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Herblenny
09-02-2012, 11:51 PM
I've posted this on other forums so pardon me if you already saw this somewhere else.. However, I'll shorten things and post just pics of what's been happening since Nov. last year.




To start.. the car.. I found a guy selling a 93 VR touring FD in New Orleans. Luckily it was just a shell but didn't have a title. Seller said, it had a clean title but does not have it because the guy he bought it from never sent it. Luckily through my rotary car connections, I was able to contact the previous seller, and then the seller before that to get a clean viable title.


Here are some pics of the car when I was picking it up from New Orleans.


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD3.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD6.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD5.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD4.jpg


Next morning in New Orleans
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/373883_10150365163818927_532683926_8515803_1619149 828_n1.jpg


From there car went to my friend and fabricator Walker Morgan @ Morgan Performance Fabrication (http://www.MPFab.com)


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/392987_10150365585203927_532683926_8518072_2343051 81_n1.jpg


At MPFab, we installed the engine in so walker can develop a new manifold for the car.


The 20B/ 3 Rotor Engine...


Here is when it was just built.


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627479_631811.jpg


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627480_4086416.jpg


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627477_6448344.jpg


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627476_8283611.jpg


Its from the last year Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor, "D" series motor, broken down and rebuilt with ported intake, less restrictive 13B-REW exhaust sleeves, Balanced rotating assemblies, Lapped housings, and all new seals and gaskets... And built by one of the best builder I know.. Luis Canizales.


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B3.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B4.jpg


Engine in!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin3.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin8.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin7.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin6.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin5.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin4.jpg

Herblenny
09-02-2012, 11:52 PM
I was initially going to use my previous 3 rotor manifold I had but my friend Walker Morgan convinced me to do something different...

Old manifold

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bstuff5.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bstuff4.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bstuff3.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bstuff2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bstuff1.jpg

And went with 321 SS (which wasn't cheap) and went with something different... here are some pics of Walker's art work (Morgan Performance Fabrication (http://www.MPFab.com))

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold3.jpg

A brushed 321... equal length, bottom mount turbo (first I've seen on a 3 rotor).

One of the issues later we found was that the motor mounting kit I purchased wasn't made that well and the engine did not sit flat. It took us a half day with 3 guys trying to make things sit flat before moving farther along..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2063.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2060.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2059.jpg

Herblenny
09-02-2012, 11:53 PM
Because I was using a stainless goodies, I had to get the flange cut perfectly flat before all the tubings got welded by Walker @ MPFab.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20bflange1-1.jpg

If flange is not flat and tubings are not welded correctly, the heat this engine will produce will warp the flange and will have a leak.

Here are some pics of the DP, turbo flange, heat shields, etc that MPFab.com made. The welding skill is one of the best in the country!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1215.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1214.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1213.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1212.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1217.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1216.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2103.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2102.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2101.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2100.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2099.jpg

Herblenny
09-02-2012, 11:53 PM
Downpipe is so straight, you could see the other side!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1208.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1207.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1209.jpg

Now the set up on the engine.. with the turbo..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1204.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1203.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1202.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1201.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1205.jpg

And the rare Titanium catback from Japan..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1206.jpg

Herblenny
09-02-2012, 11:54 PM
More pics of the turbo/manifold set up..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-3.jpg

Herblenny
09-02-2012, 11:54 PM
We decided to go with Bell Intercooler cores for our cooling needs. Bell Intercooler guys have been awesome to work with and shipped the parts ASAP to us.
Walker have used their product in many of his high horse power cars he had build in the past and that was good enough for me to buy Bell products.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-Intercooler1.jpg

Mocking up the V-mount set up on the 20B project..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab4.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab3.jpg

dragoncelica
09-03-2012, 01:08 AM
Nice Job!

WhiteAccord
09-03-2012, 01:14 AM
Nice Build....

NoWAyItZTOMmY
09-03-2012, 02:21 AM
nice!!

RandomGuy
09-03-2012, 03:18 AM
Quality work. This will be an achievement once you're done!

Simply sick

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 08:36 AM
Thanks for the kind words!

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 08:38 AM
While MPfab was working on the other cars in the shop, I've decided to clean up the engine bay for cleaner look by removing the seam glue.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Seam-glue-RX7-2.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Seam-glue-RX7-1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Seam-glue-RX7-5.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Seam-glue-RX7-4.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Seam-glue-RX7-3.jpg

progress on the V mount

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/530153_317882188279726_100001738432277_871884_1469 315900_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/398967_317881971613081_100001738432277_871883_1811 46649_n.jpg

air channel plate made..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/306584_317880764946535_100001738432277_871877_1519 446969_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/526643_317881161613162_100001738432277_871878_1138 231689_n.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/537156_317881354946476_100001738432277_871879_1825 601849_n.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/529175_317881791613099_100001738432277_871882_3424 7742_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/541325_318218414912770_100001738432277_872863_1081 874348_n.jpg

How it looks without the cardboard and radiator hose fab'd :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-5.jpg

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 08:47 AM
More pics...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo4-3.jpg

Now test fitting the bumper and such..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo25.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo24.jpg

Test fitting the RE-Amemiya carbon fender mirrors

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo23.jpg

My friend at ShineAuto made this fender specific for me with carbon bottom half.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo29.jpg

Kyle
09-03-2012, 08:59 AM
holy shit.

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 09:03 AM
Thanks to Tial USA, I got a matching wastegate (water cooled) and BOV.

Here are updated engine pics.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FDTIALMPFab.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TIAL1.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ENGINE1.jpg

Test fitting the Widefoot sway bar mounts that I got like 5 years ago.. and Tripoint sway bar.... making sure its not interfering with anything we custom made.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo30.jpg

Side panels made by Walker Morgan from MPFab.com

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo33.jpg

More trimming and such to the bumper... This bumper is different from the one posted earlier as my previous paint and body messed it up.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo34.jpg

I now have a new paint and body guy.. Jonathan Goolsby from Goolsby Customs - Custom cars and collision (http://www.GoolsbyCustoms.com)
Goolsby won last year's SEMA GM Design award.

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 04:37 PM
At this point, pretty much all of it has been done at Walker Morgan's place (Morgan Performance Fabrication = Morgan Performance Fabrication (http://www.MPfab.com)).

Here are couple of images before the car was once again put back to a shell to be moved to paint and body.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab01.jpg

How it will look from viewing from front.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab02.jpg

couple of days of cutting the bumpers.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab03.jpg

new black wastegate from TIAL

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab06.jpg

Pulled fabricated goodies..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab04.jpg

Now pulling the motor out and other stuff..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab05.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab10.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab09.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab12.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab11.jpg

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 04:38 PM
Picked up the car from MPFab.com and transfer to Goolsby Customs (Goolsby Customs - Custom cars and collision (http://www.GoolsbyCustoms.com)).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3735.jpg

How it sat the first day..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3736.jpg

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 04:53 PM
During this build, I had a chance to go visit Chris Ludwig from Ludwig Motorsport to check on the harness for the engine.

We decided to use the AEM coils with the Haltech PS2K.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Ludwig-Motorsports.jpg

Mil-spec connector..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/302434_10150999275918927_2026693891_n.jpg

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 04:57 PM
next few days, I brought all my exterior parts from my home to Goolsby's..

Here are some pics of the CF goodies..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo4-4.jpg

A rare FEED GT II R wing that I drove to VA to pick up.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo1.jpg


After few days at the Goolsby Customs.. car starting to look like what it will look like :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo2-5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo46.jpg

slow_hatch
09-03-2012, 05:03 PM
I love build threads and this looks like it'll be a good one. :goodjob:

Sinfix_15
09-03-2012, 05:16 PM
i wasnt prepared for the level of awesome i was going to experience when i clicked this thread. Hats off to you sir...........

TIGERJC
09-03-2012, 05:22 PM
Nice build. Do you still have the other 2 RX7, if so can you post some updated pics of them

green91
09-03-2012, 05:48 PM
WOW. Im extremely impressed, the fab work is absolutely top notch and an awesome set up. Mucho kudos to you!

MeFryRice
09-03-2012, 06:11 PM
This is an awesome build. :goodjob:

NAIZBST
09-03-2012, 08:14 PM
awesome build and fab work!!!

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 08:34 PM
I love build threads and this looks like it'll be a good one. :goodjob:

I hope it will meet your expectations..


i wasnt prepared for the level of awesome i was going to experience when i clicked this thread. Hats off to you sir...........

Thank you!


Nice build. Do you still have the other 2 RX7, if so can you post some updated pics of them

I do :)
Here are couple of latest pics..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATA_5771.jpg
simpler look since I'm going to street this car more.. and the wheels are just to test out (which will go on this project).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SSM-RX7-FD3S-1.jpg
SSM is still the same.. except with this CF license plate that I made.


WOW. Im extremely impressed, the fab work is absolutely top notch and an awesome set up. Mucho kudos to you!
Thank you! Walker Morgan from MPFab.com did an amazing job! The guy is an artist!!


This is an awesome build. :goodjob:
THank you!


awesome build and fab work!!!
Thank yoU!

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 08:35 PM
While the car was at Goolsby Customs, I've decided to start making the engine pretty :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo39.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo42.jpg

Short block done :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo45-1.jpg

Herblenny
09-03-2012, 10:17 PM
Again, while I was waiting.. I started to work on the engine..

Thanks to my oldest sponsor Exedy Clutch, they sent me their lighten twin disc clutch!
Exedy USA has been the best company I have ever worked with and I really appreciate their constant support!! Thanks Exedy!! EXEDY Globalparts Corporation (http://www.ExedyUSA.com)

If you don't know about Exedy Clutch, they are OE manufacture for almost all Japanese cars. They also produce many great racing clutches. Quality and their quality control is far superior than any other companies out there.

Anyhow.. pics..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo50.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo51.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo52.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo54.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo55.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo56.jpg

Herblenny
09-04-2012, 08:49 AM
More parts were put on my Goolsby Customs and being test fitted and gaps are adjusted..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo58.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo1-2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo59.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo57.jpg

Been collecting these body parts for some time... :)

Scotsman
09-04-2012, 08:52 AM
WOW is about all i can say , simply amazing work!

Herblenny
09-04-2012, 09:38 PM
WOW is about all i can say , simply amazing work!

Thank you!

Herblenny
09-04-2012, 09:39 PM
Again, while I was waiting on the shell..

decided to shave off the casting seams and paint the Upper intake manifold of the engine.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo61.jpg

I was going to powder coat it red.. but thought i give the similar gray black look

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo62.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo64.jpg

and inserted a carbon fiber to tie the whole car together :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo63.jpg

Catnip
09-04-2012, 09:48 PM
The whole build(s) look awesome. Digging the intake manifold, as well.

dragoncelica
09-05-2012, 02:07 AM
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

stealth1
09-05-2012, 07:38 AM
Good stuff!!! I can see a possible magazine cover shoot in the making :camera:.hell this could be the center fold for playboy and I would not miss a beat!

Herblenny
09-05-2012, 07:54 AM
The whole build(s) look awesome. Digging the intake manifold, as well.

Thank you!


Good stuff!!! I can see a possible magazine cover shoot in the making :camera:…….hell this could be the center fold for playboy and I would not miss a beat!

LOL! I appreciate the kind words :)

Herblenny
09-05-2012, 07:55 AM
While I was doing all that, Goolsby Custom was busy doing these things..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo5-2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo6-1.jpg

Cut the rear flare.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo70.jpg

Installed both my FEED wing and the tail light lip cf spoiler.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo65-2.jpg

silverZ33
09-05-2012, 09:33 AM
Simply unbelievable time and care put into every detail...cannot wait to see the finished product

Boosted FC
09-05-2012, 11:46 AM
The amount of attention to detail that is going into this car is unbelievable. Phil has never taken shortcuts on any of his cars, and this build just reinforces that. Cannot wait to see this one finished good sir.

Herblenny
09-05-2012, 12:20 PM
Simply unbelievable time and care put into every detail...cannot wait to see the finished product

Thank you!


The amount of attention to detail that is going into this car is unbelievable. Phil has never taken shortcuts on any of his cars, and this build just reinforces that. Cannot wait to see this one finished good sir.

Ahh.. I really appreciate that!! I hope this build doesn't disappoint you.. You coming to DGRR next year?? Hope this car will make it.

Herblenny
09-05-2012, 12:21 PM
While the car was at the paint and body.. I continued what I can at home..

Test fit the intake manifold to the short block..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/386842_10150960016280378_1452910723_n.jpg

Than I disassembled my throttle body and painted to match..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo73.jpg

I also painted my GREX/Alcon calipers.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo79.jpg

but one of them needs to be refinished...
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AlconCalipers.jpg

Sand blasted by suspension pieces and bead blasted..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo74.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo76.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo77.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo75.jpg

And pushed the old bushing out and I accidentally broke one of the arm as I was going on little sleep and rushing the work..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo80.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/422229_10151045499573927_196029302_n.jpg

And installed my new Powerflex bushings! I got the Powerflex bushings because they are well made and heard great things from people who used them.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo78.jpg

Boosted FC
09-05-2012, 01:07 PM
If the FC is put back together by then, you will see me. If not, I'll still come in another car.

Herblenny
09-05-2012, 09:18 PM
Here is something rare for the car..

Defi Super Sport Cluster.. very few in usa and I should be one of the first to put this in an FD here in USA.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC7.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC6.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC4.jpg

I been wanting to get this for about 8 yeears and Defi never sold this here and never sold this off the shelf in Japan. It was specific Dealer only unit in Japan where it had to be installed in a car by the authorized installer in Japan. All the ones that are here in USA were used units and this is a brand new unit.

Sinfix_15
09-05-2012, 09:21 PM
The amount of attention to detail that is going into this car is unbelievable. Phil has never taken shortcuts on any of his cars, and this build just reinforces that. Cannot wait to see this one finished good sir.

I wouldnt have minded seeing 1 shortcut, but this is a fantastic build. I've been drooling over it since it was posted.

http://www.fpartssalvage.com/vettels1.jpg

Herblenny
09-05-2012, 11:38 PM
More goodies..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA9.jpg

Stance Pro Comp 3 coilovers.

MeFryRice
09-05-2012, 11:49 PM
I'm jealous. It's so nice to finally see a quality build like this.

Boosted FC
09-06-2012, 08:43 AM
I wouldnt have minded seeing 1 shortcut, but this is a fantastic build. I've been drooling over it since it was posted.

http://www.fpartssalvage.com/vettels1.jpg

Only you....lol

Herblenny
09-06-2012, 09:49 AM
Wheels and tires that are going on this car..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/WORKTOYO.jpg

WORK CR Ultimate, 18x9.5 front and 18x10.5 rear.

TOYO R888 tires, 255/30 front and 295/30 rear

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/R888.jpg

Mounted and load balanced. I already test fit this set up and tested for speed on my other RX7.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3899.jpg

slow_hatch
09-06-2012, 07:18 PM
What do you do for a living?? I am impressed thus far.

Herblenny
09-06-2012, 09:33 PM
During this build, I had a chance to go visit Chris Ludwig from Ludwig Motorsport to check on the harness for the engine.

We decided to use the AEM coils with the Haltech PS2K.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Ludwig-Motorsports.jpg

Mil-spec connector..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/302434_10150999275918927_2026693891_n.jpg

Herblenny
09-07-2012, 07:37 PM
Sand blasted again and re finished the brake caliper.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo88.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo89.jpg

Herblenny
09-07-2012, 07:38 PM
Here is something new for the 20B that I'm debuting..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo90.jpg

ITs the new Xcessive Engineering lower intake manifold for the 20B. This is made for those interested in doing 3 rotor swap on RX7s, by lowering the height of the manifold and also each runner has an individual injector port. By using this, I'll be running 6x ID2000s on this manifold and 3x ID1000s on primaries on the irons. This much fuel, I'll be good for E85, 1000+WHP.... but shooting for 700-800 ish WHP.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BXcessive1.jpg

I also studded the LIM and cut various FD hardwares to get this studded look with chrome hardwares. Also, better view of the LIM with UIM.

