RossD PowerDork
Nov. 20, 2014 11:45 a.m.

NMNA...

Craigslist Ad said: I'm selling a 1980 Mazda 626 that has a Rx7 rotary engine, her name is Donna. Originally from Kansas. I am the 4th owner. The first owner made some changes with her like put a new radio system in, and the rotary engine in. He kept all the receipts from what he bought and had done to her. She runs nicely and needs a owner who can take real good care of her. Please contact me for any questions you have about her!
Swank Force One MegaDork
Nov. 20, 2014 11:58 a.m.

I'm actually a bit surprised this didn't sell the first time.

(edit) Seems to be the same ad.

JamesMcD Dork
Nov. 20, 2014 12:40 p.m.

Pretty much every part on this car is made of albino unicorn hoof, but I still want one.

Swank Force One MegaDork
Nov. 20, 2014 12:52 p.m.
JamesMcD wrote: Pretty much every part on this car is made of albino unicorn hoof, but I still want one.

What's the suspension/brakes low-down on these things? RX7 parts?

If i manage to move my Miata, i'm buying this thing. End of story.

mndsm MegaDork
Nov. 20, 2014 12:55 p.m.
Swank Force One wrote:
JamesMcD wrote: Pretty much every part on this car is made of albino unicorn hoof, but I still want one.

What's the suspension/brakes low-down on these things? RX7 parts?

If i manage to move my Miata, i'm buying this thing. End of story.

River falls is about an hour from me....

JamesMcD Dork
Nov. 20, 2014 9:10 p.m.

I have three sets of NOS Koni front inserts for it. Rears are regular tube shocks so I imagine you could match the length from something else.

Last I checked you could get a set of bushings from Noltec in Oz, but I think they got purchased by Whiteline. King had lowering springs. Addco still has sway bars in their catalog. IIRC front camber plates for 1st gen RX-7s fit.

Eric has an extra parts car which he has tried to sell to me before, so maybe you could get some bits from him if needed.

Swank Force One MegaDork
Nov. 20, 2014 9:26 p.m.

What's their closest "relative?"

mndsm MegaDork
Nov. 20, 2014 9:47 p.m.

Well, if this goes down, lemme know what I need to do. I assume I'll be playing along since im close

JamesMcD Dork
Nov. 20, 2014 9:59 p.m.
Swank Force One wrote: What's their closest "relative?"

First gen RX7.

drainoil
drainoil Reader
Nov. 21, 2014 7:23 a.m.

Uh, River Falls is 45 minutes from me.

RossD PowerDork
Nov. 21, 2014 8:11 a.m.

SFO: if you pick it up, make sure you get the dash gorilla.

T.J. PowerDork
Nov. 21, 2014 8:48 a.m.

Here's the previous thread from Oct 21.

I like it. It is the type of car I want someone here to own and provide build updates on, but don't think I'd want to own it myself. Either way, it is too far away for me to even think about owning.

Nov. 21, 2014 10:07 a.m.

Awesome car. Needs build thread. Swank must acquire.

84FSP New Reader
Nov. 21, 2014 10:16 a.m.

I don't think I've ever even seen a 1980 626 before. Hopefully it finds a home with one of you.

Keith Tanner MegaDork
Nov. 21, 2014 10:18 a.m.

Love these cars, it's what I basically learned how to drive stick on. Not a huge rotard myself, although the fact that the car is named Donna does endear it to me. I'd put a 4 cylinder back in

mndsm MegaDork
Nov. 21, 2014 10:21 a.m.
drainoil wrote: Uh, River Falls is 45 minutes from me.

Where are you? You can't be far from me if rf is 45 from you.

Swank Force One MegaDork
Nov. 21, 2014 10:26 a.m.

The bad news is that my buyer for the Miata seems to have flaked.

The good news:

1) An old MX6 buddy is looking for a hilarious and scary Exocet donor, and i have just the drug he needs. (Holy E36 M3 my car would be terrifying in exocet form)

2) SWMBO has given the go ahead to get the 626 if the Miata goes away.

Nov. 21, 2014 10:43 a.m.

DO EEEET!!

JamesMcD Dork
Nov. 21, 2014 12:13 p.m.
Swank Force One wrote: The bad news is that my buyer for the Miata seems to have flaked. The good news: 1) An old MX6 buddy is looking for a hilarious and scary Exocet donor, and i have just the drug he needs. (Holy E36 M3 my car would be terrifying in exocet form) 2) SWMBO has given the go ahead to get the 626 if the Miata goes away.

YES. Please get this.

Add these stripes:

And these wheels:

JamesMcD Dork
Nov. 21, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Ask him if he has the original 626 transmission, or if it is the one in the car. They have better gearing than the RX7 one.

JamesMcD Dork
Nov. 21, 2014 12:24 p.m.

Also, you'll need one of these:

Radio Shack Bluetooth Cassette Adapter

Swank Force One MegaDork
Nov. 21, 2014 12:34 p.m.

Uhhh... i actually LIKE these with fender mirrors.

Oh god somebody please save me.

I wouldn't be super worried about gearing or optimizing the current setup. I'd be 13B swapping it as soon as i could.

Swank Force One MegaDork
Nov. 21, 2014 12:37 p.m.

HOLD THE PHONE.

ARE THESE ROTORS?!?!?!?! IN WHEEL FORM?

rcutclif Reader
Nov. 21, 2014 1:02 p.m.
Swank Force One wrote: HOLD THE PHONE. ARE THESE ROTORS?!?!?!?! IN WHEEL FORM?

sure looks like it. That's winning my internets today.

FSP_ZX2 Dork
Nov. 21, 2014 1:04 p.m.

"Just one look...that's all it took" jingle running through me head.

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