[Spridgets] Best Spridget for a condo owner

Mike Rambour lists at dinospider.com
Thu Jun 2 16:37:09 MDT 2011

  Hardtop ? a hardtop on a convertible ? what kind of sick person are you ?

  I had a hardtop for my 124 for almost a year, it sucked big time it 
was always on it seemed.  Luckily some sucker bought the hardtop, I 
ended up putting 230,000 miles over 34 years on that 124 and well over 
200,000 were top down.  My Honda S2000 has 21,000 miles on it and less 
than 100 (one hundred, not a typo) with the top up.  Then again, my wife 
had a alfa spider that she even took the soft top off of to make a tiny 
bit more room in the back shelf (they called it a seat but its way too 
small for that) and she drove that car rain or shine for 15 years.  Get 
some heavy cloth covers to put over the seats when it rains and remove 
the rubber grommets on the floor drains and you are good to go.

  The rest of the miles in my life are on 2 wheels so no top there either.


On 06/02/2011 03:18 PM, derf wrote:
> My timing belt broke today.  I'd get a 1.8 unless I found a sweet deal on a 1.6.
> Hardtops are great and usually $700-1000 so all the better if you find
> a car that comes with one.
> Miatas are like Spridgets with longevity,  airbags, 5 speed, A/C,
> power steering, and warp speed power 3500-7000RPMs.
> On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM, David Lieb<72spridget at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Alan,
>> Don't be too quick to write off the 1.6 Yada. Fewer cc, but revs more
>> easily than the 1.8. Avoid the 1990-early 1991 "short-nose" crank and
>> you will be fine. That leaves you 4 or 5 years to look at. Check the
>> rear of the sills for rot from clogged drains. Test the AC. Ask about
>> timing belt changes.
>> David L

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