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    My shakotan rx-7 project

    A few months back i bought a RX7 from a friend. Someone was test driving it and got in a accident. My friend didn't want it and he needed it off of his property because he was moving so i bought it for $500. with plans of swapping the drivetrain in my 75 corolla wagon. but after i got the car home i couldn't bring myself to part it out.

    Before the accident the car was mint, and its a rare GSL_SE model which came with a fuel injected 13b, upgraded suspension, LSD, 4 wheel disc brakes, and the most important part... it didnt have that lame mazda bolt pattern, its 4x114.3.

    Other then the Eibach lowering springs, Pace setter Headers, and Crager wheels, it was all original.

    So this is how i got it

    good side

    Team_Gileto 1985 GSL_SE by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    aww damn.

    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    so it sat for a few months and i planned.

    I picked up a fender, Turbo II turbo manifold and turbo for $100

    I also picked up a Turbo II intake manifold and a FD upper intake manifold and throttle body.

    Then after some nice tugs with a chain and my truck i got the front end somewhat back in place but it wasn't perfect.

    I took it to my shop, replaced the master and slave cylinder (which went bad), fixed the headlight, fit the new fender, built my self a set of shortened front struts and coilovers, cut the rear springs, threw on my 15x8 +15 XXRs, rolled the fenders and this was the result.

    During the process

    IMG00113-20110417-1808 by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    my dad torching out a broken bolt

    IMG00114-20110417-1928 by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    we let the lift down and danced

    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr


    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    rolled the fenders

    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    drove it outside

    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr


    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    and the bad side which is being taking to a body shop to get pulled and aligned

    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    its better

    Project Rotary by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    interior, all original and 80's tastic

    . by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    Engine bay, my next task after the body is straightened out

    . by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    SO

    what i plan to have done by June.

    -frame is going to be 100% straightened and aligned
    - body work and paint will commence (painting it the same color)
    -i will be rebuilding and street porting another 13b i have
    -custom exhaust
    -Turbocharged with a Garrett water cooled t25
    -aluminum radiator
    -upgraded oil cooler
    -Custom rear coilovers, (i'm designing them now)
    -new wheels, 16x9.
    -slotted rotors
    -hawk pads
    -goodrich brake lines
    -chin spoiler
    -wangan spoiler
    -bunch of other stuff i probably don't remember.

    tomorrow i plan on pulling that nasty tint and getting a few motor things situated.

    i will update as updates come

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    Cool car man!Nice rims too and those plans rocks.Im sure that will be good looking car in finish :tu:

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    Saw the thread title. Read the first paragraph. Cringed and braced myself for what was coming next aaaand...

    Whoa. Nice job dude! :tu:

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    Wow... :shock: :shock: :shock:



    Normally not a huge fan of first-gen RX7s, but this is making a believer out of me... :mrgreen:


    What size tire is that? 195/45-15?

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    Wow... :shock: :shock: :shock:




    OMG that is so nice. Too often people ruin the look of these cars with modern rims, those rims really look the part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak

    What size tire is that? 195/45-15?
    yes, 195/45/15 toyo proxes t1r

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    Re: My shakotan rx-7 project, Updated 4-21

    UPDATE: i made a spoiler

    So while i'm waiting to take the car to the body shop i figured that i should do a few things.

    I wanted a chin spoiler because i dont like the other options i have for this car. Which are aftermarket front bumpers that change the look of the front end.

    So, since i have a bunch of ABS plastic lips that i sell, i figured that i should try to make one work. (which i have done before, did you know a 97-00 prelude lip fits a galant vr4 with absolutely no modifications?) I went through honda front and rear lips, VW lips, i even tryed a 350z lip. Nothing was working out...until. I test fitted a lip from a Mazda 3. It didnt fit perfect but it was close enough that with some heavy trimming, shortening, and custom brackets i came up with this.


    . by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    i am obviously going to plastic weld the middle together

    . by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    side fitment

    . by eat_sleep_jdm, on Flickr

    I like it, it helps scoop air into where the intercooler is going to go, its one of a kind, i made it, and if it ever breaks it will only cost me $80 and a few hours to make a new one. And i like the fact that it was originally intended for a Mazda 3

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    Re: My shakotan rx-7 project, Updated 4-21

    Quote Originally Posted by DomoArigato
    I like it
    x2 8)

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    Re: My shakotan rx-7 project

    Nice car man!Like it much :wink:

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    Re: My shakotan rx-7 project

    Sht just got real. Loving it all around.

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