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FM build diaries

We keep build diaries of most of our major projects, ranging from updated street cars to ground-up racers. You can follow them through our RSS feed or read them here. The newest ones are at the top. Warning, you can spend a lot of time here!


Tony 

The first R&D Fiat Spider at Flyin' Spider
Latest update, August 11, 2016
Dyno time!
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Ken's track monster 

Turning a mild-mannered NA into a track beast.
Latest update, August 11, 2016
Matt tries to set himself on fire while modifying the doors.
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The V8 Italia 

Stuffing a V8 into an Italia Miata for extra exotica!
Latest update, March 22, 2016
The Italia is all done and ready to head back over to Europe.
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The ND V8 project 

The first of the V8 builds for the fourth generation Miata.
Latest update, August 22, 2016
It's not all screaming tires and smoking brakes.
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Indy 

Following product development for the ND chassis
Latest update, March 10, 2016
The suspension parts have been released and are available to order!
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The XXXocet 

556 hp. 1800 lbs.
Latest update, June 04, 2015
The XXXocet is complete and ready to move on to its forever home.
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Itty Bitty V8 Miata 

Stuffing a 2002 SE full of torque.
Latest update, July 08, 2014
Up in the air for the last time!
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Norm's NC V8 Miata 

This 2007 PRHT is going under the knife for a big power upgrade.
Latest update, June 08, 2015
Here's a peek underneath the NC V8.
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BRG 

Refreshing a 1991 BRG
Latest update, August 15, 2014
The car's ready to be picked up this weekend.
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Whiskers 

Meet Whiskers, our Catfish.
Latest update, March 15, 2016
With the windshield and big rubber, the car looks just right.
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Mazilla 

A Mazdaspeed gets everything.
Latest update, June 19, 2014
Does Lisa look happy after her first drive in Mazilla?
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Moonshine goes V8 

A fast turbo Miata gets a mouthful of torque.
Latest update, May 01, 2014
We took Moonshine to Road Atlanta for the Mitty, where we hand-delivered the car to Pat and Nanci.
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Dave's Montego V8 

A 1995 Miata receiving the full Habu treatment
Latest update, February 21, 2014
The end result underhood.
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Q-Ship 

Building the ultimate sleeper Miata
Latest update, August 20, 2015
It doesn't really look like there's a 525 hp 6.2L V8 inside, does it?
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The Exocet 

The Exocet is a Miata-based kit car that offers excellent performance and an easy build.
Latest update, February 16, 2016
Yes, we really did this to our Exocet.
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Lava 

Installing a 430 hp, emissions-legal V8 in a Miata.
Latest update, August 19, 2013
The perfect plate for a V8!
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Racecar 

Building a 525 hp V8 Miata race car.
Latest update, June 10, 2014
Track test!
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Mica 

Tonya loves her Mazdaspeed, named Mica. It's been upgraded over the years, but now it's time for a big step: a stroker motor.
Latest update, June 07, 2013
Mica goes home!
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Jim's V8 Miata 

Another V8 conversion. This is the first one to use the E-Rod engine.
Latest update, March 26, 2013
Jim didn't trust the weather heading home to Durango, so he brought his trailer.
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Ron's V8 MSM 

Another Mazdaspeed goes under the knife for a V8 conversion. This one isn't a no-holds-barred build, but will be a great value.
Latest update, October 30, 2012
This is a special, bespoke car.
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Tim's V8 MSM 

Another Mazdaspeed V8 conversion. It's another fast street car.
Latest update, July 19, 2012
More road testing.
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Moonshine 

At Flyin' Miata, we have a car named Igor. Igor is a very quick car that is happy being driven across the country or diving into the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca - and the cool thing is that it's built with nothing more than a pile of Flyin' Miata parts and normal tools. No machine shop work, no welding or grinding - just bolt on and enjoy.
A customer of ours liked the way Igor worked so well that he asked us to build him a copy. We're starting with a bone-stock 1999 and working from there.
Latest update, May 07, 2013
With cruise and a good alignment, Moonshine could probably go the next 30 miles with no driver.
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Dave's CF-55 

This Mazdaspeed is here for a complete workover as a fast street car - with a 480 hp V8 at the core. All of the components are chosen with this goal in mind.
Latest update, June 17, 2014
Dave and CF55 were among a select group admitted to the Yorkville Exotic Car Show in Toronto.
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The Gatmobile 

Joel's 2005 Mazdaspeed gets a major makeover.
Latest update, August 24, 2012
Voila, some fresh Lava Orange paint for the bottom of the hood.
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Project 707 

Keith's friend Eric wanted an interesting Miata. Something a bit different, a car that would satisfy his need for a vintage sports car but offer Miata fun and reliability. He had a fairly strong vision of what the final result would look like, and it involved some creativity to make it happen.
This project was done at home in Keith's garage. It's not an FM project, but we figured you might find it interesting.
Latest update, April 19, 2011
Eric and the final result.
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The NC V8 project 

