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Old 07-16-2010, 01:15 PM
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OK so here is the story, I have built and sold a turbo 12a but in the process I had in my back yard an old 83 rx-7 donor car that now I am ready to start building on.



So being from a small town I went alley hunting for a new donor car for my old donor car for misc parts and such. I found a yard with a 79 SA, 83 GSL and an 85 GSL-SE.



What I didn't see in the bushes was an RX-4 in decent shape no big rust and no big dents just needs paint. when I really looked at it I noticed it had GSL-SE wheels on it. After talking to the owner today he has offered me all four cars for free. He said they all ran when they were parked except for the Rx-4, he has never had the time to see if it runs. It has the big 13B in it.



The owner said he was going to try and swap in the SE front suspension and rear diff but currently only has things just sitting half assed mocked up.



Is this a swap that people have done before? Can you swap in SE suspension without too much hassle?

he has all the original stuff but I would like the 4wheel discs, posi and rim options.



Also I want to get the motor started can I bolt a nikki off a 82 rx-7 onto the old school 13b manifold? I would check but I do not have these in my yard yet(he just gave them to me today)



went back and looked at the car and it is pretty sweet. Definatly needs some work but it is all there and in decent shape. The rear axle and tires are stock I thought I saw SE rims on the back but no just on the front.



I took a short list of things I noticed I will need right away.. I imagine parts are very hard to find for these cars.. If anyone can give me an idea of the availibility of these parts it would set me in the right track.



-Rear bumper -Rear tail light surround thing

-Front bumper and lower valance

-trunck latch

-Driver door handle

-Ash trey

-rear facial that goes around the tail lights and trunk latch

-Key and ingnition and door locks

-Shifter boot and ****

-Left outside tail light (signal?)

-Right front headlight

-Shifter boot

-Drivers Mirror

-Stuff for the windows cuz they do not roll down or sit in the track properly.. I will see if they can be fixed but they may need to be replaced.

-Maybe a new front driverside fender.. rusty behind the front wheel not bad but it has gone through.. do I have to fix or can I get a replacement?



Honestly not a bad list for a car this old



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Old 07-16-2010, 01:17 PM
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the only rust

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The near mint interior

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Old 07-16-2010, 01:19 PM
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The Big 13B

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Old 07-16-2010, 07:34 PM
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good luck
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:59 PM
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that doesn't look like any 13b i've ever seen, looks like a carb'd engine which would either be the 10a or 12a. looks great for a starter though, best of luck man!
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by thatpoorguy View Post
that doesn't look like any 13b i've ever seen, looks like a carb'd engine which would either be the 10a or 12a. looks great for a starter though, best of luck man!




It is carbed not all 13b's were FI and they were offered in a few Rx's in the 70's it was the big motor at the time with 135hp stock



The car is stripped down to almost bare minimums and it looks great. the rust is so minimal even with the leaky clutch cylinder that covered the firwall frame rail and caprpets in brake fluid

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:24 PM
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learn something new every day! lol best of luck man
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:41 PM
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OK got more done on the rx-4 since the last post



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Old 07-29-2010, 01:24 PM
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ick, looks like the battery area took a beating
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:57 AM
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Well here are some pics of the body work taking place as we speak.

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