The Sharka Blog

Head Gasket Time (and every other gasket)

A big box of parts from Mazdacomp.

Sharka needs a head gasket. A normal person wouldn’t be happy about this. Me? I’m ecstatic!

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My Tow Hook Worked!

Sharka is not posing in front of the Taco Bell by choice.

So there I was, sitting at a traffic light on the quiet side of an intersection. I’d just had dinner with my buddy Stoly (not at Taco Bell, at a much nicer nearby tavern) and was ready to go home and kick back. And…. THUD.

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Works Bell Rapfix QRSII Quick Release

Works Bell QRS - sorry for the lack of toy helpers.

In hopes of adding a little security to my Roadster, I’ve added a Works Bell quick release. And I took a whole ton of photos of it!

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Firefox 4 in Ubuntu via PPA

Firefox 4 on Ubuntu

I’ve not done a Linux post in a while. I thought that Firefox 4 deserved it.

Modern Ubuntu releases have made this whole process incredibly easy.

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Tool Review: Spill-Free Funnel

The Napa Spill-free Funnel. The radiator burping master.

Got bubbles in your coolant system? You need this. This awesomely-huge funnel is designed to help you burp your radiator without fluid overflowing everywhere.

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What Top?

No roofs for miles.

After a year and a very long winter, I finally took Sharka’s hardtop off.

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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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Contents Under Pressure

Classic Instruments Boost Gauge

Sharka gets a new Classic Instruments boost gauge to replace a tired “modern” one. The result is this post and far too many pix of a single gauge.

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Micro Machines MR2 Photoshoot

In the Downtown slums.

The newest member of the revlimiter.net fleet: a pewter MK1 MR2. A very very small MR2. Smaller than a US quarter. Check it out!

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Happiness is a New Helmet

Shoei RF-1100 in silver.

This is the 2nd helmet I’ve ever owned. I’ve suffered along with the same uncomfortable bargain rack KBC helmet for all of my racing life. It finally expired, so I treated myself to something a bit nicer.

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