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Well, only one person has come to look at my bike since I put it up for sale, and he was spacey as fuck.

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Old 06-20-2015, 07:49 PM GhEttOrAiD is offline  
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Oh shit. That's an '89 built car, right? Run your serpentine loose, it'll fuck up the crank snout keyway if some monkey cranks it tight. That's why they changed it so quickly.
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Oh shit. That's an '89 built car, right? Run your serpentine loose, it'll fuck up the crank snout keyway if some monkey cranks it tight. That's why they changed it so quickly.

August 1990 build date, according to the VIN - 1991 model year. It has the short nose crank, though.

Apparently, the issue is that the torque on the crank pulley bolt has to be set within a pretty narrow margin. Too loose, and bolt backs off, thus relying on the key to turn the pulleys, too tight, and the bolt yields and then backs off.
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Well, there's something you don't see every day.

In other news, I got the soft top reskinned. Mostly, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. The process of removing the old skin from the frame and attaching the new was pretty straightforward.

Suffice it to say, however, there's a reason that professionals charge $1000 to do this. Getting the trailing edge of it properly installed against the body of the car requires titanic upper body strength. You have to compress all the seals and vinyl enough to get the metal retaining bow over the end of the studs that stick out of the body and then get a nut on the end of the stud.

There is one, and only one, order in which this can be done by a mortal, and it is not the order that instructions tell you. I actually finished this on Saturday, and I can still feel it in my thumbs on Thursday, four days later. I think it came out pretty good, though, especially for a first attempt. I've installed the deck carpet since these photos were taken.




The car is now up on jackstands again for the next round of refreshing. This will include the cam angle sensor o-ring, which I somehow managed to screw up the first time, and every single one of the coolant hoses, as they seem to be springing leaks one by one, even when the engine isn't running.
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Wow man, she's cleaning up nicely! Keep the pics coming. I love this shit.
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I spent maybe an hour and a half or so last night working on the car. I got about half of the nine coolant hoses changed, as you can see in the photos. I'm starting to have a grudging respect for the OE-style springy hose clamps. They're a pain in the ass to remove, especially when they're down in some dark corner with tons of jagged castings all around them, but they sure do seem to work well. The hardest hose to deal with connects the IACV to a coolant barb on the side of the intake manifold. It's in the first photo, but hard to see. It fought me tooth and nail coming off and going back on, but I ultimately made it my bitch.




I've got a bunch more parts on the way as I type this to fix the power steering leaks. I'm thinking I may just leave the cooling system disassembled until all that arrives, as some of the the coolant hoses are kind of in the way. For instance, there's a really grubby looking power steering hoses visible in that second photo between the two coolant barbs. That's probably not good.

There's also a vestigial coolant barb that gets used on some other car that this engine came with (323, I think?) that has a rubber plug over it that I'm going to replace while I've got the car apart. It's basically in the background of this photo, behind all the wires and hoses and crap.


I could probably get away with leaving that, but I'll be damned if I'm going to do all this work, fill the cooling system up, and then have that start leaking two weeks from now.
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I've been making progress on the car while I wait on my current round of parts. I've now got both sides of the front suspension mostly disassembled, and ready for new parts to go back in.



Going back in will be the following:
New lower ball joints
New upper control arms
Fresh (reman) power steering rack and hoses.

I also overhauled the power steering pump, replacing all of its little seals, including the main shaft oil seal, which I think was the source of most of the grime visible in this last photo.


You can see the original shocks in the photos. They look haggard, and from what I can tell are authentic Mazda units (they have Mazda part numbers on them). They could easily be the original 1991 vintage shocks. These are like the MR2's stock shocks in that they have gland nuts at the tops, and appear to be serviceable. I wonder if Mazda offers a rebuild kit for them - that would be pretty cool.

I was hoping to let the credit card cool off a little (and drive the car some) before I started ordering the expensive parts, but I've got the shocks out now, and they're kind of a pain to get out, as you have to remove a HUUUUUUGE bolt to get them clear of the UCA. I'm really tempted to just go ahead and replace them now, vs. reinstalling them and waiting a while. My time and effort may be worth enough to justify it, though.
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I'd been meaning to post an update to this thread with the eventual results of the suspension overhaul, new radio and such, but...

Well, fack.


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Nooooooo What a bummer. Was it insured?
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Nooooooo What a bummer. Was it insured?

Liability only, sadly. Miatas of this vintage don't sell for enough to be worth carrying full coverage unless they're a really special special edition with really low miles, or something. This one was just a base model with 260K on the clock. When I changed carriers a couple of months ago, it was going to cost almost as much in premiums over 12-18 months as I'd have gotten back if I filed a claim, if I got full coverage.

On the bright side, this seems to me like a pretty clear-cut case of the other driver being at fault, so I'm pretty confident I'll eventually get something back. The Ford Escape you see in the photo turned left in front of me with too little space for me to stop.

We'll see what the adjuster says, but I suspect the car is probably totaled. If that's the case, the real loss is all my hours spent replacing worn out rubber parts.
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Well, you never know how it might play out. Maybe you'll come out of this ahead with a nicer/lower mileage car.
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So begins the part out...



Every dark cloud has a silver lining. The insurance company is apparently going to pay me more for the car than I paid for it originally, even though I'm keeping the salvage.

I've got my eye on a silver Mazdaspeed (Turbo!) Miata that I'm hoping I can snatch up in the next week or two.
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