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Before paint






Prep the bay












Another couple of primer filler coats then sunrise red


Suspension this week from Koni


Diff getting rebuilt and rear brake brackets sorted



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Soooooo I caved and tidied up my pedal box - passivated bits, paint and new rubbers….








The door window mechanisms got some lovin also








The door felt metal trim got a spruce up also - good old black paint anti rust






I painted the rusty door frame, as I am a firm believer of black door frames on RX2 coupes - as much as I liked the patina








Glass in and all rubbers excl the door card




Suspension is done any day now.


S5 13bt box has had another mod with MX5 remote shifter, so it should fit in the tunnel hole now.


Mazda 24 spline LSD rebuilt with 4:4 gear and new bearings etc


New rad and cooler coming up this week

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I hope these pics load...... thanks for loading the previous ones


We shot some paint (Mazda Sunrise Red) on the engine bay finally.


It was a tad humid out that night therefore the paint has bloomed a bit here and there. This is no bother as we plan on doing another 3-4 coats plus some clear also.


Now we can see the trouble areas that I missed and get to sanding them flat.





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After much contorting, sweating and swearing, the side glass and rubbers are all in on the coupe. I just need to fit the door cards and window felts and jobs a goodin.




I tore my hood lining the other day….sooo I’m having to buy another $300-$350. I’m not entirely looking forward to fitting it…


The engine front mount bracket has been ditched…..the engine was at 8 degrees which is way too much of an angle. This was due to the fact that I’m running a 13b turbo box (89-91 FC RX7) which is substantially taller in the main body than the series 1-3 box. This means it limits the angle as the top of the box contacts the tunnel roof.


I’m now getting a custom front bracket that will lover the block 5cm ish which puts the drive train at an acceptable angle.


The sump is sitting on a spacer 20mm off the cross member at the moment - now the clutch slave clears the tunnel.




Now I need to get a drive shaft made to suit and then set the entire drive train up so that I’m happy with all the angles. THEN the front bracket can be made…THEN the custom quad throttle body intake manifold can then be made to suit the angle of the block.


I got a drive shaft off a mate however it appears to be 20mm too short unfortunately - when you are talking about a high revving engine, you really want the drive shaft to be on point etc.








Yes I have a loop to go in.


I also tidied up and prepped the diff brake line and fitted a new hose I had hanging about the place








4 steps forward, 6 back….

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The rear callipers are now secured to the diff and were spot on using the brackets I had fabbed up.


Old School FXGT callipers (fit under 13” wheels)

Series 2 RX7 new discs 4 x 110


I’m replacing the countersunk stainless brake disc screws for more high tensile options and probably moving away from the allen key also.








The old hard line is in place however I need to cut and flare/adapt to suit soft lines. These will need to be custom as the FXGT callipers are fine thread and the old Mazda is coarse thread. I might be able to fire the LH soft line directly to the T junction if I play my cards right…


Another step closer…..keen as to button up the rear end so I can move onto the fuel system and wiring.

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The wiring is 85% done

im now in need of:

custom drive shaft (getting made soon)

weld up d shaft loop for cert

dinish off the dynamat job

bleed brakes and clutch 

put in new rooflining (arrived today)

Get exhaust made (have all pipes flanges bends etc

screwns in (soon after the hoodlining is done)

interior and door cards 

then take it around the block to give it a shake down then VIN and have a cert session. 

Its getting close....


won be driving at nats or reunion this year. 

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New green tint Front screen is in. 

New green tint rear to follow when back part of hood lining in. 

Got a new muffler that has the smaller opening dumpy to help tuck it up under rear guard. 

D shaft loop and the remainder of exhaust over the following week. Then button up and VIN and cert time. 

More updates to come  


.....good things take time....



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