RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/12/19 10:43 a.m.

1997 Miata 1.8, now reduced to only $2,500!


My original plan was to make it a Locost (Lotus 7 replica) parts donor, then my 84 YO Mom sat in it and claimed it as hers.  laugh

I put about $2400.00 into it including an engine and trans swap, new timing belt, clutch, flywheel, silicon hoses, new tires, etc.
It's been fun and reliable but has taken on the too common Miata trait of using oil.
I'm pretty certain it's the valve stem seals, still runs strong but is beginning to smoke a bit.
Convertible top is still pretty good but a seam above the glass rear window is letting go.
I have eight other cars to work on that are easier for me as I despise computers and EFI.

The Good!
Has a fair amount of whiz-bang suspension and chassis upgrade bits, Tokico shocks, roll-bar, aluminum radiator, 205/50-15's, etc.
Body is actually very good but not perfect, with nice intact end caps and a strait bonnet (Hood).
Great start on a track or auto-X car build, which is what the previous owner used it for.
Never overheats, good oil pressure, everything but AC works (Never refilled it after engine swap.) seems to be getting about 35 MPG of fuel and uses 2 quarts of oil per tank of gas.
Still really a little too good for a parts donor but once it's yours that is all up to you.
Since the body is actually pretty good a fair amount of the purchase price could be recovered in parts sales.

The Bad.
The bad is that once again it will not pass a SMOG check without some repairs.
An exchange rebuilt head is about $600.00, maybe less if you have a local machine shop that can do the valve job.
Convertible top is still water-tight except that the glass rear window needs stitching above the zipper.

In addition to the complete Nevada titled car I will include the original 1.8 engine and transmission with accessories.
The engine ran great but used a lot of oil.
This provides two of everything for the drivetrain. (Except ECU)
A buyer could rebuild the original engine and swap it back in.  yes

I am NOT going to be held responsible for this car passing CA smog.
If Kali buyer it's only sold as PARTS and I will write that on the title!

CASH, no trades.
I will update the ad when it is sold.
I am in Yerington, can deliver by trailer to Gardnerville, Carson City, or Reno after payment in full for a small fee.

 

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
9/12/19 4:27 p.m.

did i read that correctly, 2 quarts of oil for every tank of gas, ie about 1 quart of oil every 150 miles?

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/12/19 4:51 p.m.

Yes, trying to be honest!

May use less if driven very mildly?

As stated, I think the valve seals are gone so sucking oil past the guides.

Seems to be a common Miata issue once they get to around 100K miles.

Still much better than the original engine I pulled.

If I had time/space I would have the other head rebuilt and swap it out.

Mom finds getting in and out bit hard these days, I do not find it easy.

Going to get her XJ6 driving with the $ from the Miata.

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/14/19 11:05 a.m.

Price drop, I need the space and $$ to work on the Jag.

Now $2,500, only selling whole as I do not have time or place to part it out.

Still running and driving.

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/17/19 1:33 a.m.

My apologies if my pics all disappear in the next few days.
I'm shutting down the website/domain they were being hosted on.
Hopefully I will be able to replace them from another hosting site much less expensively.

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/18/19 11:25 a.m.

Miata is "Sold Pending Funds", as in I'm waiting for a deposit today. 

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/18/19 7:02 p.m.

Got a deposit.
Miata is to become an endurance racer in the North-East.
Should be good for that, already has some suspension work, a roll-bar, and the stripes. wink

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