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Big Gulp, my hot rod Miata.. Is sold by 8Ball
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Report this Post06-11-2011 09:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

Yea and he got her for a song too. Her new owner will be coming tomorrow to take her home to South Carolina. I had to sell her, I need the money so I can continue my search for a job and relocate to said job. There is nothing here currently. *sigh*

I hate to say this, but I feel like I am losing an old friend. That car was the most amazing, powerful, fast little ***** of a car, that I have EVER had. Sure it broke down... a LOT!! But I almost had all of that worked out... I think.. Either way, it just made the times I got to drive her that much more fun! It was not the fastest car on the road. But it was a HECK of a lot faster than ANYONE ever suspected it to be. (insert sly grin here) I have spanked some seriously HIGH end sports cars with it. More Mustangs than I could count, and just about any stock vette, other than a Z06. A couple Ferrari's, BOTH of my clients Maserati's (re-insert sly grin) Yea they hated my car for that one.... And of coarse, the ability to break traction at any time, any gear and any speed I so choose was nice as well. This was not a car for someone not familiar with high horsepower RWD cars.

It may have only been 350 at the Rear wheels, but in this tiny wheelbase and light frame, it may as well have been 700. And the Supercharger gives you ALL that power at once, on demand. It can be just as touchy to get initial traction. But then, who doesn't love a good smokey burnout before you take off? Solution? Slap some Falken's on there. The burnout helps them warm up and get sticky! They suck cold. Not so good on tread life though!

Been out in the garage for 2 days now putting her mostly back together. I am worn the heck out! Then I have to start repairs on the Charger once she is gone.

Damn I am gonna miss the ole girl.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 09:27 AM Click Here to See the Profile for TommyRockerClick Here to Email TommyRockerSend a Private Message to TommyRockerDirect Link to This Post

That sucks man. :/

Hopefully once you find a job and relocate you can build something that is fast, fun, and reliable. Say, turbo 3800 Fiero?

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Report this Post06-11-2011 10:12 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

Yea, I definitely want to build something else. But maybe something a little more fuel efficient as well

If I wind up in Cali, maybe I will build an Electric commuter hot rod.. 40-50 mile range kinda set up.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 10:28 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroRumorClick Here to visit FieroRumor's HomePageClick Here to Email FieroRumorSend a Private Message to FieroRumorDirect Link to This Post

Sorry you had to sell it.

Hope the CA opportunity works out for ya.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 10:35 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 85sliverGTClick Here to Email 85sliverGTSend a Private Message to 85sliverGTDirect Link to This Post

Damn! It would have been cool to see it get wrapped in vinyl, I've done two more matte black wraps lately - reminds me of you and your miata

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Report this Post06-11-2011 10:45 AM Click Here to See the Profile for UaanaClick Here to visit Uaana's HomePageClick Here to Email UaanaSend a Private Message to UaanaDirect Link to This Post

If only we could get spark plugs to support this level of performance in the Fiero.. Hmmmm NGK or Champion


Hopefully your toy is going to a good home

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Report this Post06-11-2011 10:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Doug85GTSend a Private Message to Doug85GTDirect Link to This Post

That is a real bummer. If it is any consolation, it would have been difficult or impossible to get it past the smog ref here in California. This is probably the the best.

Once you get here, the engine swap possibilities are more limited but it is not impossible to have a car similar to what you had. You just won't be able to take any short cuts like people can in the rest of the country.

I wish you luck on the move and I hope it works out for you.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 11:01 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

Yea I have several "interviews" in progress. Of those only 3 have any real prospect and only one of those, California, am I remotely interested in. The other two are more just stops in the road to put some funds back in the bank..

Unfortunately, with ALL of these long distance interviews, they take time to happen. But yea, I am really hoping the Cali thing works out too. Either that or a local one I interviewed for a month ago. They are having permit issues I think.

As for the car...
Her new owner is no stranger to high horse power cars. He is 42, his first car was a Hemi Cuda. Since then he has had 3 of them, a deuce coupe and he has a 400 hp 79 Vette.
I made him promise that she would NOT get parted out... She is worth a LOT more parted out. But her historical value, to the miata community, in my eyes is too much for that to happen. She is a very famous little car in the miata circles. Has been a legend for 6 or 7 years. He told me that she would likely be a lifetime car, but if he sells her, I get first dibs.

But he seems like he will be a good owner for her.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 11:09 AM Click Here to See the Profile for ls3machSend a Private Message to ls3machDirect Link to This Post

I'm a driver, I'm a winner, things are gonna change; I can feel it.

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Fiddling knobs, touching keys, having fun with a full grown man.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 11:17 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

 
quote
Originally posted by ls3mach:

I'm a driver, I'm a winner, things are gonna change; I can feel it.



I'm a loser baby, so why don't ya kill me.

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I'm a driver, I'm a winner, things are gonna change; I can feel it.



Soy un perdedor.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 11:41 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FieroRumorClick Here to visit FieroRumor's HomePageClick Here to Email FieroRumorSend a Private Message to FieroRumorDirect Link to This Post

I got a feelin'...that tonight's gonna be a good night... that tonight's gonna be a GOOD night...

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Report this Post06-11-2011 11:51 AM Click Here to See the Profile for twofatguysClick Here to Email twofatguysSend a Private Message to twofatguysDirect Link to This Post

"I don't want anybody else....When I think about you I touch myself."



