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Old 03-12-2015, 10:09 PM   #1
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After someone in a different thread mentioning it, I genuinely am curious of the average age of this forum. I can tell it's certainly older than most other Miata forums just by the quality of posts/threads.
Also, if you feel so inclined say a little about yourself and why you're here. I know there's an intro section but I think this has a little different idea.

I'm Steve, a 23 year old ASE auto tech. I work on German shitboxes at an import shop. Always loved mazdas, and a v8 miata is the ultimate, IMO. well, maybe an FD with a boosted LSX but... that's next on the list.
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Heh...why not...

My name is Michael and I like German **** boxes. ;p

mid 40's. I work for a healthcare ITO as a service delivery manger. Originally from south Loseranna; Katrina blew me from 'Nawlins to the North Dallas area.

Never even considered a Miata until I started reading about FM and the LS3 versions. When I gave up sport bikes, it filled a need nicely.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:29 PM   #3
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I'm another Steve, and my average age is 32-1/2. Since one can assume the variable of starting at zero, the math wizards out there will probably calculate my attained age to be 65.

I am Director of Learning Development for a national company, and after many years I'm still tryin' to learn myself how to get a V8 Miata built and tuned the right way.


I've always thought the Miata was an awesome car and I've always liked anything that goes fast. Combine the two and you've got something pretty hard to beat.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:52 AM   #4
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I'm 26 and an economics major that is graduating 8 weeks from now. I wouldn't mind going into analytics, but who the hell wants to do that? I'm starting an LLC with my headlight restoration company. I won't get rich off of it, but it pays the bills and gives me TONS of free time, which I believe is the most valuable asset here on earth. The only thing we can't get more of.

LS1 na. Its loud, basic, and well gives me the same sensation and performance in comparison with other cars I would realistically never be able to afford. I love it.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:05 AM   #5
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30+

Works at a bank. In front of the computer 9-5.
Could use more money and more time in my garage
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Jim here at 55 but the number is totally relative cuz I haven't even figured out what I want to do when I grow up yet. I spent 10 years as a cop in Houston, 10 years as a line tech in a Chevy dealer and the last 10 years selling stupid vinyl junk.

Of course with that number as a younin there was muscle cars everywhere and thus I have never liked or owned a foreign cars. My son owns my Miata and I don't claim my wifes bad taste by wanting that stupid Toyota. So the score is 5 Mustangs, 3 Camaros, a host of ford and chevy winter beaters and a Miata on loan.

IMO what makes this forum so great is it's smaller than most and anyone with the brains, ***** and bucks to build one of these cars is generally not the type to endlessly debate 155 vs 170 hp in the ND on mnet or crap on someone for their wheel choice on CR. The one thing I think we do lack is fun threads like this and guys that stay around after the build is done.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:13 AM   #7
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42 year old retired Navy here. I was an Air Traffic Controller throughout my entire career and I now teach ATC for the Navy. Not a bad gig.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:06 AM   #8
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Although my name is Tom, everybody calls me by my street name, T-bone. I am 49. I got out of the automotive repair business after 27 years as a Ford & ASE certified master tech. Some of that wrenching time was spent working for Firestone, Exxon, Olds, Sterling, Dihatsu, Hyundai, Honda, Chevrolet, Goodyear, Isuzu, & the last 17 years with a Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Dealer. Now I am the owner/operator of ***, Inc. AFFORDABLE STUMP SERVICES, INC., a stump grinding company. It is a lot more fun to get paid to destroy stuff than it is to repair it.
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I made it so far to the double nickel. As Jim pointed out however in terms of growing up, I don't think I have aged passed 18 mentally. How else do you explain spending money on a V8 converted Miata. I've worked for a large IT company for 35 years now, in various roles (service, internal learning, service delivery, etc.). I've been messing with cars all my life due to influences from my Dad. Over the last several years I've helped my Son do several EFI conversions on older Fords. Lots of fun learning and successfully making them run!
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Old 03-13-2015, 11:27 AM   #10
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36 years old and just an auto fanatic. Ive owned many vehicles from an Astro van to a 280z to a 66 Chevy II and loved them all for what they were. I travel for work as a rigger for auto shows around the U.S. and spend my time at home trying to get this v8 money pit fired up.
I truly enjoy the maturity of this miata forum as well as the wealth of knowledge it provides.

