There I was, minding my own business, checking the mail. It was a typical Saturday morning. I wasn’t expecting anything other than more bills and coupon books. Nothing special. And what do I find in the middle of the coupons than a small package with a customs slip from Japan!
It was addressed to Sharka.
I zoomed inside and tore it open. Enclosed was what you see above. The Joyfast valve cover bolt dress up kit. And a card! My buddy Stoly sent me (er, Sharka) a Christmas gift!!! I was blown away. Speechless. Beside myself. Totally caught off guard. I sent a very lame and badly typed email (or text?) of thanks. Seriously, I was speechless.
This is one of those things that was on my “Someday In The Future” car wishlist. Stoly has the same bolt kit on his car, Scrat. I think I commented once or twice how nice it looked. (His whole engine bay is just incredible.) And Stoly apparently remembered and sent me (er, Sharka) this very kind and unexpected Christmas gift.
Thank you very much, Stoly. And a merry Christmas to you and your family! (And especially to Scrat)
And now for the toy pix!
Merry Christmas everyone!
How are the washers on Joyfast kit did they deform when installed. The reason I am asking is because I got a kit from Rspeed and it came without washers. The washers I found are 1mm and deform when the bolts get torque.
P.S. your car is just stunning.
Yes, my washers deformed. But the good news is they only do it once. You can remove and retorque and not get additional deformation.
My Joyfast bolts are actually in a baggy at the moment. I’m back with the stock chrome acorn bolts. They’re just faster to put on and take off. I needed this speed while putting my engine back together (and apart and together) after doing my head gasket. I had that valve cover off… must have been 5 times.
I was wondering did you paint your own valve cover? How was this project done? It appears to be powder coated. Mine is in need of some serious beautifying on my ’96. Awesome work on your car and great website!
Mine is indeed powdercoated. A local shop did this for me. My NA8C intake manifold was done at the same time. I ran that manifold for about 3 months and then I got the 99 engine with a different intake manifold. heh.
There’s a dude on clubroadster that runs a business called Candy Coating (I think) that’s done some VERY pretty valve covers. You might go over there and try to find his contact info? Tell him I sent ya!
Thanks for the tip! I found a local shop willing to do this and they quoted me around $150…in due time! I was wondering would you recommend the stock NGK Spark plug wires over Racing Beat Ultra Red Hot wires for a stock 1.8L? Also, I have been having some trouble deciding on a decent exhaust system upgrade for better performance and road use in California. I can’t upgrade to a system that eliminates the cat/downstream O2 sensor because of local smog requirements! Do you have any recommendations?
P.S. Last night I just upgraded my suspension to the Eibach Pro-Kit with Bilstein HD shocks upon test driving I think I just officially fell in love with my Miata! On the front passenger side I tried my own method to swap the suspension and it took me 3-4 hours…and the other side (front) I tried your method of removing the one one long bolt across the top wishbone and it took me 45 min. with no injuries! lol
Yeah… to be honest, I’ve never had a problem with the stock NGK Blues. They last about 2 years and are cheap to replace. I’ve tried Magnecors and some yellow ones (ACCEL I think) and neither of them were appreciably better than the NGKs. I’ve been a Blue user for 11 years now.
Racing Beat has a GREAT exhaust that works fine with that downstream CAT/o2 sensor. I had their Power Pulse for a few years. It flowed nice and was not too loud. I had the one with the resonator in the midpipe.