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I got a feelin'...that tonight's gonna be a good night... that tonight's gonna be a GOOD night...


Walk like an Egyptian.

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"I don't want anybody else....When I think about you I touch myself."



Brad


Maybe not quite THAT far, but driving it was ALMOST as good as sex.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 12:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for doublec4Click Here to Email doublec4Send a Private Message to doublec4Direct Link to This Post

pictures of car!

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Report this Post06-11-2011 12:27 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

Sure thing!!!....

The Day she came home... On the way home I spanked a BMW Z4 M Series Fastback... With no Nitrous, Non working Methanol pump and an exhaust leak. Beat him baaaad too
His wife thought it was endlessly amusing.


The motor was a mess.. overspray and melted harnesses everywhere...


So I started there and did a little clean up on the over spray..


Then the ignition blew yet another Coil... 4th in as many weeks.. I HATE MSD garbage. So I did a ton of reseach and made a custom wiring harness and installed Toyota Coil on Plugs from an 05 Matrix. While doing that I removed all the old unused harness bits, rewired and shortened everything else, then cleaned it up more...

This was the result..


All nice and shiny!!!
This is what I took out...


And This is how she sounds, going from 20-100 thru the mountains...

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Report this Post06-11-2011 12:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for doublec4Click Here to Email doublec4Send a Private Message to doublec4Direct Link to This Post

Is the tranny stock? How did it hold up to all of those mods?

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Report this Post06-11-2011 12:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

It is. The Miata Tranny and Rear end is amazingly robust.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 04:13 PM Click Here to See the Profile for skuzzbomerSend a Private Message to skuzzbomerDirect Link to This Post

Mind if I ask his much it went for?

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Report this Post06-11-2011 05:07 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

$6k

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Report this Post06-11-2011 05:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for skuzzbomerSend a Private Message to skuzzbomerDirect Link to This Post

Damn... did the song come with a dance?

Sorry man.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 06:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

yea tell me about it.
But 6K was the bottom dollar price I set in my head...

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Report this Post06-11-2011 06:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for skuzzbomerSend a Private Message to skuzzbomerDirect Link to This Post

Bummer... I almost could've covered that. Well, maybe.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 07:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

He will enjoy it, but it IS a money pit
Always will be. It is just the nature of the beast.

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I can no longer crack jokes about driving a chicks car . What have you done!?!?!
Sorry, but hey. Now you can build a faster and better car.

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Report this Post06-11-2011 08:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for UaanaClick Here to visit Uaana's HomePageClick Here to Email UaanaSend a Private Message to UaanaDirect Link to This Post

Totally would have given you 8k for it.. Just don't like the tan top :P

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Report this Post06-11-2011 08:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for UaanaClick Here to visit Uaana's HomePageClick Here to Email UaanaSend a Private Message to UaanaDirect Link to This Post

Where was the ladder hiding? Know it's just fiberglass but gotta be a drain anyways

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Report this Post06-11-2011 08:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Jake_DragonSend a Private Message to Jake_DragonDirect Link to This Post

Hot rods come and go, I have let a few go and have always been able to replace them later down the road.
I do miss my first hot rod.

Get sorted out and buy another one. Good luck with the job hunt.

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Report this Post06-12-2011 01:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

They just drove away with her.

For the price he paid, I did keep a couple of the rarer extras I was going to throw in. So I can still recoup a few bucks anyway.

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For the price he paid, I did keep a couple of the rarer extras I was going to throw in. So I can still recoup a few bucks anyway.

Like what?

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Report this Post06-12-2011 06:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

The spare Haltech ECU is the main one.
That and my uber rare wing.

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Being a solstice owner and you a miata owner were genetically programed to hate eachother car... but that being said it is sad to lose a car you put so much into. i almost cried when i sold my firebird

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Report this Post06-12-2011 09:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

Yea, today has been a crappy day for me. But tomorrow, I go pay some bills and I bought the parts to finish fixing the Charger.

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Report this Post06-12-2011 09:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for skuzzbomerSend a Private Message to skuzzbomerDirect Link to This Post

What's wrong with the Charger?

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Report this Post06-12-2011 10:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

Just the typical Dodge front end stuff... Replace pretty much all of it at least every 50k miles.. more likely every 25k though!

Driver's window keeps popping off the front track too. Oh yea, needs tires too!!

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Sure thing!!!....

The Day she came home... On the way home I spanked a BMW Z4 M Series Fastback... With no Nitrous, Non working Methanol pump and an exhaust leak. Beat him baaaad too
His wife thought it was endlessly amusing.


The motor was a mess.. overspray and melted harnesses everywhere...


So I started there and did a little clean up on the over spray..


Then the ignition blew yet another Coil... 4th in as many weeks.. I HATE MSD garbage. So I did a ton of reseach and made a custom wiring harness and installed Toyota Coil on Plugs from an 05 Matrix. While doing that I removed all the old unused harness bits, rewired and shortened everything else, then cleaned it up more...

This was the result..


All nice and shiny!!!
This is what I took out...


And This is how she sounds, going from 20-100 thru the mountains...




Nice looking BMW M3!

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Report this Post06-13-2011 01:15 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 8BallClick Here to Email 8BallSend a Private Message to 8BallDirect Link to This Post

What z3?

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What z3?




The one in this photo.

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