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Herblenny
10-12-11, 02:17 AM
Brief information about me...

My name is Philip Sohn. I been in rotary scene for over 10 years and have owned my share of rotaries (RX-2, RX-3, 1st gen RX7, 2nd gen RX-7, 10 or so 3rd gens, RX-8, Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor, etc).
Here are few pics of the cars I've owned..

1993 MB RX-7, 1972 Orange RX-2 coupe, 2004 Lighting Yellow GT RX-8
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0622081601.jpg

1985 GSL-SE RX-7 mint!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/96933739.jpg

1991 RX-7 convertible (first rotary I bought)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3a22d1d3.jpg

1973 RX-3 coupe (track ready)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC00646.jpg

1993 RX-7 base blk/blk (my first FD)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Blk%20FD/45140_425324508926_532683926_5056604_7365992_n.jpg

1991 Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1.jpg

1994 SSM FD (My other project)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/185385_10150264195948927_532683926_7820994_7763271 _n.jpg


I also run one of the biggest rotary car event called, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally' (www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com).
http://image.modified.com/f/34320366+w750+st0/modp_1010_01_o+deals_gap_rotary_rally+attendees.jp g

And if someone ask me what my specialty is, it would be 3rd generation RX-7. I've owned more of these than any cars and have built 3-4 of them in the past. I personally think FD3S RX7 is the best car Mazda has produced and one of the top sports car available in the 90s and still one of the best today. For the past 8 years, I been collecting rare parts, manuals, magazines, and been lucky that some vendors appreciated my build and sponsored me (Thank you Exedy USA, WORK Wheels, Disc Brakes Australia, and Bride). Last year, I made it on to the cover of Modified Magazine and recently featured on S3 Mag.

http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/4554/rx7cover.jpg

Modified Mag feature: http://www.modified.com/features/modp-1001-1993-mazda-rx7-and-1991-eunos-cosmo/viewall.html
Modified Mag feature about my event: http://www.modified.com/events/modp-1010-deals-gap-rotary-rally/viewall.html

After over 10 years of owning and now my life is starting to change (Married and with a young son), I am wanting to build my "Last RX-7" and go out with a bang. I been studying and researching about 3 rotor RX-7 and that is what my "Last RX-7" will be.

From Now til SEMA 2012, I will be posting here my build process... Pretty much from a stripped chassis to show/track ready RX-7. This is almost 10 years of making in which that I been collecting parts for about that long... and how things comes around in full circle. So, please check often as I'll be posting detail process of this build.




Now to my build!

Friday Nov. 4th, 2011 - It was my last day at SEMA 2011 in Vegas, talking to some of my sponsors and checking out the cars at SEMA. But my main goal was to find a vendor/sponsor who will show my "Last RX-7" next year. After talking to few, I approached my sponsor Disc Brakes Australia (http://www.dba.com.au/) who graciously supported me in the past with my other RX-7 and RX-8. I had this 5-10 minute spill all lined up and asked the owner of DBA about my car being at their booth next year. After 2 sentences out of my mouth, owner said, "Sure!". I didn't know what to say at that point.. I think I just mumbled on and finished pitching the car even though I already got an OK from the owner. He said, he will love to have the car and right and there, my dream of building a car to SEMA has begun!!!

Sunday Nov. 6th, 2011 - I flew back to Birmingham, AL day before and I got sick. This is the day I'm heading to New Orleans, LA to pick up my rolling chassis to begin my "Last RX-7" project. I was pretty sick in the morning where I went into UAB Hospital ER to make sure I was ok to travel. They gave me some antibiotic and I decided to head down there to pick up this 1993 Red RX-7. With help from a good friend John Lewis and loaner trailer from my best friend Leo Huang, we drove to New Orleans to pick up the FD.

And here it is!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VRFD4.jpg

Thanks to my friends in New Orleans, Jack and Jonathan from Gorilla RE (www.GorillaRE.com) I got the car loaded and then we went out to eat :)

Monday Nov. 7th, 2011 - We left New Orleans and headed back to Bham to drop off the car at my friend Walker Morgan's shop. He is by far the most professional and best fabricator in town. His skills are by far the best I have seen and he himself have worked on several SEMA cars and such. His company webiste is: www.mpfab.com

Car leaving New Orleans
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/373883_10150365163818927_532683926_8515803_1619149 828_n1.jpg

At Walker's Shop! www.mpfab.com
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/392987_10150365585203927_532683926_8518072_2343051 81_n1.jpg

Herblenny
10-12-11, 02:18 AM
Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2011 - Been searching for my missing parts and trying to put my engine together so we can test fit it in the car.

Here is my 20B/3 Rotor, built D series engine. Engine was built by my builder Luis Canizales. I consider him to be one of the top builders in the country.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B4.jpg

Test fitting the motor mounts.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B1.jpg

Different flanges for the manifold.. trying to decide which ones to use.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B2.jpg

Ready to transport!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B3.jpg

Wednesday Nov. 16th, 2011 - I was going to install the engine earlier, but due to rain, I didn't get to until now.. I decided to delete PS, AC.. So, I used Mavel manual rack to install the 20B.

In the engine bay!
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20Bisin5.jpg

Total Monkey Kaos
10-12-11, 02:24 AM
WOW! Alot of work ahead of you there!! Looks like its going to be a busy time for you between now and SEMA.

WAN94N
10-12-11, 02:35 AM
this is going to be a very interesting build thread ;)

Herblenny
10-12-11, 03:07 AM
WOW! Alot of work ahead of you there!! Looks like its going to be a busy time for you between now and SEMA.

Yep! Pretty much a complete build from ground up... with total color change. Still have about 11 months.

More Update!

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 2011 - Today, I took couple of my strut tower bar to test fit it on the car. Make sure if it will clear the UIM (No pics). Unfortunately, both bars did NOT clear. I also cleaned up the car a bit and pulled the body electric harness off of the car.

Monday, Nov. 28th, 2011 - I was thinking about the clearance issue and decided to go with Atomic Rex manual rack. I think this should give me additional 1/4 to 1/2 inch more clearance.

Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 2011 - Made a deposit for Atomic Rex manual rack.. We shall see how much space I'll have. If I could drop 1/4+ inch, I should be able to use my Cusco D shape strut tower bar without an issue.

Friday, Dec. 2nd, 2011 - A Japanese rotorhead in KY helped me out with translating the wiring diagram for the super rare, Defi DSSC. Thanks Yuki Sawai!!!

Defi DSSC is one of the rare item that never sold in USA and Defi did not allow this item to be sold outside of its dealers. Total of about 400 were made and I believe I might be the first in USA to put it in an FD.

Here are some pics of the unit.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSC5.jpg

Gil
10-12-11, 04:52 AM
Rotary everywhere! :D

RXS3VN
10-12-11, 06:31 AM
Great work as usual phil.
I've been following your updates on facebook

I to i am fiitting a 20b but into a fc3s

Keep up the great work !

Herblenny
10-12-11, 07:35 AM
Great work as usual phil.
I've been following your updates on facebook

I to i am fiitting a 20b but into a fc3s

Keep up the great work !

Thank you! I think about rotaries everyday and I want this to be the last :)

Herblenny
10-12-11, 08:22 AM
December 6th, 2011 I got a call from my fabricator and he said he checked on the pricing for the Stainless 321 and going to order some for the new manifold set up. This means, my old SS 321 manifold with Racing Beat header flange is for sale!!! If you are interested let me know :)

Here are pics of my old flange set up!

Here are the pics and placement of the turbo.. Turbonetic T76 BB.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3rotorFD2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3rotorFD1.jpg

In the car with Hinson 20B /Pettit Subframe with this manifold with Garret T76 with T4 Undivided flange.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0038.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0028.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0040.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSCF0041.jpg

mrkrooz
10-12-11, 11:46 AM
OG!! Nice werk man, keen to see more!!

ram
10-12-11, 11:59 AM
Niiiiiiiiice... looking forward to keeping up with this :) Post up another thread with some info about your other rides? How do we follow this on FB?

Gelato Boi
10-12-11, 01:39 PM
Great stuff man, very keen to see how this turns out.

Herblenny
10-12-11, 02:20 PM
Niiiiiiiiice... looking forward to keeping up with this :) Post up another thread with some info about your other rides? How do we follow this on FB?

I'll also post some stuff about my other FDs as I'll be working along with this build...

Update:

December 8th, 2011 - My fabricator/friend Walker Morgan has explain to me how he was going to build the new 20B manifold. We've decided to use bit more expensive, 321 Stainless for the new manifold. I'm excited to see how its going to turn out!! Until then, I need to start working on the wiring for the car..

Here is a translated DSSC wiring diagram I received the other day... Only one in the WORLD!!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSSCwiring.jpg

Also, I realized I didn't mention much about my engine...

20B/3 Rotor is from a last year made Eunos Cosmo which each engine is stamped with a letter and a number. Earlier series are just numbers and last series starts with letter "D". This one is the later more stronger motor. Complete rebuilt with all new internals and slightly ported (RE blocks are already has big ports) and REW exhaust sleeves are put in place.
I actually bought this short block several years ago from Hector Gonzales, former NHRA modified class racer in Miami. He was going to use this engine to build his drag car but ended up selling it because of some financial issues.

PLTP
10-12-11, 03:47 PM
I know of your bluish Infini that thing is insane.
do you own any piston powered cars?

SLO40Z
10-12-11, 06:50 PM
epic previous cars and nice build man, but just curious if you're actually putting the engine now or just mocking it up?!

thought you might shave/spray the engine bay before hand?

Herblenny
11-12-11, 09:25 AM
I know of your bluish Infini that thing is insane.
do you own any piston powered cars?

I do... I drive an Acura/Honda TL as a daily and also Lexus RX as parts hauler :)


epic previous cars and nice build man, but just curious if you're actually putting the engine now or just mocking it up?!

thought you might shave/spray the engine bay before hand?

As of now, its just a mock up so manifold can be built and v mount set up. After that, I'm going to get the whole thing repainted.

update:

December 9th, 2011 - Today, I was thinking about stripping my MB FD and start thinking about what I'm going to do to the exterior of the car... I started looking over some old builds I did and thought about turning my MB to what my Blk FD last looked..

My 1st FD / my 'black fd' and how it last looked in my possession..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7818.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7813.jpg

I'm going to start parting out the MB this weekend!!!

Onevia
11-12-11, 10:13 AM
That black fd is sex

will123
11-12-11, 06:01 PM
very nice build mate

mattymc
11-12-11, 06:14 PM
Im excited about your new build but cant get over how good that black fd looks

SeRkZ
11-12-11, 06:52 PM
Great effort dude. FD + 20B, super combo :) Can't wait to see more progress.

Herblenny
16-12-11, 12:23 AM
December 13, 2011 - I didn't get much accomplished over the weekend... Kid, wife, holiday season, plus my old house that i'm trying to get rid of is sucking all my spare time I have.

Yesterday, I finally ordered my new wheels for this car from WORK Wheels.

http://www.workwheelsusa.com/media/wheels/27/1003/colors/324.jpg

I'll most likely use these on the street and my RAYS/VOLK RE30s on the track.

WORK CR Ultimate is their newest Emotion Series that are much lighter and stronger than previous CR series. I'm super excited to get them and now they are available in 10.5 width.

Herblenny
17-12-11, 03:58 AM
December 16th, 2011 - I've received some sneak peek pictures of the turbo manifold yesterday. Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com did an excellent job.

Here are few pics from the pics he sent me!

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold3.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold2.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold4.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk16/DealsGapRotaryRally/20Bmanifold1.jpg

Its made with Stainless 321, which Walker did his magic on them to look like this... Not sure if many of you seen how 321 comes form suppliers, but they looked horrible.

I'm heading over to the shop on monday to take some high res pictures with my dslr and also bring him the mid pipe and catback for him to test fit to make the DP.

Those of you who haven't heard of MPFab.com, he has worked on several exhaust systems for high end SEMA cars and custom hot rods. He also developed turbo kids for bikes and other sport compact cars.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFAB.jpg
For more information about them, go visit: www.MPFab.com

Herblenny
20-12-11, 03:14 PM
December 19th, 2011 - I went by MPFab.com this morning to drop off my titanium catback and a midpipe so, he can start working on the turbo placement and DP. I also had a chance to take a look at Walker's handy work. Man was I impress with his fabrication skills :)

Here are some better pics I've taken.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/manifold3.jpg

I have yet to see bottom mount turbo set up on a rotary and I'm excited to see how all is going to turn out!

