SO.... a select handful already know... but I picked up something fun last night. Friend sent me an ad from the local chicago area autox listserv about a 323 gtx for sale. Motor was dying, price had just been dropped.... had ALL suspension stuff done (shocks/coilovers/brakes/bushings/ss lines/mazdaspeed lsd/sways/strut bars..) and would probably need an engine.
So I got ahold of the guy during the day, setup a meeting that night. Drove down, took a few laps around the block, suspension felt nice and stiff/tight. Bought the car... for 1k. Waited for AAA to come get me (had found leak at a plug in radiator, fixed that with bolt today) and took the car home.
Did some wrenching today. Projects consisted of:
Install o2 bung on downpipe
Install and wire wideband
Fix wastegate routing.... was T'd into the turbo intake tract... ie: NO BOOST CONTROL
Dump oil... inspect... clean... put in Delvac and new filter
Put bolt into distributor end cam cover/cap
Pump up slow leak tires
Remove AC unit from under dash, use hole to route wideband
Play with pimp Blaupunkt Cassette deck... someone send me a mix tape please
Then I went driving. Car runs perfect. Nice loud HLA tick... but it runs PERFECT. OEM turbo cars are... awesome.
10psi off oem gate is surprisingly fun.
So there you go... I almost feel guilty... (unless the motor blows up next week, then it was a decent deal) but the car was a STEAL.
Thank you Mazda for giving us these motors... even with the crappy flowing heads... they are still damn fun.
Pics .... you didn't think I would skip pictures did you?