Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Taterhead » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:47 am

What they said ^^



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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by HRH » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:06 pm

Fuck yeah, I'm jealous of your skills and dedication Indy.

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:42 pm

Where we left off, in March, my dedication was slowly fading. I put the body back on, and the new roof line looked horrible ... (you will see below) ... so I didn't want to update the thread while the car was back in storage. I almost gave up on the whole project.

Before the body went back on, I had to finish welding the roof:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:46 pm

I went super slow welding, keeping each tack 10-12 inches from the last tack:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:54 pm

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:57 pm

I achieved the taller (stock-looking) windshield height I wanted, but the roof line only looked "okay" from this angle:

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and it looked weird from the side:

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:01 pm

The bigger issue was the back end looked like it was sagging down on the drivers side:

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:08 pm

I took the body back off, drilled three holes down the center line of the roof, and started trying to make the body level and even from the centerline strings:

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and started hacking up the doors:

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:15 pm

I didn't take many pics, but I had to remove all of the body's bracing to get it back to level, centered, and square'ish. Then I added a 1.5"x.075" square tube as rocker panels to keep the doors even both sides:

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2dr doors are about 6" longer than 4dr front doors, so I made these 5.5" longer:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:21 pm

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:24 pm

The roof had a nasty rust hole, before I tried to make it look like a coupe roof:

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:29 pm

That rust made the coupe roof idea seem more logical, because I cut it out completely to bend the back of the roof:

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:32 pm

The rain gutter line turned out better on the passenger side:

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:43 pm

I sold the 2dr 710 recently and immediately bought the used Airrex Miata suspension I had been eye'ing for 8 months. Luckily they were still for sale and cheaper too:

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So it was time to get rid of this ride height:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:45 pm

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:51 pm

Laecaon wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:48 am
I cant wait to see it sitting lower.
noflers wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:11 am
What are you having to do to the miata tub to make the 510 metal fit?
Sorry it took so long, but it's lower and here's how much I've had to cut so far. It is definitely structurally compromised:

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:55 pm

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Indy510 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:57 pm

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by DRIVEN » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:30 pm

This car is nutz.
When the only tool you have is a hammer every problem starts to look like a hippy.

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Re: Really Ratty Rusty Ruby 510/miata

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Post by Taterhead » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:40 am

I think it’s the guy.


Obviously my testicles haven’t grown to full capacity enough to attempt such an awesome endeavor. But I love watching it.

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