- This topic has 4 replies, 3 participants, and was last updated January 12, 2023 at 6:50 pm by James Davidson.
Since I’m officially in the club I figured I’d take a minute and introduce myself and tell my Miata story so far.
I acquired my 1996 NA8 though a bit of tragedy when a dear friend’s father passed away suddenly. The family had no interest in keeping it and offered it to me since I’m a car enthusiast/general tinkerer and always looking for a project. Now things like this don’t happen to me very often. I won’t get into specifics, but it was essentially gifted to me under the condition that I enjoy it like he did. I drove it home that day and felt like a 16 year old again! I remembered immediately why I love cars.
It was kept outside in a tent-style carport and had been sitting a while. First things first was to remove the grime and rodent “leavings” that come with storing a car semi-outside. The rear window was blown out so there was quite a mess to deal with inside. That sorted, I sourced a new Streamline top from Robbins via Moss and had Chris Meier get to work on it. Job done! Next, I tackled the 26 year old cooling system which had sprung a leak. It was a heater hose leaking but I replaced the radiator and it’s hoses as well. I did a mild tune up while waiting for those parts to arrive as well (valve cover gasket, plugs and wires, air filter etc). I installed the Moss shifter rebuild/upgrade kit too. After it was running great again I decided it was time to actually be able to hear my tunes and podcasts as well, so in went a pioneer head unit and some kicker door speakers. I’ll get to the headrest speakers eventually. A nice wood shift knob and vent rings from revlimiter have made the interior a nice place to be. Now I’ve exhausted my budget for a while but future plans include updating/upgrading the suspension, some nice wheels and tires, exhaust, the list goes on and on and…
well that’s it about the Miata- about me; Im a dad to an awesome 8 year old boy, husband to an amazing, understanding wife, and lucky enough to still have my folks around. 78 year old Dad loves sports cars, had an Austin Healy many years ago! I’m a musician, a guitar tinkerer/builder and a Licensed Optician by profession. I’ll fix your guitar for free but your glasses will require payment 😉.
I’m in that “middle” part of life at the moment so my time is limited but I really look forward to meeting some of you and doing some fun Miata stuff.
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