Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
3/30/17 1:44 p.m.
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After a flawless endurance race, our project turbo Miata blew its engine with the most inconvenient timing: while being moved between shops during our pre-race prep. That next race takes place this Saturday.

We diagnosed the problem as a failed turbo oil feed line, and started prepping our spare engine for installation. Oops: One look at the engine, which had been sitting in the back of a shed for years, and we realized it was a 1.6-liter Miata engine. Besides being down on displacement, few of our existing accessories would bolt on. So we started searching for a replacement. Fortunately, we didn't have to search hard: Treasure Coast Miata had a good used 1.8-liter Miata engine in stock, and we had it the very same day.

Check out the slideshow for a step-by-step of the engine replacement. After a few nights in the garage, our Miata is back up and running. We haven't had a chance to do any on-track testing, though, so we're going into Daytona blind. Wish us luck on Saturday!

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codrus
codrus SuperDork
3/30/17 2:07 p.m.

Looks like there's a V8 over on the right that would fit!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/30/17 2:23 p.m.

Might take a little longer to install.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
3/30/17 3:17 p.m.

Has anyone stuck a Rover V8 in a Miata?

rslifkin
rslifkin Dork
3/30/17 3:22 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: Might take a little longer to install.

Eh, just line it up, set it in there and wiggle until it fits, right?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/30/17 4:10 p.m.
rslifkin wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote: Might take a little longer to install.

Eh, just line it up, set it in there and wiggle until it fits, right?

That's what SHE said! Wooo!

dean1484 wrote: Has anyone stuck a Rover V8 in a Miata?

Oh yes. Not so often in the US, but there are a few in the UK.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk UberDork
3/30/17 5:17 p.m.

In reply to dean1484:
The president of my local Miata club owns a Buick or Olds 215 powered NA . The engine was a NOS unit, squirreled away in someone's garage before being installed in the Miata

TiggerWelder
TiggerWelder Reader
3/30/17 7:02 p.m.

Keith Tanner for the Win!!!

I have a '94 NA8 with about 200,000 on it, it was slightly overheated leading to some white smoke. Put a new headgasket on with new bolts, lasted about a month before it started puffing again, and I pulled it. Crank has been JB welded to fix a key way issue. I will let it go pretty cheap.

frenchyd
frenchyd Reader
4/2/17 1:24 a.m.
dean1484 wrote: Has anyone stuck a Rover V8 in a Miata?

There is a Jaguar V12 powered Miata running around in Australia

hobiercr
hobiercr Dork
4/2/17 1:12 p.m.

So, what happened at Daytona? Did the new motor fail or was it something else?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
4/2/17 1:17 p.m.
frenchyd wrote:
dean1484 wrote: Has anyone stuck a Rover V8 in a Miata?

There is a Jaguar V12 powered Miata running around in Australia

I thought it was in the US. That's the one that keeps changing hands because nobody can really make it work, right? :)

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