RX-7 Continued

Due to popular request by regular subscribers, I bring you another fine RX-7 post. After getting the intake off the top of the motor, I just couldn’t 100% locate any coolant leaks. It is possible there may be some intake/throttle gaskets leaking, but even under pressure it was hard to pinpoint. Since this car is needed at school, I have to put it back together for now. Unfortunately, I found out that parts for these rotary engines are only available …

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Parts finally came in for the RX-7 ABS delete project (Non ABS lines, and the coolant pipe to replace a leak). Since the ABS pump was leaking fluid, and new ones cost about 1800 bucks, we decided to convert the entire system to non ABS. The ABS had been disconnected previously for other reasons anyway, lol. While Wes and Richard were plugging away at the chump car, I tackled this one. The leaking abs pump is on the passenger side, …

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This was a quick in and out project that came by the other day. Car lost all power and wouldn’t take throttle. Turns out the bushing in the gas pedal had rotted out and the cable slipped out of the lever. A new bushing and we were back in business. Driver under panel removed to get at the bushing. Hard to see, but the cable is just kind of flopping around in the hole. And the rotten bushing.

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Richard came by today to start the install of a roll cage for his future BMW chump car. With the benders, notchers, and welder out, the guys went right to work. Interior gutted and ready for the cage install. Wes bending steel by hand…….. Ok maybe he had some hydraulic help. The rear main hoop bent to shape and size. From there the diagonal bar was mocked up for the rear hoop and cut to fit. The tubing notcher in …

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Finished painting the front struts in our 951 project yesterday and got everything assembled with the weltmeister lowering springs. It’s lowwwww.

This is one I haven’t seen before actually. Customer came through with the complaint that the outer door handle wouldn’t open the door and felt crunchy. Typically we see the window drop issues or lack there of, but never a jammed door handle. I was eager to figure this one out. Once I got into the interior of the door, I immediately saw the issue. There is a retaining pin that attaches the door handle to an intermediate arm that …

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This low mileage 951 suffered what all 25 year old cars do….worn out shocks and struts. Most people don’t notice the effects of weak shock absorbers. I notice it right away when getting in the car and the car feels overly floaty on the road. Not how a Porsche should feel. So it was time to ditch the junk Sachs/Boge shocks and upgrade to some Koni’s. Shiny new Koni’s 🙂 Old front struts. The old dust bellows and bump stops …

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One of the most commonly overlooked belts on the 964/993 is the one that you can’t see (other than the 993 PS belt, lol). The twin plug distributors use an internal belt to time both ignition rotors together, allowing the cylinder to fire on both the top and bottom spark plug. If this breaks, the secondary ignition rotor stops spinning, thus no spark to half of the spark plugs. If you are lucky, the rotor stops in a position between …

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Sunday Sunday Sunday…..where are we. Yup. We made a little progress today: Got the SPEC suspension swapped onto Miata 1 with the exception of the rear hub/carrier/axle which is needed new. And we got Miata 2’s suspension back on and back to roller status, loaded up on the car dolly and gone. The shop supervisor made sure everyone stayed on task. But she forgot she was dealing with a bunch of jackasses. So she just gave up and found a …

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Spec Miata Build

Whats worse than 1 Miata? 2 Miatas! Ok now stick with me: Miata 1 (SPEC Miata to be): Drop motor/tranny, remove suspension. Miata 2 (SPEC Miata built car with a ill designed roll cage destined for chump car?): Drop motor/tranny, remove suspension. Miata 1: Put Miata 2’s suspension on Miata 1 Miata 2: Put Miata 1’s suspension on Miata 2 Miata 1: Install Miata 2’s rebuilt motor into Miata 1…except we don’t think the motor was rebuilt like it was …

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