David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/26/13 11:36 a.m.

It sounds so easy: Install a roll cage inside a Miata. While the prebent, precut cage fit very nicely inside our Sunshine Yellow 1992 Mazda Miata, we had a lot of welding to do with our HTP welder. A lot.

Fortunately, we were on the home stretch. The feet were welded to the car, and the major tubes had been tied together. Tonight’s project would be the final details—mainly adding a few gussets.

Then we could celebrate—or, more specifically, paint the cage. We decided to use Eastwood’s Extreme Chassis Black, a tough spray coating that, as you probably guessed, is black in color.

While the correct way to paint a cage probably includes lots of paper and masking tape, we found that some cardboard and a careful hand delivered results that were well within the spirit of ChumpCar racing.

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