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Now it took a lot to get it to this point. I was working a lot and was doing favors for everyone. I had moved marcs shop, sold his cars and he was not the only one. So I had many other cars and projects going at this time. One of the problems and projects I had going on the side was Chris Weigel's widebody rx7 I had build for him. I had finished that build a while back and it was on the road. However it blew the 12a it had in it and he was talking LS swap. He had had blown another 13bt he tried to put in after rotary shack scammed him into a failed carb attempt with it. I gave him the entire motor with everything from my right hand drive for 1500, at a later payment when his taxes came in. Only one warning came with it and that was it was being sold as a my first motor and only for what I had into it so far, no promises lol! I just wanted to see the car I built still on the road! I went over and helped him install it and it was back on the road!
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When chris weigel was hired onto rotaryworkz!


First day at rotaryworkz!

After I helped him put my rhd motor in I gave him the rad and a few things to really spice up the interior!

You all saw how that ended, I gave him the biz and started my own, he closed it down. But the cars on the road still and amazing!
 

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After giving lots of things like the lights and the louvers and the interior ect to that car and many others I had an amazing assortment of cars. I had one of each generation finally! The FD3S was a project and a cast out of marcs, but it was still an FD.

When I brought it home from marcs. It was burnt and had a partial interior. No roof or glass, wiring was toast and he kept and sold the drivetrain. It was 3500$ on the rx7club but he took some payments and I worked my ass off for him for a long time. Sold his cars and then found out he bought this car from a wrecking yard complete for 750$. I suckered lol

This was it after I got it all together. Glass, interior, engine and trans. Was finishing it up and then I got an offer I could not refuse...






I was almost done with it and then got an offer I could not refuse...
 

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I guy who had everything I wanted for my FC from the the tien coilovers and EDFC to brand new Apexi N1 duals... His car was with the thousands of dollars of parts I was dream shopping for. the FD was nice, but after dealing with the people who have them and driving a few of them I was not a fan as much as the FC. It is the better looking in ways, but I am just a fan of the FC! Plus that car was not really what I wanted. So I made a trade and that is how my FC ended up with the Tiens and all the goodies that came to it in the end as I will show!

So this crap was taken off and put on another car!

So there I was with a car I almost had done and a car I almost had done. I sold one and the other one is now sitting with a ton of new parts and really nice, but no motor or trans.

So I started working on another motor! I had build many since then. A few for local people, one for a friend and now this one for myself. I wanted to try something new that I had not done before. Everything has been done in the car world, but I had yet to make a mutt motor. I started with a good set of s5 NA irons and a turbo middle. I used S4 turbo rotors and started putting it all together! Ever try to build motors by yourself on a hundred degree day when everyone is at the river? Brap life! lol

 

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Note the hood and the car had gotten a new body kit on it? After helping out a few people with their cars and builds and finding that I was not getting anything in return I started charging. Not that I was not ok with the gifts I was offering, it just started to feel more like it was a expectation as opposed to a gift. I did not want to work and pay for peoples projects, all the time. So I charge for a few engine builds and car restorations and got all the rest of the parts for the right hand drive build! For each one of these engines my trader score rose as well, that was always nice.










They were all very happy people each time. All but one of my motors is still on the road today! That is a nice feeling!





 

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So! The car was redone for several reasons. First was I did not like the s4 trim and s5 trim meshing together. No matter how rare the kit was, I would rather a knock off than the mixed set up. Then I also bought some euro lights I wanted to run on a s5 bumper. Having the rear already I figured I would just go that route. I also did not like the interior not having the factory insulation. I have been restoring classic cars for many years and finally decided to give this car the work I put into my classics. So this is what it looked like when I pulled the motor. this is how done it was:

 

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I started on the interior first. tear down was easy, been here before. restoration of a restoration is always easy.




I ended up getting better carpet and went with some stock fc seats as the fd seats were nice, but not really comfy compared to the gxl seats.


I tossed on my FD3S wheel and then got started on the body again!

I wanted things to be a little different this time so I went with the BN sports kit, RE mirrors, Wangan wing, JDM FTP lights and euro bi color turn signals. I had not seen many with this combo. the Blitz 03 rims I thought really brought the room together.

Well it was time for paint, however my shop was down for the count. I needed to shoot in another place. I had a shop next door that was not ok with paint in the air and although I was in right, it was wrong. So I asked a friend if he could help and we took it to his shop!








Again it turned out amazing! I was really happy to see the new kit on and the trim all matching. So not we are back to putting the motor in it! I got the Carbon hood from a customers car. Trade for getting him back on the road! I was not sure how I felt about it at first, however it grew on me really fast!
 