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Old 03-13-2015, 01:44 PM   #11
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Big 4-oh next month. Full time maintenance test pilot on the AH-64D Apache Helicopter. Been following the V8 Miata thing for a while as I played around with the SPEC Miata thing. Costs were prohibitive until I ran across a Craigslist ad for a "V8 Miata project $2000".

I called the guy and when he said Monster Miata, my ears perked up. Turns out, he had the full kit from Martin, a newly rebuilt V8, and car sitting in his garage for the past 4 years and his wife was unhappy. Soooooooo, here I am.
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I don't know why, but while skimming through the posts my eyes were drawn to these words Had to read it a couple times before I realized what you had written.

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Big 4-oh next month....
I'm right behind you.

I'm Mike. I've been in the field programming fire systems for the past 15 years but always wished I worked in some sort of automotive fabrication shop. When I'm not working I enjoy auto-crossing. Started racing in the Miata in 2003 when it was turbo'd and jumped into a shifter kart from 2006-1014. Been auto-crossing nationally since 2005. Driving something different this year, should be fun.

Bought my Miata new in 2001 after drooling over Miata's since the NB was introduced in 99. I also still have a 96 S10 that I bought new. If everything goes right, It'll have some form of force fed LS motor in it in the next couple years. My 3rd vehicle is a Silverado with a 5.3, so yeah, Chevy guy all the way
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Turns out, he had the full kit from Martin, a newly rebuilt V8, and car sitting in his garage for the past 4 years and his wife was unhappy.
My wife was pretty much the same way. Took me 2 years to pull the engine out of the camaro lol
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I just turned 38 but finished my first V8 Miata 9 years ago at 32. At the time I was one of the younger ones to have done so.

Professionally I'm in my 13th year of teaching, most of which I've done as an ESL (English as a second language) teacher at the Elementary level in a large urban school district in Pennsylvania. I earned my first masters degree (Applied Linguistics) right before I built my first V8 and my second (Educational Administration and Management) last year. Currently I'm desperately trying to find myself a position as an Principal or Assistant Principal anywhere in S.E. PA. I have a 1 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I'm not sure about my son yet but I'm pretty sure my daughter inherited my speed gene. Her favorite activity currently is racing Forza with me and telling me when to (in her words) "Brake, Turn, Floor it". She also gets upset when faster traffic passes us on the highway and loves it when I do handbrake turns in the snow in my daily driver Kia Soul.

After building my first V8 and getting married I realized that a teacher salary is not big enough to support a family AND a car hobby. To rectify this took the profits from selling that first one and (after building a second one to replace it and putting a down payment on a house) built a small side business that entirely supports my need to spend several days a year driving as fast as I can around Pocono and a car in which to do it (and my daughter's preschool tuition).

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I don't know why, but while skimming through the posts my eyes were drawn to these words Had to read it a couple times before I realized what you had written.
Had to go back and re-read it myself. I like the way you read it better than the reality.
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I'm 26 and an economics major that is graduating 8 weeks from now. I wouldn't mind going into analytics, but who the hell wants to do that? I'm starting an LLC with my headlight restoration company. I won't get rich off of it, but it pays the bills and gives me TONS of free time, which I believe is the most valuable asset here on earth. The only thing we can't get more of.

LS1 na. Its loud, basic, and well gives me the same sensation and performance in comparison with other cars I would realistically never be able to afford. I love it.
Ever go to hidplanet.Com? Great addition to your buisness. I do headlight work on the side as well, just did a lens upgrade on my hid mazda 3, and my miata has e55 bixenons.

Well, about me. Much closer to 30 than 20, mechanic by trade working on diesels and heavy equipment, ex-navy, engineering student, and working in Iraq. When in the navy, I wanted a fun car for the first time in many years, so bought an msm. The v8 is the evolution of that first love.
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So far it looks like I'm the 'old guy'. I am 60 and recently retired from Information Technology. Grew up in Pennsylvania but the property taxes in the Poconos forced me to move south. My wife and I bought a house west central Florida almost 2 years ago.

