TWiR 1986 S3 TWR

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C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by KiwiDave » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:38 pm

Some of you will know this car already as Fizz had it for a while. I've now adopted it into a good home and have christened her TWiR (or will do once she arrives back from Doctor Hayward). This is also the first time that I have ever named a car! (am not sure if this is significant or not)??
I have used some of Fizz's photos until I can get some decent ones of my own, you can also go here viewtopic.php?f=2&t=239
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RX7 TWR 1.jpg
Some work required to get her gleaming like this......
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RX7 TWR 6.jpg
and this......
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RX7 TWR 8.jpg
Doctor Hayward and assistants are working their magic in here as I write this.....
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More when I pick her up from surgery which could be tomorrow. YAY :)
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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by ian65 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:47 pm

We really liked this car Dave when it 1st came up for sale.... it was a bargain but miles away from most of us..... fair play to Fizz, he put the miles in and snapped it up. It'll look the biz if you get Marc to mop it. I used to have a red s3 TWR as well so looking at your car takes me back!
I'm glad it's stayed on the forum.

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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by MelloYello » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:54 pm

Yeah glad this one found a good home

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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by KiwiDave » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:02 pm

Took a drive down to Hayward Rotary yesterday to see how TWiR is doing. A few small electrical issues still to sort, tuning all sorted with proper mazda leads going to the proper places unlike before. Waiting on idler bushes as well. Will do a full 'this is what they done' list when she comes home which is looking like Friday.

Will still need to find another gearbox, might look at doing it myself although would prefer to enlist some assistance rather than relying on Mr Haynes.

Anyway, more after I get her home, will be rather nice to drive her sans detonation and would be a shame not to test the buzzy thing in behind the dash as I haven't heard one in over 10 years....... :o
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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by ian65 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:19 pm

depending on your acccess to get underneath the car, changing the gearbox is a doddle and can be done start to finish easily inside 2 hrs. I'll scribble out a step by step guide if you want one, easier to follow than the Haynes guide.
Remember though that you need a replacement gearbox from a series 3 RX7. Each series 1,2 & 3 had different speedo ratios and aren't interchangeable...... if you put a s2 box into your s3 car, your speedo will be miles out. While the gearbox is out, for the sake of an extra half an hour, it's worth dropping the clutch out as well and giving it the once over.... unless you've got paperwork showing it was recently changed.

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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by chc » Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:54 pm

Beautiful looking specimen Dave - well done picking her up.
Don't expect just a few scribbled notes from Ian (hehehe) as they shall be very clear and precise - god bless Ian for being so thorough.

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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by Marc S » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:18 am

ian65 wrote:Remember though that you need a replacement gearbox from a series 3 RX7. Each series 1,2 & 3 had different speedo ratios and aren't interchangeable...... if you put a s2 box into your s3 car, your speedo will be miles out.
Sorry to hijack the thread - but is there a way of knowing what gearbox is what...I have a spare in my shed, but not sure what series it's from...
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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by ian65 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:35 am

Marc S wrote:
ian65 wrote:Remember though that you need a replacement gearbox from a series 3 RX7. Each series 1,2 & 3 had different speedo ratios and aren't interchangeable...... if you put a s2 box into your s3 car, your speedo will be miles out.
Sorry to hijack the thread - but is there a way of knowing what gearbox is what...I have a spare in my shed, but not sure what series it's from...
If you pull the speedo drive out Marc, the drive cog is coloured (green, white etc).... I can't remember which is which at the moment.... but I'll check it out later and let you know. It's the only way to positively confirm which box you have.

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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by Steve-A » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:47 am

Car's looking great, glad to hear that someones giving it plenty of TLC :) There's a good set of gearbox info here :

http://www.solomiata.com/Drivetrain.html

It's kinda mx5 / USDM biased, but the transmission section does have information about all the type M gearboxes and thier ratios, and identifying the speedo drives. :)
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Re: C264 GJO 1986 Series 3 TWR

Post by codge » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:52 pm

I'm confident this 17 tooth Green Speedo Drive is from an S2, 'cos I took it out of the gearbox.

I think S3's are Black colour??
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