B6ZE Turbo RX7 FC built on my driveway!

Thread in 'Project Cars and Builds Threads' started by Stylecase-Adam, Oct 24, 2014.

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    Stylecase-Adam

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    Long overdue update, I keep forgetting this thread even exists. Life goes on, before you know it it's been 6 months since the last time I wrote something in here! So here we go, I'm trying to scroll back through my photos on Facebook trying to remember what exactly happened since the last photo I posted.

    Let's start where I'v left off, was just about getting the FC ready for Matsuri after swapping the engine for a fresh £80 replacement after blowing up the 1st (bad) engine at STL. My man Josh over at Graphix-D printed and cut the livery for me, few moments later we had this.

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    Unfortunately this is how the car spent most of its day, during the first run out after around 2 laps I realised the water temp went mental! Had no idea what was going on, I thought the cooling system was just lacking water somehow. Little did I know the car threw its auxilary belt off, luckily Will Ashcroft had a spare replacement laying around in his boot which I put on and thought everything will be good as the one I had on must have just been loose.

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    After all I went out again hoping to finally get some track time in, first lap and this time Will's belt was off again. At this moment I was starting to loose patience and didn't know what was wrong. Had to wait till lunch time till I could walk the track on foot with a few mates and literally try and find the two belts that I have lost on the Touge section of Anglesey circuit.

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    As you can imagine I haven't managed to fix the problem during the day which made feel really shit as its one of the most expensive drift days I let myself do during the year. And the fact that a stupid alternator belt kept me off track all day is a straight up PAR. Anyway, here's a team pic from Saturday, you can't even imagine how long it took to set all the neons the same color.

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    Anyway, made it back home. Some absolute hero who I can't remember the name of (Sorry!) has took his belt off his MX5 that he brought on a trailer, but as it turned out it was a 1.8 belt which was quite a bit different! Rib type compared to my V type belt, so to make it fit my car I had to carefully cut off two ribs off the belt with a razor haha. It worked! For around 40 miles.... Before the belt shortly turned into a piece of string and I'v lost all charge. Ended up abandoning the car at some random petrol station in Wales, driving back all the way to Manchester and back to take a belt off my mate's 1.6 MX5! Put it back on mine and made our way back home... Being careful not to throw the belt off, as it came off on the rev limiter mostly.

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    Even though I literally must have had around 10-15 mins of track time all day I managed to make a tiny video of the general vibe at Matsuri!



    Also here's a cool ass lil video Ali of Street Track Life made!



    At this point it's starting to feel like I'm boring everyone with massive paragraphs and not much action ! So long story short it turned out that I had the wrong alternator on my engine, I compared to an old one I had laying around and it turned out the bracket was around 5-10mm further forward which caused the belt to fly off... Stupid fault but hey, that's what I get for not dailying the car after all. Next up was 3S, feeling pretty confident after fixing the alternator, as much as I remember it was a pretty good day ! Just few weeks later I booked on to a next 3S day, all went smooth apart from a lil incident with Tomek! haha, as well as overestimating a corner and ending up running the rumble strip hard which resulted in the FAMspeed being in about 3 pieces.

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    Aaaaaaaaaaaaand here's a video for this event!



    That will do for tonight! Don't want to overload this post with too much so I will continue this again tomorow. Thanks for reading!

     
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