Hello there fellow drifters! My name is Max, i am a 25 years old from Brazil. I have been silently following driftworks for a little more than a year now and i decided to start my build and my thread. I know the proposal of my build raises many questions, ask away anything you want, but for a nice start: the cheapest brazilian econobox costs 20.000 USD, we never had the silvias, RX7, miata and such sports RWD cars. (the 1991 miata costs 25-30,000 USD for rarity of the few imports). All avaliable RWD cars are too old to drift and daily drive (no aircon, poor steering, poor interior), the costs of selling the 626, buying an old impreza (most "jdm" driftable car around here) making it RWD and making mods is the same as converting my 626 to RWD, so i am sticking with the car i already know and that is already in top condition. Some facts about brazil: Except for only one state (that i do not live in) , modifying a car is a crime. Everything must be stealthy, so no fancy atmospheric blowoff valves, noisy turbos or so. Running a track car is EXPENSIVE. You must have a specific license to haul a trailer with your car , with the money needed to get this license i can carry over more mods to the actual car. About the car: In December 2010 i bought a 1998/1999 Mazda 626 GLX. Its the FWD, FS-DE 125hp/17kgfm automatic version, clocking 70.000km (around 43500~ miles) on the odometer. Full leather interior. A comfortable Sedan, and powerful car (to LOCAL standards). Its "british racing green" kind of color was in great shape, no bends and no rust at all (rust isnt an issue here, we dont have a winter with salt on roads, even i living in the coldest of places). In december 2011 i rebuilt its engine to fit FS-ZE high comp pistons (imported with the help of corksport) and start my run on mods. I drive a LOT, lots of highway cruising, car sits today with 125.000km clocked. Sometimes i have to do 1000km on a single day, or even more (that's why it helped being an auto for its comfortable on the daily commute and traffic jams). The plan is to buy a new daily driver next year, so its time for the 626 to turn into a nice q-car! The Goal: Convert the car to RWD (its an AWD unibody, the JDM version has AWD as option), reach close to 200 horsepower, hoon the streets at night in my local mountain pass and hit trackdays without being a trailer queen. I will be keeping it road legal, so no big power numbers, full interior trim will stay (though i plan to change the seats in the future), air con is staying too, the summer is scorching. The Plan: I managed to get my hands on some parts of the only miata wreck that is known of in brazil (the little car is being sold in spares FAST because of the rarity of the miata in brazil), getting the essential parts of it and i will be fabricating the rest. The BP and FS engine are much alike on transmission fittings, a flange will do the job. So i I will be using a lot of local brands, since importing here costs 80% of the item price PLUS shipping. Thats for taxes. So, current engine is: - 2.0 Liter, FS-DE 4 cylinder. - Higher comp pistons (10.4:1 FS-ZE 0.5mm overbore). Cant use higher comp because of 87 octane costing 0.8 GBP (1.3 USD) per LITER (0.22 gallon) - Nitrided Crankshaft (the crankshaft is strong on these engines, at least, for our local market, nitriding came as a bonus when talking about mods with the engine shop, so why not?) - The rest of the engine is brand new stock items. Some items have been sourced form a KL, so they are a little "oversized" making me able to have better oil pressures, fuel pressures and so on. What i Have so far: - Miata front subframe for engine mounting and mixing with my current subframe (without double-wishbones, i will stick with my single wishbone setup because miata bushings and such are too expensive, and the 626 ones are made for the car, easy to pay for and easy to get new if needed). The stock suspension layout handles very well , i will probably upgrade the bushings to urethane. - Miata brake master cylinder, clutch cylinders and shaft. - Miata non-power-assisted steering rack (getting me some free horses from removing hydraulic steering) - Miata gearbox (NA 1991) with only 23.000km on it (14200~ miles) - Subaru Legacy 1992 diff (miata diff isnt serviceable in brazil because of rarity, also, the legacy rear subframe has 90% compatibility with the mounnting points on the 626, and i can get plenty of spares for it). - Subaru Legacy 1992 rear subframe with semi-shafts (i am mixing it with my own rear subframe arms and such, again, 626 bushings are easier to find and its brakes and brakepads are bigger. Easily serviceable also. I concluded on using this subframe because i managed to raise both cars on my shop by occasion and seen how much alike they were). - Subaru Impreza 1995 Fuel Tank (to go with the stock looks if inspected and it fits nicely too). - AEM Wideband for fine tuning - Greddy E-Manage Ultimate Piggyback ECU What is Still Needed: - [need help sourcing this] FS-DE Distributorless coil pack MANUAL TRANSMISSION ECU (i dont want constant codes being thrown from my ECU, mazda officially sold the cars in brazil from 1992 to 1998, so my car is a single import and uses a distributorless coil pack, all the 626 around besides mine are the 1994-1997 model with a distributor ignition system, any clue if i can use their ECUs and my distributorless coil pack would still work? help me on this guys! I know that hey had the same model and ECU in sweden, if anyone out there could source one for me i have even links to buy them in sweden, just the guys that are selling it dont accept paypal/western union) - Custom cams (FS-DE uses 230/230, the FS-ZE makes 170hp with the higher comp pistons and 241/241 cams, there are very capable machine companies here that can make me cams cheaper than importing them. I will need a little help with it, but, if 10 more degrees and a remap bump the horsepower by this much, with 20-25 more degrees i should expect around 190-200ish alongside with the other mods?). Since i have to fly under the radar, i need to extract as much NA power as possible. - Custom aluminium intake manifold and ceramic coated exhaust manifold (can get those easily too, good fabricators around). ITB's? Just need to choose the correct size for them. - Bosch 10bar fuel pump. Most probably unassembly will start end of december or beginning of january, from there on it will move fast, since i will be without a daily driver. Here are pictures of the car: (ALSO: car can't sit lower, really. Speed"bumps" here are the size of a dead horse and from time to time even the front bumper bottom part scraps on things). Its my 1st build, i already have most of the parts needed to do it, this community is awesome, so i expect some positive criticism. As soon as i start the disassembly (might wait for the new year, since visiting relatives takes time and distance) more pics will come!