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We shall start with a few pics of her before she got parked and I started on the swap.

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She came with most hideous American Racing 5 spoke wheels, but shes spent time on a few different wheels from the long defunkt AZ RAWR from Phoenix meats and dicksuction thread. Here shes on 10 ae wheels ;)

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Last good photoshoot she had before I hydroplaned and crunched a few panels.

This swap started with a dream... no seriously! I had a dream my uncle was trying to sell me a lifted 99 Dodge Dakota on 33" tires with a 20b swap. As soon as I woke up I knew what I wanted to do... 13b swap in the miata.

So it stayed parked at my friends land for about 5 years as I saved and grew up a bit.
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Once she was back at my house I had to do a bit of cleaning as it was in a dirt lot for a while.

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Once she was cleaned up I started with sound deadening and spray on heat rejection coating as she will not have any hvac I think I can afford a few extra lbs for comfort.

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The easy to mask doors with out taking them off is just some drop cloths.

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I'm still flabbergasted how good the trunk and door seals have held up over the years.

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I figured why not do the same treatment to the removable panels from the trunk and parcel shelf.

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Next up is a new chassis wiring harness because it will be fresh wires/relays, cleaner, and so much easier to get to everything if diag is needed.

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Got a nice little bracket done up to hold the fuse block on the firewall behind the glove box.

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continued on next post...
 

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Next up is some new door cards and refreshing things like window regulators.

A little sound deadening for good measure...

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Solid on the test fit now to wrap with vinyl.

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Cleaned up the pedal assy and add some grip tape.
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Now onto cleaning up more of the underside of the car.

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Just a little basic repaint.

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All new parts in for wear items minus some used koni's just to get it rolling around.

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I got the gas tank chem stripped for good measure and sprayed the bottom with heat rejection because im in Arizona and rotarys make some heat in the exhaust.

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Next up is one of the hardest things I've done next to doing the fab for the engine... Tombstone delete along with all the vent holes!

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For the following pictures fret not! The dash had a nice crack down the top of the pass side.

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Looks good on the test fit to me so now to begin an asinine amount of work.

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So we decided on using expanding foam to fill the voids, sanded flush, soaked the top with a 2 part marine epoxy, sanded again, and the bondo to smooth. Also on doing the little metal strips as cross bracing and to get some structure and used a bit of cardboard to limit how far back the expanding foam went (not pictured).

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Crash pads were already wrapped so i decided on a test fit before proceeding.

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It took a week to get the center done with the afformentioned steps to fill voids. It was time to get another look at it in the car.

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Boy, it turned out just like i wanted!

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And now for the real stuff!

V8roadsters mount-less subframe vs stock. Thank god i went this way because it was already a hassle to get this engine in the way I wanted it.

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Got the subframe all in so we could get started on the engine mounts.

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After a little trimming on the firewall it sure looks like it belongs there.

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Like I said not too much trimming but then again there are what feels like a thousand layers of metal sandwiched together.

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My fab guy was dead set on doing a cross brace to mount to. On the bright side there is no way im going to break an oil pan!

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It was going to be way too much bs to stay with the ppf on the trans even though the FD rx7 trans uses one. So we did the mount like the ppf delete/FC rx7 mount.

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Not too bad, only had to cut a bit of the firewall and I got it all behind the steering rack. The FD rx7 trans set the shifter about 3" back from stock position so a little kink in the shifter stock should bring it damn close to where it was.

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Still gotta mount this plate for good when then engine and trans are back in after rebuild but it will make it nice and sealed in case of emergency.

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Fuse box all mounted with a common ground block and now it has the 80amp bussman breaker mounted as well.

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Racing beat 4 barrel intake manifold and dissassembled road race header are just hanging out in front of the car until the engine is back in.

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I currently have the engine over at a friends house for rebuild. After that is back in its time to get the exhaust/fueling/intake done.
 

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As of right now this is the current parts list

*DRIVETRAIN

FD RX7 TRANSMISSION
88 RX7 6PORT ENGINE
KOYO RX8 RADIATOR
LEVEL ZERO MOTORSPORTS POLY ENGINE MOUNTS
RACING BEAT 6 PORT INTAKE MANIFOLD
RACING BEAT DISASSEMBLED ROAD RACE HEADER
ENERGY SUSPENSION MASTER KIT
V8 ROADSTERS MOUNTLESS FRONT SUBFRAME


*INTERIOR

LRB SPEED DOOR CARDS
FABRIC WAREHOUSE MARINE GRADE VINYL
AUTOMOTIVE CUSTOM CARPET CARPET KIT
WESCO PERFORMANCE NON RETRACTABLE 3 POINT HARNESS
PLANTED SEAT BRACKETS


*SUSPENSION

NATIONAL REAR HUB BEARINGS AND SEALS
REAR HUBS
FRONT HUBS
MOOG TIE ROD ENDS
MOOG STEERING RACK BELLOWS
SUPERPRO STEERING RACK BUSHINGS


*ELECTRICAL

SKY HIGH CAR AUDIO POWER(4 GAUGE) AND SPEAKER WIRES(14 GAUGE)
SKY HIGH CAR AUDIO POWER DISTRIBUTION BLOCK
SKY HIGH CAR AUDIO MACHINED BATTERY TERMINALS
BUSSMAN 80 AMP CIRCUIT BREAKER
PAINLESS WIRING 21 CIRCUIT PRO STREET CHASSIS HARNESS
PAINLESS DUAL RADIATOR FAN RELAY KIT
KENWOOD KAC-M1824BT BLUETOOTH AMP
KICKER CS 6.5" SPEAKERS


*SOUND AND HEAT MANAGEMENT

SECOND SKIN SPECTRUM
SECOND SKIN FIREWALL THERMAL
SECOND SKIN HEATWAVE PRO


*OE PARTS

WINDOW REGULATORS
WINDOW CRANK HANDLES
FUEL DOOR/ GAS RELEASE HANDLE
FUEL FILLER HOSE
HOOD RELEASE CABLE
 

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I am here for this.
I don't have too many updates since I had to do a bunch of maintaince on my daily. But I do have a nice little quality of life update for her that I did that I will post here soon. Rebuild kit for the engine should be on order Jan 1st. If you guys want any more details or explanation don't be afraid to ask.
 

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Just nice to see a rotary build really well documented. Always wanted to do one of these but got distracted with turbocharging the piston engines.
 

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Ok, I promised an update so here it is though it is a bit short.

Got the breaker all mounted up. I'm itching to finish up sleeving and terminating all the dash wiring but that is for another day.

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I guess you could say i am very grounded XD. 4gauge wire runs from the ground by the battery to the distro block above to this point which will go to the engine and the 12gauge from each headlight also terminates here.

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And since i was thinking of the interior in terms of a 60's Porsche whats more appropirate than moving the ign cylinder to the cig lighter hole by the steering wheel? But first i must sand it to 2k grit!

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And then i had to cut all the ears off of it to fit behind the dash... and then trim a bunch of stuff behind the dash.
Luckily the hole is almost perfect and it naturally clocks to the start being at the 12 o'clock.

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