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I've been HEAVILY into RX-7s since about '96, when the last few unsold '95s were being scouted out on the RX-7 list. I've owned 7 2nd gens, worked on at least 50-70 of them, and at least 5-10 FDs. But, I've never been at the position where I had the money and everything just right to get myself an FD.
Until now .
Drove from storm-ravaged Pensacola to Knoxville, TN this weekend and picked up a '94 R2 Brilliant Black with less than 68,000 miles on the odometer. Car is just awesome - a few minor dings on the body, but overall great, perfect interior, and runs like a clock. Ice cold AC too .
Since I'm a huge dumbass and forgot to bring the digital camera to work with the pics, here's a link to the For Sale thread for those of you inclined to read it:
I plan on making this car my vision of the Perfect FD. Near-stock, but built the way Mazda should have were they not hampered by emissions and regulations. I'm done with the big and wild modifications - went down that road with my old 10th Anniversary and ended up with a car I completely didn't enjoy in the least.
I will be documenting pretty much everything I do on the car to help others out and hopefully find some new and better ways of doing things. Everything will be on my website - http://www.clubrx.org - which is still in its infancy right now. I also plan on writing comprehensive product reviews of parts that I select for the car. My buying guide should be up today on the site - I found a few tricks that helped me get my car in record time (got the loan Wednesday, found the car that day, bought the car Saturday ).
I've noticed, over the years, there's 2 different types of RX-7 guys. There's people that own one and enjoy it, and there's people who get them deep into their blood. I fall into the latter . I bought a Lexus SC300 5-speed last November, thinking I'd switch camps and have a nice, neat car. Fat chance . They're nice cars all right, but they're not an RX-7! I don't think I'll ever "cure" myself of these cars - Mazda really built something special.
A BIG thanks to all the other RX-7 nuts out there on this forum and elsewhere - the awesome community that's involved with these cars is part of what makes it so special. I wouldn't be where I am today without a LOT of help and a LOT of typing by a ton of other awesome RX-7 enthusiasts!
Anyhow, enough rambling - I gotta get my RX-7GURU license plate switched from the Lexus to the FD and call the insurance folks .
__________________ | Dale Clark - RX-7 Bad-Ass
| '94 RX-7 R2 Brillant Black - Building the Perfect FD
| Go faster with stripes!
Hehe, I've worked on them enough and read enough about them to make educated posts .
I'm looking forward to getting cruise control for it, though - being 6'6" and having a troublesome right ankle and knee, the drive home got to my leg in a few spots. But, at the end of the trip, I actually felt MUCH better than I had driving the Lexus to TN to get the car, and that was with cruise control! I just don't fit right in the Lexus for some reason. The 7 felt SOOO much more comfortable to me!
Haha, nice find! I wanted a 94 Black FD, but my MBM is fine. She runs like a champ with the Original motor (good compression) and nice cold A/C as well. So I know the feeling, and definitly only have the mentality (and wallet) to make the car "breathe" a bit more if that and not really push the envelope on what already is a nice, fast car.
Take the wing off!
Question: What happend to the first motor at 65k or so, I noticed its a 3k mile reman in there...???
The previous motor had a broken rear apex seal - very possibly from the VERY clogged pre-cat that was on the car . The current owner added the downpipe when he installed the motor. Car really runs great - NO smoke, starts and idles perfectly, runs like a clock.
Yeah, I actually fit quite well in the car! Tourings I have problems with - my head is touching the roof big time. I actually have the seat one notch from fully back.
I'm dying to start messing around with the car . But, I gotta finish up the '90 convertible that we have - gotta fix some stuff on it to get it ready for sale. The incentive is I'm gonna use the money from selling the 'vert to get some stuff for the FD .
great job....I suggest doing all the maintanance on it first before modding. Modding gets crazy and you can't stop. Keep it light
I'd feel the best if I went through and changed all the fluids and just cleaned for the first 6 months I owned the car! Make all the little stuff perfect take out the seats and vacuum it out. Add some grounds and then start modding. Ok sorry I'm done lol but you get my drift
congratulations I can tell you are sincerely excited!
The brightest flame burns quickest.
Congrats, Dale, glad to hear you made the trip okay. Too bad we couldnt meet up while you were here.
Guys, I think your minds can rest easy with Dale as the owner of the 7. He's driven some plenty capable cars, 300+rwhp FC's and such. Hell, Dale was messing around on the old FC3S list when I first started fooling with 7's about 6 years ago. I believe he knows how to take care of them
Welcome Dale. Just be careful, this car is an insane addiction, I've just started modding mine, and all I can think about is the next set of mods I'm gonna do. Treat her right, cause she can be a bitch if you don't. Have fun with her, and am looking forward to hearing the progress. Congrats.