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My new 1979 Rx7 GS

Old 07-15-16, 03:47 PM
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Very nice SA, that sunroof looks really clean I'm looking for one for my 79 SA but I'm not having any luck finding one.

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Likewise! Your car is in fantastic condition! Keep searching EBay and one will eventually pop up.
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Likewise! Your car is in fantastic condition! Keep searching EBay and one will eventually pop up.
Was that a pun?
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Was that a pun?
Haha. I'm happy to report that my glass replacement has done great. I also bought a nice condition factory roof but still need to take it to a shop to get it painted.
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You have a nice garage full there. The pagoda SLs are great looking cruisers. My grandfather has a 250SL with 5 speed stick, it's not a sports car, but definitely a unique experience. And a 997 turbo is a relaxed monster.
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Sorry for the poor footage , there are no shots of the runs just start and returning to pits , but finally made it , they let me run at SCDRA . this fall with conditions that i not exceed 100 mph. and had no issues ( they just wanted to watch the Dragon to make sure there were no issues . had to run solo but gave me as many runs as i wanted ) had a couple issues with the bike fading out around the 90 mph range . probably a good thing or would have broke out of my 100 mph set range . 96.3 [email protected] 13.3 seconds 86.6.in the first 1/8 mile . Next spring they will let me compete with the rest . I know these are poor numbers but will improve without restrictions . felt good to handle . he runs true and straight at all speeds but is a pita to handle in the pits and staging areas, just because of the huge 48 deg rake. Again thanks to everyone who has helped me out with the little engine .
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wiper blades replaced today. they don't sell just the rubber part anymore, you got to buy the whole thing that holds the rubber strip to the wiper arm now. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT ****!!
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Freed my brake calipers on my '85 GS project. They were really stuck. It took a lot of PB Blaster and hammering, using a scrap 2x4 as, I guess, a punch.

I'm hoping to put some fuel in the tank this week and see if any comes out of the supply line.

This is the first time I touched this car since I moved it to my new house (not so new anymore I guess) about 4 years ago. The car is a complete mess. I accidentally let the engine emissions harness drag on the ground for 200 miles when I brought it home, and the PO was... ungraceful with the engine removal before I got it.
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Looking for replacement rivets for sunroof panel like this?

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I ‘grew up’ in the sports car world driving a 1980 Rx-7 followed by a 1984 and then a 1988 and most recently my 1995 Formula Mazda which is powered by the 13B rotary engine.

My 1980 was a particularly special car to me. I did a lot of work on that car including weber side drafts, headers, rear drum to disc conversion, and racing suspension. That car also had black rear window louvers, sheepskin seat covers, black wheels and a low black rubber front air dam. Yes, it was the early 1980s and I was in love. I have such great memories of that car including doing about 8 days of DE with COM at Bryar (now NHMS) and Limerock in the early 1980s. It was my first track car!

As the car had a removable sunroof it had to be removed before going on track. One of my memories of this car was running over my own sunroof in the dirt paddock at Bryar. That bent sunroof then became a coffee table.

So why am I talking about all of this history? I decided a while ago that I would like to find a car identical to the one I owned. My original car got wrapped around a tree by the kid I sold it to about 1 week after selling it. I remember that bummed me out. I’ve been looking on line for some time and finally came across a 1979 Rx7 (the first year of production) which is just like mine. My car was a 1980 red GS with factory A/C and sunroof and this 1979 car is just that.

I found the car on EBay and had the car shipped from Nebraska. It has 68k on the odometer and is in excellent condition inside and out! Unfortunately the shipping company was HORRIBLE. They lost the sunroof and transported the car with an open roof with tore the headliner in the car. Fortunately, there was no rain and the rest of the interior was spared from their incompetence.

Through the miracle of EBay (and Rx7club Stu!!!), I managed to find a vintage glass sunroof in flawless condition. The symmetry of the situation to my destroying my own sunroof on my 1980 is interesting!

I unloaded the car from my trailer today and I just love sitting in it. It started right up but a hot restart is being problematic. There is an inspection sticker on the car from 1982 and I think this car sat in a garage for a lonnnng time.

I think it will need some loving but this car is going to be a keeper. WooHoo.

As you can tell, I'm very excited to get back to my rotary roots. Be prepared for me to ask countless questions.

Anyone know, or remember who made these glass Sunroofs for the first generation FB RX7's, Mine sat under tarps, Stored outdoors for a few years and has rusted the Rivets on top. The only Print i can find, is the word "SOLARCOOL", But have FORGOTTEN who made or sold these Originally!

Any/All HELP Appreciated, also any Companies that make Replacement door and Window seals...


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Moon Roofs were sold through Pacific Tee Tops and (the original) Rotary Engineering, both defunct now. Never knew who they got them from. I still have an original box, wonder if there is any additional MFG info on that? You can remove and re finish the ones in your roof. Or, I've also made new ones out of carriage head bolts that I shortened and polished the heads in my lathe and painted them black.

Door and window seals are still available from the dealer and aftermarket. I'd recommend spending the extra and buy the OEM.

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Toyota Sienna rear window button nuts are a direct replacement:
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