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Stopped by the shop today after work to drop off the Boss 302R steering rack that came in from Capaldi Racing. Will be easy to replace the old one with the engine out of the car. They will be doing that and dropping in the new engine tomorrow. For some reason, they had to remove the transmission from the car to get the engine out. Anyway, should all be getting put back together tomorrow, and hopefully car will be running by Monday or Tuesday. After that, will have to adjust/finalize the tune, and then off to the bodyshop.


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New 37k mile engine ready to be installed. Transferred the Kooks LT headers over from the old engine, will keep the same exhaust set up. This one already came with a boss 302 intake manifold.
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Hole on the bottom of the side of the old engine block, in addition to the hole in the oil pan. Definitely threw a rod.

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You have to remove the transmission to swap engines 🙄
 
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Celeste is back up and running!

Was hiking in Banff national park with my wife this last week, and while on top of a mountain somehow got signal and got a video of the first start up with the new engine. Will be getting her up to operating temperature today. Hoping to make an appointment and finalize the tune within the next week, then off to the body shop. Goal is to have her on track at Mohawk Track Experience August 12th and 13th.
 
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Body shop won't get to the car until week of July 22nd, so unfortunately it's not looking likely at all that it'll be ready for Mohawk. I'll be there either way as track support for all you guys- torque wrench and air gauge in hand.

If you see a sub $5k Miata in good shape before the event, send it my way.
 
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Body shop won't get to the car until week of July 22nd, so unfortunately it's not looking likely at all that it'll be ready for Mohawk. I'll be there either way as track support for all you guys- torque wrench and air gauge in hand.

If you see a sub $5k Miata in good shape before the event, send it my way.

Take the Z3?

Its not going to take 3 weeks to put a new bumper and trunk on.
 

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