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Old 03-14-06, 09:30 AM
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I bought a basketcase gt-3 car

This is a cross-post from the first gen forum, someone there suggested you guys may be interested in it. Perhaps some of you can tell me what exactly it is that I've laid hands on.

https://www.rx7club.com/showthread.p...8&page=1&pp=15

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I read the other thread. Did you get the logbook with it? It may be worth something besides parts with some history. Get a pressure washer and clean it up, throw it on jackstands and take it apart and clean the little bits and pieces. Open up the fuel cell and check if the foam has degraded(most likely yes)clean it out and replace. There is a lot of stuff you can do without very much money. It looks like most everything is there just make sure its up to current rules. That is where the logbook comes in, without it you will probably have to replace the cage($$$) unless it is made from DOM tubing and you can prove it. Clean some paint off the cage and see if you can see a dark line running down the length of the tube anywhere. That is a weld seam if you find one, not good without a logbook to grandfather it in for SCCA.

Without looking at it up close I would say its a good parts pile to build a car from. But it was a great score.

PS. I dig the color!
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If you need to find a home for it, let me know

And the LOGBOOK is a must, as stated above
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Originally Posted by jgrewe
That is where the logbook comes in, without it you will probably have to replace the cage($$$) unless it is made from DOM tubing and you can prove it. Clean some paint off the cage and see if you can see a dark line running down the length of the tube anywhere. That is a weld seam if you find one, not good without a logbook to grandfather it in for SCCA.
Just an FYI... many times DOM will have the dark line as well as DOM starts as ERW, with the drawing process afterwards to remove the seam. SO, the only real way to test is to have it sonically tested or cut something easy to replace like a doorbar.

Great score!!!! Do yourself a favor, "flip" it or part it. GT3 is not for the budget minded.
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Speed Raycer, thanks for the tip on the ERW/DOM and sonic testing. I knew about the manufacturing process, I've just never seen the prominent dark line on DOM that ERW has. So its should give a good clue as to what tubing you may have without having to find an NHRA tech dude.
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The would look really nice parked under my MAzda MFR Slide Thottle!
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Check the with region techs of where the car raced, they have a catalog of all log book numbers and should be able to tell you a little history of the car. See if there is any numbers on the cage near the inspection hole. Don't cut anything out of it. Could be used as a Vintage car if you can find the info on the car. Very cool. Rust, windshield and fiberglass can be fixed cheaply. Don't do anything hasty.
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The would look really nice parked under my MAzda MFR Slide Thottle!
hehe, and that would look good on top of the pp motor
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Fun car, really work on tracking down the history of the car, logbook, etc. That helps out the value of the vehicle and determining how/who built it. Lots and lots of cleaning, rewiring, sanding, and painting, and then the engine......you may just want to hang on to it as a very long-term project and do a little at a time (mostly cleaning and prep, repainting and refinishing rusted or old parts). The engine can be last once the finances are in check, possibly even just throwing in someone's good used stock-port 12A.

There are tons of guys who would run just a car in the street road races in Mexico (www.CalderaPromotions.com).

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Long term project is the key word here. I think it would just be neat to see it running again in its original shape. I'll see if the guy I got it from has the logbook around somehwere. The mexican races look interesting and thats not too far from home.
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Congratulations. If the motor is still good, it will take a few thousand dollars to fix the car up right; not counting the cost of a good GT race transmission, which can run several more thousand dollars. Once it is fixed up and running well, then operating the race car will be about $1500 or so per race weekend. Get really honest with yourself and if that is out of your budget, I recommend that you sell it and save your marriage. Since it has a tub, not a tube chassis, it would be good for regional SCCA racing or vintage racing. It would not be competitive for National SCCA racing.
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