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Herblenny
03-05-2012, 05:29 PM
I was a huge Celica fan back in the days and moved on to RX-7.. I was going to share my build with you guys but wanted to make sure it was ok to post non-celica build here..

If its ok, post here and I'll move some of my build thread from another forum here...

UtahSleeper
03-05-2012, 10:09 PM
I dont imagine it would be an issue.............but I could be wrong. Guess it depends on if anyone has an issue with a non yota, since we have corolla and MR2 projects through out here.

Although I would love to see the RX-2 build you have listed.

Murgatroy
03-05-2012, 11:35 PM
I don't see a problem with it.

There are several of us that don't even own Celicas anymore.

I still have Chaos, and she is still my baby, but I will be moving to a new platform soon myself.

CollapsedNut
03-05-2012, 11:49 PM
Murg hath spoken, the build thread must progress

BabyBear
03-05-2012, 11:50 PM
I haven't had a Celica since like 2008ish, nobody here has given me too much grief about it :P

Post it up! Then we can make fun of you for not having any pistons!

Murgatroy
03-06-2012, 01:42 AM
I haven't had a Celica since like 2008ish, nobody here has given me too much grief about it :P

Post it up! Then we can make fun of you for not having any pistons!

To your face...

Cavanagh
03-07-2012, 06:37 PM
Hope there is an LSx going into it!

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 12:20 AM
Awesome! We'll I'll start by intro...

This is my Celica from 1993 - 2005 or 06.

http://www.toyotacelicaonline.com/157philip.htm

These pics were taken sometime in 2001.. And in 1999, I bought my Mazda RX7.

And in Jan 2010, I made the cover of Modified Magazine.

http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/4554/rx7cover.jpg

http://www.modified.com/features/modp-1001-1993-mazda-rx7-and-1991-eunos-cosmo/viewall.html


Anyhow, I'm about to build a car for Disc Brakes Australia for this year's SEMA. But I still have a soft spot for my 88 Celica convertible... A lady who bought it I think still owes it somewhere and would love to see what's done to it now. That was my first modified car and I have over 10 years of great memories in that car.

jaydog82
04-06-2012, 03:50 AM
I have that issue, nice rx7, there is a guy local here that has a ls7 in his.

Sent from my HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio using Tapatalk

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:08 PM
I have that issue, nice rx7, there is a guy local here that has a ls7 in his.


I think I know that guy. He bought my best friends LSx FD and transported to Cali.

Anyhow, I'm going to start importing my build thread here.

Brief information about me...

My name is Philip Sohn. I been in rotary scene for over 10 years and have owned my share of rotaries (RX-2, RX-3, 1st gen RX7, 2nd gen RX-7, 10 or so 3rd gens, RX-8, Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor, etc).
Here are few pics of the cars I've owned..

1993 MB RX-7, 1972 Orange RX-2 coupe, 2004 Lighting Yellow GT RX-8
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0622081601.jpg

1985 GSL-SE RX-7 mint!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/96933739.jpg

1991 RX-7 convertible (first rotary I bought)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3a22d1d3.jpg

1973 RX-3 coupe (track ready)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC00646.jpg

1993 RX-7 base blk/blk (my first FD)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blk%20FD/45140_425324508926_532683926_5056604_7365992_n.jpg

1991 Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1.jpg

1994 SSM FD (My other project)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/185385_10150264195948927_532683926_7820994_7763271 _n.jpg


I also run one of the biggest rotary car event called, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally' (www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com).
http://image.modified.com/f/34320366+w750+st0/modp_1010_01_o+deals_gap_rotary_rally+attendees.jp g

And if someone ask me what my specialty is, it would be 3rd generation RX-7. I've owned more of these than any cars and have built 3-4 of them in the past. I personally think FD3S RX7 is the best car Mazda has produced and one of the top sports car available in the 90s and still one of the best today. For the past 8 years, I been collecting rare parts, manuals, magazines, and been lucky that some vendors appreciated my build and sponsored me (Thank you Exedy USA, WORK Wheels, Disc Brakes Australia, and Bride). Last year, I made it on to the cover of Modified Magazine and recently featured on S3 Mag.

http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/4554/rx7cover.jpg

Modified Mag feature: http://www.modified.com/features/modp-1001-1993-mazda-rx7-and-1991-eunos-cosmo/viewall.html
Modified Mag feature about my event: http://www.modified.com/events/modp-1010-deals-gap-rotary-rally/viewall.html

After over 10 years of owning and now my life is starting to change (Married and with a young son), I am wanting to build my "Last RX-7" and go out with a bang. I been studying and researching about 3 rotor RX-7 and that is what my "Last RX-7" will be.

From Now til SEMA 2012, I will be posting here my build process... Pretty much from a stripped chassis to show/track ready RX-7. This is almost 10 years of making in which that I been collecting parts for about that long... and how things comes around in full circle. So, please check often as I'll be posting detail process of this build.




Now to my build!

