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Timing Belt

Posted by Tony Gedeon on June 16, 2015 at 3:23pm 1 Comment

Nice to join the group.   I have a 2001 which I picked up with 29,000 sitting in a garage for many years; seldom driven.   It has been a great car and I predominently use it to commute from north to south Florida.  But, I have just past 100,000 miles and have not changed the timing belt.  I ususally do my own work but am just too busy right now.  Do you know of any shops in Palm Beach County that are reasonable and what is the price range.  Thanks Tony

Hard top for sale

Posted by Phil Kennedy on June 6, 2015 at 12:49pm 0 Comments

I have a hard top, cover, stand for sale. It wont fit on a PRHT Mx5. I can be reached at 954-472-9495.

A Visit To The Packard Museum, May 16, 2015

Posted by Lou Marett on May 21, 2015 at 2:39pm 0 Comments

On Saturday, May 16, 2015 the club joined with the Gold Coast British Sports Car Club and spent a fascinating two hours on a guided tour of the Packard Museum in Ft. Lauderdale.  All 32 of the cars dating back to 1906 are gleaming and in working condition.  The guide / curator obviously loved his job and could not wait to tell us all that he knew about each vehicle and the history surrounding it. The museum also has a room that is a tribute to Pres. Franklin Roosevelt as well as areas…


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Hi, I'm somewhat new to the region and was seeking some advice.  I've been using my dad's Miata ('99) and the rain rail needs to be replaced.  I took it to the Mazda dealer and he said it would be at least $1,000 to replace the rail.  I thought that was kind of high considering the posts I've read said it is fairly simple.  Does anyone have any advice on replacing the rain rail?  Or do you have a go-to person?  I would like to get it fixed sooner because the poor trunk is taking a beating.



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Comment by Ali on December 13, 2013 at 5:58pm
Rain rails are very delicate. Even a slight bend will cause your soft top to leak. It's not impossible, you just need to know what you're doing. Also, try going to an upholstery place that specializes on soft tops for a quote on replacing the rain rails. Most likely the price will be much cheaper than the dealer. For 1000$ consider buying yourself a hardtop instead!


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