jdogg Reader
8/27/20 5:46 p.m.


We don't know what started the fire, but it was out before any serious damage was done and the car will live again. Bought as a daily driver while the Panda Express gets built. It has a slew of Chinese ebay turbo parts on it from 2006 which will be the first things that come off. T3/T4 .50 trim, chipped ECU, 14 psi, hard pipes, big brakes moved over from the Panda Express and a few other small bits.

slowbird SuperDork
8/27/20 6:27 p.m.

You know what they say: there's nowhere to go from here but up. laugh

Snowdoggie HalfDork
8/27/20 6:29 p.m.

Those are Mazdas, aren't they? I actually like them. 

jdogg Reader
8/27/20 6:31 p.m.

Yup, this one has a Mazda F2 and not an F2T so it has a small compression bump for that turbo.

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) MegaDork
8/27/20 6:37 p.m.

So is that you with the manly beard or with the WTF pose?

Snowdoggie HalfDork
8/27/20 6:41 p.m.

They were to be the new Ford Mustang at one time. I wouldn't mind rescuing one. 

jdogg Reader
8/27/20 6:45 p.m.

Neither, the WTF was the guy who sold it to me (and helped gratuitously with the Panda Express build) and the other guy was a passerby who helped put the fire out

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
8/27/20 7:49 p.m.

Did the previous owner mention the tail light warranty to you?  He made out if he did.  

jdogg Reader
8/28/20 6:59 a.m.

He did not, I was going to swap it to either Euro tails or 89 tails.

Best we can tell, the oil drain line for the turbo sprung a leak onto the exhaust manifold. It will live again we just have to buy parts.

I had no idea it was on fire until a minute after we stopped. The girlfriend helped put it out, she put water on it just enough to buy me some time to get the hood prop up and put the fire out with two huge water jugs we had riding in the back.

After it's all done it might see some track time, but for now it's a resurrection and wouldn't be my first one, the original Panda Express build got a whole new engine so this is going to be childs play.

MadScientistMatt PowerDork
8/28/20 7:33 a.m.

That's broken my Triumph Spitfire's 2 day record between purchasing and needing a fire extinguisher.

Good luck with this one; I used to have a '89 GT myself and it was a fun car.

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