Bought a new project

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  1. SIM300

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    Nice work, Mike. I don't visit here often and have only just came across this thread.

    I've been looking for a while to get another toy. Was looking at GTR's, RX7's, and also V8's. Really would have liked a RX7's, but don't have the time to give one the attention they require.

    They are still up there as one of the best looking cars out of Japan in my eyes.
     
  2. MikeZ32

    MikeZ32 das Über member

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    Cheers Jono, if you can work on the Z, you can work on one of these. The sequential twin system is a PITA as the vacuum lines are so confusing it puts the Z to shame.

    Once that's gone however and single turbo converted, everything is easy and within reach. Highly recommended. Knowing you, I doubt a stock TT FD will tickle your fancy.

    Stock the apex seals are awfully weak and probably blow before 100,000 kays hence just about all on carsales have travelled under 100k. They're all trying to palm it off before the rebuild.

    So far I've found 2nd hand parts extremely hard to source as people don't really part these out. When you do find what you need they charge drug money for everything.

    Mine was missing a few basic items and took this long as I couldn't get them (reasonably priced). Things like oil cooler ducts etc I ended up making myself out of aluminium sheeting from Bunnings because sellers who part these want $200 just for a pair of stock factory ducts. Same story with splash shields etc and I made my own by cutting up spare Z ones I had spare.


    Quick update: IT PASSED!!!

    with flying colours... had to weld up the screamer pipe but it'll be open again when the bigger and badder exhaust system goes on. Hopefully will have plates for it within the fortnight. Then can finally drive it legitimately. :D

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  3. lidz

    lidz Well-Known Member

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    Awesome work Mike, not mucking around! Great collection you've got going on
     
  4. SIM300

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    You know me well. I was looking at something fast, and that silver FD up in QLD was a serious contender but at $40,000 I couldn't bring myself to do it knowing all the issues/sourcing parts etc you've already mentioned.

    I ended up buying a SSV LS2 which was good fun and managed to tidy it up and fix some issues and flip it for a tiny profit. But the V8 bug has a hold of me and I'm in the process of getting a VE E2 LS3 clubsport. The inner bogan is emerging!!!

    Glad the FD passed, my Z was a bit of a headache when I had to change that over.
     
  5. MikeZ32

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    Indeed I looked at that silver one too. It's top dollar with too many unknowns and while it sounds good on paper, it's a huge investment without knowing you'll like it or not.

    My next purchase likely be V8 too, trying to decide if I LS swap an existing car or just save up and buy something special.

    Thanks Tim, I've fast tracked the FD over all the other cars. Unfortunately parts are expensive and the mods take time to save up for. Aiming to finish it in 7-9 months instead of the original 12 I planned for.
     
  6. MikeZ32

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    Main project update

    The day I got plates:
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    Connecting the screamer to the already small 2.5" system made it very laggy, bumped the custom exhaust up the mod order, now made up of:
    - 4 inch dump with a stealth screamer
    - 100cpsi cat 4" in 3.5" out
    - 3.5" catback with a big centre muffler and giant rear muffler w/ twin tips.
    - Looks stock and actually quieter than the old 2.5" system. Comes onto boost sooner and harder.

    Side steps installed with plenty of ease, FDs have plastic mounts under the sills for stock side skirts and re-used those and didn't have to drill into the body.

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    Took her to a body shop for the diffuser install and also some paint. It had a black carbon bonnet which I didn't want and the orig owner provided a stocker in silver.

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    Bride buckets installed, had a minor set back, RX7's interior is too small and I couldn't actually fit the Bride Type Rs so change of plans, put the new seats into the Z and stole the smaller sized VIOS buckets out of the Z for the 7.

    Drilled some extra holes into the stock rails and angle grinder to some generic side mounts to make the whole lot work together, a lot of trial and error.

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    While I'm at it, first time in a long time since the Z got a mention, made up some extenders so the wider seats will fit. These larger seats actually feel more at home in the Z32 and the driving position is better.

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  7. MikeZ32

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    Some crappy phone photos for now. Will try and tee up a time for a proper photoshoot with krausy in the coming months.

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    Looking every bit like my original concept mocked up in NFS Shift 2, she looks even better in real life.