Friday Nov. 4th, 2011 - It was my last day at SEMA 2011 in Vegas, talking to some of my sponsors and checking out the cars at SEMA. But my main goal was to find a vendor/sponsor who will show my "Last RX-7" next year. After talking to few, I approached my sponsor Disc Brakes Australia (http://www.dba.com.au/) who graciously supported me in the past with my other RX-7 and RX-8. I had this 5-10 minute spill all lined up and asked the owner of DBA about my car being at their booth next year. After 2 sentences out of my mouth, owner said, "Sure!". I didn't know what to say at that point.. I think I just mumbled on and finished pitching the car even though I already got an OK from the owner. He said, he will love to have the car and right and there, my dream of building a car to SEMA has begun!!!

Sunday Nov. 6th, 2011 - I flew back to Birmingham, AL day before and I got sick. This is the day I'm heading to New Orleans, LA to pick up my rolling chassis to begin my "Last RX-7" project. I was pretty sick in the morning where I went into UAB Hospital ER to make sure I was ok to travel. They gave me some antibiotic and I decided to head down there to pick up this 1993 Red RX-7. With help from a good friend John Lewis and loaner trailer from my best friend Leo Huang, we drove to New Orleans to pick up the FD.

And here it is!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD4.jpg

Thanks to my friends in New Orleans, Jack and Jonathan from Gorilla RE (www.GorillaRE.com) I got the car loaded and then we went out to eat :)

Monday Nov. 7th, 2011 - We left New Orleans and headed back to Bham to drop off the car at my friend Walker Morgan's shop. He is by far the most professional and best fabricator in town. His skills are by far the best I have seen and he himself have worked on several SEMA cars and such. His company webiste is: www.mpfab.com

Car leaving New Orleans
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/373883_10150365163818927_532683926_8515803_1619149 828_n1.jpg

At Walker's Shop! www.mpfab.com
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/392987_10150365585203927_532683926_8518072_2343051 81_n1.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:09 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2011 - Been searching for my missing parts and trying to put my engine together so we can test fit it in the car.

Here is my 20B/3 Rotor, built D series engine. Engine was built by my builder Luis Canizales. I consider him to be one of the top builders in the country.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B4.jpg

Test fitting the motor mounts.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B1.jpg

Different flanges for the manifold.. trying to decide which ones to use.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B2.jpg

Ready to transport!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B3.jpg

Wednesday Nov. 16th, 2011 - I was going to install the engine earlier, but due to rain, I didn't get to until now.. I decided to delete PS, AC.. So, I used Mavel manual rack to install the 20B.

In the engine bay!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin5.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:11 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 2011 - Today, I took couple of my strut tower bar to test fit it on the car. Make sure if it will clear the UIM (No pics). Unfortunately, both bars did NOT clear. I also cleaned up the car a bit and pulled the body electric harness off of the car.

Monday, Nov. 28th, 2011 - I was thinking about the clearance issue and decided to go with Atomic Rex manual rack. I think this should give me additional 1/4 to 1/2 inch more clearance.

Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 2011 - Made a deposit for Atomic Rex manual rack.. We shall see how much space I'll have. If I could drop 1/4+ inch, I should be able to use my Cusco D shape strut tower bar without an issue.

Friday, Dec. 2nd, 2011 - A Japanese rotorhead in KY helped me out with translating the wiring diagram for the super rare, Defi DSSC. Thanks Yuki Sawai!!!

Defi DSSC is one of the rare item that never sold in USA and Defi did not allow this item to be sold outside of its dealers. Total of about 400 were made and I believe I might be the first in USA to put it in an FD.

Here are some pics of the unit.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC5.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:12 PM
December 6th, 2011 I got a call from my fabricator and he said he checked on the pricing for the Stainless 321 and going to order some for the new manifold set up. This means, my old SS 321 manifold with Racing Beat header flange is for sale!!! If you are interested let me know :)

Here are pics of my old flange set up!

Here are the pics and placement of the turbo.. Turbonetic T76.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3rotorFD2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3rotorFD1.jpg

In the car with Hinson 20B /Pettit Subframe with this manifold with Garret T76 with T3 flange.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0038.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0028.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0040.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0041.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:12 PM
December 8th, 2011 - My fabricator/friend Walker Morgan has explain to me how he was going to build the new 20B manifold. We've decided to use bit more expensive, 321 Stainless for the new manifold. I'm excited to see how its going to turn out!! Until then, I need to start working on the wiring for the car..

Here is a translated DSSC wiring diagram... Only one in the WORLD!!! :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSCwiring.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:13 PM
December 9th, 2011 - Today, I was thinking about stripping my MB FD and start thinking about what I'm going to do to the exterior of the car... I started looking over some old builds I did and thought about turning my MB to what my Blk FD last looked..

My 1st FD / my 'black fd' and how it last looked in my possession..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7818.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7813.jpg

I'm going to start parting out the MB this weekend!!!

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:14 PM
December 9th, 2011 - Today, I was thinking about stripping my MB FD and start thinking about what I'm going to do to the exterior of the car... I started looking over some old builds I did and thought about turning my MB to what my Blk FD last looked..

My 1st FD / my 'black fd' and how it last looked in my possession..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7818.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7813.jpg

I'm going to start parting out the MB this weekend!!!

