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.
1990 Miata FOR SALE
Pretty much finished with my project car. Info on the car:
1990 Mazda Miata, VIN# JM1NA3516L0140497. Car was given to me by the
original owner. The body damage came from a parking lot scrape against a
wall. The door dings were from a falling object in the carport where the
vehicle was stored. Bumper was painted on 3/20/12 but I haven't shot video
of it yet.
If you haven't seen the rest of the series, here is a list of parts that
have been replaced during the restoration.
fuel pressure regulator
Brake pads (front and rear)
rotors (front and rear)
high & low side valves
converted to R-134a
2 new tires (rear)
new soft top.
On ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/140735019197#ht_700wt_1161
Starting at: 2000. Buy now at 3300.
How to straighten a bent frame on a budget
A friend of mine stuffed his Miata into the wall at the exit of Turn 6 @
Laguna Seca. Bent the left front frame rail, pushed the radiator and fan
back up against the motor. With only 2 hours until qualifying, with the
help of a few friends, he put on a clinic on low-budget frame
straightening. He managed to get the car out for qualifying, came back and
did some more work in the afternoon, and finished the weekend with a 2nd
place finish in ITA.
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
Mazda MX-5 ND (2015) - review by Autovisie TV
Helemaal klaar is de nieuwe Mazda MX-5 nog niet, maar Autovisie mocht
alvast een zeer exclusieve testrit maken in de vierde generatie roadster.
De achterwielaangedreven tweezitter die al 25 jaar zoveel rijplezier biedt.
En dat voorlopig ook blijft doen, zo maakt de 1.5 versie met 131 pk
andy's auto in cali sold me this body kit (miata)pt4
This is a Fiberglass body kit that was sold to me. My rear bumper it no
where this wide. This is crazy. I can fit four fingers in the gap on the
passengerside. The top of the kit isn't even straight. On the driverside
the bottom of the kit is met by the tow bar. You cannot lift the driverside
up to the body. When I tried to return it they would not accept it. They
told me it was handmade after I brought it and I would have to modify it.
Beware of these guys.
Laguna Seca near crash
Bob's Donut and CityTech track day 7/8/12, close call with a fellow driver.
1990 miata Salvage title 267k original engine/tranny.
Exady oem replacement clutch
Tein s spring
FM sway bar F/R
OS Gekin 2way LSD
205-50-15 Toyo RA1
song's by Motorcycle -As The Rush Comes.
Buy Miata SCCA compliant and crash tested roll bars here:
3 rolls in a street class Miata Challenge Miata at Buttonwillow in the left
kink just after Riverside.
Here are some pictures of the aftermath. Note how perfectly intact my
safety equipment is.
Preparing the Mazda for Battle
The MX5 is tested, broken, tested and broken again... will it beat its arch
rival the Honda S2000? Marty prepares his Mazda to find out...
Check the first video of this series here:
Get a CHOPPED Sticker (and other mad stuff) here!
Episode discussion on the mighty car mods forum here:
Also something to note around Mighty Car Mods: we are normal guys and are
not trained mechanics. We like to make interesting car mods and show you
how we've gone about it, but we can't promise that anything we show you
will work for your particular car, or that you won't harm yourself, someone
else, your car or your warranty doing it. Please be safe, be responsible
and unless you know what you're doing, do not fool around with very serious
machinery just because you've seen us make it look so easy. Talk to a
qualified mechanic if you are in any doubt.