Finding a Survivor Hiding in Plain Sight | Garage Rescue Miata

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Update by David S. Wallens to the Mazda Miata project car
Dec 29, 2020

It can be hard to ignore the allure of a garage find. The unknown of the car’s backstory. The adventure of retrieving it. The dreams of enjoying it

But what if it’s already in your own care?

Such was the case with this 1992 Mazda Miata, a member of the GRM fleet since 1998. It’s been here hiding in plain sight for a few years–like, just tucked into the corner of the garage. Blame other projects, deadlines and life itself for the situation. 

How long has it been sitting? We can’t quite remember, but the registration sticker was dated 2012. (Don’t worry, the registration and insurance have been kept up to date; the stickers just didn’t make it onto the car.)

This one has some real GRM history, though. Back in 2000, in fact, we built it up as a project car featuring all of the day’s hot bolt-ons: Jackson Racing cold-air intake, header and exhaust plus Konis, Ground Control coil-overs, Kaaz diff, Link ECU and more. As far as we know, it’s an original paint car. Can we call it a survivor? 

The online updates can still be found on our site–blame a few software updates over the years for any missing photos, but we'll try to fix what we can–while we plan to post the original magazine installments. 

But it’s been sitting too long. Time to right a wrong. 

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noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
12/28/20 5:11 p.m.

The interior is gross. 

alfadriver (Forum Supporter)
alfadriver (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/28/20 5:26 p.m.

Man, you guys have a big garage.  For a car to be "lost" in a GRM garage is pretty something.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/28/20 7:44 p.m.
noddaz said:

The interior is gross. 

why doesn't my car run like that?


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/29/20 3:23 p.m.

And more to come soon, starting with the cleanup. 

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/29/20 4:32 p.m.

The interior in my current 89 951 project looked like that. (maybe worse). There is a thread here some place with the product I used to clean it.  The product was recommended by some one else here and it worked spectacularly well.  That and a ozone generator and you should be good to go.


Here is the thread


This is the product that was recommended by some one here.


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/30/20 10:46 a.m.

In reply to dean1484 :

Thanks for the tip, Dean. Look for that next update soon-ish--like maybe even tomorrow. 

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