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Postby puncturina » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:28 pm

Friends of mine have a Miata from the first year they came out, whenever that was. It is white, has a hardtop, and is a 5-speed, they think.
It had a "new" low-mileage Japanese engine put in a few years ago. The car has not been driven much in recent years. As I understand, the car is running, but the A/C doesn't work.

If anyone is interested, more details can be made available. They live in Bradenton.

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Let me know if you have any interest.
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Postby Loren » Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:47 pm

Hmmm...

Do you know if it's a manual transmission? Any idea what kind of money they're looking for? Alex is forever looking for a fun car.
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Postby puncturina » Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:20 pm

Yeah, it's a manual. No idea what they want for it. I can give you a phone number to contact them if you are interested.
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Postby Loren » Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:15 pm

Sure, PM it to me. Or email or text or carrier pigeon or whatever.
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Postby puncturina » Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:36 am

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Postby Loren » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:33 am

Gracias!

Gave them a call. They're going to send me some pictures when the car gets out of the shop. They had it towed this morning due to the clutch failing. (knowing Miatas, it's very likely the slave cylinder)

A little more info if anyone's curious:

It's not the mythical "cream puff" Miata that we all hope for. It's got something close to 200k miles, the engine has about 50k less. It's got some minor rear end damage, and a little rust around the windshield. Hard top hasn't been off in years, but there is a soft top under it. Windows don't want to roll down. Second owner. Bought in 1995 at about 75k miles. Sounds like a good runner with typical old Miata problems.

Pending the photos, I might go look at it. Stupid repair bill will probably drive the price up. :bangwall:
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Postby AScoda » Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:09 pm

Sale of that hardtop to me would offset some of those repair bills.
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Postby Loren » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:06 pm

Picking it up Saturday, sight unseen. They say it needs a clutch, and the pix are terrible... a little rust, though. The deal was too good to pass up. Absolute worse case, I sell the hard top, sell the car for scrap and still more than break even. Wish me luck!

Oh, and Alex is interested in the car... so, it will likely get the clutch fixed, and then go to Kansas... where it won't seem so rusty compared to most of the old Miatas there.

Thanks for the tip, Eva!
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Postby Native » Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:44 pm

Cool.
Enjoy the drive! :snicker:
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Postby Loren » Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:24 pm

It's coming home on a trailer. It could very well be that it's just hydraulics and I could drive it home, I'm just being lazy. Word is that "the clutch failed" and the shop quoted almost $1100 to fix it.

We'll see what it all looks like tomorrow!
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Postby puncturina » Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:53 pm

Keep us posted. Inquiring minds want to know. :-D
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