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Some pictures of an Autoshow in San Francisco.
More pics, up to this day I have swapped from a Power Steering Rack and Pinion to a manual Rack & Pinion.
Its better to get a new water pump now that I am working on the cylinder head and is out of the engine bay.
Car accelerates much smoother and is more responsive. Those are the 10 to 1 high compression Mazda Miata pistons, direct bolt; will fit perfect with DOHC Protege or Escort rods.
Enjoy the pics:
Engine bay with Thermo Tec all the way down to the cat.
Prepping new cylinder head with Stage 2 Racing cams.
K&N filter relocated to receive fresh cold air. With the Thermo Tec wrap and the new location of the Intake the engine manifold gets fresh cold air.
RIP... Escort GT Turbo, have very great memories and was my first learning project. Did have a good time smokin many V8s and I am talking in 2001 when the import craze was just beginning in Puerto Rico. Now anybody has a turbo BP.
This setup was pretty rad:
It was a Turbo II turbine, but with a .63 hot shell resembling a TO3/TO4 turbine. The Intercooler was from the RX-7 as well. Only thing was I changed the IN/OUT tubing for a half inch bigger, major improvement there. The Intercooler was $50.00 and with inlets about a total of $75.00 bucks, not bad. This car has a very bad story.
I made a loan to make this car turbo without ever putting my hands on a rachet which was the first mistake. At that I had no high speed internet, didnt know any Mazda forums and most of them were just sticking with the BPT route.
First things changed on the engine was the pistons to the ones used on the Protege DX because have lower compression, trust me it was slow with no boost but once it started charging the front tires in first and second and almost 3rd gear will be doing smokin the tires at 30 mph and more. I had to play with the accelerator and know how to press it so it would not be one big punch of 10 pounds of boost. Of course the tires were changed...
I would smoke supercharged Saleens, S2000, M3 and M5s was a joke.
All this with a stock fuel pump until one day the engine blew up. I had a buddy I met on the races help me out change the fuel pump while I was doing the engine swap. I finish the swap and the engine about 3 weeks later suffered serious detonation on piston 1 and 4. The could still run but was smoking badly. After closer inspection the alleged friend never changed the fuel pump and just faked the fuel pump swap, later heard he sold it at the races to casha few bucks. I opened the fuel tank and the stock one was still in. Like in a week I received orders to go to boot camp so the car was left on the garage with a very damaged engine. After boot camp I was tired from all the training and when I went home the least I wanted to do was work on the car which I now regret but not very much.
So, I was at home taking some time off, but in 2 weeks had to report to m duty station in the states, remember this is happening in PR. I did some investigation and found out customs was very strict on vehicle alterations so decided to sell it against my own wishes, I had no choice.
The guy I sold it to about 7 months later got hit by a drunk driver and the only thing left was the engine, transmission plus the turbo parts. The rest of the vehicle became scrap metal.
I will someday do it the right away. I have bought many tools and now work part time to get some income on the side repairing clutches, axles, fuel pump etc. I have gone up in rank and have a descent income and one of my goals is to become an officer or OCS (Officer Candidate School), plus I want to buy a house which I have been saving.
Even if you dont believe I have taken the white Mazda 323 to Infineon Raceway Track on the beautiful Napa Valley California and the racers there wants me to enter the car in SOLO 1 circuit racing. At the present time I am concentrating on advancement and I am attending as much schools possible now that the military pays for it.
Lets see how everything goes, definitely I cherish the Mazda 323 and will try to keep it as much as I can.