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Old 12-24-2018, 06:27 PM
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Arrow The Build: 2004 Miata Mazdaspeed w/LS3 crate motor

I've had a huge fascination for little cars w/big motors ever since reading about the Baldwin - Motion 350/454 Vegas decades ago. This guy did an incredible amount of work to get it right.



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I was just talking with a friend about doing an ultra lightweight 4.6 WAP block sohc screamer build for one of these.

arguing that being a better choice over the LS cost and what not.
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There was a Windsor-powered Miata on the Power Tour this year. Dude was driving like a granny every time I was around him, but it looked like it would've been fun as hell to drive. Big fan of swaps like this.
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:25 AM
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I didn't have the time to watch all 14 YouTube videos....what was the final cost of the build?

These guys originated the Miata swap with 5.0L engines: https://monstermiata.webs.com/


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This is a bigger project than people think.
Guy in the video makes it seem so easy .
I guy I know at work did a fantastic swap Pontiac Solstice with a Chevrolet crate motor LS3 same as in video ,WOW it is a Monster , Conversion looks factory .
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:08 PM
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I was just talking with a friend about doing an ultra lightweight 4.6 WAP block sohc screamer build for one of these.

arguing that being a better choice over the LS cost and what not.
Not sure a 4.6 will fit due to it's physical size. LS or Ford small block is the best way to do it.
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This is a bigger project than people think.
Guy in the video makes it seem so easy .
I guy I know at work did a fantastic swap Pontiac Solstice with a Chevrolet crate motor LS3 same as in video ,WOW it is a Monster , Conversion looks factory .


I just watched most of every video and only saw him actually make A/C condenser brackets and exhaust pipes. I honestly fail to see this as a stressful project. It is 99% a kit car. Anyone with basic auto knowledge, tools, and a thick wallet could build that!

Cookies go to the guys who made it all happen and eventually designed a kit so this dude and many others could go on to make “build” videos. LOL




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Old 12-26-2018, 09:33 PM
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I was a little suspicious of the guy because his garage was frickin' spotless...
No grease, no oil, no anti-freeze spills
No tools, no bolts, no parts scattered all over
No blood droplets
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No beer cans!!
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I didn't have the time to watch all 14 YouTube videos....what was the final cost of the build?

These guys originated the Miata swap with 5.0L engines:

https://monstermiata.webs.com/



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Summary of the project begins in Installment 12 - not a mention of the final costs. I'm interested too.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPEsMeDCVbs
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Old 12-27-2018, 03:25 PM
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Summary of the project begins in Installment 12 - not a mention of the final costs. I'm interested too.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPEsMeDCVbs
$15,000 for the crate engine, wiring harness and computer, transmission, clutch, bellhousing, linkage and driveshaft.
That leaves headers, exhaust, big brakes, rear diff, motor mounts, firewall patch panels....so he's well over $20,000.
I wonder if anyone has done a badazz rotary engine swap for the Miata?


Mazda 'Thunderbolt'....? I'd rather build a ThunderBolt replicar....

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$15,000 for the crate engine, wiring harness and computer, transmission, clutch, bellhousing, linkage and driveshaft.
That leaves headers, exhaust, big brakes, rear diff, motor mounts, firewall patch panels....so he's well over $20,000.
I wonder if anyone has done a badazz rotary engine swap for the Miata?


I'd rather build a ThunderBolt replicar....

Stop it, you are giving me ideas I shouldn't have. A Thunderbolt replica would be fantastic.
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I wonder if anyone has done a badazz rotary engine swap for the Miata?
I found out a few years ago that putting rotary engines in a wide array of Japanese bodies is apparently quite popular in Puerto Rico
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Stop it, you are giving me ideas I shouldn't have. A Thunderbolt replica would be fantastic.
A fellow member has one!!...

Check out John Kuhn's ride;

https://www.mercurymarauder.net/foru...ad.php?t=56409


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$15,000 for the crate engine, wiring harness and computer, transmission, clutch, bellhousing, linkage and driveshaft.
That leaves headers, exhaust, big brakes, rear diff, motor mounts, firewall patch panels....so he's well over $20,000.
I wonder if anyone has done a badazz rotary engine swap for the Miata?
Think I rather spend the money on putting a ridiculous cubic inch engine in an AC Ace.
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This guy did a Miata LS swap 'dirt cheap' with lots of used, inexpensive parts including using a $750 LS vs a $7,800 LS crate engine.
The swap still came in at over $13,000....
Plus the Miata and suspension mods for a total of $26,000 +....
so the guy in the OP is into his swap for a LOT of money $$$$$.

https://www.turnology.com/news/ls-sw...-to-do-a-swap/

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Think I rather spend the money on putting a ridiculous cubic inch engine in an AC Ace.
Yes!..... I will definitely stick with my AC Ace - FE swap....


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