The 800 dollar Mazdaspeed 3 project
Posted 28 July 2019 - 11:24 AM
The car originally was traded into my dealership with a blown engine. Sat around for a few months until they decided they weren't going to put a motor in it or try and flip it at auction. My co worker had picked it up for around 2k dollars. Didnt do anything on the car for a year and a half then calls me out of the blue. Says "You want this thing or not? Give me 800 and I will tow it to your house."
I blue booked the car, value is around 7-10k in good condition. Body is straight, few scratches and the interior needs detailing. Sure why not. The car already has a 3" TurboXS exhaust and downpipe, AEM intake, 3 port boost solenoid and I'm sure it has been tuned to some extent. The engine threw a rod so I am not sure the quality of tune or if the PO went ham on some boost causing it to blow.
Either way I got another complete engine for 2100 dollars. So far around 3k in the hole which isnt horrible. The motor I got already has a Damond Motorsports PCV/catch can plate and an EGR delete plate. I'm going to do a basic reseal of the pan and rear main as well as any other hard to reach components.
I'll upload some pictures soon.
Posted 28 July 2019 - 11:41 AM
And of course my helper Lola. She isnt doing much.
Edited by Turbo Cary, 28 July 2019 - 11:42 AM.
Posted 28 July 2019 - 03:21 PM
Zoom clutch, Fidanza flywheel, Stedebani shifter, KSport coilovers, ST swaybars, abs delete, a/c delete, cruise delete, JVE, BSEK, TEP steel brake lines, LSP braided cooler lines, CX Racing radiator, MK1 silicone hoses, MK1 pullies, *DM hard pipes & intercooler,14G turbo, ported exh. manifold, MAF Translator, 3.5" GM maf, Turbo XS RFL bov, *DM 3" exhaust, Cusco front strut bar, TEP rear strut bar, Enkei 92's, HKS turbo timer, AEM wideband, AEM boost gauge, AEM oil pressure gauge, SPA fuel regulator, Hallman boost controller
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Posted 28 July 2019 - 03:31 PM
Actually it is fairly cheap. That was at cost of how much my dealership could get it for and I didn't have to pay shipping. Plus it has a warranty on it. A new long block from Mazda was 4500 our cost not including any gaskets or other things I would need. I should be able to get the car on the road for less than 3500 including the cost of the car itself.
Posted 28 July 2019 - 04:15 PM
A screw in tow hook.
Posted 28 July 2019 - 07:40 PM
Posted 28 July 2019 - 07:56 PM
he's already dumped the quest and got a miata
Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:25 PM
I ordered an ACT Street Clutch, Prolite flywheel, a Cobb Access Port and a few other things. Turns out this car has an upgraded turbo on it. The stock KO4 has been machined and has a larger wheel on both the compressor/turbine.
Here are some more shots. I took the whole front end off to just pull it forward from the car. It was easier and allowed for more room. I expect to have the car together by the end of the week.
Edited by Turbo Cary, 10 August 2019 - 09:25 PM.
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