Herblenny
09-10-2012, 11:16 AM
Updated pic of the engine as I started putting things on to make sure things are fitting..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BEngine.jpg

Herblenny
09-10-2012, 11:20 AM
My off time past week, I was fabricating a blank cluster surround so I can retro fit my Defi cluster.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo94.jpg

about 50% done and going to make a mold once its smoothed out, primered, painted, and then make it in CF.

Also, AC panel

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo96.jpg

and shifter panel

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo97.jpg

Lot of sanding fiberglass but hopefully all will be worth it at the end..

Herblenny
09-10-2012, 11:21 AM
Couple of detail views of the turbo manifold.. that I didn't post.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker15.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker13.jpg


And some of the random goodies that are going in in this car..

Aluminum rack..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AtomicRack.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AtomicRack3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AtomicRack2.jpg

Carbon Shaft.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/CarbonDriveShaft.jpg

FEED trunk thingy in carbon :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEEDluggage.jpg

dragoncelica
09-10-2012, 01:23 PM
Sure you must be loaded in $$$$ to get all these expensive parts and fabrication done, this Build is way way over the Do it yourselves built in this or any forum i have been, dont know if thats why i am not that impressed with it, dont get me wrong, this will be an awesome piece of machinery right here, but IMO if you got loads of $$$$ anyone can do the same with any other car, and not that it is a bad thing no, is that i do appreciate more when is self custom done and not with over the counter fancy parts.

Good luck with your car it sure worth the pages of any magazine,

Herblenny
09-10-2012, 10:21 PM
Sure you must be loaded in $$$$ to get all these expensive parts and fabrication done, this Build is way way over the Do it yourselves built in this or any forum i have been, dont know if thats why i am not that impressed with it, dont get me wrong, this will be an awesome piece of machinery right here, but IMO if you got loads of $$$$ anyone can do the same with any other car, and not that it is a bad thing no, is that i do appreciate more when is self custom done and not with over the counter fancy parts.

Good luck with your car it sure worth the pages of any magazine,

LOL! Not sure if you are insulting me or appraising me.. In my excuse, I have spend years trying to collect these parts and if you had the money to source them now, I think you will see that some parts you see here, you would still have to take time sourcing out. Also, I am doing as much stuff myself as I can and been into these cars for over a decade and sourcing parts and planning for 7+. I'm sure anyone who had build cars in the past will know, not everything can be done all yourself... And I'm also networking to make sure its done right. I do agree that sometimes its more appreciative to build everything yourself and not money thrown in. But I assure you, I do know my stuff and this isn't something where money is thrown in and I been sitting aside watching someone build it.

dragoncelica
09-10-2012, 10:31 PM
No, not insulting by any means, just my humble opinion my friend, anyways it is a superb built, and i guess yes, some parts you got there, no matter if you are loaded sourced em to get em is almost impossible,

Keep going with it and show a lot of pictures.

WhiteAccord
09-10-2012, 10:56 PM
The Defi Cluster is nice... Ive been scouraging one for a long time. You are lucky to have found one for NEW!

ECMgarrett
09-11-2012, 12:05 AM
holy crap dude, this is insane! I love it!

Herblenny
09-11-2012, 08:04 AM
The Defi Cluster is nice... Ive been scouraging one for a long time. You are lucky to have found one for NEW!

I will say I am very lucky. As this unit was never sold to an individual in a box in Japan. All the unit sold in Japan had to be installed in a car and hence never sold out of the box. I've tried to source this unit for years. Again, stuff like this is when I say its not all about the money and also fun part of building cars. I think some think its about making things by yourself but there is no way you can.. if so, I guess we all need to be a renaissance man and have unlimited time and money to make parts..

dragoncelica
09-11-2012, 11:31 AM
It is all depends the way you look at it my friend and also the kind of buildup you are doing have to do with it to, but yes, the fun part sometimes is the search for those key components that set apart a buildup, and make it different,

In my Dodge Dart project i am fabricating all by myself in my carport, making all the modifications to the chassis and building the engine with a combo of my own recipe, yes buying some good stuff here and there, finding some hard to find not available parts also,

I think is all about the kind of built we choose to deal with, just my honest opinion!

Herblenny
09-13-2012, 09:12 PM
Sept 13th, 2012

I finally took some time to work on the rear diffs of the FD RX-7s.

Here are some pics of the diffs.

Stock vs Kaaz
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Kazzvsstock.jpg

After cleaning the case, sanding it down, and re painting it with epoxy paint,.. I put the new covers on.

Stock vs. Greddy higher fluid capacity cover.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/GreddyvsStock2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Greddyvs.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/GreddyvsStock.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/GreddyvsStock4.jpg

DeeAOne
09-13-2012, 11:27 PM
Amazing build. Simply all I can say.

Herblenny
09-14-2012, 05:49 AM
double post

Herblenny
09-14-2012, 05:52 AM
Amazing build. Simply all I can say.

Thanks DeeAOne!

Herblenny
09-16-2012, 11:12 PM
Sept 16th, 2012 - Little bit more update...

Took some time getting the transmission painted and such.. Some color scheme.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo7-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Starter.jpg

and becoming a master of taping :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Bellhousing.jpg

Also, plugged the oil metering hole :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OILMeteringplug.jpg

and another angle of the painted diff..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Diff.jpg

Theycall_Metue
09-16-2012, 11:42 PM
you sir, is a bad ass

Herblenny
09-18-2012, 09:00 PM
you sir, is a bad ass

Thank you!!

Herblenny
09-19-2012, 09:22 PM
Sept 19th, 2012 Updates from past 3 days..

I had the rotor hats made for the Disc Brakes Australia rotors and got them refinished in similar black.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX710_zps21958a2f.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX708_zps4de17c95.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX709_zps2dcf10ce.jpg

Cleaned up and repainted the RZ calipers.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX702_zpseec7ad20.jpg

I also replaced the diff bushings with Powerflex bushings.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX711_zps083d862c.jpg

Boosted FC
09-20-2012, 08:45 AM
Good grief Phil.

Herblenny
09-21-2012, 11:37 AM
Good grief Phil.

LOL!

Herblenny
09-25-2012, 11:49 PM
Sept. 25th, 2012 Update...

Couple of updates... I got my Takata Harness today.. Actually it was shipped to my paint and body guy vs. to my home... and I could could of gotten it 2 week earlier..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Takata.jpg

Takata came up with new design... and color. Hope it will take some time for people to fake this..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TAKATA_2.jpg

And testing on my bride seats..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TAKATA_3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TAKATA_4.jpg


And refinished my pedals and added discontinued widefoot, heal toe pedal.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7Pedal.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Widefootgas.jpg

JDMDA_1.7
09-30-2012, 09:44 PM
amazing job on the car man!!!

Herblenny
09-30-2012, 11:39 PM
amazing job on the car man!!!

Thank you!!

More update...


Sept. 30th, 2012

I'm debating about the interior and test fit the Takata Harness on the Spirit R Recaros.

Let me know what you prefer?

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Recaro_Takata_1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Recaro_Takata_4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Recaro_Takata_3.jpg


Also, got my VS-XX refinished/powder coated and put new Toyo T1-Sport tires. I've heard great things about these and can't wait to test them out.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VS-XX-TOYOT1Sport.jpg
**They are not going on this 3 rotor project car**

Boosted FC
10-01-2012, 08:40 AM
I think they look better with the Recaros.

MeFryRice
10-01-2012, 09:13 AM
I hate you. I really want a set of those Recaros. if you decide to sell, please let me know.

BLK JDM
10-01-2012, 09:15 AM
Sick build!!!

Herblenny
10-04-2012, 09:05 AM
Oct 4th, 2012

Past couple of days, I decided to strip off my spare RZ hub assemblies and fix up the rotor back plates and such.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo16.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo17-1.jpg

Fronts fixed and degreased... Test fitted the new DBA rotors.. Shaved some metals so DBA rotors can freely spin.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo15.jpg

Rears fixed and degreased

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo18-1.jpg

My good friend Bryan from BNR Supercars is going to let me use his cabinet to blast the rust and such off so I can get the prettied up today.


Also, I received some goodies from Turbonetics.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo13.jpg

Their GT-K 1050!!!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo14.jpg

Herblenny
10-11-2012, 01:33 PM
Oct 11th, 2012

Some update...

Hubs cleaned, blasted, and ready to paint..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo19-1.jpg

And painted.. and ready to be put on the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S.jpg

Cleaned, sanded, and painted axles..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_2.jpg
close up.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_1.jpg

I also got my ID1000's. Bought them from Full Function Engineering. Awesome service and makes some cool stuff for rotaries! Thanks guys!!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_FULL_Function.jpg


Also, got the eye bolts for the Takata Harnesses.. Can't wait to install them and go for a ride ;)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_Takata.jpg


And finally,

The engine... Oil pan on, Oil pan brace on, and mounted on my spare FD subframe.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_SEMA.jpg

MeFryRice
10-11-2012, 04:53 PM
Do you have an ETA as to when you'll have this on the road?

Herblenny
10-24-2012, 06:02 AM
I'm currently putting the car together for SEMA and I can't upload all the stuff that's going on..

I'll make this short and share 2-3 pics.. including the render done by amazing artist and designer, Greg Thompson. He did an amazing job rendering the car with few pics I sent him and list of goodies I was going to put on. Just amazing work!! Since its so close to SEMA, I'll share the render to give you guys an idea what it will look like (exterior).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/PHILSOHN_fd3sDBA-1.jpg

Hint of couple of parts..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7_SEMA_2012_1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Goolsby_RX7_2.jpg


I'll update the full car on my way to SEMA..

CSquared
10-24-2012, 07:58 AM
lol I need to work where you work. I can barely afford to get my shit painted at maaco.

Herblenny
10-24-2012, 08:03 AM
lol I need to work where you work. I can barely afford to get my shit painted at maaco.

This is plans of years of making... and saving. Not something that's done because of I wanted to few months ago. I say almost 10 years of making. If you think of it like that, most can do this with patience and a goal.

CSquared
10-24-2012, 08:48 AM
This is plans of years of making... and saving. Not something that's done because of I wanted to few months ago. I say almost 10 years of making. If you think of it like that, most can do this with patience and a goal.

Dude you're preaching to the choir I've had my car since 2004 lol. Granted I imagine you're farther along in your career than I am.

Herblenny
10-28-2012, 09:33 AM
Here are some updated pics as I get ready for SEMA Las Vegas.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED_Fender_RX7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/150574_10151126962533927_1385569030_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/26648_10151126022208927_1006286080_n.jpg

More pics coming once the car is set up at SEMA.... I just unloaded yesterday..

D3UC3S
10-28-2012, 07:43 PM
Gorgeous! I love the headlights.

Herblenny
11-08-2012, 10:19 AM
Update - November 8th, 2012

I'm going to try to share my experience over the past 2-3 weeks of putting the car together to, journey across the USA to SEMA Las Vegas, to Journey back.

I'll try to go through the journey over next 2-3 days.. And I promise you guys, there will be ton of pics :)

To start, I was waiting for my paint and body guys Jonathan Goolsby and his crew to paint the body so I could start working on the car.

Paint we've chosen was BASF Mercedes AMG Imola Grey Metallic with hint of darker tint.

Here is a picture of the car before and after the shell was painted.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/7194B4EE-DA66-4E18-8C7B-27E61B0A03AB-14764-00000617CE73D25C.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/106CA142-99B0-4188-B7A1-55C7740011CA-14764-00000612E413E603.jpg

Car at this point had nothing on it except stock suspensions and some old school VOLK wheels to roll the shell around.

More coming when I get some more photos uploaded..

Herblenny
11-09-2012, 03:46 PM
Update - Nov. 9th, 2012

Update continues..

When i first saw the car after paint, I decided to clean up the wheel wells and put a nice new coat of undercarriage paint.

But til then, I also decided to drop the rear subframe and do it right :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDa07.jpg

I then taped up the wheel arch and went to town with the paint.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDa12.jpg

Front after paint..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDa06.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb2.jpg

Rear painted and with new subframe and new diff on.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb3.jpg

Sinfix_15
11-09-2012, 07:46 PM
keep the progress pics coming please. This thread is orgasmic.

jojeezek
11-15-2012, 10:43 PM
updates?

Herblenny
11-18-2012, 10:07 AM
Update... Nov. 18th, 2012

Putting in the Engine and trans..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD04.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD03.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD02.jpg

I've decided to drop the subframe and install the engine by sliding it under and lifting it up and bolting the subframe..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD06.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD05.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD07.jpg

After that, we started it bolting up all the suspensions and brakes..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb6.jpg

front

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD09.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD11.jpg

front and rear
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD10.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD12.jpg

front and rear completed.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD17.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD16.jpg

Herblenny
11-19-2012, 09:05 AM
Update - Nov. 19th, 2012

While Goolsby Customs were working on the panels, I went to pick up the trailer for SEMA in Nashville, TN from a buddy of mine (Thanks Vinnie!).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDc2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDc3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDc4.jpg

Love the graphics! :)


Panels were added..
Rear flares, hatch, wing..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe05.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe06.jpg

Front fenders with with RE Carbon mirrors.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe07.jpg

Closer look of the rear flares..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe03.jpg

FEED wing and flares.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe04.jpg

Feed fender brace

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe01.jpg

Old school wheels on :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe08.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe09.jpg

And time to transport it to my fabricator's shop (Morgan Performance Fabrication (http://www.MPFab.com)).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe10.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe11.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe14.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe18.jpg

Herblenny
12-06-2012, 06:48 PM
Update Dec. 6th, 2012

Well, I been busy with other stuff and totally forgot to continue with my sega... not that anyone cares.. Anyhow, here are some more pics and more of previous build progress.

Arriving at MPFab.com

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe24.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe23.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe21.jpg

New OEM parts..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe26.jpg

Mr. Walker Morgan started to install the goodies..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S1.jpg

Turbonetics Inc. GT-K 1050 Turbo
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab4.jpg

Bracing that I had, refinished and installed.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S5.jpg

Figuring out where to mount the reservoirs.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab5.jpg

Front bumper on.. and the Rmagic with the covers.. We decided to leave them off..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab7.jpg

Munky
12-06-2012, 10:08 PM
I'm speechless. I'm in love with your FD

jojeezek
12-07-2012, 09:12 AM
keep the updates coming....:)

NAIZBST
12-07-2012, 06:36 PM
so beautiful!!!

Herblenny
01-03-2013, 10:08 PM
Its been awhile... I'm going to update some tonight..

Finishing the body parts..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas01.jpg

front done!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas02.jpg

Very first shot of the car coming out of MPFab, just before loading on the trailer.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas06.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas07.jpg

Walker taking a shot of his work.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas09.jpg

Car loading in the trailer..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Trailer_FD_3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Trailer_FD_1.jpg

On the Brap Brap Brap trailer :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Trailer_FD_2.jpg

green91
01-03-2013, 10:12 PM
PERFECT Color for a FD, I love what you've done with the car. Fantastic build!

nx2000det
01-03-2013, 11:00 PM
where did you get these???



http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab5.jpgwhere did you get these??

Herblenny
01-04-2013, 09:36 AM
PERFECT Color for a FD, I love what you've done with the car. Fantastic build!

Thank you!


where did you get these???


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab5.jpgwhere did you get these??

Stance USA and modified mounts.

Bacon
01-06-2013, 09:18 PM
I really heart this car. :) lots of great work here. Love the color.

