Finished painting the front struts in our 951 project yesterday and got everything assembled with the weltmeister lowering springs. It’s lowwwww.

Jan 11 2012 wes Editorial 2 Comments

So a big issue with Miatas is the rear suspension. The throughbolt in the rear carrier is exposed and becomes siezed. Also the rear axle splines sieze into the hub. After destroying the axle, chopping the bolts into pieces, leaving it under 24,000lbs pressure overnight, and finally putting a cheater bar (allegedly) on the press, the carrier was finally free. This had to be done since the frozen lower carrier to control arm bolts would have caused some crazy handling …

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This is one I haven’t seen before actually. Customer came through with the complaint that the outer door handle wouldn’t open the door and felt crunchy. Typically we see the window drop issues or lack there of, but never a jammed door handle. I was eager to figure this one out. Once I got into the interior of the door, I immediately saw the issue. There is a retaining pin that attaches the door handle to an intermediate arm that …

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This low mileage 951 suffered what all 25 year old cars do….worn out shocks and struts. Most people don’t notice the effects of weak shock absorbers. I notice it right away when getting in the car and the car feels overly floaty on the road. Not how a Porsche should feel. So it was time to ditch the junk Sachs/Boge shocks and upgrade to some Koni’s. Shiny new Koni’s 🙂 Old front struts. The old dust bellows and bump stops …

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One of the most commonly overlooked belts on the 964/993 is the one that you can’t see (other than the 993 PS belt, lol). The twin plug distributors use an internal belt to time both ignition rotors together, allowing the cylinder to fire on both the top and bottom spark plug. If this breaks, the secondary ignition rotor stops spinning, thus no spark to half of the spark plugs. If you are lucky, the rotor stops in a position between …

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Sunday Sunday Sunday…..where are we. Yup. We made a little progress today: Got the SPEC suspension swapped onto Miata 1 with the exception of the rear hub/carrier/axle which is needed new. And we got Miata 2’s suspension back on and back to roller status, loaded up on the car dolly and gone. The shop supervisor made sure everyone stayed on task. But she forgot she was dealing with a bunch of jackasses. So she just gave up and found a …

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Whats worse than 1 Miata? 2 Miatas! Ok now stick with me: Miata 1 (SPEC Miata to be): Drop motor/tranny, remove suspension. Miata 2 (SPEC Miata built car with a ill designed roll cage destined for chump car?): Drop motor/tranny, remove suspension. Miata 1: Put Miata 2’s suspension on Miata 1 Miata 2: Put Miata 1’s suspension on Miata 2 Miata 1: Install Miata 2’s rebuilt motor into Miata 1…except we don’t think the motor was rebuilt like it was …

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Brought this 996 in this week to start an intermediate shaft bearing upgrade as preventative maintenance. I wrote an article for the KCRPCA newsletter this past month, so here is the actual procedure in a little more depth. Up in the air ready to rock. Awolnation provided the beats, and I started tearing out the parts. A lot of stuff needs to be removed including the lower suspension carriers, transaxle, and clutch assembly. The side skirts have taken a little …

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Still trying to chase down a slow drain in this 964. Stereo shop said alternator wasn’t putting out (insert joke here) enough voltage, which I disagreed with, but we decided to replace the alternator anyway…….now we get to chase a constant awd light on the dash. Great. Making a big mess. Pushing out the old fan bearing and spacer sleeve.

She made her maiden voyage this week 🙂 We are sorting out a few bugs that have popped up (like pinholes in the radiator neck, and a bad starter), but all in all for a 45 year old car, it drives great! We may upgrade her to a 4 barrel carb though soon for drive ability improvements.