Category: DIY

Robbins Cloth Top Install

Bucky's old torn and weathered soft top.

Anyone who’s ever owned a car without a metal roof has thought about this topic. What do you do when the old soft top is done and in need of swapping out? Go to full time hardtop or buy a new piece of material to keep the rain off your head? Since I already have one hardtop Roadster, I decided to invest in some new cloth for my 2001 Miata and tackle one of the few maintenance tasks left that I’ve never done.

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Sorta-easy Coolant Reroute – part 2

The Big Hose - the thing that makes this "easy."

Part TWO of Sharka’s coolant re-route! There are very few toy photos, but that’s the only deficiency in this post. 18 more coolant re-route photos round out this DIY project. Take a peek.

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Easy Coolant Reroute – part 1

Coolant re-route parts! Ninja not included.

Part one of Sharka’s coolant re-route. There was just too many photos to get everything into one blog post. And there was this little ninja who threatened me if I didn’t put this up right away…

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Tie Rod End Swap

93LE tie rod kit! (Helpers not included)

This is one of those items that’s been on my to-do list for quite a few years – swapping out Sharka’s stock tie rod ends for the 93 LE / 94 R-package ends. They help address the bump steer issues on a lowered car and it’s one part of a Miata that I’ve never replaced. That second reason alone is enough to justify the job.

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Suzuki Cappuccino (Nopro) Washer Fluid Bottle

There's a monster at the end of this post.

Installing a Suzuki Cappuccino washer fluid bottle into a left hand drive Miata? With parts found in an abandoned train yard? Sounds like madness. But then again, I take pictures of toys in public like it was perfectly normal.

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Small Things

Hand-polished steering wheel bolts.

I did a few small things to Sharka this past weekend. Stuff that might not normally make it to my blog. Just little things to get out of the house and enjoy an unexpectedly warm January weekend.

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Radiator Mouth Shrouding – 1st version

High tech radiator ducting material

My Koyo radiator is doing great with my spiffy new turbo. Sharka is staying pretty cool. Except for at highway speeds. When cruising around on the freeways at 75 mph, the coolant temps seem to hover in the 200-205 *F range. That… bothers me….

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Air Compressor Drain Valve Mod

Failed and rusty drain valve.

700 words on replacing a broken air compressor drain valve with a totally awesome ball valve. Because what’s better than spending $30 to fix a $3 broken part? Not much, my friends, not much.

Except for doing all of this with the help of a small robotic scorpion.

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The Hardtop Security Project – part 2

Security bolts to prevent the top striker from being unbolted.

The 2nd part of my hardtop security project. I’ve got rare bolts from the UK, bolt specs that you can use on your own car, and lots of pix.

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Miata Soft Top Removal

Looks really clean without any soft top poking up.

This is sort of a required step on my road to hardtop-only motoring. It didn’t seem like there was much information out there on this. There’s a ton of pages dealing with Miata soft top replacement, but not much on how to make a car look good with no soft top whatsoever. So, if you want to lose 37-42 lbs and turn your roadster into a speedster, read on.

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