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:14 PM
December 13, 2011 - I didn't get much accomplished over the weekend... Kid, wife, holiday season, plus my old house that i'm trying to get rid of is sucking all my spare time I have.

Yesterday, I finally ordered my new wheels for this car from WORK Wheels.

http://www.workwheelsusa.com/media/wheels/27/1003/colors/324.jpg

I'll most likely use these on the street and my RAYS/VOLK RE30s on the track.

WORK CR Ultimate is their newest Emotion Series that are much lighter and stronger than previous CR series. I'm super excited to get them and now they are available in 10.5 width.

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:15 PM
December 16th, 2011 - I've received some sneak peek pictures of the turbo manifold yesterday. Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com did an excellent job.

Here are few pics from the pics he sent me!

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold3.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold2.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold4.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold1.jpg

Its made with Stainless 321, which Walker did his magic on them to look like this... Not sure if many of you seen how 321 comes form suppliers, but they looked horrible.

I'm heading over to the shop on monday to take some high res pictures with my dslr and also bring him the mid pipe and catback for him to test fit to make the DP.

Those of you who haven't heard of MPFab.com, he has worked on several exhaust systems for high end SEMA cars and custom hot rods. He also developed turbo kids for bikes and other sport compact cars.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFAB.jpg
For more information about them, go visit: www.MPFab.com

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:15 PM
December 19th, 2011 - I went by MPFab.com this morning to drop off my titanium catback and a midpipe so, he can start working on the turbo placement and DP. I also had a chance to take a look at Walker's handy work. Man was I impress with his fabrication skills :)

Here are some better pics I've taken.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold3.jpg

I have yet to see bottom mount turbo set up on a rotary and I'm excited to see how all is going to turn out!

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:16 PM
December 22nd, 2011 - I went over to MPFab to check out the manifold progress and lend a hand if needed (not that I can do much). We also wanted to test fit the turbo and get some measurements and clearance.. But in order to finish everything up, I need to get the new steering rack.

Anyhow, here are some Walker Morgan's handy work (www.MPFab.com)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker02.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker01.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker05.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker03.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker15.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker13.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker09.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker21.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker19.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker18.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:17 PM
December 26th, 2011 - After a full day at work, I decided to take the dash apart and get it ready to get it recovered by my interior guy tomorrow..

Here are some pics of the stripped dash..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_2782.jpg

re-enforcement bar and wires..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_2783.jpg

I'm also re doing the center tunnel and door panels.. Should take about a month..

December 30th, 2011 - Not much update on the car... but in a rotary related thing, I had a chance to go see some rare historical rotary cars in Nashville, TN.

Thanks to Founder/Director of Lane Motor Museum, I had a chance to see, hear, and touch some historical and super rare rotary cars.

Here are some pics from my private tour.

1967 NSU Spider - This is the first production rotary car with single rotor, rear mounted engine.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries29.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries31.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries28.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries33.jpg

Another Rare NSU Ro-80 - A Birotor sedan

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries04.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries09.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries07.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries08.jpg

Citroen GS Birotor - I knew about the NSU, but did not know about this Citroen vehicle.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries38.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries27.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries24.jpg

And finally a super rare Citroen M35 Prototype single rotor vehicle... This is the only one in USA.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries18.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries15.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries19.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries16.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:17 PM
December 26th, 2011 - After a full day at work, I decided to take the dash apart and get it ready to get it recovered by my interior guy tomorrow..

Here are some pics of the stripped dash..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_2782.jpg

re-enforcement bar and wires..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_2783.jpg

I'm also re doing the center tunnel and door panels.. Should take about a month..

December 30th, 2011 - Not much update on the car... but in a rotary related thing, I had a chance to go see some rare historical rotary cars in Nashville, TN.

Thanks to Founder/Director of Lane Motor Museum, I had a chance to see, hear, and touch some historical and super rare rotary cars.

Here are some pics from my private tour.

1967 NSU Spider - This is the first production rotary car with single rotor, rear mounted engine.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries29.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries31.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries28.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries33.jpg

Another Rare NSU Ro-80 - A Birotor sedan

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries04.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries09.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries07.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries08.jpg

Citroen GS Birotor - I knew about the NSU, but did not know about this Citroen vehicle.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries38.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries27.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries24.jpg

And finally a super rare Citroen M35 Prototype single rotor vehicle... This is the only one in USA.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries18.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries15.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries19.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries16.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:18 PM
January 4th, 2012 - Happy New Year!!!
Well, not much have been done to the car as I was busy at work... Also, I'm about to trade this shell for an R1 shell without the sunroof. Hoping to do that this weekend.
Anyhow, the little time I had, I stripped out the dash and refinished the rusty metal dash frame.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DashFrame1.jpg

I sanded it down to bare metal, treated with rust inhibitor, and primed it.

I then sprayed with gloss black then quick shot of gunmetal and clear the whole thing.. Shouldn't rust again :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DashFrame2.jpg

I'm heading to my fabricator's shop (www.MPFab.com) to pull the engine out and get it ready for this weekend's shell swap.

