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Old 12-31-2008, 01:33 PM   #1
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Default RX-Snake: Project Management and General Issues

This will be the Master thread, containing the project management and other top level stuff. Other threads will be created for dedicated subjects.


BASIC VEHICLE DESCRIPTION
1987 RX-7
Small Block Ford 302
Holley 174 Blower 12-15 psi with meth/propane

4 speed manual top loader
Ford 8.8" or 9" solid axle rear
Almost fully striped (minimal electrical retained)
6 Point Cage
Custom Paint and Logos
Custom Body work

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Video of torching off wheel, it's a hoot!


We expect the car to run mid 10s@130~ with a good driver. The car will be about 450WHP and 2,700 lbs.

joedls has graciously provided the engine transmission and blower. We owe him big time.

This thread is for active project participants. If you are not a participant but have any questions or comments, please use this thread. If you have any SBF, RX-7, other parts, money or time you'd like to contribute post in this thread and poof you're a participant.

Please see the next three posts for project management overview.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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Default Project Schedule

UPCOMING DATES
Work on Tuesday June 8 and Thursday June 10.

PHASE BREAKDOWN
PHASE 1
- Acquire Car -- DONE
- Strip Car 90% -- DONE
- Transport SBF and Trans to Vettezuki's house for later installation. -- DONE
- Acquire Heads -- DONE
- Repair Holley 174 -- Underway
- Cage car 6 point -- DONE
- Assemble engine -- Fully dissassembled
- Acquire Headers
- Acquire Carb -- DONE

PHASE 2
- Setup Axle
- Suspension -- Fully removed and disassembled
- Check and rebuild brake system as needed
- Begin Body Prep -- Underway
- Body fabrication -- Front and rear bumper, well underway
- Gauge layout and dash fabrication

Phase 3
- Mock up, installation check
- Body and Paint

Phase 4
- Install engine system and trans
- Install interior
- Install electrical
- Shake out bugs, loose ends
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:34 PM   #3
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Default Parts Needed and Open Questions

PARTS - This is a VERY partial list, but are for sure required.

Engine Related
- Starter - DONE
- Alternator - DONE
- Alt bracket - Joe thinks he has one
- Main Pulley - Joe thinks he has one
- Headers
- MLS Head Gaskets (can you say boost baby!)
- Distributor
- Plugs
- Wires
- Radiator
- Carburetor - DONE

Trans Related
- Scatter Shield - DONE
- Shifter - DONE (in shipping)
- Drive Shaft - We have one to work with

Msc
- Line Lock
- Battery
- Wheels and tires for the rear, tires on stock wheels in the front

Suspension
- Front Struts
- Rear shocks
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:44 PM   #4
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December 31, 2008: Decided on RX-7 with Forced Induction SBF. See this thread for history of discussion.

2009
January 3, 2009: Purchased 1987 Gen II RX-7, began stripping.
January 4: Removed engine and trans, continued to strip harness and clean. Decided to make the car minimally streetable, with "show car" registration
January 5: Received Engine and Trans from joedls. Continued to clean.
January 6-7: Continued cleaning and stripping
January 9: Purchased pair of Avenger 195cc Heads
January 10: Received Electric fan from kdracer73
January 11: Continued cleaning and stripping. Transferred to 94cobra69ss396 for caging. Caging begun.
January 23: Received Heads
January 24: Ron continued Work on Cage
January 28: Picked up Alt + Starter
January 29: Removed stock heads, began cleaning block in prep for paint. Discovered valves in new heads won't work with current pistons.
February 4: Ron Completed Cage
February 8: Purchased Carburetor, checked cam, continued stripping down and cleaning engine.
February 13: Picked up blower from Joe
February 14: Joe dropped off oil pan. Picked up SBC Crossmember, TKO Trans Mount, DS, and MC from buddy.
March 1: Joe acquired Scatter shield at swap meet.
March 13: Ron completed fabricating installing modified trans cross member and fabricating motor mounts, including fitment checks
March 14: Ron dropped off RX-Snake back my house
March 21: Full day group effort on body prep
March 22: joedls dropped off scatter shield and blower intake
March 25: Death Cult Aaronmageddon began working on front bumper, I began removing sound deadening material, etc.
March 28: Death Cult worked on Front Bumper, I continued removing harness, sound material, etc.
March 29: DC continued with front bumper, I did msc, clean and prep, big2bird dropped off C5 radiator for trial
March 30: DC continued with front bumper,
April 3: Major patio and garage cleaning
April 6: Received Renagate shifter
April 10: Worked with DC on front bumper and misc stripping cleaning
April 12: Major cleanup of work area
April 13: Pull internals from engine with Ron.
April 19: Began stripping the remnants of the sou
nd insulation with a Scotch Brite pad
April 24: DC worked on the bumper
May - August Front and rear bumper fabrication related work, engine dissassembly and lots of tidbits
September - June: Here and there on the front and rear bumpers, and getting the blower sorted.

2010
We're back yo!
June 8, 10: Front and rear bumper, body work, etc.
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I'm excited.
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Me too, it should be interesting. I'm hoping to learn a lot (especially given how little I know currently ).
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I'm "half" excited. But I'm there.

I see where Ben is going with this.


First question; will the SBF need a rear sump pan or a front sump pan in the RX7?


After 2:00 pm today I won't be here till Sat around 9 or 10 am.
I would ask TT to do a cad overlay, showing the integration/fitment of parts. He has the skill, just don't know if he has the time/interest.
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I'll use the top 4 posts as our ghetto project management. Keep an eye on them, they'll change continuously.
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I am down to help out with time and maybe even a little money. Lets do this!!
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See Phase breakdown in Project Schedule to see if it makes sense to you guys. Ok, I'm going to clean up my patio now for this project.
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