot on. The ring gear of the flywheel interferes with the starter very slightly, so rather than remove the ring gear I just grinded the starter a little:


Loctite on the flywheel bolts, install the clutch, and the adapter plate:


Now just need to mate it to the transmission then I'll lower the frame onto it to start the wire harness.

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Old 08-26-2018, 05:20 PM
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That's reminds me of all the work I need to do on my car lol good progress man!
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Notched the bellhousing- that's putting it mildly.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:50 AM
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That's reminds me of all the work I need to do on my car lol good progress man!
Thanks Snail! good luck on your swap

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Notched the bellhousing- that's putting it mildly.
hahahahahahaha took forever with a grinder, made a mess, and still might be short (you can see the original line i marked).
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