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 Post subject: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:39 pm 

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Location: Wellington, NZ
Its been a while since I first posted - any my RX3 has had a few modifications over the time.
First a little trip back in time.
This is my car after it was restored back in 1993 - a number of owners before I owned the car
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A few months after this - the rollcage went in - and it started ifs life as a road legal track car - at Manfeild in '94
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Later in '94 at Baypark - the flares had gone on to cover the Hoosier "cheater" slicks
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Roll onto something more current.
This is pretty much how I got the car - just after adding the Knightsports graphics
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Interior with an Aussie SAAS wheel
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And a 10A PP Engine
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The car has a lot of period Mazda race parts - and has generally been built to close to the original homologation papers - the only real deviation is the front disc diameter which is a fraction too larger for 13 inch wheels.
Specs:
Engine = Rotary Power built 10A PP - eventually running around 160bhp at the rear wheels
Gearbox = Mazda Factory Close Ratio 4 speed race gearbox
Diff = 4.9 LSD
Brakes = F: Wilwood 4 pot calipers - Wilwood 11 inch rotors R: RX7 SA22C Calipers and Discs
Wheels = 15 x 7 Performance Challengers
Steering = Mazda Factory quick steering box

Body
Savanna Series 2/3 lower nose cone - Mazda Factory rear bobtail spoiler.

Its been my intention to keep the car similar to the first generation of RX3 Savanna racers - but retain the car's suitability for classic racing - so the car still runs a full interior - full functioning glass etc - the only interior item missing is the front carpets.
This was the aim.
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So my customising started on a small scale.....
First - fit a period 1970's Paddy Hopkirk (Motolita) steering wheel
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Once we started to use the car - we got to realize how frail the 10A was - here is the result of running the oil not at the full mark - the oil was above the minimum mark- but obviously need more....
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After breaking engines at virtually every meeting - and consuming 10A parts that really should be saved for the Cosmo Sport - a decision was made to bring the car in line with its original spec - and upgrade to a 12A

So a suitable engine was located...and the parts buying spree began
Racing Beat Headers
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PWR Radiator
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Precision Engineering Flywheel for the Tilton Twin Plate Clutch
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Some cosmetics - repo Tea Cup Tail lights
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The 12A in the hole
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FC Turbo RX7 Oil Cooler in the Factory Race position
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All ready to race...
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We still had a cooling issue - so I opted to go to the original early race front and removed the Savanna nose cone
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Last piece of the puzzle for the moment was some new wheels to fill out the guards - 15 x8 Rota wheels with Toyo R888 rubber
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How the car looks today....
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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 12:57 am 
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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:21 am 
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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:12 am 

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Love this car, I read/followed a thread on it a few years ago then it all but disappeared. Glad to see some pics again. When I started my build this was very much one of my motivation/inspiration cars. :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:52 pm 
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Looks killer! too much fun.

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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:59 am 
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Enjoyed glimpses of it on Ausrotary. Needs a period tacho :)

Looks 11ty billion times better with the period front wings and no savanna lip.

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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:21 pm 
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Curious to know if the Racing Beat headers had any clearance problems with the RHD steering box ?


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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:44 am 

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The headers are close- but didn't need any modification - we already had a bit of a heat shield on the steering box anyways

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If you are thinking about RB headers for a pre RX7 car- might pay to touch base with them fairly quickly, as my headers came out of the last run of "road/race" ones that RB were doing for the early cars with the 12A engine


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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:30 am 

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Awesome!!


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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:56 pm 
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That looks like waaaay too much fun!!! :P

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 Post subject: Re: RX3 Racer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:52 am 
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Thanks for the photos, I really didn't think the headers would clear a RHS steering box.

Did you mount the new 12a engine where the 10a would normally sit, in other words shifting the rest of the drive line back a couple of cms ?

They seem to have done a decent job reproducing those tail lights as well.


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