A long time ago in a galaxy far away I bought a beat up 92 Miata for $1200, I fell in love with these cars during a free open house Skip Barber track day at LimeRock Park in Connecticut and knew I needed a Miata.
I picked up the car not knowing a lick of auto body and very little about mechanical repairs as well. I slowly started amassing an army of tools and knowledge to complete this project and of course it blew up out of control…
I took ownership in the winter of 2011 as a Red Miata with 112K miles all 4 rocker panels had some sort of rust or full blown rot, the bottom of the fenders were done, but the car ran great and it had a brand new soft top…woot
This was day one
All the rust and rot
Cutting out the bad metal and going back to what I can salvage
Starting the repairs with my bad welding
And painting for the first time
I didn’t know about color sanding and painting well so it ended up looking semi-gloss
Then this is where things got out of hand…
I started upgrading my tools and bought my FLG4 to paint better
I decided to overall the car complete and respray it…get ready…
Stripped the car down to the very last nut and bolt and resprayed all the parts under the car
Upgraded bushing, suspension and added an LSD
Next, I painted the engine bay and trunk, I thought going gray would make it easier to find bolts and work in the engine bay and it ended up looking meh, the trunk is black
I painted the engine black I was also building this for Auto Cross so might as well turbo it
Finally…I don’t like the color… Always wanted a blue miata and the smart thing would be to sell mine and get a blue one right? nope
Back into paint
Cabin was also painted black I did a full color change…what a pain in the ass!
I have a completed picture on my work computer I will post tomorrow
If I was to do it all over again I would have never sprayed the car with lacquer paint and would have gone straight to Urethane, I also would not have tried to get into the hobby with cheap tools, some things you can get away with using cheap tools but other things like welders are tough especially for someone starting out.
Since I started this project I upgraded my air compressor to a 2 stage [email protected] unit and picked up a Hobart 110V and East wood 220V welder, they work way better than the HF welder I learned to weld on.
I only do this got a hobby and I don’t have the room or shop to do this for a living, also can’t keep painting cars at my house, I try to take all the precautions but Im sure my neighbors don’t enjoy the smell of paint all the time.
Well that is my story