This is my '91 Miata in a stripped state. I have had the car for three years. I picked it up while pursuing a purchase of a stand up freezer for $50 from Craigslist. I asked the guy if he had any other smoking deals and he told me about the Miata that was in his garage. I figured that he would want too much, but I asked how much anyway. He answered and I was off to the bank to get the $700. The car had 180K miles, but still ran well with a little smoke. I ran it until 230K miles and it was smoking badly. I've sold the engine, transmission, and rear end to fund the project. She'll be getting a 400hp SB Chevy 327, Muncie 4speed and Ford 7.5 limited slip differential.
I knew that I was going to do the V8 swap in my car, but I did not know how it all was going to come together. It ended up that a friend had a 327 in his '69 Camaro that had eaten a cam, and as a result had ruined all the bearings in the engine. He decided to go with a crate motor to replace the 327, and gave me the bottom end of the motor. I helped him pull the motor and by the end of the day we had worked out a deal for the entire engine including the Edelbrock aluminum heads, intake and carburetor. All I had to do was rebuild it, and I hoped that the crank had not been damaged by the cam carnage. I just had the crank polished, replaced all the bearings, reassembled the motor, and put an old school Isky solid lifter cam in it.
I landed on the 7.5" Ford independent limited slip diff for my rear end. Due to time constraints I chose Martin's setup.....hub to hub. It was a very easy installation, and I was very impressed with the fit. He is extremely easy to work with and stands by his products. Check out his site if you get a chance: http://www.monstermiata.com/