Sent from my Galaxy S3 using Tapatalk.

EclipseE16g
01-08-2013, 01:32 PM
excellent build!

Herblenny
01-09-2013, 09:13 AM
Some photos from my journey to SEMA 2012..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a7.jpg

Saw several of these..

This car from NYC was heading to SEMA...
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a2.jpg

Later found out that the 350Z was in the caravan with one of my rotary friend from NYC... Manny who owns this FD.
http://www.more-japan.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/20121101-200053.jpg
http://www.more-japan.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/20121101-200103.jpg

I've known Manny for many years and one of the few rotorheads who's been in FD's for over 10 years. I think he had his FD since 1994??

Anyhow, 3 day trip to Vegas, we saw several of these..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a9.jpg

many many semi's and many of the wind power stations.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a4.jpg

And finally made it to Vegas..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip05.jpg

and to the convention center.. in que to get the car in..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip07.jpg

Herblenny
01-18-2013, 03:48 PM
At SEMA update...

Sorry for the lack of update.. I'm going to share my experience at SEMA.

Well, as you guys have read, I have put the car together in 6 out of 8 days after chasis was painted. Due to lack of time, car is a roller... which made it very difficult at SEMA.

First, we couldn't unload the car until we were placed at a certain location to unload. We waited over 2 hours between central and south hall, waiting someone for us to goto a specific location to unload.

Finally after 2 hours, we were moved to front of central to unload the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip09.jpg

From here, they couldn't figure out where I was suppose to park. We now waited another 2 hours til someone figured out where I needed to park.. which was front of North Hall.. a good 1/4 mile away from where we drop the car off, through the central hall, to North hall.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip10.jpg
Waiting to be moved.. again..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/at_SEMA_3.jpg

While waiting, Enjuku Racing posted this photo on their facebook page... First photo to be leaked with all the panels on..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/135820_420070788048325_416037867_o.jpg

And finally made it to my spot... and before decals got on.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/177351_10151051992435378_179821010_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/169105_10151051992860378_918755316_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/54282_10151051992505378_1085568783_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/77468_10151051992715378_1584097125_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/56284_10151051993120378_1499366262_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/665800_10151051992980378_375698673_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/664661_10151051992480378_2090954154_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/616138_10151051992380378_1783302844_o.jpg

Herblenny
01-29-2013, 10:58 PM
We didn't have time to really finish the interior pieces.. So, when I got back from SEMA, I pulled them out and sent them to Goolsby Customs to get it refinished.. They were ready today and picked them up!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/BE272957-CD25-4FAA-B07C-0B3A2683CABA-7155-000004533492711E.jpg
Defi Cluster gauge surround that I made.. Man! Love the finish!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AF155F99-437A-43CA-BD1C-4E6B3980E2EB-7155-000004530F289495.jpg
Prosport center speaker pod..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DB793509-CC01-475C-9298-050F44D2EEF7-7155-000004536E3779B3.jpg
Center console that I made.. again.. Goolsby customs did a great job with the paint.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/03D81F07-FC57-4270-8872-E6BAA056E47F-7155-0000045328A942CC.jpg
Some of the other interior parts..

On_Her_Face
01-29-2013, 11:20 PM
I love it! I haven't been to SEMA in 6 years so I am jealous of that too.

MeFryRice
01-29-2013, 11:44 PM
If I send my center console to you, would you modify like you did yours?

Herblenny
01-30-2013, 05:07 PM
If I send my center console to you, would you modify like you did yours?

Normally I would take on a job like that but I am quite lacking the time and I have couple of other modification projects I need to do. Also, I can't do them cheaply either..

Sinfix_15
02-14-2013, 11:36 AM
That front end turned out to be a little more busy than i would have liked...... but this is still a car i would sell my soul to the devil to own. Amazing job.....

Herblenny
02-28-2013, 08:47 AM
I realized I haven't updated this in awhile..

Well, I been changing the look of my MB FD and here is how it looks now.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo6_zps97ad7201.jpg

I been also trying to finish up the 20B FD and testing out the Defi DSSC.

Making the CF surround.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-7_zps2f182f88.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-8_zps01955363.jpg

Also install the push start button.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-10_zps13390117.jpg

Power up cluster to make sure all the is good.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-11_zpsde557b97.jpg

And simplifying the interior harness to keep only things I need.. like power window, brakes, turn signal,...
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-11_zpsde557b97.jpg

On_Her_Face
02-28-2013, 03:31 PM
This car makes me want to hug somebody.

D3UC3S
03-01-2013, 07:00 AM
Even his cardboard is JDM.....One of my favorite subscribed threads.

Herblenny
03-28-2013, 08:34 AM
Even his cardboard is JDM.....One of my favorite subscribed threads.
LMAO!!

Update.. not this car but my other RX7

I been working on my MB FD so I could bring it to my event, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally'... which is becoming the biggest rotary car event in the country.

Anyhow, here are some recent pictures of the MB FD.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_6530_zpsd1e9433a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday1-1_zpsf0c3b9ee.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday4_zps982562dd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday3_zpsd446d9db.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_6519_zpsee3fa4ed.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday4_zps982562dd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday5_zpsa0307c3c.jpg

And the rare Mazdaspeed seats in red..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday2-1_zpsfdd86d92.jpg

Sinfix_15
03-28-2013, 09:57 AM
This thread is just too much...... how i am suppose to enjoy other threads after seeing what ive seen here......

The bar has been set too high. We were not ready for this.

Herblenny
05-20-2013, 08:32 PM
This thread is just too much...... how i am suppose to enjoy other threads after seeing what ive seen here......

The bar has been set too high. We were not ready for this.

Sorry :(

Changed out the hood to Mazdaspeed hood.. I think it looks better and makes the car less busy..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/914177_514632698599045_1211405311_o_zps60676980.jp g (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/914177_514632698599045_1211405311_o_zps60676980.jp g.html)

Another pic..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MG_5185_zpsb8b9ce36.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/MG_5185_zpsb8b9ce36.jpg.html)

Few more updated photos of the MB..

After Deals Gap Rotary Rally... I went to check out Import Alliance... Few photographers took pics of my MB FD..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/921539_510662245649862_1040167411_o_zpse8c982ba.jp g

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/921400_510662232316530_582569850_o_zpscbfdec2b.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/475945_510662758983144_812960525_o_zpsf4ae1ba7.jpg

Today, I swapped out the Volks with R888s to more streetable wheel/tires. Tires are Toyo T1-Sport wrapped around BBS MonoForged wheels. I am a fan or older Toyo T1S and T1R and was told the new T1-Sports are quiet, grippy, and responsive. Which after driving around today for over an hour through back country roads, highway pulls, sitting on traffic :), I like the T1-Sport.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7076_zpsd3b78f02.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7174_zps94b6276f.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7148_zpsfd08e0de.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7152_zps2cad9e8b.jpg

Herblenny
05-28-2013, 10:09 PM
Recently purchased the rare RE-Amemiya Carbon Fiber sideview mirrors..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/F55DBEDE-B090-4080-9B76-6C2949CEB8D9-3201-000001FE677C0C6E_zps8229d908.jpg

Took the old APR mirrors off, made a small carbon base to cover up the old stock mirror mount area, and installed the new mirrors.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/7CA11175-D39A-4C6D-A067-8484F3997A33-3201-000001FE77176946_zpsddf50ac0.jpg

Afterwards, I realized the old bolts from APR were kind of old and had the used look. So, used some left over fender washer and bolts (from CR3 Motorsports) which worked out perfect!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/343C9984-8092-479B-8733-F739E3DCAF13-3201-000001FE9C72C3CF_zps0609edad.jpg

I've also took my old vinyl out and trying out the Plasti Dip stuff on my lower half of my fenders to see if it helps protect the paint..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D51DC9EA-EF58-4EC5-AC39-263B6ACAEEF1-3201-000001DD26AE00A7_zps5823173a.jpg

I've also blacked out the emblem using the plasti dip..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-18_zps38acd679.jpg

And how the car stands as of today with the mirror and such..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-17_zps0fabf0a8.jpg

D3UC3S
05-28-2013, 10:34 PM
Please please please let me ride shotgun one day!

Thread makes me realize that there is hope for this world.

Herblenny
07-18-2013, 05:53 PM
Please please please let me ride shotgun one day!

Thread makes me realize that there is hope for this world.

Sure!

more updates..

Its been awhile since I last updated this thread.. So, here are few things I've been up to..

Trying to turn my MB FD RX7 into a fun track car. I had these Sakebomb Garage AP Racing BBK's for awhile and I finally had a chance to install them over past couple of weeks (been busy with non-car related stuff).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/31662A99-3C38-4AD0-94EE-BCFF13BA9414-31766-000011289B662489_zpsf2164c0d.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/31662A99-3C38-4AD0-94EE-BCFF13BA9414-31766-000011289B662489_zpsf2164c0d.jpg.html)

Racing Brake rear brakes

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/70C2FAAD-059C-4107-AD97-17A2F763D424-35254-00001363AFCC4321_zpsb7019b62.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/70C2FAAD-059C-4107-AD97-17A2F763D424-35254-00001363AFCC4321_zpsb7019b62.jpg.html)

with my Plasti Dip Old School SSR wheels from the 90s :)

front
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/EA7CC445-A00F-41F5-947F-85EFBAB9DF04-35254-00001363C5D2AE79_zpsefafd923.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/EA7CC445-A00F-41F5-947F-85EFBAB9DF04-35254-00001363C5D2AE79_zpsefafd923.jpg.html)

rear
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/024E6629-0389-4CF0-A481-F8DF17F1D062-35254-000013638DE3F5D8_zps246de22d.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/024E6629-0389-4CF0-A481-F8DF17F1D062-35254-000013638DE3F5D8_zps246de22d.jpg.html)

whole car
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/E547D2F2-8FB0-4A8A-BF2B-6E052A6179FD-35254-000013637A69F7BF_zps06ebf8ae.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/E547D2F2-8FB0-4A8A-BF2B-6E052A6179FD-35254-000013637A69F7BF_zps06ebf8ae.jpg.html)

I also got this really awesome surge tank set up to solve my fuel issue on the 20B RX7 that went to SEMA..

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(7).jpg

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(2).jpg

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(4).jpg

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(3).jpg

One I bought holds 2 x Walbro E85 pumps. Quality is top notch and reasonably priced for what it is. Its made of billet aluminum.

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(19).jpg

More info on this unit: Radium Engineering - Blog - New Product Release: Multi-Pump Fuel Surge Tank (http://radiumauto.com/media/blog-page.php?New-Product-Release-Multi-Pump-Fuel-Surge-Tank-78)

They also make some cool oil catch can. I'm about to order one of those also.

D3UC3S
07-18-2013, 10:53 PM
Coolest car around man. I'm serious about catching a ride. My birthdays this weekend.....you free? Lol :ninja:

MeFryRice
07-18-2013, 10:54 PM
The Radium Engineering surge tanks are awesome. We've installed a few at work.

Herblenny
08-19-2013, 10:45 PM
Ok.. Finally after some researching the Plasti Dip and trying some cans, I've decided to get the Pro Car kit from www.DipYourCar.com and finally paint the whole car..

But, Day before dipping the car, took all the aero off and did a track day :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/919328_10200208312842768_510790854_o_zpsffcdc780.j pg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/919328_10200208312842768_510790854_o_zpsffcdc780.j pg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/966041_561726413889135_1779434029_o_zps954cd305.jp g (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/966041_561726413889135_1779434029_o_zps954cd305.jp g.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1119925_561727530555690_949011022_o_zps5fcf0892.jp g (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/1119925_561727530555690_949011022_o_zps5fcf0892.jp g.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1149171_561727127222397_1122095854_o_zps93f8c68d.j pg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/1149171_561727127222397_1122095854_o_zps93f8c68d.j pg.html)

Next day, I borrowed my friend who owns BNR Turbos' shop and prep'd for laying some 'dip'.
Here is a video : http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/th_FD8600B3-7EA9-44BF-A86E-9B48301E131F-18218-00000C53EBCB9BC1_zps416f25b1.jpg (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD8600B3-7EA9-44BF-A86E-9B48301E131F-18218-00000C53EBCB9BC1_zps416f25b1.mp4)

Now some end results.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/382C23F5-F9E2-48BE-820C-28C7A5107261-15414-00000A62D659F412_zps9857d1a4.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/382C23F5-F9E2-48BE-820C-28C7A5107261-15414-00000A62D659F412_zps9857d1a4.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/EC6DB791-0BD4-4516-983D-D7EF009F2327-15414-00000A6295B5A2C5_zps1e1f6d21.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/EC6DB791-0BD4-4516-983D-D7EF009F2327-15414-00000A6295B5A2C5_zps1e1f6d21.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/6FB98094-6332-46B8-8302-9D5510913A33-15414-00000A62C691C9EB_zpscf9b4bbd.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/6FB98094-6332-46B8-8302-9D5510913A33-15414-00000A62C691C9EB_zpscf9b4bbd.jpg.html)

I also clear dipped all my carbon bits.. and installed my carbon aeros..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3213325E-91D6-477E-B009-1943AF4B8D47-18218-00000C5414EE15D6_zpsf5229500.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/3213325E-91D6-477E-B009-1943AF4B8D47-18218-00000C5414EE15D6_zpsf5229500.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/B4BF9CC6-53B3-4C98-B175-38F85327AEA1-18218-00000C5407FB56E8_zps61ff66d4.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/B4BF9CC6-53B3-4C98-B175-38F85327AEA1-18218-00000C5407FB56E8_zps61ff66d4.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AC4C7F59-83E2-46EC-ABE1-4483C6F43677-18218-00000C5446FF782D_zps87281b0b.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/AC4C7F59-83E2-46EC-ABE1-4483C6F43677-18218-00000C5446FF782D_zps87281b0b.jpg.html)

Interior with clear dip on carbon bits.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/2E50805B-44B7-44C7-ADDC-797DA4E387D1-21318-00000E5238F7DA77_zps1bca9f8c.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/2E50805B-44B7-44C7-ADDC-797DA4E387D1-21318-00000E5238F7DA77_zps1bca9f8c.jpg.html)

By the way.. 4 hours after dip, I had to drive 1 hour in rain back to my house..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/th_09E9DAE8-DD43-404B-9EAD-520FCC4A4856-21318-00000E527DB3C27E_zps3f89b68f.jpg (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/09E9DAE8-DD43-404B-9EAD-520FCC4A4856-21318-00000E527DB3C27E_zps3f89b68f.mp4)

Not bad for a first time dip.. Black is temporary but will keep it for few weeks and change to a different color... will post some more pics when I change.

Boosted FC
08-20-2013, 10:50 AM
Looks awesome Phil.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 2

Herblenny
08-25-2013, 10:04 PM
Looks awesome Phil.



Thank you!



Now I had the matte black finish for a week and put some miles on the car.


Here is what I like about the finish.


-No more polishing and waxing the car :)
-Wiping the car with just water to clean
-protects my original paint
-easy to re-do
-costs $200 to re do.


Here are some more pics over the past 10 days..


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C81EF5D0-8BB7-4DC6-BF74-F154CA868D39-3117-0000023EF4A9D9F6_zpsf51b3dc9.jpg


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/E1FC6A91-C869-442B-9A0E-1526E86CEFDE-3117-0000023EE609E833_zps3e94fa78.jpg


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/18A969AC-DADA-4A6D-99E8-403BF6E4E3F3-3117-0000021D6FA2CC2E_zpsa3d3e6df.jpg

WhiteAccord
08-26-2013, 12:22 AM
Plasti Dip is a good way to preserve paint. Looks like a clean finish to me...

Sinfix_15
08-27-2013, 08:31 PM
it doesnt look nearly as good black as it did green..... but either way, this car is absolutely amazing.