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I did it again! Alone on a hot summer day I managed to drop this sucker in without a chip to the new paint!



After many hours of work I had the engine bay all buttoned up and the motor in! New gauges,new radiator and a bunch of JDM swap I was ready to give it a start!




 

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After touching up on the exhaust by topping it off with a Jasma downpipe to RB presilencer and Apexi N1 duals I had it fired up!



 

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The car was finished! Of course there is always carbon fiber and controls systems to do, but it is now the little toy car I was given and wanted to drive around!





I had taken the dead red shell from sitting in a yard rotting a way to driving around looking like that. I took the interior from nothing to clean JDM. I felt pretty good about the build! I hope this inspires others to save or build projects they may not think possible or worth doing! This car was amazing and is still one of my favorite builds!
 

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Now you might be asking why I am not putting a rotary engine in this car since it is so rare and I have no problem building rotary cars? Well, in 2015 the rotary world changed. It was a little cut throat before that but then mazda stopped production of the rotary with no plans to make another one. Parts tripled in costs and the quality of the remaining parts sky rocketed. I found that motors I was giving away (like the cosmo twin turbo motor) were not going for thousands of dollars as cores. I watched Pineapple start charging over 5k for new engines that used old irons while mazda was still offering the 13b for the fd (same as their offer) for 4800 shipped with all new irons and parts. From mazda.

So between that and my last FD build project being a similar style project to Rob's, after arguing with him and shuttingdown the rx7 argument group, I found that not being a part of the scene of the silver spoons and the businesses that were no longer going to be needed will not be productive. I saw the next trend and the best motor in the 2jz and went that route because the power to weight, the boost, the cars and the scene seemed fun. Also fun to make a car that would be different from the rest. May are 2jz,not many are 2jz gtus models that are 1 of 3 remaining!

So when this last project showed up I took it on. However this is why I went from the FD back to this FC! :)

However here is a few pics of the last build that made me move over to this one! Then back to the GTUs build!

Remember that first car mad mike from redbull built? The first widebody Madbull 20b rotor? I wanted that car really bad. I decided I was going to make one after I finished my RHD FC rx7 build. I had owned a couple of them in the past however I never finished them. I got distracted with the fc build and put them aside each time. Once the RHD was finished and I had just about finished the 78 RHD savanna I wanted to build a RHD FD3S widebody like the madbull but with a full interior and street capable!



My first go with the FD3S was when I picked up The Spyder (Marc) FD3S that he had for sale on the rx7club. It was a wrecked fire shell he got for around 750$ from the salvage yard and pulled the motor and interior parts out.



This is not the best story as the car was built, but the road was long and hard and I should have known this was the type of person I was dealing with:

 

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This was the car he was selling. I was interested in it without the motor as I was going to be putting in another one at a later time. I was not convinced it was a solid start anyway.







 

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I had know Marc for sometime and when it was not business related he was a awesome guy. I was not a fan of how he ran his shop though. I had my wife use it and I paid for him to put in one of the turbo II motors in my wifes Turbo II fc's. I paid him 350 for the install and then a 90 fc vert with a perfect running s5 motor he put in his coworker/friend's car (ben of pineapple racing). His engine builder there was Daniel Leed of Pineapple racing and I hear was really good. He ended up installing the motor, however when I got the call it was done, they said it was not running and would need to be taken home on a trailer. Bad throttle body. I ended up swapping it out at chris's (with the widebody fb I built) house after I picked it up on the trailer. It was missing lots of parts. The N370 AFM and the twin turbo APEXI air filters and the spare turbo. I asked him where it went and he said that it and my RB oil pedestal adapter were sold and I could not use them anyway. I was happy to have the car back and running and he promised that he would help me build my RHD motor for free if I stopped using Daniel Leed as he was on drugs and scamming people and they were taking a break being friends. As this was happening he was closing his shop and moving back in with his parents. He had me move all the cars and some supplies back to his father house in Canby. When I showed up to have the motor built, he had me clean and assemble it, he helped me stack. I was very happy to get hands on training from a person who worked/works at pineapple racing though! All of the pics of this engine are on my RHD build thread. The last straw was when my wife's car ended up having issues and I pulled the ECU out to find the Rtek I had paid Marc for was not put in but he just pocketed the money when he noticed it already had one installed from five years before he touched it. Because they date the ECU. Chris and I were grossed out but let it go as he was the FD3S guy and worked at pineapple and FD3S Engineering. Here are a couple pics of my wifes car getting done there and us moving him home.




