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« Reply #8080 on: July 20, 2019, 06:50:16 PM »
All this talk of pools is making me wish we had one now.  I prefer warmer weather but not this humid stuff we are dealing with in Missouri (pronounced "MISERY" today).  Its currently 91 with a heat index of 110 at 7:50 pm CDT. The breeze we do have feels like a blast furnace and I would love a pool right now lol.  I was planning on going to a cruise night this evening but it with no cold AC in the GTA, it would be a miserable drive.
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« Reply #8081 on: July 20, 2019, 07:02:09 PM »
All this talk of pools is making me wish we had one now.  I prefer warmer weather but not this humid stuff we are dealing with in Missouri (pronounced "MISERY" today).  Its currently 91 with a heat index of 110 at 7:50 pm CDT. The breeze we do have feels like a blast furnace and I would love a pool right now lol.  I was planning on going to a cruise night this evening but it with no cold AC in the GTA, it would be a miserable drive.

Just depends how bad you want it lol. I drove my 77 to a cruise in last night with no A/C only to find out they’d cancelled it cause of the heat. Went for a 45 minute ride instead. Not unbearable but I think I’m gonna finally sort out the A/C wiring I have left and try to get it running again.
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« Reply #8082 on: July 20, 2019, 07:09:01 PM »
I love swimming, but I rarely do it since it's such a b**** on hair.  Not only is the chlorine terrible for it and dry it out, but then there're all the tangles.  #BeautifulProblems

Hmmm, I wonder if they make swim caps specifically for ultra long hair though I imagine they'd look pretty daft if they do. :lol:  I still need to figure out something for dropping the top in the Miata, like maybe some kind of wind scarf.  Hey then I can be like Thelma and Louise, but hopefully without the police chase and driving off into the Grand Canyon.

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« Reply #8083 on: July 20, 2019, 07:12:46 PM »
All this talk of pools is making me wish we had one now.  I prefer warmer weather but not this humid stuff we are dealing with in Missouri (pronounced "MISERY" today).  Its currently 91 with a heat index of 110 at 7:50 pm CDT. The breeze we do have feels like a blast furnace and I would love a pool right now lol.  I was planning on going to a cruise night this evening but it with no cold AC in the GTA, it would be a miserable drive.

Ah, so I'm not the only one.  I have AC and a fan blowing on me.  Cripes its hot......
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« Reply #8084 on: July 20, 2019, 10:20:42 PM »
All this talk of pools is making me wish we had one now.  I prefer warmer weather but not this humid stuff we are dealing with in Missouri (pronounced "MISERY" today).  Its currently 91 with a heat index of 110 at 7:50 pm CDT. The breeze we do have feels like a blast furnace and I would love a pool right now lol.  I was planning on going to a cruise night this evening but it with no cold AC in the GTA, it would be a miserable drive.

Just depends how bad you want it lol. I drove my 77 to a cruise in last night with no A/C only to find out they’d cancelled it cause of the heat. Went for a 45 minute ride instead. Not unbearable but I think I’m gonna finally sort out the A/C wiring I have left and try to get it running again.

I wanted to go pretty bad because this is one of my favorite ones to go to, but there was no way my co-pilot would ride with me and sit out in it today. She is usually a good sport when it comes to cruising without the AC but not today lol.  Ive still got the R12 set up on mine and dont want to convert it over nor do i really want to pay the asking price for R12 if I could even find it lol.
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« Reply #8085 on: July 20, 2019, 10:51:43 PM »
I've heard of using 409a in R-12 systems, might check that out as well as looking into Duracool 12a.

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« Reply #8086 on: July 20, 2019, 10:57:25 PM »
All this talk of pools is making me wish we had one now.  I prefer warmer weather but not this humid stuff we are dealing with in Missouri (pronounced "MISERY" today).  Its currently 91 with a heat index of 110 at 7:50 pm CDT. The breeze we do have feels like a blast furnace and I would love a pool right now lol.  I was planning on going to a cruise night this evening but it with no cold AC in the GTA, it would be a miserable drive.