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    Suspension, brakes, interior, exterior all done. Last piece of the puzzle, moar paowahhh.

    Have ready for next upgrade:
    - Blitz DSBC
    - Walbro 400 in tank
    - top feed secondary fuel rail
    - Bosch EV14 2200cc injectors

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    Baseline tune booked for next week while keeping the stock 550cc primaries and 850cc secondaries, either 7 or 10psi depending on what the stock fuel system can handle. Have a Turbosmart FPR800 in it replacing the stock FPR. Once a good baseline is established I'll have more confidence and feedback on whether I should change to FPR1200 dual in dual out before re-doing the fuel delivery bits.
     
  8. Chrispy

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    Looking good! Love the seats :D
     
  9. MagicMike

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    Looks good Mike!

    Where did you get the side steps? And how to they go length wise on a zed?

    Same for the diffuser actually, where? What brand?
     
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    Side steps are just generic copies of the Fujita Engineering ones which only offer carbon and I don't want carbon. These are FD specific as they follow the body lines exactly.

    They'd be too short for a Z but TwinZ makes Z32 specific side steps now for 2+0 which re all the rage on 3ZC, not sure if they have 2+2 yet though?

    Diffuser is by GK: http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/07/garage-kagotani-rx7/

    They will make one in FRP or carbon and the glass one is much more affordable. Got my mate in Japan to order one and act as forwarder. I think you can also get a generic copy these days but they are only smoothed on one side, the real ones have been gel coated both sides.

    Thanks! Not as rough and shaggy like when you last saw it :D

    I was in for a shock when it finally arrived, the amount of bolts that weren't tightened down or missing was laughable. Both front struts were only held on with 2 nuts each... the top mounts are 3 studs ea. Also one of them on driver's side was finger tight so really it was secured by 1 nut :bash:
     
  11. MagicMike

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    Sigh, no help to me then!

    Looks great tho!
     
  12. MikeZ32

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    Yep, quite the transformation. Had no doubts you would make a beauty out of it :D
     
  14. lidz

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    Fantastic work Mike, million times better with the colour coded bonnet!
     
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    Love the work you did with the seats. Car is already taking great shape, well done.
     
  16. MikeZ32

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    Cheers Tim, Jono.

    Modifying stock rails are very much worth the time invested. Bride rails are $500 each! Or you can buy a compatible copy for $200 each.

    Total cost of modifying stock rails, generic side mounts and materials: $50.


    Small update, finalised the baseline tune today @ Chequered Tuning who also tuned my Z.

    200rwkw @ 6psi (gate pressure) and we ran out of injectors - 90% duty both primaries and secondaries. I am over the moon with with the results.

    Trent commented it's great numbers with no boost and he's willing to have a go if I decide to use 2200cc primaries and secondaries. Assuming it won't idle on 98, can bring it down to smaller primaries say 1000cc. Estimate it should get pretty close to 300rwkw in it's final form. Engine is said to handle up to 20psi with the T04Z by the engine builder.

    I just need to source some better fuel rails, now that the engine has proven to be a goody should be worth the extra expense as the alloy rail the seller provided doesn't look to be all that great.



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    That blue background looks killer with the yellow of your RX-7!
     
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    Beautiful :thumbup:
     
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    Very tastefully done. I like.
     
  20. MikeZ32

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    I've been building up another daily driver recently, found a nice practical hatchback. Niall might appreciate this if you're still reading these forums.

    1999 Integra Type R too cheap to ignore and listed for $7k on gumtree. Naturally with a list of bads: crunchy 2nd gear syncro, noisy 5th, clear coat faded on roof, rear bumper had a low speed impact and the paint cracked, original wheels were missing and came on Accord Euro wheels.

    The good: still registered, everything worked, numbers matching which does mean something when it comes to Type Rs, interior all there, Recaros well used but not torn, strong engine and has that raw VTEC cross over unique to this generation. After convincing the better half this was an awesome buy I went back for a barter and picked this baby up for only $5,500.


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    Got it home, time to start cleaning it up.

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    Gave the inside a good clean, tightened up all the interior parts where nothing was secured down properly. I suspect at some stage it was taken apart for a big stereo install and took out all the useless wiring too. Boot was like a swimming pool as seals weren't put back in properly.

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