Sharka

half of you phaggots have miatas. i want to see the other half. trollolol
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Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/04/13 @ 21:16

Instead of spending a few hours and posting everything I've ever done to Sharka, I thought I'd sum up with a current view.

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btw, as you might have guessed from the Breaking Bad style watermarks at the top, I live in Heisenberg's neighborhood.

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Re: Sharka

postby Teejay187 » 10/05/13 @ 13:33

meow this is perfection. It looks like the car came like this from the factory, in some expensive special edition.
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Re: Sharka

postby phillyb™ » 10/05/13 @ 13:54

i don't watch breaking bad, but that first pic is so awesome
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Re: Sharka

postby GeorgeG5 » 10/05/13 @ 14:31

I started because of Adam's shots
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Re: Sharka

postby phillyb™ » 10/05/13 @ 14:46

@Teejay187 - i'll have to look at your site and make sure breaking bad is on there.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/05/13 @ 17:07

Teejay187 wrote:meow this is perfection. It looks like the car came like this from the factory, in some expensive special edition.

THANK YOU! That's maybe the best complement I've ever received.


phillyb™ wrote:i don't watch breaking bad, but that first pic is so awesome

You should. It's maybe the best modern TV series ever. Worth the time to watch. Torrent?

GeorgeG5 wrote:I started because of Adam's shots

Really?!? I had no idea. AWESOME!
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Re: Sharka

postby phillyb™ » 10/05/13 @ 17:18

meh, i don't want torrents.
i'm sure i can find it online @Teejay187 lol
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Re: Sharka

postby GeorgeG5 » 10/05/13 @ 17:21

yes, I'm on a night shift, watching 2nd series right meow
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Re: Sharka

postby Teejay187 » 10/05/13 @ 17:41

revlimiter wrote:You should. It's maybe the best modern TV series ever. Worth the time to watch. Torrent?


A subpage on the forum is actually a streaming service with all seasons of breaking bad :o
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Re: Sharka

postby phillyb™ » 10/05/13 @ 17:44

BOOYAKASHA!
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Re: Sharka

postby Righteously Indignant Lurker » 10/15/13 @ 14:25

This Miata doesn't suck.

RIL approved.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:19

Thank you sir!

Annnnd.... it's about time to flesh out this thread.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:20

In April of 2000, I had no interest in Miatas. Or getting a new car at all. I was happy with what I was driving. I was about to get married. A new car was far from my mind.


And then I drove a Miata for the first time.


One test drive was all it took. I was hooked. I was impressed. I was moved. It was so simple. So small. So light. It fit me perfectly. It was not the fastest thing I’d ever driven by a long shot, but it was FUN. One test drive.


On July 14th, 2000, I bought Sharka. A 97 popular equipment package with 51,000 miles on the clock. He was the first Miata I test drove while looking for one to buy (though not the car in the story above.) I drove Sharka, then went to Maui and got married in May. A month passed with a few other test drives. The salesman at the first dealership called me in July saying they still had the car. I went in, made an offer, and drove out with my beloved roadster.


I had no clue what the next 10 years would bring.



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Sharka in 2000, months after I bought him.


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The interior. I bought the Voodoo shift knob BEFORE buying Sharka. I bought the rollbar a few weeks after.


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Miatas were once in B-Stock.


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I put the stripes on in 2002. This was the first stripe photo.


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My first set of gauges.


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I got the hardtop in 2004. It was emerald green. I had it painted when I got an autocross-related dent fixed that winter.


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The ill-fated coldside supercharger. The thing was horrible. I nearly sold Sharka that year. (2005)


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2006 - back killing cones with a 99 engine and Link ECU.


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2007-8 - I started taking time off cars and Miatas to learn how to take a photo. It was my all-consuming hobby for a good 2 years. Sharka was often my subject.


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$1.94. I could not believe the price, so I stopped for a snap. Not the best picture. And it's only significant because of what happened the very next morning.


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This was the next morning.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:21

I always wondered what I'd do if I lost Sharka in a wreck. My plan was actually to build a Miata-based Lotus 7 or something similar. Take the drivetrain and make it into a tiny race car.

