Getting My NA Back Into Shape: Front Yard Body Shop
In case you are wondering where my 1990 NA6C Miata's been lately, it got into a traffic accident on May 8th, when my Miata collided with a Land Rover after I was cut off near an intersection. Damage was mainly limited to the bodywork and a bent tie rod. I was found to be not at fault for the accident by an insurance investigation. Unfortunately, the other driver's insurance considered my Miata a total loss. However, to me, it isn't.
Since I already got my insurance check and I wanted to keep my Miata to transform it into a real racing car, I'm saving money for the bodywork by trying an old Spec Miata trick, wenching the body back into shape and banging out the dents myself, along with help, of course.
NB Miata Rear Caliper Rebuild
Disclaimer: This video is provided for educational purposes only. I accept
no liability for expenses/injuries/fatalities caused by the failure of
equipment as the result of following these instructions.
I couldn't find any DIYs or full tutorials on performing a caliper rebuild
for an NB Miata, so I decided to make a recording of my process. Note: I'm
not an expert, so if the terminology or procedures I use are incorrect,
please let me know and I'll gladly update the video.
If your calipers are leaking and you're unwilling to spend ~$160 to replace
each caliper, you can buy a rebuild kit for $60 for both rear calipers. I
purchased mine from Moss Miata, part # 904-451. This contains all the dust
covers and seals that you'll need to rebuild it.
The process is not terribly difficult, just time consuming. I was fortunate
to not have any seized or stripped parts, and everything came apart pretty
easily. Most of my time was spent cleaning dirt/brake fluid/grease off the
caliper. If all goes well, it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours to
Be sure to adjust your brakes and bleed your system after re-installing the
Many thanks to bluemeany06 for his video on rebuilding an NC Miata's front
SuperMiata: Round 5 - Race 2 @ Sonoma (6/1/2014)
Though the result for me was P3, it was one of my better drives because I
was 10/10ths the entire race as Emilio (#11) and Andrew (#72) did as well.
I started P9 in a grid of 12 cars, reverse grid based on Race #1's results
(I finished P3 in Race #1 the day before). At the finish, I ended up P3
behind Race #2 winner, Andrew, by only 2.9 seconds after 13 laps and Emilio
in P2, a few feet behind Andrew.
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68 Chevrolet Camaro Overhaul, Part 1
Had the car since 2005, finally got round to getting it in my mates body
shop and getting it sorted out, it only went in to have a respray, but
found it needed more and turned into more work than i thought.
But hey, it's all good because it makes the car all that much better in the
Testing a Friend's Camry Around SoW (4/30/2011)
Yes, I took a mommy grocery-getter around a racetrack.
And yes, it has the normal V6 1MZ engine with a OEM TRD Supercharger puttting down 240whp (270hp at the
flywheel), TEIN Super Street coilovers, some 225-wide KDW2 tires on some
16" wheels and had the benchseats removed (where the kids would normally
go), but it managed a 1:35.9 (with another passenger) around the track with
me driving earlier in the day.
I wished I got it on film along with the 1:35.9 lap, but there was footage
of me getting pointed-by by BMW and Lotus drivers. Makes me wonder what
those drivers were thinking as the Camry shuffled past them.
Track: The Streets of Willow Springs (CW w/ Blowpass and Bowl)
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