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Try paintless dent removal? Even go to them with the door interior panel removed for best possible results? Would suggest leaving it to a pro....
 

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Try paintless dent removal? Even go to them with the door interior panel removed for best possible results? Would suggest leaving it to a pro....
Oh I usually would in a heartbeat......but buying a house is expensive :thumbup:

Even then, though - the lower one isn't a dent, if anything it's bulging at a weird angle.....Don't know how to express it or how it could have happened. It's worth getting a quote though.....now if only I had the time to do so :lol:
 

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Ouch. So sorry.



And, yes try the "paint-less" dent repair guy first. Otherwise, if it has to go to a body shop, so be it. At least, small dents don't detract from the utility of your car...even though they are heart-breaking.


There is a particular ring in hell reserved for the inconsiderate souls who fling their doors open into other vehicles.
 

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Haven't posted here in a little bit because I've been so busy lately.

Got a chance to clean her up this weekend before heading to a wedding - always a good feeling! Refinished rims are still looking good, but I found a couple spots I might have to touch up a little bit.

 

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you should wrap the roof black and tint the windows darker
Not a huge fan of wrapping, plus my roof rack is on a majority of the year and that adds the right amount of contrast. Tint is darkest allowed in the state.
 

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Few updates to make, since it's been a little while.....

Haven't been spending much time on the car because I've been too busy working on a house we just bought. Included in that is the work area I made, which I'm quite proud of having zero woodworking experience and only some basic tools + mitre saw.

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Next, I figured those of you who aren't used to how much damage the saline solution that us Northerners put on our roads can cause would appreciate this. My wife called on her way home, saying it sounded like rocks were bouncing around her wheel well. Figuring she wasn't describing it perfectly, I assumed a strut had blown.......

"Well, there's your problem."
Replaced the bracket and the strut while I was there - super simple, but I was amazed the bracket died before the strut, then I remembered where we live.

Next, I've officially had to do my first real "repair" on the car. 5.8 years, 134k miles, and my serpentine belt exploded on me while on the highway. Thankfully I was only about a mile from home - $22 and about half an hour later, good to go!

Finally, I had a chance for the first time in a couple years, to spend an entire day on the car.
My Arsenal:


The Result:


....But of course it's going to rain the next few days :(
 

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Lookin' good... Well, except the roof rack... lol

And in case anyone thinks that pic of the work bench makes it look a little short, it's not the pic... :p
 
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Lookin' good... Well, except the roof rack... lol
Ugly, but necessary! We love when we can just toss the bikes on and go. :)

And in case anyone thinks that pic of the work bench makes it look a little short, it's not the pic... :p
Not by choice! That part came with the house lol - I just built around it to match :p
 

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Sorry for not being around lately everyone. As some of you know, who PMd me and I finally got back to you, I was on vacation/attending a family destination wedding for the last 10 days or so.

During that time, I further cemented my desire to own the following car (not this color, and in a hard top, but close enough), as we had rented it for a few days while in the northern Bay area.

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During that time, I further cemented my desire to own the following car (not this color, and in a hard top, but close enough), as we had rented it for a few days while in the northern Bay area.
Sigh... If only that car didn't exaggerate my 6'1" build... lol

I thought you had a hardtop lined up...

Anyway, welcome back! :)
 

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Sigh... If only that car didn't exaggerate my 6'1" build... lol

I thought you had a hardtop lined up...

Anyway, welcome back! :)
Sometimes that french canadian blood is quite helpful haha.

We did.....but it was in an accident about a week before we were to use it and so we had to (frantically) try to find another one.
 

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We just had to sell my wife’s NB Miata. Absolutely lovely little car for tearing around country roads on a sunny day. I’m 6’3” and I just barely fit in it...but, you know what? I didn’t care. It was SO much fun to drive.

I hear the ND Miatas are as absolutely fantastic. As much or more fun than the first generation. They’re still of limited utility in daily use...even the RD “hard tops”...but again, who cares?
 

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We just had to sell my wife’s NB Miata. Absolutely lovely little car for tearing around country roads on a sunny day. I’m 6’3” and I just barely fit in it...but, you know what? I didn’t care. It was SO much fun to drive.

I hear the ND Miatas are as absolutely fantastic. As much or more fun than the first generation. They’re still of limited utility in daily use...even the RD “hard tops”...but again, who cares?
Yeah, we're penny-pinching and putting a little away each year to hopefully get an ND RF some day. We were pleasantly surprised that BOTH our luggage fit in the trunk. Absolutely by sheer will mixed with some brute force and ignorance, but they fit! I can't believe I forgot to get a photo of it.

Beyond that - you're absolutely right that they're incredibly fun to drive. Blind spots when in parking lots and whatnot are a bit of a pain, but that's the only fault I have with it.
 

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Oh and I forgot to mention that I had to replace my OEM battery on Sunday. 5 years, 8 months, 6 New England winters and 135,200 miles on a single battery. It actually had clear-ish sides and I could see that it literally had run below the "low" level of juice and that wasn't enough to turn over the car - otherwise it was still working.

No complaints about that Panasonic battery from the factory. Went with an Autocraft Platinum AGM replacement :thumbup:
 

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Oh and I forgot to mention that I had to replace my OEM battery on Sunday. 5 years, 8 months, 6 New England winters and 135,200 miles on a single battery. It actually had clear-ish sides and I could see that it literally had run below the "low" level of juice and that wasn't enough to turn over the car - otherwise it was still working.

No complaints about that Panasonic battery from the factory. Went with an Autocraft Platinum AGM replacement :thumbup:
Impressive. You don’t usually get that kinda service out of modern batteries. :smile2:
 

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Finally remembered to edit some photos we took this summer and had forgotten about this lovely one :D

 

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Haven't updated this in a while. Officially rolled over 150k miles this weekend. Woohoo! I could tel one of my front struts was on its way out recently, but last week it finally gave out completely.

So, this weekend, I finally got the chance to upgrade to some Bilstein B8s!

(Yes, I'm ashamed at how dirty my engine cover is; that's what a New England winter will do to it).





Over 70 miles on them already and absolutely love them. They added that little bit of stiffness I felt the car was needing.
 
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