That's awesome man!!! Get up some pics when you get a chance! I know exactly what you mean about the Miata being a better car. The old NA just has such a raw feeling to it. I love the fact that mine is so simple... manual everything. Only thing power is the steering hahaha. It's definitely a blast to drive! I did plugs/wires the first day I had it in the shop. Put new valve cover gasket on also cause that was leaking. So far I have mostly been doing a lot of cleaning. I'm trying to make it smell like a new car again. You wouldn't believe how much gunk got packed into every crack and crevice of this car! I removed the driver seat yesterday to get everything from under and behind there. Shampooed the carpet. Will probably get to the passenger side next weekend.hahaha congrats on the miata! i bought one as a daily to drive for work (and get mileage!) then that went out the window and its my toy car now! my gf has had one a while and its super easy to work on so i figured what the hell. hands down the miata is 1000x better car than the wrx. dont get me wrong, the subaru is great, but the miata is better on fuel, better handling, easier to work on, cheaper to maintain, (with a hardtop) better looking, and waaaaay more fun on the track. ** all of that is if you can get over the fact that it is definitely associated w/ chicks, creepy mild aged dudes that cant afford a "real" mid life crisis car, and gays (not saying that in a derogatory way, its just the stereotype).
08subiewrx -- re: the stuttering when cold, do yourself a favor and change out your plug wires for some good ones. seems to be a very common miata issue both mine and the gf's has got a bit stuttery/choppy and plug wires fixed it right up! even if thats not your issue, its a 2 minute cheap maintenance project.
The LSD is a lot of fun in the rain but I'm going to need new tires before I know it hahahaman sounds like in another week or two it will be in showroom condition! I've got a 99, and my gf has a 91. the 99 is a better "car" the 91 is a better "miata" haha. sounds stupid, but its true! i love both of them, but the torsen diff in the 99 is great!
fuel pump is stupid easy, hopefully that helps. clutch isn't too hard. i did mine on my back in my driveway... not pleasant! grab a flyin' miata flywheel while your in there. 10.3lbs for like 300$ish. revs like crazy and feels like it pulls harder although I'm sure thats all in my head!