Just depends how bad you want it lol. I drove my 77 to a cruise in last night with no A/C only to find out they’d cancelled it cause of the heat. Went for a 45 minute ride instead. Not unbearable but I think I’m gonna finally sort out the A/C wiring I have left and try to get it running again.

I wanted to go pretty bad because this is one of my favorite ones to go to, but there was no way my co-pilot would ride with me and sit out in it today. She is usually a good sport when it comes to cruising without the AC but not today lol.  Ive still got the R12 set up on mine and dont want to convert it over nor do i really want to pay the asking price for R12 if I could even find it lol.

Yep I totally get that lol. Mine likes shows and cruise ins but not one bit of the heat. She’ll go in early spring and early fall. She doesn’t like what it’s gonna cost me to add air back to my car but I’m sure she’ll like it when it’s there.
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« Reply #8087 on: July 20, 2019, 11:12:54 PM »
Hey, we don't spend 2 hours doing our hair and face just for it to get ruined from sweating because of no A/C.  Actually I don't do makeup(well, full on anyway but eyeliner and shadow is cool at least), but I certainly don't spend an hour doing my hair for it to get ruined from me sweating because of no A/C. :lol:  A/C is love, A/C is life.
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« Reply #8088 on: July 21, 2019, 05:31:25 AM »
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« Reply #8089 on: July 21, 2019, 07:38:35 AM »
Ive skipped the last couple of car cruises because of the heat. No desire to sit out in 100deg. if I don't have to. Its bad enough to work in it. A/C not hooked up in my car, and with the heat loop thing that blows hot into the pass. footwell all of the time,my cars nor real comfy above 80.
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« Reply #8090 on: July 21, 2019, 07:46:08 AM »
Nice looking pool Form. We had an above ground at our last house. Kids were young and we got a lot of use out of it. I am in the woods now, so the sun doesn't beat down too bad plus I wouldn't want to try to keep one clean in this environment. My sister has one a couple of miles down the road we can use anytime, wifes best friend has one down the road a mile or so that we can use, and my brother has one a mile or so away that we are not welcome at. We can pretty much swim when we want but we don't. I think I went once last year. Had a pool when I was a kid and I lived in that thing. My nickname was tadpole.
I am finishing up a poolhouse for a customer right now that cost more than the average house! They started a new pool project last spring(2018) which is still unfinished. The pool guys work for 2 days and disappear for 2 months. At the rate they are going it may be finished by October. To say they are unhappy is an understatement. Especially considering the cost involved!
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« Reply #8091 on: July 21, 2019, 07:57:34 AM »
We don't really spend much time on maintaining/cleaning. I have an auto coordinator and the wife will vac it once and a while.  Spring cleaning is the toughest. It's like every other year we really get to use it. Last year I never got in it... My kids are in it everyday so at least we get our money's worth.

Storms are rolling in now. Cooling off.


Holy Sh$$...that's a nice looking pool...bellow ground pools need to be bomb proof in this area because the frost just loves heave them!!

my past life, I had an above ground pool...my kids still get to use it though so that makes it bearable...besides...As shown in my wedding photos, I have access to a river any time I want and it self cleans!!

Thanks. I had the pool installed but I did the electrical, plumbing and had a friend do the concrete so I saved a lot. Most average pools costs are similar to a new luxury car but I did ours for about half. That was 8 years ago.
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« Reply #8092 on: July 21, 2019, 08:47:07 AM »
I gave up on pools when I realized I spent more time maintaining them than using them.  :lol: Others that I know with pools always hit me with the Tom Sawyer treatment: "cleaning it is part of the enjoyment". No thanks, LOL.

I don't understand the weather reports anymore. Today's temp was 92 but the "real feel" temp was 102*. The weather-person should just say that Massachusetts is gonna feel like the outskirts of Hell...or Tucson. :lol:

We Yankees aren't made for this heat.
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« Reply #8093 on: July 21, 2019, 10:22:34 AM »

What about this stuff. Used it once on a friend's dodge Dakota with r12.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/12a-Refrigerant-18-oz-Equivalent-1-can-R12-replacement-R12a-FROSTY-COOL-/273512620983?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10

Hmmm........

