May 27 Weekly Open Thread: One Big Project
The little Miata is over 12 years old now. And I believe it still has its original canvas top. The reasons I say that are because the top is well worn, it's starting to split and come apart, and it kind of stinks.
I did some research into a new top. One from Mazda costs about $1,500, plus the labor of putting it on. Also, while the car was to be apart, I decided new carpets were in order, especially the piece under the rear window. Parts of it had turned from tan to black due to mold.
By chance, I found some new old stock (NOS) tan Miata floor mats online; they were close enough (the original Miata SE model had green embroidery on tan mats; they are no longer available). And in case you wondered, just the carpet pieces were about a thousand smackers. Oh the pain... the pain.
But a neighbor down the street has had three Miatas in the family at one time. They are down to one now, as the kids have either sold off their roadsters or moved away. Their son has replaced three Miata tops, but he now lives about two thousand miles away. But at least I knew the project could be done at home.
I did more research and found a suitable, similar, tan canvas top. With an installation kit that included new springs, some glue, and an instruction manual, plus an extra fastener removal tool, the tab came to about $600. Soon a couple of big boxes arrived, and then yours truly went to work.
I've got to say that the Miata looks a bit like a Triumph Stag there without the top... which is not a bad thing.
So have you dear readers ever taken on a project of unknown proportions? Have you bravely gone where you haven't gone before and extensively dismantled your ride? Did you ever wish you could slingshot around the sun and have the car back in its original shape before you started the project? Or were the risks and final results well worth the efforts and time.
Happy Memorial Day!
--The Car Lust Bunch
Image Credits: These pictures were taken in the driveway; our Nation's flag image is from PassaicCountyNJ.org.