Synopses & Reviews
With its arrival in the United States in 1990, the Mazda Miata inspired the return of the open roadster. Though other makes and models followed, the Miata remains the convertible sports car of choice for budget-conscious enthusiasts, as popular in autocross and amateur racing circles as it is among pleasure drivers.
This book shows readers how to make the most of any Miata: what to look for in a used model and how to perform common maintenance and repairs, as well as over 15 projects to improve performance and appearance. Focusing on the engine, wheels and tires, suspension, body kits, interior, and more, the projects include full details on required parts, cost, time, tools, and skill necessary for completion. With easy-to-follow directions and clear illustrations, this handy guide is a virtual road map for taking the Miata the full distance.
Introduced in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become the convertible of choice for enthusiasts seeking the classic sports car experience. It is without question the most successful modern sports car, as popular in autocross and amateur racing as it is among pleasure drivers.
In Mazda MX-5 Miata: Find It. Fix It. Trick It., author Keith Tanner shows readers how to make the most of any Miata—what to look for in a used model and what to avoid, how to perform common maintenance and repairs, and several projects on how to improve performance and appearance. Each project includes required parts, cost, time, tools, and skill level necessary for completion. If you’re thinking about buying a Miata, or you already own one, Mazda MX-5 Miata: Find It. Fix It. Trick It. is sure to enhance your experience as a Miata owner.
The Mazda Miata MX-5 has been a popular car among automotive enthusiasts for more than a decade, and hardly a single one of the more than 500,000 sold has not been customized by its owner in some way. This book provides specific how-to instructions through approximately 35 projects that include both maintenance and modification procedures.
How to select, repair, and customize a used model, with over 15 projects to enhance the performance and appearance of any Mazda Miata, with full details on required parts, cost, time, tools, and skills.
About the Author
Keith Tanner has been working on Miatas for over a decade and has been a technician at Flyin’ Miata for more than five years. He spends his days modifying, repairing, dismantling, and providing technical support for all Miatas. At home, he's restored a 1967 Land Rover and a 1966 Cadillac to go along with his classic Mini, Mazda 323 GTX, and a few Miatas. He's also built a Lotus Seven replica that uses Miata mechanicals, and his latest project is a Miata for the Targa Newfoundland race. He's published two other books in the Motorbooks Workshop series—Mazda Miata MX-5 Performance Projects and How to Build a Cheap Sports Car—and has also written a number of magazine articles. When he's not playing with cars, he's out on skis or a bike. He lives in Colorado in a house with a large garage hidden underneath.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Heritage
Chapter 2: Experience
Chapter 3: Buy
Chapter 4: Bond
Chapter 5: Life
Chapter 6: Customize
Chapter 7: Data Index