My first summer with the car and license, I was being very dumb, stupid, immature and childish. I was not thinking clearly or straight because I was so excited I had a vehicle, my dream car (anything RWD and decent power), but I truly did fall in love with FC's and rotary engines after I cooled down a bit...
So I blew a side seal my first summer with my vehicle. Me and dad take it to the Mazda Dealer as it was serviced there previously the whole older chapters of it's life. I'm in school and my dad texts me telling me that they quoted him $1300 in parts, I start RAGING in class, furious at those prices and told him not to bother I can get everything they are replacing in good enough condition with my great internet searching skills. Before we did anything though, we went down to Mazda to actually talk to the technician, he gave me the worst news (which I believe he was actually wrong, or half wrong at least).
He told me I had blown an Apex seal and that I would need a new engine but first they would check to see if the engine was salvageable and they needed to replace a BUNCH of stuff to be able to perform a compression test (such a lie lol).
After they did a compression test and I was told the numbers I knew the mechanic was full of shit and only knew what the manual was telling him and he wasn't even TRYING to understand.
After this load of crap, I said to myself and Dad;
Fuck them, we're NOT dealing with them, I know more about rotaries than that "qualified technician"
He quoted me $4k to send the motor to japan and have them refurbish it (not including freight and a 2 month shipping period)
Or he said they could send the motor to a shop here in canada that can refurbish it for $1500
But I chose to do it myself so I never have to deal with a mechanic who doesn't know anything again.
So here I am, 3 years later and only just getting my motor mounted to the engine stand, lol
Here's some pictures I took today;
Not mounted yet lol, but when I get another set of hand over here
Parts I have received (not all)
Innovate Wideband and HKS Twin Power unit
High Compression Rotors from S5 N/A
FD Fuel pump, I know it's not THAT much more fuel, but with a rewire of my pump circuit it will be, for now ^-^
New(er) HKS Filter
Rebuild kit (minus Apex Seals) and rest of rotating assembly (minus e-shaft)
New Custom headlights, you may have seen them before but they were custom made, it was a group buy on RX7club
Comparing old filter with new filter, lol. There's a few more shots in case you wanted better look.
Also had a mishap while I was at a local car event (Targa Newfoundland) with brake fluid
So I have a new center console here as well
Seats still in original leather haha (lol so is the wheel but I forgot to get a picture - even more worn out)
Not intentional that it is at such a round figure
The other item that wasn't stock, haha. A very terrible and old unit, CD's skip over slightest bump, but hey, I'm not complaining, it has a remote! lol
And ofc, no back seats
Storage bins are way better!
I would get some more pictures of the car but it's in the garage and impossible to get a good shot of (bad light, small space, crap on the car).
I have a bit of a "different" view of how rotaries should be modified, and there is reasoning behind anything I have done (maybe not the greatest, but it definitely makes the most sense standing in my shoes). So if you are curious about something, do not hesitate to inquire!