After dropping V8s into more than a dozen 1990-05 cars, it's time for us to take on the current generation. This is the transformation of our 2009 from salvage car to a real beast.
Latest update, March 20, 2014
The final prototype of the new exhaust system for the NC V8 cars.
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The Targa V8 

The ongoing development (and competition) of the V8-powered Targa Miata.
Latest update, July 06, 2015
Track day in the Targa Miata.
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Laguna Blue 

This pretty 1995 Laguna Blue Miata got reworked with a major horsepower injection.
Latest update, October 27, 2010
A final shot of the engine bay with the coil covers installed.
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Scuba Steve 

This 2002 checked into the Flyin' Miata hospital complaining of a torque deficiency. So we performed a heart transplant.
Latest update, August 09, 2010
All buttoned up and ready to go!
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Bert 

Bert is a 1992 Miata that has had an FM II turbo system for years. However, it's time for the big step: a big V8.
Latest update, October 11, 2010
The car's just about to leave us to head back to its owner.
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Igor 

Igor is a 1999 Miata that came into our hands as a salvage car. But he was too good to take apart, so we decided to have a little fun.
With an armful of off-the-shelf Flyin' Miata parts and a few spare body panels, we transformed Igor from a sad little stock Miata to one of the staff favorites on the street and the track.
Latest update, April 06, 2010
The big brake kit comes with an adjustable proportioning valve so that we can fine-tune the brake balance.
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Mike's V8 

A nice 2002 gets a horsepower injection as we install a 480 hp LS3 engine.
Latest update, May 19, 2010
A final portrait.
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Elvis 

Elvis has had a number of engines over the years - a high boost stroker, a high compression naturally aspirated engine - but when the time came for us to do our first V8 conversion, he was our victim.
Latest update, January 27, 2011
If you had X-ray vision, this is what Elvis would look like.
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The Rocketship 

A 1993 LE that combines luxury touring with very strong turbo power.
We originally built this car several years ago. It's back for upgrades.
Latest update, April 28, 2010
The car needs more spark, so we've mounted a set of coils from an LS3 V8 on the car.
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The Pi Car 

Another 1990-97 V8 conversion. What can't be improved by installing 480 horsepower? This car is at the beginning of a long journey. We're dealing with the performance, the aesthetics will follow later.
Latest update, March 26, 2010
We needed to do some road testing to ensure everything on the car is in perfect shape.
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Dan's V8 

This was the first 1990-97 Miata to get the Flyin' Miata V8 treatment.
Latest update, April 28, 2010
Dan lives in Alberta, Canada.
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Geoff's car 

We know this car well. It's been to us several times over the years for various upgrades. But Geoff decided it was time for the big step, and had us put an LS2 underhood.
Latest update, October 01, 2009
Pretty much the last step.
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The Silver MSM 

This car came to us fairly modified from the start. But that didn't mean there wasn't a lot to do! The chosen engine was a 500 hp LS2 from Holden.
Latest update, August 14, 2009
Thaaat's all folks!
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The green 99 

The first customer V8 build. We put a 480 hp LS3 in, and gave the whole car a makeover.
Latest update, October 04, 2012
All buttoned up and ready to hit the road.
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John's Westfield 

We don't offer turn-key Westfields anymore, but here's one we built in-house. John's planning to take this thing touring all over the US, so it's set up with a little more luxury than most Westies. For example, it has heated seats, a trailer hitch and even a roof!
Latest update, August 12, 2010
Here's John's touring setup.
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The FM Westfield - modifications 

Follow along the post-construction life of our little turbocharged lightweight.
Latest update, April 08, 2009
AIM dash.
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The FM Westfield - build 

We built the first Miata-based Westfield with left hand drive. We came across a few little problems and helped Westfield sort everything out.
Latest update, October 14, 2008
A late arrival, the heatshield for the exhaust.
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The Targa Miata


The Targa Newfoundland is a week-long tarmac rally that combines runs through tight little village roads to undulating coastal highways. Keith first built a naturally aspirated Miata to handle it - then converted it to a V8 to take on the Open class.
Build and development
The 2008 race - first in class and 16th overall!
The 2011 race - 3rd overall!


The Seven


Before Westfield came out with their Miata-powered lightweight, Keith built one of his own. Then he took on the Ariel Atom on the track and even wrote a book about it. Completed, but still occasionally updated.
The Seven


The MGB GT


How do you get baby supercar performance with classic style? If you think like Keith does, you take a 1972 MGB GT, cut the frame off at the firewall, build a new frame with Miata geometry, add a custom three-link rear suspension and then ram the drivetrain from a 1998 Camaro inside.
The MG