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SCCA_Racer
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I want to open the can of worms and see which chassis each of you recommends building if you had choice of the three. [help] I did a few searches of the forum and did not find anthing matching this question. Also, what options would you be looking for on a car to start a build from?
I know from the rule book that certain parts are allowed on certain years and not on others, so with all of you out there having many years of seat time which chassis, year, and options would you start with?
Try to keep from flaming each other [shame] and focus on the car instead [thumbsup] .
Thanks for the help. [thumbsup]

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Joshua, The NC is not allowed in Spec Miata. The cars are all VERY equal. Some claim an NB '99 is the way to go. I would start with the cheapest, rust free, straight (never been in a crash) car that you can find.

I think in SFR you have some kind of SSM. I would look into that and then target a '90-'93.

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So, I'll be the one to say it. Unless you really get off on building, you are waaaaay better off buying a good, already built, Spec Miata. Threads about that can be found dating back what seems like a decade.
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99.

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My mistake on the NC as I have been reading so much thank I blurred it into SpecMiata.
I am looking a SealedSpecMiata since is a little cheaper, but I do not want that to limit which car I choose.
Wheel, I have my own shop, so building a car is not a mechanic issue as I can handle everything except the cage.
I had heard 99, but does somebody want to share why? I drove 91 SSM car for school, so I know what the NA chassis and motor are like.
I have done some pricing and for a 90-93 street car w/o hardtop build and it would cost around $8,000 to convert with all my labor donated.
Maybe I should have changed this thread to say, "What order would you put the preferred years in for a build?"
Keep the replies coming...

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The general concensus from the East coast would be 99 as Todd points out. The far West coast has been dominated by the 1.6 and the 94 (When Hooverspeed was in town), probably not so much because of chassis capability, but more so becuase of knowledge and development over years. There are some track specific benefits to each of the years, but the fact is that when folks concentrate development efforts on a particular chassis (99 East, and 1.6 West) and the best drivers drive those cars that have benefited from the concetrated development, the results will show what you would expect to see.

Long winded way to say it depends on a few factors, so go with what you think you can logically take to the highest level of prep given your resources both monetarilly and accumulated knowledge of those around you.

-bw

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You'll have fun no matter which one you choose.

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build a 99 or you will hate your self just like i do now.

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For now, '99.

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Sean,

Doesn't mean much (per my statement above), but has a 99 ever won in SFR. I'm almost positive none have won in WA or OR.

-bw

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I think Ed won once in a '99 a few years ago at Pacific Raceways.

I think it was raining and the rest of us crashed or went home.

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NC ftw

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you can run the NC in ARRC [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by wheel:
So, I'll be the one to say it. Unless you really get off on building, you are waaaaay better off buying a good, already built, Spec Miata. Threads about that can be found dating back what seems like a decade.
wheel

I had a great time building mine and learned much about the car. I tell myself it makes me a better driver but who knows...

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quote:
Originally posted by B Wilson:
Sean,

Doesn't mean much (per my statement above), but has a 99 ever won in SFR. I'm almost positive none have won in WA or OR.

-bw

A 99 did win the 25 hour in NASA, it was kind of fast with a good east coast driver line up. [Wink]

Not sure the lap times but think they were ok [Big Grin]

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So is 1 driver still considered a lineup [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by JIM DANIELS:
quote:
Originally posted by B Wilson:
Sean,

Doesn't mean much (per my statement above), but has a 99 ever won in SFR. I'm almost positive none have won in WA or OR.

-bw

A 99 did win the 25 hour in NASA, it was kind of fast with a good east coast driver line up. [Wink]

Not sure the lap times but think they were ok [Big Grin]

thanks a lot for reminding me Jim [Frown]

-bw

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