Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 15, 2010 8:10 p.m.

Well today TR8Todd,and I drove from one end of MA to the other through tight curving roads,and some snow squalls to pick up a new ride. It is a one owner 79 RX-7 S in Sonic Bronze with a blacked out hood,rear louvers,three piece fiberglass spoiler,and a sweet set of 15X7 Weds Auto Bahn wheels. It isn't running,but it only has 73k original miles,and shouln't be too tough to get going. The engine is free turning by hand,but who knows what shape the fuel system is in. The plans for now are to steal the Weds for my RX-7 GS,or the RX-4,and then get it running hopefully with little money invested. If I can do this,and my father can come up with some dough to buy it from me it will be his. If not I will pass it along (without the Weds) to some one else. Tell me what you think. It is a bit dirty even after the soaking with some water to get most of the salt off,but it is surprisingly mostly rust free.

http://web.me.com/cdirado/Diradosite/79-RX-7-S.html

Chris

P71 SuperDork
Feb. 15, 2010 8:22 p.m.

Thanks for making me miss my 7. Jerk.

Seriously though, that is in very nice shape. 12A's are cheap, just drop in another one and keep that car together. Way too nice too cut up or abandon. The Weds are pretty sweet too. They kinda make the car.

aussiesmg SuperDork
Feb. 15, 2010 10:12 p.m.

I like it, nice pick up, that color rocks

Greg Voth Reader
Feb. 15, 2010 10:24 p.m.

Nice score.

unevolved Reader
Feb. 15, 2010 10:29 p.m.

Those Weds are awesome.

Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 16, 2010 6:15 a.m.

Thanks guys. I love the wheels as well,but Todd didn't think they were anything special. He just doesn't understand the hell us 4X110 guys go through to find nice wheels that fit these cars.

I think they are going to look even sweeter on my Spark Yellow car than they do on the Sonic Bronze.

bruceman New Reader
Feb. 16, 2010 12:25 p.m.

<3 Nice find.
I drove 250 miles last weekend in my 82 Rx7 to pick up a running 12A

Jensenman SuperDork
Feb. 16, 2010 4:12 p.m.

I heart 1st gens. Nice find!

Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 16, 2010 6:42 p.m.

Does anyone know if I can get the what looks like oxidation taken care of on a few of the wheels? In a few of the pics you can see some discoloration in the middle near the center cap. It isn't horrible looking,but I would love for them to be better looking.

unevolved Reader
Feb. 16, 2010 7:06 p.m.
bruceman wrote: <3 Nice find. I drove 250 miles last weekend in my 82 Rx7 to pick up a running 12A

I may be in the market for a known-good 12A within a month, and I'd be willing to drive about as far.

Spinout007 HalfDork
Feb. 16, 2010 7:56 p.m.

Thanks for the inspiration, now if it would warm up here in fl, I can get to work on my 79 sa

Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 16, 2010 8:28 p.m.

It is warn in FL!!! Well compared to here it is.

Get busy!!!

RexSeven Dork
Feb. 16, 2010 9:34 p.m.

Mmmm... those Weds look sexy as hell on that SA. Makes me want to drag my FC out of storage...

amg_rx7 Reader
Feb. 16, 2010 11:32 p.m.

Sweet

Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 25, 2010 10:02 a.m.

Well I added some better pics to my site,as well as some pics of the Rotary Rocket magazines I got with the deal.They can be seen here:

http://web.me.com/cdirado/Diradosite/79-RX-7-S.html

Chris

MiatarPowar HalfDork
Feb. 25, 2010 10:47 a.m.

Oh, man. That's hot. Nice find.

Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 26, 2010 3:43 p.m.

I got a coupe of the wheels off today,and got the tires off. I weighed the rims on our bathroom scale,and they weigh a portly 17lbs.

I still like them though.

Anyone know if the machined look face can be refurbished to take care of the lines,and tarnish that they have? If so where could I get it done,and any idea what it would cost.

RexSeven Dork
Feb. 26, 2010 3:50 p.m.

Here are a couple of rim repair shops in MA:

RimPro in Tewksbury http://www.rimpro.com/index.html

Rim and Wheel Works in Waltham http://www.rimandwheelworks.com/

I can't vouch for either shop's work though a couple of people I've spoken to have given RimPro good reviews. One of my RX-7's 5Zigens is slightly bent so I plan on going back there soon to have it straightened.

Woody SuperDork
Feb. 26, 2010 7:52 p.m.

Very cool. Other than the K+N sticker, it looks like it hasn't been touched since 1983.

Enlighten me: What is the deal with the "S" model?

aussiesmg SuperDork
Feb. 26, 2010 10:21 p.m.

S model is bare bones. GS is midlevel, and GSL has it all, GSL-SE was later and had the efi 13B

Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 26, 2010 11:32 p.m.

In 79-80 the S was the base,and the GS was the fancy model. The GSL came in 81 with the redesign of the car,and the GSL-SE was a special car available in 84-85 only along side the S,GS,GSL and it had a fuel injected 13B.

The things that set the S and GS apart on the 78-80 cars was minimal,but you got a 4-speed in the S,and a 5 in the GS, rear sway bar on the GS,remote hatch release on the GS,centre armrest on the GS. Available factory sunroof on the GS.Most GS's had alloys where most S models had steelies. Most GS models had AC as well.Not much more really. They both got the same engines.

My 78 GS is really closer to an S model as it doesn't have AC,or a sunroof,but it does have the alloys,center armrest,hatch release,and the highly sought after black interior.

Chris

ValuePack HalfDork
Feb. 27, 2010 4:09 a.m.
RexSeven wrote: I can't vouch for either shop's work though a couple of people I've spoken to have given RimPro good reviews. One of my RX-7's 5Zigens is slightly bent so I plan on going back there soon to have it straightened.

I can't speak for their work, but RimPro used to be a semi-regular customer when I worked in the tire industry. Seems like a professional staff, and there's enough good looking stock there to make any wheel whore like me drool for days.

If you end up using them and would care to, report back with your experience with them. I've got a nice old set of wadded up '80s VW 14s that could use some attention and don't really know who to turn to since New England Wheels in Hampton, NH went out of business.

Feb. 27, 2010 10:21 a.m.

In reply to P71: Dude, what when did you get rid of it?

aussiesmg SuperDork
Feb. 27, 2010 3:52 p.m.

He sold the 1st gen, yes he did, and purchased that golden idol of all things GRM, a Miata

Mazdax605 Reader
Feb. 27, 2010 3:58 p.m.

I thought he bought a Porsche?

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