KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

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Casey
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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:15 pm

Whilst poking around, I also spotted the passenger side oil cooler bracket that mounts it below the radiator had failed. I decided the best option was to construct a new bracket. Works a treat!

New bracket and failed original:

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KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:49 pm

Waiting for SuperPro poly bushes to arrive for steering idler, so decided to clean up the bracket and give it the full POR15 treatment. A small thing, but very satisfying :)

I will use some superfine wet'n'dry paper to clean the bore of some slight surface rust just before greasing it it up.

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KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by KiwiDave » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:50 pm

Nice work ... Inspirational th:
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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Hobbawobba » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:54 pm

Everything is looking pretty clean aye! I'm liking the calipers :D . Bigg Red are just across the road from me pretty much :lol:

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:33 pm

Thanks guys, always more to do with these cars though :D

Polybushes arrived last week:
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Now fitted, with fresh bracket fixing bolts/nuts:
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That's improved the steering somewhat ;)

Pleased also that all the "major/not nice" clunking/rattling noises have finally abated and she drives fine again now.

She's now booked in for her MoT next Tuesday - fingers crossed!
KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by DKWW2000 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:59 pm

Looks good, it will pass fine with all that nice new paintwork :lol:
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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:25 pm

Gratuitous few pics - cleaned her to dazzle the MOT man and make sure she looks well looked after :D

The photos do flatter - the paintwork needs attention in a lot of places!

MoT is next Tuesday - not Monday as I stated above :oops:

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KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by A7RXY » Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:33 pm

Casey looking good, silver does scrub up well.

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Hobbawobba » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:20 pm

Oooo h[b[

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Re: KIMI 2 - 1983 Series 2

Post by Casey » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:32 am

Thx guys, the pictures flatter her, but she's pretty good overall.

With the usual apprehension, I took her to the MoT station this morning and I've just returned.....................





....................................and it's a straight PASS, with NO advisories, yippee :) :) :) :)

The MoT test mechanic was very complimentary about the car and general condition. He let me into the pit to show me one area that needed some attention underneath, but it was not an MoT issue. Also really good to see my work on the driver side handbrake paid off with a great result on the force test (thanks Codge for the advice on that one ). Hydraulic braking force really well balanced across the axles front and back too.

Really chuffed (and relieved :wink: ) that I can keep her on the road for another year and just keep rolling on with the general improvement and tidying up work. Hopefully, I can now divert some resource to getting KIMI 1 back on the road too :D

0-0 everyone
KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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