I’ve been MIA online a lot lately. For awhile I’ve been focused on this… It’s a ‘94 Miata that my parents owned but wanted to get rid of since it needed a lot of engine work.

My wife and I took it on and ended up having the engine replaced (it took a shop 3 months). When it was finally ready, we flew to California last month to pick it up. We spent a few days putting a new canvas top on it and making some additional repairs.

Then we drove it 2700 miles along I-40 and stopped at sights along Route 66 on the way back to Michigan.

A friend described what we did as having open heart surgery and then running a marathon. That feels like an apt comparison. The trip went more smoothly than I could imagine though.

It still needs some work, which I’m excited to learn how to do myself. It could use a good paint job too. But welcome to the family, little Miata.