MeFryRice
08-27-2013, 10:52 PM
Sorry Phil but I'm not feeling the plastidip. I could understand if this car was in need of a respray but it's not.

Herblenny
09-12-2013, 10:04 AM
Sorry Phil but I'm not feeling the plastidip. I could understand if this car was in need of a respray but it's not.

I understand. My reason is because I been looking at the same color for the past 10+ years and also I'm starting to track the car more. This was a win win product as I can protect the paint and get a fresh look for the car. In all honesty, it made me fall in love with this car even more as it seems like a new car.

Anyhow.

Update.

I want to let some of you know that my 3 rotor RX7 will be featured in 'Modified Magazine' October issue.... Which should be coming out any time. Please go pick up your copy when it comes out!


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/599107_414158175343176_1960913631_n1_zps562e7f93.j pg

Herblenny
09-12-2013, 11:05 PM
Well, Just found out the issue is out on Modified Magazine!!
And who's on the cover??

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SohnCover_zpsd36d79bc.jpeg

Hope some of you will pick up this copy...

Thank you all for reading this build thread and I will continue to update..

Here is a photo I've taken that I haven't shared until now from the shoot..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AAD6C049-B0C5-4431-AA82-BD3F9B55FC6E-2319-0000017D6CCB2E95_zpsa4523aa0.jpg

D3UC3S
09-12-2013, 11:53 PM
Thats awesome!!! Congrats! Well deserved on an amazing 7.

Herblenny
11-12-2013, 08:41 AM
Here are some recent photos (my other 7).. Been doing some track days and having fun with the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10140192143_f30d2834d2_o_zpsa2533c12.jpg

And it got kind of wet.. Testing out the Toyo R888s..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10139948984_31b68a4325_o_zps9f9b7315.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10140129506_3b1c56e393_o_zps8f5e5352.jpg

Update..

Well, having the plasti dip in black for couple of months, I decided to lay another color to see how the stuff lays after first 3 coats of black and waiting 2 months.

Did it a week before Import Alliance (IA) in Nashville, TN and one of the organizer of IA gave me a good spot to display the car. Here are some photos from the event.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/976135_382080745256663_22229665_o_zps6b1725a0.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1396841_382080761923328_103311190_o_zps94c39095.jp g

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5F153B46-5BC4-4E06-8141-346934FE7D9C-1960-0000030EADDECBC9_zpsf70149db.jpg

and from recent cars and coffee.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C2A21188-1C23-481E-BB92-D562153C50A9-1960-0000030C9B26413E_zps577da104.jpg

Herblenny
01-02-2014, 09:50 AM
Update... Long over due..

To Start, my cover feature came out on Modified Mag.. Nov 2013 issue. Which is now online: 1993 Mazda RX-7 - Built In Bama - Modified Magazine (http://www.modified.com/features/1311-1993-mazda-rx-7-fd3s/)

Some photos from the shoot.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/CD759D48-1AB6-4DF1-AA69-BE6B805B8B33-1373-00000214C4A4B235_zps4104c0f4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D71169D3-A539-47C8-903F-E18A049D9E56-1373-00000214B6FC834B_zps26ec4808.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/36451107-3C75-45B9-BB8F-63BAA5400FA2-1373-00000214DC2C9FAE_zpsc04ddb31.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5999F59F-A917-4B38-A658-4230684BE2D4-1373-0000021491E96133_zps7cf9d2c9.jpg

Also just before the Holidays, My plastidipped MB/satin blk FD was featured in Stance Nation. Photos from Stance Nation:
Sinister Rotary // Phil’s Mazda RX7. | StanceNation (http://www.stancenation.com/2013/12/27/sinister-rotary-phils-mazda-rx7/)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/mazda-rx7-fd-stance-12_zps70abd63b.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/mazda-rx7-fd-stance-1_zpsfa78aaf4.jpg

^^is Plasti Dipped (www.DipYourCar.com)

Below is a comparision satin painted the FD from 5-6 years ago (My 1st Black FD where this thread was started).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7818.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7813.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7800.jpg


My opinion about Plasti Dip:

I been getting a lot of questions from people.. So I will state some pros and cons compared with my experience with satin paint, 3M vinyl, and plasti dip.

Satin Paint is by far most expensive and super hard to keep it nice. it chips easy and once chipped, that's it. You can't buff, wax, etc.

Vinyl, the theory is nice. but quite expensive if you hire someone to do. I did couple of test run on my MB FD and also my daily TL when 3M first introduced their 'car' vinyl. it was fairly easy to do and held up well. Until, I decided to pull it off. TL, vinyl came off easy and without any issues. However, my repainted/aftermarket painted FD3S? vinyl took my paint off. Apparently this is a VERY common issues with non-OE paint. Of course 3M did not disclosed this nor would they do anything about it since I installed it myself.

Plasti Dip (purchased from www.DipYourCar.com) is by far best, easiest, and cheapest solution. I heard about this 2-3 years ago. Been watching videos and about a year ago, decided to give it a try (for DGRR). I mainly wanted to use this stuff to protect my MB paint (costly paint job) while I drove around town and DGRR. Bought 4 cans from Lowes, experimented on my lower part of FEED flares (where rock chips were common). One side of the car was vinyl and otherside was plasti dipped. Most people for 6 months had no idea one side was dipped and other side was vinyl.
I also used my daily as test subject and plasti dipped the front grill and few other areas to see how well it will hold up since it was parked outside and saw more environmental elements. 6 months, I had no issues on either cars. Cleaned up easily and peeled off without an issue.

I than talked to guys at DipYourCar.com and decided to get their full car kit (under $400 with the sprayer). The satin black FD you see here is 3-4 layers of their black. I did the entire work in 1 day and drove in the rain about an hour after spraying. I also did 2 track days with this and performed great!! I had very little chips, clean up was easy (just water and microfiber towel, in 15 mins), and than I layed 3-4 more dip after running it for 2-3 months (still using the left over from the kit).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1396841_382080761923328_103311190_o_zps94c39095.jp g

With the new color, I have about 6-8 coats of this stuff. I've put over 1000 miles, another day at the track, and the plasti dip is still in great condition. All, under $400.
I'm going to do one more layer in different color before peeling this stuff off. I'll post a results of 1 year of dip later this spring.

Herblenny
02-20-2014, 06:36 PM
Its been awhile..

I been quite busy with car stuff lately and kind of forgotten to update this..

Couple of news to start..

My plasti dipped car is featured on current (April 2014 issue) of Import Tuner Mag! So please pick up a copy at a local magazine rack..

Here is a photo from the issue,

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/946B45B0-14C6-407E-88E9-0BA78EB0967B_zpsu49atxru.jpg

At the same time, my online feature of this same car (different wheels) was featured couple of days ago.

SOUTHRNFRESH Phil Sohn’s Mazda Rx7 (http://southrnfresh.com/2014/02/phil-sohns-mazda-rx7/)

Here are few photos from the online feature.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/12602005255_feae5fd0e4_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/12602102733_cb04bcf205_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/12622746923_08539ae0e4_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5505/12602104763_77d50e0444_b.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/12622747793_62592fd53b_b.jpg

I'm now working on something little different and will be getting ready for my event in April..

Oh, I did a track day at Barber Motorsports Park last friday..
Video and photos..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1891459_680061628696930_999877599_o_zps751ae526.jp g

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1026129_807774662585306_358578778_o_zpsec8582d6.jp g

Feb. 14th, 2014 Track Day at Barber Motorsports Park. Passenger Jeanette S. - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2taIgJVe6KY&list=UUxi3nLqJ-Sb7xsYaK4vzMDA&feature=share&index=1)

Boosting EG
02-21-2014, 09:08 AM
DAMN THAT ALL I CAN SAY :goodjob:

Mr.VENGEANCE
02-21-2014, 12:17 PM
beautiful!

Herblenny
04-15-2014, 09:28 AM
Update:

I just got featured again on Stance Nation...

Old School Perfection // Phil Sohn’s Mazda RX3. | StanceNation (http://www.stancenation.com/2014/04/13/old-school-perfection-phil-sohns-mazda-rx3/)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/shakotan-mazda-rx3-stance-6_zps13f377d0.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/shakotan-mazda-rx3-stance_zps7b77714e.jpg

TIGERJC
04-15-2014, 10:51 AM
Nice work, all of your RX7s have been nice.

Herblenny
05-26-2014, 07:46 PM
Video from recent event I attended.. A new plastidip from www.DipYourCar.com (Neochrome)

The Legend: Phil Sohn’s RX7 (video) | Third World Society (http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/the-legend-phil-sohns-rx7-video/)

or

https://vimeo.com/95773941

Herblenny
10-28-2014, 10:26 AM
Its been awhile since I last updated my progress..

Since most of you prefer photos, I'll just put some photos of some of my RX-7's since last update..

During my Car event, I brought this Mazdaspeed R-Spec in Gold.

http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_1415.jpg

Full feature with pics: The Golden Years: Phil Sohn’s RX7 | Third World Society (http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/the-golden-years-phil-sohns-rx7/)

http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_1425.jpg

http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_1466.jpg

Herblenny
10-28-2014, 01:28 PM
I was picked as a booth car for Takata USA as their booth car for Formula Drift @ ATL, GA. So, decided to do something bit more wild for the event.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1559405_718358944873550_596955471849937627_o_zps82 b5ac76.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/627F295E-8689-442F-B1A3-AB7A77B5F14E_zpsibbbgomv.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/9F20729D-5AF7-4D83-818A-5E4FC9785522_zpsg07aaxe4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5C1007C2-1C0D-4652-B6A0-7C6610DFDC2A_zpsxomrhhzk.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/47660A7F-F5A6-407D-9F18-C233C5571D04_zpshpi0g7il.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10371508_845247282155761_1972903912382222522_n_zps cc997b8a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10011523_10152186000613752_1696714636964734883_n_z psdc5b24a2.jpg

Video from Takata Booth/Formula Drift ATL : Phil's Rx7 on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/95773941)

DeeAOne
10-28-2014, 05:14 PM
Love all the different stages of the car. Keep it up man.

Herblenny
10-31-2014, 04:36 PM
Love all the different stages of the car. Keep it up man.

Thank you!

Herblenny
10-31-2014, 04:36 PM
Well, after over a year with plasti dip on my car, I've decided to peel it and do some detailing of the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/79423FB9-8C85-44F4-B34D-C4E8F715951C_zpsuhkkmvvk.jpg

Friend of mine started a detailing product company in Florida called, 'Stay Fresh Car Car' (Stay Fresh Car Care (http://www.stayfreshcarcare.com/)) and I used their products to detail my RX7.

Before detailing - little bit of haze to the clear.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/48641B58-C38F-4FDB-8794-4C8FF4279499_zpsbpw6xmii.jpg

After Detailing
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/19106071-3EC6-4F6D-965B-A272E4D4FF2B_zpsgmmgcqwm.jpg

Products worked really well. Easy to apply, easy to remove, and smelled great too!
I would highly recommend giving their product a chance!

Stay Fresh Car Care (http://www.stayfreshcarcare.com/)

Photos of the car after detailing.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C4DB3188-6929-46F5-A5B8-6FD75C97C394_zpsc2dw5hl4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/8A9D0FD6-CD30-4C5B-9A00-9C71225CB483_zpsoomy0svd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/128FE5B2-5A47-4726-AFB4-19734B326FE0_zpsa18y5a0a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/17EE1E40-8878-40BE-B47C-D279E386CD2F_zpsrv3hma4m.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FB4A5CC8-AD88-4F13-B343-017FD8184FB0_zpsxeqcag1d.jpg

Herblenny
10-31-2014, 10:10 PM
More photos after detailing the car...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D8A98BDE-C866-449B-9D3A-AE18FC4C3032_zpshoiurs2m.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D979248C-5E9A-4452-A2F7-CB1FD97FAA60_zpswc3sexhs.jpg

Caffeine and Octane in ATL, GA
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/9CD7DF55-3790-49DC-B252-21AEF92084B6_zpsaacwf8pw.jpg

Local Cars and Coffee
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/51297092-E793-415D-95DC-61528D90B1F3_zpsm2w4e5g5.jpg

Than did a track day at local track (Barbers Motorsports Park).
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/F5A0E655-EAD1-491B-8F85-CD7D9E2E1D8A_zpskq0fhfsz.jpg

Finally.. Bumpers from Japan.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/29C88478-999C-4CB0-8AE5-BA485539968B_zpsgcq3uwz9.jpg

Both far as I know, first in USA.. Knightsports Type-7 bumper and Scoot Bumper. Painted by one of the best painter in the country, Jonathan Goolsby @ Goolsby Customs. They are the one who did all the body and paint work on my 3 rotor RX-7.

stoxer
11-01-2014, 02:36 PM
I know this is irrelevant to this post, but can someone tell me why i cant post at all in the buy/sell sections with my new account? Nice project btw

Herblenny
11-03-2014, 02:57 PM
Update..

I finally got my stuff that I ordered from Japan couple of years ago here in USA.. One of the thing I got were these super rare Rays Engineering/Mazdaspeed MS-01 Magnesium wheels.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C9EA0F9C-2F4C-475D-BE74-4D43E01ADB16_zpsvrdrlxsa.jpg

Put some Toyo T1-Sports tires on them.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/840521B2-5477-446D-9641-0468A4A413DC_zpsmilt7shl.jpg

I also got the newest Knightsports Type-7 bumper painted by one of the best body shop in USA, Goolsby Customs.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0938A4AA-DB4D-4E9E-857E-EF19AC03592A_zpsxgx9xtp4.jpg

paint quality the reflection is amazing.. Definitely worth every penny to get them to paint!
Check their site: Goolsby Customs - Custom cars and collision (http://www.goolsbycustoms.com/)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C072C152-B4B9-44A7-94C9-6EA5B4300D4F_zpsj60fcw02.jpg

Some of the photos installed
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5751D6F2-98D9-4867-A64F-62335F76BBB8_zpsb1dop2yz.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/27053FC2-BF60-4ED0-9445-00ADF2586153_zpse1ehumbe.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/2787C17A-1A9A-4B30-86EE-B21188BE0242_zps66jeguop.jpg

and fun pic to represent my city..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/803D9C8D-7C80-4376-9E81-E32CC3039867_zpswdfzb9ki.jpg

Herblenny
06-13-2015, 12:14 AM
ITs been awhile since I updated.. Alot have happened so I'll start with where I left.

