Targa Miata
January 25, 2011 - The work begins.
It'll be a while before we have the drivetrain, but first the existing high-compression setup has to come out. It's a bit of a sad moment, that's a really nice setup and the car is very well balanced. But it will be reborn stronger and faster! The current engine and the header have been sold and will live on.
While the car was originally built on jackstands in my home garage, it will be rebuilt on a lift in the Flyin' Miata shop by the pros. This will be a nice change of pace.
entry 777 - tags: disassembly
January 25, 2011 - That didn't take long.
A couple of hours after Adam started working on the car, the drivetrain was out. Since then, the engine's been split off and the suspension pieces have been stacked to one side. It took a lot longer to build it than it did to take it apart!
entry 780 - tags: disassembly
January 28, 2011 - The car continues to come apart.
We need to open up the transmission tunnel a bit to clear the large bellhousing required by the V8 engine. Because this car is so stripped out, I figured it would be possible to do the work without pulling much of the interior. But, because the car is so stripped out, it didn't take long until it's stripped even further. And now it'll be easier to work on.
The dashboard support was welded in with a couple of supports to the firewall and the tunnel. Those had to be cut. But they can be mended easily.

entry 784 - tags: disassembly