I knew there was some compatible stuff out there that didnt require a bunch of modificatuons, but I dont recall if I've checked this out yet. Ive also heard horror stories about the "compatible" stuff wreaking havoc and even starting fires under the hood.....yikes!!

Thank you for the link.  I will contact the seller and see.what all he says and if he's got any references. Thats actually a good price.
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« Reply #8094 on: July 21, 2019, 10:56:18 AM »
Yesterday had a friend's 78 Y88 4 speed up on the lift to inspect.  We were greeted by a broken rear sway bar.
 I happened to have a spare in the shop and we quickly replaced it.  We also noted how tight it fit, and how it rubbed against the leaf lower retainer plate.  No doubt this was the cause of the failure of the bar.  We daubed some grease as a stop gap but future work will involve radiusing the edge, perhaps a visit to the end mill to remove a hundred thou.

I wonder if there was an error during production bending these bars?






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« Reply #8095 on: July 21, 2019, 03:22:19 PM »

What about this stuff. Used it once on a friend's dodge Dakota with r12.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/12a-Refrigerant-18-oz-Equivalent-1-can-R12-replacement-R12a-FROSTY-COOL-/273512620983?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10

Hmmm........

I knew there was some compatible stuff out there that didnt require a bunch of modificatuons, but I dont recall if I've checked this out yet. Ive also heard horror stories about the "compatible" stuff wreaking havoc and even starting fires under the hood.....yikes!!

Thank you for the link.  I will contact the seller and see.what all he says and if he's got any references. Thats actually a good price.
Looks like a variant of Duracool.  From my understanding 12a is a direct replacement for 134a and R-12 after pulling out either from the system, the only thing with R-12 is you'll need to change your low and high side ports.  Allegedly 12a is more efficient than 134a while being cooler than R-12 with pressure levels similar to R-12, so the best of both worlds.  Unlike R134a that's hydrofluorocarbon and R-12 that's chlorofluorocarbon the 12a is hydrocarbon, so it'll mix with any remaining mineral oil of R-12 or PAG oil of R134a.  Oh and the molecule size is bigger than R-12 even, so it'll stop or lessen leaks in either.  It also takes less of it to charge the system, especially in comparison to R134a.  So next time I need to recharge a system I'm definitely looking to use 12a, cause cold A/C is life.

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« Reply #8096 on: July 21, 2019, 03:24:15 PM »
Yesterday had a friend's 78 Y88 4 speed up on the lift to inspect.  We were greeted by a broken rear sway bar.
 I happened to have a spare in the shop and we quickly replaced it.  We also noted how tight it fit, and how it rubbed against the leaf lower retainer plate.  No doubt this was the cause of the failure of the bar.  We daubed some grease as a stop gap but future work will involve radiusing the edge, perhaps a visit to the end mill to remove a hundred thou.

I wonder if there was an error during production bending these bars?






I'm going to be an elitist snob and say it wouldn't surprise me that an American car of that time would have such a flaw from the factory.

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« Reply #8097 on: July 21, 2019, 07:42:39 PM »
Today I worked on my Firebird. It's been almost 2 years since I've worked on it!

About 88-89 F here today here today in beautiful S FL.  Always seems kinda weird that it's cooler here than most everywhere North of here this time of year.

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« Reply #8098 on: July 21, 2019, 07:52:20 PM »
^I always like seeing posts from you on your car, that and skisix.  Definitely the most interesting projects here in terms of second gens, to me anyway, but I'm all into making things better and improving them with no f***s given to originality.  The more of a track car the better, I always say.  Well, until it comes to removing A/C as that's where I draw the line. :lol:

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« Reply #8099 on: July 21, 2019, 08:17:09 PM »
Not A TA is out resident Mr. Wizard...or Dr. Evil. What I like most about the mods he posts is that they are so far over my head I don't even have to consider trying them on my car.  :shock: :lol: Still love to see them though. Very much enjoyed the aerodynamic testing too.

