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Offline marcmax

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Seduced by the dark side
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:44:11 AM »
All my good intentions of resurrecting the R65LS that I bought as a spare parts bike have been pushed aside by a (gasp) cage.
A good friend of mine, who is also a mechanic by profession, called and said that as part of a car parts trade he was given a free car. Being a tri-five Chevy kind of guy he had no use for it and asked if I wanted it. A 1994 Mazda Miata is now sitting in his shop.
A quick search found a used Miata engine with 60k miles on it along with a 6-speed transmission for $900. He told me if I bought the parts he would do the work in exchange for beer. New engine and transmission is on the way and the old blown engine is already out. One of his buddies even donated a set of 18" wheels with useable tires to the project.
Keep your bike in good repair: ?motorcycle boots are not comfortable for walking. ?

1982 R65ls ? ? ? ?1984 R65ls ? ? ? ?1991 K75

Offline wilcom

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 10:13:07 AM »
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pushed aside by a (gasp) cage
Nice score!! The Miata has always caught my eye.
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline marcmax

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 10:33:22 AM »
Nothing beats a free car. Well almost free. The parts are starting to add up but still starting at $0.00 and buying an engine/transmission and all the odds and ends (fuel pump, radiator, timing belt, clutch, etc.) I am still at under $1500

The only thing close to a motorcycle on a nice day is a ragtop with the top down.
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Offline wilcom

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2018, 11:16:19 AM »
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The only thing close to a motorcycle on a nice day is a ragtop with the top down

Sports car with the topdown is the #1 way to see the country side. I spend too much time "riding the motorcycle" and miss a lot, plus the eclipsed peripheral vision with a full helmet, makes the rag top #1
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Jschara

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2018, 02:03:13 PM »
You have very nice friends.

Offline Tony Smith

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2018, 04:27:22 PM »
And I always thought that Miatas (or MX5s as they are known here) were only ever owned by gay hairdressers called Stefan.  (Not that there is anything wrong with that)
1978 R100RS| 1981 R100RS (JPS) | 1984 R65 | 1992 KLE500 | 2002 R1150GSA |

Offline wilcom

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2018, 04:32:08 PM »
With prices of Alfa's, Triumph, Healey's & MG's from my era sure makes a  gay hairdressers car look attractive
« Last Edit: December 19, 2018, 04:35:04 PM by wilcom »
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Tony Smith

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2018, 05:49:04 PM »
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With prices of Alfa's, Triumph, Healey's & MG's from my era sure makes a  gay hairdressers car look attractive


Well there is that.
1978 R100RS| 1981 R100RS (JPS) | 1984 R65 | 1992 KLE500 | 2002 R1150GSA |

Offline marcmax

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2018, 05:50:20 PM »
Its probably one of the most underrated sports car of its era, near perfect weight distribution, great handling and more available go-fast goodies than you can imaging, turbos and superchargers. There are even folks making a kit to put a Corvette V8 under the hood and making a "Monster Miata". It will snap your neck.
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Offline wilcom

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2018, 06:15:10 PM »
Hagerty had good things to say about the Miata just lately. You made a better score than I initially thought

1990–98 Mazda MX-5 Miata (+48.4%)(valuation increase)

Average value in #3 (Good) condition: $6100
The first-generation (aka “NA”) Miata made a huge splash when Mazda brought it out in 1989. The cheap roadster had been dead for about a decade, but the Miata revived it and has owned that market ever since. On balance, it’s been just about the best sports car for your money for almost 30 years. But because “Miata is always the answer” and because they’re cheap, a lot of them have been raced, modded, or just generally beat on. This means that nice, collector-grade examples are increasingly rare, and 2018 showed that the charm of those adorable pop-up headlights and smiley grille are in high demand.
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline marcmax

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2018, 10:06:37 PM »
The first thing my son said was "Come on Dad. Let's drop a V-8 in it." First thing is the conversion is min. $5-6k. I could do it as my friend is the best mechanic I have ever met and is a hp junkie but I would probably kill myself within a couple of years. Second is it is a fantastic drive as is. Top down heading down A1A (the coast highway) into Florida it doesn't get any better.
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Offline tiggum

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2018, 10:44:23 PM »
NA Miatas of that vintage, with the 1.8 litre engine are great for most every kind of use EXCEPT for droning down the interstate on a long trip.  Around town, in the hill country with lotsa curves, and short trips, they are extraordinarily well-balanced vehicles.

Offline marcmax

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2018, 11:20:11 PM »
Thank you Sir. A man who appreciates the machine for what it is intended for. A fun driving experience. It will never be the fastest (maybe), it sure isn't the most comfortable, but it is definitely what a 2 seat, top down, fun to drive sports car should be.
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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2019, 06:36:44 PM »
Just about ready to put it back on the road. Still have to replace the front wheel bearings. Drove it for the first time this weekend and the bearings howl. Also need some new tires as the one on it I wouldn't trust to go around town. Still.....
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Offline Justin B.

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Re: Seduced by the dark side
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2019, 10:46:05 PM »
They are a neat little car.
Justin B.

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