Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Co Bappe’s 1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II

Owner: Co Bappe – Instagram: @kaido_fc3s
1988 Mazda Rx-7 – Location: Georgia, USA

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1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Rear End

Was there any unusual circumstances around how you acquired your car?
I purchased the car Sight unseen from an eBay listing in 2004. I had spent a year and a half looking for a white FC rx7 with no luck but this one popped up and eBay in mint condition with only 74k so I purchased it without regret.

Modified 1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II

Was there more work on your car than you anticipated? Did you find a bucket of wiring worms, find some secret hidden problems…..
The car was as mint as could be, the problem was myself. I was only 20 when I bought this car and at the time I had been watching drift videos that I downloaded off of LimeWire or one of those other defunct sharing services. I had limited mechanical knowledge, no money, but I was determined to drift this car, and I did. After a major accident that destroyed the front right corner of the car I decided to take a break and park the car for a long time. Meanwhile I purchased a 91 Miata and got very involved in autocross, and formulated a plan for the FC.
This is why my hood gaps are so bad.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Interior

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Are there any unique mods on your car? Hyper-rare parts, custom made parts…
The car has some period correct parts from 2004 because that’s what I had prior to the wreck and they still work so I don’t plan to change it. Other than that I would say the body is pretty interesting. I built the hood and tail section, the front bumper is an unknown vintage brand the side skirts are from a defunct company called Rotary Run Racing, the wing is a Rocket Bunny S13 coupe wing I modified to fit.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Taillights

Would you consider your car done in its current form? Or do you have a list of “to dos” still left?
Mostly done. I still have a few odd suspension pieces to install, corner balancing and tuning to do. I also plan to get a roll bar and harness sometime soon.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Interior

What is the biggest problem you ran into on your build?
The body work was a real time consuming and difficult part of the build, because I did it all my self in my home garage. I’m currently struggling with a few warped exhaust flanges that are giving me a real difficult time.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Headlights

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If you had to do it again, would you build the same car?
I sold a beautiful red EF civic si to buy this FC, so the only regret I have is not keeping the civic and finding a way to borrow some money to purchase the FC. I also wish I had waited to buy a car like this until I was a little more mature. But I honestly can’t see myself driving any other car, I feel the car is an extension of my personality in every way.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Interior

Are you apart of a club or crew with your car?
Nope, just my best friend Kenny, he’s helped me with some of the more difficult jobs.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Hood

What is your favorite part on your car?
My custom built coilovers from Red Shift Motorsports, and everything I made myself.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Engine Bay

What’s the best memory you had in your car?
Drifting in the snow with Kenny and hitting a curb. He smashed his head on the passenger window and got a big goose egg.

1988 Mazda Rx-7 Turbo II Front End

Build Report
Rtek ecu tune
Apexi SAFC
Blitz turbo timer
Personal steering wheel
ProCar seat
Red Shift Motorsports Coilovers
Delrin Suspension bushings
Devil Japan 15×10 wheels
Hawk HP+ Brake pads
Suspension Techniques front sway bar
Custom intercooler and radiator setup.
3″turbo back exhaust
I’m sure there is more but this should be good enough

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