January 5th, 2012 - My clutch for the 20B came in today from my favorite clutch company, EXEDY CLUTCH!! Here are few pics :)


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch2-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch8.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:19 PM
January 4th, 2012 - Happy New Year!!!
Well, not much have been done to the car as I was busy at work... Also, I'm about to trade this shell for an R1 shell without the sunroof. Hoping to do that this weekend.
Anyhow, the little time I had, I stripped out the dash and refinished the rusty metal dash frame.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DashFrame1.jpg

I sanded it down to bare metal, treated with rust inhibitor, and primed it.

I then sprayed with gloss black then quick shot of gunmetal and clear the whole thing.. Shouldn't rust again :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DashFrame2.jpg

I'm heading to my fabricator's shop (www.MPFab.com) to pull the engine out and get it ready for this weekend's shell swap.

January 5th, 2012 - My clutch for the 20B came in today from my favorite clutch company, EXEDY CLUTCH!! Here are few pics :)


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch2-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch8.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:19 PM
January 10th, 2012 - Well, I would of made an earlier update but I had to put 14 hour day at work yesterday and didn't have much time to tell you all what happened to my trip.

Well, last week I was running around town trying to get my shell ready for a swap with an R1 shell (without sunroof) that a friend of mine had in GA. So, I had to pull the 20B out, get the hatch from my friend's shop (which I was going to paint it and put on my MB FD), find a trailer, and a friend to help me tow it. Because my fabricator does not come in on saturday, I also had to go there day early to pull the car out so I can load it day after.

Saturday morning (Jan. 7th) - We loaded up the car and got to my friend's place in GA. We started taking stuff off of his car and started to transfer to my shell.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL3.jpg

During this process, the car smelled really bad and we found some crazy stuff. Like dead mouse :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL1.jpg

I guess the car was sitting outside for awhile and a mouse made a nice home out of this RX-7.

Since I was going to strip this car to bare metal, I didn't really care about the smell or the dead mouse.... but I did care about what I found next, a bent frame that lead to bent head light assembly mounting points. This is a bad sign as when headlights are mounted and pop ups go up and down, the geometry is messed up so the lights might not line up. At this point, I was quite upset.. Just because I asked my friend to check the car as he knew the car was in an accident before. Also because my car was on hold for 2-3 weeks as my fabricator couldn't cut anything on the shell because of this swap. And I wasted my weekend, other people's time, etc just because my friend didn't take 10 mins to check over the car carefully and to see where the accident was. But he's a friend and he feels bad and going to help me out later so I cant be mad at him.

Anyhow, we loaded the car back up and drove it back to my fabricator.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL5.jpg

Hopefully, I'll have more fabrication updates later this week!

January 12, 2012 - Last night, I went over to www.MPFab.com to install the 20B back in to the car and get the car ready so that owner of MPfab.com can start building the exhaust system and the V-mount.

Since its important that everything needs to sit the way it is, we needed to install the tranny, ppf, catback, MP, etc... but like always, we ran into other issues..

Issue #1 - Defined Auto kit did not level the engine.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2059.jpg

This might be because I had issue lining up one of their motor mount bracket and I had to enlarge the hole in order to get the brackets to slid into the motor. But, that's not it as one of the top hole should of kept the height in order..

Issue #2 - Correcting leveling issue.

We measured everything to make sure if it was the mount or if it was the car. After measuring the chassis, subframe, core support, etc, we came to the conclusion it was the mount. So, we added couple of spacers to see how much it was off..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2060.jpg

After adding the spacers (3/8 inch), we had other issues.. which is now the engine was sitting bit to high and PPF was hitting the tranny tunnel. So, we lifted the engine, pull the passenger side mount and cut 3/8 to level it back out. After that, we wanted to make sure if everything else was going to fit so, we dropped the sub frame and bolted the oil pan on to double check everything...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2063.jpg

At this point, everything seems ok after cutting but the PPF still seems bit close to the top of the tranny tunnel.

Next, I'm going to bring my AutoEXE braces so Walker from MPFab.com could build the exhaust that will clear all the bracing.

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:21 PM
January 15th, 2012 - Not much update over the weekend so here is a random pic of my MB FD :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFD1-2.jpg

January 18th, 2012 - Got my wheels in from WORK Wheels (http://www.workwheelsusa.com/).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2068.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2070.jpg

WORK CR Ultimate aka Kiwami.

Spec: 18x9.5 +30 and 18x10.5 +23

January 19th, 2012 - Few pics of the update...

Interior.. took the dash out and put just the rebar to hold the steering column in place..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1218.jpg

Also installed my Ti Catback

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1206.jpg

And my MB FD was featured in S3 Mag and they are using one of the photo of my car on their website..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/S3Mag.jpg
www.s3mag.com

I have a ton of photos of the new set up tomorrow...

