Updates since last time. So after ordering all the parts to do the engine overhaul, I also noticed another issue:
Fuel was just running out of the carburetor and dripping right onto the exhaust manifold 😧
So while I was at the maintenance, I ordered a rebuild gasket kit and went through the carb as well. I also found that the water outlet had rusted out pretty bad and went about ordering a new outlet, t-stat housing, and gaskets.
While I was in there, I decided to go about pulling out the remainder of the AC system that was left over after the truck was robbed of the compressor and blower motor:
Started to put everything back together, replacement parts:
- New headlight relay/harness (no more battery drain)
- Re-loomed wiring to horns, starter
- New carb seals
- New intake/exhaust gasket
- New spark plugs
- New plug wires
- New distributor cap
- New t-stat & housing
- New water outlet
- New air filter
- New oil/filter
- Flushed coolant system/new coolant
- New trans fluid
I really need to take another engine bay pic as it is pretty tidy, but I didn't want to take my phone out with my grubby hands at the time.
I then moved onto the next order of business, replacing the horrid, bouncy suspension. After pulling out the first strut, the problem became pretty clear:
Completely blown, possibly original. Since I originally just thought it rode poorly due to cheapy suspension, I ordered the "premium" struts:
Those were fun to get onto the truck with all the rust (don't worry, I misplaced, found, installed the new bushings after this picture).
That brings us up to today. Next week I'll be going about ordering tires for my next project of 2. Sneak peaks of each:
I'll be doing a separate post about these wheels once I get tires mounted and balanced.
After that, I ended up grabbing a certain item before I was planning to. A friend in the Miata community was clearing out some parts to fund his FD RX-7, which lead me to grab this:
The one expensive piece I wanted for my interior. I've always wanted a Nardi woodgrain, but it didn't make sense for my ND Miata. I'll be ordering a quick release and hub (and some new horns since mine were completely crapped out) in the next couple weeks.
For now, I need to take a little break =_=