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Offline sciff5

Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #360 on: October 04, 2018, 10:15:35 AM »
cool!! do you find that you get more respect from drivers of "fancy" cars with the elise vs the RX7?

Ehh probably some truth to this, but one of the organizers has a turbo LS swapped 300ZX, so it's genuinely a mixed crowd.
The crazy part is everyone's just kinda part of the group regardless of the car you have. I got to drive that Green Viper in the video, and the Grey Huracan Performante (with green accents), just because the owners are jsut normal dudes with extra cash.

The Performante is next level... seriously legitimately shocked by that car.

Offline freeskier7791

Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #361 on: October 04, 2018, 11:09:24 AM »
Ehh probably some truth to this, but one of the organizers has a turbo LS swapped 300ZX, so it's genuinely a mixed crowd.
The crazy part is everyone's just kinda part of the group regardless of the car you have. I got to drive that Green Viper in the video, and the Grey Huracan Performante (with green accents), just because the owners are jsut normal dudes with extra cash.

The Performante is next level... seriously legitimately shocked by that car.

That's cool, usually people with cars like that that actually drive them are really cool.  Viper is still a car I want to drive at some point, it was my favorite car growing up

Offline sciff5

Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #362 on: December 29, 2018, 12:10:56 PM »
Been lax on updating this thread.

Started the process of stripping the car, it's painful to say the least, but I finally threatened to sue the guy who screwed up the car after seeing his facebook posts about going to SEMA. Figured if he has the money to do that he has some funds to fix his mistake. So he actually agreed to pay a shop to have it removed. This was my work after about 5 hours. It's going to be a tough job but a body shop is going to do the rest.





Before bringing it to the bodyshop though I figured we'd take care of the cracked windshield as you need to pull the front clam to replace it. Was supposed to drop the car off at the dealer the day after christmas, so I figured I'd take my sister for a short ride around town on christmas just to make sure everything's running right.
Well... I'll tell you...I should start a youtube channel.
I could give Tavarish a run for his money with his burnt lambo rebuild.


My sister got it on film and, it was the first time I accelerated with more than 20-30% throttle and well here's the video:
https://youtu.be/FPTAymQKu7U

Thought it had popped out of gear but none of the gears were giving me any forwar motion. Limped it to the side of the road and called AAA.




Gates in the transmission feel good clutch feels good, and it made no noise when it let go, and still doesn't make any noise have any wierd feelings or vibrations just no forward motion at all in any gear.

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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #363 on: December 29, 2018, 07:50:48 PM »
How very Lotus of it.  :(
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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #364 on: December 30, 2018, 11:37:41 PM »
You cant catch a break with this car!  I hope its just a clutch and not a diff.  Whats the plan for the repaint

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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #365 on: December 31, 2018, 06:42:29 PM »
How very Lotus of it.  :(

I know right?
Well it may be toyota parts in it, but it certainly has the heart/soul of a lotus.
It's a great time though when it's running  :drive:

You cant catch a break with this car!  I hope its just a clutch and not a diff.  Whats the plan for the repaint

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Well the more I think about it the more I think one of the axles popped out of the transaxle, or I broke a CV.
Called the dealership today because I don't think it's the clutch.
And once I told the service manager that the clutch was just replaced at the beginning of the summer he did a 180 now figuring it was something in the diff that was broken.
Stating multiple times that the passengers side wheel spins when the car's up in the air, but when he stops it from spinning the other wheel won't spin.

I had to tell him like 3 times nicely that certain LSDs wont transfer power like that and I don't know what type of diff the Quaife is but if it's torsen, then it'll act like an open diff when there's no load on it.
Looked it up and it is a Torsen.
So, I asked him did you make sure that the splines on the drives side axle are engaging with the trans? He is going to double check as he did say that was the side the looked loose/wobbly and fluid was pouring out.

Would make sense why it was leaking too.
So they're going to take a second look at it, but I have a sneaking suspicion thats all thats wrong, and it came out because the circlip that holds the axle in got a little banged up when the ball joint failed.
The axles come in and go back into the diff with a pretty solid click as the circlips click into their slots. When I put the axle back in after getting it checked out, it didn't have as much of a pronounced click. Didn't think much of it at the time, but makes sense that it may have lost some sping to the clip and not seated very securely.


