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Nuse's Twilight Blue '99 NB1

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I became a hair stylist this weekend.





Learning about the car, don't know much yet, not sure what all it has options wise, list of things will come soon!

This will be the daily driver. And oh my goodness what an enjoyable car it is to drive.

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Congratulations, I know you'll have fun with this!
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Lol nice! Congrats on the purchase! How long is it going to stay stock?


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Lol nice! Congrats on the purchase! How long is it going to stay stock?
It's going to remain mostly stock for the whole life, that's the plan at least, keep it as a good running DD.

I am trying to fix all that I can right now, already throwing a CEL so I can't do emissions testing yet, but trying to get everything in order.

Plan is just simple quiet exhaust setup and midpipe, simple springs and upgraded shocks (I'm pretty sure it's still on the OEM shocks, I can't imagine it is, but, the previous owner said he didn't replace them lol...), and 949UL wheels, along with a simple brake upgrade, but really that's about all I plan on doing.
Otherwise very simple things. Antenna delete, keep the stock radio, seriously just OEM+ on all accounts.
That and a hard top, and roll bar of some sorts, but yeah, nothing major planned for it at all, just that it runs.

Very fun car to drive.

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Congrats! Looking forward to seeing how this OEM+ look develops.
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Congrats!
A lot of people talk trash about the Miata but they are unbelievably fun to drive. Every time I've driven one I'm all grins. I'm sure I'll eventually snag one whenever buying a second toy car is more of an option.

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It's going to remain mostly stock for the whole life, that's the plan at least, keep it as a good running DD.

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Plan is just simple quiet exhaust setup and midpipe, simple springs and upgraded shocks (I'm pretty sure it's still on the OEM shocks, I can't imagine it is, but, the previous owner said he didn't replace them lol...), and 949UL wheels, along with a simple brake upgrade, but really that's about all I plan on doing.
Otherwise very simple things. Antenna delete, keep the stock radio, seriously just OEM+ on all accounts.
That and a hard top, and roll bar of some sorts, but yeah, nothing major planned for it at all, just that it runs.
Well that's still a few changes planned, and I'm sure you'll come up with more OEM+ mods in the future :P


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Engine will be having a full overhaul on replacement parts next weekend. I won't be doing the work [fortunately], because I literally don't know anything about this car yet.

Took me a google search to figure out how to open the gas cap! (center console for those wondering; and since this car was broken into, only way to keep the center console shut is to lock it shut.... so now it just stays open lol)

All fluids replaced (coolant, oil, trans oil, diff oil)
cam and crank seals, timing cover, valve cover
accessory belts, timing belt
thermostat, spark plugs, spark leads

Replacing midpipe early next week with a used one since we can't fix the cracked weld. Not a big deal, but.. really need to get emissions.

Haven't been pulled over yet for no license plate. Dad was amazed I was driving around with no license plate, but.. apparently, for a private sale, that's what you do in Georgia.


So other than getting it back to hopefully very good running condition, the plans are as follows:

Eventually:
Hard top
Springs and shocks (lowering, maybe 1-1.5" MAX [these cars are such a pain to get in they're so low to begin with..])
Strut brace and more importantly, brake booster brace
949ULs wheels (dark bronze?)
Harddog or similar roll bar
Racing Beat midpipe
Unsure which final exhaust, Racing Beat, Autoexe, or Roadster Sport
Some Garage Vary styling bits


Soon(er) than later:
Fix / replace roof latches (locks don't .. touch the latch at all.)
Serious exterior detail (already have done interior, and partial engine)
Replace center console with a 2001+ if I can
FM Delrin door bushes
Red taillight tint (reverse cutout), or NB2 taillights (I hate the amber turn signals)
Radio antenna delete
Scangauge2 OBD2 scanner

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Might be going with the RoadsterSport midpipe instead of RB.
A lot of the "soon" stuff is coming with funding.

On the plus side, I've sourced an NA hardtop with heated rear window, so that's good to go this early on! Will be painting / wrapping it in matte black (because it makes sense / matches vinyl roof to begin with)


Almost done fixing center console, unclogged drivers' water drain (valve was stuck shut, lots of water came out :/ ), and fixed a rattle in the rear (tension springs for trunk came loose from a tie down)
If weather is good enough this weekend I'll be giving it a serious detailing. Buff, polish, wax, vacuum, you name it.
Interior is already clean, but wanting to go over it one more time.

Currently overwatching funding for replacement parts next weekend; first time my "play" money has been at/under $1k in a few years. Joy!

Midpipe will be first part to go though; the rattle is annoying, the leak is silly, and the cat is dead.

But yeah.
Driving to work with the top down is fun!

Really the coolest thing to me about driving with no top is being able to see.... anywhere. It's like on a bike, it's a lot of fun.

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