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Charity Car Build!

What are we doing?

We are building a diesel powered, Mazda Miata, drift car,  then drifting it, then raffling it off. All of the money raised from the sale, plus any money donated over the cost of the build will be given to a local highschool shop class to help inspire more auto enthusiasts like us!  The part that isn’t plain, or simple, is that we will be building this monstrosity in a mere 48 hours or less. You may be asking yourself “How is that even possible?” Well, with a  little help from our friends. We have assembled a small team and will be locking ourselves in a shop for two straight days, only leaving to get supplies and pick up pizza. When the dust settles, we will have a beast of a tire slayer to take to events all over North America.

 What do we need?

The Money that you will be donating will not only get you cool stuff, it will also help with this crazy build. We are starting from scratch, we already have the car and the engine is on the way, we just need more go fast bits. The more money that we can raise, the crazier that this build will be. We have priced it out, and 10k will be enough to build the car and get you guys your cool stuff.


Other Donations

If you can’t donate that’s cool…. we are broke too… hence the reason for this page. We are looking for people to come out and help with the build as well! The more hands, the easier this will be and the greater the chance that we will get this done. If you work for a company that can help us source parts, food, supplies… beer, please let us know. Anything and everything is needed and appreciated. We want this car to be for everyone and for hundreds of people tell their friends that they helped build this Frankenstein’s monster.

The Build…

The Car

We have been graciously donated a 1990 Mazda Miata from Havelock Car and Truck repair. The car has some surface rust that needs to be taken care of, but the frame rails are solid and it is currently in running and driving condition. With some new body panels and some awesome graphics, this car will be ready for its new heart and soul.




The engine we have chosen for this build is the Cummins 4BT. This is the 3.9L little brother of the famous 12v Cummins that is widely used and abused in the diesel community. Though it has two less cylinders, this engine can make serious power with small, inexpensive upgrades. With an upgraded fuel pump and bigger injectors, we can make substantially more power and roll some serious coal in the process. Changing the rev limiter will open up the power band and keep the car sideways. We will be attaching a ford t19 4 speed transmission to the coal roller. This transmission was chosen due to the availability of parts, its small size and weight. The transmission’s gearing will work great with the ford 8.8 rear end equipped with a 410 final drive. This differential is popular among many Miata swaps because of its compatibility with the drive axles and its resilience under high torque. In order to fit this engine, will be working with us to adapt their popular LS1 engine cradle for our application. We will also be ordering their ford 8.8 rear end conversion kit, as well as the frame bracing system.


As a lot of people have pointed out, this engine is heavy… very heavy, and we understand that it will take the 50/50 weight distribution the Miata is known for and throw it out the window. Our plan to help reduce the weight offset is to run a trunk mounted rad system, as well as a fuel cell as far back as possible. We will also be mounting the engine as far back on the subframe as possible, to keep the nose off the ground.




With the increased weight of the 4BT, the front suspension will have to handle the increased load. We have spoken with a few suspension companies that all agree a set of larger springs on adjustable coils will be needed to help support the weight. At this time we are still looking for the right company to help us with this custom piece


CIAS 2015

Hey everyone,

We checked out the Canadian International Auto show this spring, and put together a preview of some of the new cars coming out. Check out the video below!

The AutoMoto Mods Epic Cross-Country Road Trip!

Hello everyone! We have some big news!

The AMM crew will be splitting up a bit soon, as Garret must move to British Columbia for a new job opportunity. That being said, with the bad, comes the good, as all three of us will be making the trip from Ontario to BC, filming along the way!

We want to put together a couple of videos for the trip, one to showcase some of the people and cars that we meet on the way, and one special video, showcasing “Skylines of Canada.” In order to do this, we need volunteers! If anyone has an interesting car, or a Skyline they would like to have featured in the videos, we would love it for you to get in touch with us! We will primarily be taking HWY 1, so anyone along the way who would like to meet up, send us a message on our facebook page!

Here is the route we are taking:


Now, to add to this, if anyone in Calgary knows of a meet happening on Wednesday, September 17th, or Thursday, September 18th, or can get a meet going, please let us know the time and place – we’d love to film some of the car scene out west! If you know of anyone who would be interested, feel free to spread the word as well.

As for the rest of our schedule, we plan to be in the following locations at the following times:

Monday, Sept 15 – Thunder Bay, ON – MEET Terry Fox Memorial, 1000 Ontario 11, 8PM. We have help from the TB car groups, so this should be a great turnout!ThunderbayMeet

Tuesday, Sept 16MEET Tim Hortons . Unit 300, 50 Sage Creek Boulevard, Winnipeg MB R3X 0J6. We will be here between 4-6pm and stay for an hour or two. Filming and interviews to take place during this time.

Wednesday, Sept 17 – Regina, SK (Day Time) MEET at the A&W on Avonhurst Drive (2701). We want to interview some skyline owners, so we’ll start the meet at 1PM, and stay until around 4PM. We’ll park in here:reginameet

Thursday, Sept 18 (All day) – Calgary, AB – MEET Deerfoot Mall, 64 Avenue Northeast, Calgary, AB, 7PM IN THE FOLLOWING LOT:




And by Saturday, we plan to be in Fort St. John, our destination.


This schedule may be changed slightly as the date draws nearer, but we will keep everyone posted! Don’t forget to like AutoMoto Mods on facebook, and please feel free to contact us regarding the trip!

See you soon!



Here is a list of towns we will be stopping in for gas along the way, if anyone lives here, let us know, and we will be happy to include you in the video!



North Bay


Sault Ste. Marie


Thunder Bay







Swift Current


Medicine Hat





Grande Cache

Grande Prairie


Dawson Creek

Fort St. John

AMM Supra Update

Hey guys,

I figured it as about time you had an update on the crushed Supra posted a couple of months ago, so I won’t go into much detail yet, but I will say that insurance has been taken care of, and another car is on the way. For more info, you will just have to stay tuned for the footage!