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:22 PM
January 20th, 2012 - Update from my fabricator's work. Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com did an awesome job on these parts.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1203.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1204.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1201.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1202.jpg

Downpipe :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1209.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1215.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1214.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1210.jpg

Inside the DP.. you could almost see through..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1208.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1207.jpg


January 22nd, 2012 - I've ordered a new wastegate from a friend from the past who owns www.znperformance.com

Gave me a great deal the Tial 44mm MVR wastegate!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ZNPerformance2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ZNPerformance3.jpg

www.znperformance.com

While I was at it, I also ordered one of these from ZNPerformance..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ZNPerformance1.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:23 PM
January 27th, 2012 - Not much update... I got my new tires the other day and just dropped them off this morning to get it mounted. There is only one place in Bham, AL that I would let people touch new wheels... and only because they have the right machine to do so... Corgi Artiglio Master and Hunter load balancer. This shop also uses special weight for your wheels.. expensive, but worth it!

Wheel Spec: The New WORK CR Ultimate 18x9.5 Front and 18x10.5 Rear

Tire Spec: Toyo Tires, R888 - Front 255/35, Rear 295/30

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/WORKTOYO.jpg


February 3rd, 2012 - Few things happened since last update...

Toyo R888s are mounted on the new wheels and now back at the house.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/R888.jpg


20b stainless flange is machined flat and ready.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20bflange1-1.jpg

All the exterior plastics have been pulled and fenders are on for test fitting.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update2.jpg

and testing out the bumper..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update3.jpg


February 12th, 2012 - Not much update as I been spending my spare time trying to get my old house in order and put it back on the market. Some idiot kicked down my door to the garage and I had to get that fixed and been painting the interior to update the house a bit... This housing market is killing me and I need to sell this so I can dump it in to this project.

Anyhow, Only car thing I did since last update...

Put these Mazda posters I had (for about 7 years) in my garage..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/posters1a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/posters1.jpg

And got my spoilerless hatch painted MB and mounted (pics later).

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:23 PM
January 27th, 2012 - Not much update... I got my new tires the other day and just dropped them off this morning to get it mounted. There is only one place in Bham, AL that I would let people touch new wheels... and only because they have the right machine to do so... Corgi Artiglio Master and Hunter load balancer. This shop also uses special weight for your wheels.. expensive, but worth it!

Wheel Spec: The New WORK CR Ultimate 18x9.5 Front and 18x10.5 Rear

Tire Spec: Toyo Tires, R888 - Front 255/35, Rear 295/30

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/WORKTOYO.jpg


February 3rd, 2012 - Few things happened since last update...

Toyo R888s are mounted on the new wheels and now back at the house.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/R888.jpg


20b stainless flange is machined flat and ready.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20bflange1-1.jpg

All the exterior plastics have been pulled and fenders are on for test fitting.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update2.jpg

and testing out the bumper..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update3.jpg


February 12th, 2012 - Not much update as I been spending my spare time trying to get my old house in order and put it back on the market. Some idiot kicked down my door to the garage and I had to get that fixed and been painting the interior to update the house a bit... This housing market is killing me and I need to sell this so I can dump it in to this project.

Anyhow, Only car thing I did since last update...

Put these Mazda posters I had (for about 7 years) in my garage..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/posters1a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/posters1.jpg

And got my spoilerless hatch painted MB and mounted (pics later).

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:24 PM
February 16, 2012 - Not much update as I'm currently waiting on parts to finish the V mount set up and such..

Mean while, I'm working on my MB RX-7... Took the CF hatch and the wing and now... going wingless...

sorry for the bad pic.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/wingless.jpg


February 21st, 2012 - Not much of an update as I'm waiting for few things to come in to finish up the project..

One thing that did come in is the intercooler core from http://www.bellintercoolers.com/

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo47.jpg

Waiting on couple of things that are suppose to show up in next 2-3 weeks... Then the car will go through quick changes from that point on..


February 26th, 2012 - I've bandaid fixed my ignition issue on my MB FD and drove around town today. Also, thought I snap some recent pics with the new hatch and the cleaner look.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED-RX7-Spoilerless2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED-RX7-Spoilerless3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED-RX7-Spoilerless4.jpg

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:26 PM
March 5th, 2012 - Update from my fabricator Walker Morgan @ MPFab.com
Walker who's a professional, keeps me updated on the progress on the set up. One of the reason why I think he's a true professional. I've never asked him for a pic and he sends them to keep me informed. Also, he's awesome about meeting his time frame (he's would of finished it all but he's waiting on few things I've ordered.. so, its my fault).

Anyhow, he sent these pics of the wastegate setup.. But there is a chance we might change it up a bit.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-3.jpg


March 15th, 2012 - Well, I been so busy with so much stuff, I haven't had time to update this until today.

Let's see what has happened since.. Picked up my new catback that I bought several months ago...

RE-Amemiya Dual Dolphin tip Catback

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/REA31.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/rea41.jpg

Took about 4-5 hours to polish it back to new like state. This exhaust will go on my MB FD.

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 01:26 PM
April 5th, 2012 - Its been awhile since I last updated and I have quite a bit to post up.

To start, I got my Radiator and the core from Bell Intercoolers (www.bellintercoolers.com)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-Intercooler1.jpg

MPFab did some quick mock ups to see how its going to line up.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab3.jpg


April 6th, 2012 - I been also working on the MB FD.

