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November 28, 2021
NB Miata project - Future plans after six months of ownership

In my last several posts I covered my first six months of ownership of my NB Miata. This post focuses on what my future plans are for my Miata, mostly in the short term (the next six months), but also some thoughts on what I'd like to do longer term.

I had a lot of fun, and have done a lot to my Miata during the first six months of ownership. It has been a great car, and the mods I've done so far have already improved the car. My main priority for the next six months is to do what I can to better prepare my car for track days and autocrosses next summer. Things like the braking system, chassis bracing, safety, cooling, and suspension can be improved and allow me to have a better experience racing my Miata. [Read More]

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October 9, 2021
NB Miata project - Experiences during my first six months of ownership

Over the past few weeks I've been covering my first six months of ownership of my NB Miata. I covered buying the car, performance and cosmetic modifications I have done, along with problems I've encountered with my car.

One of the reasons why I purchased my Miata was so that I could enjoy it. I didn't just want something I could tinker with in a garage, I wanted something I could use. During my first six months of ownership I had a lot of fun experiences with my Miata that I'm going to cover in this post. These experiences include things like car shows, as well as track days and autocross. [Read More]

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October 9, 2021
NB Miata project - Problems I've had during my first six months of ownership

In my last couple of posts I covered the performance and cosmetic modifications I have done to my NB Miata during my first six months of ownership. I was able to improve the experience of my car. Things like improving the exhaust and intake sound, along with changing the color of the car from silver to yellow using a wrap.

My Miata has been very reliable overall, but you can't expect a 20+ year old car to be perfectly reliable. While none of my issues left me stranded, I thought I'd share them anyways. Some of them have been resolved, while others still need to be fixed. [Read More]

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October 4, 2021
NB Miata project - Cosmetic modifications after six months

In my last post I covered the various performance modifications I have done to my NB Miata during my first six months of ownership. I didn't do anything too crazy, but still managed to improve the experience of my car. Things like an exhaust and intake for sound, along with engine mounts, tires, and chassis bracing to improve the driving feel of the car.

This post covers NB Miata cosmetic mods that I have done to my car during the first six months of ownership. I explain what I did, why I did it, and what my experiences were with various different mods. [Read More]

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October 4, 2021
NB Miata project - Performance modifications after six months

In my last post I covered my experiences looking for and purchasing my current project car, an NB Miata. I also covered preventative maintenance work to get the car up to a known reliable state so that I could move forward with other mods and really enjoying the car.

This post covers NB Miata performance mods that I have done to my car during the first six months of ownership. I explain what I did, why I did it, and what my experiences were with various different mods.

Full exhaust system

When I first got my Miata it had an engine code related to the post-cat O2 sensor. My car was originally a California car so it originally had two cat system. A pre-cat built into the exhaust manifold downpipe, and a secondary cat downstream from there. O2 sensors are placed before and after the pre-cat. The secondary O2 sensor is just for emissions, so it didn't impact the use of the car. I still wanted to fix it, but wasn't in a rush. [Read More]

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September 19, 2021
NB Miata project - Purchasing a Mazda Miata

My last post covered my experiences with my first project car, a 1987 Honda Accord. At that end of that post I mentioned that I purchased a NB Miata to replace it. Today marks six months since purchasing my Miata so I thought I'd start a series covering my experiences owning it.

This is an introductory post where I cover what a Miata is, why I chose it, the original condition, and how I prepared the car for what was to come. I have several other posts that I'll be publishing in the near future covering the first six months of ownership. [Read More]

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July 11, 2021
Ten months with a 3rd Generation Honda Accord

I have a lot of work in progress posts for video game console modding topics, but I thought I'd go ahead and share an unrelated project I worked on last year. Expecially considering that my last post was nearly a year ago (I'm still alive, and the store section on this website is still active). That project is a 3rd generation Honda Accord, a 1987 model year car in particular.

The search for a project car

I have always been interested in cars and spent a lot of time when I was younger playing car racing video games. A project car to tinker on was on my mind, but it wasn't until I moved out on my own in 2019 that I even really had the opportunity to purchase a project car of my own. I already had a reliable daily driver that didn't need tinkering, and also didn't have the garage space living with my parents. [Read More]

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September 26, 2020
PS1Digital first impressions review and installation - PS1 HDMI

This month the first generally available batches of PS1Digital kits were sold and I managed to get one. I thought I'd go ahead and write up a short review covering my first impressions and installation experience.

For anyone who is interested in the PS1Digital but doesn't feel comfortable installing the kit themselves I will be providing installation services.

PS1 video output options

One of the challenges that users of old video game consoles experience is connecting them to modern TVs. Most new TVs don't support the video signals coming out of old consoles, and if they do they can be prone to bugs and glitches. There is also the fact that a lot of times the analog video signal itself just doesn't look so great. [Read More]

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September 8, 2019
Windows 7 gaming PC build - Windows through the ages

Windows 7 was an extremely successful operating system. It took a lot of the more modern features of Windows Vista, refined them, along with bringing many new features that are still here in Windows 10.

Many people still use Windows 7 at the time I'm writing this post, but the operating system is quickly approaching the end of its life. Free extended support is ending in January, and the 10 year anniversary of the release of the operating system will be in October.

Because of that I thought it would be a good time to put together a period correct Windows 7 gaming PC and document it on my website. [Read More]

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August 4, 2019
August update 2019

It has been a while since I last made a blog post (it's quickly approaching a year). I've primarily been improving the PS1 and PS2 modchip guides. I have also been keeping up with my eBay store and the store on this website. In this August 2019 update I'm writing about what my plans are for this blog in the coming months.

Guide update

I have been working on comprehensive guides for PS1 and PS2 modchips. They are to help others get information about chips, and how to install them. It makes more sense to put installation instructions into more static pages instead of chronological blog posts. [Read More]

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