Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why Bastardize an RX-7?

During my usual window shopping runs this evening, I was thinking about the idea of purchasing a project car me and my dad (since he's a mechanic) could work on during weekends. He knows a lot about automotive technology and I think that its a good practice to pass on the knowledge to the next generation.

The first car that popped into my head when I was thinking project car and cheap was the old Beetle. A lot of people were saying that its kind of a warrior car that, until now, is still a workhorse for the Filipinos. Then I thought to myself, "heck, I'm not going to look hip and young driving those clunkers." Though it just dawned on me just now that it might be a reasonable project car because of the widely available spare parts. Considering that, I still don't want it though. 

Vintage, but reflects the youthfulness and the rebel in our generation. It seems that thinking about that made me go back to the Devil Z. It's a Nissan Fairlady S30 Z  or sometimes known as the Datsun 240Z/260Z/280Z in other markets. So I Googled and found some interesting stuff like how one is overpriced to 540,000 pesos. Come on, seriously, dont make me laugh. From what i've Googled several months ago, I saw the same model selling at less than a 100,000. Well, checking from an old conversation with a friend, it was being sold at 60,000 but with a messed up interior and a beat down engine. It was a good project car for that price but I was hoping that the engine would at least still be running. As I checked again, it was already sold.

So, what else are my options? I was thinking that, if I was going to devote time on it why not pick one from my top 5. Well, or at least an older generation of whats in my top 5. Which brings me to the topic of this post. I present to you, an ad I saw at olx.. The bastardized RX7.

An RX-7 FC3S with a toyota engine
I didn't know if I was going to get so angry or I would cry manly tears for the blasphemous butchery that has befallen this poor thing. Why the frigging heck would you swap the bread and butter of the RX-7 family, the Wankel rotary engine, to a mere Toyota engine. (which is probably just those Japan surplus used to build owner type jeeps) Seriously, WHY?

I feel sad for the most likely under-appreciation of the technological superiority of the rotary engine.

But then again, maybe the original engine was already broken or the owner thought that parts of it are hard to come by. But still, its a depressing thought.

What a waste of a good RX-7 body. 

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