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RomPirate's new-new-new-new car

Post by RomPirate » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:23 pm

Well, new to me at least.

I've been looking at getting another car for some time now. Took a look at the Fiesta ST, the FR-S and some E46's. I'm a shade tree mechanic that happens to like tools a lot too, and my other cars have been so darn reliable I haven't had a good wrenching in some time. It only makes sense that I buy one of the least reliable- I mean highest maintenance cars in modern times.

She doesn't run at the moment. Aside from the bumper damage the rest of the car is complete. But dirty. Very dirty.

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Post by tankinbeans » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:20 pm

Noice. Another Mazda in the fold. I've always been intrigued by the RX-8 but don't know that I would do it justice.
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Post by bk7794 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:11 pm

RomPirate wrote:Well, new to me at least.

I've been looking at getting another car for some time now. Took a look at the Fiesta ST, the FR-S and some E46's. I'm a shade tree mechanic that happens to like tools a lot too, and my other cars have been so darn reliable I haven't had a good wrenching in some time. It only makes sense that I buy one of the least reliable- I mean highest maintenance cars in modern times.

She doesn't run at the moment. Aside from the bumper damage the rest of the car is complete. But dirty. Very dirty.
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Ah yes, I did the same thing. I haven't touched a thing since I bought it though.

Looks like a fun project. Do you have a garage?
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Post by potownrob » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:47 am

bk7794 wrote:
RomPirate wrote:Well, new to me at least.

I've been looking at getting another car for some time now. Took a look at the Fiesta ST, the FR-S and some E46's. I'm a shade tree mechanic that happens to like tools a lot too, and my other cars have been so darn reliable I haven't had a good wrenching in some time. It only makes sense that I buy one of the least reliable- I mean highest maintenance cars in modern times.

She doesn't run at the moment. Aside from the bumper damage the rest of the car is complete. But dirty. Very dirty.
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Ah yes, I did the same thing. I haven't touched a thing since I bought it though.

Looks like a fun project. Do you have a garage?
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Post by RomPirate » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:29 am

I have a 1 car garage (miata lives in it) for three cars + wife's. The Rx8 is on jackstands off to the side.

So I purchased a rotary compression tester (rotarycompressiontester.com) compression is poor! Cold: 66 PSI @ 226 RPM == ~73 PSI @ 250. Compression can only be lower when engine is up to operating temperature. Haven't even tried to start it due to a leaky fuel pump. Dropping in a new pump this weekend and will try to start it. My expectations are low :cry:
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:21 am

RomPirate wrote:I have a 1 car garage (miata lives in it) for three cars + wife's. The Rx8 is on jackstands off to the side.

So I purchased a rotary compression tester (rotarycompressiontester.com) compression is poor! Cold: 66 PSI @ 226 RPM == ~73 PSI @ 250. Compression can only be lower when engine is up to operating temperature. Haven't even tried to start it due to a leaky fuel pump. Dropping in a new pump this weekend and will try to start it. My expectations are low :cry:
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Post by RomPirate » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:45 am

It's been a while.

Long story short, i've replaced the engine with a Mazda re-manufactured unit. Word on the street is that these units are actually 95% brand new. It shows.
Image The only thing that looks used is the engine hangar. New flywheel, water pump etc... nice.

Pulling the old engine was pretty easy. Here is a shot I have of the old lump.
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The engine is quite small. Displacement is 1.3L. HP is about 220-238-250 depending on what mazda felt was appropriate at the time. Redline is 9000 RPM :shock: Fuel economy is "around 20mpg". Thing runs on gasoline and oil. Really. Fun fact: Gearing between the rotor ("piston") and eccentric shaft ("crankshaft") is such that the shaft rotates 3x for every rotor rotation. @9k RPM, the rotor is only rotating 3k RPM. Every revolution of the rotor has 3 power strokes.

Up-up and away! After years of automotive tinkering, one collects lots of tools. The heaviest of tools is an engine hoist which has helped replace transmissions, remove engines and replace engines (here).
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So much space for a V8... I considered a V8 swap but my fabrication skills wouldn't be sufficient. If they made a bolt in kit, i'd do it.
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Here is the old engine resting. Story goes that the engine had been replaced at least once, probably with a junkyard engine as crappy dealerships do for warranty.
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Inside scoop of said garage. Packed to the gills. Miata for reference. Humble toolbox with lots of tools.
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Here are both of the engines lined up, ready for transplant. Protip: Put phone in a ziplock bag to keep it clean. Makes for fuzzy images.
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Few hours later...
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Closeup shot. Clean as you go....
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lets go!
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Post by RomPirate » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:50 am

Unfortunately no images of the install. Install is the reverse of removal. Except 100x more difficult cause everything has to line up.
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Also, the waterpump gasket is phallic in nature.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:09 am

But what if you move it away from nature and into the concrete jungle?
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Post by theholycow » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:06 am

RomPirate wrote:Also, the waterpump gasket is phallic in nature.
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Post by potownrob » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:28 am

RomPirate wrote: So much space for a V8... I considered a V8 swap but my fabrication skills wouldn't be sufficient. If they made a bolt in kit, i'd do it.
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Drats!! Eye was hoping for a 2.5 litre swap!! :o :? :cry:
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Post by bk7794 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:39 pm

a 2.0 liter skyactiv swap :wink:
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Post by potownrob » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:45 am

bk7794 wrote:a 2.0 liter skyactiv TURBO swap :wink:
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