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SPRSTA 04-07-2018 04:49 PM

My Broken FD
You will need Photobucket Hotlink fix adon to view the photos in this post


I have had my RX7 for a couple of years now, its been a real labour of love

It's a 1992 FD
since i have had it, I have done some things.

Here s the car the day i got it
It has had a bit of a hit in the front and bent the rail and needs a rad support

I quickly set around to stripping the car down and repairing the accident damage

getting pulled straight
here you can see where the rail was kinked
pretty straight now
radiator support panel is off now and the chassis measuring system is under the car
here is a copy of the data sheet that shows where all the points in the car should be

Test fitting before welding

Welded and fitted, ready for the insides to be painted.

Continued in the next post...

SPRSTA 04-07-2018 04:57 PM

At this point the engine went back in.

I got another bumper and test fitted some bits I was planning to run on the body.

Got myself a new computer.

Did some wiring

Got it to run. (completely untuned)
(not sure if youtube works on the BB here)
First run and idle - YouTube

When I got the car it was running on the factory ecu. It had the OMP removed and a single HT18 turbo. there were alot of loose bolts and dodgy things in the engine bay.
I got myself a Nightsports T04b hybrid upgrade for the turbo as i wanted to keep things small and responsive on the road.

So this is the way she was when it went off for the first setup and tune.

SPRSTA 04-07-2018 05:01 PM

Locked and loaded.
Roll on 8am tomorrow

fingers (toes, arms, and legs) crossed for a good outcome

Man, I wish my shed had exhaust pipes!!

Setting up pre dyno

loaded up

Here is a little video while doing some lower range runs (not very exciting)

Sadly the enlarged internal wastegate on the turbo was too small and was giving some boost spikes up to a bar, not ideally where i would like it
so we gave up on the tuning for the day and i'll have a new manifold made with a 60mm external wastegate and do it all over again.

Not that it matters much but this is the chart.
there is plenty more to be done.

SPRSTA 04-07-2018 05:08 PM

Then I took the car back into work to start on the repaint.
Here are a couple of progress pics.
In primer

Got some primer down last week

got the shell rubbed down today. Roll on some colour.

So the shell has some colour on it now.

Boy does it look good!!
First we needed to lay a black base down over the primer so that the colour wouldn't look blotchy
then some of the colour in all of its magnificence.

Its pretty hard to see the colour in these photos but it really looks awesome out in the sun.

Super excited to get some colour on all the bolt on panels and get it back together for good!!:bouncin:


Rear end of the car is pretty much back together now. just got the windows to go back in

stuck my diffuser on today too.

click here for more

raynard35 04-16-2018 12:00 AM

Sounds a great build. Gonna try that PB trick at home.

t_g_farrell 04-16-2018 07:10 AM

Can't see the pics and not loading some unknown "fix" for it. Good luck with the build.

raynard35 04-16-2018 08:13 PM

I can't make the trick work here. Anyone tried it yet and make it work?

SPRSTA 04-27-2018 04:22 AM


Originally Posted by raynard35 (Post 344230)
I can't make the trick work here. Anyone tried it yet and make it work?

Are you using Chrome?
its an extension for the browser.
itll show all of the broken photobucket pictures.
try googling "Photobucket hotlink fix" if my one isnt working but it works for me.
trust me, i'm not trying to hack anyone or anything i just want you to see my pictures.

SPRSTA 04-27-2018 04:29 AM

Got my new wastegate.

Turbo manifold is done and fitted.

wastegate sits nicely

its a tight fit getting all of this in there

Bit of welding.

and the exhaust is done, finally

click here for more

SPRSTA 04-27-2018 04:50 AM

I managed to get a nice set of wheels for it

So i pulled em apart and got all the paint off the centers

Got a set of 4" lips for them
the centers are just primed here.
They will be painted gold again
got some paint on the wheel centers last week.
look pretty good if i do say so my self

New specs on them are

audiobill5 04-28-2018 09:09 AM

Bill the Newbee here south of Boston, MA
Hey Folks,

Site looks good!

I owned a 79 and an 83 RX7 decades ago.

Toying with the idea of getting an RX8 to replace my wife's Cadillac that some idiot hit last week.

Any good used rx8's out there for sale?.


Would love to create a rotary jet/ Boston Whaler set up some day too!


SPRSTA 07-10-2018 09:00 PM

Pushed the car outside last weekend so I could sweep under it.
Took some pictures too.

SPRSTA 07-10-2018 09:01 PM

Everything is looking good here

Got some new tyres for it

speedjunkie 07-10-2018 11:25 PM

Looks good!

FC Zach 07-11-2018 12:58 AM

Looks great! Why did you change your mind on the other bumper and skirts that you test fitted?

SPRSTA 07-11-2018 09:33 PM


Originally Posted by FC Zach (Post 344744)
Looks great! Why did you change your mind on the other bumper and skirts that you test fitted?

I still have them we just havent gotten to that point in the story yet

I managed to track down a set of factory skirts and added the FEED extensions to them.
The Feed bumper I still have although not on the car right now, here are some pictures from earlier in the year.

SPRSTA 07-11-2018 10:26 PM

Back to the original timeline.

Show Day!!!

SPRSTA 07-12-2018 07:05 PM

So i came across a real ReAmemiya diffuser so off came the old RE type2 copy and this freshly painted one attached.

also I got another set of guards to make a bit wider.
The fronts need an extra half inch to even up the camber with the rear.
Did some cutting this weekend

SPRSTA 10-22-2018 08:34 PM

Well, The day finally came,
finishing off the tune today.

All loaded up and ready to go.

Strapped down ready to slam some boost into it.

All in all the day went well.
Had a completely dead battery in the morning so had to pull the one out of my ute for the day.
Had a dead spot in the accel enrichment that took a bit to find.
once we started on power runs found that with the 7psi spring in the wastegate the backpressure in the manifold was opening the gate so the engine was only getting about 4 psi of boost
Added an extra spring and we were away.
Overall happy with the results and will be plenty of power for sunday drives.

Low boost 10PSI: 218KW (292hp) 341Nm (252lbft) ATW
High boost 14PSI: 256KW (343HP) 402Nm (297lbft) ATW[/QUOTE]

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