Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
4/17/13 11:54 a.m.

We're filthy with white Miatae over here, and now I've got the white Subaru WRX wagon filling my garage. It's time to free this project and bike to work for a while—at least until the Subaru's running, at which point I can get another project. I've had this car for about five years, and it's treated me well. It's also taught me a lot.

It was a rust-free Texas car when I bought it. I drove it through two Chicago winters, so there's some surface rust on some of the suspension, but in general it's a pretty clean car.

Here's the car in question: http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/project-cars/1991-mazda-mx-5-miata/

Take your pick of the Drag 15-inch street wheels with Nitto Neogens or the 13-inch Diamond Racing Wheels with Toyo R888s. The asking price is $2800. I'm driving it to The Mitty (and I have a ride home), so we can make the transaction there. Specs follow.

1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata
263,000 miles
110 wheel horsepower, 96 lb.-ft. torque
2194 lbs. without driver
1.6-liter engine with long-nose crankshaft (rebuilt at 245,000 miles, .020" overbore)
5-speed manual (new clutch @ engine rebuild, new slave and master cylinders)
Viscous limited-slip differential (used, 80k-mile unit, installed at 200,000 car miles)
Flyin' Miata springs and sway bars
KYB AGX shocks
Fat Cat Motorsports bump stops
NB Miata shock mounts
Dino suede steering wheel
Number 5 billiard ball shifter I made myself (I have the original too)
Hard Dog Sport roll bar
Flyin' Miata frame rail braces
Touge Run front lip
Flyin' Miata tow hooks
New fuel injectors
RX-7 airflow meter with cone air filter
Raceland header
Good-Win Racing urethane engine mounts (makes the car shift great, but also vibrate quite a bit. Old OEs come with.)
De-powered steering rack (keeps your arms buff, I promise this)
New front brake rotors and pads
All new coolant hoses and radiator
New alternator

Bad stuff:
Air conditioning deleted
Dent in the right-rear quarter panel
Paint has seen better days
Crack in the rear bumper Crack in the dashboard Top has a couple small tears, but still works well with minimal leaks

If you're interested, drop me an email. alan@grassrootsmotorsports.com

Photos:

JohnInKansas
JohnInKansas Dork
4/17/13 11:56 a.m.

Moar magic. Awesomesauce.

I'm going to show this to the spousal unit. She's been hankering for a Miotter.

DWNSHFT
DWNSHFT HalfDork
4/17/13 8:42 p.m.

Why the 5-ball shifter and not, say, the 11-ball?

peter
peter HalfDork
4/17/13 9:48 p.m.
DWNSHFT wrote: Why the 5-ball shifter and not, say, the 11-ball?

MX-5? 5-speed?

ZOO
ZOO SuperDork
4/18/13 6:32 a.m.

White Miatas are the fastest. Just sayin'

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Intern
4/18/13 7:15 a.m.

It's a fan switch, but you don't have to tell people that.

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
4/18/13 10:30 a.m.
peter wrote:
DWNSHFT wrote: Why the 5-ball shifter and not, say, the 11-ball?

MX-5? 5-speed?

Both of these. Also, orange is my favorite.

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
4/18/13 10:31 a.m.
Wonkothesane wrote: Okay, I'll ask... What does the "Magic/More Magic" switch do? :)

Right. A fan switch. The fan still works as it normally should. The previous owner installed the switch so he could turn it on whenever he wanted. I never used it myself, but I figured it needed labeling.

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
4/18/13 10:33 a.m.

Also, I have a guy coming this weekend who's pretty committed to buying it. You might not see this car at The Mitty after all.

This also goes to say that if you want it, act fast.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
4/18/13 11:27 a.m.
ZOO wrote: White Miatas are the fastest. Just sayin'

No, they are the girliest of all Miatas. My coworker Brandon loves it when I tell him that. Constantly.

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
4/18/13 12:36 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
ZOO wrote: White Miatas are the fastest. Just sayin'

No, they are the girliest of all Miatas. My coworker Brandon loves it when I tell him that. Constantly.

When I hear this I totally agree with whomever said it........then I ask them to race!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
4/18/13 12:49 p.m.

You're on, Joe

jstein77
jstein77 SuperDork
4/18/13 2:07 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
ZOO wrote: White Miatas are the fastest. Just sayin'

No, they are the girliest of all Miatas. My coworker Brandon loves it when I tell him that. Constantly.

And the color of the one in your avatar is mostly what?

mtn
mtn PowerDork
4/18/13 2:08 p.m.
jstein77 wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote:
ZOO wrote: White Miatas are the fastest. Just sayin'

No, they are the girliest of all Miatas. My coworker Brandon loves it when I tell him that. Constantly.

And the color of the one in your avatar is mostly what?

Awesome. That color is known as Awesome.

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