Whole lotta Miata
maybe you should have listened to the people who said "$2k isnt that great of a price for that POS" instead of the cheerleaders who said "for only $2k you cant ask for anything more"

but done is done so here you are, it will be a great car, dont get discouraged.

now, your alternator is probably just the belt slipping. You have to loosen the tensioner to do the timing belt and you either forgot to tighten it or didnt tighten it enough, or you just got oil and coolant on the acc belt.

radiator, well you knew you needed one going in, not sure why youre melting down over that. there is a basically free upgrade where you get teh 1.8 or auto tranny version (or both, cant remember off top of my head, do your research)
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When Taylor gets everything fixed:

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You'll get there man. It's just a test of your patience and will at this point. Ask Sam how he felt when he had his 240 :lol:
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I should have stopped today... I just sheared a bleeder valve on the rear right caliper. All of y'all were right, I know, but it was either this or not have one at all.

Definitely going to take a break now.
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1992 Mazda Miata | 1990 BMW 325i  | 2007 Toyota 4Runner | 
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I feel the pain, but chill. This is hella minor. I took my car to DJ and he changed the water pump, t-stat and e-fan for me. When we put the car back together there was a crap ton of steam coming out from near the radiator. Assumed it was coolant burning off. Nope, it the radiator was leaking from a god damn weld point from one the tubes that run across to the center. I drove that poor car all the way from reston to hburg spurting a constant stream of coolant. ONE MILE from the hburg exit it starts to overheat lol. Couple days later I changed it in the dark, 19 degree drizzle, phone as a flash light and let me tell you the space to fit the radiator and shroud ain't roomy by any means lol.

At least you're in the summer and it blew when you were home Wink

YOU GOT THIS BRUH!
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After the radiator, I'm only in this car for $2750 including gaskets and fluids and everything. Still feel pretty good about it. Once I cross $3000, that's when it would be obvious I needed to save up for a better one.
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1992 Mazda Miata | 1990 BMW 325i  | 2007 Toyota 4Runner | 
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2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
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I am OFFICIALLY THE DUMBEST PERSON ON THE PLANET.

Just went outside to look at the alternator and I noticed the belt that drives it and the water pump had slipped completely off of the crank pulley and jammed between it and the block.

I'm assuming this is why my radiator exploded since there wasn't any water actually being pumped through it... I hope I didn't overheat the motor...

Also, the bolt to tension the alternator snapped off...
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1992 Mazda Miata | 1990 BMW 325i  | 2007 Toyota 4Runner | 
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2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
1989 BMW 325i Vert 2015 Fiesta ST | 1983 BMW 320i parts car
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Senor_Taylor Wrote:Also, the bolt to tension the alternator snapped off...


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Learn to love it.
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I've tightended and loosened that bolt a million times in the last could of days...
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No angle on the bolt when you were tightening or pulling it? I've had to learn to keep it straight and steady so i don't do that.
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Nope. I guess I tightened it down too much last time trying to get the belt to tension up. I know now why the belt was getting tension. How did miss this? Ugh.
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2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
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What are these two plugs? I'm assuming they're to some feature I don't have. Cruise control or fog lights?

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2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
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Pretty sure one of those is for cruise control. I think the module sits there if you have it.
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IT'S OVER, EVERYONE!

I got a coupon for $40 off at Advance auto so I pulled some money out of my savings and went and got my radiator. Installation was a total butt. It was the right stuff, but some 1 bolt had to be left out and I had to cut some of the fan shroud away. I also left the AC lines unbolted under the radiator. I'll zip tie those up later. I bought the bigger "upgrade" automatic radiator. It sure is a lot thicker than the MT one. Also, my condenser is severely bent backwards and rubs the radiator. I guess something must have hit it, but it made it really tough getting everything back together. All in all, I got it bled and ran it down the road. With the timing correct and nicely balanced tires, it is the most smooth and quiet Miata I've driven and definitely has more power now than when I bought it. It used to almost stall out when you cut the A/C on, and now it barely even shudders. Sounds way better now too. Exhaust sounds nice and the engine ticking has gone away. (I read that the lifters dry out when doing a timing belt and need to be ran for a while to get lubed up. All in all, I'm very happy. I also spent more time with my step dad today than I ever had. Hopefully this car will be our thing to bond over.

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1996 Toyota Tacoma: | 1992 Mazda Miata | 2002 BMW 325i |
2003 Toyota Tacoma | 1995 Miata M Edition | 1997 Subaru Outback |
1992 Mazda Miata | 1990 BMW 325i  | 2007 Toyota 4Runner | 
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2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
1989 BMW 325i Vert 2015 Fiesta ST | 1983 BMW 320i parts car
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Senor_Taylor Wrote:IT'S OVER, EVERYONE!

For today... Smile

That's great man, nice job! I'm sure you're looking forward to running around this summer in it.
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davej Wrote:For today... Smile

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1992 Mazda Miata | 1990 BMW 325i  | 2007 Toyota 4Runner | 
1995 Ford Windstar 1987 BMW 325i | 1987 BMW 325 | 1990 BMW 325i Vert |
2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
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Awesome!!

Good on you for getting the bigger A/T radiator. The aftermarket full-aluminum ones tend to all be the larger size (in case you're a poor soul with an automatic NA Miata... heaven help you but at least the motor can stay cool) and I always felt that extra capacity was a good thing.

FYI the lifters will tick after any overnight sitting, not just timing belt service sort of work. Oil drains out as you said, and it takes a minute or two for them to get re-lubed. No big deal, just be prepared for a bit of "oh shit is there oil in this thing" until you get used to it.
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the blue plug is just there as a spot to get 12v. (since the battery is in the trunk)
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Welp... it just failed inspection. Apparently the window needs to roll down to pass? He also said the LBJ on the driver side is bad.
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1992 Mazda Miata | 1990 BMW 325i  | 2007 Toyota 4Runner | 
1995 Ford Windstar 1987 BMW 325i | 1987 BMW 325 | 1990 BMW 325i Vert |
2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
1989 BMW 325i Vert 2015 Fiesta ST | 1983 BMW 320i parts car
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Power windows? Ask Jake about those switches, I think you can pop the caps off of them and clean up the contacts to make them work. If its the regulator you might be able to jack some working ones from a parts car if you can find one in the area.
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No. Manual. I have the window tied so it will stay up. Regulators are like $80.
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2003 Toyota Tacoma | 1995 Miata M Edition | 1997 Subaru Outback |
1992 Mazda Miata | 1990 BMW 325i  | 2007 Toyota 4Runner | 
1995 Ford Windstar 1987 BMW 325i | 1987 BMW 325 | 1990 BMW 325i Vert |
2018 VW GTI | 1990 Mazda Miata | 
1989 BMW 325i Vert 2015 Fiesta ST | 1983 BMW 320i parts car
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