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ratboy


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posted April 22, 2008 09:22 AM

new 77 REPU

So I just joined up here yesterday and picked up my 77 REPU last night. Ive owned 3 1st gen rx7s over the years and had my 85 SE for > 12 years so Im not new to rotarys but this is my first old school rotary.

Good:
Straight body, very little rust, almost all detail pieces intact, clean interior,working rx3 clock in dash.

Bridgeport 13b with RB header -> 3" exhaust-> RB exhaust.

Bad:
Cracked windshield, 1 tiny rust hole inside bed, speedo not working














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ovquick


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posted April 22, 2008 11:35 AM

New 77

Congrats ratboy, that's a fine looking yellow 77. Hope you enjoy it and the board.
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Klaus44


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posted April 22, 2008 01:16 PM

Welcome to the Forum...

...and congrat's on your REPU! It does look pretty sweet...

Just have to wonder, though:
If that's a bridgeported motor, what are those SE-type actuators for ports #5 & 6 doing on the lower intake manifold... or are they vestigial?


       
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ratboy


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posted April 22, 2008 01:58 PM

Yes the actuators are non functional.Im gonna have to write down the motor specifics when I go back over to the sellers house this weekend since he was telling me about so many of his different engines Im not sure I have all of the details of my motor correct. I was a bit overwhelmed when I saw this guys house!
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repumax


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posted April 22, 2008 02:46 PM

Very nice truck and at a great price. I would guess that the motor is a 6 port without bridgporting. I think that dellorto is way to small for 6port/bridge.

       
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repumax


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posted April 22, 2008 02:48 PM

I forgot to mention that your steering wheel horn button is worth more than gold. I've seen those go for more than $100.00 on ebay.

       
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ratboy


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posted April 22, 2008 02:54 PM

Im sure its a bridgeport (at least 100% sure he told me so) and I recall correctly he bridgeported the primarys and only smoothed out the secondarys. It also idles and sounds like the bridgeports Ive seen videos of -- brap!brap!brap!brap! Im a bit embarrassed I cant recall the specifics very well but I guess whats important is it runs like a scalded dog!

Oh and I like the horn button too but didnt know it was really worth alot. I want to get the ROTARY POWER decals back on the tailgate though...
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Klaus44


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posted April 22, 2008 03:09 PM

How much was it?

quote:
Very nice truck and at a great price.


(If I may ask...)?

       
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ratboy


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posted April 22, 2008 03:13 PM

I believe it was a steal at 3500....
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Klaus44


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posted April 22, 2008 03:13 PM

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Im sure its a bridgeport (at least 100% sure he told me so) and I recall correctly he bridgeported the primarys and only smoothed out the secondarys. It also idles and sounds like the bridgeports Ive seen videos of -- brap!brap!brap!brap!


Bridged on the primaries only makes more sense, given the overall setup visible... but if ports 5&6 are always open as well, that combo ought to kill whatever was left of your gas mileage... Then again, I guess the stock taller '77 gearing works to counter that a bit...(?) Is it a 5-speed?

       
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Klaus44


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posted April 22, 2008 03:15 PM

I'd agree...

quote:
I believe it was a steal at 3500....


...provided the engine work was done correctly, and you don't end up with any disappointments down the road.

       
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ratboy


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posted April 22, 2008 03:21 PM

The transmission is a 5spd from a early year rx7. Also worth mentioning is the pathfinder wheels with the original REPU centercaps.

Actually I didnt even plan on buying this thing. I wanted to see if my 6'2 self would fit in one of these little trucks (apparently its good it was a 77) I saw it listed as having a bridgport and thought it would be undrivable around town but other than the loudness and being faster its not too much different from my SE. This not my DD (as much as I would like it to be) so im accepting that this gets very low milage.

After seeing some of this guys other rotarys and that this was his daily driver Im hoping the motor will last me a while, but I do understand that bridgeporting does shorten engine life...
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tpfister88


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posted April 22, 2008 07:50 PM

Bought that In Austin Tx right? looks nice!! I will have to check it out out next time I'm down there. I believe we are the only two people on here in Texas.
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sparky


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posted April 22, 2008 09:04 PM

Congrats on the new '77 Ratboy. You totally scored on the price. I bought a 77 3 years ago and paid $2500. A bit steep, but as rare as they are, well worth it. At time of sale it had a RX-2 12A carb bolted onto a 13B intake, engine had water seals failing. Fuse block had been worked over and frankenstiened. Tires were crap but body was ok. Front suspension was wacked. Worst of all, original color was orange and previous owner did a very poor job with rust colored metallic paint. I hope I get to see it at 7-stock this year.

       
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sparky


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posted April 22, 2008 09:07 PM

Now I'm really jealous...
Looks like you have the factory AC too.

       
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MAZDAMARK


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posted April 23, 2008 05:33 AM
Edited By: MAZDAMARK on 23 Apr 2008 05:33

quote:
Bought that In Austin Tx right? looks nice!! I will have to check it out out next time I'm down there. I believe we are the only two people on here in Texas.


I'm in Fort Worth... Cool truck btw. Been looking for a 77, too...
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ratboy


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posted April 23, 2008 05:41 AM

Yes it does have the factory AC but the blower is currently out. Everything else is intact and still installed. I like the little emblem and themometer on the passenger side that reads "Mazda Air conditioning" or something to that effect...
The more I drive it the more I like the little unusual bits in this truck. I still forget where the damn door handles are sometimes!

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Klaus44


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posted April 23, 2008 09:44 AM

Not only...

...your horn button and AC are worth $$$; if it was me, I'd take that steel valance off immediately for safekeeping, and run the fiberglass repro...

       
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ratboy


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posted April 23, 2008 09:46 AM
Edited By: ratboy on 23 Apr 2008 09:57

What is the valence you are refering too? You guys are making me very happy yet a little nervous for my little truck at the same time..

edit -- OK I think you are refering to the one under the front bumper?
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Klaus44


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posted April 23, 2008 12:58 PM

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OK I think you are referring to the one under the front bumper?


Yep, that's the valance. NOS, or maybe even mint condition used (?) stock steel replacements are made from pure 'unobtainium', and prices for the few that have changed hands in the last several years, that I'm aware of, have gone from $400 to $600, or more (!) Your's looks good enough from these pics that I'd consider careful restoration and safekeeping, rather than risk it getting bashed.

Nobody talks much about the 'splitter' that is behind the valance, but you never see mint examples of those around, either...


       
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