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snyderjohn



Joined: 01 Aug 2000
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2000 5:19 pm    Post subject: board on miata? Reply with quote

Id really like a Miata, but I dont see how I could carry my stuff, except for a trailer, any Ideas?
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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2000 3:34 pm    Post subject: RE: board on miata? Reply with quote

Bolt 2x4s upright to your front and rear fenders, tall enough to clear your top. (Id also use a good construction adhesive, cause bolts tend to hog out the holes in wood.) Nail & glue crossbars across the front and rear pairs. Nail some discarded carpeting to the crossbars, trimmming any serious excess so it doesnt flap too much in the wind. Drive some big spikes halfway into the ends of the crossbars, so the exposed 6 of the spikes provide anchors for the ropes or baling wire you tie your boards down with.

If looks matter, you can usually find house paint some dudes wife didntt like the color of on a discount rack at Home Depot. That, and a paint brush with the roofing tar chipped off, will make them 2x4s look pret near the same color as yer Miata, so yer in buidness. The paint can also be used to cover the adhesive you dripped on yer cars finish.

OTOH, if your financial resources allow more finesse that tnat, buy a used minivan for sailin and a Miata for drivin. If you give a damn about windsurfing, your gear will outgrow that Miata in about three weeks.

Besides, rack crossbars spaced too closely together leave a lot of board cantilevered out in front of the front rack, greatly increasing the aerodynamic lifting force on that front crossbar.

Mike \m/
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spyder



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2000 4:57 pm    Post subject: RE: board on miata? Reply with quote

or get a girlfriend with a van to haul your gear, and let her drive the miata.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2000 10:28 pm    Post subject: RE: board on miata? Reply with quote

OHMIGOD -- I agree with prozac on something: trailers in crowded venues.

Mike
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