94 M-Edition Miata Build

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  1. fg3_colton

    fg3_colton Well-Known Member

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    If anyone reading this saw my previous posts, you may be wondering what happened to the 1990 NA I originally purchased. Long story short, I sold the car after realizing how extensive the rust damage was. The entire floor pan would have had to been replaced, so off she went. Shortly after selling the '90 NA, I found a 94 1.8 M Edition for sale and quickly jumped on it.

    Now the fun stuff, I want to daily drive it for a while so I am only rebuilding the head. Thats because the engine had amazing compression on all cylinders (179,180,171,179) for having 185K miles. When I decide to boost it later on, ill go ahead and rebuild the bottom end, but for right now, a simple head job is all she needs. Of course while im in there, ill be replacing the timing belt and other components , water pump, thermostat, ALL the gaskets, valve springs, Oil pump,and what ever else i see thats worn. The interior however, is gonna need a lot of work and to be quite honest, im more concerned about getting the powertrain in good health before moving onto the interior. Ill be updating this thread as I work on it, I look forward to sharing my progress with you all!
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    1/23/19:

    Today marked the start of the tear-down. Had enough time before work to remove the Radiator, intake, cruise control, fuel rail and injectors. Next up is going to be the manifolds followed by the cylinder head itself.
    She doesn't run terribly

    Link to her first startup:
    View: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsd_tZjAZ9T/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet , but in a couple months, shes gonna run better than my civic!

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    In for the progress. Can't wait for updates.
     
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    A lot has happened in the past couple weeks! I recently picked up a MINT set of 97 M Edition seats with tan door cards, as well as black interior carpet. I now have everything I need to restore the interior.

    As for the engine, the other day I removed the head and was genuinely surprised at the condition of the pistons and cylinder walls. Some time this month I’ll be completely disassembling the head for cleaning and resurfacing. I’ve now got all the parts I need to bring the engine back to life, just fighting with my work and school schedule!






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    I know, its been a long time since ive posted an update, but i promise ill make it up to everyone!

    Ill start right where I left off back in February:

    After pulling apart the head, i had it hot tanked to get off the 25+ years and 185K miles worth of gunk off. When I got the head back, I installed it along with a new Oil pump, Water pump, and timing components.
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    And completed:
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    A good friend of mine was able to spray the valve cover in a nice wrinkle black, and soon after this picture was taken, i installed the engine without hitting record on my phone.......ANYWAY
    After the engine was in, i battled several issues with it starting replacing pretty much everything ignition related until: (The file type for the video is not allowed)

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/0obLj-Qsm0A5g997aLdLNcXEw

    While it didnt sound the healthiest at the time, it was a start and gave me that extra boost i needed to get her running. After some tinkering, i was able to take her on her first rip:

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/0kHMyD1yYqETpWD85Iol2mMIQ

    After this, the car sat for a while. It did sound good, but i could tell all of the power was not there and i spent weeks trying to figure out why. Replacing the majority of the fuel system, right before i gave up, i decided to take a look at my injector seals which literally disintegrated in my hand. 2 Days later, amazon dropped off new seals, threw those in she was ALIVE! Topped it off with new headers and a Jackson racing high flow cat which brought back all of the power i was so desperately needed. As of right now, the car is currently with a good friend of mine while he is looking for a car to replace his recently wrecked EK hatch. Once i get her back, i can take a lot more pictures to show all the progress this little $700 POS has made
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    Nice progress!
     
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    Thanks for the update! :woot:
     

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