Kupo
21-12-11, 12:39 AM
great stuff.. love the pics and work you've done so far. I hope that my rx7 will be one tenth as good as yours.

I'm following your build on a few different forums and can't wait to see it finished!

jOhn-e
21-12-11, 01:41 PM
Interested in a 20B customer inlet manifold ? :)

Would suit it perfectly heheh

Herblenny
22-12-11, 03:11 AM
Interested in a 20B customer inlet manifold ? :)

Would suit it perfectly heheh

Thank you, but maybe next time. I'm trying to retain the original 20B UIM as its what I think most people will recognize as 3 rotor. But if I get addicted to tracking or drag later on and hunger for more power, I will consider different intake set up (especially if I decide to go with NA vs FI).

WAN94N
22-12-11, 03:39 AM
loving how this is all unfolding! power goals? race event type (if any)?

Herblenny
23-12-11, 02:19 AM
loving how this is all unfolding! power goals? race event type (if any)?

I'm hoping to make 600 at the wheels but we'll see.. I'm hoping the car will be somewhat track ready and if so, I'm going to ask one of my friend to drive it on a time trial.. I'll also take it on few track days to see how it feels.

Anyhow, more pics and update..


December 22nd, 2011 - I went over to MPFab to check out the manifold progress and lend a hand if needed (not that I can do much). We also wanted to test fit the turbo and get some measurements and clearance.. But in order to finish everything up, I need to get the new steering rack.

Anyhow, here are some Walker Morgan's handy work (www.MPFab.com)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker02.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker01.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker05.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker03.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker15.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker13.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker09.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker21.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker19.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Walker%2012-21-2011/walker18.jpg

Herblenny
27-12-11, 02:43 PM
December 26th, 2011 - After a full day at work, I decided to take the dash apart and get it ready to get it recovered by my interior guy tomorrow..

Here are some pics of the stripped dash..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_2782.jpg

re-enforcement bar and wires..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_2783.jpg

I'm also re doing the center tunnel and door panels.. Should take about a month..

devilution
27-12-11, 02:59 PM
Really like how you mounted the turbo, should look great once the v-mount gets in!

carlitos_sti
27-12-11, 11:37 PM
:shock: waoo dude this are going to be an awesome proyect!!!!

Herblenny
31-12-11, 09:57 AM
December 30th, 2011 - Not much update on the car... but in a rotary related thing, I had a chance to go see some rare historical rotary cars in Nashville, TN.

Thanks to Founder/Director of Lane Motor Museum, I had a chance to see, hear, and touch some historical and super rare rotary cars.

Here are some pics from my private tour.

1967 NSU Spider - This is the first production rotary car with single rotor, rear mounted engine.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries29.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries31.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries28.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries33.jpg

Another Rare NSU Ro-80 - A Birotor sedan

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries04.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries09.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries07.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries08.jpg

Citroen GS Birotor - I knew about the NSU, but did not know about this Citroen vehicle.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries38.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries27.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries24.jpg

And finally a super rare Citroen M35 Prototype single rotor vehicle... This is the only one in USA.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries18.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries15.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries19.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Lane%20Motor%20Museum/RareRotaries16.jpg

carlitos_sti
03-01-12, 11:12 PM
awesome!!!

tonieez
04-01-12, 12:08 PM
looks like someone else has the same cluster as u from the states if im correct


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpCZY6ZL9Ys&list=UUis2HBluMb2mj6yR56hQt5A&index=1&feature=plcp

carlitos_sti
04-01-12, 11:06 PM
looks awesome dude!!!!

Herblenny
05-01-12, 08:33 AM
looks like someone else has the same cluster as u from the states if im correct


There are about handful of them in USA.. I think I actually contacted the guy who installed that one to see if he could give me some pointers on install. Far as I know, that 240, Supra, Me, another FD owner who's planning a build, and maybe an NSX.. There could be couple of more..


January 4th, 2012 - Happy New Year!!!
Well, not much have been done to the car as I was busy at work... Also, I'm about to trade this shell for an R1 shell without the sunroof. Hoping to do that this weekend.
Anyhow, the little time I had, I stripped out the dash and refinished the rusty metal dash frame.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DashFrame1.jpg

I sanded it down to bare metal, treated with rust inhibitor, and primed it.

I then sprayed with gloss black then quick shot of gunmetal and clear the whole thing.. Shouldn't rust again :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DashFrame2.jpg

I'm heading to my fabricator's shop (www.MPFab.com) to pull the engine out and get it ready for this weekend's shell swap.

Herblenny
06-01-12, 02:41 PM
January 5th, 2012 - My clutch for the 20B came in today from my favorite clutch company, EXEDY CLUTCH!! Here are few pics :)


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch2-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ExedyClutch8.jpg

Herblenny
11-01-12, 12:40 AM
January 10th, 2012 - Well, I would of made an earlier update but I had to put 14 hour day at work yesterday and didn't have much time to tell you all what happened to my trip.

Well, last week I was running around town trying to get my shell ready for a swap with an R1 shell (without sunroof) that a friend of mine had in GA. So, I had to pull the 20B out, get the hatch from my friend's shop (which I was going to paint it and put on my MB FD), find a trailer, and a friend to help me tow it. Because my fabricator does not come in on saturday, I also had to go there day early to pull the car out so I can load it day after.

Saturday morning (Jan. 7th) - We loaded up the car and got to my friend's place in GA. We started taking stuff off of his car and started to transfer to my shell.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL3.jpg

During this process, the car smelled really bad and we found some crazy stuff. Like dead mouse :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL1.jpg

I guess the car was sitting outside for awhile and a mouse made a nice home out of this RX-7.

Since I was going to strip this car to bare metal, I didn't really care about the smell or the dead mouse.... but I did care about what I found next, a bent frame that lead to bent head light assembly mounting points. This is a bad sign as when headlights are mounted and pop ups go up and down, the geometry is messed up so the lights might not line up. At this point, I was quite upset.. Just because I asked my friend to check the car as he knew the car was in an accident before. Also because my car was on hold for 2-3 weeks as my fabricator couldn't cut anything on the shell because of this swap. And I wasted my weekend, other people's time, etc just because my friend didn't take 10 mins to check over the car carefully and to see where the accident was. But he's a friend and he feels bad and going to help me out later so I cant be mad at him.

Anyhow, we loaded the car back up and drove it back to my fabricator.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATL5.jpg

Hopefully, I'll have more fabrication updates later this week!

Charbz
12-01-12, 11:10 AM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0622081601.jpg

Man i think im in love with that rx2 do u have anymore pics of it?? by the way awesome build :)

Herblenny
13-01-12, 07:49 AM
Man i think im in love with that rx2 do u have anymore pics of it?? by the way awesome build :)

I do have few more pics but I no longer own that car (sold it to a good friend of mine)..

More update..

January 12, 2012 - Last night, I went over to www.MPFab.com to install the 20B back in to the car and get the car ready so that owner of MPfab.com can start building the exhaust system and the V-mount.

Since its important that everything needs to sit the way it is, we needed to install the tranny, ppf, catback, MP, etc... but like always, we ran into other issues..

Issue #1 - Defined Auto kit did not level the engine.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2059.jpg

This might be because I had issue lining up one of their motor mount bracket and I had to enlarge the hole in order to get the brackets to slid into the motor. But, that's not it as one of the top hole should of kept the height in order..

Issue #2 - Correcting leveling issue.

We measured everything to make sure if it was the mount or if it was the car. After measuring the chassis, subframe, core support, etc, we came to the conclusion it was the mount. So, we added couple of spacers to see how much it was off..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2060.jpg

After adding the spacers (3/8 inch), we had other issues.. which is now the engine was sitting bit to high and PPF was hitting the tranny tunnel. So, we lifted the engine, pull the passenger side mount and cut 3/8 to level it back out. After that, we wanted to make sure if everything else was going to fit so, we dropped the sub frame and bolted the oil pan on to double check everything...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2063.jpg

At this point, everything seems ok after cutting but the PPF still seems bit close to the top of the tranny tunnel.

Next, I'm going to bring my AutoEXE braces so Walker from MPFab.com could build the exhaust that will clear all the bracing.

Herblenny
16-01-12, 03:01 AM
Not much update over the weekend so here is a random pic of my MB FD :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFD1-2.jpg

Herblenny
19-01-12, 01:58 AM
January 18th, 2012 - Got my wheels in from WORK Wheels (http://www.workwheelsusa.com/).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2068.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2070.jpg

WORK CR Ultimate aka Kiwami.

Spec: 18x9.5 +30 and 18x10.5 +23

DW CUZ
19-01-12, 02:36 AM
winning !

carlitos_sti
19-01-12, 07:05 AM
wao that FD are so amazing!!! BTW keep that good work!!! i can wait to see the finish results!!! great work

Herblenny
20-01-12, 03:32 PM
January 19th, 2012 - Few pics of the update...

Interior.. took the dash out and put just the rebar to hold the steering column in place..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1218.jpg

Also installed my Ti Catback

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1206.jpg

And my MB FD was featured in S3 Mag and they are using one of the photo of my car on their website..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/S3Mag.jpg
www.s3mag.com

I have a ton of photos of the new set up tomorrow...

Herblenny
21-01-12, 04:07 AM
January 20th, 2012 - Update from my fabricator's work. Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com did an awesome job on these parts.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1203.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1204.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1201.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1202.jpg

Downpipe :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1209.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1215.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1214.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1210.jpg

Inside the DP.. you could almost see through..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1208.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Project1-18-1207.jpg

WAN94N
21-01-12, 12:29 PM
wow that welding work looks great! glad you have such commited support in your build!

carlitos_sti
21-01-12, 01:03 PM
waoo dude that was an awesome work!!! cheers!!!!

Noodlez
21-01-12, 01:20 PM
dude this is sick! cant wait to see what it looks like when ure done :)

Herblenny
23-01-12, 02:27 PM
January 22nd, 2012 - I've ordered a new wastegate from a friend from the past who owns www.znperformance.com

Gave me a great deal the Tial 44mm MVR wastegate!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ZNPerformance2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ZNPerformance3.jpg

www.znperformance.com

While I was at it, I also ordered one of these from ZNPerformance..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ZNPerformance1.jpg

Mark TSB
23-01-12, 03:13 PM
looking heaps good mate cant wait to see the finish product.

Herblenny
28-01-12, 05:31 AM
January 27th, 2012 - Not much update... I got my new tires the other day and just dropped them off this morning to get them mounted. There is only one place in Bham, AL that I would let people touch new wheels... and only because they have the right machine to do so... Corgi Artiglio Master and Hunter load balancer. This shop also uses special weight for your wheels.. expensive, but worth it!

Wheel Spec: The New WORK CR Ultimate 18x9.5 Front and 18x10.5 Rear

Tire Spec: Toyo Tires, R888 - Front 255/35, Rear 295/30

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/WORKTOYO.jpg

EM16A
28-01-12, 01:57 PM
Beautiful!

Will
28-01-12, 02:21 PM
Phat TURBRO


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carlitos_sti
30-01-12, 11:21 PM
awesome!!!!

EMAGDNIM
01-02-12, 04:07 PM
I'll be following this build for sure!

Herblenny
04-02-12, 12:15 AM
February 3rd, 2012 - Few things happened since last update...

Toyo R888s are mounted on the new wheels and now back at the house.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/R888.jpg


20b stainless flange is machined flat and ready.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20bflange1-1.jpg

All the exterior plastics have been pulled and fenders are on for test fitting.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update2.jpg

and testing out the bumper..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/update3.jpg

VITZ
04-02-12, 04:06 PM
Can't wait to see how it looks with the wheels and body parts on :)

carlitos_sti
07-02-12, 12:05 AM
awesome!!!!! keep that good work!!! one of my favorites builds by far!!!

Herblenny
13-02-12, 02:19 AM
awesome!!!!! keep that good work!!! one of my favorites builds by far!!!

Thank you!


More update... or lack of it..

February 12th, 2012 - Not much update as I been spending my spare time trying to get my old house in order and put it back on the market. Some idiot kicked down my door to the garage and I had to get that fixed and been painting the interior to update the house a bit... This housing market is killing me and I need to sell this so I can dump it in to this project.

Anyhow, Only car thing I did since last update...

Put these Mazda posters I had (for about 7 years) in my garage..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/posters1a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/posters1.jpg

And got my spoilerless hatch painted MB and mounted (pics later).

Herblenny
17-02-12, 02:26 PM
February 16, 2012 - Not much update as I'm currently waiting on parts to finish the V mount set up and such..

Mean while, I'm working on my MB RX-7... Took the CF hatch and the wing and now... going wingless...

sorry for the bad pic.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/wingless.jpg

carlitos_sti
21-02-12, 11:37 PM
looks awesome!!!

Herblenny
22-02-12, 08:18 AM
looks awesome!!!

Thank you!!


More update... again.. not much...

February 21st, 2012 - Not much of an update as I'm waiting for few things to come in to finish up the project..

One thing that did come in is the intercooler core from http://www.bellintercoolers.com/

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo47.jpg

Waiting on couple of things that are suppose to show up in next 2-3 weeks... Then the car will go through quick changes from that point on..

Herblenny
27-02-12, 09:54 AM
February 26th, 2012 - I've bandaid fixed my ignition issue on my MB FD and drove around town today. Also, thought I snap some recent pics with the new hatch and the cleaner look.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED-RX7-Spoilerless2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED-RX7-Spoilerless3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED-RX7-Spoilerless4.jpg

Noodlez
27-02-12, 10:40 AM
looking very shmick :)

carlitos_sti
27-02-12, 11:17 PM
waoooo!!!! just awesome dude!!!

VITZ
28-02-12, 11:29 AM
jizz in my pants....

Flickchic
28-02-12, 11:37 AM
Awesome !!!

mrkrooz
28-02-12, 01:56 PM
lookn sweet!!

Herblenny
06-03-12, 04:16 AM
Thank you all for the kind words... My MB will go through some changes in 3-4 weeks.. I'll update that car here also..

Meanwhile...

March 5th, 2012 - Update from my fabricator Walker Morgan @ MPFab.com
Walker who's a professional, keeps me updated on the progress on the set up. One of the reason why I think he's a true professional. I've never asked him for a pic and he sends them to keep me informed. Also, he's awesome about meeting his time frame (he's would of finished it all but he's waiting on few things I've ordered.. so, its my fault).

Anyhow, he sent these pics of the wastegate setup.. But there is a chance we might change it up a bit.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab-RX7-FD3s-3.jpg

carlitos_sti
06-03-12, 06:33 AM
waooo dude looks awesome that work!!! makes me want one soo bad!!!

WAN94N
06-03-12, 07:52 PM
one acronym...WOW (want one WHENEVER!)

Andrew05
06-03-12, 09:31 PM
That RX7 is absolute porn. Well done beautiful ride:)

Chewbacca
06-03-12, 10:07 PM
Unless you're plumbing that back in, it looks tighter than a 12 year old to get a screamer to deafen cats.
This thing will totally get so many impressionable bitches on your shit if you make it vent to atmo

Herblenny
06-04-12, 12:14 PM
April 5th, 2012 - Its been awhile since I last updated and I have quite a bit to post up.

To start, I got my Radiator and the core from Bell Intercoolers (www.bellintercoolers.com)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-Intercooler1.jpg

MPFab did some quick mock ups to see how its going to line up.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7-Bell-MPFab3.jpg

Herblenny
06-04-12, 11:01 PM
April 6th, 2012 - I been also working on the MB FD.

For the MB, I got hold of rare RE-Amemiya dual Dolphin tip catback.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/REA21.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/rea41.jpg

i had a bit of an issue taking the old one out and took 4 hours vs. normal 30-45mins.. All because of this one nut!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2430.jpg

Pic of installed catback (bad pic)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_2435.jpg

Herblenny
07-04-12, 03:26 AM
April 6th, 2012 Part B - MB Strut tower... AutoEXE

Front was fairly easy to put on.. Minus getting rid of Garfinkle brace.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MB-RX7-FD3S-1.jpg

Rear was bit more challenging as I had to cut the panels.

Before:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FDwhatIdid1.jpg

During:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FDwhatIdid2.jpg

After:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo2-4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3496.jpg

I also decided to put the Bose tube back in.. In someways, I kind of missed it :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3503.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3502.jpg

Drifter995
07-04-12, 03:40 AM
that back end looks so sexy :D

Wink
07-04-12, 11:00 AM
Lovin your MB FD

The only thing I'm not a fan of is the Spirit-R badging...

carlitos_sti
09-04-12, 10:03 PM
awesome!!!

Herblenny
10-04-12, 04:09 AM
Lovin your MB FD

The only thing I'm not a fan of is the Spirit-R badging...

I used to have all the Spirit R goodies on the car.. hence the badge.

April 9th, 2012 - Update on the build.. Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com is doing great job on this build!!

Here are the pics :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/306584_317880764946535_100001738432277_871877_1519 446969_n.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/526643_317881161613162_100001738432277_871878_1138 231689_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/537156_317881354946476_100001738432277_871879_1825 601849_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/529175_317881791613099_100001738432277_871882_3424 7742_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/398967_317881971613081_100001738432277_871883_1811 46649_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/530153_317882188279726_100001738432277_871884_1469 315900_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/541325_318218414912770_100001738432277_872863_1081 874348_n.jpg

Mark TSB
10-04-12, 11:13 AM
Damn looks so aggressive and so bling nice work.

Snoop G
10-04-12, 01:36 PM
^ +!

carlitos_sti
10-04-12, 10:03 PM
i cant wait to see the finish results!!!

Herblenny
10-04-12, 11:27 PM
Thank you all for the kind words.


small update..

April 10th, 2012 - Thanks to Chris Ludwig of Ludwig Motorsports (http://www.lms-efi.com/) will be helping me with the EFI solutions. I got these coils from him and going to figure out where I'm going to mount them in the engine bay..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Ludwig-Motorsports.jpg

Herblenny
22-06-12, 12:27 PM
OK... Well, I'm going to start updating this thread a bit more regularly since I'm starting to wind down.

To start, My event, DGRR 2012 Happened in Mid April and I was concentrating on that..
We had a great turn out and I think many rotary guys had great time. More information about this event, goto: www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DGRR2012-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/dgrr2012-3.jpg

I also got pulled over by TN LEO.. but did finally got to drive on the Dragon (been 4 years).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ScreenShot2012-04-24at71203AM.png

The unfortunate part was I blew two PowerFC's the very last day when I was about to roll back home. Luckily help of rotary friends and DGRR sponsors, I was able to limp back home vs. tow truck.

Here are the list of DGRR 2012 sponsors. Please support these vendors who support my event.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DGRR2012ShirtBackOutlines.jpg

Herblenny
23-06-12, 01:54 AM
Also during my time off, I made a carbon license plate for the SSM 99 bumper... Finally!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SSM-RX7-FD3S-2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SSM-RX7-FD3S-1.jpg

sinista
23-06-12, 03:33 AM
nice build man

Herblenny
25-06-12, 05:15 AM
nice build man

Thank you!

More update to catch up til NOW.

More pics of my car from DGRR 2012...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AssaultechFD3SRX7.png

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OmarMBFD.jpg

Me on the Dragon at DGRR 2012

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Biker.jpg

Then I showed my MB FD at the Formula Drift under Exedy Clutch tent.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FormulaDriftATL2012.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/7199164868_aa3e48b548_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7199164788_6c7a41c203_b.jpg


And little update on the project car..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo4-3.jpg

Waiting on few things..

carlitos_sti
25-06-12, 10:47 PM
i dont have words for this.... the only thing that im going to say is!!! this makes me want an FD soo bad!!!!:mrgreen:

Herblenny
26-06-12, 10:15 AM
i dont have words for this.... the only thing that im going to say is!!! this makes me want an FD soo bad!!!!:mrgreen:

Thank you! You should get one :)


About a month ago, me and a local photographer decided to shoot my car early morning in Bham, AL area.. This was some of the results.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MorningFD2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MorningFD.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/HowBeautiful.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3899.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATA_5771.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ATA_5887.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_3887.jpg

carlitos_sti
26-06-12, 10:07 PM
yes!!! i hope to buy one of this someday ;) BTW awesome pics my friend!!! you car looks insane!!!

Herblenny
29-06-12, 01:48 PM
yes!!! i hope to buy one of this someday ;) BTW awesome pics my friend!!! you car looks insane!!!

Thank you! I took about 70% and friend of mine took the other


Update..

Things that I would do for rotary cars... Again, this isn't quite related to this build but related to my 20B Cosmo and what I would do for some of the rarest parts in the country.

I've followed this front clip for over 2 years.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMAG0237.jpg

It was owned by a friend Drew in ATL, GA and I found out about it just as him and his business partner was going separate ways. Due to separation, car was in a limbo and I was unable to purchase the parts. Couple of parts I wanted are, RE-A steering column pod and the RE-A bumper add on and the bumper.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMAG0242.jpg

After the Drew sold his half off, the front clip ended up going to his old partner... when I asked to purchase these parts, the new owner refused to sell to me the 2 parts and wanted me to purchase the entire clip. After refusing, he tells me he will never sell it to me. About 2 years later (last month), friend of mine gave me a lead and located the new owner of the clip. New owner ended up being a guy in florida whom I bought 2 x 3 rotors about 7-8 years ago. What a small world!!
I ended up driving from Bham, AL to Fruitland, FL to finally pick up the parts I been waiting over 2 years!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Fruitland.jpg

Loaded up the SUV and came back to Bham... all in 48 hour trip :)

This was my 2nd 20B clip I stripped..

Here is the first one that I stripped.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/4226_87291100377_637860377_2274397_.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/4226_87291145377_637860377_2274404_.jpg

After this 3 rotor project is done, I'll be using the new front bumper and the extra hood I have and re paint the cosmo.

32RVW
29-06-12, 03:06 PM
What an Insane build Phil. Subscribed ;)

Herblenny
30-06-12, 01:06 AM
What an Insane build Phil. Subscribed ;)

Thank you!


Other cool things I got from the Cosmo Front clip from Florida are:

MS air filter in good shape
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/415824_10150859789418927_1957964813_o.jpg

RE-Amemiya Plug wires in excellent condition
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/469687_10150859950313927_488495180_o.jpg

and the RE-Amemiya Steering column pod and boost gauge. I actually contacted RE-A 2-3 years ago about getting this unit but they said they stop production and was not going to make it.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/468333_10150864506868927_1232287705_o.jpg


And my Cosmo as it sits today... Pulled it out of my garage to do some electrical stuff done for the house.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3002copy.jpg

Herblenny
11-07-12, 02:34 PM
July 9th, 2012 - Finally some update... Here are some sneak preview pics of what the car will kind of look like exterior wise.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo23.jpg
RE-Amemiya Carbon Fiber Fender mirrors

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo24.jpg
I had to ditch my last bumper because it was messed up by my old body shop. Luckily a friend in New Orleans helped me and sold me his personal bumper.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo25.jpg
With the carbon RE-Amemiya N1 undersweep on the bumper. This is just a test fit and getting the car ready for the paint and body in a week or so.

More updates coming friday.

carlitos_sti
11-07-12, 10:06 PM
:shock: looks insane!!!!

Herblenny
14-07-12, 09:59 AM
:shock: looks insane!!!!

Thank you!

July 13th, 2012 - Today's Update for the week.

Well, to start, I've got my rare red Mazdaspeed seats from Japan. I've seen the white and black ones (I have one of the black) before but never seen one in red. I have a fellow rotary guy in Japan who helped me get these seats and just got them cleaned and reconditioned to near mint condition.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MSseats1.jpg

Also Walker Morgan from www.MPFab.com have installed my new Tial MV-R wastegate and the new BOV. As you can tell, the new theme is silver and black :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TIAL1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/ENGINE1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FDTIALMPFab.jpg

And finally after many many many months of wait, phone calls, etc etc. I finally got my new manual brake system (just a test fit).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Chase1.jpg

Next week is the tear down, and the shell and all the body pieces goes to Paint and Body @ Goolsby Customs (www.GoolsbyCustoms.com). Jonathan Goolsby is one of the top painters in the country who won last year's SEMA GM Design award!! Can not wait to see what he will do with this car. Will post more details as car now goes in to the final stretch!!

carlitos_sti
16-07-12, 09:53 PM
awesome dude!!!!

mrkrooz
17-07-12, 02:19 PM
Seats look awesome! Keep the updates coming!

illest.
18-07-12, 03:43 PM
i love rotaries , all my dream cars in your garage right there!

Herblenny
20-07-12, 01:00 PM
awesome dude!!!!

Thank you!!


Seats look awesome! Keep the updates coming!

Thank you!


i love rotaries , all my dream cars in your garage right there!

LOL!! its missing couple :)



July 19th, 2012 - MPfab.com / Walker Morgan has been finishing up the engine bay so we can't send the car to the paint and body.

Here are few more pics of the progress..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo33.jpg

New side panels on rails :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo34.jpg

I was trimming the bumper most of the afternoon.. making sure it fits perfect.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo30.jpg

Pic of my heavy duty sway bar mount and sway bar :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo29.jpg

One off fenders by Shine Auto :) Thanks to the owner Ken, he made me a one off FEED fenders for this build. I been two toning like this on my other FD and decided to continue on..


http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/image-1.jpg

Finally, MS seats... waiting to be shipped from Japan!!! Can't wait to get them!

Herblenny
24-07-12, 06:35 AM
July 23rd, 2012 - Update!

Well, I'm getting ready to start putting things together and getting stuff out of the boxes and checking to be sure I got everything for the last min assembly..

Here are some of the stuff I've gotten..

Stance USA - Pro Comp 3 Coilovers (http://stance-usa.com/sus/products/coilovers/procomp3)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA6.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA9.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/StanceUSA7.jpg

My reason for picking this unit is: great price, great customer support from Stance USA.. and I've heard great things about their products from racers and street drivers.

Product looks to have great craftsmanship and quality. I can't wait to install them.

RB_LOVE
24-07-12, 08:15 AM
Awesome! When do you think you'd have it "done" lol

carlitos_sti
24-07-12, 10:23 PM
those coils looks awesome my friend!!!

Herblenny
26-07-12, 06:23 AM
Awesome! When do you think you'd have it "done" lol

Needs to be done by mid to end of Oct...


those coils looks awesome my friend!!!

Thank you!


July 24th, 2012 Update..

Car is about to leave MPFab and we are finalizing few things. Here are some pics..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab01.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab02.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab03.jpg


We started to tear it down..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab04.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab09.jpg

and

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MPFab12.jpg

everything out!

carlitos_sti
27-07-12, 09:49 AM
Waoo dude almost done... Im realy happy from you dude...

Herblenny
28-07-12, 12:00 AM
Waoo dude almost done... Im realy happy from you dude...

Thank you!! Its getting close...

July 26th, 2012 - Everything has been taken off and the car is now at Jonathan Goolsby's, 'Goolsby Customs' (www.GoolsbyCustoms.com).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3735.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/IMG_3736.jpg

There, car will be painted using latest BASF water based paint. Can't wait to see what Mr. Goolsby will do with this car!!

carlitos_sti
28-07-12, 01:32 AM
Nice my friend... You are going to give them the same color ?

Herblenny
28-07-12, 02:05 AM
Nice my friend... You are going to give them the same color ?

Definitely Not the same color.. I'm not a fan of Red Rx7... Nothing against the red cars, I'm just not a fan :)

carlitos_sti
28-07-12, 02:10 AM
Great.... What color you have in mind ?

Herblenny
28-07-12, 02:11 AM
Great.... What color you have in mind ?

Well,... I don't quite want to disclose that til at least couple of panels are shot :)

carlitos_sti
28-07-12, 02:13 AM
Jajaja no problem... I wait for those pics :-)

bert_
28-07-12, 02:57 AM
epic build... cant wait for the finished product!

Herblenny
28-07-12, 01:31 PM
epic build... cant wait for the finished product!

Thank you!


Also, I think I forgot to post about the engine...

Here is when it was just built.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627479_631811.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627480_4086416.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627477_6448344.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/n532683926_1627476_8283611.jpg

Its from the last year Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor, "D" series motor, broken down and rebuilt with ported intake, less restrictive 13B-REW exhaust sleeves, Balanced rotating assemblies, Lapped housings, and all new seals and gaskets... And built by one of the best builder I know.. Luis Canizales.

SVP
28-07-12, 07:46 PM
This is awesome dude. It's coming along very nicely.

Cannot wait to see the end product.

Herblenny
01-08-12, 05:02 AM
This is awesome dude. It's coming along very nicely.

Cannot wait to see the end product.

Thank you! Hope I can show more later next month :)


July 31st, 2012 - Over the weekend, I had a chance to pick up a unique parts for this car... One of them being this, FEED GT II R wing.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo1.jpg

And yesterday I had a meeting with Mr. Goolsby at www.GoolsbyCustoms.com about how the car is going to be built... and brought bunch of carbon parts :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo4-4.jpg

bert_
01-08-12, 08:42 AM
yummy carbon parts!

carlitos_sti
01-08-12, 10:09 PM
damm bro i can wait to see al the parts instaled and the car painted :)

Herblenny
07-08-12, 12:07 AM
yummy carbon parts!

And its not all of it :)


damm bro i can wait to see al the parts instaled and the car painted :)

Me too.. Its coming together...


Aug 6th, 2012 - Update from past 7-8 days...

Well, On my way to pick up some goodies for this project and my MB, I stopped off last weekend at the Import Alliance in Charlotte, NC. There, I saw this yellow FD with K swap.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_4381.jpg

Up on closer inspection, the turbo set up seemed very similar to my 20B project. See if you can compare..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_4382.jpg

I did talked to the owner and they did a great job putting this car together in less than 3 months. Its definitely different... but not sure if this is something I consider a 'better' option to 13B or LSx. I was told it should make mid 400whp using GT35R. That's about what you would get from 13B. Also, unlike 13B, K seems to sit much higher. That's definitely not an advantage over 13B.

After my trip to IA, I headed to Charlottesville, VA to pick up some goodies!!
Some of the back roads were amazing up there (not as cool as Deals Gap :) ).

Here is a photo taken inside the 4 Runner, on our way up.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/616445_10151001981733927_1560338396_o.jpg

Picked up my goodies from one of FD fanatic, Fritz Flynn... here are his collection of VR FDs. I've also been to his 'warehouse' and I'm sure he has few more FD's sitting around there.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Fritz.jpg


After my 1300 mile trip, I took 3 days off/worked and made other trip up to Louisville, KY to visit Chris Ludwig from www.lms-efi.com .

Chris is working on my Haltech PS2K harness and also using mil-spec connector for all the Haltech and Defi Super Sport Cluster (DSSC) stuff.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/302434_10150999275918927_2026693891_n.jpg

This week, I'll be beautifying my short and long block and ordering some goodies :)

carlitos_sti
07-08-12, 04:56 AM
great my friend!!! i want one of those FD in the garage lool!!!

Herblenny
14-08-12, 02:24 PM
great my friend!!! i want one of those FD in the garage lool!!!

LOL! Thanks! That's a great compliment that you want one of them :)

more update...

Aug. 13th, 2012 Update...

Well, the car is at one of the best paint and body place in the country... Jonathan Goolsby @ Goolsby Customs (www.GoolsbyCustoms.com).

While the car is there, I've decided to freshen up the engine..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo39.jpg

Then spent couple of hours taping up the engine..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo42.jpg

And here is the finished engine :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo45-1.jpg


Also, Goolsby Customs started to test fit the panels...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo46.jpg

More to come later this week...

carlitos_sti
14-08-12, 10:35 PM
:O nice update the engine look great!!!

Herblenny
15-08-12, 01:47 PM
:O nice update the engine look great!!!

Thank you! It turned out better than I thought and now I'm thinking twice about the UIM and LIM color choice. I'll have some pics of those tomorrow.


Aug 14th, 2012 - Today, I finished up the engine by touching up few spots, and decided to paint the UIM, LIM, and install the Exedy Clutch.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo50.jpg
Lightened twin disc Exedy Clutch - Front side
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo51.jpg
Back side

I also installed all new plugs
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo53.jpg

repainted the inside of the back.. and clean up counter weight.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo52.jpg

flywheel torqued on.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo54.jpg

Discs in..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo55.jpg

And now, its on :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo56.jpg

VTi_b0i
15-08-12, 01:58 PM
Wow! I love this thing!

Herblenny
16-08-12, 12:16 PM
Aug. 5th, 2012 - This morning I decided to finish what I started yesterday... UIM and LIM.

To start, I took some of the cast marking off by filing them off.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo61.jpg

After about 1-2 hours of this, I taped it up and sprayed with the same gray I been using, with high temp clear. I initially thought about doing wrinkle red, but after painting the short block, I think it might be bit off.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo62.jpg

I let it cure over night and using a file, I took the clear and paint for the machined look, "3 ROTOR".

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo64.jpg

And to tie in the exterior of the car, I took one of the carbon fiber panel I had and made an insert. This took bit of time as I didn't have the right tools and used some sand paper and file to make the rectangle.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo63.jpg


Next is TB and some of the accessories to match everything.. So, more pics in next couple of days.

carlitos_sti
16-08-12, 10:40 PM
great job my friend!!!

Herblenny
18-08-12, 01:00 PM
great job my friend!!!

Thank you!


Aug. 17th, 2012 Update.... Some body related updates.

Goolsby Customs (www.GoolsbyCustoms.com) did quite an update since I brought the car to them about 2 weeks ago.. They have now install most of the panels and lining them up.

Here some pics..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo1-1.jpg
fender, lights, and bumper

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo57.jpg
Front bumper, lights, canards, and undersweep

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo65-2.jpg
FEED wing, lip spoiler, etc

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo70.jpg
Rear wheel well cut for the FEED fender flares..

carlitos_sti
19-08-12, 12:57 AM
Waooo dude your car are going to be one of my favorite fd ever.... Btw i live that bodykit looks insane

Herblenny
21-08-12, 04:31 AM
Waooo dude your car are going to be one of my favorite fd ever.... Btw i live that bodykit looks insane

Thanks for the kind words!


Aug. 20th, 2012 Some minor update but not much to show... anyhow, more pics :)

How the car is sitting now..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo6-1.jpg

Test fit the UIM..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/386842_10150960016280378_1452910723_n.jpg

Mikeyg
21-08-12, 09:39 AM
nicely done champ

always got a soft spot for fd's

Powerbite
21-08-12, 11:05 AM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo45-1.jpg

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/Kuro_Setton/EmotiLOLs/003f3696.png

So good!

big fat paulie
21-08-12, 11:10 AM
Great work. Your motor and intake manifold look amazing.

Herblenny
24-08-12, 12:42 AM
nicely done champ

always got a soft spot for fd's

Thank you!




So good!

LOL! Thank you!


Great work. Your motor and intake manifold look amazing.

Thank you for your kind words..

More update...



Aug. 23rd, 2012

Couple of things to update you guys..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo5-2.jpg
Car's coming along with all the panels are on except for the fender mirrors.. I'm hoping to pick out the paint color tomorrow or early next week.

I also started to work on other things attached to the engine.. I stripped down the throttle body (TB), cleaned it, and painted simple black with polished ends. Hope all ties well together at the end.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo73.jpg

And finally, the writer of this article contacted me and told me about the rare 767 4 rotor race car (http://www.stanceworks.com/2012/08/an-afternoon-with-an-icon-my-date-with-the-mazda-767b-at-road-atlanta/).
http://cdn.stanceworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/mazda-767b-race-car-title.jpg
It was being rebuilt at the famous Jim Downings in ATL (Also developer of Hans Device). I made call to a friend at Downings and found out that it was still in ATL, GA. I planned to head over there and couple of days before, a friend and manager of Mazmart, Paul Thomas, decided to organize an event for those interested in seeing. I than talked to Paul to find out when, rescheduled and went to see this rare 767..

And here are some pics from it.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Mazda767B3.jpg

And I got to see it before everyone got there and took few of these without the crowd.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Mazda767B.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Mazda767B2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Mazda767B1.jpg

i'll post a video of this in couple of days.

Herblenny
27-08-12, 12:54 PM
Aug. 26th, 2012

Let's see what I've been up to...

Friday, I went over to my long time friend, Bryan at www.BNRSupercars.com to use his sand blast to clean up some suspension parts.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo74.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo75.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo76.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo77.jpg

And yesterday, I was pressing on some Powerflex Bushings. I heard great stuff about them and once the old stuff were pushed out, install was a simple hand press in. I was amazed how easy it was since I've installed a set of Delrins in the past. Quality of Powerflex bushing were awesome!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo80.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo78.jpg

But I did break something... Lack of sleep and hurry to get the job done, I did this..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/422229_10151045499573927_196029302_n.jpg

Luckily I had a spare :)


I also decided to refinish my Alcon calipers for this..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo79.jpg

Did a pretty good job on one, but other one, I kind of messed up and have to re do it..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AlconCalipers.jpg

Anyhow, Tomorrow, I'm re blasting the one I messed up and re doing it.

big fat paulie
27-08-12, 06:54 PM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Mazda767B2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Mazda767B1.jpg


Dem RX3's!!! So clean.

also. alcons look amazing!!

Herblenny
03-09-12, 01:22 PM
Sept. 2nd, 2012 Well, I been busy trying to fabricate some stuff and re-doing my caliper that I messed up.

I had a chance to re-sand blast and re paint them.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo88.jpg

now looks perfect :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo89.jpg

Also, an announcement of new LIM for 20B!!

I was lucky enough to hear about this LIM 6 months ago and now I can show it off to you guys.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo90.jpg

This one isn't my photo.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/617010_4597523055443_419430727_o.jpg

More information about the LIM and more pics later...

carlitos_sti
04-09-12, 10:57 PM
yeahh!!!! you are doind a great job dude!!!

Herblenny
06-09-12, 12:52 PM
Sept. 5th, 2012

Worked on few this over the past few days..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo93.jpg
Cluster surround, fiberglassed and process of smoothing out.

making my own MS R-Spec signal lights :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RspecReplica1.jpg

Studded everything and shorten bolts so I could put FD chrome nuts and bolts for the LIM.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BXcessive1.jpg
This was from about 3-5 FD engines :)

And starting to test fit everything and such..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BEngine.jpg

Herblenny
11-09-12, 02:03 AM
Sept. 10th, 2012

Well, some update.. but before that, some of the goodies that are going in in this car..

Aluminum rack..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AtomicRack.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AtomicRack3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AtomicRack2.jpg

Carbon Shaft.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/CarbonDriveShaft.jpg

FEED trunk thingy in carbon :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEEDluggage.jpg

Herblenny
14-09-12, 09:25 AM
Sept 13th, 2012

I finally took some time to work on the rear diffs of the FD RX-7s.

Here are some pics of the diffs.

Stock vs Kaaz
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Kazzvsstock.jpg

After cleaning the case, sanding it down, and re painting it with epoxy paint,.. I put the new covers on.

Stock vs. Greddy higher fluid capacity cover.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/GreddyvsStock2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Greddyvs.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/GreddyvsStock.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/GreddyvsStock4.jpg

Herblenny
17-09-12, 02:06 PM
Sept 16th, 2012 - Little bit more update...

Took some time getting the transmission painted and such.. Some color scheme.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo7-1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Starter.jpg

and becoming a master of taping :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Bellhousing.jpg

Also, plugged the oil metering hole :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/OILMeteringplug.jpg

and another angle of the painted diff..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Diff.jpg

Herblenny
20-09-12, 12:12 PM
Sept 19th, 2012 Updates from past 3 days..

I had the rotor hats made for the Disc Brakes Australia rotors and got them refinished in similar black.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX710_zps21958a2f.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX708_zps4de17c95.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX709_zps2dcf10ce.jpg

Cleaned up and repainted the RZ calipers.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX702_zpseec7ad20.jpg

I also replaced the diff bushings with Powerflex bushings.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20BRX711_zps083d862c.jpg

Will
20-09-12, 12:30 PM
Looking sweet!

carlitos_sti
21-09-12, 12:16 AM
Great parts my friend... Any updates on the body work?

Jimmy_HR32
21-09-12, 12:48 AM
This is an amazing thread, love the attention to detail in everything!

Herblenny
26-09-12, 02:42 PM
Looking sweet!

Thank you!


Great parts my friend... Any updates on the body work?

Hmm.. no.. I went by and the bodyshop was working on more pressing cars than mine.. which I totally understand.. Hopefully in 2 week..


This is an amazing thread, love the attention to detail in everything!

Thank you!!

Herblenny
26-09-12, 02:42 PM
Sept. 25th, 2012 Update...

Couple of updates... I got my Takata Harness today.. Actually it was shipped to my paint and body guy vs. to my home... and I could could of gotten it 2 week earlier..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Takata.jpg

Takata came up with new design... and color. Hope it will take some time for people to fake this..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TAKATA_2.jpg

And testing on my bride seats..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TAKATA_3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/TAKATA_4.jpg


And refinished my pedals and added discontinued widefoot, heal toe pedal.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7Pedal.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Widefootgas.jpg

carlitos_sti
26-09-12, 10:16 PM
great my friend!!! i can wait to install those parts to my STi too... i want the Takata harness and i dont know what seats to buy... i want the Bride Low Max Vios III or the Sparco EVO...

Herblenny
27-09-12, 12:09 AM
great my friend!!! i can wait to install those parts to my STi too... i want the Takata harness and i dont know what seats to buy... i want the Bride Low Max Vios III or the Sparco EVO...

I would go with Takata since its JDM :) Bride Low Max Vios IIIs are one of the most replicated Bride seats. Just be cautious when you buy them and also who you buy them from. I have Exas III because of the width issue but I do like how it hold you.

carlitos_sti
27-09-12, 12:28 AM
I would go with Takata since its JDM :) Bride Low Max Vios IIIs are one of the most replicated Bride seats. Just be cautious when you buy them and also who you buy them from. I have Exas III because of the width issue but I do like how it hold you.

Thanks a lot for the advise my friend. Well if i buy the Bride seats im going to buyt in this web page... www.intensepower.com i hope this site dont sell the replica ones lol.... And if i buy the Sparco Evo seats i think im going to buyt direct from his web page. Anywa my friend i can wait to see your project finish....

Herblenny
27-09-12, 12:30 AM
I buy all my stuff from www.Assaultech.com
They been nothing but professionals and great service. Ask to speak to a guy named Danny. He knows his stuff and took care of me everytime.

carlitos_sti
27-09-12, 12:34 AM
I buy all my stuff from www.Assaultech.com
They been nothing but professionals and great service. Ask to speak to a guy named Danny. He knows his stuff and took care of me everytime.

Great my friedn thanks for give me that contact... First i have to finish my engine lol and when i finish that im going to buy the seats... I let you know.. Thanks a lot fo the help!

Herblenny
01-10-12, 02:22 PM
Sept. 30th, 2012

I'm debating about the interior and test fit the Takata Harness on the Spirit R Recaros.

Let me know what you prefer?

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Recaro_Takata_1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Recaro_Takata_4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Recaro_Takata_3.jpg


Also, got my VS-XX refinished/powder coated and put new Toyo T1-Sport tires. I've heard great things about these and can't wait to test them out.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/VS-XX-TOYOT1Sport.jpg
**They are not going on this 3 rotor project car**

carlitos_sti
01-10-12, 10:51 PM
ummmm well both looks sick!!! but i preferred the Takata with the Bride Seats!!! looks great... if you paint your car white or black... use the recaro seat by far lol!!!

Herblenny
04-10-12, 11:54 PM
Yeah, I'll be going with takata and bride..

more update..


Oct 4th, 2012

Past couple of days, I decided to strip off my spare RZ hub assemblies and fix up the rotor back plates and such.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo16.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo17-1.jpg

Fronts fixed and degreased... Test fitted the new DBA rotors.. Shaved some metals so DBA rotors can freely spin.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo15.jpg

Rears fixed and degreased

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo18-1.jpg

My good friend Bryan from BNR Supercars is going to let me use his cabinet to blast the rust and such off so I can get the prettied up today.


Also, I received some goodies from Turbonetics.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo13.jpg

Their GT-K 1050!!!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo14.jpg

carlitos_sti
05-10-12, 04:43 AM
Great!!! BTW that turbo looks killer!!! :shock: what are the specs of that baby my friend!!!

Will
05-10-12, 12:03 PM
Boss.

R32Jordie
05-10-12, 01:45 PM
Just read this from start to present. Lots of cool stuff going on.

Herblenny
12-10-12, 05:21 AM
Great!!! BTW that turbo looks killer!!! :shock: what are the specs of that baby my friend!!!

To best inform you.. I'll just post the link.

http://www.turboneticsinc.com/turboc...pressor-wheels

ITs the big boy GT-K 1050 HPC.

Been waiting about 3-4 months for this to be made (Made Sept 17, 2012).


Boss.

Thanks!

Just read this from start to present. Lots of cool stuff going on.

Thank you for spending time to read it!


Oct 11th, 2012

Some update...

Hubs cleaned, blasted, and ready to paint..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo19-1.jpg

And painted.. and ready to be put on the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S.jpg

Cleaned, sanded, and painted axles..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_2.jpg
close up.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_1.jpg

I also got my ID1000's. Bought them from Full Function Engineering. Awesome service and makes some cool stuff for rotaries! Thanks guys!!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_FULL_Function.jpg


Also, got the eye bolts for the Takata Harnesses.. Can't wait to install them and go for a ride ;)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_FD3S_Takata.jpg


And finally,

The engine... Oil pan on, Oil pan brace on, and mounted on my spare FD subframe.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/20B_DBA_SEMA.jpg

carlitos_sti
12-10-12, 07:30 AM
ohhh my friend this is one of my favorites builds by far!!! when you finish this project everyone are going to talk about this FD

Herblenny
29-10-12, 01:07 AM
I'm currently putting the car together for SEMA and I can't upload all the stuff that's going on..

I'll make this short and share 2-3 pics.. including the render done by amazing artist and designer, Greg Thompson. He did an amazing job rendering the car with few pics I sent him and list of goodies I was going to put on. Just amazing work!! Since its so close to SEMA, I'll share the render to give you guys an idea what it will look like (exterior).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/PHILSOHN_fd3sDBA-1.jpg

Hint of couple of parts..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/RX7_SEMA_2012_1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Goolsby_RX7_2.jpg


I'll update the full car on my way to SEMA..


Here are some updated pics as I get ready for SEMA Las Vegas.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FEED_Fender_RX7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/150574_10151126962533927_1385569030_n.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/26648_10151126022208927_1006286080_n.jpg

More pics coming once the car is set up at SEMA.... I just unloaded yesterday..

toddxxx
29-10-12, 02:02 AM
Just read this thread start to finish. All I can say Is WOW!
I want to see the finished pics now! :D

Tomcat
29-10-12, 12:01 PM
The 7 looks sick with the fender mounted rear view mirror!!!!

mrkrooz
29-10-12, 02:12 PM
WOW!

Kupo
29-10-12, 02:43 PM
Wow! It turned out very nicely indeed, I'm sure it'll blow away all the other cars at SEMA.

Now I can't wait for full pics! Can you also post up a full list of all the parts used? There are a few things I've never seen before like that FEED side brace.

carlitos_sti
29-10-12, 11:44 PM
damm!!!! this project are the best lol!!!

Kupo
30-10-12, 10:07 AM
I couldn't wait for pics so went looking for some.. I found these on an evo forum of all places.

http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/galvr4/IMAG1909.jpg
http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/galvr4/IMAG1906.jpg

shame you didn't get it drivable yet but looks amazing!

toddxxx
30-10-12, 08:18 PM
oh wow! this thing looks so nice!

carlitos_sti
30-10-12, 11:07 PM
:shock: looks amazing my friend!!!

mrkrooz
31-10-12, 02:15 PM
:shock: looks amazing my friend!!!

WOW!!! So sick!

Herblenny
09-11-12, 03:01 AM
I couldn't wait for pics so went looking for some.. I found these on an evo forum of all places.

http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/galvr4/IMAG1909.jpg
http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/galvr4/IMAG1906.jpg

shame you didn't get it drivable yet but looks amazing!

That's actually my fabricator, Walker Morgan from MPFab posting at EVO forum :)

Anyhow.. next few days, I'll post about my journey..


Update - November 8th, 2012

Its been about 2 weeks since my last update... Since than, I've put the car together (not running) in 8 days, went to SEMA Las Vegas, and came back to Birmingham, AL.

I'll try to go through the journey over next 2-3 days.. And I promise you guys, there will be ton of pics :)

To start, I was waiting for my paint and body guys Jonathan Goolsby and his crew to paint the body so I could start working on the car.

Paint we've chosen was BASF Mercedes AMG Imola Grey Metallic with hint of darker tint.

Here is a picture of the car before and after the shell was painted.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/7194B4EE-DA66-4E18-8C7B-27E61B0A03AB-14764-00000617CE73D25C.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/106CA142-99B0-4188-B7A1-55C7740011CA-14764-00000612E413E603.jpg

Car at this point had nothing on it except stock suspensions and some old school VOLK wheels to roll the shell around.

More coming when I get some more photos uploaded..

carlitos_sti
09-11-12, 07:00 AM
Damm :shock: my friend that color looks sick!!! BTW i see a pic of your engine bay in speedhunters.com i just to say that project its perfect!!!!

Herblenny
10-11-12, 08:16 AM
Update - Nov. 9th, 2012

Update continues..

When i first saw the car after paint, I decided to clean up the wheel wells and put a nice new coat of undercarriage paint.

But til then, I also decided to drop the rear subframe and do it right :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDa07.jpg

I then taped up the wheel arch and went to town with the paint.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDa12.jpg

Front after paint..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDa06.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb2.jpg

Rear painted and with new subframe and new diff on.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb3.jpg

Herblenny
19-11-12, 02:58 AM
Update... Nov. 18th, 2012

Putting in the Engine and trans..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD04.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD03.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD02.jpg

I've decided to drop the subframe and install the engine by sliding it under and lifting it up and bolting the subframe..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD06.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD05.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD07.jpg

After that, we started it bolting up all the suspensions and brakes..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb5.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDb6.jpg

front

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD09.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD11.jpg

front and rear
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD10.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD12.jpg

front and rear completed.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD17.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD16.jpg

Herblenny
20-11-12, 01:55 AM
Update - Nov. 19th, 2012

While Goolsby Customs were working on the panels, I went to pick up the trailer for SEMA in Nashville, TN from a buddy of mine (Thanks Vinnie!).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDc2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDc3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDc4.jpg

Love the graphics! :)


Panels were added..
Rear flares, hatch, wing..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe05.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe06.jpg

Front fenders with with RE Carbon mirrors.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe07.jpg

Closer look of the rear flares..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe03.jpg

FEED wing and flares.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe04.jpg

Feed fender brace

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe01.jpg

Old school wheels on :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe08.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe09.jpg

And time to transport it to my fabricator's shop (www.MPFab.com).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe10.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe11.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe14.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe18.jpg

carlitos_sti
20-11-12, 03:08 AM
Great pics!

Herblenny
07-12-12, 11:37 AM
Update Dec. 6th, 2012

Well, I been busy with other stuff and totally forgot to continue with my sega... not that anyone cares.. Anyhow, here are some more pics and more of previous build progress.

Arriving at MPFab.com

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe24.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe23.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe21.jpg

New OEM parts..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FDe26.jpg

Mr. Walker Morgan started to install the goodies..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S1.jpg

Turbonetics Inc. GT-K 1050 Turbo
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab1.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab2.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab4.jpg

Bracing that I had, refinished and installed.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S5.jpg

Figuring out where to mount the reservoirs.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab5.jpg

Front bumper on.. and the Rmagic with the covers.. We decided to leave them off..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab7.jpg

Rhys K
07-12-12, 04:13 PM
absolutely stunning, love the detail to even the smallest of things.

EVO080
07-12-12, 04:52 PM
Myyy godd

Celica_Gt4
07-12-12, 05:22 PM
WOW!!!

Herblenny
04-01-13, 03:00 PM
Its been awhile... I'm going to update some tonight..

Finishing the body parts..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_MPFab8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas01.jpg

front done!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas02.jpg

Very first shot of the car coming out of MPFab, just before loading on the trailer.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas06.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas07.jpg

Walker taking a shot of his work.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas09.jpg

Car loading in the trailer..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Trailer_FD_3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Trailer_FD_1.jpg

On the Brap Brap Brap trailer :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/Trailer_FD_2.jpg

Total Monkey Kaos
04-01-13, 05:46 PM
This thread =

http://static4.fjcdn.com/comments/So+much+win+_0e2b14bac1bd4b6d0c934e0696dc1c28.jpg

Herblenny
10-01-13, 01:58 AM
Some photos from my journey to SEMA 2012..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a8.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a7.jpg

Saw several of these..

This car from NYC was heading to SEMA...
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a3.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a2.jpg

Later found out that the 350Z was in the caravan with one of my rotary friend from NYC... Manny who owns this FD.
http://www.more-japan.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/20121101-200053.jpg
http://www.more-japan.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/20121101-200103.jpg

I've known Manny for many years and one of the few rotorheads who's been in FD's for over 10 years. I think he had his FD since 1994??

Anyhow, 3 day trip to Vegas, we saw several of these..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a9.jpg

many many semi's and many of the wind power stations.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_a4.jpg

And finally made it to Vegas..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip05.jpg

and to the convention center.. in que to get the car in..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip07.jpg

Herblenny
19-01-13, 08:40 AM
At SEMA update...

Sorry for the lack of update.. I'm going to share my experience at SEMA.

Well, as you guys have read, I have put the car together in 6 out of 8 days after chasis was painted. Due to lack of time, car is a roller... which made it very difficult at SEMA.

First, we couldn't unload the car until we were placed at a certain location to unload. We waited over 2 hours between central and south hall, waiting someone for us to goto a specific location to unload.

Finally after 2 hours, we were moved to front of central to unload the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip09.jpg

From here, they couldn't figure out where I was suppose to park. We now waited another 2 hours til someone figured out where I needed to park.. which was front of North Hall.. a good 1/4 mile away from where we drop the car off, through the central hall, to North hall.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SEMA%202012/SEMA_2012_FD3S_Vegas_Strip10.jpg
Waiting to be moved.. again..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/at_SEMA_3.jpg

While waiting, Enjuku Racing posted this photo on their facebook page... First photo to be leaked with all the panels on..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/135820_420070788048325_416037867_o.jpg

And finally made it to my spot... and before decals got on.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/177351_10151051992435378_179821010_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/169105_10151051992860378_918755316_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/54282_10151051992505378_1085568783_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/77468_10151051992715378_1584097125_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/56284_10151051993120378_1499366262_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/665800_10151051992980378_375698673_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/664661_10151051992480378_2090954154_o.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/616138_10151051992380378_1783302844_o.jpg

CookieMonster
19-01-13, 10:06 PM
The car looks plain amazing, you have put so much work into and it shows, so much dedication. Well done!

carlitos_sti
23-01-13, 01:36 AM
The best fd i ever seen!

Herblenny
30-01-13, 03:44 PM
Thanks guys! That means a lot!

more update...

We didn't have time to really finish the interior pieces.. So, when I got back from SEMA, I pulled them out and sent them to Goolsby Customs to get it refinished.. They were ready today and picked them up!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/BE272957-CD25-4FAA-B07C-0B3A2683CABA-7155-000004533492711E.jpg
Defi Cluster gauge surround that I made.. Man! Love the finish!!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AF155F99-437A-43CA-BD1C-4E6B3980E2EB-7155-000004530F289495.jpg
Prosport center speaker pod..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DB793509-CC01-475C-9298-050F44D2EEF7-7155-000004536E3779B3.jpg
Center console that I made.. again.. Goolsby customs did a great job with the paint.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/03D81F07-FC57-4270-8872-E6BAA056E47F-7155-0000045328A942CC.jpg
Some of the other interior parts..

Rhys K
30-01-13, 08:36 PM
phenomenal work bud, love it!!

xenonkuraz
30-01-13, 11:17 PM
is that a front mounted turbo? lol

MR2QIK
01-02-13, 02:25 PM
Amazing FD.

Herblenny
01-03-13, 01:38 AM
I realized I haven't updated this in awhile..

Well, I been changing the look of my MB FD and here is how it looks now.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo6_zps97ad7201.jpg

I been also trying to finish up the 20B FD and testing out the Defi DSSC.

Making the CF surround.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-7_zps2f182f88.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-8_zps01955363.jpg

Also install the push start button.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-10_zps13390117.jpg

Power up cluster to make sure all the is good.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-11_zpsde557b97.jpg

And simplifying the interior harness to keep only things I need.. like power window, brakes, turn signal,...
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-11_zpsde557b97.jpg

Chidori
01-03-13, 01:51 AM
what a beast

Isuzu1600
01-03-13, 07:58 PM
Shot a wad in my dacks. Thanks.

carlitos_sti
04-03-13, 11:44 AM
Sooo sick!!!

WAN94N
04-03-13, 02:37 PM
Still jaw dropping. Great work mate, really admire the dedication and commitment to this long standing relationship

~Sent with my Wang~

Herblenny
29-03-13, 12:25 AM
Still jaw dropping. Great work mate, really admire the dedication and commitment to this long standing relationship

~Sent with my Wang~

Thank you! I'm just way too invested in the world of rotary... Anyhow..

I been working on my MB FD so I could bring it to my event, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally'... which is becoming the biggest rotary car event in the country.

Anyhow, here are some recent pictures of the MB FD.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_6530_zpsd1e9433a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday1-1_zpsf0c3b9ee.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday4_zps982562dd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday3_zpsd446d9db.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_6519_zpsee3fa4ed.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday4_zps982562dd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday5_zpsa0307c3c.jpg

And the rare Mazdaspeed seats in red..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MBFDtoday2-1_zpsfdd86d92.jpg

carlitos_sti
29-03-13, 06:04 AM
Waooo dude looks realy agresive! No words! Looks sick! Great job

itsmaiku
29-03-13, 08:03 AM
CHEEZUS!! this is INSANE! the amount of work you put in, the dedication is admirable! keep feeding us moar pictures!!

DOOM
29-03-13, 01:11 PM
It's beautiful...

EMAGDNIM
30-03-13, 07:11 AM
This is simply amazing! I love everything about this car!

Break
30-03-13, 08:28 AM
Awesome!!
Now is the part you ask yourself what you going to do next...

scottlan
01-04-13, 10:26 AM
WOW! thats a beautiful car!

GNOSIS
01-04-13, 11:14 AM
my jaws are on the floor !! fantastic work !!

cruzer
01-04-13, 01:54 PM
So angry looking its awesome!!

Herblenny
21-05-13, 11:22 AM
Changed out the hood to Mazdaspeed hood.. I think it looks better and makes the car less busy..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/914177_514632698599045_1211405311_o_zps60676980.jp g (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/914177_514632698599045_1211405311_o_zps60676980.jp g.html)

Another pic..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/MG_5185_zpsb8b9ce36.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/MG_5185_zpsb8b9ce36.jpg.html)

Few more updated photos of the MB..

After Deals Gap Rotary Rally... I went to check out Import Alliance... Few photographers took pics of my MB FD..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/921539_510662245649862_1040167411_o_zpse8c982ba.jp g

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/921400_510662232316530_582569850_o_zpscbfdec2b.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/475945_510662758983144_812960525_o_zpsf4ae1ba7.jpg

Today, I swapped out the Volks with R888s to more streetable wheel/tires. Tires are Toyo T1-Sport wrapped around BBS MonoForged wheels. I am a fan or older Toyo T1S and T1R and was told the new T1-Sports are quiet, grippy, and responsive. Which after driving around today for over an hour through back country roads, highway pulls, sitting on traffic :), I like the T1-Sport.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7076_zpsd3b78f02.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7174_zps94b6276f.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7148_zpsfd08e0de.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7152_zps2cad9e8b.jpg

MFN-MAN
21-05-13, 11:32 AM
wow ... just wow! excellent build and agree with the change to the mazdaspeed hood ... def helps keep the lines cleaner.

Mokey Nagata
21-05-13, 11:54 AM
Are you going to paint the new rims?
If it was me I'd go for a gunmetal or charcoal grey/black.

Herblenny
21-05-13, 12:15 PM
Are you going to paint the new rims?
If it was me I'd go for a gunmetal or charcoal grey/black.

I have too many Gunmetal grey/black wheels... Also, I would never refinish BBS/Rays finish that originally comes with the wheels. Im about to try plasti-dipping my forgelines and see how that stuff works.

Mokey Nagata
21-05-13, 01:10 PM
I have too many Gunmetal grey/black wheels... Also, I would never refinish BBS/Rays finish that originally comes with the wheels. Im about to try plasti-dipping my forgelines and see how that stuff works.

Fair enough. I just love the black/dark green combo haha.
Plasti-dip seems alright, bit pricey over here though.

Herblenny
29-05-13, 12:58 PM
Recently purchased the rare RE-Amemiya Carbon Fiber sideview mirrors..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/F55DBEDE-B090-4080-9B76-6C2949CEB8D9-3201-000001FE677C0C6E_zps8229d908.jpg

Took the old APR mirrors off, made a small carbon base to cover up the old stock mirror mount area, and installed the new mirrors.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/7CA11175-D39A-4C6D-A067-8484F3997A33-3201-000001FE77176946_zpsddf50ac0.jpg

Afterwards, I realized the old bolts from APR were kind of old and had the used look. So, used some left over fender washer and bolts (from CR3 Motorsports) which worked out perfect!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/343C9984-8092-479B-8733-F739E3DCAF13-3201-000001FE9C72C3CF_zps0609edad.jpg

I've also took my old vinyl out and trying out the Plasti Dip stuff on my lower half of my fenders to see if it helps protect the paint..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D51DC9EA-EF58-4EC5-AC39-263B6ACAEEF1-3201-000001DD26AE00A7_zps5823173a.jpg

I've also blacked out the emblem using the plasti dip..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-18_zps38acd679.jpg

And how the car stands as of today with the mirror and such..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/photo-17_zps0fabf0a8.jpg

atennisplayah
29-05-13, 01:34 PM
Top class build man! I've followed it on another forum since you started with that run down shell and now its turned into this artwork.

Followed ya on insta as well ;)

Herblenny
19-07-13, 08:41 AM
Top class build man! I've followed it on another forum since you started with that run down shell and now its turned into this artwork.

Followed ya on insta as well ;)

Thank you for following!! I guess what I'm about to post will be an old news for you :)

Its been awhile since I last updated this thread.. So, here are few things I've been up to..

Trying to turn my MB FD RX7 into a fun track car. I had these Sakebomb Garage AP Racing BBK's for awhile and I finally had a chance to install them over past couple of weeks (been busy with non-car related stuff).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/31662A99-3C38-4AD0-94EE-BCFF13BA9414-31766-000011289B662489_zpsf2164c0d.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/31662A99-3C38-4AD0-94EE-BCFF13BA9414-31766-000011289B662489_zpsf2164c0d.jpg.html)

Racing Brake rear brakes

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/70C2FAAD-059C-4107-AD97-17A2F763D424-35254-00001363AFCC4321_zpsb7019b62.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/70C2FAAD-059C-4107-AD97-17A2F763D424-35254-00001363AFCC4321_zpsb7019b62.jpg.html)

with my Plasti Dip Old School SSR wheels from the 90s :)

front
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/EA7CC445-A00F-41F5-947F-85EFBAB9DF04-35254-00001363C5D2AE79_zpsefafd923.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/EA7CC445-A00F-41F5-947F-85EFBAB9DF04-35254-00001363C5D2AE79_zpsefafd923.jpg.html)

rear
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/024E6629-0389-4CF0-A481-F8DF17F1D062-35254-000013638DE3F5D8_zps246de22d.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/024E6629-0389-4CF0-A481-F8DF17F1D062-35254-000013638DE3F5D8_zps246de22d.jpg.html)

whole car
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/E547D2F2-8FB0-4A8A-BF2B-6E052A6179FD-35254-000013637A69F7BF_zps06ebf8ae.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/E547D2F2-8FB0-4A8A-BF2B-6E052A6179FD-35254-000013637A69F7BF_zps06ebf8ae.jpg.html)

I also got this really awesome surge tank set up to solve my fuel issue on the 20B RX7 that went to SEMA..

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(7).jpg

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(2).jpg

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(4).jpg

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(3).jpg

One I bought holds 2 x Walbro E85 pumps. Quality is top notch and reasonably priced for what it is. Its made of billet aluminum.

http://radiumauto.com/admin/uploads/MPFST-Feb-2013-(19).jpg

More info on this unit: Radium Engineering - Blog - New Product Release: Multi-Pump Fuel Surge Tank (http://radiumauto.com/media/blog-page.php?New-Product-Release-Multi-Pump-Fuel-Surge-Tank-78)

They also make some cool oil catch can. I'm about to order one of those also.

carlitos_sti
22-07-13, 11:15 PM
great job dude!!!!:mrgreen:

Herblenny
20-08-13, 01:34 PM
Ok.. Finally after some researching the Plasti Dip and trying some cans, I've decided to get the Pro Car kit from www.DipYourCar.com and finally paint the whole car..

But, Day before dipping the car, took all the aero off and did a track day :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/919328_10200208312842768_510790854_o_zpsffcdc780.j pg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/919328_10200208312842768_510790854_o_zpsffcdc780.j pg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/966041_561726413889135_1779434029_o_zps954cd305.jp g (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/966041_561726413889135_1779434029_o_zps954cd305.jp g.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1119925_561727530555690_949011022_o_zps5fcf0892.jp g (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/1119925_561727530555690_949011022_o_zps5fcf0892.jp g.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1149171_561727127222397_1122095854_o_zps93f8c68d.j pg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/1149171_561727127222397_1122095854_o_zps93f8c68d.j pg.html)

Next day, I borrowed my friend who owns BNR Turbos' shop and prep'd for laying some 'dip'.
Here is a video : http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/th_FD8600B3-7EA9-44BF-A86E-9B48301E131F-18218-00000C53EBCB9BC1_zps416f25b1.jpg (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FD8600B3-7EA9-44BF-A86E-9B48301E131F-18218-00000C53EBCB9BC1_zps416f25b1.mp4)

Now some end results.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/382C23F5-F9E2-48BE-820C-28C7A5107261-15414-00000A62D659F412_zps9857d1a4.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/382C23F5-F9E2-48BE-820C-28C7A5107261-15414-00000A62D659F412_zps9857d1a4.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/EC6DB791-0BD4-4516-983D-D7EF009F2327-15414-00000A6295B5A2C5_zps1e1f6d21.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/EC6DB791-0BD4-4516-983D-D7EF009F2327-15414-00000A6295B5A2C5_zps1e1f6d21.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/6FB98094-6332-46B8-8302-9D5510913A33-15414-00000A62C691C9EB_zpscf9b4bbd.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/6FB98094-6332-46B8-8302-9D5510913A33-15414-00000A62C691C9EB_zpscf9b4bbd.jpg.html)

I also clear dipped all my carbon bits.. and installed my carbon aeros..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/3213325E-91D6-477E-B009-1943AF4B8D47-18218-00000C5414EE15D6_zpsf5229500.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/3213325E-91D6-477E-B009-1943AF4B8D47-18218-00000C5414EE15D6_zpsf5229500.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/B4BF9CC6-53B3-4C98-B175-38F85327AEA1-18218-00000C5407FB56E8_zps61ff66d4.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/B4BF9CC6-53B3-4C98-B175-38F85327AEA1-18218-00000C5407FB56E8_zps61ff66d4.jpg.html)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AC4C7F59-83E2-46EC-ABE1-4483C6F43677-18218-00000C5446FF782D_zps87281b0b.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/AC4C7F59-83E2-46EC-ABE1-4483C6F43677-18218-00000C5446FF782D_zps87281b0b.jpg.html)

Interior with clear dip on carbon bits.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/2E50805B-44B7-44C7-ADDC-797DA4E387D1-21318-00000E5238F7DA77_zps1bca9f8c.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/user/herblenny/media/2E50805B-44B7-44C7-ADDC-797DA4E387D1-21318-00000E5238F7DA77_zps1bca9f8c.jpg.html)

By the way.. 4 hours after dip, I had to drive 1 hour in rain back to my house..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/th_09E9DAE8-DD43-404B-9EAD-520FCC4A4856-21318-00000E527DB3C27E_zps3f89b68f.jpg (http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/09E9DAE8-DD43-404B-9EAD-520FCC4A4856-21318-00000E527DB3C27E_zps3f89b68f.mp4)

Not bad for a first time dip.. Black is temporary but will keep it for few weeks and change to a different color... will post some more pics when I change.

carlitos_sti
20-08-13, 10:09 PM
my friend you do a great job on that FD looks great in that color!!!! nice work!!!:)

Herblenny
26-08-13, 12:56 PM
Now I had the matte black finish for a week and put some miles on the car.

Here is what I like about the finish.

-No more polishing and waxing the car :)
-Wiping the car with just water to clean
-protects my original paint
-easy to re-do
-costs $200 to re do.

Here are some more pics over the past 10 days..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C81EF5D0-8BB7-4DC6-BF74-F154CA868D39-3117-0000023EF4A9D9F6_zpsf51b3dc9.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/E1FC6A91-C869-442B-9A0E-1526E86CEFDE-3117-0000023EE609E833_zps3e94fa78.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/18A969AC-DADA-4A6D-99E8-403BF6E4E3F3-3117-0000021D6FA2CC2E_zpsa3d3e6df.jpg

J0N0
26-08-13, 01:11 PM
Here is what I like about the finish.

-No more polishing and waxing the car :)
-Wiping the car with just water to clean
-protects my original paint
-easy to re-do
-costs $200 to re do.
-looks awesome!



you missed one man!

carlitos_sti
26-08-13, 10:28 PM
looks like the first day that you painted!!!! nice work man!!!

Chester
03-09-13, 11:19 AM
turned out really well, color suits it and really makes the lines of the car pop and flow nicely.

Tell your mate Bryan i want his S3 kit for my speed 3 :)

Biggie
03-09-13, 11:50 AM
what did you do to prep the car first?

Herblenny
13-09-13, 12:22 AM
what did you do to prep the car first?

Wipe down dirt with damp towel. Than prep by using dipyourcar prep spray
All done in couple of hours including taping. Ill be helping a friend who's been helping me and will post photo from that dip

Update.

I want to let some of you know that my 3 rotor RX7 will be featured in 'Modified Magazine' October issue.... Which should be coming out any time. Please go pick up your copy when it comes out!

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/599107_414158175343176_1960913631_n1_zps562e7f93.j pg

Kupo
13-09-13, 09:43 AM
^ looks like you got a new set of wheels.
Looks excellent. I was never a big fan of CR KAIs

Herblenny
13-09-13, 01:58 PM
^ looks like you got a new set of wheels.
Looks excellent. I was never a big fan of CR KAIs

I became a wheel snob since than :)


Well, Just found out the issue is out on Modified Magazine!!
And who's on the cover??

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/SohnCover_zpsd36d79bc.jpeg

Hope some of you will pick up this copy...

Thank you all for reading this build thread and I will continue to update..

Here is a photo I've taken that I haven't shared until now from the shoot..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/AAD6C049-B0C5-4431-AA82-BD3F9B55FC6E-2319-0000017D6CCB2E95_zpsa4523aa0.jpg

MR2QIK
13-09-13, 03:01 PM
Nice! Congrats! That colour looks much better than the matte IMO. Is that dip?

Herblenny
20-09-13, 08:51 AM
Update!

Since the magazine is out and I finally got it in my mail box, I'll post some photos from the shoot.

Here are my iPhone photos that I posted on instagram..

Getting ready to shoot inside and engine bay.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1229866_10151677017703927_234042100_n_zps6a3b8b7d. jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/398BE841-41FA-4B4D-B76C-2ADB3BB443C7-497-000000AFA099F715_zps9b20b5b7.jpg

Normally you don't see the rear end :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/538866FF-9B1B-4A0E-B4AD-41782A86302C-497-000000AF96A32E2C_zps2913131b.jpg

One of my favorite shot I took..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/76C4D4C5-CE23-4A8D-BAD2-A13616F8B11B-497-000000AF8C1B6C34_zps2c040fcc.jpg

And the cover photo Modified is using on their Facebook page..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1243635_10153225876775058_2065137767_o_zpsed1acea8 .jpg

Herblenny
11-10-13, 12:38 PM
Here are some recent photos.. Been doing some track days and having fun with the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10140192143_f30d2834d2_o_zpsa2533c12.jpg

And it got kind of wet.. Testing out the Toyo R888s..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10139948984_31b68a4325_o_zps9f9b7315.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10140129506_3b1c56e393_o_zps8f5e5352.jpg

Herblenny
13-11-13, 01:33 AM
Update..

Well, having the plasti dip in black for couple of months, I decided to lay another color to see how the stuff lays after first 3 coats of black and waiting 2 months.

Did it a week before Import Alliance (IA) in Nashville, TN and one of the organizer of IA gave me a good spot to display the car. Here are some photos from the event.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/976135_382080745256663_22229665_o_zps6b1725a0.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1396841_382080761923328_103311190_o_zps94c39095.jp g

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5F153B46-5BC4-4E06-8141-346934FE7D9C-1960-0000030EADDECBC9_zpsf70149db.jpg

and from recent cars and coffee.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C2A21188-1C23-481E-BB92-D562153C50A9-1960-0000030C9B26413E_zps577da104.jpg

Herblenny
03-01-14, 02:43 AM
Update... Long over due..

To Start, my cover feature came out on Modified Mag.. Nov 2013 issue. Which is now online: 1993 Mazda RX-7 - Built In Bama - Modified Magazine (http://www.modified.com/features/1311-1993-mazda-rx-7-fd3s/)

Some photos from the shoot.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/CD759D48-1AB6-4DF1-AA69-BE6B805B8B33-1373-00000214C4A4B235_zps4104c0f4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D71169D3-A539-47C8-903F-E18A049D9E56-1373-00000214B6FC834B_zps26ec4808.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/36451107-3C75-45B9-BB8F-63BAA5400FA2-1373-00000214DC2C9FAE_zpsc04ddb31.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5999F59F-A917-4B38-A658-4230684BE2D4-1373-0000021491E96133_zps7cf9d2c9.jpg

Also just before the Holidays, My plastidipped MB/satin blk FD was featured in Stance Nation. Photos from Stance Nation:
Sinister Rotary // Phil’s Mazda RX7. | StanceNation (http://www.stancenation.com/2013/12/27/sinister-rotary-phils-mazda-rx7/)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/mazda-rx7-fd-stance-12_zps70abd63b.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/mazda-rx7-fd-stance-1_zpsfa78aaf4.jpg

^^is Plasti Dipped (www.DipYourCar.com)

Below is a comparision satin painted the FD from 5-6 years ago (My 1st Black FD where this thread was started).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7818.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7813.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/DSC_7800.jpg


My opinion about Plasti Dip:

I been getting a lot of questions from people.. So I will state some pros and cons compared with my experience with satin paint, 3M vinyl, and plasti dip.

Satin Paint is by far most expensive and super hard to keep it nice. it chips easy and once chipped, that's it. You can't buff, wax, etc.

Vinyl, the theory is nice. but quite expensive if you hire someone to do. I did couple of test run on my MB FD and also my daily TL when 3M first introduced their 'car' vinyl. it was fairly easy to do and held up well. Until, I decided to pull it off. TL, vinyl came off easy and without any issues. However, my repainted/aftermarket painted FD3S? vinyl took my paint off. Apparently this is a VERY common issues with non-OE paint. Of course 3M did not disclosed this nor would they do anything about it since I installed it myself.

Plasti Dip (purchased from www.DipYourCar.com) is by far best, easiest, and cheapest solution. I heard about this 2-3 years ago. Been watching videos and about a year ago, decided to give it a try (for DGRR). I mainly wanted to use this stuff to protect my MB paint (costly paint job) while I drove around town and DGRR. Bought 4 cans from Lowes, experimented on my lower part of FEED flares (where rock chips were common). One side of the car was vinyl and otherside was plasti dipped. Most people for 6 months had no idea one side was dipped and other side was vinyl.
I also used my daily as test subject and plasti dipped the front grill and few other areas to see how well it will hold up since it was parked outside and saw more environmental elements. 6 months, I had no issues on either cars. Cleaned up easily and peeled off without an issue.

I than talked to guys at DipYourCar.com and decided to get their full car kit (under $400 with the sprayer). The satin black FD you see here is 3-4 layers of their black. I did the entire work in 1 day and drove in the rain about an hour after spraying. I also did 2 track days with this and performed great!! I had very little chips, clean up was easy (just water and microfiber towel, in 15 mins), and than I layed 3-4 more dip after running it for 2-3 months (still using the left over from the kit).

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1396841_382080761923328_103311190_o_zps94c39095.jp g

With the new color, I have about 6-8 coats of this stuff. I've put over 1000 miles, another day at the track, and the plasti dip is still in great condition. All, under $400.
I'm going to do one more layer in different color before peeling this stuff off. I'll post a results of 1 year of dip later this spring.

carlitos_sti
03-01-14, 05:02 AM
man you have the best two FD's i ever seen!!! nice work and congrats!!

mrkrooz
03-01-14, 08:41 AM
That stance nation feature was recent hey? I thought the car looked familiar, awesome work, the car is boss!

toddxxx
03-01-14, 09:28 AM
Been reading this thread ever since you first uploaded it. Absolutely love your car (always had a soft spot for fd's)

Herblenny
21-02-14, 11:26 AM
That stance nation feature was recent hey? I thought the car looked familiar, awesome work, the car is boss!

Thank you!


Been reading this thread ever since you first uploaded it. Absolutely love your car (always had a soft spot for fd's)
I appreciate you spending your time reading!

Herblenny
21-02-14, 11:27 AM
Its been awhile..

I been quite busy with car stuff lately and kind of forgotten to update this..

Couple of news to start..

My plasti dipped car is featured on current (April 2014 issue) of Import Tuner Mag! So please pick up a copy at a local magazine rack..

Here is a photo from the issue,

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/946B45B0-14C6-407E-88E9-0BA78EB0967B_zpsu49atxru.jpg

At the same time, my online feature of this same car (different wheels) was featured couple of days ago.

http://southrnfresh.com/2014/02/phil-sohns-mazda-rx7/

Here are few photos from the online feature.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/12602005255_feae5fd0e4_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3765/12602102733_cb04bcf205_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/12622746923_08539ae0e4_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5505/12602104763_77d50e0444_b.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/12622747793_62592fd53b_b.jpg

I'm now working on something little different and will be getting ready for my event in April..

Oh, I did a track day at Barber Motorsports Park last friday..
Video and photos..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1891459_680061628696930_999877599_o_zps751ae526.jp g

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1026129_807774662585306_358578778_o_zpsec8582d6.jp g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2taIgJVe6KY&list=UUxi3nLqJ-Sb7xsYaK4vzMDA&feature=share&index=1

MFN-MAN
21-02-14, 02:53 PM
oh my lord ... this!

gostt
22-02-14, 04:44 AM
THIS is awesome.

aowwllan
25-02-14, 08:51 PM
Wow...

Herblenny
16-04-14, 12:13 AM
oh my lord ... this!


THIS is awesome.


Wow...


Thanks for the kind word(s) :)

I just got featured again on Stance Nation...

Old School Perfection // Phil Sohn’s Mazda RX3. | StanceNation (http://www.stancenation.com/2014/04/13/old-school-perfection-phil-sohns-mazda-rx3/)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/shakotan-mazda-rx3-stance-6_zps13f377d0.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/shakotan-mazda-rx3-stance_zps7b77714e.jpg

Herblenny
27-05-14, 02:25 AM
Video from recent event I attended.. A new plastidip from www.DipYourCar.com (Neochrome)

http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/the-legend-phil-sohns-rx7-video/

or

https://vimeo.com/95773941

teneo
27-05-14, 10:49 AM
Hnnnnggggggg could this car get any sexier?!

Alfred Yeung
27-05-14, 01:14 PM
Awesome FDs May I ask Can the head lights are still be flip up?

Herblenny
29-10-14, 01:54 AM
Its been awhile since I last updated my progress..

Since most of you prefer photos, I'll just put some photos of some of my RX-7's since last update..

During my Car event, I brought this Mazdaspeed R-Spec in Gold.

http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_1415.jpg

Full feature with pics: http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/the-golden-years-phil-sohns-rx7/

http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_1425.jpg

http://www.thirdworldsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_1466.jpg

Herblenny
29-10-14, 05:22 AM
I was picked as a booth car for Takata USA as their booth car for Formula Drift @ ATL, GA. So, decided to do something bit more wild for the event.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/1559405_718358944873550_596955471849937627_o_zps82 b5ac76.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/627F295E-8689-442F-B1A3-AB7A77B5F14E_zpsibbbgomv.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/9F20729D-5AF7-4D83-818A-5E4FC9785522_zpsg07aaxe4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5C1007C2-1C0D-4652-B6A0-7C6610DFDC2A_zpsxomrhhzk.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/47660A7F-F5A6-407D-9F18-C233C5571D04_zpshpi0g7il.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10371508_845247282155761_1972903912382222522_n_zps cc997b8a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/10011523_10152186000613752_1696714636964734883_n_z psdc5b24a2.jpg

Video from Takata Booth/Formula Drift ATL : http://vimeo.com/95773941

Herblenny
01-11-14, 08:29 AM
Well, after over a year with plasti dip on my car, I've decided to peel it and do some detailing of the car.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/79423FB9-8C85-44F4-B34D-C4E8F715951C_zpsuhkkmvvk.jpg

Friend of mine started a detailing product company in Florida called, 'Stay Fresh Car Car' (http://www.stayfreshcarcare.com/) and I used their products to detail my RX7.

Before detailing - little bit of haze to the clear.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/48641B58-C38F-4FDB-8794-4C8FF4279499_zpsbpw6xmii.jpg

After Detailing
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/19106071-3EC6-4F6D-965B-A272E4D4FF2B_zpsgmmgcqwm.jpg

Products worked really well. Easy to apply, easy to remove, and smelled great too!
I would highly recommend giving their product a chance!

http://www.stayfreshcarcare.com/

Photos of the car after detailing.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C4DB3188-6929-46F5-A5B8-6FD75C97C394_zpsc2dw5hl4.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/8A9D0FD6-CD30-4C5B-9A00-9C71225CB483_zpsoomy0svd.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/128FE5B2-5A47-4726-AFB4-19734B326FE0_zpsa18y5a0a.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/17EE1E40-8878-40BE-B47C-D279E386CD2F_zpsrv3hma4m.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/FB4A5CC8-AD88-4F13-B343-017FD8184FB0_zpsxeqcag1d.jpg

Herblenny
01-11-14, 02:03 PM
More photos after detailing the car...

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D8A98BDE-C866-449B-9D3A-AE18FC4C3032_zpshoiurs2m.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/D979248C-5E9A-4452-A2F7-CB1FD97FAA60_zpswc3sexhs.jpg

Caffeine and Octane in ATL, GA
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/9CD7DF55-3790-49DC-B252-21AEF92084B6_zpsaacwf8pw.jpg

Local Cars and Coffee
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/51297092-E793-415D-95DC-61528D90B1F3_zpsm2w4e5g5.jpg

Than did a track day at local track (Barbers Motorsports Park).
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/F5A0E655-EAD1-491B-8F85-CD7D9E2E1D8A_zpskq0fhfsz.jpg

Finally.. Bumpers from Japan.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/29C88478-999C-4CB0-8AE5-BA485539968B_zpsgcq3uwz9.jpg

Both far as I know, first in USA.. Knightsports Type-7 bumper and Scoot Bumper. Painted by one of the best painter in the country, Jonathan Goolsby @ Goolsby Customs. They are the one who did all the body and paint work on my 3 rotor RX-7.

plAythiNG
01-11-14, 02:26 PM
So nice man

toddxxx
01-11-14, 07:27 PM
Ughhh this car!!!!

Herblenny
04-11-14, 07:51 AM
Update..

I finally got my stuff that I ordered from Japan couple of years ago here in USA.. One of the thing I got were these super rare Rays Engineering/Mazdaspeed MS-01 Magnesium wheels.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C9EA0F9C-2F4C-475D-BE74-4D43E01ADB16_zpsvrdrlxsa.jpg

Put some Toyo T1-Sports tires on them.
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/840521B2-5477-446D-9641-0468A4A413DC_zpsmilt7shl.jpg

I also got the newest Knightsports Type-7 bumper painted by one of the best body shop in USA, Goolsby Customs.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/0938A4AA-DB4D-4E9E-857E-EF19AC03592A_zpsxgx9xtp4.jpg

paint quality the reflection is amazing.. Definitely worth every penny to get them to paint!
Check their site: http://www.goolsbycustoms.com/

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/C072C152-B4B9-44A7-94C9-6EA5B4300D4F_zpsj60fcw02.jpg

Some of the photos installed
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/5751D6F2-98D9-4867-A64F-62335F76BBB8_zpsb1dop2yz.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/27053FC2-BF60-4ED0-9445-00ADF2586153_zpse1ehumbe.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/2787C17A-1A9A-4B30-86EE-B21188BE0242_zps66jeguop.jpg

and fun pic to represent my city..
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e79/herblenny/803D9C8D-7C80-4376-9E81-E32CC3039867_zpswdfzb9ki.jpg

aowwllan
28-12-14, 03:24 AM
One bad ass build mate.

Keep it up.

Babalouie
28-12-14, 09:57 AM
Those Knight Sports front bumpers work pretty good in a dark colour