In this episode, you’ll see the most thrilling, yet nerve wracking moments a car guy will ever experience—the first start and drive of a newly built car.
But we had some work to do before turning that key. We finished the rear section of the exhaust, reinstalled the stock interior bits, added a Moroso air/oil separator to keep the intake tract clean, bolted on the fenders and bumper, and made the final modifications to get the Corvette Z06 air intake snorkel to fit properly and feed the hungry LS3 an all-it-can-eat buffet of fresh, cool air.
When all that was done we bled the brakes, checked every nut and bolt for the zillionth time, and filled the Miata with fluids and fuel. Then came the moment of truth when the key was turned and—well, you’ll have to watch the video to find out what happened!
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Thanks, this project has been a blast to watch. I am extremely impressed with the knowledge and ability of the builder. Congratulations on a very fine job, and thanks you Summit for support and film. I have followed this from the beginning and I am very impressed. Enjoy your build, enjoy the drive, and most of all enjoy the destination and make lots of memories!!! I know it will be a blast to drive. Wish I Could!!! Thanks for sharing your project. Enjoy, Larry
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the final installment in about two weeks!