Category Archives: 1993 Miata LE ‘The Black Car’

I sold The Black Car

Yep, I haven’t posted for a while, so I’ve got a bunch of things to tell.

The Black Car has sold.  Since I’ve been working from home, I started to feel that I didn’t need two cars.  I probably won’t be racing again anytime soon, so I’ll probably be converting The White Car back to daily driver status.

I did remove the Lotus Elise seats and stuck a bumper on that had no cracked paint.  The Garage Vary clone spoiler is pretty polarizing; I didn’t care for it, but I left it on anyway.   After a quick polish, the paint came out great.  Here’s some parting shots:

Miata Power Steering Delete Pulley

Really, I’m adding this so I don’t forget it. The time will come, shortly, when I tire of the power steering fluid drip on my garage floor from The Black Car.  Maybe I will want to re-install AC on The White Car.  Either way, I will need this bracket.

Mazda part # BP01-15-930 is now NLA; luckily, there is a Kia part number that is the same part!


It’s from a mid-90’s Sephia, and it works just fine for us.

I would imagine this part will not be available forever.  I’ll buy one and model it before I install it so I can have them machine going forward.

Details and pic came from user TheScaryOne in AZ. Thanks.


Wheels, Tires, Frame Rails, and AC

Daily driving the 93 now, it’s been pretty good so far.  Not the quickest car on the street, but I haven’t touched the timing on this.  Maybe there’s a bit of pep left in this 200,000 mile lump.

I picked up a few cans of R12 and a great set of R12 gauges.  Unfortunately, the compressor wouldn’t kick on no matter what I did during my testing. I ended up bypassing the safety switch at the jumping the wires, and the compressor kicked on.  I threw a can of R12 in – but it only lasted about a month.  There’s a leak somewhere.  I’m going to hold off on putting in the rest of my precious R12 until I decide if I’m installing the 1.8L engine from my parts car.

I sold the XXR’s that came with the car and threw on the TR Motorsport 15×8 et20’s with Yokohama 195’s that I had on the White Car.  I ran them for a few days, and someone made me an offer I couldn’t refuse on them.  With my winnings, I bought… (drumroll, please) another set of TR Motorsports wheels with Yoko S-drives! This time, 205/50/15.  Crazy.

I also installed a set of FM chassis rails.  This car’s rails were beyond bad.  I didn’t take a pic, but I promise to the next time I’m under this car.  I needed to beat them with a deadblow, squeeze them with a c-clamp, and swear and curse at them until they were able to fit under the FM rails.  The rails transformed this car. The White Car didn’t see this kind of improvement when I installed the rails, but that chassis was mint. Most of the groans and rattles were gone.  Good upgrade.

93 Miata LE. ‘The Black Car’ intro.

I decided to sell my 90 Mercedes 300TE.  It only got 17mpg, and I only used it for commuting. I decided to buy a second Miata, to use as a street car.  I could give it the ‘spares’ off the White Car and keep it cheap.

I found this car in NJ, it’s a real LE; #193.  Miata purists go nuts over this car, but this one is missing a bunch of the parts that make the car special… so I’ll have no remorse driving it through the snow and such.

The car has almost 200k miles, and came with some good stuff like a hardtop, HardDog dual diagonal roll bar, beautifully recovered seats, a Momo steering wheel and some D2 coilovers.

Although the car does carry the ‘blacked out’ theme well, I can’t stand the 15×8 et0 XXR wheels.  The style is cool, but these things make the car feel heavy and slow. The offset is too aggressive as well.

I will most likely change more things on this car.  The D2 eleven-billionity-way adjustable coilovers will be sold when I get the Xida’s for the 90.  The Bilstein coilovers will go on this car. Although the seats in this car have been recovered and look fantastic, I’ll probably put some Lotus Elise seats in it so I fit better.  I feel like a giant in a stock Miata, and I’m only 5’10”.

For now, I’ll fix the AC and drive it.