For the MB, I got hold of rare RE-Amemiya dual Dolphin tip catback.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/REA21.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/rea41.jpg

i had a bit of an issue taking the old one out and took 4 hours vs. normal 30-45mins.. All because of this one nut!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2430.jpg

Pic of installed catback (bad pic)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2435.jpg

pintoBC_3sgte
04-06-2012, 04:12 PM
December 9th, 2011 - Today, I was thinking about stripping my MB FD and start thinking about what I'm going to do to the exterior of the car... I started looking over some old builds I did and thought about turning my MB to what my Blk FD last looked..

My 1st FD / my 'black fd' and how it last looked in my possession..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7818.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7813.jpg

I'm going to start parting out the MB this weekend!!!

Awe this one is niiice! I want!

Herblenny
04-06-2012, 05:31 PM
April 6th, 2012 Part B - MB Strut tower... AutoEXE

Front was fairly easy to put on.. Minus getting rid of Garfinkle brace.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MB-RX7-FD3S-1.jpg

Rear was bit more challenging as I had to cut the panels.

Before:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FDwhatIdid1.jpg

During:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FDwhatIdid2.jpg

After:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo2-4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3496.jpg

I also decided to put the Bose tube back in.. In someways, I kind of missed it :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3503.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3502.jpg

Herblenny
04-09-2012, 06:15 PM
April 9th, 2012 - Update on the build.. Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com is doing great job on this build!!

Here are the pics :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/306584_317880764946535_100001738432277_871877_1519 446969_n.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/526643_317881161613162_100001738432277_871878_1138 231689_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/537156_317881354946476_100001738432277_871879_1825 601849_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/529175_317881791613099_100001738432277_871882_3424 7742_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/398967_317881971613081_100001738432277_871883_1811 46649_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/530153_317882188279726_100001738432277_871884_1469 315900_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/541325_318218414912770_100001738432277_872863_1081 874348_n.jpg

UtahSleeper
04-09-2012, 07:21 PM
Wow. Very nice work. I love this body style of 7.

Herblenny
04-10-2012, 01:39 PM
^^Thank you!

small update for the day..

April 10th, 2012 - Thanks to Chris Ludwig of Ludwig Motorsports (http://www.lms-efi.com/) will be helping me with the EFI solutions. I got these coils from him and going to figure out where I'm going to mount them in the engine bay..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Ludwig-Motorsports.jpg

vip09
04-11-2012, 04:25 AM
Definitely seen your old Celica before. The person that bought it from you used to post on here.

http://www.toyotacelicaonline.com/philip/top.jpg

Herblenny
06-12-2012, 01:21 PM
Definitely seen your old Celica before. The person that bought it from you used to post on here.

http://www.toyotacelicaonline.com/philip/top.jpg

I been wondering what ever happened to my old celica... I had many great memories in that car.

Murgatroy
06-12-2012, 06:00 PM
Gina moved to Utah with it.

I don't know what happened to it after that. Gina doesn't post here anymore.

METDeath
06-13-2012, 01:57 AM
Gina moved to Utah with it.

I don't know what happened to it after that. Gina doesn't post here anymore.

She got a job doing... massages on Craigslist iirc...

KoreanJoey
06-15-2012, 05:48 AM
As nice as the RX7 is. I want more info on the RX-3!

Love those cars.

Herblenny
06-22-2012, 02:42 AM
Ahh, that was here name.. Gina. Well, hope she took good care of her..


more update..



OK... Well, I'm going to start updating this thread a bit more regularly since I'm starting to wind down.

To start, My event, DGRR 2012 Happened in Mid April and I was concentrating on that..
We had a great turn out and I think many rotary guys had great time. More information about this event, goto: www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DGRR2012-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dgrr2012-3.jpg

I also got pulled over by TN LEO.. but did finally got to drive on the Dragon (been 4 years).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ScreenShot2012-04-24at71203AM.png

The unfortunate part was I blew two PowerFC's the very last day when I was about to roll back home. Luckily help of rotary friends and DGRR sponsors, I was able to limp back home vs. tow truck.

Here are the list of DGRR 2012 sponsors. Please support these vendors who support my event.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DGRR2012ShirtBackOutlines.jpg

Herblenny
06-22-2012, 04:07 PM
Also during my time off, I made a carbon license plate for the SSM 99 bumper... Finally!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SSM-RX7-FD3S-2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SSM-RX7-FD3S-1.jpg

METDeath
06-23-2012, 02:27 PM
Dude that drives that truck is pretty bitchin, that thing was keeping up with the FCs.

If it was the truck I'm thinking of, pretty sure you were at the Dragon the same weekend we were (April 21/22).

Herblenny
06-24-2012, 07:30 PM
More update to catch up til NOW.

More pics of my car from DGRR 2012...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AssaultechFD3SRX7.png

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OmarMBFD.jpg

Me on the Dragon at DGRR 2012

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Biker.jpg

Then I showed my MB FD at the Formula Drift under Exedy Clutch tent.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FormulaDriftATL2012.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/7199164868_aa3e48b548_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7199164788_6c7a41c203_b.jpg


And little update on the project car..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo4-3.jpg

Waiting on few things..

