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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:52 pm 
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OK guys and gals if you've never seen this car before you need to come out from under that rock. Our very own natedog explains how he picked up this pristine 89 Mirage Turbo.


It all started with the September 2005 Issue of Sport Compact Car. I remember picking up the issue with "Budget Bad Boys" and reading it cover to cover several times. I kept coming back to a white DSM powered Mirage. I had seen a few of them before online, but had really payed them no mind. Sure a DSM engine could swap into one, but how much fun could a FWD really be?



As time rolled on I began searching Ebay for "Turbo Mirage" and "Turbo Colt". Surprisingly enough there would occasionally be one for sale, but as usual all the good stuff was on the other side of the country. Then one day I befriended a (somewhat) local DSMer. As I went over to hang out, I couldn't believe what I saw in his garage. A black Turbo Mirage with huge "TURBO" stickers down the doors. As we started chatting I was instantly hooked. I had to have one, but where was one to be found? Months passed, and my phone rang. The words "I'm selling everything" echoed in my ears... A little negotiating and a couple weeks later. I had my first C53A shell sitting in my shop. As time went by I accumulated parts for the project. Turns out the car needed a roof skin, some interior work, an engine, a transmission... the list went on and on. I saved for quite some time. Then within days of dropping in the engine and transmission, I received and email from a close friend. It read "Hey you should really look at this Mirage. It would save you a lot of time and money just to buy this one". As I read the description I knew that I had to have it. It was perfect. I knew the car, I knew the history, I just needed to know a price.



After some PM's and a few phone calls it was set. I was buying a rolling chassis with a custom 3 inch exhaust and an aftermarket fuel pump. The next friday, after a night shift, and 3 hours of sleep. A road trip insued. Meeting Tom Tharp (aka underdog) was like making a new best friend. We spoke for a couple hours and then the car went onto the trailer. As my friend and I pulled out fo the drive, I could see Tom in my rear veiw with his camera taking pictures of his long time baby leaving. I was saddened by this, but I swore to myself that she would live again to crush the egos of the unsuspecting.



A few weeks later, as the parts stash dwindled down I found myself with an almost finished Mirage. Along with some help from a local fabricator, the FMIC pipes were made, and passenger side of the FMIC was remade to exit into the engine bay. This allowed for a shorter pipe routing, and the hole in the inner fender to be closed off once again.



Mods thus far are.

Stock 2.0 with balance shaft delete
Stock 2.0 head
ARP head studs
Mitsubishi metal head gasket
Revised Lifters
HKS 264/272 Cam Combo
Extrude Honed Stock Intake Manifold
Evo 3 Exhaust Manifold
Evo 3 16G Turbo

Extreme Motor Sports O2 Eliminator with 41mm Tial Wastegate
680cc Injectors

Walbro 255

Bushcur FPR
2G Maft
Joe P. MBC
FMIC
DSM Link
Wideband



Future plans include.

Greddy dual stage electronic boost controller

Water / Alcohol injection




I'd like to give a special thanks to my friend Don Trammell who "bird dogged" this car for me. To my brother for always helping me when I need it most. To Tom Tharp for keeping such a rare car so nice, and allowing me to carry on its legacy. I'd also like to thank the members of this board, for all the inspiration that I have found here.



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:28 pm 
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I would have to say that this is the perfect car to bring ROTM back with. A good side note would be to check out www.turbomirage.com for those who arent familiar with this car can see the history of it. Definately one of the cleanest example out there. Congrats Natedog =D>


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So nice. Pretty much all CSM's should strive to look this good. :salute:

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pffff.. Thats the only pictures he has of that thing. hahahaha


Congrates.. I think i might write me up something once i get my computer back.

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Great looking car. Hopes are to have mine back in that condition one day and even be on the rotm :)

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There are alot of nice cars on here but this one does rank up there with the best of them for sure. Hopefully he'll get me a few more pics and I'll go in and add them later.

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Sweet ride-an inspiration to all of us. Kudos to you knowing what the car means to the early people on this forum.


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:hail: Sweet! sure makes me drool! :prayer:


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Everyone, thanks for all the positive feedback. Oh and John, as soon as I get some nice weather down here, I'll get more pictures and email them to you first :D

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wOw natedog.. thing is krispy.. Image


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....makes my car wish it was faster.... But it's snowing and lots of it, so I have to figure that pictures of go fast cars is all I can feed my beast right now.

You feed the fire and look what you get ....... HOT HOT HOT!


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That's sweet, Natedog. I love how behind every one of these cars is someone with a story. We all have one. Thanks for sharing!!

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Just out of curiosity; how much did you pay for this car, Natedog?

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Just out of curiosity; how much did you pay for this car, Natedog?
I bet he'll never tell. 8)

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I know i know.... eleventy billion dollers



But i really do know :evil:

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