So there I was in the hospital with a concussion. The rollbar smacked my head pretty hard in that rear ender. If not for the padding, I would be dead or a vegetable. I had a minor concussion and couldn't think straight. But the only thought in my head was of rebuilding Sharka. It was my all consuming thought. My wife was sitting next to me and I drove her insane talking about it. Getting a new Sharka body. Rebuilding. Doing everything again, but correctly.

I apparently spent 2 hours saying the same 5 or 6 sentences to her. My wife is a saint. All I remember her saying is "yes, of course you can get a new Sharka."

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Sharka the 95


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The first night in Ohio.

I scoured the internet for a month and found this 31,000 mile 95 in Ohio. I bought a one-way plane ticket and drove an unknown car back to New Mexico. 1800 miles. No failures. No problems. Well, other than being stranded in Chicago for 3 days while waiting out a blizzard.

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Stuck. With horrible tires.

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About 200 miles from home.

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A new HDHCDDM2 waiting for me. I told Hard Dog my crash story and they sent me a new rollbar for CHEAP cheap.


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The first thing I installed - my Moss headlights. Those stock sealed beam things are the devil. And yeah, these are the same lights from the first car. They lived through the wreck just fine.


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Wax. I spent a day cleaning off the Ohio-to-NM road salt.

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I saved the MX-5 badge from the first car and added this vintage M to the rear finish panel.


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This took me like 3 hours.

I had a 97 for 8 years. 97s have a double-DIN center console. 90-96.5s do not. I didn't realize this. So I spent hours trying to fit my radio and DIN gauge panel into my 95. Then I figured out the problem. I harvested the tombstone from my 97 and turned the radio install into a 10 minute affair.

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The Office.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:21

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I sent my TEIN HA suspension back to the mothership for a rebuild. It's the HA meant for NBs. Works awesome on NAs.

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Only bolt you can't use air tools on...


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Long bolt!


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Long bolt method FTW!


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Stripe #1!

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The hardest stripe to get perfect.

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Laying stripe. Notice the lack of contact paper? I do it free hand.

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The easiest panel to stripe

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Done!

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(yes, it's a real polaroid, not a hipstamatic abortion)

Here’s my top 5 stripe tips.

  • It’s WAY easier to lay out stripes individually rather than all together with a backing.
  • There’s no need to mark the center line for the entire car. Just measure at both ends of each panel. I like to use post-its to mark those places.
  • A big spray bottle with 2 drops of Dawn is just the thing for keeping vinyl from sticking right away.
  • Don’t set your heat gun too close to your spray bottle and accidentally melt it.
  • Measure. Often. Many times.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:22

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Boomslang made me a custom harness to put a 97 ECU into my 95.

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It may be old and yesterday's news, but I like my Link. I'm very good at tuning it.

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This abandoned gas station burned down a month later. I really wanted to go back for a huge photoshoot.



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Tein gold tophat vs dp6061 AWESOME tophat.

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Contact with the frame...

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Stock NB bump rubber to replace the Tein bumpstops. This did the trick. No more frame hits.

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The gold tophats went up to the front a few weeks later.

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BIG thick washer required.

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Never forget the little teflon squeak stopper!

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Well, low for me.

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This used to qualify as moderately slammed.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:22

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Then I got these...

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Probax!

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My living room is left hand drive.

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And I had these made up to fit.

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The seat gets all its strength from the rear mount. I used 1/8" steel back there. The front bolts are really just for locating the seat.

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(ignore the door panels! I'm posting out of the timeline)

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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:23

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I always love alignment pix.

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"Greased Lightning" - the first shot of my "fully rebuilt" Sharka. In other words, Sharka was pretty much back to where he was before the big wreck.

Yes. The rebuild was "done" at this point.

hahaha! *snort*



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Boring.

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juuuuuuuuuuust enough material...

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Meta Sharka working on Sharka shot.

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KG Works and Aerodramatic door handles next to each other.


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I used my 97 door tops. I love the little bolster at the back. I think I'm the only person in the world that does.


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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:23

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Then I got THIS!!! The KG Works Vintage Gift Set. I've lusted after it all my roadstering life.


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Unopened. Each item was sealed.


