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Old 05-31-2012, 07:23 AM   #61
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I'm just playing the waiting game with this car now. I'm waiting on my axle shafts to be finished so I can finish up the rear axle. Hopefully it will be done soon. I'm getting tired of seeing this car in my garage on jack stands.






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Old 06-12-2012, 08:35 PM   #62
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I spent pretty much all afternoon this past Sunday shortening the axle housing and getting it all sorted out. We got one axle shaft pretty much done. Just one more to go and this bad boy can get put back together! I'm planning on hitting the track with it in July at Toronto Motorsport Park for a Sigma time attack event.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:28 AM   #63
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I worked hard on the car the last few days and had it back on the road yesterday. Man what a blast to drive now! With the new higher gear ratio out back it's a rocket! The ride is perfect too. Stiff enough you feel confident to throw it around, but still very comfortable to drive. I had a few problems though.... First one was the car is now too low to get in and out of my driveway. I need two 6 foot long 2x4's to do it. Second problem, and this is a big one, I snapped an axle shaft. I went to take off in front of a buddy's house and I did a nice peel in first gear full throttle to about 8K, then a hard shift into second full throttle. I heard the tires chirp into second and then SNAP! Had to push the car back to my buddy's house and call CAA. Guess I'll be on the phone with Sam at RESpeed on Monday ordering Moser axles.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:30 AM   #64
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Here are some pictures for ya!
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #65
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Looking good! Fix her up for the BCM for sure!
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:00 PM   #66
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The axle shafts are ordered. They should be here in about 2 weeks so I should have it done in time for BCM.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:29 AM   #67
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The new Moser axles have arrived. I may get time this week to put them in or it will be on the weekend sometime.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:20 PM   #68
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I haven't updated this in a while. I got the new axles in and took care of some loose ends like hooking up the parking brake cables and doing a tune up. The car was starting to run a little rough. I replaced the plugs with new platinum plugs and I tore the carb apart completely. I cleaned everything up and started over setting the idle and everything correctly. Got the car running almost perfect! I had no idea a bridgeport could run so smooth and be so streetable. I drove it at our annual Bruce County Rotary meet and it worked great! Having a few issues with the 4 speed though now so look forward to a 5 speed swap in the near future!
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:18 AM   #69
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It's time for a long overdue update for my cars! Not too much is planned for the Rx-4 this year. I have to replace a piece of trim around the windshield that flew off the car late last summer. I decided one day to see how fast the car actually went and the trim decided it didn't like that idea. There is also a small rust hole that developed in the rocker panel that I need to get fixed. I'm still deciding if I want to tackle that myself or just have my body guy do the work. I may also get at the 5 speed swap depending on how my TII build goes this year. The most exciting thing though is I'm getting a gilmer drive setup! It should be here next week. As if the car wasn't loud enough already!
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Long time no update! Not much got done on the car since the last update. Did get the gilmer drive on and the trim for the windshield. Also took care of some other things like new battery and I tried to tweak the tune a little better for highway driving. Car was running amazing until it decided it had had enough of my abuse. I was having some good fun with it last week and then half way through 2nd gear it just lost power and started running like crap. It still runs, but not right. Checked both fuel and ignition systems and everything is working fine. Checked compression with a regular dial gauge and nothing really there either. I know something internal isn't right though so looks like the engine is coming apart.
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Long time no update! Not much got done on the car since the last update. Did get the gilmer drive on and the trim for the windshield. Also took care of some other things like new battery and I tried to tweak the tune a little better for highway driving. Car was running amazing until it decided it had had enough of my abuse. I was having some good fun with it last week and then half way through 2nd gear it just lost power and started running like crap. It still runs, but not right. Checked both fuel and ignition systems and everything is working fine. Checked compression with a regular dial gauge and nothing really there either. I know something internal isn't right though so looks like the engine is coming apart.
Hope its not a hurt motor. Maybe time to turbo it I have a huge turbo, manifold and exhaust you could use (my old setup) Only issue wouldn't be cheap
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:44 AM   #72
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I'm pretty positive it is a hurt engine and yes I think turbo and fuel injection is in the works for it. I may be interested in that setup because I would like 400whp from this car. I know where there is a dual 65mm throttle body setup for sale to fit my 4 port engine I really should buy that up soon. I should tear my engine apart first though to see what kind of damage has been done. It should be minimal because the car stil starts, runs, and idles it's just not right. Also in my dream plans is all new suspension again lol. 4 link setup in the rear and possibly FC or miata front suspension with rack and pinion steering. No more 70's technology underneath me.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:52 PM   #73
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I got the engine out and torn apart a few weeks ago. Turns out a combination of things happened. I had too much clearance between the apex seals and the rotors which caused blow by to get behind the corner seals and it burnt the rubber plugs out of some of the corner seals. Other than that, the engine is fine. I had the irons sent out yesterday for cleaning and I'm going to start collecting parts soon. The old girl should be back up and running for the spring with a fresh engine!
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:34 PM   #74
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Update time again. Parts are on the way and hopefully the build will be underway soon. New goopy apex seals, gasket set from atkins, corner seals and springs from mazda, and best of all a new carb setup! It's going Rotary Engineering dual weber 36 DCD's this time around. Hopefully wake the little half bridge up some more. I also modified my header so the idler arm will no longer hit it when turning. I'll try and post pics of progress soon.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:00 PM   #75
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The engine is built and hopefully I'll have this beast up and running again soon. The rotating assembly has been balanced this time and almost everything I can powder coat is getting it so no flaking paint anymore. A few quick pics.

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I have lots more pictures and stuff to post once I get some spare time. Too many things to do right now.
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