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#1 Turbo Cary

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 11:24 AM

Recently picked up a 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 from an ex coworker for 800 dollars. 2.3l turbo 6 speed manual transmission. Stock they have decent power and torque.

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.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 11:41 AM

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And of course my helper Lola. She isnt doing much.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 12:05 PM

Thatís a lot for an engine.  Power Nation  had an episode on that car I believe.
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Posted 28 July 2019 - 03:21 PM

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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 03:31 PM

View Posttsi_tom, on 28 July 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

Thatís a lot for an engine.  Power Nation  had an episode on that car I believe.

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.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 03:50 PM

what is the eyelet below the passenger headlight?

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 04:15 PM

View PostPreludedude, on 28 July 2019 - 03:50 PM, said:

what is the eyelet below the passenger headlight?

A screw in tow hook.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 07:40 PM

Get it running, flip it, dump cash into quest money pit.lol
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Posted 28 July 2019 - 07:56 PM

View Post87redcat, on 28 July 2019 - 07:40 PM, said:

Get it running, flip it, dump cash into quest money pit.lol

he's already dumped the quest and got a miata

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:25 PM

Made some progress. Motor and trans are out. Turns out cylinder 4 threw the rod through the block. When I took the trans off the engine there was about 3 inches of clutch disc powder. The PO most likely was doing dumb burnouts and blew it up.

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.

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