Herblenny
06-26-2012, 12:25 AM
About a month ago, me and a local photographer decided to shoot my car early morning in Bham, AL area.. This was some of the results.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MorningFD2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MorningFD.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/HowBeautiful.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3899.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATA_5771.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATA_5887.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3887.jpg

Herblenny
06-29-2012, 04:02 AM
Update..

Things that I would do for rotary cars... Again, this isn't quite related to this build but related to my 20B Cosmo and what I would do for some of the rarest parts in the country.

I've followed this front clip for over 2 years.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMAG0237.jpg

It was owned by a friend Drew in ATL, GA and I found out about it just as him and his business partner was going separate ways. Due to separation, car was in a limbo and I was unable to purchase the parts. Couple of parts I wanted are, RE-A steering column pod and the RE-A bumper add on and the bumper.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMAG0242.jpg

After the Drew sold his half off, the front clip ended up going to his old partner... when I asked to purchase these parts, the new owner refused to sell to me the 2 parts and wanted me to purchase the entire clip. After refusing, he tells me he will never sell it to me. About 2 years later (last month), friend of mine gave me a lead and located the new owner of the clip. New owner ended up being a guy in florida whom I bought 2 x 3 rotors about 7-8 years ago. What a small world!!
I ended up driving from Bham, AL to Fruitland, FL to finally pick up the parts I been waiting over 2 years!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Fruitland.jpg

Loaded up the SUV and came back to Bham... all in 48 hour trip :)

This was my 2nd 20B clip I stripped..

Here is the first one that I stripped.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/4226_87291100377_637860377_2274397_.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/4226_87291145377_637860377_2274404_.jpg

After this 3 rotor project is done, I'll be using the new front bumper and the extra hood I have and re paint the cosmo.

Herblenny
06-29-2012, 03:16 PM
Other cool things I got from the Cosmo Front clip from Florida are:

MS air filter in good shape
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/415824_10150859789418927_1957964813_o.jpg

RE-Amemiya Plug wires in excellent condition
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/469687_10150859950313927_488495180_o.jpg

and the RE-Amemiya Steering column pod and boost gauge. I actually contacted RE-A 2-3 years ago about getting this unit but they said they stop production and was not going to make it.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/468333_10150864506868927_1232287705_o.jpg


And my Cosmo as it sits today... Pulled it out of my garage to do some electrical stuff done for the house.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3002copy.jpg

Herblenny
07-11-2012, 04:47 AM
July 9th, 2012 - Finally some update... Here are some sneak preview pics of what the car will kind of look like exterior wise.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo23.jpg
RE-Amemiya Carbon Fiber Fender mirrors

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo24.jpg
I had to ditch my last bumper because it was messed up by my old body shop. Luckily a friend in New Orleans helped me and sold me his personal bumper.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo25.jpg
With the carbon RE-Amemiya N1 undersweep on the bumper. This is just a test fit and getting the car ready for the paint and body in a week or so.

More updates coming friday.

Herblenny
07-14-2012, 12:16 AM
July 13th, 2012 - Today's Update for the week.

Well, to start, I've got my rare red Mazdaspeed seats from Japan. I've seen the white and black ones (I have one of the black) before but never seen one in red. I have a fellow rotary guy in Japan who helped me get these seats and just got them cleaned and reconditioned to near mint condition.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MSseats1.jpg

Also Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com have installed my new Tial MV-R wastegate and the new BOV. As you can tell, the new theme is silver and black :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TIAL1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ENGINE1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FDTIALMPFab.jpg

And finally after many many many months of wait, phone calls, etc etc. I finally got my new manual brake system (just a test fit).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Chase1.jpg

Next week is the tear down, and the shell and all the body pieces goes to Paint and Body @ Goolsby Customs (www.GoolsbyCustoms.com). Jonathan Goolsby is one of the top painters in the country who won last year's SEMA GM Design award!! Can not wait to see what he will do with this car. Will post more details as car now goes in to the final stretch!!

Herblenny
07-20-2012, 03:22 AM
July 19th, 2012 - MPfab.com / Walker Morgan has been finishing up the engine bay so we can't send the car to the paint and body.

Here are few more pics of the progress..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo33.jpg

New side panels on rails :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo34.jpg

I was trimming the bumper most of the afternoon.. making sure it fits perfect.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo30.jpg

Pic of my heavy duty sway bar mount and sway bar :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo29.jpg

One off fenders by Shine Auto :) Thanks to the owner Ken, he made me a one off FEED fenders for this build. I been two toning like this on my other FD and decided to continue on..


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/image-1.jpg

Finally, MS seats... waiting to be shipped from Japan!!! Can't wait to get them!

METDeath
07-20-2012, 03:44 AM
That's not a sway bar... that's a fucking pipe!

Herblenny
07-23-2012, 08:53 PM
That's not a sway bar... that's a fucking pipe!

Most highend adjustable sway bars will be like this.




