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Re: noob5,000,000's 1986 Mazda RX7, the clean one from Texas

Postby Rope-Pusher » Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:00 am

^ I can't remember - was he like Garth, or like Wayne?
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Postby noob5,000,000 » Sat May 26, 2012 9:49 pm

So, I actually did end up assembling the engine (mostly). I got the front cover and all the stuff under it (oil pump, counter weight, etc) installed. I haven't put the manifolds on yet since I want to have my injectors checked out before I install them.

I also decided to repaint the engine bay. I've found a spray paint color combo that matches better than what I had on there. I got the current paint mostly removed with the help of paint stripper, a wire brush, some rags, and lots of sweat. It's about 80% done.

I've also decided that I am going to swap brake setups between cars. The Texas car came with 4-lug hubs and single-piston front calipers, while the rusty car has 5-lug hubs and 4-piston front brakes (and vented rear rotors). Having 4-piston brakes will be nice, and having 5-lug hubs will open up many more wheel choices. I'll likely get a set of Crown Vic wheels eventually, like so:

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Postby 94Corolla5Speed » Sun May 27, 2012 1:36 am

Sexy. Can't wait to see it all dolled up.

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Postby theholycow » Sun May 27, 2012 7:30 am

I've always liked that style of wheels.
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Postby noob5,000,000 » Sun May 27, 2012 4:27 pm

Oh yeah, the water pump housing and water pump are also installed.
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Re: noob5,000,000's 1986 Mazda RX7, the clean one from Texas

Postby Squint » Mon May 28, 2012 11:17 am

theholycow wrote:I've always liked that style of wheels.

In my opinion, they tend to look better on other cars than the original vehicle they were on. Sometimes I do not understand manufacturers choosing wheels for vehicles. Like the cheap, basic Scion hubcaps.. fugly.
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Postby noob5,000,000 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:22 am

The death of my other car comes with a silver lining, I will now be able to extract some key parts from it for this car.

I no longer need to buy:
- Alternator
- Brake master cylinder
- Clutch master cylinder
- Clutch slave cylinder

Theoretically, the only major parts I'll have to buy now are:
- Bushing kit (front and rear control arms, sway bar, ball joint boots)
- Engine mounts
- Transmission mounts
- Small stuff (hardware, etc)

That will get it running, to get it completely complete:
- 2 Summit RPM switches to rig up the 6pi and VDI systems
- probably some other stuff that I'll remember later
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Postby noob5,000,000 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:33 pm

All the 5-lug parts have been harvested from the recently-blown rusty car. The aluminum 4-piston calipers are lighter than the single-piston ones (steel, iron?) 8).
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Postby noob5,000,000 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:35 am

It seems like I'm going backwards :lol:. I removed some more stuff from this car tonight. The entire interior from the belt line up, to be exact (everything else is gone already). The car officially has no interior at the moment. My reason for tearing it even further apart was to apply sound deadening to the underside of the roof, and the back of any large interior panels. I want no rattles. Hopefully I can get some more time to finish sound deadening the interior so I can start putting it back together.

Also, the paint in the engine bay is about 88% stripped, soon I'll be able to paint it and start putting it back together too.

Just in time for winter :lol:.
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Re: noob5,000,000's 1986 Mazda RX7, the clean one from Texas

Postby potownrob » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:39 am

noob5,000,000 wrote:Just in time for winter :lol:.
do you have a winter ride or is this it??
BUT DEM FAHGLEITZ!! :shock:

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Postby noob5,000,000 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:28 am

I don't have a winter ride, but this car definitely won't be it. My dad and I will have to continue to split a car (slushbox Focus) until his Jeep gets put back together. It sucks, even if I finish this car early in the winter, I'll still have to wait until spring to drive it again. They salt the roads very heavily around here, and I flat-out refuse to expose this car to it after dealing with my rusty FC.
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Re: noob5,000,000's 1986 Mazda RX7, the clean one from Texas

Postby theholycow » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:26 am

noob5,000,000 wrote:Just in time for winter :lol:.

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Re: noob5,000,000's 1986 Mazda RX7, the clean one from Texas

Postby Alex » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:25 pm

Squint wrote:
theholycow wrote:I've always liked that style of wheels.

In my opinion, they tend to look better on other cars than the original vehicle they were on. Sometimes I do not understand manufacturers choosing wheels for vehicles. Like the cheap, basic Scion hubcaps.. fugly.
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The wheel choice is the least of the worries on that car lol.
But yeah, sometimes I don't understand why some of these cars end up with such ugly wheels.

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Re: noob5,000,000's 1986 Mazda RX7, the clean one from Texas

Postby Squint » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:28 pm

Alex wrote:
Squint wrote:Image



The wheel choice is the least of the worries on that car lol.
But yeah, sometimes I don't understand why some of these cars end up with such ugly wheels.

Don't knock it until you've tried it. People are surprisingly happy with that vehicle; especially middle aged women.
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Re: noob5,000,000's 1986 Mazda RX7, the clean one from Texas

Postby Alex » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:31 pm

Oh yeah, I have no idea how it drives (which might be awesome). I was just commenting on the way it looks (which is definitely NOT awesome :) ).


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