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  • John Morris 3:42pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Motor Trend Story   

    Road & Track Article – Finding The Human Element /Cars Are Nothing Without People. 

    Short Story From Motor Trend

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  • Mike 11:19am on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    2008 Manual shift Miata for sale! 

    Selling because I want to spring up to a brand new one. Brand new tires and new cloth roof with no leaks. Drives very well. Manual transmission. Well cared for car, perfect for that drop top beach fun. 97K miles. Serious buyers only please. If interested you can text me at 3052825682.
    Asking price: $6500
    Note: There is an AC leak which needs to be fixed.

     
  • John Morris 7:33pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    2019 Road trip to Vizcaya 

    A big thanks to Mark for organizing our trip to Vizcaya and a equally big thanks to Gary for leading us to all of our destinations call him Leader Of The Pack. It was wet but cool. We still had a great time.

    Old friends, new friends having fun. It was very wet! We are planning to do this trip again January 2020 so we can get a good look at the gardens.

    A link to all the pictures I took.

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B14Ju4tqvJPamCs

     
  • Andrew 7:12pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Tire Install 

    As an option for those who rather not take their car to a dealership or tire shop and wait, today I used a mobile tire installer associate with Tire Rack.

    Given that the front suspension on our Miatas is quite sensitive to wheel weight and balance, Goodwin Racing recommends that you have your tires balanced using a Road Force Tire Balancer. Road force balancers, in addition to performing a traditional spin balance, measure both the wheel and tire by pressing a large roller against the tread of the spinning tire. The roller applies 1,200 to 1,400 pounds of pressure to simulate the weight of the vehicle on the tire as it rolls down the road.

    There are not many places that have this machine typically your premium cars dealerships. According to Tire Rack, there were only a small number of installers using this machine. For any other car this is probably an overkill, but for a small extra cost I think its well worth it for the Miatas.

    So, I ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S in 215/45 17″ size, the suggested limit for a the stock 7″ wide wheel. Tires were delivered to the MobileTireExperts.com in 2 days, Tire Rack even called up last week to ask if I would prefer delaying the order as Michelin was starting a $70 rebate this week (which dealer would tell you to wait on buying so you can get an additional $70 off?). This mobile installer was the highest rated installer in the area, but being skeptical, I called Tire Rack and confirm the company’s quality installs and reviews.

    Once delivered the mobile installer called me and set a next day appointment. As you can see from the photos, they did the work on my driveway. A peek inside the trailer shows all of the needed equipment. Everything was operated via a quiet generator. The tires were installed to my pressure specifications and hand torqued. They used care in manually removing my McGard lugnuts.

    Overall very pleased, will use them from now on.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 5:41am on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Will be needing tires soon too as I reached 25,000 miles on my original set. Going to opt for the new Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS I think. Always have had good luck with that brand and the tread width on their 215’s is the widest I’ve found.

    • Andrew 7:10pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      GOOP – After the tire install, the removal of the old tire weights left quite a bit of gummy adhesive on the wheel. The installer advised me to use GOOP. I did not fully believe him as I use it for oil, grease and paint removal from my hand, but after trying adhesive removal liquid with limited result, I tried GOOP.

      I should have trusted the installer, its works. Although you still need some elbow grease with a paper towel to rub the adhesive off, each wheel took about 5-10 minutes minutes to do as each wheel had about 3 inches of thick sticky residue. The GOOP is also good for clothing stains as reed on the packaging; never would have thought.

  • Roger Duff 3:26pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Tail of the Dragon 

    I am towing my 01 Miata up from Marathon, is anyone else going? Aug 1-4

     
    • Anonymous 7:09pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      If you check the event page, 2 other members have signed up so far.

    • Anonymous 10:35pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      How are you towing it up? Been interested in the option of towing my car at some point in the future once I replace my existing SUV with something larger and capable of towing the weight.

