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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:16 pm 
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The Miata makes and excellent Locost donor. It uses an independent rear suspension which presents a challenge for builders using Ron Champion "book" based plans which are designed around a solid rear axle.

If you are using a Miata donor, you must buy Keith Tanner's book.

Using the Miata rear subframe:
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4083

Can I use a RX-7 LSD with my Miata based build?
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2585

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Here are some Miata builds using the entire Miata drivetrain:

Keith Tanner literally wrote the book on the Miata-based Locost, How To Build a Cheap Sports Car ( http://www.cheapsportscar.net ). Keith's build log ( http://www.cheapsportscar.net/diary.php?UID=1 ) parallels, but does not duplicate, his book.

Mark Rivera has been an inspiration to many Miata builders, particularly in his use of the Miata rear subframe. This and more is detailed in his Miata-Based MX-7 Locost Project: http://rivera.fotomojo.us/g/MX7 .


Please reply to this thread with other builds that can be added as Miata builds.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:52 am 
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Any recommendation on selling off the parts to try to regain some donor cost? Any certain parts go better than others?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:04 am 
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Throw the parts on Craigslist. Interior parts sell well, Miata owners in the Cincinnati SCCA chapter would be interested in parts. Where in Cincinnati are you located?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:57 am 
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I would also try the Spec Miata web site. I used them for selling some of my '01 Miata parts. I sold the unibody to a gentleman who raced in Spec Miata.

Here's their site: http://mazdaracers.com/forum/100-spec-miata/

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krepus wrote:
Throw the parts on Craigslist. Interior parts sell well, Miata owners in the Cincinnati SCCA chapter would be interested in parts. Where in Cincinnati are you located?


Lawrenceburg, IN


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:34 pm 
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With the rear quarter damage, I'm doubting anyone will want the shell. The car looks to have had a couple Maaco paint jobs (or worse) over its lifetime. There is over-spray everywhere. They didn't even pull the lenses. They all have blue paint along the edges.

The nice thing is, the damage only took out the battery, taillight and bumper. The doors & fenders don't look bad, except for paint chips.


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