So last year, in the March-April time frame, I assembled my kit for a great Miata project, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time:
I got a Megasquirt-PNP DIY, and the Jenvy IRTB kit for Miata 1.6 including RX-8 injectors.
By the end of April I had soldered together the DIY Megasquirt, and then unexpectedly had to put the project on hold in order to move my family to a new house. All my parts went in boxes. I moved across town, and since then there has always been something that took precedence over getting back to the project.
It has now been 9 months, and as each weekend comes and goes, I stare at those few boxes on the shelf in my garage, going unused.
What can I do to motivate myself to get back into it? Part of my problem now is that I’ve lost that rush, that push to get it done, and instead I’m constantly thinking: What if I put the Megasquirt in and it just doesn’t start? What if I get the ECU working with the stock airbox but when I put the IRTBs in the whole thing goes to pot? What if I need to do metal fab work to get the throttle cable to the IRTBs and it’s way beyond my ability?
As a practical matter, not just motivational platitudes, how do I take that next step?
Earlier today I was doing some work just outside our office door in the parking lot. This scruffy-looking white econobox with peeling paint on its bumpers drove by, with four of these boxes (which my coworkers and I quickly deduced to be licence plate scanners) mounted to its trunk deck, pointing out to the rows of cars along either...