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HELP! Restoring my 91 rx7
Submitted by Nicotene on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 1:13pm

It caught on fire a few months ago, due to an electrical short.

Still runs I just need to replace all electrical wires and hoses.

Does anyone have a clue to where I can take in in So Cal or have any idea how much trouble it will be to do myself....

Thank you so much in advance

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January 27, 2005 - 9:58am
There are many places in SoCal! Start with Mazdatrix in Signal Hill...
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American Muscle in my Mazda
January 28, 2005 - 12:23pm
I am going to tant my MAZDA. I am replacing the engine and trans Chevy 350 Small block.
Cheaper and I won't have to worry about expensive aftermarket bullshit.
More horsepower right off the back
Parts will be easier to find.

Talk me out of it
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BLEH! Shemale!
January 28, 2005 - 5:34pm
Kiddies, skip this comment...

I've said it before:

Putting a piston in a RX7 is like sewing a dick on a supermodel.

That's my opinion... That chevy just does not belong in there.

Sell the RX to someone who won't butcher it.
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Come on, you know the only do
January 31, 2005 - 9:19am
Come on, you know the only downfalls to doing this.

is getting 5th gear CHIRP!

and not getting any traction when taking off!

Tell me the advantage of keeping a smaller, more expensive, less horse power engine, that it is nearly impossible to find parts for in that car.....
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Shooting down, point by point
January 31, 2005 - 11:45am
Advantage: Rotaries can be made very fast, at less cost that a piston, while keeping the car setup for turns.

Smaller: more compact, less weight up front, better for turns.

More Expensive: FALSE!! Budget out how much it would be to do a piston in engine correctly in an RX. The cost of replacing the rotary is far far less when you consider you'll need a new trany, new cross memebrs, nre radiator, fuel system, mounting, electronics, cutting and welding.

Less Horse power: It's all about power to weight ratio. Put a piston in there, that ratio is shot to shit.

Impossible to find parts: You must suck at the inernet. Or don't know what an Autozone is. I've been able to find every part I need either at the local Pepboys/Autozone, or over the internet.

There was an RX-7 list posting a while back where an experienced auto-xer tried out an RX-7 with and LT1 (or something) and an RX-7 with a stock engine. The RX-7 with the stock rotary did a tenth of a second better in the auto-x time than the piston.
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