Made it black again..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/3E6483BE-6DB9-4F6A-B427-2CB561C1AE4E_zpsxypvujnz.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/6E68F6B9-3420-46F6-B8D5-2DE494A4D754_zpsfifyptjj.jpg


Week later, I took the car to Nashville TN to show under Grip Royal booth.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/D52A378F-5C8A-4834-822F-99EF62DBD3E0_zpsjdfxm50z.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/1B4AD5EA-5B4A-4676-BB57-2D7E1D6CF22F_zpsn2dizcqe.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/E296902D-61C2-4240-B20A-63D083BDB2D4_zpsbizxc1bn.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/93BCF26D-DE9C-4EA2-873D-ADF825FEE9A0_zpsc0cgfnhp.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/F722B579-7D33-4963-80B1-02956E60CEF6_zpstfyvxreu.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/7FF0FD4F-2E9E-4093-908C-C130F80BF644_zps7mm7cfqo.jpg

After the event, I had a photoshoot with some photographers.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/404A4127-D3B3-4885-96D9-ACE62D68A4C7_zpsjiblcv25.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/2E203CD9-FD5F-43D5-8262-8A96F5000947_zpsbe56c3lw.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/560274A3-B82D-4C49-A831-5C1F9F969C5B_zpsrz46iavc.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/4062A0A3-2890-402F-8323-59E8100B076B_zpsdsxmxx8s.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/5FAF1532-5E61-4194-917C-FF6D0A8D2C25_zps6eeqfohp.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/4ED2623B-D0C3-4BEF-AC1E-FD8341705551_zpss6bmg9sg.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/32DC90D9-32CA-4C1C-AC50-4C4C7B885C30_zps9mkhhpnm.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/6AB8359A-F1E3-41B6-A9BE-F296E2DA1FE4_zpsckbgeeju.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/434F814E-3107-4BC8-BE89-69C362704B9D_zpsdwd4v3vs.jpg


Couple of weeks later, Did a drive around Barber Motorsports Park.. Just a short drive

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/30E296E4-BCDA-4E65-A1EB-9EC9EDB43808_zpspmt9tahr.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/3E16B13E-061F-4B29-BF5E-98F8EC1107BD_zpscfsaclpt.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/173E910F-BB0F-4092-A2B0-6648A3684EC6_zpslmnziyjy.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/4F40EC86-9C5C-4978-AB49-B536F85EEB26_zpsmksfb0uq.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/F4B0A021-6A00-4927-9B6E-E17CE0267C2E_zpsub3rqcxa.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/D25490C2-2EC1-4F75-A23A-89BF5C920468_zpsfolpxym6.jpg

Herblenny
06-13-2015, 11:50 PM
I also had couple of features on the Neochrome RX-7

First was Performance Tuner Magazine
Made the cover
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/10872947_737389253043183_1856037819423853358_o_zps czcq9nel.jpg
Here is an online version
Performance Tuner Magazine Volume 16 (http://volume16.performancetunermagazine.com/)

Photos from the feature... Photos by Mike Kuhn

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/FD6FC573-FDE8-4B22-B5B4-4E67FB8837D2_zps2e3x9waz.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/F0ACDBA5-5CA9-4168-A2DC-E54510FBDA89_zps6alku2ue.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/FA3C4A91-30D3-4977-A873-51D3C9972BDB_zpsk5l45aeq.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/18872A26-85EC-434F-980F-9897B336032D_zpsvazcpbon.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/EA5B6129-82A5-4463-AE90-57EC72B22A19_zpss3ukhnkr.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/5B002E35-50C9-4236-97E1-5DA536B142BE_zpspwumxjj7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/1493C464-D972-4560-8392-771956481DA0_zpshzqpto4i.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/F2638BCF-B372-4F2D-B784-CDFB963F7900_zps949wx0s1.jpg

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http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/D5A79901-39D6-4D63-9065-886BA931E872_zpsdbuuj0i1.jpg

Herblenny
06-15-2015, 11:11 PM
So, my FD also got into S3 Magazine..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/53454234-E3D6-488E-9228-77D1EF5599B1_zpsvocyrk9j.jpg

Photo by Richard Benson
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/9FF1DD5A-8C92-4EBA-9761-03CE335C0D8C_zpssbxnt2st.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AD384598-2382-4037-BF28-C18B046EA820_zpsys5jg4c2.jpg

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Herblenny
06-21-2015, 03:11 AM
So, I did several track days in year 2014. But one of the more interesting track experience was driving my friends R35 GTR at Barber Motorsports Park.

Here are couple of pics of his car and a video
2010 GTR making about 550WHP on Pump Gas..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny004/IMG_4653_zps9dejni9p.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny004/IMG_4654_zpsmllzb32p.jpg

YouTube Video: GTR Barber motorsports park - YouTube (Click Here to Watch) (https://youtu.be/LY_cbazSgvU)

My friend let me drive 2 x 20 min sessions with his car. Since it wasn't my car I was braking early and was getting used to the paddle shifter. Also the lack of 4+ point harness, I was sliding around in the seat. But was it FAST!!! Also, even on Race setting, I could feel the traction control kicking in at certain spots on the track. I guess it made sense as I was pulling some serious G in 4000lb car and I guess it kicked in to save me.

Anyhow, Driving the GTR made me realized I needed more HP and I was in the right direction when I started to build and upgrade my engine bay set up. I been wanting to build my own engine and turbos. Luckily I was good friend with owner at BNR Turbos and he allow me to be trained and build my own Stage 3 Turbos (bnrsupercars.com (http://www.BNRSupercars.com)) and Engine build was assisted by my long time engine builder, Luis Canizales of LCR in Gadsden, Alabama.

More Photos of turbo build and Engine build in next couple of days..

Herblenny
06-21-2015, 10:51 PM
More Update...

Turbo Build...

For 3-4 weeks, I would take one day a week to head over to BNR Supercars to learn how to build turbos. Funny enough, I started off by building upgraded Mazdaspeed 3 turbos. Mainly assembling.

Finally, started on my own Stage 3. Everything for these turbos are new. Everything!

Started off by rotating assembly
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/10679529_10152267003855378_1296867353947046870_o_z psdhklrwdb.jpg

Learned how to balance
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/10704258_10152267004030378_2787944644123438175_o_z ps0jswettq.jpg

After balanced, assembly
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/883050_10152267003390378_6133912222330267368_o_zps tkeoqibb.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/10661867_10152267003645378_3679789362184328492_o_z psmb8trbuv.jpg

Cartridges assembled..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/1052361_10152267003745378_5923098716082957179_o_zp swn9urblf.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/10404007_10152267003890378_5817867496374242544_o_z pstb7dsu6z.jpg

Compressor Housing on
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/1800173_10152332333380378_3126086196808504500_o_zp ssjj8jct2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/10560457_10152332333370378_5255873130537256477_o_z psehwlnkqg.jpg

Yup! Here it is..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/10658648_10152332333360378_6278816037443615857_o_z psoa4bfwvl.jpg

By the way, Exhaust housing are new and needed a lot of machining and such.. All that was done by Bryan at BNR. These turbos took solid couple of days on my part and couple of days of BNR. A lot of time goes into these.

Next update tomorrow is about the Engine...

Herblenny
06-23-2015, 05:25 PM
Since I was putting in a new set of turbos, I decided to put in a new engine verses using one with about 80K miles on.

To Start, I wanted the new engine to be balanced, lapped, and using a newer housings.

Balancing the rotating assembly
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_9891_zpssnla23sq.jpg

Exedy Twin plate will go on and will be balanced
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_9881_zpsiqazzhqu.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_1707_2_zpsalg6sbzx.jpg

Lapping of the housings
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/th_IMG_9880_zpszqvwuzem.mp4

Lapped housings
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_1165_2_zpsltav0uqy.jpg

My JDM housings.http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_9951_zpsq1hwnpi6.jpg

Inside the rotor housings
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_1722_2_zpsf0g9bpyj.jpg

My color combo like the 3 rotor engine.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_0018_zpsesikhmn0.jpg

Spec'ing the rotors
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_1170_zpsim7rvrng.jpg

Me assembling
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/1618107_10152336128920378_6669331670833093631_o_zp skcwtj4t6.jpg

Porting the intakes
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/10712434_10152336131940378_1369341510273067255_o_z psz8lnsfui.jpg

New seals
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Seals in the rotor
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/10338473_10152334405680378_4064426749499846318_o_z pse2yrkoic.jpg

Assembling the engine
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/10478311_10152334405640378_6718488650460726367_o_z psxzcu9wry.jpg

And here it is!
On a spare subframe, using Full Function Engineering Motor mount kit.
I should also thank Luke and Luis Canizales who have been very helpful to building this engine.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_0073_zpsor8cwgxj.jpg

Next install and tuning pics.

Herblenny
06-24-2015, 11:15 PM
So, Update continues..

I pulled the engine out of my FD.. old engined worked fine. Did over 10 trackdays in a year and several out of state trips.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_0165_zpskuabfdk3.jpg

While it was out did could of add ons.. Like this IRP Brake MC brace.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_0103_zps6gqd7nid.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_0194_zpsxzipiymq.jpg

Also added new oil coolers..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/62EF0F06-FFCB-4D42-B7D2-6535AF4041DE_zpsgt8yucgj.jpg

And I decided to drop the subframe to install because I needed to also change out the coilovers.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/A618278A-2C13-4250-BD78-FBFC59D869ED_zpssmtsaeqd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_0202_zpstetqcjvu.jpg

I also added Radium Competition oil catch can and IR Performance Oil filler neck
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/43652B2D-BF52-40B5-8D16-FDA8CA032406_zpszbkacy95.jpg

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http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/IMG_0072_zpsr0v0qmgj.jpg

Full Function Fuel Rails for 13B-RE LIM, Full Function Oil Filter neck, and few other new parts.. Anyhow long block is ready to install
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/7877507A-5901-4403-BC10-797746FB6CB2_zps0vsll4st.jpg

Engine in!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/7AC18B0C-4A5D-438C-B5DF-4C39C7824713_zpsqhorxzhg.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/59CCF8F1-5860-4D68-BFF5-6D73B290A189_zpsljfhli0e.jpg

Also upgraded fuel system using Radium Fuel Surge tank with Bosch 044 pump inside.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/0CB10689-B2A7-4847-8AA2-FD7CCF09B58B_zpssbq7qglm.jpg

Stance Super Sport + coils installed!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/956DE286-7ACF-405A-8791-6AFC172A7A79_zpsk6czlgvr.jpg

Engine is port matched for 13B-RE Cosmo LIM and UIM.. I'm running sequential twin set up for this..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/CC8A1350-7046-4FF9-93F1-ADED27EB17E2_zpsukbdkoku.jpg

Installed some polished goodies :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/034A178E-B67C-4176-A467-05640698AEC0_zps31gbcru0.jpg

Herblenny
06-26-2015, 11:52 PM
More Update..

I started to add some rare parts I had..

C's short shifter.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/C7D390FE-54E2-43FB-BEF1-0E4490C7194A_zpsoq7frec9.jpg

Mounted the Radium Surge Tank

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/DD98BFCE-8FA4-4B37-B7BD-A0A2445D6DD9_zpskmh6dp9e.jpg

Chase Bay overflow tank and eliminated OE tank.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/31DAD6EC-8FFF-4324-8F6E-A35C4EFBAE75_zpsppdsptho.jpg

Finally its all bolted up

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/F77F53FA-B7E6-4E02-A662-1D0CB9BB8FC8_zpslw01jgsx.jpg

Andy from Adaptronics flew in from Australia and with Elliot from Turblown, they came down to Birmingham AL to tune my car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/44140099-3792-40E5-B432-767D00BD0367_zpsoe2infae.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/046286CF-128F-4ED1-98EE-9B127078D2B0_zpskchyubg8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/87D227A5-E2EA-435D-A704-2B9220E28180_zpsf62dtjzy.jpg

Video of the dyno run..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARhV6UW0950

Due to some boost controlling issue, we ended the tuning and decided to do couple of days later.

Couple of days later (day when all of us were heading to PRI) I brought these with me in case..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/BECAB719-76EE-4A76-A840-53E69080E75F_zps3dekphim.jpg

Here is Andy watching the car being loaded.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/0FDC2B67-B183-42CD-813B-34A6263C9585_zps7yme4sws.jpg

And done!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/6FBE064A-3273-488E-B575-AC3AFCD1619D_zpskmowvdhn.jpg

Several days later, while trying to put some miles on the engine and such, I ran into my friend Zach with 20B.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX-7%20Build%20Thread%20Photos/5C46D667-D753-4BD7-8A7B-83B2CE090768_zps62yjxawb.jpg[/URL]

Herblenny
06-28-2015, 12:59 AM
Quick recall from PRI in Indy..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/381B3101-5FC6-4E43-975F-D09066050194_zpsqssatpoh.jpg

Couple of cool stuff I saw at PRI

Davies Craig EWP
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/D42AF892-4E65-494A-B99C-F430857F0244_zpsvtw0prra.jpg

Holley's new fuel pump sock
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/42458DB5-6CF4-461A-8C7F-8B37E042F90E_zpsuwurd5en.jpg

Alpinestars gloves :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/6B51AB4F-9835-4FB4-BF47-B8957DB57B7C_zps7p0lqasm.jpg

And got to have steak at St. Elmos place.. little hyped but good.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/39B80496-2F29-4394-941D-11E478522224_zpsgodf9gkc.jpg


Back to the project updates.

So... got these lights :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/E41C4C9B-A6C4-48AE-90A3-4B9A699C400D_zpshxlfgrbc.jpg

And also changed the color on the car.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/E199D52E-F5B8-4CCA-9F7B-C8F3AB4997A5_zpsnacdfaog.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/9C379790-6852-4731-934A-64C1D266746B_zpslpeqp0xo.jpg

Trying out what wheels will go with the new color..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/BA979B81-ED9D-408A-BCCE-0B1F8F4F17AE_zpsukkar50n.jpg

Decided on the Volk Racing RE30

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/C46717C3-84FA-4F1F-933D-7221393CB3B3_zpsgry1u5dx.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/A558D9F8-2B1D-468B-A722-CF15542EC70F_zpsci2yn5gm.jpg

Hit the local car meet

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/31508446-6EFD-46AE-8775-176818AD80BD_zpsweqegpe6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/01B4B4B4-6F74-4F6E-BF99-6A4C371940F9_zpsdknht1ck.jpg

Track day at Barber Motorsports Park, with Just Track It! They are one of the best groups to track with.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/6A12E124-5106-4DBD-A985-78FFCC4266CB_zpsbk8kasdy.png

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/FC988151-CED8-461C-9C90-7501EFABD02D_zpsoylnasyk.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/733B0DC4-B3E6-4886-9EF3-18D43451E286_zpshjxjllyv.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/674402E6-C3F3-4C15-8642-2A87D02D65D7_zpsob4imez9.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/7293295E-4BA5-43FF-ACC4-4865215E3B34_zpsvqxh3nat.jpg

Herblenny
07-01-2015, 12:13 AM
More Update..

I had a photoshoot with Ryan Lopez, who shot my car other times.. I can't share those photos yet as they are still in bound to a media for publication.. but here are some I took..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/765165C1-B08E-4607-AB77-3861C55CD68B_zpsuagsjosy.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/1550BB8F-4371-458C-A5F4-6207D90A19EA_zpsjledtxuj.jpg

Ryan Lopez's shoes matching the color of the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/19989463-44C7-4BED-A1EE-3D6B7099F9AC_zpsgt4lixzo.jpg

Preview of one of the shot

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/6AC028F0-104D-44F0-91DA-45BDB29F1065_zps4nr6y2do.jpg

Couple of other things...
I put my SSM at my friend's house

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/17F3D3AC-979C-470E-A9A6-A33FAFA91EBE_zpsbwqtodqb.jpg

Also started to work on my engine harness at Chase Bays. No one have made a quick disconnect for sequential twin

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/731C3E5C-E771-4A11-A134-8D605CDA5B4A_zpsbynbwecp.jpg

And since I'm a family man and with a dog, I been secretly searching online for a unicorn... Lexus IS300 Wagon. And finally found one!! 2005 Sportcross, only 1 of 240 ish sold in USA.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/34C51831-AC96-40B7-9874-B9DF9D1EBDCE_zpsoevox6zn.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/29BEE799-B9AD-4107-B878-ED4B5789A598_zpsmhph95dc.jpg

And had to get a custom plate :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/7F3A7BE4-6128-4F07-AC7B-32AE66D7D50A_zpszrwq3xtn.jpg

I had some old SSR's from my FD and put some new Toyo T1-Sports on them. I had great luck with these tires.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/7FAF041F-8FEE-4897-BEF8-D5EFC69563F9_zpspx4hashm.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/ABE6F62E-1ABF-4E36-ABE8-90065FA2B967_zpstqwhutyx.jpg

Talking about wheels.. I also picked up a set of MS-01S in 18s for the FD. Bought them throught GTR-Garage on Yahoo auction japan. Those of you looking for people to bring in large parts from japan, GTR Garage is the place! More info and their contact, GTR Garage (http://www.gtr-garage.com/)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blue%20FD/8D926F74-ADCA-4FB0-AA37-AE6D171340DA_zpsm5irgcph.jpg

Herblenny
07-01-2015, 08:47 PM
Catching up on my updates..