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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:24

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Zoom vintage side winkers!

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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:24

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What are these ghetto rattle cans doing here?

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Sharka had some bad paint on the driver's side rockguard section. It was bubbling up like mad.

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The texture stuff was still gummy under the glue. It never cured. The previous owner had this section repainted for some reason.

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Under the gummy rock guard was shiny montego blue paint!!!! ARGH!!!!


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The front had problems too. Only the door bottom seemed unbubbled.


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It's a tarp.

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I painted the black bottom on the passenger side as well.

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DONE! A good paint match.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:25

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This is Danbo + Joyfast = :)


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Standard Voodoo vs short Joyfast vs OEM Mazda NA.


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And here's the Voodoo with the optional collar. It sits a bit taller with it.


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The Joyfast in Sharka's interior with my Cobra replica shift ring. Looks right at home.


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Danbo loves the Joyfast.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:25

The steering wheel uberpost -

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My wife got me a new steering wheel for my birthday (the Prototipo), so I took the opportunity to put them all in my lightbox for some decent photos.

And play with my toys.



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Starscream makes faces in my Nardi.


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Megatron seems to like my F1.


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Ravage: Eject! Operation: turn signal.


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Megs and Soundwave optimize my horn button choice for me.


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I think Starscream is planning to keep it for himself.


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The Prototipo installed.

I've only been lusting after a Prototipo for like three years. Finally having one is great. The rim could be a little thicker, but I'm happy with it. I am considering polishing the spokes though...

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I couldn't leave well enough alone. I polished that dull silver paint right off my Prototipo. Five hours of polishing joy. The only casualty was the [PROTOTIPO] stamp. It was apparently a tampo label and not an actual stamp in the metal. Oh well. Looks more vintage without that label anyway.

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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:26

My TSI project - part 1.

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I got these crappy, burned out TSIs on ebay. $55 shipped from Puerto Rico. They never knew what was coming...


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This is not my shot. These are the Zest TSIs. I bet you can see where this is going...


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It's amazing the things you can use allergy pills for...


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A little work with my dremel turned that sad little half moon hole into a nice, sorta sad roundish one.


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I tipped my hand too early here, I think. But yeah, this is where I'm going. I got these little indicators from a Google shopping search. $9 and shipping from China.


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My pill bottle got hacked.


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All filled up with bondo. It was fun doing this and trying to keep the camera clean.


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Bondo smoothed down with my fancy smoothing tool.


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Sanding! I had to build the bondo back up two more times and then re-sand. But it got pretty smooth and flat.


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Here are three of my four blinkers. The bottom is unmodified and just for reference. I wanted something with a dual filament bulb, so I sourced some bulbs and sockets that would fit. The middle one is drilled for the new socket. The top one is drilled and has a spiffy bracket on top to mount the indicator on the TSI. The top two got some clear silicon to seal up the holes after I shot this.


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The nifty brackets allow the little screw holes to be side-side rather than up-down. It's picky but it was important to me.


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The one thing I don't like about the Zest is how far back they recess the blinkers. I made mine stick out nice and far on mine. They match my retro Zoom side markers a little nicer this way.


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The test fitting.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:26

TSI project part 2.

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Primered...


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and painted! Er, in the middle of painting.


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How could I not throw them in the lightbox?


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The secret of my shiny paint - MO.

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Done!!!!!!


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I'm very happy with how these turned out. They look just how I wanted, gave me a couple weekends of garage work, and didn't break the bank. I just hope those pill bottles hold up...




Outtakes-

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The Uglydolls got their hands on them too.



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Gurren and Lagann say HELL YEAH!!!
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:26

I waited nearly 9 months for these wheels.

If you wanna see the unboxing, hit [url="http://revlimiter.net/blog/2009/11/enkei-rp-f1-14x719-aka-the-wheels/"]my blog[/url]. Otherwise, I'll just put the good shots here.


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Last I'll see of those Rotas for a good while. Maybe forever.


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The wheel just barely fit in my lightbox.



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It's not an iphone or a benjamin worth of lip, but it IS a G1 Bumblebee worth.


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Masterpiece Megatron claimed this photoshoot for his own.


