"Rally Girl"

My little two-seated sports car.

This 1991 Mazda Miata was an answer to my love of two seated sports car. I had a 1967 Austin Healey Sprite that I loved, but had to sell (long story) and I've always wanted a 1956 Ford Thunderbird. This was as close as we could get to either a few years ago. We bought her from a gentleman in Fredericksburg and she became my daily driver for several years. He had her repainted a Geo Metro color, making her unique. My Sprite had a roll bar, so I fell in love with her immediately. She named herself on the drive home, I think because the previous owner used to rally race her occassionally.

Rally Girl and I had fun for several years, then the clear coat on the paint started flaking off. She also became a victim of the usual Miata rust spot - between the back of the doors and the rear wheel arch. There is a body drain hole there from the convertible top runoff and when that hole plugs up, the water sits inside the body and it rusts from the inside out. We were going to take her down when the hole was small, but the my son's Cherokee and my husband's Bronco interrupted that. Three years later than planned, we finally had the time to take her down, fix the rust, and repaint her. While I had liked the color the previous owner had painted her, I decided to change the color. That wasn't a favorable decision because it meant that more had to come apart than originally planned, but the results were worth it.

The pages below detail the metal and body work, along with the painting process. The few upgrades that we could do are also shown.

Tech Specs: 1991 Mazda Miata MX-5, 1.6 4-cyl engine with 5 speed manual transmission, and 206K+ miles. Routine maintenace overall, no major drivetrain work. Custom paint - 2012 Mazda Indigo Lights.

Minor Customizations: Added defroster for both tops, canvas soft top, upgraded radio, added speakers in the headrests, power mirrors, power windows, grill.

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Original Condition and Maintenance

 
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Body Work and Painting

 

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