So, I've decided to pull the dip off and rock my Montego Blue paint. But to protect the paint, I've added some dip to areas where its prone to chipping.. Mainly using Toyo Tires, R888's.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/EF346979-84D1-4D15-9366-3545975201CC_zpsiususw0j.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/5D68D387-CF0A-41D7-A41D-FAD39551EE7A_zpsaf5x4pbv.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/424A40B5-3D41-4655-8F7E-98D004F20F6D_zpsu3cizwtq.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/03BFA889-5F55-4263-BB21-A856DD110DF9_zpsrnhhbepj.jpg

Also, I was getting my RZ Recaro Carbon Kevlar seats recovered.

I didn't want something too crazy, so sticking with neutral grey suede.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/03BFA889-5F55-4263-BB21-A856DD110DF9_zpsrnhhbepj.jpg

perforated center cushions
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/95DF10AD-4656-47B0-8DD4-79E006F693FB_zpsfoqabucm.jpg

All the original material removed.. I'm saving it in case for the future..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/DAB85B33-91EC-4F1A-8DD7-7AF89621EE79_zpsiitxujiw.jpg

Meanwhile, still working on the OE harness at Chase Bays.. Completely disassembled and ID'd.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/12C67175-5117-442D-B8D0-B752AA7418BC_zpsqj0r1lg6.jpg

Also, working on a bumper. I've been a huge fan of FEED (Fujita Engineering) and RE-Amemiya. Both bumper has its positives and wanted to build a bumper that utilizes best of the both.
I was one of the first in USA to have the FEED Type 2R bumper and lights and its the signal Driving lights of Type 2R that I loved.
What I liked about the RE-Amemiya was the lower half. The aggressiveness of the lower half of the RE-A bumper is what I loved. Hence My 20B FD has the RE-Amemiya N1-02 bumper. So, I fused the two together.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/F87189A0-0105-40D1-9571-2717CF4D57CB_zpsu8okl1cr.jpg

But what I did not like about either bumper is the center lower section raised. This caused a problem when wanting to use front splitter. So, we are making it flat.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/FD35D2A1-3FDC-4E65-8872-C3344E8EF61D_zpsesrwstjw.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/25C593BB-305B-46BA-981F-8D47C34B96D4_zpsqealidrx.jpg

Everything smooth out

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/58E6EF62-CFDF-4765-9B89-9FB65115614F_zpss1rzsebf.jpg

And Mold being made.. (credit goes to LC Racing for making the mold).
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/D81260D3-4848-4B45-B52A-C559D92CD6B2_zpshtqa3p3n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/B0873049-F4FF-485C-B7BC-B7AC8CE1084A_zpsdodg1945.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/70A14A9D-F2FE-46EE-8061-C31A05616216_zpsjqzol88e.jpg

Bumper is currently on my car and few things to be adjusted and new mold needs to be made.

Herblenny
07-03-2015, 08:54 AM
More Update...

No dip
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/EC8198D5-B3FF-416E-9E61-3C69A7D08593_zpsuyrcyyng.jpg

I run an all rotary car event called, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally' (www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com). Because this is almost 1000 mile journey at the end, I decided to dip portion of my front bumper to protect.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/32308AD3-FF08-49A0-B7E9-64EA6EA18344_zpsnlpejngp.jpg

Event T-shirts
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/CE37544D-D8EB-4C68-9BF3-8AE671AA450A_zps4tvtclsl.jpg

Video from my event
https://vimeo.com/126193813

After the event, I had a photoshoot with my friend Kenny Glover aka Super Model :)
These are photos I took of him taking photos.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/48B90A12-9ACF-4977-A48F-9198FB32AF9E_zps34nkk0ha.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/691E3992-CC9D-44C6-A857-976980C36D5A_zpsyqtfwfbf.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/AF350408-5566-4EC0-88BB-853AF7BB42C5_zps0qgccrag.jpg

Here are his photos
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/7B872748-9AB6-4B2F-BB1C-FAD50CADCFF6_zpsgzsor9w7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/8C84878D-4EAD-4603-9A4F-2702E915F834_zps5etzebuh.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/B532B1B3-E494-4007-BB80-AA9EE8A43D51_zps0tga8dam.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/3FB78241-E40B-4B65-848A-6B65522ECD8B_zpsvnq32dkb.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/85898607-58A6-49C8-8B71-06EB22C4DE8B_zps693ywiyj.jpg

Herblenny
07-04-2015, 11:25 PM
Update..

So, I drove to Atlanta for Import Alliance to be booth car for Grip Royal.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/86B4CFA5-6531-40D1-B8AA-263BF82AF89D_zpsxojb0u2g.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/24A69203-988D-46B8-AAD1-80A4AA49EC16_zpsf3n3ndnr.jpg

After the event, I went to Downtown ATL to do a shoot with Mike Kuhn and his girl Sami
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/3EA4F959-D8F0-4B44-8381-DBEC25AA5916_zpset66m0fi.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/D26657B0-956F-465E-8E17-D21F19430A06_zpst5kt8vc5.jpg

Here are Mike's photos
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/7A37F1C7-C33E-4F6B-B06A-2E909574EFF5_zps7bjkoxcl.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/AECC7552-7CE1-45CD-BF05-8071C780BBCD_zpsgqrg113c.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/3B3795C3-6CB6-4101-ABE4-3A7FFC215DEC_zpshdqootwb.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/0DC6E4CE-C8A4-4D12-B94E-770C3D2D7E08_zpsa8s3ilfk.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/C374CEA2-212A-4104-A6D4-3A5C58717999_zpsibsscs99.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/464F9997-DEC6-44D0-BFB9-C1DEF56C6EE6_zpsrasrhama.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/97D59089-C192-42E5-9793-4685D11339B3_zpsjxqc2e2x.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dip%20off/ADF24AE4-240F-41CF-AA4C-6C91F9DDC0FB_zpsknskziby.jpg

Herblenny
07-07-2015, 12:42 AM
More Update..

Just before my event, Deals Gap Rotary Rally (DGRR) (www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com), I got my seats back.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/D01A2F58-84FB-465A-9C55-A6E3D5A1A6DF_zps6kaaoxit.jpg

recovered Recaro RZ seats in grey suede
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/076EC0C6-13C2-48BB-84AB-1B1E3A457F6F_zps9fdhbikh.jpg

Installed in the car.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/4B894008-9844-4CAC-9520-4EA258ABFC3D_zpslxjk7lnq.jpg

DGRR takes place in North Carolina/Tennessee and is one of the largest rotary car event in USA.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/13B8B80D-A1BA-4B2F-A69D-8823069C8CF4_zpsbjdmbbbi.jpg

Its supported by the following sponsors
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On my way it rained and when parked, I saw this :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/D1F8BEC5-1841-4178-BED8-742255E98A6C_zpskeb2orrh.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/1235BBD0-5C1E-4D07-9509-1C59E35996C0_zpsbzpftveg.jpg

More photos from the event..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/1B8A2EAA-6B4E-4F1D-AD12-5736B320AACF_zpsiibwsdcc.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/34A1A398-35AF-4700-A96A-E890FA4C762F_zps4rwrae5m.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/C6DEE235-EF01-4FDF-9EB5-186F465B47AA_zpsqlodqddi.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/9632224E-3981-4B0C-8386-067C0114A890_zpswbomcr8c.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/C0433EDE-EE43-49AE-BA45-52468BF42B29_zpstdl426sn.jpg


after the event, I got this box :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/CB2F58AA-6E6D-442A-822C-8EB3D7940C71_zpstsjef3lp.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/84C11913-B545-4498-83AB-CF7D6EB08EB5_zps0am4wpqn.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OFF/A0E199A0-10A1-40F2-8417-909AAC00842B_zpslhcykwgd.jpg

Herblenny
07-07-2015, 10:24 PM
More update..

Just before DGRR, I was asked by Speed Academy (Speed Academy (http://speed.academy/)) to do a write up about Plasti Dipping my FD. So, I've documented the process and they published it!

http://speed.academy/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/plasti-dip-how-to-rx7-009.jpg

http://speed.academy/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/plasti-dip-how-to-rx7-028.jpg

http://speed.academy/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/plasti-dip-how-to-rx7-023.jpg

http://speed.academy/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/plasti-dip-how-to-rx7-027.jpg

Go here to read the entire article.. Plasti Dip your car: Tips and tricks from a Pro | Speed Academy (http://speed.academy/plastidip-how-to-guide-tips-advice-spray-car/)


Another photo.. from my event DGRR
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Acura%20TL/D687181D-8638-47AE-8B0E-19A0C2FAD6D0_zpsoovg7txq.jpg


Now that DGRR is over, I had approximately 3 weeks to get my car ready for the Exedy Booth at Formula Drift.. Also, I had a feature shoot with SpeedHunters.com
Its been my dream to be featured on SpeedHunters and one of my favorite photographer was going to shoot it, Larry Chen.

In 3 weeks, I'm going to install Turblown EWP kit, my new bumper, new color, new interior, etc.

To start, Turblown EWP kit (aka Davies Craig Electric Water pump)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Acura%20TL/B8BC5F64-136C-4005-A283-9A8DBF152FF4_zpsdv3yt2sp.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Acura%20TL/CC0E5DDC-28DF-4AB3-9A1E-610BFC7E75E9_zps6tw5d697.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Acura%20TL/A9F68C59-3191-4808-89E7-E1BBE89F68A8_zpsneldbxgu.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Acura%20TL/266859F7-82E9-44E9-B7EB-66E7B11791A1_zpsvkaxhixy.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Acura%20TL/68FFC77C-7A26-4ACC-A354-39E8E60712A1_zpsmo9xidfd.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Acura%20TL/CE313381-0712-4968-89D9-680D64D97ABB_zpswjruf6rq.jpg

I'm going to say this is one of the best mod I've done. Why?? Unlike other EWP kit I've seen, the controller will hold the pump from kicking in and pulse circulate during warm up, and once its fully warmed up, it will pump, when temp is too high, it will kick on the fans, and maintained the temp amazingly!! Another awesome feature is to continue to circulate the coolant and turn on the fan after engine is shut off.
Also, getting rid of air after filling the system with coolant was an ease. Just power the pump and fill!

Here is a video I did of the pump set up..

https://youtu.be/zOIlZNCwQ_Q

Herblenny
07-11-2015, 04:59 AM
More Update..

After my event DGRR 2015, I had a photoshoot with my friend and a photographer before I started to break down the car. I had at this point about 3 weeks til my photoshoot with SH.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/E450AD57-0A36-4E93-8F0A-2EAD523E96C1_zpskqu5b5l3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/B3BDF747-D83D-4052-B31C-29F0B6FADF78_zpsvuu1phjl.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/801ABFD0-5A04-4F51-AC86-2BFA67615207_zpsdpdkxzrv.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/94417227-2176-43D7-A8ED-DF62753C3D4C_zpsk8r6m0gv.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/2474C5A9-5A66-4EF5-A63E-FC6CF6768BDB_zpscvnp2xnx.jpg

Clean up my garage and hung my Exedy and Rays Engineering flags.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/97B55999-BFF5-43C6-9E2A-B0F8D3C3A674_zps8hviylkn.jpg

I than started working on the interior of the car. Replacing my old interior (CF) with all OE plastics with zero broken tabs.. and got them refinished.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/8F92D900-ECE3-4327-8E10-2057F6CF80A6_zpswycrnfuc.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/8AAF7A5B-14F5-4D5F-86F5-38619FF7960A_zpseumlda4j.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/6FAAE1B6-FC9B-4E6B-9993-35C026A92DD1_zpskyed06h0.jpg

With Spirit R cluster

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/5F9E4163-B90B-4FE6-A631-53E98F23C0DD_zpswaaepvxl.jpg

Changed the Steering wheel to match the recovered RZ seats.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/FFF89F92-ACC1-4297-B220-D9947D6837BD_zpsmb6vdvjy.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/A863153E-7986-4A4F-83E7-D8814E1F50BB_zpsc1riciz4.jpg

Changed out the Catback.. replaced the RE-Amemiya Dual Dolphine tips to Ganador full Titanium catback

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/443C15E8-267C-4776-990C-42FE2F7F4254_zpsrxfj2lgr.jpg

Got my Defi BF gauges I had for severals years, got new sensors, wires, and tested them out.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/E0935A5F-2D18-4371-80D6-1ECC986255EC_zpsqgw5sgde.jpg

New AutoEXE hood struts.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/D5476617-761E-47BE-8489-2DC398F66C50_zpsfdaqnvlg.jpg

Full Function Engineering goodies
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/09430966-5F35-4177-AB37-FEEC70E328DB_zpsxtry0t9u.jpg

Some Carbon goodies...

Feed interior covers and Feed Ganador mirror cover in CF.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/01CB16CF-027E-415A-BCF1-3D037C4848DF_zpsr4kdrjng.jpg

I been a fan of Samco Sport product since knowing Samco were first to produce OE upgrade rad and IC couplers and hoses. Mazdaspeed kit, Samco were the supplier for MS IS kit. So, i wanted to run their goods.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/392F39DC-DD1B-4482-AA2B-E8F163B4E105_zpsy97hcwsj.jpg

Ended up getting box full of Samco goodies..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/D78662A7-BDE9-4F2F-8CED-94B43EC5FA2F_zpsvtsdlh9v.jpg

And finally the bumper...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/C4D90368-34E9-46E0-91AE-0C2A0EC64703_zpsakrpvj8p.jpg

And Engine bay

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/getting%20ready%20for%20Dgrr/3FA068D2-6248-40DE-8C13-867B2D341FFC_zpslcu9wcoq.jpg

Herblenny
07-25-2015, 09:30 AM
More Update..

I put all the new stuff on mainly to make it to my feature shoot with SpeedHunters. Unfortunately, I had about 3 weeks to pull it off but been working on it on the side for months.
I literally pulled it off the morning of the shoot.

Here are preview shots taken at the house, just before leaving to Road ATL.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/E73549B6-8B48-45C4-BB73-DDC48D1FEB95_zpsopk9t7lh.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/5317C383-FE8B-4001-954A-448F192C4BBD_zpspuemxroq.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/C15A1A08-AD7D-4A97-9F43-FAD3F578D098_zpsomm86cmu.jpg

My journey wasn't a pleasant one... My shoot with Larry Chen from Speedhunters was set at 4:30. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get to ATL, avoid ATL traffic, goto my favorite restaurant for lunch, and have plenty of time to clean the car... as I drive this car to all the events.

So, Me and a local V8 FD owner who have never been to Formula Drift left my house around 8AM (9AM EST). As soon as we hit the main road, my car started to accelerate without my pushing the throttle, Since I changed up the several parts, I thought I might of not set the idle and such correctly.. After adjusting and stopping every exit on the interstate, I plugged in my laptop to the ECU to see what the possible issue was.. one of the great thing about Adaptronics ECU was you can reset/recalibrate the TPS. We reset and car seemed fine. Until 5-10 mins later it started to accelerate by itself again. At this point, me and my passenger had no idea what it was doing. Finally we got the car idling fine again and hit the road. Again it started to accelerate. Me and my passenger finally figured out, with the laptop, you can reset and recal the TPS on the fly. Everytime we reset, the car will stop accelerating. We ended up resetting the TPS over 100 times from Bham, AL to Road Atlanta. Our favorite was when we hit 3PM ATL traffic. One of the nerve wrecking drive I had was this drive. I would just shut the car off on the interstate as reset didn't help much. I had literally started the 20-30 times during the over an hour traffic I was stuck in.