I've been turning wrenches since I was a kid. I spent 4 years in the Marines as a helicopter mechanic. I am in the process of having my dream garage/workshop built now, so I'm starting to look for my next project car. My last project was building a Factory Five 'Cobra' replica. It's been on the road since 2006.
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Great seeing a number of vets/people who served. I spent 7 years in the Army Nat Guard with a stretch of active duty during Desert Storm (Infantry).
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I am the older gentleman, 69 years young who grew up drag racing my new 1963 289HP ford farelane in North FL. I have a 1990 Ford v8. Have owned the miata since 2011. Love the forum.
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And yet another Mike. 70 years old, just had 50th wedding anniversary. Family moved to Sarasota, Fl when I was 15, been fooling with cars since my first job at the gas station at age 16. Spent 30 years at the same company, a local aerospace firm that was very much vertically integrated in that most of our manufacturing needs were taken care of in-house, which gave me a good insight into making stuff.

When I got married, I was driving a 1961 315hp Corvette with all the competition options except the big gas tank, soon had to give it up for a family car. So a while back, I had the urge to replace it, looked at Cobra kit cars, but Florida has much heat and many rains, so I opted for the creature comforts of the Miata and put a V8 in it.

I think of all the cars I've had, I miss my '58 Edsel Roundup the most.

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Good thread - some funny stuff and good way to learn a bit about this crowd of misfit toys... I DID hit 5-Oh this year and feel about 25 so I'm good with that! Love affair with the cars, I got naturally from my dad and older brother. My dad had a steady diet of used police cars and taxi cabs in the 60's, 70's, and early 80's. I remember some Coronets, Furys, Galaxies, and Volares mostly. We also restored early Mustangs and a sweet 55 F-100 back in the late 70's. After that, my brother and I both had '71 Vettes, CJ-7's, Firebirds, early Broncos, Fox body Capri and 5.0 Mustang, etc.

Then I ordered my 91 Miata base model with no A/C, no P/S, no radio - just full of sports car awesomeness. Since then, I've had 14 other Miatas and MX-5's. Most of those were $1,200 to 2,200 bottom feeder NA's that needed some love and brought back to a respectable life. I would fix them up, drive 'em for 4 months, and sell them on CL to make $20 bucks or break even.

Always wanted a V8 Miata, then rode in a FM V8 in 2012 at The Mitty. The rest is documented in my build thread!!!!!

So, my career has been in sales since college graduation in '87. I am in the truck body industry, cover eastern US and eastern Canada, and spend some time on the weekends with the wifey, my parents across the street, and the projects in the garage. (Most current one is an '04 325i Touring wagon that I'm updating all the service needs and saving it from it's previous owner who neglected this really pretty wagon! It may need a LSx one day, who knows!!!!)
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(Most current one is an '04 325i Touring wagon that I'm updating all the service needs and saving it from it's previous owner who neglected this really pretty wagon! It may need a LSx one day, who knows!!!!)
I owned an e46 for a while. I bought a neglected one and nursed it back to health. boy was that a waste of money. LOL. Vorshlag makes a swap kit for the E46.
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Am 76yo and still love great cars. Name is about my 2 jobs, Psychology and BlackJack. Retired from my psych career some years ago, did Forensic stuff and loved it. Still attack casinos altho more VP now than 21, gives a great lifestyle and pays for great cars.

Current plan is to get a V8Miata as soon as I find a good one at a reasonable price, hopefully in the next few months.
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Am 70 this past Feb, Still love cars as much as I did when 18, they just get a lot costlier. Still an avid racer ,and will go back for my SCCA National license once my Miata is done. Plan on a Ford 302 with webers ( love the sound they make and the HP too), but am still looking at other options like the VQ37HR out of a 370z. Have built and sold SCCA and IMSA qualified cars in the past, but no longer have all of my equipment..Sad never sell your stuff. Still working in the Aerospace industry, and like doing it. In a small way I can still support the troops. I live in Seminoe FL....so drop by when your are going to be in the area...I have a real nice garage 1700 sqft, and a new hydraulic lift.
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