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About SBrian2

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  • Birthday 09/18/1975
  1. Disneyland: The Lincoln Lair

    Disney, who did you have build the building? Tara and I are looking at buying some land and a huge garage is first on the list. I have a meeting with the Morton guy this afternoon.
  2. 1995 Miata R Package Turbo

    We ran in stock class, so the only mods were shocks, front sway bar and cat back exhaust. In that trim it weighed 2140 lbs. and made a whopping 114 hp at the wheels.
  3. So about 14 years ago, the wife and I picked up a low mileage Miata to use for autocross competition. I was a factory package developed for racing that was fairly low production, only 465 in 1995 were produced. Here is what it looked like when we got the car. We spent the first year (2002) just doing regional competitions, moved up to divisional competition the next year, and national level competition in 2004. The car gave both of us a SCCA National Championship in 2007 and my wife Tara went on to win one more in it while I came close with a second the following year. I quit driving the car in 2009 to drive my buddy's 1993 RX7 and Tara continued to drive the car through the 2014 season. Here is a shot of it in race trim. After the 2014 season, the classing changed to a point where the car was no longer competitive. Owningthree Miatas didn't make sense, so we decided to sell the 1990 that I had turbocharged. I put the car back as close to stock as I could get it and sold it to a racing friend in Ohio. That left me with a pile of good parts to put on the R package to make it our new fun car since it was retired from competition. I immediately swapped the suspension, wheels and tires, roll bar, and new soft top from the 1990 over to the 1995. That is where the project stalled for all of last year. Not wanting the car to be down for the summer, but wanting it to be turbocharged, I decided last weekend to tear into it in preparation. I took a perfectly running, near mint, somewhat rare, three time national championship winning R Package Miata from this: to this: I know most are wondering why I completely removed the engine and all of the front sheet metal. Having to put a clutch in it and also wanting to weld a oil return bung on the oil pan rather than just drilling and tapping, removing the engine seemed like the easiest way to get there plus it allows me the opportunity to clean and paint the block and clean the engine bay to get rid of 20+ years of funk. I also need to repaint the bottom portions of the front fenders after being sandblasted by R compound tires for 12 years plus the car is easier to work on with them removed. Ihave a freshly painted front bumper and vented hood to go on after the turbo install is complete. That is it for now.
  4. Cars n Coffee

    I've never been, but the wife is out of town and I'm bored so I may bring the vette out tomorrow.
  5. First 100 miles in my 2016 GT350R

    This car is so bad ***! I am normally not a Ford guy, but I can't think of another car made right now that I would rather haveexcept fora C7 Z06. -Brian
  6. New old guy

    I bought that truck in 1999 with just under a 100K miles on it, painted it, put a 2" body lift on it, and the wheels then sold it to my parents in 2003 to buy a 4Runner. I borrowed it a few weeks later and it was at my house when a hail storm came through and beat the crap out of it. My parents used it for the next 10 years and never fixed the hail damage or ever even washed it, but kept it maintainedand put limited miles on it. I bought it back 2 years ago and restored it cosmetically for my wife to put around town in. It has just over 160K on it now. Thanks, I have a build thread of that on another forum if your interested, but it is pretty out of date. Thanks, the FRC is pretty rare. Only 391 built in that color over 2 years.
  7. New old guy

    Like you are one to talk?
  8. New old guy

    Ask and ye shall receive. The only photos that aren't entirely accurate are the CRX, it looks much rougher these days and has a bike rack on top of it now and the red Miata is actually my old 1990 that I sold, but scavenged all the parts off of to put on the 1995 and don't have a pic of it in the current state.
  9. New old guy

    I recognize a lot of names here from the old Tennesspeed site. I had swore off car forums for the past few years because I really didn't have time for them and also didn't want to deal with a lot of the drama that comes with them. I really want to reconnect with the car community now that I have a little more free time. I'm not an import guy, not a domestic guy, not a truck guy, nor a hot rod guy, I am all of those. I love cars of all types and hate to see the condemnation that many of these forums bring, hopefully this place is different. My current stable is quite diverse and consists of: 1957 Chevy 150 sedan - former drag car with a big block, now pro street 1989 Toyota 4x4 - cosmetically restored 1991 Honda CRX hf - the gas sipper 1995 Mazda Miata - low buck caged track car 1995 Mazda Miata - 50K mile R package turbo project 2000 Chevrolet Corvette FRC - autocross car 2004 Chevrolet 2500HD 4x4- tow rig 2006 Trailblazer SS - garage queen 2007 BMW 328i - daily driver