Trunk Light!

By @ 01/25/14 in Automotive, Miata

I got sick of having to use my cell phone to find things in my trunk, not a great challenge given the pint-size of said trunk. So when I found out at a local Auto-X that the Limited model of my car came with a trunk light, I took the matter into my own hands. Mazda wasn’t actively stocking that part, but I got (literally) the last trunk light bracket in a Mazda dealer’s possession in the whole country. I was on my own, therefore, in terms of wiring and light bulbs.

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The tool bench.

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Ready to try! I made due with some mismatched sheet metal screws from the basement.

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Let there be light!

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The setup.

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I spliced into the ground for the 3rd brake light and mounted a toggle switch to the bracket.

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Got a light socket and bulb from an auto parts store that fits pretty damn well.

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Not so elegent, but I ran power directly off the battery since it was the only continuous source of power in the trunk.

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As seen here.

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A close up of the bracket and switch.

Backdate – 04/18/2013



By @ 01/24/14 in Automotive, Miata

The heat shield that protects my aftermarket intake filter was looking pretty shabby, so I decided to fix it up a bit.

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The filter is already off in this picture, but you can see how the sheild is positioned between it and the headers. Their proximity is pretty aweful packaging, but the stock filter draws air from the headlamp area, which is much better.

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Here’s a close-up of the tattered mess. Looks like whoever did this used regular duct tape!

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This is the header-facing side. I guess a previous owner wrapped the stock (?) metal heat shield with a scrap of HVAC insulation or the like.

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Well the insulation itself isn’t in terrible shape so I reused it.

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You’d think I would have taken a picture of the shield BEFORE I put reinstalled it, but you would be wrong.

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Here’s a close-up of the shiny new HIGH-TEMP tape. It looks and feels like aluminum tape, which it may be.

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Hopefully this will last for a while–at least until I change over to ITBs 😀 (crosses fingers)

Backdate – 01/17-18/2013



By @ 01/24/14 in Automotive, Miata

Mold!! I had been living in San Francisco while my precious miata stayed in my parent’s driveway in NY for 3 years at this point. During one of my visits I found mold growing on the passenger seat. A “turbo dryer” intended to keep the insides of boats dry during storage was purchased and left running in my car off-and-on from then forward. I cleaned and disinfected the interior and have never had a problem again. The car’s fondness of letting in moisture from the outside world and it’s storage under a car cover are surely the cause of the initial mold.

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A smattering of mold growth on the passenger seat.

Backdate – 08/20/2012



By @ 01/24/14 in Automotive, Miata

Looks like I jumped the gun with that last post. I found a couple older pictures that are worth posting too.

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I found the shredded remains of my accessory belt still clinging to the two pulleys that remained. The A/C pulley bearing, I suspect, self-destructed taking the pulley and belt down with it.

Backdate – 08/15/2009



By @ 01/06/14 in Automotive, Miata

I detected an exhaust leak and traced it to the gaskets of my catalytic converter. They were completely toast and the bolts were in almost the same shape. Thanks, road salt!

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Glad the garage is so roomy…

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Here’s the forward flange of the Cat.

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The gasket is clearly in rough shape — you can even see in the middle where exhaust gas has been escaping.

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When I got the rear flange apart, there clearly wasn’t much left of that gasket!

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eesh

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After some filing and sanding to get the flanges on the mid-pipe and down-pipe sides as nice as I could without taking them off the car, it was time for the new hardware. It’s all stainless because I believe in doing things right, not twice (if i can afford it).

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It ain’t pretty, but it should seal.

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I learned about that orange copper gasket-maker stuff on FSAE and it’s great for making the best of a less-than-ideal exhaust flange situation.

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I hope not to have to touch these again anytime soon

Backdate – 1/5/2013