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Postby Evil MS3 » Fri May 18, 2018 3:44 pm

So I've got myself a new project to work on. I've now joined the Miata club.

A little backstory on the car, it is my younger brother's car that he purchased a couple years ago (as it sits cosmetically) and since then I've been his "mechanic" to upgrade the brakes, radiator and a few other things.

Well a few weeks ago he rear-ended an Altima, took it to an auto body shop to get fixed and his insurance company totaled it due to it needing a new hood, bumper, drivers headlight and rad core support. So instead of letting it get scrapped, I bought it back for a whopping $700 with a rebuildable salvage title.

So my plan right now is to fix the damaged items and get it through the DMV's process of getting a salvage titled car a re-built title so that I can register it, then the fun begins. It will be a slow process, but I'll get there eventually.

Current mods:
OEM Hardtop
Harddog roll
Konig Wheels and fresh BFGoodrich Tires (I don't care for these so they will be sold)
Koyo Rad w/ fresh thermostat and Samco Hoses
Fresh Rotors, HPS Brake pads and SS brake lines
Shifter rebuild kit (to be installed)
Borla muffler (will also be sold)

To do list:
Front Bumper
Drivers Headlight
Hood
Rad core support
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Postby Carracer » Fri May 18, 2018 3:56 pm

WAIT this minute, you got a Miata WITH hardtop for 700!! Sorry, but you robbed someone. The hardtop alone is worth 1K.
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Postby Native » Fri May 18, 2018 3:57 pm

That's great!
And I agree with Philip about the hardtop.
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Postby Loren » Fri May 18, 2018 3:57 pm

:vulture: :headbang:
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Postby Carracer » Fri May 18, 2018 4:01 pm

Native wrote:That's great!
And I agree with Philip about the hardtop.
In hindsight I shouldn't have mentioned the value of the hardtop. Instead I should have offered him $350 for it...
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Postby Evil MS3 » Fri May 18, 2018 4:02 pm

LOL Believe me, I know the value of the hard top haha If it wasn't my brother it never would have happened so cheap. Worst case if I cant get the DMV to give me a re-built title, I can strip this thing down and make a few grand haha.
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Postby jbrannon7 » Fri May 18, 2018 5:00 pm

Evil MS3 wrote:LOL Believe me, I know the value of the hard top haha If it wasn't my brother it never would have happened so cheap. Worst case if I cant get the DMV to give me a re-built title, I can strip this thing down and make a few grand haha.
Read their requirements before you start any repairs, as I recall EVERYTHING has to be documented and photographed, before and after.
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Postby Evil MS3 » Fri May 18, 2018 6:16 pm

jbrannon7 wrote:
Evil MS3 wrote:LOL Believe me, I know the value of the hard top haha If it wasn't my brother it never would have happened so cheap. Worst case if I cant get the DMV to give me a re-built title, I can strip this thing down and make a few grand haha.
Read their requirements before you start any repairs, as I recall EVERYTHING has to be documented and photographed, before and after.
That is correct. I've called and spoken to them. It's a pain but doable. Pics before damage is repaired, receipts or bills of sale for all used parts that have to note the VIN of the donor car as it can't come from a car that's still on the road.

Thankfully it doesn't need much to get it fixed so we'll see.
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Postby CaptainSquirts » Fri May 18, 2018 7:13 pm

Did it for my car. Didn't seem that bad honestly on how some people make it out to be. BTW pics!
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Postby Evil MS3 » Fri May 18, 2018 7:58 pm

CaptainSquirts wrote:Did it for my car. Didn't seem that bad honestly on how some people make it out to be. BTW pics!
Good to know I can question you if needed haha.

Are my pics in the first post not showing? Probably cuz i hosted them somewhere you have to be a member. I'll fix.
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Postby CaptainSquirts » Fri May 18, 2018 9:25 pm

Oh I see it. I'll just blame it on the Web browser :-D
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Postby twistedwankel » Fri May 18, 2018 10:42 pm

Out of curiosity if he had simply repaired the car would it have a dirty title? Guess he might have had to pay to repair the other car tho"?' New bumper skin and some paint?

My Ex hit a Postal Vehicle and I paid USPS $900 for a new bumper and professionally replaced the rear quarter panel on my car for $1800 and State Farm was happy as a lark I didn't file a claim. No injury no issue no premium increase. Yes she got a ticket. In the eyes of the State nothing ever happened.
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Postby Evil MS3 » Sat May 19, 2018 7:41 am

twistedwankel wrote:Out of curiosity if he had simply repaired the car would it have a dirty title? Guess he might have had to pay to repair the other car tho"?' New bumper skin and some paint?

My Ex hit a Postal Vehicle and I paid USPS $900 for a new bumper and professionally replaced the rear quarter panel on my car for $1800 and State Farm was happy as a lark I didn't file a claim. No injury no issue no premium increase. Yes she got a ticket. In the eyes of the State nothing ever happened.
He probably could have but he doesn't really have the time or skill to tackle something like that. Plus, I think it was an out for him from the car regardless. He loved the Miata but he's been wanting a used small truck for a while to haul his bikes and stuff. So it was a win win for the both of us. Considering the $$ insurance paid him for the value of the car, he did just fine. Lol
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Postby Evil MS3 » Sat May 19, 2018 1:03 pm

So what are the chances of me ever finding a supercharger kit for this thing? Would love to eventually do that one day.
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Postby Jamie » Sat May 19, 2018 4:28 pm

Evil MS3 wrote:So what are the chances of me ever finding a supercharger kit for this thing? Would love to eventually do that one day.
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Postby Loren » Sat May 19, 2018 4:35 pm

Yeah, you can still get a new SC kit for a few thousand (or more). They do come up used every now and then, though. I sold one to Steve a couple years ago that came on a Miata that I bought to resell. Nobody wanted to pay the price for the car with it installed, so I sold the car stock and Steve got a great deal on a full SC kit.
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Postby Jamie » Sat May 19, 2018 9:34 pm

Loren wrote:...Steve got a great deal on a full SC kit.
...and we'll see both car and SC kit someday....
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Postby twistedwankel » Sat May 19, 2018 10:08 pm

When you can beat Philip in his shit house Miata you might consider an upgrade.
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Postby Jamie » Sun May 20, 2018 10:35 am

twistedwankel wrote:When you can beat Philip in his shit house Miata you might consider an upgrade.
That makes no sense...if you can beat Philip, you don't need an upgrade....

And I think I'm beginning to figure out his car.
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Postby Evil MS3 » Mon May 21, 2018 9:59 am

Loren wrote:Yeah, you can still get a new SC kit for a few thousand (or more). They do come up used every now and then, though. I sold one to Steve a couple years ago that came on a Miata that I bought to resell. Nobody wanted to pay the price for the car with it installed, so I sold the car stock and Steve got a great deal on a full SC kit.
I remember that car, think I even asked you about it. I seriously considered buying it but the timing was horrible. I think we were in the middle of buying a home. haha
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