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Old 12-06-2017, 03:46 PM
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Just thought I might as well start a thread on a group of YouTube video's that are currently being uploaded to detail an LS engine swap into Taylor Ray's NA Miata drift car.
His stated goal is to do the conversion for less than $10,000 using the Monster Miata conversion pieces and an aluminum block 5.3 with a T56 and a Ford 8.8 differential.

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I have been following his YouTube video's so far and for me it is a mixed bag.

During the tear down phase he has several times simply ripped out wiring without actually knowing what should be removed and what should be left in place.
Kind of scary to think I would have probably done about the same thing if not for the Flyin Miata instructions.
For somebody interested on doing an LS swap on the cheap he is doing several things to keep the cost down and a couple of things that could very well actually run up the cost unless he gets lucky.
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I really like his series, it's a nice balance between sloppy mechanics and a "proper" build. I think Tom's series was the perfect "proper" build and everything was done 100% to the books. Taylor has a more realistic approach for the average Joe. I thought I would hate it at first, because he is a "drift bro" but he's clearly not the typical drifter. To be honest, I ripped all my wiring out too with no regard for labeling, and I had no issues identifying each and every connector and wire. I guess I have done a lot of wiring projects with the Miata before and know my way around the full wiring diagram well.
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Best things for me has been that he actually sat down and worked up a budget and did his homework in advance to have a plan.
It will be interesting to see if he actually makes it happen within his $10,000 budget.
Tough to see where he can with a T56 unless he just finds a killer deal.
His car is not really a daily driver at this point and it is not clear to me if he even wants to keep it street legal.
If I had not given away my excess stuff I would have donated him a pile of parts that he will be needing (wiring harness, front accessory drive, radiator, etc).
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I don’t believe he’s using a t56.
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He mentions in the video where he talks about budget that he will be running a T56 but none of the videos so far appear to show anything transmission related.
My guess is that he is trying to come up with a T56 but not having any luck so far.
With the cost of T5's vs T56's and his budget it is tough to see that he will be able to get there.
To this point he is fixating on a camshaft even though he said early on that he will not be chasing horsepower.
I knew that attitude would go out the window when I saw that his "other" drift car was a Vette.

Those of us who have already been there know that a budget is just an estimate that balloons up to meet reality when that actual swap takes place.
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He mentions in the video where he talks about budget that he will be running a T56 but none of the videos so far appear to show anything transmission related.
My guess is that he is trying to come up with a T56 but not having any luck so far.
With the cost of T5's vs T56's and his budget it is tough to see that he will be able to get there.
To this point he is fixating on a camshaft even though he said early on that he will not be chasing horsepower.
I knew that attitude would go out the window when I saw that his "other" drift car was a Vette.

Those of us who have already been there know that a budget is just an estimate that balloons up to meet reality when that actual swap takes place.
Your last statement sums up my three year swap project exactly.
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Your last statement sums up my three year swap project exactly.
I made it a policy to throw out all my receipts. I don't want to know ... and I don't want my wife to find out.
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The video he posted yesterday he says he’s using a cd009 from a Nissan with a Collins adapter.
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After checking out the price on used CD009 transmissions I can see why he went that route.
There were a number listed on Ebay for less than $800.
Toss in a rebuild kit and a shifter and an adapter plate and you are probably well under $1500

Great to see somebody thinking out of the box.

Edit: I watched the video last night where her trimmed the case and installed the adapter with T56 bellhousing.
Still have to see how the trial fit thing goes and how the shifter gets set up to use the Miata opening.
The adapter plate looks to be plenty beefy.
Sure is great to see there could be a budget 6 speed option that is strong enough.
Taylor's comments about the T56 seem accurate and match up to my experience so far.
I paid $2500 for a good condition 80k mile T56 and am going to pay another $1100 to get it rebuilt and upgraded plus the cost of the clutch.
If he can get into the Nissan 6 speed for $600 and the adapter and clutch for another $900, he will be well ahead on money.
Still have to see if he gets the entire swap done for $10k.
Looking forward to the next video.

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There’s definitely a couple of really attractive reasons to go with one. Here’s a list of things I see really good about them
-cheap (used range from 500-800 and new $1500)
-no problem with high rpm fast shifting,
-proven to hold up to abuse (lots of drifters use them)
-aside from the adapter plate there’s no custom parts I don’t believe, so parts availability isn’t an issue
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The final install of the engine and transmission episode has been posted and is a bit of a disappointment.
Based on the issues he had while doing the installation it appears the shifter location is not very good.
The Nissan transmission utilizes a shifter assembly that bolts to the rear of the transmission.
He did not do a real close up of that area but it appears the shifter support piece interferes with the emergency brake installation and the shifter is located 3"-4" further rearwards than the factory shifter opening.
Visually the shifter location looks to be more rearwards than the GTO T56 transmission.

Not sure if there might be a way to modify the shifter shelf or if another is available that would set the shifter further forward.
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Watched the latest couple of video's where Taylor installs the rear end components and have been astonished at how much more difficult it is to follow the home fabrication method as opposed to simply pushing the easy button and buy components that are known to play well together,
The difference between Taylor Ray assembling his V8 Miata and the LS build that Turbo Tom did to make Thunderbolt is worlds apart.

It does give a very good comparison between a "seat of your pants" build where you figure out problems as you go along and a well thought out build where you know what will work together before beginning the actual fabrication.
Sure makes me appreciate Turbo Tom and his video series because I would never have considered doing a Miata V8 swap by just watching the Taylor Ray build series.

In the end both are able to get a completed swap so it is good to see both ends of the spectrum.

It also shows what a huge amount of research and development that Flyin Miata and V8 Roadsters have done to end up with well designed pieces to perform a clean and usable LS swap into a Miata.
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Yeah it definitely shows both ends of the spectrum. Toms build is awesome but somewhat unrealistic for your average garage builder. Taylor’s build is definitely more budget oriented. If you watch his most recent video you’ll see we went for a drive in my car too.
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Yeah it definitely shows both ends of the spectrum. Toms build is awesome but somewhat unrealistic for your average garage builder. Taylor’s build is definitely more budget oriented. If you watch his most recent video you’ll see we went for a drive in my car too.
Wait, so you were the guy in the mint blue LS Miata? Nice car!
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Yup, that’s me! Thanks, I spent a lot of time (and money but that goes without saying) to get the car where it’s at.
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It is good to put a face with a build.
If you see Taylor again you might give him a pat on the back from me.
He is following a path that so far as I can tell nobody else has followed.
Maybe I just missed it when researching my build but until his video came out I had no idea that Monster Miata even had a LS front subframe.
Then there is the Nissan transmission.
That is a gutsy way to go but in hind sight I can see where it is logical given his background in drifting.
Just wish the shifter came out closer to the Miata factory hole.
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I used Martin's LS subframe, rear end kit, and transmission cross member in build.
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An update for those who are interested.
A video was posted a couple of days ago that shows the first start up of the car.
Progress is being made and the video's are interesting to watch.
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