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Ed Koop Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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I had originally asked this under David's '92 parts list thread, but thought I'd move it under its own post.

I'm sure there are efficiencies to be gained by 'being smart' on how you build a SM from scratch. Having all the parts are one thing - actually putting it all together is another (heck, just finding the right nut/bolt can be a challenge). So I'm curious what others have found to be the best way/steps to build a car when you start with just a tub (no cage, no seat, no engine, etc...).

Thanks!

Mike
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What perfect timing! Jim Drago of Eaststreet.com is going to be hosting a Car Construction forum here at specmiata.com. He is out of town this week but we hope to have it going by the first of the year for sure.

Stay Tuned!

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Great addition. Looking forward to it.

Will it start out with "Buy a 99 donor"
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No, it starts out "Call Jim, send him a cashier's check, wait for your car to arrive via truck."

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I am building my own Spec Miata. So far, I have loved the process. I am the butt of many jokes made by family members, relatives and friends (I live in Los Angeles). But I have also became to be admired by my young nieces and nephews.

To be fair though, some family members have been involved in the build. Changing brake and clutch lines, brake rotors, removing the air conditioning, etc.

I have most of the parts stored in my garage for the build (race cage from miata cage, seat, wheels and tires, etc.)

I have enjoyed every minute. I know this will take another year or so to complete. But I am certainly having fun along the way. I have no regrets to have chosen this route.

However, my second car, I will purchased already built.

Rony

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First step, get a copy of the Spec Miata Constuctors manual.

I can't say where or how, but I can tell you when.

Available first week of January. Watch the classifieds.

Dave

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Ed Koop Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Thanks guys...I'm really enjoying getting into the car like this (I bought my first, now I'm building my second). But it seems after I do something and get a better understanding, I realize it would have been easier to do it a different way - if only I had knowwn...

Anyway, looking forward to Jim's forum and/or the constructors manual. Should be good stuff.

Cheers!

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I think the best way to build a SM is buy one already done and make it better!

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