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From Zero to Hero Vol. 2: CYM Edition

Background:
Where do I even begin with this - this has been such a long time coming! You may notice there is a Volume 2 in the title of this thread. My original thread was a full restoration of a 2nd Generation RX-7 which can be found: Here (It’s a pretty good read, and a good indication of what you can expect with this one). You’ll notice the layout between this build thread and my previous will probably be identical. I still have the FC, still unhappy with how it sits and constantly changing out pieces for better looking ones. Initial D and the FC is what really kicked my love off for the rotary engines. I knew the second I was nearing finishing that car I had to have a FD and it had to be of a higher quality than the FC restoration was.

The Car:
After much searching and with my patience waning I finally found the car destined for me. The car is a 1993 CYM with zero mods and an original 7-8k thousand miles. I have to put a range because the odometer was swapped back in the day creating inconsistencies. Based on my research and a VIN search this car was in a front end collision that allowed me to get it cheaper than the more pristine FDs. This didn’t stop me though as I don’t plan on ever selling this car, in addition I’ll be going through it with a fine tooth comb to ensure everything is structurally and mechanically sound. I've already noticed a few things that will need my attention so I look forward to making this car the best it can be.

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I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise the build isn’t going to be super out there in terms of what I’m doing. I really enjoy OEM+ with a concentration on performance. Currently, the plan is for a full 99-Spec exterior swap (minus fenders & side skirts), performance parts, and another engine driven by a Megasquirt 3 Pro. I actually had purchased most of the 99-Spec parts and the MazdaSpeed steering wheel before I even purchased the car - that fear of missing out on brand new parts lol. There is a lot more in the works which I’ll detail below. I plan to break the build into phases, since I’m so close to completing my masters in IT Project Management, I figure it would be good practice. The three phases will be exterior and interior overhaul, engine overhaul, and finally suspension overhaul. Realistically, much like last time, I’ll probably just scoop up whatever I can find good deals on and go from there. Scope creep, much like the last build, will happen regardless so I’m not counting that against me lol. I unfortunately don’t have the same amount of time and expendable income as I had with the FC (parts are way more expensive on this side of the fence!). I don’t expect I’ll have content updates every week like I had previously (maybe not even every month), but I will make sure everything is documented.

The Items I Currently Have:
Exterior:
99-Spec Brake Ducts
99-Spec Combo Lights
99-Spec Front Bumper Cover
99 Spec Front Lip
99-Spec Reinforcement Bar
99-Spec Mazda Emblems
99-Spec Tail Lights
99-Spec Undertray
99-Spec Vanity Half-Plate
Aluminum Door Striker Covers
OEM Rear Mud Guards
OEM R1 Strut Bar

Interior:
MazdaSpeed D-Cut Steering Wheel
MazdaSpeed Horn Button
JDM Console Armrest

Thanks to everyone that followed me on my last journey and I look forward to all the people I’ll meet on this one!

Here are some of the items I've sourced:



Here are the shots of the car:






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LOL, is the FD getting a "KEISUKE" license plate?
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Did this car spend some time in Alabama? If so, my friend used to own it and i have driven it and it gave me the impression it was indeed a low mileage car. I drove it on some rougher roads and the suspension was totally solid, it even had the sticker by the gear shift and smelled pretty new.

EDIT: i found the old FS thread here: https://www.rx7club.com/3rd-generati...-miles-996816/

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Originally Posted by BLUE TII View Post
LOL, is the FD getting a "KEISUKE" license plate?
Lol! I'd be lying if I said no.

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Did this car spend some time in Alabama? If so, my friend used to own it and i have driven it and it gave me the impression it was indeed a low mileage car. I drove it on some rougher roads and the suspension was totally solid, it even had the sticker by the gear shift and smelled pretty new.

EDIT: i found the old FS thread here: https://www.rx7club.com/3rd-generati...-miles-996816/
Wow, thank you for this information. This seems to be the same car. I could verify from the crack on the rear plastic (maybe that's a common thing?). It also does still have the sticker by the gear shift. It has a few cosmetic issues I plan on fixing. I took it for a spin around the block and everything seems to be exactly as you said.
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Nice! I read the FC build thread, that was a LOT of work. Looks like you're starting out with a better shape car to start with, doesn't look like it will require anywhere near the crazy labor that went into the FC!

Have fun with the project. If you haven't made a trip to Deal's Gap Rotary Rally, seriously consider going, I'd love to see you and your car in person and it's a super fun time.

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Had some time to look through your FC thread.

WOW. Nice work!

By your purchase of the CYM I had assumed you were a gentleman of good taste with resources.
I see from your FC thread you are also quite a handy fellow and jack of all trades.

