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Old 01-05-2009, 03:45 PM   #21
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That is one beautiful TII S5!! And that Miata was a steal, you could part it out if you had to and make twice what you paid for it.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:27 PM   #22
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That is one beautiful TII S5!! And that Miata was a steal, you could part it out if you had to and make twice what you paid for it.
Thanks for the compliment on the RX-7. It started life as GXL, the turbo swap came in 2006 when the NA finally popped.

I plan to get this Miata back into shape by April. It is going to Deals Gap with the 7 for the annual Deals Gap Rotary Rally.

Hopefully, I will have another engine this weekend. If I have to, I will just rent a hoist!
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:41 PM   #23
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Sorry guys, no news yet. I have an engine hoist at the house (courtesy of a coworker), but it has been too friggin cold out to do any work. Also, my father-in-law has yet to pick up his ATV that I repaired, so that is hogging up space for work to be done.

As soon as I can get the engine out, things will progress rather quickly. I am anxious to get this thing on the road, and the 7 needs to get back in the garage so I can reseal the oil pan.......and because that is her spot!
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:51 PM   #25
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Wow! What timing...

Speaking of timing. I have the 1.8 in the car now, all buttoned up and bolted down. But it doesn't want to start. I think the timing is way off.

Right now it backfires when attempting to start.

Any ideas?
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Has the timing belt been off? Your cam timing could be off.
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Right now it backfires when attempting to start.

Any ideas?
It would help to know what you've had apart.
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Are your wires in the correct coils? I'm pretty sure the 1.6 and 1.8 are backwards from each other. Cyls 1/4 should come off the left coil looking from the front and 2/3 should come off the right side.
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Are your wires in the correct coils? I'm pretty sure the 1.6 and 1.8 are backwards from each other. Cyls 1/4 should come off the left coil looking from the front and 2/3 should come off the right side.
Figured that out at 10pm last night as I was ready to go to sleep. For some reason I out the wires on the same pattern as they came on the 1.8, forgetting that I am running 1.6 electronics.

Hopefully today after work it will start.

sixshooter: I had everything apart. Did a 1.8 swap, and a full refresh on the engine gaskets, new WP, timing components, etc.
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Also, I am worried that the lower radiator hose, and the heater hoses are awfully close to the header. I am going to thermal wrap them tonight.
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Alright guys, sorry I kind of forgot about this. The motor is in (like stated before).

Figured out the starting issue, it was the firing order. Fired up the first time after that. Had a few vacuum leaks, fixed those. Had a high idle, new TB gasket took care of that.

I have been fixing dings, sanding, sanding, and more sanding in preparation for paint this week.

I only have two issues right now:
-the 1.8 header contacts the trans tunnel
-the outer heater hose is leaking where the bend is inside the cabin (up by the firewall)

The list of parts now includes:
-DDM Works ELK intake
-eBay header
-Mangaflow cat
-custom catback from local shop
-Flyin Miata 1.8 kit, various interior parts and 1.6 crossover tube
-All new gaskets and seals, tune up stuff, alternator, timing water pump.
-Moss Motors rubber shifter boot
-eBay leather shift boot (really nice actually!)

Here are some pics-

Interior (minus boot, wasn't in yet)


Underhood (dirty)


Header and Intake


Gotta love shitty Mazda white paint. Starting to have issues with my FC as well.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:16 AM   #33
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Wow! I thought the RX-7 guys were vultures!

The BEGi kit was sold along with the blown 1.6 to a local friends father. He has it installed, and it about to switch to a MS PnP instead of the AFPR.

I need to get some pics of the engine carnage from him. The old motor snapped the crank at cylinder #2, shattered the connecting rod and blew three holes in the top of the piston.

Epic.
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