It's possible fate has smiled upon me, I may have finally found an RX-7. A 1993 R1 showed up on Craigslist, but there are a couple things that make getting it interesting/difficult: it's in Southern California, and it's getting a rebuild that isn't 100% complete. The ad lists the following modifications:
- Apexi Power FC and Commander
- Pioneer Stereo Headunit
- Rebuilt/Streetported factory engine
- Racing beat intake
- 850cc Primary and 1200cc Secondary Injectors
- Silicone hose kit
- Greddy Trust SMIC Intercooler
- Grounding Kit
- Koyo Aluminum Radiator
- Peter Farrel Exhaust
- Bonez 3" High Flow Catalytic converter
- B&M short shifter
- Racing Beat Intake Duct
- BF Goodrich kdw2 Sport Tires
- Performance hawk pads.
- Stainless steel brake lines
- Greddy Turbo Timer
After considering my options and talking everything over with my awesome wife, I decided to look into what it would take to get the car home back to Chicago. Shipping the car would be expensive enough to affect my budget, so I knew that wouldn't be an option. That meant driving would be my best bet.
Luckily for me I knew I would be flying out to a conference in Santa Clara on September 21st, which would both put me close enough to go down and look at the car, and help offset the cost of getting it home a little bit.
After asking the owner many many questions I ended up with some great news. The rebuild would be finished by the end of my work trip on the 24th, and it would come with a transferable three month warranty to get me through the break-in period.
I decided to go for it.
Cut to today, September 24th. Not everything is perfect, but I'm here in Santa Clarita, prepared to pick up the car tomorrow morning. There have been some hurdles communicating with the current owner, but it looks like everything should work out, and I've got a plan.
I'm going to be driving the car back to Chicago from Santa Clarita, camping along the way. There isn't much else to tell until I'm in the car tomorrow morning, so I guess I'll see how it goes.