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I somehow missed the memo that Enkei was including spiffy blue valve stems.


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1 happy shark.



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offset comparison.


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The widescreen version of a shot above.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:27

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mmmm. unopened and minty. What could be inside?


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Soundwave and Ravage check out the scene. Lots of little baggies to unwrap.


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An AWD HVAC panel! Ravage approves.


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Soundwave decides to save the A/C display for later.


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Nom nom nom. Chrome rings are like steak for robotic cats?


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HVAC display all installed. I claim no credit. It was all Soundwave.


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Putting the final tighten on my KG chrome sliders.


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<soundwave-voice> Installation complete. Begin admiration </soundwave-voice>


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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:27

I went out and shot leaves today. Sharka managed to get in the frame too.


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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:28

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Around Christmas, 2009, I got a chance to drive my car around in the abandoned Railyard here in Albuquerque. I did a full photoshoot.


[url="http://revlimiter.net/blog/2009/12/photoshoot-sharka-at-the-railyard/"]Hit my blog[/url] for the full shoot.


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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:28

I did this a long time ago. Back when I first bought Sharka in 2000. But I never really typed a word about it. Boot mod to make it fit with the rollbar.


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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:29

I removed my soft top last week. I did a whole how-to on my blog. [url="http://revlimiter.net/blog/2010/04/miata-soft-top-removal/"]Miata Soft Top Removal - revlimiter.net[/url] Not hard at all. About 45 minutes of work with pictures.


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and my new gauge set:

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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:29

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What the heck could this be?


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Boost!


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It's really hard to shoot a decent pic of intercooler hoses.


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No recirculating BOV for me.


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Yay for not having to splice my harness!


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Water and oil hardline upgrades.


And I didn't take a shot of the exhaust. It's just the 2.5" single. Nothing special.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:30

[SIZE="6"]Drilled my oil pan[/SIZE]

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[SIZE="6"]Restored my OEM rear air dam[/SIZE]
... because I cut it in half years ago so it would work with my trailer hitch. :fp:

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making a mold


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ready to pour the plastic


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clean off flashing


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2 shiny, new plastic plugs!


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Sorry. Forgot to take any bondo shots.


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Installed!


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On top of the world.


Hit [url="http://revlimiter.net/blog/"]my blog[/url] for all of my inane typing about these mods.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:30

Something I've wanted for most of my Roadster-driving life: The KG Works Instrument Panel. I put up [url="http://revlimiter.net/blog/2010/07/kg-works-instrument-panel-review/"]a full review on my blog[/url].

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It's just.... perfect. I love it. It's better than I ever expected it to be. Should have bought one of these things years ago.

Thanks to [url="http://tginferno.blogspot.com/"]Rod[/url] for selling me this and to Cooper for the heads up that Rod had one of these to sell.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:31

I've been working like crazy. Every evening I work toward the engine swap. Been too tired to update my blog much. And this build thread has suffered. Sorry. But as of meow I have a turbo engine in my car and 2 Miatas parked in my garage again. Been worried about parking my wife's outside while her bay was taken up with engine hoists and spare trannys and stuff.

Anyways, here's updates not including today's work. I hope to have engine shots on my blog and in here tomorrow.

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This much stuff took me a single afternoon to remove. I need to do a garage sale soon. I'm sure someone might like a CF intake.


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Stuff removed. Filthy bay.


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More free space. More filth.


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Whoever designed that center brace on the back under the EGR pipe needs to be shot.


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I love doing this.


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If you ever decide to do this, get hose insulation LARGER than the hose you're trying to insulate. I bought the same size. It took me over an hour to inch it onto the two hoses.


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I plan to reinstall my EGR stuff. Someday. But for meow I'm gonna test out these plates.


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Before


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during...


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After!


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Sharka likes it. I can tell. That's totally the happy face.


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FM vs RB. Note the damage on the RB. This came out of the wreck. It was the worst part. It didn't fit well at all.


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The resonator is beat in like this on three sides. The back and bottom too. So it would it after being bent in the wreck.


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The FM fits so nice. The RB was right up against the trunk floor and would heat it up a lot.


