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    Finished off the bumper bar side of things today....

    Finished off the bumper bar side of things today. Welded the ends, then welded the 'paddles' to the bar.

    I'm pretty proud of this one. Turns out, getting welding practice makes your welding...
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    Oh yeah, for $40 it's a no brainer. Do it all...

    Oh yeah, for $40 it's a no brainer. Do it all once and forget about it, vs doing the hard part twice lol
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    You're going to need to bleed it again when you...

    You're going to need to bleed it again when you replace the hydraulics. The car's almost 20 years old, might as well replace the master slave cylinders then bleed it once.
    IMO and all that :)
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    I got the ends of the frame rails where I cut out...

    I got the ends of the frame rails where I cut out the bumper bar boxed back in, for both strength and safety working around that area.

    MIG welding thin, old sheet metal with .030 wire is a pain in...
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    Sticky: It never ends. Mazdaspeed finally did me wrong...

    It never ends. Mazdaspeed finally did me wrong (only took them 15 years lol)
    They sent upper ball joint boots instead of the lowers I need. The lower joint, since it takes more load, is a good bit...
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    Sticky: Of course, no matter how careful I am and how...

    Of course, no matter how careful I am and how nice of a tool I use, I always manage to booger up at least 1 of the ball joint boots on removal.
    I've got a new boot coming, but they're a real pain in...
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    Enclosed trailers are cheap. Toy haulers aren't....

    Enclosed trailers are cheap. Toy haulers aren't.

    So I bought the enclosed trailer (rlaugh)
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    Engine's out: ...

    Engine's out:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48559110641_da00d246ba_o.jpg

    And the new subframe in. I had to pat my head and rub my tummy and figure out which order the bolts wanted to go...
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    Sticky: It was brought to my attention today that this...

    It was brought to my attention today that this was the fastest ever run by a Miata up this hillclimb course!
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    Sticky: That's quite an update, I hope that actually...

    That's quite an update, I hope that actually corrects the issue.

    Imagine how much easier all that would be if you cut the whole front out of the car though! (rlaugh)
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    Sticky: I also may have started hacking away at it like a...

    I also may have started hacking away at it like a maniac with an angle grinder and sawzall affliction....

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    I figure the engine...
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    Project "Bolt-on bumper bar" is underway I...

    Project "Bolt-on bumper bar" is underway
    I figure the engine will likely be in and out a bunch with the upcoming project, so I might as well make it easier on myself and be able to pull the engine...
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    Sticky: Thanks! With an unbelievably successful...

    Thanks!
    With an unbelievably successful Hillclimb in the books: It begins.

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    ...
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    With an incredible Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb...

    With an incredible Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb in the books: It begins.

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    Sticky: Ran the Lucky Number 13th running of the Chasing...

    Ran the Lucky Number 13th running of the Chasing the Dragon Hill Climb in North Carolina this weekend and exceeded even my wildest hopes for what I and the car would be able to do.
    We rolled it off...
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    Sticky: What stage of grief is "Racing Orange 30AE...

    What stage of grief is "Racing Orange 30AE Miata"? (rlaugh)
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    Sticky: The Chasing the Dragon Hill Climb is this coming...

    The Chasing the Dragon Hill Climb is this coming weekend. Coming to hang out? :D
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    Sticky: Can't believe I didn't post this here :D ...

    Can't believe I didn't post this here :D

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    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48388371257_03e63372e8_o.jpg


    Stickers make you...
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    Park bench status :D ...

    Park bench status :D

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    Took the mandatory park-bench shot: ...

    Took the mandatory park-bench shot:

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    Then did some very important race car arts & crafts:
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    Sticky: Cool, I've got a bunch of friends who'll be...

    Cool, I've got a bunch of friends who'll be there. Next weekend (Aug 10/11) is the hill climb, so this weekend's all prep for me
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    Finished the Wang install. Trimmed the trunk and...

    Finished the Wang install. Trimmed the trunk and got everything bolted back together. About all I need to do is grab some touch-up paint and clean up the bits I hat to cut to clear the uprights.

    I...
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    Back to the engine: got the oiling & timing...

    Back to the engine: got the oiling & timing system buttoned up for the time being. It looks pretty scabby on the outside (despite my best efforts to clean it...this engine needs a hot tank BADLY),...
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    Sort of like a diff or trans fill where the top...

    Sort of like a diff or trans fill where the top plug is essentially the 'high water mark'. With the aftermarket pan, the stock dipstick doesn't really mean much anymore, so that's the 'full' mark.
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    https://media.giphy.com/media/l0IyajjbNiRvCr7RC/gi...

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