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 Post subject: Shakotan SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:28 am 

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Location: Queensland, Australia
Hi guys!

Going to do abit of a build thread on my RX7, it's nothing great, it's probably the dirtiest RX7 I have EVER seen, but I love it, I could NEVER part with it, it's almost like a brother to me :lol:

Anyways, I purchased the car locally, I had a dodgy front bumper and some terrible looking rear pods, I was told it was rebuilt recently, just a 12A mild port and that was about it, other then that, didn't know too much about it and neither did the owner. Drove it home and it was something different, never owning a rotary before the power was so smooth and very surprising for a little 1.1l that would probably only produce 90/100hp.

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As you can see, it wasn't the most attractive thing in the world. It had some bucket seats in it that almost touch the roof, dodgy power windows, but I didn't mind. Not long after I purchased the car, I got it on a hoist to check out underneath. It had coilovers in the front, king springs in the rear, 2 1/2" exhaust with a muffler and a resinator, and factory LSD. Was pretty stoked about it, picked up a bargain for only $2500AU with registration.

I removed bits of the kit, leaving the body to be a mess (front bumper was held in with stainless still rivets, couldnt even drill them out, it looked so much better though, so no complaints here!

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About three weeks after owning the car, on the way to work one morning at about 4:45am, the car decided to catch fire just 2 minutes from home, nothing major but was enough to kill my battery and somehow ruin parts off the wiring. What had happened is the previous owner didn't mount the battery properly, it had jumped forward, shorted on the bonnet and started a fire, nothing epic, but a fires a fire in my point of view!

No biggie, kept driving it. My mate had a Momocorse wheel down at as shop for very cheap, so I picked it up and put it in, such a huge improvement, made driving so much more enjoyable

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Pretty much at this point I was on the hunt for wheels, but finding anything decent in Australia in 4x110 is always an issue. You either pay through the nose for a good sized 17" wheel (which I think is FAR too big) or be stuck with terrible sizes in a smaller style wheel. Was on the local classifieds and found a set of ROH Centerline replicas in 13x7 +10, not too aggressive and still practical, picked them up and slapped them on.

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Was sitting far too high for my liking, so going back to my dodgy was, I pulled out the angle grinder and took a coil out of the rear springs and wound the front coilovers down a touch.

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I was happy with it now, looked cool so I just needed some sort of support while driving this thing. This come through in one of my friends half cuts so I snapped it up instantly. Little bit worse for wear but it works!

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Drove it around some more, lowered it more too.

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This is where alot of people will realise just how dirty this thing is. I never intended this thing to be a show car, I drive it like a rotor should be driven, and if I keep it like this, I'm not scared to hit things at the track (I am an apprentice painter so it's not cause I don't know how to fix it haha)

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Got a new steering wheel, Momo C38

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more pictures

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Then while I was waiting to finish off my laurel, I put this in it.

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and just last week after I finished trying to fix the waterpump

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So thats it for now, the build will start getting better within the next 2/3 months, looking at going bridgeport with a bigger carb and just fix little bits and pieces and start doing some track work in it.

Thanks guys.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:05 am 
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Harley wrote:
About three weeks after owning the car, on the way to work one morning at about 4:45am, the car decided to catch fire


At this point I'm fairly certain this is how 90% of RX7 build threads start.

I'm digging the Bride Ergo seat, I'm looking for a pair myself but finding nice old Bride seats is tough! :(

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:04 am 
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Very nice. Looks better with out the body kit.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:48 pm 

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Really digging the 13's

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:10 am 
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What sort of coilovers do you have in the front? Are they homemade or can you actually buy a pair of fronts from something else and adapt them?

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 3:50 am 

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Haven't updated this in ages. Better late then never though. Ended up going pulled over by the 5-0 and they took it off the road, decided to make it into a track car and go from there. Participated in Queenslands Drift Matsuri last year and had an absolute blast, best weekend of my life by far. Car went really well, no huge issues.

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Got some video footage of me sliding in the skid pan and thats about it.

http://vimeo.com/33774061

Got some new wheels, worst decision ever.

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Took it out to a morning drift session, had some issues with the fuel pump, it's nearly dead. I had a blast either way, car loves 3rd gear and I couldn't really rev it because it was misfire and break down, was still great fun!

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Got some incar footage, not bad, driving was abit average but it'd been a while.

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Annnnd, just purchased some new wheels, on there way from the states any day now.

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14x7 0 offset, should look great!


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 8:21 pm 

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Just got myself a new facet fuel pump for cheaaaap so going to put that in some time today if I can be bothered. need to throw my clutch master in aswell. Other than that, I'm just waiting on wheels now and see how they fit.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:08 am 
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Nice build so far and looks great drifting.

Why did the 50 decide to take it off the road?

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 4:23 am 

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Pinned me for too low, bride not ADR approved, no mod plates for seats, wheels sticking out past body line, tyres scrubbing, few little oil leaks and no back seats (registered as a 4 seater, not 2).

Shells seen better days anyways. lol.


Picking up a group C ducktail for it, just need to decide on a front bumper, see how it looks with standard first and go from there I suppose.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 5:53 am 
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From the pics it looks like you're a northside boy Nudgee by the looks of the back streets if thats correct give me a yell i'm just up the road from you. Btw I'm liking the 7. :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 3:55 pm 

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Close! But I'm from caboolture lol.

I've heard along the grapevine theres one getting around nudgee that looks identical to this did when it had the centrelines.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 5:23 am 
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Well northside is close enough for me lol. Just one of the pics looks like the back of nudgee. But not to worry! Keep up the good work.
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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 3:59 am 

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Ordered some Gilmers today, hopefully see those next week. Cars coming together slowly, considering doing a reshell soon as this shell is pretty rusty but ill keep it going until there's nothing left I think.

Got myself a cordless grinder so Im going to cut off the lock stoppers and see how much lock I can get out of it.

Looking at going 13BBP with a 48ida or just a standard 13bt, not sure yet!


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 3:25 am 
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If your going to drift with it still i'd go 13BT as the weber will be that little bit to hesitent.

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 6:59 pm 
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I'm really digging that low 'rat/drift racer' look. Sweet looking 7. Make sure you post up some pictures with those work wheels on when you get them.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:35 am 

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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:42 am 

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Digging those new wheels. Where did you pick them up from.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:56 am 

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Guy from the US had them, bought them over from Japan, found them on ebay. Was stoked.

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Doing alloy fuel cell, holley red pump and maybe 48ida.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:09 pm 

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Phils rotaries fucked me with the alternator. They've given me a external reg. alt, didnt realize, went and spent money getting my gilmers machined to suit the shaft and now the alternators useless, my gilmers are pretty much throw aways. We went to an auto elec, he said I can convert it to external reg, so I did, now it wont idle, struggles to start and being a complete FARK of a nightmare.


I wonder if I can do 13bt before matsuri.


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 Post subject: Re: 1983 SA22C RX7.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:24 pm 
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Car is looking tough man! :D love the new wheels, really suit the first gen shape. Glad to see you giving her a whipping and enjoying her.

I'm a bit softer thanthatnwith mine......must be 'cos I am getting too old for sideways stuff....

Keep the updates coming 8)


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