Time to join the party I guess. I will likely jump around chronologically just to make things flow a little better between posts.
My name is Daniel. I am 20 years old and live in the Inland Empire of Southern California. I am currently a junior in college earning a mechanical engineering bachelors. Obviously I love cars and racing, or else I certainly wouldn't be here. I grew up with my dad wrenching on cars in the garage. I also spent a large amount of time at the drag strip watching my dad race. At 11 years old I got a racing go kart and raced for five years. After I got my license it was on to drag racing. Recently I've been mixing in autocrossing when I can.
I'm far from the typical drag racer that is happy just going fast in a straight line. Drag racing is all about the competition. The cars are just tools and the speed is just part of the race. Its all about managing every aspect of your car's performance, as well as your own. You're allowed to have fun along the way too
Basically though, I got tainted by road racing when I was a kid and have been missing it ever since. Because of this...I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what kind of car I could have that would be in the low 11 to high 10 second range, and still handle like a serious road race machine...all while being a reasonable street car. Background
I was very picky about the car I would start this project with. Before I knew anything about fd's I knew my car had to be white, and I wanted the touring model. I also wanted it to be in excellent shape minus an engine. I did not want to do any paint, body, or interior work. It is hard to find rollers in this condition, but thankfully for us the rotary engine likes to blow chunks early and often.
Well, after a couple days of searching and never seeing a white car I found that only 276 were made in 94, and significantly less in 95. As most of you know, the cars were not painted white for the 93 year. I almost gave up then and there, but I wasn't really in much of a rush to get started. I was in for the long haul.
I found a perfect car in Arizona. It was a roller with low mileage and had been garaged for a couple years. The owner had modified the rotary a little and after his n-th engine let go he just let it sit for a while with plans to do something later. Those plans turned into selling it. Unfortunately that car was sold about a month before I contacted him.
(car in Arizona)
I had WTB ads up for quite a while and casually searched. In my WTB ad I always linked to the car from Arizona. A member of v8rx7forum contacted me...the one who bought the Arizona car. I never thought the deal would go through...he flaked on me so many times. Long story short, last May, about a 3/4 a year after I started searching, my dad and I drove to San Francisco and back (Inland Empire) one weekend and I finally had my white FD.
(car at my house)
(Samberg subframe and other swap stuff I got from him too.)
As always when buying a used car there have been some surprises, but all in all I've been very happy. Most of the surprises are minuscule things that most people will never see. That first wash and wax reveals a lot.
Not coming off