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APEowner
APEowner GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
4/5/22 12:50 p.m.
SV reX said:

I know this is hard to believe, but I don't think the chassis or suspension suffered damage in the crash. 
 

The car had some pretty significant rust damage forward of the strut towers which I was unaware of. My initial impact was a diagonal hit to the front left corner, which folded the front toward the passenger side at the weak spot- the rust. It also absorbed some energy (which probably helped me survive). 
 

The subframes and suspension mounting points appear undamaged. 

I believe it.  Have you checked to see what brand new parts cost from Mazda?  You may be pleasantly surprised. 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 12:30 p.m.

I really don't like indecisiveness. I hate it when it's me. 
 

This has been a harder decision than I thought it would be. I'm more emotionally attached to this car than I realized. 
 

The Exocet sounds like a LOT of fun. But I can't get past the fact that the end result is really not a car I want to own. 
 

So, I was really leaning heavily toward enabling another GRMer to build an awesome Challenge car. 
 

In the end...

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 12:31 p.m.

...it's Option #4. I have decided to rebuild it. 
 

Bottom line for me is that it's a car I really enjoy, and would like to keep.


So, this has just officially become a build thread!

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 12:36 p.m.

Step 1 will be to pickup the new tub. 
 

Unfortunately, that will take some effort. The tub is 2 hours away, but the subframes I will need to roll it around are 3 hours the opposite direction!

Then there is the not-so-little issue that my trailer is piled high with stuff that needs to be be delivered 2 hours in a THIRD direction, before I can load the tub on the trailer!!

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/16/22 12:38 p.m.
SV reX said:

Step 1 will be to pickup the new tub. 
 

Unfortunately, that will take some effort. The tub is 2 hours away, but the subframes I will need to roll it around are 3 hours the opposite direction!

Then there is the not-so-little issue that my trailer is piled high with stuff that needs to be be delivered 2 hours in a THIRD direction, before I can load the car on the trailer!!

Remind me where you are and where are the parts?  Iirc, you are somewhere in / near sc.

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 12:40 p.m.

In reply to wvumtnbkr :

I work in Macon GA. 
 

I live in Jackson GA, and that's where the red car is. 
 

My trailer is in Macon, but the load needs to go to Phenix City AL. 
 

The tub is in Danielsville GA. 
 

The subframes are in Lexington SC. 

Check a map.  It's a mess!! Haha!

So, step 1 is across 3 states and will take a couple weeks to accomplish. 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 12:45 p.m.

Here's a preview shot of the tub:

 

 

Its super clean. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/16/22 1:31 p.m.

For motivation, I shall share two pictures of the same car.

When I bought it.

Now.

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 2:53 p.m.

Another bit of happy news...

I'm renovating a car dealership, and mostly stay in a nearby hotel during the week. I'm usually killing time for a few hours every evening. 
 

These 2 garage bays at the dealership are currently non-functional, and will remain that way for the next several months. 
 

The dealership has agreed to let me use the bays for a few months. 
 

That means I can reclaim the time every evening, and hopefully actually make some progress on this!

That makes me happy!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/16/22 2:58 p.m.

Good deal!

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 3:00 p.m.

Those are commercial garage bays, with no wall between. It's a full 30' wide. 
 

Plenty of space for 2 disassembled Miatas.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/16/22 3:22 p.m.

Great news!

It also saves me from suggesting you sell it to me, but ship it to Pete in Canada. I then ship Pete my crusty 1800ES.  Pete does... unspeakable things to both...  after I send him a bunch of $$$... and we get another interesting Molvo Mk 2 build thread.

Thank you. wink

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/16/22 4:15 p.m.

In reply to Ian F (Forum Supporter) :

Well, unfortunately it's not as happy an ending for some other folks on this forum. 
 

I feel like I owe a few people apologies for getting them excited about buying it from me. 
 

It wasn't easy. 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/28/22 1:43 p.m.

It's not actually progress, but movement has happened.

I finally got the trailer load of stuff delivered to Phenix City AL, so I now have an empty trailer in Macon GA again.  Tonight I will head to SC to pick up the sub-frames, then hopefully pickup the tub this weekend.

It won't feel like progress until I have the pieces in one place, but movement has begun!

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/28/22 2:43 p.m.

In reply to SV reX :

Where is the dealership? 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/28/22 3:10 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

Macon GA

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/28/22 3:34 p.m.

That's not far from me. Let me know if you need a hand one weekend or would like to stop in ATL to see your old Lotus.

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/28/22 3:41 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

Actually, yeah. It's been a while. I need to do that. 
 

You gonna be around this weekend?

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/28/22 3:43 p.m.

In reply to SV reX :

Yessir come on down!

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/28/22 4:06 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

Holiday weekend... let me see what the family schedule is. I'll get back with you

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/28/22 10:53 p.m.

Step 2...

Let there be subframes!

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
6/28/22 11:13 p.m.

So far, 590 miles to start gathering the parts in one place! Haha!

reiernumans
reiernumans New Reader
6/29/22 1:57 p.m.

Looks like I found this at the right time! It's gonna be fun to follow this one. Awesome you could make a deal to get access to work space, good luck with the project! 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
7/3/22 10:54 a.m.

Another 214 miles... that make 804 so far!

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
7/3/22 10:56 a.m.

The next step was to pick up the tub. 
 

First and foremost, I want to give a huge applause to Hasbro!  He's a totally cool guy, and the best part of picking up the tub was eating pizza and beer and just hanging out with him!

Many, many thanks my friend!!

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