I made a couple passes today, saw many miatas.Anyone else gonna be at miatas at the gap? Im driving from south florida, car is all taped up to keep the small-dog sized mosquitos off of my paint and i leave for my long ass drive in *watch* 5 hours. (still havent slept)
If even one or two FG people show up this weekend i'd love to get some sort of mini-meet going.
I believe that black one with the park bench on the back is a medium-sized vehicle of questionable cuteness. I'll have to confiscate that one, sir.
The fastback started out as an Autokonnexion hardtop. It attaches to the body of the car using all the OEM hardtop attachment points (windshield header, sides, frankenstein bolts) as well as two bolts which go through the trunk rails. The trunk is removeable and uses the OEM latch to hold it closed. I kept these mounting points.How does the fastback attach at the rear? Is it intended as a permanent replacement or to be removable?
Looking great so far. Can't wait to see the finished product!
One of the problems the Autokonnexion top has is that it's equipped with screw mounted Lexan windows. Although this is a lightweight solution, it isn't weatherproof, is unattractive, and in the case of the rear window, was incorrectly designed to use a flat mounted window. The Lexan, laid flat without any curvature to it, is unfortunately prone to sagging. Autokonnexion addressed this with a buttress support piece, but that's an awkward solution. I wanted my fastback to have a more natural, curving flow to it, so I made some extensive modifications to the fastback to take custom made one-off automotive safety glass that's been made for the application. The glass was ridiculously expensive and took nearly a year between ordering and delivery. There are some awkward lines that the original top had that were eliminated (they had lines that were inspired by S2000 fastback tops, but didn't work for the Miata). The top also had to have the window mounting channels recessed and strengthened for the glass. The result is that the rear window has a curvature to it that matches the rest of the lines of the car. The quarter windows (also tempered custom auto glass) have compound curves in them so that, they too, match the curves of the fastback.Really? How extensively modified? I've always thought the autokonexion looked rather ugly and half assed.