At the end, I was amazed about two things I put in to this car,
1. Adaptronics ECU... the abilities to reset on the fly helped. Also, my laptop just plugging in and read the ECU without starting helped.
2. Turblown/Davies Craig Electric Water Pump (EWP). This thing truly worked. It was my first time running this kit and it truly did its job. During my ATL traffic off and on engine, I could hear the fans kicking in and waterpump circulating when engine was off. It kept my engine cool during this stressful time. Which one thing I didn't have to worry.

Oh, I forgot, I was also stranded on the interstate because my Aftermarket Industries (AI) surgetank went out. I was going 80MPH and all the sudden, car just dies. I was about to move from fast lane to right shoulder safely.
What I think it happened was, the fuel line I used inside the tank got undone. Luckily, when I was going from Radium single Bosch 044 to AI triple Walbro 440s, I had to extend some of the lines using brass barb fittings. Luckily, I was able to re route the lines so that I could use the stock pump instead of the AI tank. If I didn't use those barb fitting, we would of had to walk to the next exit, buy some fuel lines, and do all kind of fun stuff. Instead re routing took 15-20 mins and we were on the road.. still with acceleration issues.

We finally made it to Road ATL right around 4:15. I called Larry Chen asking where I needed to meet him and he said to just come down to the paddock. Going through the paddock, I felt little embarrassed. Mainly because car sounded horrible and I kept stalling out because it idled like ass.
When I met Larry, one of the thing he asked me was, "are you going to clean your car?". I guess he thought I was going to trailer the car and not drive what it was suppose to be 3 hour trip, now took 6+ hours. I told him to give me 10 mins.

I cleaned up the car as best as I could with my friend Michael, aka TPS resetter. and we went on the Road ATL for the shoot.

Here are some photos I took with my phone..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/DFF99B65-B065-4B2F-91C9-58670C41D715_zpsbcvrh6vp.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/C5443708-8ACB-44C9-81F1-D06514692433_zpsihzy80eo.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/7AC364A5-8BD3-40C1-8860-25E549D6600D_zpsdsi35ugt.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/5FA05363-AEA2-4D72-AE66-65FE92DEF9FA_zpsuckek0kj.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/4D5DCB1B-34FE-4655-AD73-8917EFF7B444_zpsvrtkynja.jpg

I'm now out of time.. I will update more later..

Herblenny
08-11-2015, 10:00 PM
Update..

My car was shown under Exedy Clutch USA booth at the Formula Drift ATL..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/6AAC1811-BCA2-49CB-A896-19C26EFDCAEE_zpsdcb0bheu.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/04DCA62E-D3FC-4F95-AB21-1A0AC31EB5DF_zpspbnoxtmi.jpg

with one of the Exedy Model
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/58A73311-697E-44E9-99FE-12FF78FAE077_zpswh92db16.jpg

Right before leaving..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/9E96F014-B724-4BAC-A5F8-C05F1500A1A2_zpsbr62j4dc.jpg

Engine bay shot
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/1E3D278B-ED1D-46D4-A887-F42329C5C1F2_zpsnhqdxgcl.jpg


And finally link to the SpeedHunters feature link..

Meet The Rotary Maniac - Speedhunters (http://www.speedhunters.com/2015/07/meet-the-rotary-maniac/)

Here are few of my favorite shots from Photographer Larry

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD%20ATL/111C7E79-AF0E-43B6-A3B1-268759CDA349_zpscnrvrx1u.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD%20ATL/55ACA93D-0849-4608-A770-18145B25998D_zpsykg4t7wh.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD%20ATL/E7C7556F-15C0-478B-A6FD-9097ADE105AE_zpsmucw5ooh.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD%20ATL/8C5DD784-07FE-495D-BE47-20F7CC8C3C25_zpsrbzebzij.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD%20ATL/4E0B6AFA-FFCA-4D25-B7B9-EAB0D384FF95_zpsl1wovqvb.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD%20ATL/3FC9E252-422F-4F2C-B579-31AC2E0ADCDF_zpszzweg9nq.jpg

Herblenny
08-16-2015, 07:42 PM
Update..

For the past year, I been looking into getting a dash unit for track use. Mainly to monitor various sensors such as: Oil temp, Oil pressure, Water Temp, Fuel pressure, Boost, EGT, etc.. as you can imagine, this will clutter the cockpit with bunch of gauges and problem placing them all.

Also, pending what ecu you run some dash unit will not work. So, after searching.. came up with an idea.

Those of you whos been following this thread, I was lucky enough to acquire a Defi Super Sport Cluster. Super rare dash replacement that you can tie into your OE car harness and Defi sensors to replace your OE cluster.

http://image.superstreetonline.com/f/53128736+w+h+q80+re0+cr1/1993-mazda-rx-7-defi-gauge-cluster

Well, Defi recently came out with something interesting.

SMART ADAPTER W Summary | Defi - Exciting products by NS Japan (http://www.defi-shop.com/products/smart_adp_w/summary_smart_adp_w/)

A device you can hook up to your 2008+ OBD II port and stream real time info to your smart phone or tablet. Better yet, you can use their Advance Control unit and also stream Defi sensor(s) reading to your iOS devices!!

So.. I decided to give it a shot!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/7BEAD718-021A-4972-AC62-7A9CCB69F92B_zpsilhjcev0.jpg

bought an iPad mini, and downloaded the app called "Defi Meter C".
App looks like this.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/011FDCF4-D96B-453E-9990-196236F08EDB_zpsxwujepwg.png

My friend at EVOR sold me a Carbon blank cluster surround, which I used it to mount the iPad mini.http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/55D4D09B-565D-4A26-91DF-CDE39069C0C6_zpsy7dccrl8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/30FD9DDF-5027-4A8C-A4B4-609D167CE0A1_zpstw6xheyv.jpg

And installed it in the car..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/7C8683D6-B20A-4069-9929-7EA4A331C1DE_zpsgmnccevd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/19195FD0-ABAE-4106-B28E-01CD5AF70D5D_zpsyp3rnp7x.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/74F85AEC-33ED-4A4F-8B1A-E994B09DB229_zps2ntqlptx.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/0DE07A74-9957-4177-8128-1690AB2AE6F5_zps4tpkclao.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny002/20912E1F-FAD2-4734-A5D2-23B983E705B3_zpsihzt3fba.jpg

And here is the video of it running..

https://youtu.be/trH3fSAh80Y

They are coming out with some cool stuff!! such as logging program and even track logging.

Herblenny
09-23-2015, 09:07 PM
I need your support!!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny001/TBG_zpsrmiispok.jpg

I recently signed up for an online battle where top two finalists get to set their cars to SEMA Las Vegas. I am currently in battle round from top 16 to top 8..

To vote for me,

click on the link Philip Sohn - PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds (http://tunerbattlegrounds.com/competitors/909-philip-sohn)
click on the blue facebook button
click on the yellow star to vote.

If you can vote for me every day, I would greatly appreciate it. Also you can friend me on my facebook for updates!
My Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Herblenny

Thank you for your support!

Herblenny
09-30-2015, 10:59 PM
I wanted to thank you all for voting for me!!!

I am now stage 4, top 8 going into top 4.

My competitor is 2004 Acura TSX with serious community help.
http://tunerbattlegrounds.com/cache/8/682ba88cc7ebaf4ac837c2eb4f2a2fed.jpg

I'm hoping those of you been following my build would support me by voting for me and sharing the link and pictures with your fellow Facebook friends.

Link to vote: Philip Sohn - PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds (http://tunerbattlegrounds.com/competitors/909-philip-sohn)

There are tons of photos on here, but I actually do track my car :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/BarberMotoRX7_zps9c46a926.jpg

again to vote: Philip Sohn - PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds (http://tunerbattlegrounds.com/competitors/909-philip-sohn)

Car I'll be taking
http://tunerbattlegrounds.com/cache/2/02c4acd4bb98a9a85a3f0ef1502152f4.jpg

Herblenny
02-21-2016, 08:53 AM
Its been awhile since I last updated this thread..

To start, I took some photo of the car 3 months ago..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/5B403512-9FA3-48B3-B606-50AEBD00B87C_zpsfeqrtzkx.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/B344D4FD-2369-4CDA-A36C-F7BB8ED292D8_zpscah4zk8s.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/A403EE0B-5E38-43D4-B8A7-0076E55C607F_zpsipqqoux6.jpg

Still loving the Defi/iPad combo!!

I'm also upgrading my turbo set up with new Borg Warner EFR Turbo set up using Turblown's cast stainless manifold.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/F43EAAB7-7CF6-4D84-921F-333AE170D7BC_zpse1goclml.jpg
Quality of this manifold is just top notch!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/9ADAE07B-AB6C-4498-87AA-993EBDCA6F38_zpsysxzlvtb.jpg
I've mocked it up on my spare engine to see how it all lines up.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/1467580F-5CDA-4889-89D5-19B87F651FC1_zpslnrx1krs.jpg

I'm going to update this thread more often since new projects are at works this year. Including my 3 Rotor Project..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/DA6FF26A-49CC-4D97-A20B-D55FFAD47EA1_zpshzirjj2q.jpg

SHHHH
02-21-2016, 06:12 PM
Glad to see you're still posting updates. That's one awesome Mazda :goodjob:

Herblenny
02-26-2016, 01:42 PM
Few pics of the install.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/86ECF311-1372-4E10-94DD-EA333712148D_zpsr6jpnf1a.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/D2FE9860-400E-47BE-A2A6-690EF308FA62_zpsdkxecxip.jpg

Radium surge tank!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/A66603C9-6014-4A11-A161-592E99DDE8FF_zpsxocsp4el.jpg

Herblenny
02-26-2016, 01:42 PM
Glad to see you're still posting updates. That's one awesome Mazda :goodjob:

Thank you!!!

Herblenny
10-19-2016, 05:59 PM
It's been awhile since I last updated this thread..

Well, several things have happened since..

Once the car was done, I took it to Import Alliance ATL, under Exedy Clutch booth.
Made it on to their event video. Thank you IA!!

Click here for the Video (I'm at 5:04) : https://youtu.be/SV3sttDJ-Co?t=5m4s

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_27_zpsajj8l3s k.jpg

Herblenny
12-02-2016, 11:54 AM
Few more updates..

Earlier this year, my latest build was featured and made cover of PasMag magazine.http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny005/tumblr_o8fcry3sfH1s4gn81o1_500_zpsulvd4t3l.jpg

I ended up doing the photos and was honored that they pick my photo for the cover.
Here are few photos from the feature.


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_23_zpsbbv5uhb w.jpg
Front bumper Knightsport Type 7

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_40_zpscwfycmt e.jpg
Turbo - Borg Warner 8374 EFR with Turbosmart wastegate actuator and BOV.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_17_zps5prb1uk s.jpg
Lights R Magic HID lights with Custom Carbon Fiber buckets by my friends at EVOR

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_5_zpsvouthpws .jpg
Hood - Not really sure who made it in Japan. Its very similar to Mazdaspeed hood. Grills were custom cut and made by my friend Micheal Osburn.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_6_zpseivjdrxq .jpg
Wheels - Rays Engineering Gram Lights FXX

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_10_zpsc2iylzd t.jpg
Tail Lights are by EVO-R :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Engine%20for%20%20Build%20Thread/Phil_Sohn_1993_Mazda_RX7_FD3S_PASMAG_7_zpsxbtvu8iq .jpg
This photo was picked for Toyo Tires Shutter Space event in California. I was one of 15 photos picked.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny006/toyo-tires-inaugural-shutter-space-event-toyo-shutter-space-indoor_zpsbt6j4enw.jpg
You can barely see my photo in the background :)

If you fancy a read... Here is the link to the PasMag feature: PASMAG | PERFORMANCE AUTO AND SOUND - Rotary Frankenstein: Phil Sohn's 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD3S (http://www.pasmag.com/features/4443-rotary-frankenstein-phil-sohn-1993-mazda-rx-7-fd3s)

Herblenny
12-06-2016, 07:42 AM
Update: Another feature and some of the photos.

Link to the feature: Phil Sohn's Mazda RX-7 - Zen Garage (http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/04/herblenny-mazda-rx-7/)

Photos:
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/074364E7-D996-4217-86BE-0DA0E96876EA_zpscz6pr8vp.jpg
Shoot took place at my buddy's personal garage at his house.
Photos were taken by: Ryan Lopez. Amazing young photographer!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/A970B405-2681-45D9-805E-52E4DE79AC18_zpsbtbjq9lw.jpg
One of my favorite photo of my cars

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/F50FC46D-0D94-4D02-B418-AC36C5AF22A4_zps9euhsvwo.jpg
Tail lights are Carshop Glow lights

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/BCCAB180-3DBA-48AD-B245-B7112470E460_zpsf6y53rhk.jpg
Interior - Grip Royal Steering wheel, RE-Amemiya 300km Speedo, Mazda 15th Anniversary cluster, etc

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FAA5849B-48F8-4F2A-B22C-1EB7BD629CD4_zpsupcuc3lq.jpg
Engine bay - BNR stage 3 upgraded twin turbo

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3E69B192-D4A0-4E3C-AA5D-87DFB0E8F37B_zpsi0xh3ger.jpg
Ray Engineering RE30 Monoforged/dieforged wheels, wrapped in Toyo Tires T1 Sports

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/94B7184B-2250-4767-B7C0-44CBEDDB33AC_zpsphqz2rjs.jpg
Works quick release, Bride Zeta III seats

More updates next week.

Herblenny
12-13-2016, 07:24 AM
Some 3 Rotor update.

Had the new manifold made by Addicted Performance Unlimited using 321 Stainless. Addicted Performance was recently featured by TV show Gas Monkey and does amazing job! They also sponsor my rotary event called, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally'.
Check out their site: Home - addictedperformanceunlimited.com (http://addictedperformanceunlimited.com/)

Custom 3 Rotor Flange.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/F48AFED9-4446-488A-A00A-7CF129850FB9_zps8sggwjlg.jpg

Couple of runners done.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/8A33D29F-BC10-472A-8684-C1F4FD5DF8E9_zpskfsic13o.jpg

Finished manifold!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/67A84D93-E333-43F4-8F45-86ABBDFB5A21_zpswk1eik34.jpg

Mock up on to Addicted Performance Shop 3 rotor :)
I'll be using Borg Warner EFR 9180 with external wastegate (Turbosmart)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1C137A2C-8EC5-4436-9F15-6523B0AB6C3C_zps76ubvwng.jpg

I'm trying to build 2 x FD's this coming year. Hope to build and have fun with these.

Herblenny
12-25-2016, 12:10 PM
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny007/Merry%20Xmas%20FD_zpsd3anxn4d.jpg

Herblenny
12-27-2016, 08:18 AM
Update.. Hope all of you got some car related gifts from Santa..

I'll try to update you guys on what has happened this year.

My SpeedHunters feature back in Sept 2016.

Old Rotary, New Tricks: Checking In On A Favorite - Speedhunters (http://www.speedhunters.com/2016/09/old-rotary-new-tricks-checking-favorite/)

Photos:
http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27151749/Louis_Yio_2016_Speedhunters_RX7_15-1200x800.jpg

http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27151829/Louis_Yio_2016_Speedhunters_RX7_28-1200x800.jpg

http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27151831/Louis_Yio_2016_Speedhunters_RX7_29-1200x800.jpg

http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27151809/Louis_Yio_2016_Speedhunters_RX7_22-1200x800.jpg

http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27151732/Louis_Yio_2016_Speedhunters_RX7_11-1200x800.jpg

Herblenny
12-29-2016, 01:11 PM
I had a chance to work on my 1994 SSM FD RX-7. It had a small coolant leak somewhere so replaced and tighten some hoses to the turbos and such.

And decided to put on my Mazdaspeed MS01-Mag wheels on.