Keeping my fingers crossed that I know more than the dealership. Which would be pretty damn pathetic @ $155 an hour, but I would have this board to thank 100%.
My Rx7 project and this car would have never happened without the people on this board.

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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #366 on: December 31, 2018, 10:57:01 PM »
Well, hopefully that's all it is;  that's certainly the very best answer for your pocket book.   I wouldn't be a bit surprised if you know more than the dealership, 90% of the dealer mechanics I met were, uh, so-so at best, though there are certainly some sage ones out there as well.

It's sad that all of your tribulations should make me want one of these less, but I still kinda want one, haha.
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1965 Mustang Coupe - TT Coyote, TR6060, modern brakes/suspension...  project car
2013 Focus ST3 - Stage 1 BPU

Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #367 on: January 01, 2019, 04:46:16 PM »
If you are doing their job for them, get the car out ASAP and stop their billable hours. The service manager doesnít know *anything* except what he is willing to bill for. Thatís his job. Being in the industry I know many that fit that description, keep in mind they are not techs. The tech is the only one working on your car that may know something, but it is highly unlikely unless they have frequent experience with your specific problem. The troubleshooting proves this is not the case. You would have had better luck at a speed shop. Hope you get the car running soon, I really enjoyed this thread.

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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #368 on: January 01, 2019, 08:18:44 PM »
Was looking up the rally from the summer and someone in the group found a reactions video someone shot on the drive up. You'll notice I didn't even make the video I was so far behind.

This is everyone's new favorite video now from the rally:
https://youtu.be/pkgc-uz_jpM


They're all charachters, the guy flying the helicopter made a pretty funny video with his new toy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db8K9g1IOIs&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2htZi874W2_ZGKV2q3IcGR_E2iYNfZSAgXpXiy0FoGL1ZgqKpcaUZ1700

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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #369 on: January 01, 2019, 09:10:59 PM »
Haha, that was pretty well done.   I really, really like the new 911s, too bad I'll be around 120 years old before I can afford one.
Blake MF'ing McBride
1988 Mazda RX7 - Turbo LS1/T56/ProEFI/8.8/Not Slow...   sold.
1965 Mustang Coupe - TT Coyote, TR6060, modern brakes/suspension...  project car
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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #370 on: January 11, 2019, 02:29:30 PM »
Well found my problem:






Looks like the circlip didn't hold the axle in place strongly enough, maybe got dinged up a little bit on the ball joint failure, the axle started coming out of the transmission and then when I used a bit too much gas from the stop light it broke off right where you would expect it to break.
Certainly cheaper than pulling the trans, but at 4 hours to diagnose and replace and 1K for a new axle, still not cheap.

Hopefully will be driving to the body shop next week


Found out that this cobra used the PPG Volcano Orange formula I found, so I am encouraged about the possibility still of making this happen:

Offline wickedrx7

Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #371 on: January 11, 2019, 03:06:28 PM »
So it sheared the end off and then the axle pulled out?

Have you thought about taking this car to an exorcist or Voodoo doctor?  To remove the curse?

That color is so  :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon:

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Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #372 on: January 11, 2019, 09:07:14 PM »
So it sheared the end off and then the axle pulled out?

Have you thought about taking this car to an exorcist or Voodoo doctor?  To remove the curse?

That color is so  :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon: :bacon:

Lol, don't provoke the spirit.
We're going to get it blessed this summer though, just to be sure, then it's  :drive: time.

I remember during my swap I bought multple diffs for the RX7 and lots of extra parts overall because I thought that car was going to fall apart, but despite the electrical issues, it was a friggen tank.

Offline WileyPas

Re: Finally Got A New Toy To Replace The RX7
« Reply #373 on: January 14, 2019, 07:01:15 AM »
Man, next Summer is going to be fun for you! Nice weather can't come soon enough when you have this bad boy in the garage eh?