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« Reply #8100 on: July 21, 2019, 09:14:57 PM »
^I always like seeing posts from you on your car, that and skisix.  Definitely the most interesting projects here in terms of second gens, to me anyway, but I'm all into making things better and improving them with no f***s given to originality.  The more of a track car the better, I always say.  Well, until it comes to removing A/C as that's where I draw the line. :lol:

The Firebird's AC is long gone and now that I live in S FL no more heat needed either so I completely removed all HVAC during this resto go round.  You'd think living here and having grown up & lived in New England most of my life AC would be mandatory but I don't even use it in daily drivers. I've always liked warm weather and driven with windows down or the tops down in the convertibles. If I lived where the heat & humidity are stifling in summer I'd probably use the AC but here I don't need it for my travels. Sometimes if I have passengers I'll run the AC because I know they woulds in their own cars. Several people have asked me why I don't fix the AC in my truck they see me driving knowing I work on cars. Then I tell them it doesn't need fixing and they give me a funny look like "Why would you drive without using AC?". hahaha  I have worn out the power window regulators in my truck though so gonna have to replace them soon.
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« Reply #8101 on: July 21, 2019, 09:52:26 PM »
Today I worked on my Firebird. It's been almost 2 years since I've worked on it!

About 88-89 F here today here today in beautiful S FL.  Always seems kinda weird that it's cooler here than most everywhere North of here this time of year.


I can't tell you how many times I referred to your build thread when I first started my restoration 3 years ago - pretty inspiring.  Glad to see you at it again.
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« Reply #8102 on: July 21, 2019, 09:53:05 PM »
Not A TA is out resident Mr. Wizard...or Dr. Evil. What I like most about the mods he posts is that they are so far over my head I don't even have to consider trying them on my car.  :shock: :lol: Still love to see them though. Very much enjoyed the aerodynamic testing too.

Today I got the car out where I could get all the pieces I'd already made under the car for the splitter/belly pan tray contraption. The pieces are so big there's no way to slide the middle section under the car in the garage with a first gen Camaro on cribs also in there. So I needed to get the car outside with the goal being to get all the pieces in position so I could weld a mounting point to the front sub frame. There are 8 mounting points and 7 were done with the last one requiring everything to be in place so I wouldn't get binding. 4 of the mounts have rubber that gives a little but there's very little "wiggle" room on the other 4 since they're welded so I wanted everything that would affect fitment in place before spot welding the last one in place. It will be fully welded when I take the sub frame off next time, which will hopefully be the last time before reassembly. I'll blend in the black paint.

So the "mount" I tacked in place today is like this one that's already done on drivers side. It's a piece of steel pipe welded to the frame. There's an aluminum tube that screws into the under tray that can slide up & down to adjust the height of the tray from the ground. I'll drill holes in the aluminum pipe when I'm ready that will accept spring clips which will rest on top of the pipe welded to the frame so I can mess around with different settings to tune the aero. So ya it's one of those things nobody is gonna run out to the garage and try. hahaha There will be LOTS of aero testing!

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« Reply #8103 on: July 21, 2019, 10:00:35 PM »
Today I worked on my Firebird. It's been almost 2 years since I've worked on it!

About 88-89 F here today here today in beautiful S FL.  Always seems kinda weird that it's cooler here than most everywhere North of here this time of year.


I can't tell you how many times I referred to your build thread when I first started my restoration 3 years ago - pretty inspiring.  Glad to see you at it again.

Thanks! Glad the thread was helpful. I need to update it with the full PTFB suspension install etc.
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« Reply #8104 on: July 21, 2019, 11:44:01 PM »
Well, there is a decent amount of weight saved in removing A/C and it's all on the front...  Nope not doing it, though in my defense if I get overheated I'll get sick or worse blackout. :sad:

Also I think you'd make good use of a 3D printer, a really big one for making car parts.  That or learn to lay carbon fibre, yeah do that one. :cool:

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« Reply #8105 on: July 22, 2019, 06:48:43 AM »
I like the way you are mounting the belly pan, but shouldn't the clips go through the welded pipe not on top? Seems like under speed the pan would float up and down unless its pinned in tight.
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« Reply #8106 on: July 22, 2019, 08:45:49 AM »
Yesterday had a friend's 78 Y88 4 speed up on the lift to inspect.  We were greeted by a broken rear sway bar.
 I happened to have a spare in the shop and we quickly replaced it.  We also noted how tight it fit, and how it rubbed against the leaf lower retainer plate.  No doubt this was the cause of the failure of the bar.  We daubed some grease as a stop gap but future work will involve radiusing the edge, perhaps a visit to the end mill to remove a hundred thou.

