I'm gonna start off with a little background, so lets roll the clock back to 2007.
My turbo M-Edition started to smoke very bad under load, at first I thought it was the turbo seal, so I replaced it with a new turbo, guess what it still smokes so I could've blown a ring, at that point I decided to just do a complete turbo build.
In April 2008, I found myself an RS for daily so I can park the M-Edition and maybe start working on it. At that time I was still paying off a huge amount of CC debut that I have built up during college years (yeah I was stupid), so funding for the rebuild was very limited or maybe even non-existent, CC debt was paid off in March 2009.
In May 2009, after the M-Edition has been sitting outside under the cover for over a year, I finally convinced my parents to let me moved it into the garage. I pull the motor out later on that month, was planning to start with the body that summer and started to collect a bunch of parts for my turbo build. Though I ran into a lot of issue with the RS and ended up spending most of my time that summer fixing it, therefore the M-Edition sits in the garage for another year. On top of that, I live with my girlfriend in the city, about 35 mins away from my parents house, so that makes it harder to work on the car everyday, or even once a week.
In 2010, more and more parts has been piled up but still no progress on the M-Edition, plus my girlfriend and I were moving into our first house, which took up most of my time during the summer, and therefore the M-Edition sits once again untouch through out the summer. After we moved in I've decided to tow the car to my house so I can finally start the build, so I started moving all to parts I've collected to my house. During the move, I notice the car has started to rust. Underbody, engine bay, subframe had all rusted pretty bad, probably from sitting outside for too long
It'll require a lot of time and money to bring just the body back to good condition, and on top of that I still have to spend money on the engine build. At that point I just didn't think it was worth it anymore.
In September 2010, The part out began and at the same time the search for my dream car has also began. I chose the RX-7 because I've always wanted one when I was in high school, and I think it's time to fulfill that dream. Being a 93-95 model, they are hard to come by especially being unmodded and has low mile, on top of that I want only white or black nothing else. I was actually settled with a white one I found in Maryland at one point, it was a 94 with 50,000 miles, everything original except an aftermarket front bumper, FMIC and bigger radiator. I waited 3 months for the seller to take it to a Mazda dealer for a compression check (this is when the bad luck happened). The mechanic who was supposed to do the compression check really like the car, and he offer the seller $2,000 extra to buy the car from him right then and there. With the car being at the top of my budget, I cannot afford to rise my offer so I just watch the deal slipped through my hands
Because of what happened I had to go with my 2nd option, a 93 in black with 58,000 original miles on chassis. Motor and turbo was recently rebuilt with less than 300 miles, only modification is a downpipe which is more an upgrade than a mod in the RX-7 world, and interior look brand new.
March 11th, 2011, I flew out to NC to look at the car in person, everything checked out good except a few things that the seller didn't mention before hand, but that didn't stop me from buying this beauty! I closed the deal that day and had my trucker pick it up in the afternoon while I was flying back up to Chicago, 48 hours later I have it on my driveway
Looking out from my office...
Some close up...
Two things I did right away is change out the wore out stock shifter with a MSP one, and added a boardway mirror to help my rear view vision
I'll upgrade the coolant system soon and add some gauges to monitor the engine