Well, onwards and upwards. I said when I was leaving Daytona that I would take time off from racing and save up money to build a competitive engine. But then Monday rolled around and I wanted to go racing again. It just so happens that there was an Enduro/Regional race at Sebring 2 weeks away, so I figured out what I needed to replace at a bare minimum to get Sandy back on track. I figure with a little more hammering I only really needed to replace the front bumper, right front fender and intake tube. So I called up my good friend Esteban in Orlando.
Esteban has a warehouse full of wrecked Miatas(read Heaven). I ended up trading him my A/C compressor and $85 for a new front fascia, fender, intake tube, and eventually hood hinges
With the new parts I towed the car down to the body shop next to Dave's alignment shop. I expressed to the puller that I could do as much of the non-specialist labor as possible and that I am a broke race-addicted junkie. They initially quoted me ~$600 for the job.
I guess Sandy was more cooperative than expected, because when I talked to them again they thought the total would be closer to ~$360. Sweet!!!!
Once the body shop is done Sandy will go across the street for an alignment and then I will paint and fit the new pieces to the car, bash the headlights into submission, buy and install new hood pins, apply new SCCA stickers, zip tie in a new mesh screen and do a couple confidence inspiring shake down laps in Viera. I am trying to decide if I will just paint the new panels blue, or try some crazy new paint scheme.