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cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
6/16/18 12:04 a.m.

Ever since I bought this car, the front bumper has had an unsightly tear. So, I "fixed" it.


Apparently primer fenders are the start of a slippery slope into ricerdom. Oh well.

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
7/2/18 10:07 p.m.

Well, the Miata got whacked again. Some jackhole in a new F150 got all poed that I wasn't going 50 in a 25 and tried to swing around me on the right when we both turned left at a light - and didn't make it, since his truck is quite a bit wider than a Miata. And the best part was, he took off! I called 911 on speaker and followed him to his parking garage, where I parked outside and waited for the cops to come. Now I get to play the "let insurance sort this out" game.

Time for flares?

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
7/28/18 12:37 a.m.

Well, I hammered out the fender well enough to drive it around, but there was unfortunately some rust hiding in there that is now a hole. I'm still undecided as to what to do about it - I'm considering having a body shop replace the damaged portion of the wheel well, since i don't have the time, space, or expertise to do it myself. However, I would like to do a full cosmetic overhaul on this car in the future - my 5 year plan includes a house with a garage big enough for this kind of thing, so it seems silly to spend the money on it now, especially since the paint is so crappy on the rest of the car.

Probably I'll just drive it around like it is for a few years.

In other news, the driver's side axle was flinging out its grease, so I got a reman from Rockauto and got that swapped in. I also ordered the race springs for my VMaxx coilovers from FM, new bumpstops, and a few other things since I'm planning on doing a track day or 2 in the near future. I might actually take some pictures when I do those.

I still have a really weird squeak when turning left - it really sounds like a wheel bearing to me, but I swapped that and it didn't solve the problem. I'm considering dropping it at a Miata specialist shop anyway to have them look everything over before I subject it to the track, so I may have them take a look. Hopefully it's nothing too expensive.

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
7/30/18 12:41 a.m.

Another excellent Berkeley Cars and Coffee. 

Kiddo had a good time

This guy had a great setup

Also, there was another SBY Miata there! Very stock and in very nice shape. It was fun to park next to it and compare.

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
8/12/18 6:55 p.m.

I finally got up the motivation to get some paint on the fenders - I tend to think of these as temporary, since they're cheap aftermarket replacements and don't fit particularly well, but the primer has been slowly deteriorating in the CA sun, so it was time to do something about it.

I primed then painted them with Rustoleum, just black since I didn't want to spend the cash for color match paint and Maaco quoted me $300 to spray just the fenders

It went.....OK. They're pretty orange peel-y, for a couple of reasons, but they're at least glossy. Good enough for now.

While I had them off, I took care of some other small projects - like replacing the hood hinge on the driver's side that has been rattling and driving me crazy, and installing these guys

I didn't realize that I would have to pull and reroute the wiring for the airbag sensors, and since I no longer have an airbag anyway, I just left them off and sealed up the holes with aluminum HVAC tape. I also found this totally legit wiring job on the diagnostic port:

So I pulled that out and rewrapped the existing wiring.

The strong arms are definitely beefy - they made a noticeable difference in driving the car, but not as much as the framerails. I will say that my ongoing efforts to eliminate rattles and stiffen up the car have made it a much nicer place to spend time.

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
8/28/18 5:41 p.m.

Not much to report. Just been driving it, mostly. I have a bit of a parts backlog, but nothing critical.

The fuel pump has been making a bit of noise, so planning on doing that this week sometime. Of course, it made it 225k miles, only to start complaining once I made access significantly harder, and after I had the whole soft top out of the car. Such is life.

 

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
9/1/18 6:37 p.m.

Fuel pump success!

The stock connector was pretty corroded, so I spliced in the one from the kit. 

I did the filter too, but was too busy swearing at it to take pictures. Got everything buttoned up and we're back in business. 

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
9/10/18 12:22 a.m.

I've had a persistent squeaky brake problem, so I decided that this was the weekend for dealing with it. I had a set of stainless brake lines from FM, a set of calipers with low miles, and new clips and boots. I also recently discovered that the purple permatex brake goop is not compatible with rubber - which explains the swollen and stretched out boots on both my old calipers and the ones I sourced.  P/N 80653, which is neon orange and weirdly...solid? Is. So we'll see how that goes. 

Old and busted - complete with flaking yellow paint job.

´┐╝Weird wear pattern on the old slide pin. 

New hotness - repeat for the other side, then install the lines in the back, then my lovely long suffering wife helped me out with bleeding. Minus a clogged up bleed screw, everything actually went pretty smoothly. 

Also discovered this

So it's a good thing I changed them. 

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