this might get a bit weird. bare with me... well its getting cold out and its this time of year that we really should show our kindness. so i decided to take a car in for the winter (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_20151018_141543_993_zpssff4bd2o.jpg.html)ive been looking at Mazdas for a while. i wanted a mx5 for my first car. but i wasn't aloud one.... so now that i have a bit of money saved i decided it was time to re-explore the market for a mazda. funny enough a mx5 is more expensive than one of these. :confused: so after about a month of looking and some saving here and there i found this. it needs an engine, but thats half the fun. (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_20151018_141557_494_zpsmpwmoh9k.jpg.html) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_20151018_141606_768_zpsle0opgpm.jpg.html)ok so its time for some better pics
those black bump stops on the doors are coming off sooo dam fast!! over all im very happy with her. she is what we would call "mint"
so this is how the struts turned out. they look clean and factory spec witch is what i wanted. (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_0469_zpsefv6mobr.jpg.html)also they have a holding point witch is perfect for car meets (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_0473_zpsldmb8clt.jpg.html) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_0474_zpsrkz3gctp.jpg.html)and the struts fully close when the bonnet shuts, and fully extends when the bonnet is open to the exact same height that the bonnet support use to sit. (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_0478_zpsxbybrz9x.jpg.html) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_0479_zps3qirnrwp.jpg.html)over all this easy mod freed up a bit of access space to the engine bay and really transformed the look of the engine. all my future mods will be a little bit easier now, and working with it will be just that bit nicer. definitely a mod i would recommend! (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/IMG_0481_zpsfstgbtb9.jpg.html)
first job will be to clear a space in the shed and give it a wash. i have some boot struts that i will be putting onto the bonnet, just like the s2000. it will be a couple small mods till i have enough money to spend on the rebuild parts. also ill get it on the lift soon to check out the under body. it will need new discs and pads with a drive boot and some other small things, nothing too expensive i hope..
so next week i have a car test coming up for my a3 so most of today was devoted to making sure it will pass first time. this included a quick wash. the rims are looking nice again but i had a bit of free time this evening to work on the rex's corner, so with the help of a friend i started wiring in some new lights which will help me through these oncoming dark winter months... its basically an outdoor 10w LED bulb but they give a perfect white light
i have 4 pointing at the car, 1 on each side and 2 at the bonnet. there is a fifth over the future work bench.. although it needs alot of tidying first before it can be used for anything.
just a bit more work to be done before i start seriously stripping the car, i might have a look at the air box tomorrow and clean the mafmassive difference to the quality of the light though. now you can actually see the bonnet struts....
so another quick update. i had a few friends over during the weekend to play with all the goodies that arrived. my bc br coilover parts arrived for hte a3 so now i have the full kit, (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/16-11-2015/14474568799171_zpscdo2qpzl.jpg.html)but due to someone over tightening the locknut i cant get the wheel off :/ so the a3 will have to wait a while. on the bright side tho. it passed its test and the rx8's parts arrived so we fitted them, managing to destroy a new spark plug in the process.. still dont know how we done that..... but anyway with three new plugs, and one clean ish one, with new d585 coils and leads we got her going. and pretty easily too. we couldnt get it started when it was hot, but that could be a battery/ starter issue so ill be exploring those options first. over all though im very happy to finally have it running. next thing to do is buy shares in a fuel company.. [emoji14]
not much really happened on the mazda front... i was devoting this weekend to just my audi. but late thursday evening a spotted an add up on donedeal for a good price so i sent a text and on sat i picked this up (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/23-11-20105/IMG_20151122_1503311_zpslxci65u5.jpg.html) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/23-11-20105/IMG_20151122_1503251_zpsjlx3kst1.jpg.html)got it for €155 and it came with two sideskirts..... (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/23-11-20105/IMG_20151121_1958231_zpszgow58pc.jpg.html)well.. yea the cat took those :confused:in other good news, i dropped my audi (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/23-11-20105/IMG_20151123_0856011_zpslhyvs47l.jpg.html) you would be seriously supprised at how well these cars handle with a proper suspension set up and some wide grippy tires!! so a very productive weekend
i started working on a bracket for the coils. that took a lot longer than i thought it would, but cost me nothing so i cant complain. i even painted it red for power.
I Managed to clear all the codes on the rex bar the coolant level sensor. took it for a spin and the car feels very dead. it idles rough, no power and is a bit slow to start. that and it wont rev past 7k... signs of a stuck secondary intake valve? looks like next weeks project will be to pull the valve and clean it, and to gut the cat [gutted the cat and got a few nice chunks from it.
almost modern art
had a small bit of free time during the weekend so i started fitting the bumper. im almost happy with it, i need to line it up in the center, work on the edges a bit and then secure it with brackets. (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/20-12-2015/received_922781154478372_zps2vzyoqav.jpeg.html)bit of drilling involved in tying in the sides in and holding up the nose.. fiberglass for the win...... (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/20-12-2015/IMG_20151220_124034_zps1fnfylgy.jpg.html)a friend came over to get some work done on his car so while we waited for his exhaust to cool, we drew some pretty circles and made it look like the car was blushing. (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/20-12-2015/IMG_20151220_165209_zpsqlqojg1m.jpg.html) (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/DVNNN/media/RX8/20-12-2015/IMG_20151220_165647_zpsry8irleq.jpg.html)
seriously considering some rocket bunny lights
the first update was that the drift wing finally arrived and dam is it big. decided to rest it on a tire and get an idea of how the car would look. the wings were off to i could get an idea of how much space was hidden behind the fenders. love the rough and ready look it had tho.i got a glimpse of what my sticker would look like for rexy. still needs a few tweaks thoalso my suspension arrived. ive used BC BR's in the past before and i love them so when i seen a set for sale it was an instant snatch and grab
And with that, the College semester ended and ironically i had even less time to work on the car. the day after my last exam i started work and only returned home on weekends. still though it was money in the bank and thus, car parts could be bought. while i was waiting for parts to arrive i bought some steal bar and made up some brackets and arms. and then bolting it in place. ill have to reinforce this area later but for now its good.with the arms in place i could start working on the height for the wing. and im vary tempted to go full battle stance... i had a quick look at the side skirts too, but ive decided to wait till im putting the arch extensions on aswell. that wat i can flare the rear of the skirts out to meet the flares.
somewhere here i managed to get time to install some 585-r coils and a Mishimoto rad.....