Started out as needing a transmission for my turbo build. 3rd gear was grinding pretty bad and could not find a used transmission. I ended up picking up a whole car for the transmission and few NB interior parts for my NA.
Instead of junking the car as-is I decided to part it out off craigslist. Immediately there was a sudden demand for these convertible parts in the middle of winter! It was surprising how fast I ended up selling off the whole car. At that point, I needed more parts and decided to pick up another crashed car. After getting what I needed I decided to try the part out again and sure enough even more interest. As I caught on I decided to search for crashed, lost title or undriveable Miata’s. I kept the trend up of doing about 1 parts car every 2-3 months. This lead to a fairly large inventory.
In the first year, we did about 5 parts cars. All consistently selling parts throughout the year through local and online transactions. This is when I was starting to grow a brand for myself as, “Zach’s Miata Parts” growing the business over time while attending college full-time.
After about 2 years of selling parts on the side. I decided to go at it full-time. This gave us the opportunity to do about 1 parts car a month with help in dismantling. This is when I decided to change the name to, “MiataSource”.
To give a better and more professional presence to the business. Parts were a great branch for the business. But after working on these cars for myself I decided to start offering service in early 2018. We were immediately given tons of opportunities to install our parts on our customer's cars. Becoming a full service and parts source for Miatas. Below is our first service customer an automatic to manual conversion.
After doing this out of my moms basement and garage for about 3 years it was time to find a better faculty. We ended up finding a beautiful property in Princeton, MN about 20 minutes north of our Elk River location which had a pole barn on site and some acerage. But there was a lot of work to be done...
We had a lot of work ahead of ourselves this shop is perfect but far from being a working shop for MiataSource. We looked at this shop as an open canvas to create the dream Miata shop. Here is some before and after.