Remember when you install cam cover to put a bit of sealant on head in the corners of the cam towers. 6 places..
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Yes sir. And when installing the cover, there's a certain order to torque the bolts too. Got the manual printed out and ready to use for reassembly.
Speaking of, most of my parts should be arriving late next week from flyin miata. Ordered all new seals and their special tools to install them.
Upon disassembling the front subframe, found every single ball joint boot torn. I will need to replace all 4 of them and both tie rod ends. The uppers aren't worn too bad so I'm probably just going to replace the boots.
The front wheel bearings are still good but the people who race these cars say they wear out fast from track use. Debating what to do there.
That's good progress. One thing with the colour choices and finishes. I tried to limited my paints to three colours and finishes as more than than seemed to detract from the look I was after. Keep the posts coming
1995 Mk1 1.8 Donor, Carbon and flip front mods, IVA passed 5/6/15
Looks great. I'm waiting on my exocet to arrive and will be separating the body from the ppf tomorrow. I am also using shocker yellow with a superchrome base coat. What are you using for a base? What color body panels?
Apologies for the lack of updates. Been traveling for work and had little time for the car. Got the dash pulled and started labeling and removing the wiring. Tonight I will probably pull the gas tank.
While I was gone, the first batch of parts from FM showed up.
This is every hose, gasket, belt and well... Everything you need to completely rebuild a miata engine, trans and chassy. The little big brake kit and V-Maxx are back ordered but without the Exocet frame, that doesn't matter anyway.
I will probably order the FM II around tax return time.
The FM Exocet fuel line kit is here too but it didn't come with any instructions to set it up. Might have to call them for help if I can't figure it out. I like how everything is organized and labeled. Made sorting thru it all 20x easier.
Some updates. Doing multiple projects at once. Finally finished one of them and that's powder coating the control arms and poly bushings.
Starts off with pressing out the old rubber bushings and bead blasting them.
The color I chose is a 2 stage satin black which is just simply a gloss black base with a satin clear over it. Turned out amazing! Gives the part some depth you can't get with paint.
Poly bushings installed.
The front upper control arms needed new ball joints. I wasn't comfortable replacing them as they are pressed fit with no form of locking. Decided to order new ones ($100 shipped for the pair from eBay!). They will be in soon.
I need to get better about taking pics for you guys.
2 tips: Watch ball joints from e-Bay... we have had Club embers break tem in 5k miles or less. No substitute for quality even at bargain prices. The ball joint presses into the arm to a shoulder and is held from below with the bolt. Once in they can't come out. Do not reuse the crank bolt for anything but a way to install the balancer. For the <$10 for a new bolt it's not worth the wonked up crank. Trust me, use a new one! Great build. When mine gets here I will post what I have....
I have a problem with Horsepower and speed, there is never enough of either.