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  • Project: "Last RX-7" by Herblenny

    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


    1985 GSL-SE RX-7 mint!


    1991 RX-7 convertible (first rotary I bought)


    1973 RX-3 coupe (track ready)


    1993 RX-7 base blk/blk (my first FD)


    1991 Eunos Cosmo 3 Rotor


    1994 SSM FD (My other project)



    I also run one of the biggest rotary car event called, 'Deals Gap Rotary Rally' (www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com).


    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.



    Modified Mag feature: http://www.modified.com/features/mod...o/viewall.html
    Modified Mag feature about my event: http://www.modified.com/events/modp-...y/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!











    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


    At Walker's Shop! www.mpfab.com
    Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
    Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
    Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
    http://instagram.com/herblenny/

  • #2
    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.



    Test fitting the motor mounts.


    Different flanges for the manifold.. trying to decide which ones to use.


    Ready to transport!


    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!








    Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
    Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
    Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
    http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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    • #3
      seriously nice bro i like the 1991 eunos cosmo actually never heard of it until today but it looks good

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      • #4
        Incredibly nice, I have an undying love for that sexy shape of the RX7..


        good
        LORD
        "Front wheel drive can drift-not-really-just-does-hand-brakies-around-corners."
        sigpic

        Originally posted by phoenx
        what if there was a newspaper for this thread? it would be the STD, social thread daily...

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        • #5
          Bloody hell! Ill be keeping a very close eye on this project! Keep up the good work!

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          • #6
            sick! i cant wait to see how good this turns out! keep us updated mate

            PS: love the blk/blk fd! dream car *drools*
            i asked god for a bike and soon realized god doesnt work that way. so i stole a bike and asked for forgivness,
            the early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
            sex is not the answer, sex is the question, yes is the answer.

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            • #7
              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.





              Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
              Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
              Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
              http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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              • #8
                more update...

                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.





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







                Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
                Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
                Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
                http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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                • #9
                  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!!!



                  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.
                  Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
                  Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
                  Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
                  http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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                  • #10
                    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..





                    I'm going to start parting out the MB this weekend!!!
                    Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
                    Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
                    Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
                    http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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                    • #11
                      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.



                      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.

                      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!









                      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.


                      For more information about them, go visit: www.MPFab.com
                      Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
                      Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
                      Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
                      http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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                      • #12
                        How did you get the sponsor?
                        There's a difference between surviving and actually living. I rediscover this difference every time I do something new while being behind the wheel.

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                        • #13
                          This thread is just pure awesome, I particularly love how many rotaries you've had in the past.

                          I really like the like the look of that dash, it's custom, but looks nearly stock. You'll definitely have to put up a video when you get the engine going, the note of a triple rotor engine is one of my favourites.

                          Good luck with the rest of the project, sounds like you don't need it though

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brenton.T View Post
                            How did you get the sponsor?
                            Many years of building cars and knowing the right people. I had many younger guys have asked me this and I always say, sometimes its not worth the putting stickers on your car. I appreciate that some sponsors like what I do and what I provide and continue to support me, but there are others out there its not worth the headache (I just turned down a sponsorship.. which I thought I would never say that). Either case, my advice will be to build what you love, love what you do, and if you really want a sponsorship, you have to sell yourself professionally.

                            Originally posted by Jenga View Post
                            This thread is just pure awesome, I particularly love how many rotaries you've had in the past.

                            I really like the like the look of that dash, it's custom, but looks nearly stock. You'll definitely have to put up a video when you get the engine going, the note of a triple rotor engine is one of my favourites.

                            Good luck with the rest of the project, sounds like you don't need it though
                            Thank you! When DSSC first came out, I tried really hard to get my hands on it. Mainly because its not made all about race... but made for street use (ODO, build in turn signal, check engine light, etc). Once I have it mounted, I will definitely post videos and such.
                            Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
                            Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
                            Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
                            http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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                            • #15
                              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.







                              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!
                              Founder of www.RotaryCarClub.com
                              Founder and Organizer of www.DealsGapRotaryRally.com
                              Follow me on Instagram for cool rotary pics and my projects!
                              http://instagram.com/herblenny/

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