I wonder if there was an error during production bending these bars?






I'm going to be an elitist snob and say it wouldn't surprise me that an American car of that time would have such a flaw from the factory.

Or the car's subframe possibly was tweaked in an accident.
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« Reply #8107 on: July 22, 2019, 09:08:00 AM »
I like the way you are mounting the belly pan, but shouldn't the clips go through the welded pipe not on top? Seems like under speed the pan would float up and down unless its pinned in tight.

I want the pan to be able to float up if it bottoms out so the holes for the pin will only be in the aluminum tube. Higher pressure above the pan and lower pressure under the pan should keep the pan down at speed..... Will find out when testing! I'm concerned about cross wind possibly having an effect like you described.

Crosswind story: I raced BMX bikes at the highest levels for many years and always being interested in aero stuff I constantly tried different things I thought of or others designed. Back in the 80's a company called Air-Uni came up with a nylon cover over a thin aluminum hoop that covered the spokes on the rear wheel to reduce drag. I tried them out on my 24" cruiser at indoor races one winter and then when the summer season came out I went to a big national outdoor race in Akron Ohio. I went up for my first practice session. The gate dropped and I was off like a rocket to the first jump that was a pretty big set of doubles we had to jump. As soon as I left the ground the back of my bike started drifting sideways due to a slight cross breeze and my rear wheel being a "sail".  Couldn't pull it back.  When I landed I had the front wheel turned about 80 degrees left with back of the bike almost 90 degrees to the direction it should have been (BMXers think landing dead sailor Leary at 35 MPH) I was really really lucky not to wreck! Went back to the pits and immediately took the discs off my bike and my sons. Went back up for another practice session, more breeze but no drift over the jumps requiring air time. Never ran the discs after that, too much risk so I tried bladed spokes, narrower rims and other things.
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« Reply #8108 on: July 22, 2019, 11:09:41 AM »
Or the car's subframe possibly was tweaked in an accident.

this is for the rear; strictly a axle interference issue.


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« Reply #8109 on: July 22, 2019, 06:58:40 PM »
Interesting. Could you not put a spring over the shaft with a stop at the outer tube. Pin the shaft on top of the spring. This would allow the pan to 'bounce' if need be whilst keeping the down pressure there.
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« Reply #8110 on: July 22, 2019, 07:21:56 PM »
We have been watching this show called Nos4ato (not to be confused with the silent movie Nosferatu, which is one of the best horror movies ever!!) Anyway, the shows not too bad, in the last episode they were in a junk yard getting parts. On one of the lifts in the shop was a second gen T/A in a partially disassembled state, and if you looked quick there was a fist gen 'bird on another lift. This one looked to be restored. Had to look pretty close to see them though.
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« Reply #8111 on: July 22, 2019, 07:51:21 PM »
Today I explored the idea of stealing the TBI off an old truck in the back yard to possibly consider installing the setup on 301. Excited by this idea I recently learned you could do (never gave it much thought), quickly cleaned all the crap off the Chevy hood, and began to lift it up to start thinking of all the pieces I will need. Excited that I don't have to spend a dime as it is all right there. As the daylight crept into the engine bay of the old Chevy, there it sat in all it's former glory a 5.3 an sitting on top, 2 fuel rails and a fuel injected setup. No TBI and also missing, not that it mattered all the wiring harness and the computer. I was all bummed out because now I actually have to find this stuff and pay to get it. Looking the carb is gunna be going on after all. Sal good...its rebuilt!!
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« Reply #8112 on: July 22, 2019, 08:14:04 PM »
Carburetors are perfectly fine if you go through the hassle of properly setting them up and keeping them fine tuned, but ughhh I'm just too OCD.