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Disconnected and ready to pull the motor.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:31

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My dad came over and helped me pull the motor. He'd never done anything like that before and was quite amused by the Miata motor pulling process. And having this shot on my blog makes me smile.


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Filthy. Fucking filthy. I shot this last weekend. I've spent the past week cleaning. No wire tuck. Just cleaning.


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The 95 engine will meow get a nice long rest. It'll live in the corner as a spare.



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After a week of cleaning.

I did a great job of hiding the dirt in that first shot and a not-great job of showing the cleanliness in this shot. Trust me. It's much cleaner. Everything shines. Er... as well as engine paint can shine. Mine came pretty thin from the factory.


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slotted frame for turbo space.


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Heat shrink tubing to protect the FM injector pigtails. Had this idea right before I took the engine off the stand. I'm glad I did it. I'd hate to lose a wire to rubbing.


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Another brainstorm. Motor mount heat shield. It's just stick-on stuff. But it's gotta be better than not having it.


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Engine off the stand for the first time in about 3 months.


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refinished flywheel and clutch. Fidanza and MSM stock.


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Installed and torqued.


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One problem. The compressor could not be moved enough to give me space to clear the oil drain line. So I had to remove it (the drain line). Which was not hard but was a little disappointing.


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meow to hook everything up. And fill all the fluids. And do everything else.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:32

Here's the final pix. Just updated my blog with them.

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So THAT'S what it's supposed to look like!



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The good oil return line fit like a champ.



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The lower water hose was a huge pain in the ass. Mainly because of all the test fitting and trimming. I had that thing in and out 20 times to get it to fit well.



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I ended up trimming off this much so that the water line and intercooler pipe could live happily together.



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So happy together.



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Mounted a little bit out of the way, but still where I can get to it. It looks pretty clean back there.



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This little guy supports the exhaust in hopes of preventing broken/backed out studs. Yay!



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This is the best fitting exhaust system I've ever personally fondled. It fits better than stock.



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My little mod to the intake isolator box. I got a 36"x12" sheet of this stuff for $3. I figure if it makes the intake box even 1% more efficient, it's worth the effort to stick it on there.



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Right before the first start. It fired right up.



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All buttoned up. So pretty.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:32

IN A WORLD.... of boring factory tail lamps...
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One shark decided to swim against the current.
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This fall, about 2 months from this posting date... Nostalgic style will return!
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revlimiter.net presents: The Garage Vary Nostalgic Tail Lamp Conversion.
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[SIZE="1"]Coming soon to a theater near you. Rated R for violence, nudity, and adult situations. [/SIZE]

(I had to wait a month for the paint to cure on these before I could stripe. And I couldn't install without striping.)
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:33

RS Factory Stage front tow hook

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I actually got this months ago. Before putting the turbo in. I'm just meow getting around to posting pix.



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I got it from Max. He stocks them meow.



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I wanted a tow hook with a bend in it so that it wouldn't just stick down at an angle. And this one has a bend. Not quite enough of a bend to be parallel with the ground, but it's better than a flat hook. My photos do well in making it not look straight at all. :( But really, it comes out of the mouth at a nice angle.
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Re: Sharka

postby revlimiter » 10/16/13 @ 14:33

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My wife bought me a Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel for my birthday. I've wanted one of these for so long. Rather, I've wanted a cooling panel. I wasn't sure which one. After installing the turbo, I knew I wanted a metal one to go with the metal heat shields that FM gave me.

It's a beautiful piece. Lots of nice bends to phollow the bodywork. I never noticed the lip on the back of the panel (it's holding it off the ground in the above shot). Everything phollows the lines of the Mazda metal perfectly.



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Gurren has never had a parts install all to himself. Until meow.



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Even the hardware with the Beatrush panel is beautiful.



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Before. So sad and stock.



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My assistant took care of tool fetching duties.



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... and those hard to reach bolts on the corners.



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Yes, I think Gurren did more actual work on this install than I did.



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Installed!



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STICKERED!!! Totally the reason I've wanted one of these. I've been saving stickers for ages. Years. That TEIN plate has been in a drawer for 5 years waiting to be stuck to something.



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I am a 6 year old girl. And this is my stickerbook.



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Team Gurren! Number one!!!!

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