Here are couple of pics of the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/51080407-18D2-4415-B1A9-EB64ED408768_zps1vrhp54c.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C01E6971-3929-4075-BFBD-1A484767EE9C_zpsb1lyqdgg.jpg

Herblenny
01-03-2017, 02:48 PM
Update...

Happy New Year everyone!! I have couple of projects to finish off this year and maybe new one to start later on :)

2 Rotor update..

Going with couple of different stuff this year..

1. Haltech Elite 1500. It has loads of features. One of the thing I didn't realize was the OBD II output. This means that I can still use my Defi Dash and get more reading out of it by using this ECU. This time, I'll be adding Haltech flexfuel, 2 x EGT, Borg Warner Speed sensor for the turbo, wideband, etc. and keep the OMP.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/87B3E325-9107-48A5-B8BB-A84F867CFA1B_zpsafbrr2qk.jpg

2. Chris Ludwig/ Ludwig Motorsports (LMS-EFI) harness for the Haltech. Amazing details on this harness!! This is my second harnesses by LMS-EFI and I highly recommend. They will be also attending DGRR 2017 and will be doing a seminar and Q&A at the event.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/23650B37-7382-4E78-B844-CA129ABE215E_zpsa14ary06.jpg

Herblenny
01-10-2017, 07:56 AM
Update..

I realized I didn't post anything about the bumper project I did early last year.

Back story.. When I first started this thread, I was building a car for SEMA, my 3 rotor project. For years leading up to this point of building this car, I had a vision of my ultimate 3 rotor. But like most of you, job, family, money, etc. can lead to not quite execute your dream build. In this case, one of the thing I wanted to do was make a unique bumper. I wanted to mash together my 2 favorite japanese companies; Fujita Engineering (FEED) and RE-Amemiya. If you look at the car now, you will see that its pretty much built using both of those companies. But what I really wanted to do was build a bumper using two iconic bumpers. FEED Type 2R and RE-A N1-02 bumper. I love the signal/driving light set of of the FEED and loved the aggressive bottom of the N1-02.

FEED Type 2R on my 2 rotor
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RichardBS3mag/C02A3FFD-FC72-4321-A411-78542B57314F_zpsclmbwiep.jpg

Re-Amemiya N1-02 with Front diffuser add on
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas06.jpg

Back in 2015, I decided that it was time to fulfill my goal of making a bumper that meets my vision. Instead of using RE-A N1-02, I decided to used the N1-05 which has the molded in undertray/diffuser. We cut the both bumpers and started to put them together. (Oh, I should most definitely give credit to my engine builder and long time friend Luis Canizales and his son Luke Canizales for their help putting the bumper together and helping me make the initial mold).

I did not like the 90's 'hump' on the front bumper so we made it to sit flat.

Here is an initial shaping of the bumper.. It weighs 40-50lbs :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD3DBD8E-82E0-4D8B-ADE7-FAAC321C7D3F_zpsffyloqpt.jpg

We made a mold and pulled one bumper off. When running the bumper on the, it didn't quite fit correctly. It sat quite low and required some hand on modification. Again thanks to Luis and his friend, we were able to have it on and made it to an event very next day (low as in I couldn't make it out of my driveway).

I was able to have it on the car and get it featured in SpeedHunters.
http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/14084518/Larry_Chen_Speedhunters_FD_RX7_Atlanta-24-1200x800.jpg

Meet The Rotary Maniac - Speedhunters (http://www.speedhunters.com/2015/07/meet-the-rotary-maniac/)

But I wanted to make the bumper correctly and more of it.
Following year, I was conversing with my friend Michael about the project. He said he knew someone who might help me regarding making a new updated bumper.
So, I took my initial bumper and started to correct some of the issues. Being extremely low was an issue, so first bumper was cut, fix the height issue, and corrected the flat part of the bumper.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/1003597_10153367303183927_7219489469347724168_n_zp sra6symyi.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/12524209_10153367303213927_3552300515801014376_n_z psiz7pum9y.jpg

First bumper pulled from the second mold.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/12510283_10153367303148927_6904687910143581232_n_z psxfakdgwm.jpg

Im running out of time so I will update next week regarding the fitment and the results.

Phil

Herblenny
01-17-2017, 06:45 AM
Update...

Continuation of the bumper making..

Here are the detail pics of the bumper.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/12508732_10153367303253927_1082521312011902571_n_z ps00zfwbt6.jpg

Test fitments:
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/12540739_10153371222493927_2625016692565112332_n_z pst9zujcql.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/12494652_10153371222568927_6500828725106058740_n_z pslnw4glj5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/12509685_10153371222518927_6496594106765534314_n_z pstdvyockk.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny015/3869_10153371222538927_960634238423385154_n_zpsb7p rxrjl.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/454CDACC-5A37-4601-9708-883B4613982A_zpsxmlqwugh.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0DB496AF-97F1-42C7-A332-FE8B8DC3F89D_zpsoopmzen2.jpg

Overall, I was very happy with the results. Fitment was satisfactory for being what it was. Height of the bumper was similar to the stock 93 bumper with 99 front lip. Compare to the first version, its night and day difference in fitment and quality.

Herblenny
01-24-2017, 07:59 AM
Here is my other feature with SpeedHunters... with my 1973 RX3 and history behind it.

Mazda History & Tales Of Friendship - Speedhunters (http://www.speedhunters.com/2016/09/mazda-history-tales-friendship/)

I am honored that Mr. Larry Chen was able to shoot the car. It almost didn't happened because of the weather. It rained all day and as I was leaving the track (Road Atlanta), weather started to clear up and Larry gave the thumbs up.
Like any cars or people at this age, it comes with fantastic history. This car was initially built by a gentleman named Tom McGuire. It was his daily for many years and later I was told about the sale of the car by another friend, Chris Mahaffey. At that point, I was only interested in FD RX-7 so I passed it to a good friend Steven White. I regretted no buying first time so, when it was available for sale, I snatched it up from Steven. I fixed few things and after my marriage and 7 cars parked, I ended up selling it to yet another friend who recently had to sell his beloved FD RX-7, Marco Lau. He owned it for several years and was moving to west coast and I ended back up with this car again. I've updated few things for this feature and all my friends have great memories with this car. My future plan is to put maybe NA 20B in it. But I guess I need to finish up few other projects before I do that swap.

In case some of you don't or can't click the link above, here are some photos from it.

http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27103156/Larry_Chen_2016_Speedhunters_RX3_01-1200x800.jpg
http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27103315/Larry_Chen_2016_Speedhunters_RX3_18-680x453.jpg
http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27103203/Larry_Chen_2016_Speedhunters_RX3_03-1200x800.jpg
http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27103250/Larry_Chen_2016_Speedhunters_RX3_12-1200x800.jpg
http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27103345/Larry_Chen_2016_Speedhunters_RX3_25-1200x800.jpg
http://speedhunters-wp-production.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27103318/Larry_Chen_2016_Speedhunters_RX3_19-1200x800.jpg
I am honored that Mr. Larry Chen was able to shoot the car. It almost didn't happened because of the weather.

Herblenny
02-07-2017, 07:30 AM
Update:

It's been busy few weeks for me. Purchased a new car for the family. Back SEMA 2015, group of friends rented a Infiniti Q50 3.7 in Vegas. I was driving around and put about 100 or so miles on it. Car was comfortable and had decent pick up in speed. At the SEMA, I ran into a guy who put GTR R35 motor into the Q50, and though how it would fulfill my GTR desire. Well, Nissan finally came out with Q50 Red Sport 400, which I recently purchased. Car is just what I needed. Comfortable daily my wife can drive and enjoy, switched to Sport + mode and car comes alive and becomes a beast with 380WHP (thats what some of the stock RS400's been dynoing). Here are couple of pictures of the car.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/2932CC6D-2EC1-45BE-BD88-36BC7E3EEFB3_zpsklgcd5oy.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/99BB7C26-6E61-4117-9AD1-B68322E09AA7_zpsc2bhwwqd.jpg

With both of my Daily, RS400 and IS300 Wagon.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/CB505E97-7919-400B-ADB5-94E684313D27_zpsuicrd0pi.jpg

Regarding Rotaries...
I've decided to clean up some wiring to get ready to put a new set up in the car.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FC134986-7761-418D-B3D9-3A25F5B4A5BE_zpsbwnuldrx.jpg

To do it right, I also needed to pull the dash and clean up the hacked up 20 year old interior harnesses.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0E27EF8E-E487-4F88-90FA-91CA45D50666_zpswpyxaxxl.jpg

More to come next week..

Herblenny
02-15-2017, 06:42 AM
Not much to update. Been busy spending time with my son over the weekend and work.
But I was able to sand down my Mazdaspeed Carbon Fiber front bumper lip and clear it to bring the shine back. Than replaced my 99 lip from my SSM FD.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/BF555F97-680F-47D4-973E-6249D6282080_zpsevzqweak.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0D1D67D3-5B27-4EE3-A8AA-495C38BD9E83_zpslmuyebk5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/301800F3-E97D-47FB-97FF-D5F745FDE1CC_zpslt2h6nwl.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/05BBC479-DDBE-4476-97C2-703E4661BD29_zpsgtum6any.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D28A5F4D-BDF9-4811-B381-9F7998017DC8_zpsckshvuod.jpg

Herblenny
02-22-2017, 06:23 AM
Update:

Over the weekend I was able to do some wrenching on the car.
First installation of Sakebomb garage upgraded swaybar mounts. These things are beefy and well made. I'll be using a new Tripoint swaybar with these.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/8B52D2B8-6C1A-453F-A8F4-1BA085E7A9B4_zpsw5rghq31.jpg

Another thing I was able to do was check the compression on my 1973 RX-3. I recently got the Rotary Compression Tester (http://www.RotaryCompressionTester.com) (RCT)'s battery operated compression tester and wanted to compare to my Mazda Specialty tool compression testers (old thermal and digital).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/579E5EA0-B207-49DD-BEB6-F33DA7328D17_zpsgahcmgem.jpg

After warming up the car, I've tested just the OE digital and RCT testers. RCT unit uses 9V battery and it has automatic altitude calculation. Its super well made and easy to use. All you have to do is warm up, kill the ignition and fuel pump, install the sensor in the trailing plug hole and crank the motor. I did a facebook live video (https://www.facebook.com/Herblenny/videos/10154392837808927/) hope some of you can view it.

Anyhow, here are the results from the RCT:
Front
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3A40B15C-7E08-4297-BFB0-A55A1EECD1B3_zpspx1aory8.jpg[/URL]

Rear
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/91734142-1008-4F41-AEAF-B07B1634A30B_zpsxcb3q7c9.jpg

Not bad for 20+ year old engine :)

Here is the RX-3 warming up before the test.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/th_93D23662-BC5A-48F2-B771-7B3C0AB038BD_zps6h26tawb.mp4 (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/93D23662-BC5A-48F2-B771-7B3C0AB038BD_zps6h26tawb.mp4)

WhiteAccord
02-26-2017, 10:23 PM
I think I saw your RS400 at one of my strip club accounts. Clean cars.

Herblenny
03-02-2017, 06:25 AM
Update!

Couple of months ago I ran into Facebook post about Champion Autoparts, "Search for a Champion 2017" promotion.

http://sfac.championautoparts.com/assets/imgs/sfac-logo-home.png

I've decided to enter and a week ago, I was chosen as one of the top 25 finalist!!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/herblenny016/Champion_zpsulesj5qu.jpg

I would greatly appreciate it if those of you following this thread to vote for me. I have an unique project that I'll be working on later this year and would be nice to win this to support that build. If I win, I'll share what that is the day of winner being announced... otherwise, I'll be keeping it hush hush for little bit longer :)

To Vote, goto: 2017 Search for A Champion Grand Prize Voting Now Open! (http://sfac.championautoparts.com/entry/686)

Voters can also win prizes from Champion. Thank you for your support!

Herblenny
03-08-2017, 07:08 AM
Update:

I finally had a weekend to do some car related stuff.

First my daily IS300 Wagon...
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/EF6285D3-B9D2-47B8-85D9-AB7F506DB35E_zpsvw5ax25i.jpg

My RedSport had ceramic/nano coating from previous owner and so far I was very happy with the results. So, I've decided to put the coating on my IS300.
I've decided to try 'Stay Fresh Car Care' as I've had great luck with their detailing products in the past.

Stay Fresh Car Care / Premium Car Care Supplies (http://www.stayfreshcarcare.com/ceramic-coating)

I went with HCC9, 50mL kit with 8oz Quick Ceramic detailer. (less than $100).

First, I cut the car using a random orbitor and various pads and such (3-5 hours)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/606A461E-6DD6-4ED9-B036-4C6542A6E944_zps4zoc41ic.jpg

Wiped it down with isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) to remove any residue from wax, sealant, oil etc. I than started to apply the HCC9 using supplied applicator. This process wasn't bad. I was told to do small section at a time but the temperature was kind of cool and HCC9 wasn't drying that quickly so I did panel at a time. First layer of application including alcohol wipe down took me about an hour.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/7F114DD3-1417-494D-99F0-DC710E9CDC2E_zps9xejhngd.jpg

I had about 30-40% of the ceramic coating leftover so, i messaged the owner of Stay Fresh about if second coat is necessary. He said it will help. He suggested I use the remainder of the bottle on the car. He said you can apply the second layer after about an hour after 1st application. I decided to let the first layer harden overnight.
Oh, no water can touch the car during hardening process.
Here is the result:
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/46B28815-0975-47FE-8789-29A9BFB9E936_zpswjtamnpc.jpg

Definitely shines pretty decent. I was driving home last night and it was raining. I could tell this stuff was working. In heavy traffic, everytime I came to a stop, a good amount of water from the roof of the car will rush towards the front windshield. Moving forward, I could see the water coming down on my rear window. This is first time seeing such a thing. To maintain, no waxing, no soap, just water to clean the car for the next 5 years! Benefit I see with this is daily driven cars and car that might be loosing little of clarity due to fade.

Anyhow, now about the RX...

I'm re-doing my RX-7 for a guaranteed feature with SuperStreet Magazine. So, I've decided to re do my turbo set up and support my friend Zach, Addicted Performance. He also supports my event, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally' (DGRR) and helped me by answering many of my questions regarding turbos and tuning.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/2A6B8C78-6EE6-4C27-AF6A-E79B6ADD34A9_zpsvldyhjrh.jpg

I've decided to go with his Borg Warner EFR kit. Craftsmanship on the kit is top notch!! Also, Zach is a great tuner and will be taking my car to his shop when its done for a tune. Hopefully during DGRR and unveil the car there.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0F489B26-63A7-4322-BD02-7BEBA1169DD1_zpsskbwwpr6.jpg

Turbo is Borg Warner EFR 8374 IWG with Turbosmart upgraded Bypass valve and IWG actuator.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/2E780254-F904-4449-9513-CB610189BE36_zpskf42sfln.jpg

I've mocked it up on my spare 13B-REW motor, and this is using REW intake manifold. I'll be also mocking it up with Cosmo 13B-RE manifold later on.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C067EAFF-6989-4CE6-976D-BEC0196CDDB0_zpstst9fkzc.jpg

Also, vote for me!!! You can vote daily!!
2017 Search for A Champion Grand Prize Voting Now Open! (http://sfac.championautoparts.com/entry/686)

Thank you all for reading this thread!!

Herblenny
03-15-2017, 06:35 AM
To follow up on the ceramic coating, here are couple of video of my IS300 Wagon showing how water just beads off.

Water on the hood.
https://youtu.be/m6-SsEQ3eUs

Close up on the fender.
https://youtu.be/vJZRBC1OL98

Besides this, not much is going on. Spent most of the weekend hanging out with my son and dinner with close friend. Otherwise, not much of a car week :)