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03 October 2010 @ 12:14 am
Note: I'm too lazy to retype these forum posts  
So I'm just pasting it in here. Neiner!

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About the new Miata:
The car is pretty much as I expected. The original Bilsteins are shot. Man, I don't know how you /can't/ notice that a car needs new struts. There was quite a bit of body roll with really tight corners at high speeds, and the ride is really harsh. I mean, I know it's never going to be a Lexus, but was harsher than I'd expect even with the 99s very stiff suspension.

The tires are pretty lousy - Kuhmo Ecstas, and not the best ones either. But they've got plenty of life on them; might be good around-town tires, until they wear out.

It's going to need a new timing belt soon, probably replace the water pump as well. The glove compartment was jacked - they spilled some touch up paint in it, and the bottle was welded to the inside. But I've got a replacement.

Everything else seems pretty good. Is fun, and is going to be even better once I've got put a bit of money into it.

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Sometimes I make rash decisions:

So, while I was down in Ames picking up my new Miata, I stopped in and visited a guy who was selling a salvaged 2000 Miata LS. It was in a front end collision, and the body was pretty torn up in front. But it still had all four 15" alloy wheels, still had the Bose sound system, and the glove compartment were there, all of which should be easy to transplant into my MX-5. It also has the cruise control actuator and the combination switch, so maybe if I'm looking to get in way over my head, I'll put that into my Miata as well. I may also keep the rear bumper and tail light assembly as well, in case I ever get rear-ended... unless someone really needs it now. They're in near perfect condition.

So... in one of the crazier/stupider/awesomer decisions I've ever made, I cut him a check for the rest of the car. I hope I didn't overpay -- $400 for everything, provided I tow it all back up to Minneapolis sometime in the next few weeks. So, the cost of that, plus the cost of finding somewhere to tow it. And the back and forth costs. Right-o, then.

Anyways, here are the pictures that were taken:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marumari/sets/72157624957978867/
(sorry they're so low-res - I didn't realize it was set to 640x480)

The engine and transmission are apparently in perfect working condition, or at least they were before being removed from the car. They have 88k miles on them. The front axle looks great, as does the LSD differential. The brake booster looks great, as do the brake lines.

Center console (tan) works great. There's a tan boot cover; I'd love to sell it to have money to put towards a black one. The spare tire is there, and fine. Steering wheel is fine... mildewy, but fine. The leather seats are scuffed up, and could use an oiling and cleaning, but they're in surprisingly serviceable shape.

Most of the body panels seem in fine shape. The doors are great, and have power windows in them, IIRC, and the tiltable side-view mirrors. Scuffs on them, but in damned good shape.

There's no dashboard or radiator/AC. Most stuff seems to be there and good, if a bit spread out around this barn.

Aaaaanyways, if folks want stuff, just let me know. I'd like to recoup my costs, but I'm not asking for the moon and stars. Heck, if someone has a good way to tow it back, and is willing to help sometime in the next weekend or two, that would be /awesome/. And/or if somebody has some open garage space for it... that'd be even better. It's not cheap to rent extra garage space for the winter. >_
 
 
 
saphirepassionsaphirepassion on October 3rd, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
I am glad you were able to get your car. I wish I a new of a way to help ya get your car towed back home. But I will keep my eyes open for ya though.
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 3rd, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
At this point, towing is less of a concern than finding a place to store it. phoenixredux has a big beefy SUV and Hiawatha Reddy Rents has things we need to rent to get it up here. Finding someplace to put it and disassemble it, though... that's the tough part.