Dec. 29, 2014 7:40 a.m.

Mine, affiliated.

http://frederick.craigslist.org/cto/4822931638.html

Yeah...

Dec. 29, 2014 9:58 a.m.

exocet time!

Keith Tanner MegaDork
Dec. 29, 2014 11:11 a.m.

BTW, the VIN is on the firewall. You can pull the model year from that - look at the 6th digit from the end. 2 means 1991, 3 means 1992, 4 means 1993. They're all possibilities given the engine. Not that it matters, there weren't any notable changes.

Dec. 29, 2014 11:42 a.m.

Cool, thanks. Yeah, I figured given what the car's best use would be for, the year is probably not significant.

Dec. 30, 2014 7:42 a.m.

No one needs an engine donor? ;-)

EdHigginbotham Editorial Assistant
Dec. 30, 2014 8:52 a.m.

What's the rust situation throughout the suspension?

Dec. 30, 2014 9:33 a.m.
EdHigginbotham wrote: What's the rust situation throughout the suspension?

There's no rust. Nada. Zilch. I got the car from NC (it's near Baltimore now). And the accident damage doesn't appear to have damaged the suspension or pick up points.

hobiercr Dork
Dec. 30, 2014 11:48 a.m.

Have you ever looked at putting an MX5 drivetrain into one of your 122's? Real 5th gear, FI, more HP out of the box. My 122 wagon has an empty engine bay and while I could build another B18/20 I've thought about doing a repower with the 1.8 Miata setup or a 2.3T out of an xr4ti, Turbo Coupe, etc.

Your car looks like a great base for a LeMons build. No bites on the LeMons forum?

calteg HalfDork
Dec. 30, 2014 12:29 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: BTW, the VIN is on the firewall. You can pull the model year from that - look at the 6th digit from the end. 2 means 1991, 3 means 1992, 4 means 1993.

Is this a miata specific thing? I've always looked at the 8th digit from the end. In that case, the numbers in the VIN don't start until MY2000. Everything prior to that is a letter.

1994 - R

1995 - S

etc etc

2000 - Y

2001 - 1

2002 - 2

Dec. 30, 2014 12:45 p.m.
hobiercr wrote: Have you ever looked at putting an MX5 drivetrain into one of your 122's? Real 5th gear, FI, more HP out of the box. My 122 wagon has an empty engine bay and while I could build another B18/20 I've thought about doing a repower with the 1.8 Miata setup or a 2.3T out of an xr4ti, Turbo Coupe, etc. Your car looks like a great base for a LeMons build. No bites on the LeMons forum?

I've actually been sitting here thinking about it, funny you mention it. I recently discovered my 122 wagon lost #3 cylinder. No idea why, it could be a stuck valve or something, but I'd been driving it on 1,2 and 4 for some time. Huh.

Haven't posted it on the LeMons forum yet.

a 1.8 or a 2.3 Pinto engine might be fun for a 122 as well.

Dec. 30, 2014 12:47 p.m.
volvoclearinghouse wrote:
hobiercr wrote: Have you ever looked at putting an MX5 drivetrain into one of your 122's? Real 5th gear, FI, more HP out of the box. My 122 wagon has an empty engine bay and while I could build another B18/20 I've thought about doing a repower with the 1.8 Miata setup or a 2.3T out of an xr4ti, Turbo Coupe, etc. Your car looks like a great base for a LeMons build. No bites on the LeMons forum?

I've actually been sitting here thinking about it, funny you mention it. I recently discovered my 122 wagon lost #3 cylinder. No idea why, it could be a stuck valve or something, but I'd been driving it on 1,2 and 4 for some time. Huh.

A decent B20 will have more power than a stock 1.6 Miata mill, though. And fuel economy gains will be minor. A Miata gets 25 to 30 mpg but it's a lighter car than the Amazon. I wager a B18/B20 makes more torque down low, too.

Haven't posted it on the LeMons forum yet.

a 1.8 or a 2.3 Pinto engine might be fun for a 122 as well.

Keith Tanner MegaDork
Dec. 30, 2014 9:28 p.m.
calteg wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote: BTW, the VIN is on the firewall. You can pull the model year from that - look at the 6th digit from the end. 2 means 1991, 3 means 1992, 4 means 1993.

Is this a miata specific thing? I've always looked at the 8th digit from the end. In that case, the numbers in the VIN don't start until MY2000. Everything prior to that is a letter.

1994 - R

1995 - S

etc etc

2000 - Y

2001 - 1

2002 - 2

The NA Miatas also have the year in the vehicle number. 1990 models start with 100,000, 1991 start with 200,000, etc. Only works for the NA, and it's easier than remembering a letter.

Jan. 30, 2015 5:32 a.m.

SOLD - to an Exocet builder.

T.J. PowerDork
Jan. 30, 2015 9:21 a.m.

Sweet resurrection.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

First Drive: Turbo ND MX-5

1 day ago in News

We hit the track with Flyin' Miata's latest power adder.

This Weekend at the Mitty: The Ultimate Auto Festival

1 day ago in News

Gates open this Friday for the Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta.

ND Miata Turbo Kits Now Available!

2 days ago in News

Add 70 horsepower and 70 ft.-lbs!

What's the Plan, Man?

3 days ago in Articles

Thoughts on our racing plan for the year.

Meet the Rebels Who Started the Cannonball Run

4 days ago in News

Relive those desperado days through movie excerpts, and hear the real facts and wild stories from the legends themselves.

Up for Auction: All of Level 5 Motorsports's Hardware

4 days ago in News

It's a pro race team part out.

Can You Really Live With a Low-Buck Porsche 911?

4 days ago in News

For the past two years, on of our forum regulars has been chronicling his life with a Porsche 996.

Project Turbo Miata: Fire Fighting

4 days ago in Project Cars

We transfer the fire system to our new Miata.

Reader's Ride of the Week: Autocross Abomination

6 days ago in News

Classic British styling with a rotary engine?

AMX-Cessive

1 week ago in Articles

If you’re going to host the search for the ultimate street car, perhaps you should drive one yourself.

Chris Albin’s Flying VW Golf: What Really Happened?

1 week ago in News

What really happened to send Chris Albin's VW Golf flying?

Drive Cars From the Lane Motor Museum Collection

1 week ago in News

Love older, maybe slightly weirder cars? This event is for you.

OUR SPONSORS

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
CpaSYGw3SFn9amjKJSo7dpr4iW9Bl4Qx