Thanks for that.
I did not know there were factory 3 rotor turbocharged rotory cars? If I am reading you correctly?
If so, what cars were they? Japan only rotory cars? No domestic here in the US? :cheers:


I believe I posted earlier on this thread.. If not, its called Eunos (luxury brand of Mazda) Cosmo. Mazda produced it from 1990-1995. Total number of 3 rotor versions were I believe under 3000. I have one here in US. I believe one of 5 or so street legal Cosmo in the states.



July 23rd, 2012 - Update!

Well, I'm getting ready to start putting things together and getting stuff out of the boxes and checking to be sure I got everything for the last min assembly..

Here are some of the stuff I've gotten..

Stance USA - Pro Comp 3 Coilovers (http://stance-usa.com/sus/products/coilovers/procomp3)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA9.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA7.jpg

My reason for picking this unit is: great price, great customer support from Stance USA.. and I've heard great things about their products from racers and street drivers.

Product looks to have great craftsmanship and quality. I can't wait to install them.

Herblenny
07-23-2012, 08:55 PM
That's not a sway bar... that's a fucking pipe!

Most highend adjustable sway bars will be like this.


July 23rd, 2012 - Update!

Well, I'm getting ready to start putting things together and getting stuff out of the boxes and checking to be sure I got everything for the last min assembly..

Here are some of the stuff I've gotten..

Stance USA - Pro Comp 3 Coilovers (http://stance-usa.com/sus/products/coilovers/procomp3)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA9.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA7.jpg

My reason for picking this unit is: great price, great customer support from Stance USA.. and I've heard great things about their products from racers and street drivers.

Product looks to have great craftsmanship and quality. I can't wait to install them.

Herblenny
07-25-2012, 08:41 PM
July 24th, 2012 Update..

Car is about to leave MPFab and we are finalizing few things. Here are some pics..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab01.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab02.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab03.jpg


We started to tear it down..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab04.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab09.jpg

and

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab12.jpg

everything out!

Herblenny
07-27-2012, 02:17 PM
July 26th, 2012 - Everything has been taken off and the car is now at Jonathan Goolsby's, 'Goolsby Customs' (www.GoolsbyCustoms.com).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3735.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3736.jpg

There, car will be painted using latest BASF water based paint. Can't wait to see what Mr. Goolsby will do with this car!!

Herblenny
08-06-2012, 02:17 PM
I think I forgot to post about the engine...

Here is when it was just built.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627479_631811.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627480_4086416.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627477_6448344.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627476_8283611.jpg

Its from the last year Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor, "D" series motor, broken down and rebuilt with ported intake, less restrictive 13B-REW exhaust sleeves, Balanced rotating assemblies, Lapped housings, and all new seals and gaskets... And built by one of the best builder I know.. Luis Canizales.

Herblenny
08-06-2012, 02:17 PM
July 31st, 2012 - Over the weekend, I had a chance to pick up a unique parts for this car... One of them being this, FEED GT II R wing.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo1.jpg

And yesterday I had a meeting with Mr. Goolsby at Goolsby Customs about how the car is going to be built... and brought bunch of carbon parts :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo4-4.jpg

Herblenny
08-06-2012, 02:18 PM
Aug 6th, 2012 - Update from past 7-8 days...

Well, On my way to pick up some goodies for this project and my MB, I stopped off last weekend at the Import Alliance in Charlotte, NC. There, I saw this yellow FD with K swap.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_4381.jpg

Up on closer inspection, the turbo set up seemed very similar to my 20B project. See if you can compare..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_4382.jpg

I did talked to the owner and they did a great job putting this car together in less than 3 months. Its definitely different... but not sure if this is something I consider a 'better' option to 13B or LSx. I was told it should make mid 400whp using GT35R. That's about what you would get from 13B. Also, unlike 13B, K seems to sit much higher. That's definitely not an advantage over 13B.

After my trip to IA, I headed to Charlottesville, VA to pick up some goodies!!
Some of the back roads were amazing up there (not as cool as Deals Gap :) ).

Here is a photo taken inside the 4 Runner, on our way up.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/616445_10151001981733927_1560338396_o.jpg

Picked up my goodies from one of FD fanatic, Fritz Flynn... here are his collection of VR FDs. I've also been to his 'warehouse' and I'm sure he has few more FD's sitting around there.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Fritz.jpg


After my 1300 mile trip, I took 3 days off/worked and made other trip up to Louisville, KY to visit Chris Ludwig from www.lms-efi.com .

Chris is working on my Haltech PS2K harness and also using mil-spec connector for all the Haltech and Defi Super Sport Cluster (DSSC) stuff.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/302434_10150999275918927_2026693891_n.jpg

This week, I'll be beautifying my short and long block and ordering some goodies :)

Herblenny
08-14-2012, 04:31 AM
Aug. 13th, 2012 Update...

Well, the car is at one of the best paint and body place in the country... Jonathan Goolsby @ Goolsby Customs (www.GoolsbyCustoms.com).

While the car is there, I've decided to freshen up the engine..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo39.jpg

Then spent couple of hours taping up the engine..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo42.jpg

And here is the finished engine :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo45-1.jpg


Also, Goolsby Customs started to test fit the panels...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo46.jpg

More to come later this week...