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April 11, 2012

My Other Car Project

nick | Perspectives | 4 comments

At BAMD events, the questions I seem to get most lately aren't as much about Miatas as they are about my other car project. So I thought I'd post an update about it here, while still trying to keep things somewhat Miata-related. 
My other car project is a Locost that we're building from M.G. parts. Two years ago Kaitlyn and I took a welding class at College of Marin, specifically for this project, however we didn't actually get started on it until last summer. Based on that, you might expect we'd be close to driving the car by now, but we're actually only about one fourth done and are just now starting to build the frame. We spent the last 3 months taking apart the MGB donor, and three months before that designing and building the suspension, which was beautifully welded up by Xin. . .  
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April 4, 2012

The Start of An Idea

Tony | A Career in Miatas | 5 comments

I'm not a writer. I'm most definitely not a reader, either. I find myself wandering off into my head whenever I try. Regardless, I felt it is time to share my thoughts about a simple idea that dawned on me at MRLS - a career in Miatas. Simple in saying, yes, but complex in many different ways. At the time of writing this I'm still kicking around this idea, trying to bounce it off as many people as I can. A Miata group is probably the best way to get as many opinions as I can. 
As a few of you know, I was an automotive technician years ago. For a brief period of time cars were all that I ate, slept and drank. Why'd I stop? I was burnt out. 8-10 hours a day working on boring commuter cars to come home and work on a muscle car another 4-6 eventually took its toll. Enjoying a third of. . .  
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December 6, 2011

Notes from the Miata Underground

nick | Perspectives | 5 comments

Over the past couple of years I've come up with a lot of blog topics that I didn't seem to have a lot to talk about. Not that the topics weren't interesting, just short. So I thought I'd throw some of them together into one blog. Sorry if it seems to jump around a lot. 
Sway bars 
As much as aftermarket swaybars are promoted, they're still underrated. I've said this a million times before, but spend any amount of money you want on your Miata to improve the handling, and you can get more than half that improvement from sway bars alone. They make a huge difference. I think Racing Beat or Flyin' Miata are best. You can sometimes find them on CraigsList, unfortunately not often at bargain prices because everyone thinks they're made out of gold or something. 
If. . .  
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November 21, 2011

Maybe almost as much fun as a Miata

nick | Perspectives | 3 comments

A while back in these pages I wrote about my experience of going back to school to learn how to weld. That was almost two years ago now, and in all that time I have to say I haven't welded a darn thing. Part of the reason for this is that I really haven't had much of anything to weld, but the main reason is that I haven't had anything to weld with, a certain amount of equipment being necessary to do the job. 
That situation changed a few months ago. For my birthday this year, Kaitlyn bought me a brand new Miller 140 with all the trimmings, including 20 pounds of wire, lots of clamps and magnets, a cart with inert gas bottle, and auto-darkening helmet. I haven't actually set it up yet, but for the past several months, whenever I haven't been slaving away on the BAMD website, I've been. . .  
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August 10, 2011

On Painting

nick | Perspectives | 1 comment

At our last tech day we painted Zoe's front bumper, which had been roughed up pretty badly by a tree that jumped out into the middle of the road. The tech day was a lot of fun and great chance for everyone to see what's involved with painting a car. Someone asked me during the event if I had enough thoughts on the subject of painting to post a blog about it. As it happens, I do.  
A lot of us with 10-20 year old Miatas have reached the point where keeping the car looking shiny is a constant battle. We wash it regularly, we try to keep a thin layer of wax on it, and we might even clay bar the thing once in a while. Or maybe we gave up on all that a long time ago. No matter how well the paint was treated, garaged, protected, and maintained, factory paint eventually loses its luster.. . .  
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July 9, 2011

The Definitive Suspension Blog

nick | Perspectives | 5 comments

I thought I might share my thoughts on Miata suspension upgrades, since so very little has been written about it over the years. Okay, maybe more than a little, but only if you count all the books, magazine articles, and billions of forum posts on the Internet. 
If you've read more than a few of these reputedly informed opinions on the Internet, one thing that seems immediately clear is that the stock Miata suspension sucks, and that anyone with a stock suspension risks launching their Miata into a fatal skid at every turn in the road. In declaiming the design of the Miata suspension, these self-proclaimed suspension gurus have decreed that the engineers at Mazda, with their hundreds of years of combined training and experience, got it wrong. 
Giving these people the benefit. . .  
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May 24, 2011

The Urge to Upgrade

nick | Perspectives | 1 comment

Few Miata enthusiasts can stand to drive a stock Miata for very long. Fortunately the world is full of parts you can use to customize and personalize your pride and joy. You can find these parts on eBay and Craigslist, at the junkyard, and on the local forums. When all else fails you can purchase them retail from an aftermarket parts supplier. The parts you install will make your Miata faster, sleeker, shinier, cooler, and more comfortable, all at the same time. Or maybe not. But certainly better. 
From Elise Seat Brackets. . . 
One of the more popular seats for a Miata are the fiberglass shell seats that come stock in the Lotus Elise. Comfortable, good support, lots of side bolstering, and small enough to fit, they're one piece so they don't fold forward--nothing. . .  
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March 27, 2011

The Butterfly Effect

alex | The Butterfly Effect | 2 comments

To begin, I should say: I was warned. The Flyin’ Miata website specifically states 
“. . .Cars with a stock header will require some trimming to a factory heatshield. 1990-93 cars with stock header and catalytic converters will be a difficult install and may not fit. . .” 
at which I scoffed. I do have an FM catalytic converter on my ’93 so I did, I suppose, dodge that bullet. And I was resigned, nay, eager; to modify whatever “factory heatshield” they were talking about. And, while these issues did rear their ugly heads, they were not the most challenging ones. 
I have installed a few Flyin’ Miata components on my car - the frame rail braces, sway bars, springs, bumpstops and the aforementioned catalytic converter and have always found their hardware well designed. . .  
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January 20, 2011

The New BAMD website

nick | Perspectives | 0 comments

We're launching a new BAMD website. Any day now. Some of you have probably noticed the changes creeping in already. In fact, these blog pages are part of the new website. So it's happening. 
If we're honest, the first BAMD website was something of a hack job. Thrown together in a week so we could start organizing events back in 2009, it had four wheels and an engine, but it was justifiably criticized for its plain looks and lack of features. We spent the better part of a year throwing on mods, adding a lot of functionality, but the site still had the same chassis and the same old 1980s styling. As BAMD approached its first anniversary, we realized a major overhaul was in order. So that's what we did. 
We kept a lot of stuff we liked. A paint job was needed, plus a whole. . .  
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