Project Assessment | Garage Rescue Miata

David S.
Update by David S. Wallens to the Mazda Miata project car
Jan 7, 2021

BSI Racing looked over our Miata garage find. Had the years of stasis damaged anything? Hey, at least it looked good, right?

The good news: No warning bells went off. BSI Racing thinks that the fuel system is okay–just drain the tank and replace the filter. We have a new pump, so they’ll toss that in. Then they’ll handle the deferred maintenance, including the timing belt, fluids and some coolant hoses. What will take them no time at all would have sucked up a few of our precious weekends.

The bad news: There really wasn’t any. Not many of their customers race 1.6-liter Miatas, however, so parts had to be ordered. After waiting eight or so years to drive the car, maybe another week isn’t so bad.

In theory–fingers crossed–the car will come back online shortly.

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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/7/21 10:21 a.m.

I'd probably want to get those injectors cleaned. Even if they're not clogged, they're probably not going to have optimum spray patterns.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/8/21 9:16 a.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I'd probably want to get those injectors cleaned. Even if they're not clogged, they're probably not going to have optimum spray patterns.

Oh yes. That's on the to-do list. 

genibrel
genibrel
1/8/21 6:35 p.m.

I just posted a piece on my blog that pertains to storing vehicles. https://appliedspeed.com/blogs/tech/protect-your-racecar-truck-or-trailer-in-storage

The post also contains information on what to protect when the car is stored but also what to do after it is taken out of storage.

There are many areas that need more than just looking at. Tires, brake fluid, the battery, corrosion at terminals, flushing the cooling system, replacing the fuel and the filter. Remember to pre-oil the engine after changing the oil and filter. Also, check that critters have not chewed on wires and upholstery. 

Jean Genibrel

 

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