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JoeyV - you've probably got about 100 lbs worth of car detailing product in the trunk I bet

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haha, no I don't but I should show you guys some of the products I work with in the other thread.

the "extra stuff" is the passenger seat which is close to 45 lbs, the A/C pump which is just sitting in the engine bay, the sound deadening which I should be removing shortly and a bunch of useless brackets and screws here and there. I will probably also be removing the passenger door card since the handle works without it and the window can still be operated from my side.

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I'd also recommend removing the floor mats, damn things are heavier than the engine

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ahem...lolwut?

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Hey Joey, what do you think of this? I wouldn't buy it but it seems like a steal: 1993 Mazda RX-7 ? BARRIE ? For Sale
Edit: Another one: http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Mazda/RX-...o/19_5612754_/

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Holy wow! Those are great prices, especially the second one! Jump on them now someone!

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To far away to lol. I hate red and would pick one of those up to be honest.

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nice rx7, send me a pm im intersted in buying something from you.

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December8th update.

Those of you who liked and follow my company (Elegance Auto Detailing) facebook page, you know that I've been pretty busy over the last few months. But now that I am taking a 1 month "vacation" (I'm still going to actually take clients, but I'm charging double price between December 15th and January 15th to "discourage" people from bugging me during vaca time ) This means I will be able to work on my car a little bit more. I actually got to work yesterday.

I started mounting my V-mount to realize the brackets I made (Defined Autoworks bracket design) were not going to work at all. (works with their kit, but not with how I'm building mine) So I scrapped the whole thing and designed new ones. I made and installed them yesterday.

I made them out of 14 gauge steel rather than 11 like the Definaed Autoworks ones. This allowed me to shape them easier and increase structural rigidity by adding reinforcement bends.


One piece construction, annealed bends, metal screws security and mig welded for extra peace of mind. I don't think these are ever going to let me down. haha


Then I drilled the holes the rad would rest in, bolted them up to the car and test fitted the rad.








For now there are only 3 metal screws holding each bracket in place, but they will be welded in this afternoon.




For those wondering, that cylindrical radiator is my power steering cooler.



Here are the "designs" for the diverter panels I'll be making to direct air flow to the rad, intercooler and air filters. It's hard to tell with a 2D design, but if you have a good visual converter in your head, you'll understand what these mean





I sent the rad out for modification yesterday. (the 2 tubes where the coolant hoses connect need to have different angles) It should be back by Tuesday, at which point I will be able to keep going forward with the fabrication.

I am also in the process of ordering and receiving my brake parts. I have the Russel SS lines, ATE super blue DOT 4 brake fluid and I am waiting on my DBA rotors and Hawk HT-10 pads.

I will be updating again soon with the v-mount progress and other things such as the Lexan back glass and rear CF bumper.

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In the mean time, here are some recent shots of my car as it is now.





















Note - I just noticed that some of the pics are not working earlier in the thread, so I'm gonna go back and fix some of those.

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Well,I just got my rad back today. I must say I am very disappointed in the work, especially when considering that the shop was recommended by a big name in the steel industry and that this said shop has been around for 30 years. I am seriously contemplating picking up a TIG welder to match my MIG and just do the work myself and avoid the nasty surprises next time. Maybe even start making custom Titanium exhausts for those interested

Anyways, here is the rad with the modifications.



I specifaclly asked to have the pipe roll bent, but he simply didn't bother and welded in a right angle. It will still work, it's just not optimal.


Here, I asked for a 45 degree angle, not 90, so I could clear the fan mount points easily.


Perfect example of the crappy welding....it looks like a dog gnawed the pieces together.


Anyways, once that was back in place, I could start designing the rear intercooler/rad bracket.




Here it is in place holding the rad only.






Then I sat the intercooler in there to start the design for the front brackets. Here, it's bolted only in the back.




A few pics of what the whole thing looks like from the front,








And here are the 2 brackets I made for the front of the intercooler.


Here's how everything sits now.


For now, everything is in place. I have ordered the couplers for the IC end tanks as well as the pipes. Going to do a bit of clean up later in the week and paint the brackets and strut bar.

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I hope that welding job holds up bro...that one weld attaching the 90 to the rad looks horrible.

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I hope that welding job holds up bro...that one weld attaching the 90 to the rad looks horrible.
I know. The shop who did it didn't have the required equipment to test it for leaks and for pressure, albeit how low it is in the cooling system.

I told the owner that if it leaks, he's refunding me. If it weren't for the hefty price tag of an aluminum-capable TIG welder, I'd have done this all myself. I know I could MIG weld it, but my MIG welder does not support aluminum welding and MIG welds are generally sloppy for aluminum.


Working on a clients car today (probably the last one of 2012) and will resume work on the FD later this evening or tomorrow.

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i think the welds are fine.. unless you hit a speed bump wrong it should be fine. the rad outlet looks really close to the ground
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i think the welds are fine.. unless you hit a speed bump wrong it should be fine. the rad outlet looks really close to the ground
It only looks that way because of how I took the picture. It actually sits higher than the skid plates.

As for the welds, yes, they will probably work, I'm just not happy about how sloppy the work is. I could have saved $100 and done it myself to be this ugly.

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Nice Joey, love the exterior!

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