Whats your story?



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Nice! I read the FC build thread, that was a LOT of work. Looks like you're starting out with a better shape car to start with, doesn't look like it will require anywhere near the crazy labor that went into the FC!

Have fun with the project. If you haven't made a trip to Deal's Gap Rotary Rally, seriously consider going, I'd love to see you and your car in person and it's a super fun time.

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Thanks Dale! I would like to make it out to DGRR, I was hoping either the FC would be done or take this - however there's been some..unfortunate circumstances with the title. I'm waiting on the previous owner to get it to me....it seems he may have misplaced it.

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Had some time to look through your FC thread.

WOW. Nice work!

By your purchase of the CYM I had assumed you were a gentleman of good taste with resources.
I see from your FC thread you are also quite a handy fellow and jack of all trades.

Whats your story?
Hey - thanks! That FC is really my pride and joy. My story? Haha, well - my dad was always into fast cars as I was growing up (he had a 600 rwhp Z06). I was on the path to following him (I had a 650 rwhp 04 Cobra), however, I had to sell the car to re-attend school. I discovered that working at the local retail store wasn't a path I wanted to continue to follow and had to make sacrifices. From there I owned quite a few different cars namely, a 04 STi, which is pictured in my other build thread (and now sold lol). That car and the show Initial D is really what introduced and grew my love for Japanese vehicles. So there I was in college, my friend helping me with my first ever oil change, and it dawned on me I knew nothing about the cars that I love. I ended up loving the FC, many thanks to the main character of the show and bought one; and it was awful - I like my things nice and that car was the polar opposite. So, with the help of a few friends we completely restored the FC and I learned a ton. I learned enough that I'm able to, at least, carry most of my own weight - I still rely on them for guidance a lot though. I am always researching how to do things. I would rather at least try it once and fail as to pay someone to do it for me. I try and pass on what I've learned to other car enthusiasts that would like to learn as well. I let people I know decently enough use my garage and assist them as they work on their own cars. I definitely learned that patience and not settling is key - and that's how I ended up with this FD (even though patience is probably my worst attribute lol).

Making that earlier sacrifice and going back to school definitely payed off in a myriad of ways. I currently work for The Boeing Company in Information Technology. I hope to buy a house eventually, still currently renting, but that plan got a little pushed back thanks to the FD. I'm not overly concerned as I think I would have deeply regretted letting this car slip through in the future.

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^^ Thank you!
Exactly the kind of mini bio I was fishing for (my creepy phrasing was just bonus content Re: my own bio).
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Thanks Dale! I would like to make it out to DGRR, I was hoping either the FC would be done or take this - however there's been some..unfortunate circumstances with the title. I'm waiting on the previous owner to get it to me....it seems he may have misplaced it.



Hey - thanks! That FC is really my pride and joy. My story? Haha, well - my dad was always into fast cars as I was growing up (he had a 600 rwhp Z06). I was on the path to following him (I had a 650 rwhp 04 Cobra), however, I had to sell the car to re-attend school. I discovered that working at the local retail store wasn't a path I wanted to continue to follow and had to make sacrifices. From there I owned quite a few different cars namely, a 04 STi, which is pictured in my other build thread (and now sold lol). That car and the show Initial D is really what introduced and grew my love for Japanese vehicles. So there I was in college, my friend helping me with my first ever oil change, and it dawned on me I knew nothing about the cars that I love. I ended up loving the FC, many thanks to the main character of the show and bought one; and it was awful - I like my things nice and that car was the polar opposite. So, with the help of a few friends we completely restored the FC and I learned a ton. I learned enough that I'm able to, at least, carry most of my own weight - I still rely on them for guidance a lot though. I am always researching how to do things. I would rather at least try it once and fail as to pay someone to do it for me. I try and pass on what I've learned to other car enthusiasts that would like to learn as well. I let people I know decently enough use my garage and assist them as they work on their own cars. I definitely learned that patience and not settling is key - and that's how I ended up with this FD (even though patience is probably my worst attribute lol).

Making that earlier sacrifice and going back to school definitely payed off in a myriad of ways. I currently work for The Boeing Company in Information Technology. I hope to buy a house eventually, still currently renting, but that plan got a little pushed back thanks to the FD. I'm not overly concerned as I think I would have deeply regretted letting this car slip through in the future.

small world, i work for the same company and i have probably driven that car lol.
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Very nice, congrats!
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Your thread makes me wish I waited for the right CW and now it seems it'd be harder to find one without having to pay a super high price. With the difference in price, I'd be better off working on polishing mine up. Great start for you though. Good luck with your build.
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good luck on the build... nice platform to start with...
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