  • Mark Gilbert 6:21pm on Monday, June 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Fathers Day Road Trip 

    Reminder, this Sunday is our road trip to Vizcaya. What better way to enjoy this special day than take a leisurely cruise in your roadster to tour a Miami landmark. Hope to see everyone join in.

    For those of you interested, a group of us will be meeting at 8am for breakfast at the 84 Diner ahead of our trip.

    http://vizcaya.org/virtualtour/index.html

     
    • Chris Schmidt 11:18am on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Mark,
      I live in Miami and am potentially interested in joining for some of the activities that are part of the Fathers Day Road Trip to Viscaya. I just visited Viscaya not too long ago so I am not interested in participating in the tour and lunch (as I don’t want to pay for it) but was wondering if there is some time on the trip where people will be hanging out in the parking lot, chatting about their miatas and such. If so, approximately at what time would this take place? Please let me know. Thanks!
      -Chris

    • Mark Gilbert 12:05pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Generally we meet up to caravan to the road trip destination 30 minutes in advance of our time to depart. We shoot the breeze with fellow members at that time. Since on this trip we will leave from the 84 Diner in Davie, it may be too far out of the way for you to come. We plan on touring Vizcaya at approximately 10am with lunch to follow. Can’t give you a specific time we will be done but I’d guess around 1:30-2:00. Hope that helps. Look forward to meeting you there.

  • Mike Mucci 8:54am on Saturday, June 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Soft top replacement or repair 

    I have a friend with a 2003 (soft top with a glass window) – the window started to separate from the top and is beginning to leak. Any recommendations on someone to fix or replace this?

     
    • jimmy 10:39am on Saturday, June 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This just happened to me. I had a factory top put on by American Auto Trim on Prospect road.

    • Mike Mucci 1:32pm on Sunday, June 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks!

    • Anonymous 7:31pm on Friday, June 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Is this the Mike Mucci who was salesman a

    • Doug Quara 7:33pm on Friday, June 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Is this Mike Mucci who was salesman at Gunther Mazda in 1994?!?

    • Mike Mucci 11:39am on Saturday, June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The one and only! 🙂

  • Arnie Schwartz 7:30pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Body work, ,   

    Body Work on Miata 

    Members…

    I had PALM BEACH COACHWORKS in West Palm Beach do work on my Audi. Minor damage and cleanup. They worked on my girlfriends Jaguar and it came out beautiful.

    I decided to bring them my Miata (love of my life … in addition to my girlfriend) to repair scratches, and dings from stones. Also needed the car buffed out to bring back the color. OMG! The car is spectacular. They removed the pin striping (I hated from day 1). See pics below. All I can say is this is the place for any restoration work on the body. They work on high end cars from dealers but will take your car.

    See you at the next meeting. Contact grandpaarnie@comcast.net if needed.

     
    • Andrew 9:52pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Its looks beautiful, excellent and a great to know for when I need work.

  • Arnie Schwartz 7:16pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Club Tee shirts and Tags, name badge,   

    New Club Tee Shirts and Name Tags 

    I have ordered shirts and name tags for some of our members. Looks really cool and gets us all on the same page.

    Shirts will be $28.95 for 2 sided and $22.95 for just the back. Your choice. No tax or ship charge.

    Name tags will be $11 each and I will group under 1 shipment as I get orders. Will collect money owed at the monthly meeting.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 4:08pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30th Anniversary edition, ,   

    Anniversary Editions Hit U.S. Shores 

    The first boats with the 30th Anniversary Edition Orange MX-5’s have reached the U.S. . Thirty were off loaded in San Diego today. Pic of the first RF to be off loaded. Hopefully the 2 club members who were lucky enough to order theirs will be receiving them very soon.

    Video of the off loading here:  https://www.thephotobooth.net/Miata-Snapshots/30AE-at-San-Diego-Port/n-44qvcP/i-NZg6gGz/A

    Walk around video can be seen here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzeFFP0Bjmo&feature=youtu.be

     
    • Anonymous 10:06pm on Friday, June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome. . .like a piece of candy.

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