cars, General, TGIF


Hello! And happiest of Fridays to you all.

It’s been a stunning week here this week, and we’re on our way to an 80+ degree Cinco de Mayo. I can’t wait. (No, really. See below. And May the Fourth be with you…)


When you’re gifted beautiful weather like this in Seattle, it makes sense that you enjoy it as much as possible. And what better way to do that than with a convertible? (Okay. A bicycle would be better.) Fortunately, I happen to own one: A 1994 Mazda Miata R-Package. It’s a nice weather only driver for me, which means it’s been slumbering since about early October. Before putting it back into service for Spring, I needed to do some maintenance–and a few upgrades as well while I’m in there. So last weekend I borrowed my dad’s shop (and my dad) for a day to get most of it done (Phase 2 is tomorrow).

engine bayHere it is, up on jackstands and ready for work. First up: Oil change, new spark plugs,  flush the clutch hydraulics, replace the brake master cylinder and flush the braking system…

4Then, moving on under the car, time to swap out the transmission fluid

7And then install new spring/shock units and other suspension bits

3Voila–Phase 1 completed.

1Tomorrow it will get new rear differential fluid and a full replacement of the front brakes. Then, hopefully, I can enjoy more spectacular scenery like this:



(As well as sneaking in as many drives on windy country roads and possibly an autocross or two.)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



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