Seeing everyone do stuff to their cars has me motivated to do stuff to my future Miata. :lol:  See, there's always a catch with me.  Sigh... in some other life where money isn't an issue I'd like to take a C3 Corvette or maybe a 2nd gen Firebird and do something really crazy with them.  Just really go all out with modernizing the whole car, make it something I'd like 100% and would meet my unrealistic standards.  Then again there're a lot of things I want to do and would like to do with the Miata, since nothing is ever good enough as is. :lol:

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« Reply #8113 on: July 22, 2019, 08:57:44 PM »
Interesting. Could you not put a spring over the shaft with a stop at the outer tube. Pin the shaft on top of the spring. This would allow the pan to 'bounce' if need be whilst keeping the down pressure there.

Using springs has been on my list of possibilities right from the beginning, particularly on the mounts at the front on the sub frame horns and possibly to push the splitter section back down should it bounce up. I would put the springs between the car mounts and the under tray assembly. So at the bottom of the mounts rather than the top. I made the mount tubes attached to the car longer than needed on the bottom so I could use them to keep springs aligned should I decide I need them. Will cut the extra tubing off as it currently limits how high I can raise the tray assembly. In the previous pics I had the tray at 3" ground clearance. Watching video I made of yarn tufts at highway speeds on a stock 70 TA made me think there will be enough of a pressure difference above/below my contraption to keep pulling down at speed. The contraption will be pretty much a track only thing once I have a final design tested etc. however I will be doing a lot of my testing on the streets. Here in S FL roads are flat and smooth so no issues with very low cars and 3" should be fine.
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« Reply #8114 on: July 22, 2019, 11:50:42 PM »
Why not just use splitter support rods like everyone else?

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« Reply #8115 on: July 25, 2019, 06:27:29 PM »
Well allegedly the garage door is being replaced this weekend so then the Firebird can be taken to the Fiat/Alfa/Maserati dealership so the paint and body guy can finish it.  I would say it'd be tempting to trade it in on a Fiat 124 Abarth if I had the money, but now with the Miata having received its update to the engine increasing power and the redline I'd have to go with it even though I like the looks of the 124 more.

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« Reply #8116 on: July 25, 2019, 07:53:34 PM »
Well allegedly the garage door is being replaced this weekend so then the Firebird can be taken to the Fiat/Alfa/Maserati dealership so the paint and body guy can finish it.  I would say it'd be tempting to trade it in on a Fiat 124 Abarth if I had the money, but now with the Miata having received its update to the engine increasing power and the redline I'd have to go with it even though I like the looks of the 124 more.

That'll make that Miata more fun to drive than it already is!!
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« Reply #8117 on: July 25, 2019, 11:44:26 PM »
Yes it's now the most powerful and fastest Miata from the factory ever, 181 horsepower goes a long way in a 2,330 pound car.  Though the '04-05 Mazdaspeed has the potential for much more with bolt-ons and a tune.  I'd LOVE a new Miata, especially the GT-S in Eternal Blue Mica.  Though I'll be happy with a 5/6-speed '01-05 LS(that isn't Classic Red anyway) or Special Edition.  I know I'm beyond ready to have one and enjoy driving again; having something I'll want to make my own and do things with.  Hopefully the Firebird can go to someone that'll feel the same way since it's a nice car, it's just not the car for me.  I was going to say maybe if I were half a foot taller, but then I'd really have to end myself.

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« Reply #8118 on: July 26, 2019, 07:26:19 AM »
Today I am sitting on an Adirondack chair inhaling the wonderful gulf coast air as I start a five day vaca with my wife and my two adult kids. Haven't done a family vaca in a long time and they were available so what the hey........gonna be a good five days!
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« Reply #8119 on: July 26, 2019, 07:38:10 AM »
Congrats Bill, Im happy for you. Eat some good seafood while your there. Wherever that is. LOL
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