2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Moving the Miatae
June 22, 2011
First off, I want to thank Mike Dunn for letting me use his big-ass Big Tex trailer. Our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is only good for towing once a trailer can be rounded up.
But this time there is no race, no track-day event at the end of the road. Today I'm moving to a new 45-year old house. Thankfully, a three-car garage is involved, just like before.
And like before, Mazda Miatas are going to fill two-thirds of it.
Above is the restored first-win car that I drove a couple of decades ago to the Miata's first ever race victory anywhere. This 22-year old retired race-only Miata still has less than 7,000 miles on the odometer.
And then there is the project car, the high-miles 1991 Miata I bought off a cop for $750 because the rear diff had gone south. When I brought it home it had the grossest interior ever due to a build-up of toenail clippings and stripper calling cards. Needless to say I replaced that carpet post haste.
The engine on the hoist has the more desireable big nose crank, and I upgraded the rear diff to a '99 unit with a larger ring and pinion in anticipation of more horsepower to come. The hoped-for result is a sub-2,000 pound car with 200 horses.
I'm looking forward to the new garage because it's one of those old-school detached ones that sits behind the house. Now when I'm out in the garage I'll also be in the back yard.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 26,011 miles