So where we had issues in doing business in the past, the day to day with him as a fellow rotary owner was awesome! The man has a pretty set life and the cars that come through are dreams and to be around them is a gift in itself. So I embraced it! I ended up getting the car from him after we talked over what a fair deal would be for it. I was able to get it for 3500.00 with half down and the rest in payments over a couple months. I ended up going with that and we made the deal! In the end, I payed him 2750.00 and sold his pony car for the remainder as he said he did not want to even bother trying but wanted it gone. I over paid but not by much, it was a solid car. I was content.
So I went up to his dads house in Lacey and loaded it up! Talk about rich. Damn! The son of the University of Washington has some nice places and cars! I ended up loading it up and bringing it back to my house. It was winter and I only had a car port for it as the shop was full of the other builds and this one was a ways out.








 

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marc had a friend who ended up also doing FD builds and had a "chump car' ( I know right!?!?!?) that they were parting out. It had bad water seals and I ended up getting it for all the externals. Marc had sold the other block by the time I had him paid back.

This sticker kills me still.

Marc again ended up making this possible by loaning me the money to pay this guy. I promptly paid him back and got ready to put it in and see how bad the seals were. They said it still ran?!


It did not run. So I waited on going any further on this part until I finished the RHD motor that I was finishing up. Rob at pineapple just ported the motors irons and I was going to assemble it soon!

I started on the interior

Finished the interior and got a spare window for it from the "chump" car. ( I think, that one has slipped my mind where it came from)

The body was about ready to be sent to the shop
 

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Got it ready to pull out and put it in the shop to get the body work done and shoot it MB again!

Note the RHD in the back ground. I was offered a car that had everything to finish my RHD project. It was about 10k in parts and I was going to end up buying them in the long run. These parts on this guys car were literally brand new. He had maybe 5k miles on the whole thing and the car ate a side seal on the 100% brand new motor.

He came over and wanted to see if I would be down to trade for the FD. He knew that there was still lots to do in the qtrs and that the engine would need rebuilt. That the car as to where I got it would be a fair trade for the car he just blew up. I said ok, I was down. It was nice having the FD3S but it was nicer not having two project cars. I just gave the RHD motor to chris and set myself back a week or so and this would be a good way to really dive back into that build and finish it right!

The interior I put together was very nice. The sunroof in these cars is a real pain in the butt!

I kept the power fc and datalogit and we traded cars!
 

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So I was really sad to lose the FD3S and be back to only having FC's. I had just sold the widebody FB I had as well.



However after I took the car down and put the time into the RHD FC it ended up being an amazing car and worth every penny! This was the car that died to make the car in the end possible:







 

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So now I needed another FD... The FC was fun but it was time for something new!
I had started another SA build with a 78 RHD Savanna but did not have my heart into it.









I ended up giving almost everything away with this car though. My heart was just not in it. Most of the parts were given to my friend of the time that had this car I had just built... that fb widebody.




So the hunt for a new FD was on! This next one needed to be right hand drive and I was going straight to the full track build and widebody before making it a daily. First body and then motor. So I set out to find a good deal on a shell I can kinda beat on. Nothing to amazing, but nothing that was a real wreck!
 

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I found one in southern Oregon. It was nasty. I actually found it on accident but they said they would be willing to sell it. It was a RHD conversion but was done alright. not as well as I had done mine, but possible to work with. The motor and tranny was toast as they all are, so I bought it without it.






I ended up making a deal for 2k with some parts traded to knock it down. I loaded it up on the trailers and headed back to the shop with it!





I started taking it apart and seeing what I was going to be dealing with!


It was a mess but nothing that was fatal. Just nasty and lots of wire wheeling ahead of me!
While dealing with several other peoples builds I finally found the time to get it looked over and started the parts list of things I will need and looking into BN Sports for that famous kit! And gave away that nasty C-West body kit lol


 

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Well I guess I am a sucker for a clean FC. but this one was special. While working on the FD I ran into this 100k miles real Turbo II in mint condition for 1000.00$

I ended up buying it because I had to...







After getting into it I realized I need to stay the course on the FD and ended up putting it up for sale. A person with a track FD ended up offering me a trade for his FD and I took him up on it.
















The car was nice because it was a FD. the car was actually a pile of ****. I regretted the trade but stood by my word when he came for it. Traded all the fc stuff and started looking into what I was going to do with it. In the long run I ended up swapping a couple parts on it from mine and then letting it go to one of Marcs friends who turned it into a crazy drift car. The firewall had a lot of issues and there was serious flex to the chassis. It had made its rounds and I was going to stay the course on my RHD build!
 
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