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02 May 2014 @ 10:45 am
I got a new toy. It's imperfect and will require some work, but it's fun:

Mon Apr 28 15:09:00 2014
original - 2454 kB

first sight

Mon Apr 28 15:13:42 2014
original - 1876 kB

top still folds

Wed Apr 30 13:40:34 2014
original - 2302 kB

with the hard top, after 400 miles
and 6" of rain

Thu May 1 00:59:27 2014
original - 1366 kB

Yes, the clearcoat is toast

2001 Mazda Miata Special Edition (which means it has a special color combination and some bling over the LS trim)

It needs some stuff (like paint on the hood and fender) but is otherwise solid, never seen a England Winter!
Chipceo on May 2nd, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)

That an actual roll cage? I'm guessing not, since I don't see any reinforcement of the windshield frame.
milktreemilktree on May 2nd, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
It's not a roll *cage*, but it's a functional roll-bar.

Miatas have *very* strong A-pillars, there are documented cases of the windshield frame supporting ones that have flipped. The combination of the roll bar and strong windshield gives it pretty sturdy roll-over protection. It would still suck, but you wouldn't be crushed.

It's not sufficient for racing in some classes, but it's a huge improvement over stock.
regisrmd on May 2nd, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
milktreemilktree on May 2nd, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)

Um.. not with you. You wouldn't be comfortable for more than about 20 minutes. Actually, you might not even fit in without hitting your head on the roof, your torso is quite a lot longer than mine.

No, I'm not doing a TSD rally with the top down, we'd loose all the papers and not be able to hear each other.
traciyiy on May 3rd, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
metabomber on May 5th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
Miata Is Always The Answer.

Great find.