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Miata rebuild thread 2014

16 March 2014 - 03:05 PM

So I finally decided to rebuild the motor in the Miata...after 175k very hard miles it just needs some TLC and rebuilding a motor has been on my bucket list since I was 10.

On the way are:
10 pound flywheel (stock is ~22 pounds)
new clutch
new oil pump
every seal and gasket on the motor
new rings and new bearings

I picked up an engine stand for cheap as well as a load leveler and a hoist. I bought the various one-off tools I'll need to do the rings and install the pistons, though they are surprisingly cheap.

All in I'm at just over $600 so far thanks to deal-hunting and free shipping. With fluids, paint, and everything else I imagine I'll spend another $100-$150 or so but be left with a MUCH nicer and hopefully much happier car. :)

While the motor is out I (and Amanda, since she's discovered that painting can be fun) will be freshening up the engine bay and cowl area. The prior owner spilled brake fluid everywhere so it's in need of a bit of love. :lol:

I'm still debating on pulling the head apart since it's a reasonably fresh rebuild. If the valves look clean I'll probably leave it alone but if they're nasty I have new seals and keepers.

Started a bit today...

Hood off:

Headlights out, cowl cleaned out:

Tower brace removed and intake starting to come apart (and you can see how nasty the bay really is...the prior owner spilled brake fluid all over and ruined a lot of the paint):

...and this is why I love my wife:

I'll be pulling more apart as I get parts in this week and over the next few weeks as the car becomes more and more of an empty roller. :lol:

Warning for idiots (like me) -

23 September 2013 - 05:02 AM

Don't smack your head climbing out of the hatch of a car after rushing to cram the cars into the garage in a hailstorm. Spent the night with a NASTY headache that Advil didn't put a dent in and now I'm a walking zombie and get to waste sick time for the day since I didn't sleep at all.

Fun times. :rolleyes: :lol:

Windows 8 is broken (RTC)

18 August 2013 - 01:52 PM

I haven't seen confirmation of this yet...but if it's true (and it does seem to be)...beware when overclocking or underclocking your base clock on Windows 8: http://hwbot.org/new...cepted_at_hwbot

Essentially, Windows 8 uses the system bus for it's realtime clock (RTC). Changing it changes how the OS measures time. :lol:

Korean 27" 2560x1440 monitors -

16 June 2013 - 04:33 PM

They're awesome.

I got mine for $320 shipped (and it came in 2 days) with a pixel-perfect guarantee (no dead pixels) and a 1 year warranty.

It only has a dual-DVI input along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. There's no on-screen display, no color adjustment, no nothing -- just a backlight control and a sound control (which is exactly what I wanted).

Out of the box calibration is excellent and required very little tweaking to get the full black->white range correct. There's very little backlight bleed and no dead pixels. Color calibration is pretty good to my eyes but I don't have a meter.

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This specific one is an X-Star model. It has a Samsung PLS panel and it's freakin' beautiful even compared to BluePanda's new HP IPS displays.

Building a new computer -

08 March 2013 - 08:06 PM

No, not what you're thinking.

Over the next few weeks (hopefully) I'll be assembling, testing, and installing a new computer for my fun little POS of a car.

Behold my new nightmare:

I get to build the whole thing essentially from scratch, program it, and with any luck, tune it. :rofl: