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Phil,

I sent you a PM on the damaged spook. I apologize for it being delivered in the condition it was.

 

Apparently FedEx doesn't need it back as I have a received a settlement check for the damage claim.

 

I've given you some options in the PM, but ultimately I want to make sure you are a satisfied customer, so get back to me and let me know what you would like to do.

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Dave, you've been excellent to deal with through this whole process!  The best companies/people are the ones who rise to the challenge when something goes wrong, and work with their customers to make them happy and satisfied with the outcome.

 

FutoFab and Dave Patten are a true asset to this community- if and when I build a 510 that deserves new parts, you can bet I'll be getting them through you!

 

PM sent.

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Phil,

Thank you for all the kind words.

 

When I opened FutoFab as an online retailer I knew I would have situations like this. I always believed every sale should be handled as if it were a face to face transaction. People deserve that respect from a retailer regardless of how distant the transaction is.

 

It is awesome to hear when a customer's needs have been fulfilled even when things end up going sideways mid-deal.

 

As much as I like to drive a tail-out, oversteering  racecar, neutral handling business transactions are so much easier to deal with.

 

Thank you Phil!

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I don't always use carriage bolts, but when I do, I use them on my lower ball joints :P  Nice work.

What, you don't think Grade 2 hardware is adequate to hold the front end of this car together?! They were/are placeholders, I promise! Proper hardware will be used throughout after it all gets blown apart for paint and powdercoat. I thought I'd need flat or rounded heads to prevent the airbag from rubbing on them, but that won't be an issue.

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Alright.  I pulled the front clip back off, pulled the engine and transmission out, and I've spent the last week degreasing, detailing, painting, polishing, and bolting new parts onto the rotary.  Here's where it sits now:

 

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I've stripped everything related to computer controls and fuel injection off: injectors, crank angle sensor is swapped to an electronic distributor, oil injection system (I'll be running pre-mix!), and of course the intake has been swapped for a Racing Beat IDA setup.

 

As for new parts, I've added the oil injection pump delete kit from Banzai Racing, stack screens, jet cover, and fuel line adapter from JayCees (VW guys, super cool to deal with!), a Gilmer belt drive, and adapters for the oil cooler lines.

 

I also cut down the stock oil filler tube- it sat about 3" too high with the stock intake manifold removed- and put an aluminum oil cap on since I broke the stock one pulling the tube out!  Ditched the Fram oil filter for a factory Mazda replacement, too.

 

Oil pan is at the shop- I'm notching a section because the steering center shaft just barely hits it at full lock.  Rotary engines are so weird- other than the pickup, nothing hangs down into the sump!

 

The transmission is cleaned and degreased as well- ready for everything to go back into the Dime!  But wait- where's the car?

 

It's over at Riley's house! Riley Stair will likely introduce himself on here when his Z is a little more complete, but he's built a few really cool rides over the past several years.  He just finished installing a roll cage in his Z project, and volunteered to finish more of the cage work and other welding on my car!  Who am I to pass up some more progress?

 

I'll post more pics of the car when I get over there this weekend.

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Phil,

What size are the bolts on your alternator adjuster bracket and the center to center bolt distance?

 

FutoFab's alternator adjuster may work for you, 8mm bolts, 5.5" to 7.0" range. Let me know, I may be able to help you out (ps they work on most 12A engines). 

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It looks like that would work perfectly for mine as well!  That would be a help, too, since the 12A distributor I'm running gets in the way of the current adjuster.  PM me a price and I'm in for one!

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After less than a week at Riley's house, the car came home with some fresh cage work!

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The rear tie points will be taken down to the frame with additional supports after I dial in the rear shock mounts, but otherwise the cage is just about done!  He did a really good job- glad I had him do it before he gets sick of bending tubing!

 

My stock alternator bracket didn't clear the 12A distributor body, so today I went down to the shop and cut out a new one:

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Just 3/16" mild steel, so I'll pull it back off for some paint before the engine goes back in.  For now, I'm just stoked to have the car home!

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Bad ass bro, i built a 13B street port 6 port for my old Notchback VW i was doing many moons ago same set up as you down draft mani with a 48 IDA bored out to a 51.5. I ran a set of MSD 6AL and coils and all racing beat shit. Damm good motors, Also there is a place in Signal Hill,Ca called Mazda Trix if you need any help with parts or what ever.  Cant wait and dont forget not 1 but 2 mufflers.lol

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I haven't ported this one- it ran so well when I bought it I couldn't justify pulling it apart!  Should still run well enough for now, but I'm definitely thinking about an aggressive street port or even a bridge when the time comes.

I've seen Mazda Trix already, although I haven't ordered anything from them just yet.  Thanks for the advice on the muffler(s)- I'll have to figure out exactly what to run!

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It looks like that would work perfectly for mine as well!  That would be a help, too, since the 12A distributor I'm running gets in the way of the current adjuster.  PM me a price and I'm in for one!Phil,

 

 

Phil,

I'm sending you an alternator adjuster, if it works on your Mazda engine we can work something out. 

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Nothing like a 3 month break from car stuff!  We moved to a new house, my oldest kid started college, and there just hasn't been much garage time...  excuses, excuses!  We're finally settled in, so here are some shots from the past three months to get this thread caught up:

 

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Last shot outside the old house.  Had to slap everything together to get it on a trailer for the move.

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Safely moved to the new garage.  This was before all of the moving boxes and other crap got moved over and took away my precious garage space!

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On the way to a show in October- figured I'd support a local club and show the car off!

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Posted in the grass at the show.  My buddy's truck is running a 12 valve Cummins with a 5 speed- pulled my car like it wasn't even there!

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Some random shots from the show.  I took first place in Under Construction, which was a nice surprise!

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Gonna have to do something about that rusty quarter panel... I've got some ideas.

 

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Rolled the car out of the garage to reorganize and clean- now I've got some room to work again!  Got a few days off for the holidays, so hopefully I can get back into work mode!

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No, this was a small show put on by a local car club. Nothing major.

 

You're right that the GoodGuys shows are US/ US-powered only, but since our shop sets up as a vendor I can bring the 510 as a booth car when it's done. Looking forward to seeing what it can do at the GoodGuys autocross next year!

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No, this was a small show put on by a local car club. Nothing major.

 

You're right that the GoodGuys shows are US/ US-powered only, but since our shop sets up as a vendor I can bring the 510 as a booth car when it's done. Looking forward to seeing what it can do at the GoodGuys autocross next year!

Awesome! Good to see Datsun people supporting local shows!

 

Look forward to seeing it at the GoodGuys show!!

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Ordered a 5/8" stainless steel flange so I can build my header. Once the header is built I can make the firewall. From there, pedals, master cylinders, then on to plumbing and wiring. Floors will be after that- it'll be way easier to do everything else before they go in.

 

Plan is to have it drivable by Canby- maybe not fully shaken down, but at least something I can drive!

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If I can find a white fender, I'll match the stripe... Not a huge priority right now, but when it's closer to drive time we'll see.

I DO have plans for the hood, though- I'll post that when it's done!

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car is looking really good there Phil. Ill have to run thru defiantly and get some stuff made up for my dawg. I may be coming in contact with a 521 as well so who knows whats in hand for that. but 1st i need to get my 68 back to cali and get her on the ground rolling. Great build buddy

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