The Sharka Blog

The Store Is Open

revlimiter Gauges - Version Rossa

I’ve finally gone and done it. I’ve opened a store section here on my website. So far, I’ve got gauges and window switches. Not a lot, but I’m just one guy. For all I know, that’s more than I can handle.

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Japanese Quilted Goodness

Nakamae quilted transmission tunnel cover.

Nakamae They’ve made high end Eunos Roadster interior parts for longer than I’ve been involved in the hobby. And that’s kind of a long time! I’ve lusted after their stuff since the first day I saw it, but the opportunity to buy any of their fine products never arose.

Until now.

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New Gauge Face How-To

My uber gauge install DIY

Just a quick blog post to point you to the thing that has taken up most of my Saturday – the revlimiter.net NA Miata Gauge Face Install.

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NA6 Dash Restoration Project

This humble dash is about to get the star treatment.

In this post, I repair and restore a 20 year old Miata dashboard from the 1.6 liter era. It took me a week and there’s a twist at the end. Check it out.

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2011 Rough Riders Motorbike Rally

I dare you to be manly around this face.

So. There I was in Las Vegas (the New Mexico one, not the other one) in the middle of a huge motorcycle rally. My wife and I drove up to catch a flick at the Fort Union Drive-In and had no idea there would be 7.5 million motorbikes in the town square. We also had no idea that we were staying at the hotel that was hosting the event.

I had my camera. I like things with wheels and motors. Doesn’t matter to me if there are 2 wheels or 4 wheels. So I started shooting.

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2011 Gauges – Version Rossa

Fresh from the cutting table.

In between gauge face commissions, I’ve been working on a new set for myself. Sharka has been wearing his old gauges (called “Revolution”) since around April of last year. I’ve been feeling a little tired of them and craving something a little more vintage looking. Something flashy and yet minimalist. Something that really complemented my KG Works gauge cluster.

To borrow a line from Jeremy Clarkson: And here it is.

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Robbins Cloth Top Install

Before.

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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Retro Window Switches For Sale

On the workbench.

By popular demand, I have a batch of custom Retro Electric Window Switches for sale! I’ve been busily building these over the past week. I now have a batch of four to sell.

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Sharka Feature on Garage5

Sharka on the Garage5 blog!

Sharka hits the Czech Republic via the Garage5 blog!

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Ode to a Bikini Top

It's even good at night.

I love my hardtop. I mean seriously. It’s my hardtop. I don’t call it “Sharka’s hardtop” but rather “mine”. It transforms the Miata from a floppy noodle into a real car. It offers a barrier against skin cancer and the weather. It looks gorgeous.

And then I got the bikini top.

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