1992 Mazda Monster Miata With Ford 5.0 V8 on 2040-cars
Savage, Minnesota, United States
The V8 Miata is complete and running and driving perfectly. The engine is a rebuilt 5.0 (302) V8 from a 1996 Ford Explorer. The engine/trans have approximately 12,000 miles and the car has 129k miles. Miata was repainted in 2014 with both quarter panels replaced, new tan top installed 2012 and interior is in ok shape.
• Rebuilt Ford 302 bored .30 (2013)
• GT 40 Intake
• GT 40 Heads
• Stock Mustang cam
• New stock oil pan
• New Summit Racing Street & Strip damper
• New Stock Flywheel (7/2014)
• New G3 Alternator (2013)
• New Starter (2013)
• New Dillion Radiator with pusher fans (2013)
• New Stock Distributor (2013)
• Headman block hugger headers with 02 sensors (2013)
• 2-1/4" exhaust with glass packs and resonators
• No Smog
• New Battery
• 1989 Mustang A9L Computer and modified wire harness
Transmission & Differential
• Rebuilt T5 world Class from 1991 Mustang (2013)
• New Sachs Clutch (7/2014)
• New Hydraulic master, slave and braided clutch line (2013)
• Thunderbird 7.5 Differential (3.27 Open)
• Monster Miata Axles, hubs, differential hanger and pinion torque mounts (6/2014)
• Custom Driveshaft
• 1995 Calipers
• Newer slotted rotors front and rear
• New front pads and rear pads (2013)
• Upgraded front and back sway bars (2014)
• New front springs (Rated for #300)
• Rear Springs swapped with front springs with one coil removed
• All Front bushings replaced (2013)
• New differential hanger bushings (6/2014)
• Chassis stiffened with steel frame rails and transmission mount
• Konig Silver Feather Rims 15 x 6.5
Mazda MX-5 Miata for Sale
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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:30:00 EST
Like just about every other auto publication we've seen, we loved the way the Mazda3 drove when we reviewed it a few months ago, but those glowing reviews apparently aren't helping its sales. The new compact may be falling victim to a sales war between the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, with the newcomer getting squeezed out by those with more established names and bigger marketing budgets.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:01:00 EST
According to Automotive News, Mazda3 sales have fallen every month since last August, and its sales are down 27 percent in the first two months of 2014. It certainly isn't helping that the entire compact segment is down five percent this year as well.
The biggest problem for the new model seems to be its price compared to rivals. Mazda is not offering the incentives that are on the hood of competitors. With the previous generation, the company offered more than $2,700 on the hood to move them out, but the current model only carries about $1,233 in markdowns, according to AN.
Every few months, it seems a rumor crops up about plans from Mazda to revive the rotary engine. Last November, its CEO said the only way another one could happen is if the project was profitable, and then a month later the automaker showed off the Mazda2 RE Range Extender with a 330cc Wankel engine mounted in the rear. Now, Australian auto site Motoring reports that the PHEV may actually make production in the next-gen Mazda2 sometime after it's initial launch.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:01:00 EST
Martin Benders, managing director of Mazda in Australia, spoke to Motoring about the company's future with hybrids and basically reiterated what the CEO said last year. The Japanese automaker only plans to offer electrified powertrains in places where they can sell in sufficient numbers to be profitable, like Japan.
Mazda has been playing with the rotary range-extender idea for years. In the RE prototype, the engine was exclusively used to charge the lithium-ion batteries when they were running low, and a 100-horsepower electric motor provided all of the propulsion. It gave the little hatch an estimated range of about 250 miles. The company reportedly took inspiration from its Skyactiv engines to make the Wankel have lower friction and a lighter weight.
Earlier this month, our friends across the pond at Auto Express released the first in a two-video series that would see them try and build up a second-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata that could best a standard Porsche Boxster around the track. While that first video detailed the mods to the MX-5 - a supercharger, some suspension upgrades and a new set of super-sticky rubber being chief among them - and set baseline lap times for the stock car, today, we have the results of the 5,000-pound ($8,200) upgrade job.
Of course, we aren't going to spoil those for you. You'll need to watch the full video, which recaps the upgrades before digging into a comparison of both straight-line-speed differences between the 2.7-liter Porsche Boxster and blown Miata, as well as their behavior and lap times on the track.
Take a look and let us know what you think in Comments.