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Cars > Challenges > “NOW 94” Vs “road rocket”


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Bunbury, Western Australia

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Manchaca, Texas
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1987 Chevrolet Corvette Z52

“NOW 94”

1987 Mazda RX7 Turbo 2

“road rocket”

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About “NOW 94”

This car was my 36th birthday present from my wife.
It was in nice driver condition with 59457 original miles We drove it like it was for 2 years enjoying every minute. Then started the restoration. All paint was taken back buy hand to the factory black primer for a good base. Body was in perfect condition with no cracks or damage at all. Then started with the sealer coat, primer coat, more rubbing, more primer, more blocking including making fiberglass bumpers fit (lots of work but better than the urethane in the long run) all in all, alot of hard labour. Then came the 4 coats of Corvette Torch Red followed by 5 coats of clear coat enough for the color sanding.

About “road rocket”

I first saw this car in a co-workers back yard sitting under a tree. He told me it was for sale and I could have it cheap. I passed on the car because being a chevy man, I had no interest in a Jap car. Fast forward three years. I saw the co-worker who had moved on from the job we worked at together a couple years before, and asked me to stop by his place to see the new garage he had just built. when I got there the Mazda was still in the same place under the tree. Well, I had the engine sitting in my garage for some time so I thought, this might be a cool project. a V8 in a RX7. So we agreed on a price and I took the car home. after ALOT of pressure washing and cleaning, I realized I had a 78,000 original mile turbo 2 and after tracking down the original owner and getting the title from him, I am the second owner.


Specs for “NOW 94”

Car has TPI 350 4speed automatic transmission,3:07 to1 performance rear end.

Specs for “road rocket”

383 ci V8 6 speed. On a chassis Dyno, the car puts down 409 HP and 364 TQ at the wheels. I spent about a year and a half putting this car together. The engine is a 0010 4 bolt block, it has a callies crank, lunati pro mod rods, JE pistons 10.0.1 cr. AFR aluminum 210 heads, Edelbrock Victor jr. intake and a BG 750 double pumper carb. all MSD iginition. A serpentine set up running power steering, power brakes and A/C. Two electric fans, one puller, one pusher. The trans is a beefed up T-56 w/ hurst shifter, Fidanza aluminum flywheel and LT1 clutch set up. custom driveshaft, stock Mazda 4.11 geared IRS.
Feeding the engine is a Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump pulling fuel from a stock tank that I sumped. All fuel lines are aircraft Braided Stainless steel from tank to carb and has a matching aeromotive A1000 bypass regulator. Exhaust consists of headers into custom 3" exhaust with an X pipe, stainless spiral baffels, then into a pair of Borla XR1 drag race mufflers mounted in the rear corners. also has cross drilled and slotted rotors all around and high dollar brake pads. Tein super drift coil overs all around with EDFC. Wheels are Mustang SVT running 245/45x17 front and 275/40x17 rear.


Factory Options for “NOW 94”

Car has standard leather seats, both driver and passenger electrics, Electronic air conditioning, Z52 performance suspension package, Cars color was factory code 74 Dark Red Metalic and trim code 622 Saddle leather.

Factory Options for “road rocket”

The car started out as a factory turbo 2


Mods for “NOW 94”

Changes I have made since owning are FULL respray inside and out in 1994 CorvetteTorch Red. Changed front and rear bumpers to late C4. Changed fenders and side moulds to 91-94 type. Left high mount stop light and filled rear bumper center light to give the ZR-1 look. Fitted new 1994 Saw Blade wheels. 17x8.5 front & 17x9.5 rear 275 tires front & 315 tires rear. All new weather striping. Changed interior trim color to black including new carpet and new black plastic trim pieces where needed.

Car has as of 7/31/10 64677 miles
Engine mods are Crane roller rockers. Hypertech power chip. Throttle body air foil. K&N air fillter opened front on air box. Cat back 2.5'' Exhaust with straight thru stainless steel mufflers. B&M shift kit in the transmission.

Mods for “road rocket”



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