how big of a mistake is buying one as a wrenchlet willing to learn without a garage?

how big of a mistake is buying one as a wrenchlet willing to learn without a garage?

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    huge mistake especially if it's your only car

    It's a 35 year old sports car that was unreliable 30 years ago

    • 2 weeks ago
      [PLEBSPOTTERS] BigC

      I daily drove one as a wrenchlet garagelet and it turned my hair grey and took probably 10 years off my life.

      >wrenchlet willing to learn without a garage?

      Don't

      Start with a lawnmower or a dirtbike instead

      Kek, that was a lot of truth right off the bat

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Start with a lawnmower or a dirtbike instead

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I mean, that's basically what it is. A 12a or the first 13b are not that hard to work on as a whole car, just need to rebuild the engine.

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I daily drove one as a wrenchlet garagelet and it turned my hair grey and took probably 10 years off my life.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >wrenchlet willing to learn without a garage?

    Don't

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >engine where you need a specialist with unique skills that is hard to find
    >want to learn to wrench on

    OP is a fricking idiot, but probably has aspergers because only they like these things. He won't listen and get the car anyway. Bet you guys 1 [internet].

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >OP is a fricking idiot, but probably has aspergers because only they like these things. He won't listen and get the car anyway.
      they just dont make cars that sexy anymore
      if im gonna buy a car it has to be a sexy one

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Which isn't a decades old rotary.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          name a more rad car then thats better
          I want to blast synth music and and rev high and it needs to be as sexy as rx7

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            a gen 1 rx7 B) just got back from my post office run in mine. old people there mirin'. blasted this on my way back https://youtu.be/U3wydrmakuU

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            rx7s all look and drive incredible
            i love wankels

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Don't let it be your only form of transportation. Also, take the NApill for slightly less 40 yr old Mazda moronation. godspeed, autist.

            Bröther...

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Is that a racing beat exhaust?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yea man, for that catless rotary smell. (Don't tell the EPA)

            i would get a moped or motorcycle along with it.
            whats wrong with the turbo?
            the NA is a too gutless

            >whats wrong with the turbo?
            Like

            >whats wrong with the turbo?
            NTA (I'm [...]) There's nothing *wrong* with it, it's just more to go wrong, prone to boost control problems, overheating, and easier to blow it up if you do something stupid.

            says, the turbo adds a layer of complexity that has contributed to the unreliable reputation of rotaries where the NA can be way more solid. What's your budget then?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >What's your budget then?
            20 thousand , maybe 25 with repairs in mind

            https://i.imgur.com/WfoYCNj.jpeg

            here's a realistic scenario if you buy it w/o a garage
            >buy rx7 in "not bad condition"
            >drive it for a month or two
            >start her up one day
            >very feint smoke is coming from under the hood after starting it up
            >eh, maybe it's nothing
            >drive it for 3 minutes
            >car temp rising higher than usual
            >car temp doesn't stop rising
            >coolant actively splashing straight onto your heatercore exhaust head, instantly turning into smoke
            >either you pull over and shut it off
            >or be a dumbass and keep driving
            >the intake manifold's 40 year old rubber o rings are incredibly swollen and broken
            >no garage or tools or lights to deal with unexpected intake manifold failure
            >engine might be fricked if you overheated it for too long
            do you really want to be in this position? cause all of these things happened to me a few months after buying my "mint" exterior 84. I just had a garage and all of the tools and evenings (time) to take it on and diy. the car was disassembled for like 2.5 weeks but it was a not my primary car

            everything but apex seals seems reasonable to replace
            you dont have to pull the engine for manifold right?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            i would get a moped or motorcycle along with it.
            whats wrong with the turbo?
            the NA is a too gutless

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >whats wrong with the turbo?
            NTA (I'm

            https://i.imgur.com/hO23r0z.jpeg

            I'm an FD owner who does all my own maintenance, repairs, fabrication, engine work on all of my cars. I have a garage and a barn with a lift in it. Here's my opinion:

            Turbo RX7s are not a car for a raw beginner when it comes to repairs and maintenance. They are fairly complex for a car of the era and definitely temperamental for a japanese car. Well, temperamental compared to pretty much anything that isn't junk (i.e. an exotic or an audi). Doing it without a garage? Sure, as long as you can work on it in your driveway. If you're not allowed (apartment lot, HOA, etc) don't even bother until you can GTFO. You will have unexpected repairs that you need to address now not when someone has a spot for you. Having relied on old cars when I didn't have a garage, it can suck. Often you have to get something done that forces you to work in the rain, at night, in the cold, in the heat, etc. Some jobs are not possible in the rain unless you have a canopy or something to work under because you don't want rain getting into things. As a self professed "wrenchlet" you need to have someone who knows the cars look at it before you buy it or do extensive research and buy a compression tester and supporting tools necessary to use it.

            ) There's nothing *wrong* with it, it's just more to go wrong, prone to boost control problems, overheating, and easier to blow it up if you do something stupid.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            You have your whole life to drive fast. your first project should be approachable enough to learn on, so you are confident doing your own work on other projects later.

            If you buy a car you can't fix, you will always be slow

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            i have a cheap shitbox right now, im still saving up because i dont want to buy one in bad condition
            i have not yet had to do any wrenching on my current car besides an oil and air filter change however so it doesnt give me any real experience

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            here's a realistic scenario if you buy it w/o a garage
            >buy rx7 in "not bad condition"
            >drive it for a month or two
            >start her up one day
            >very feint smoke is coming from under the hood after starting it up
            >eh, maybe it's nothing
            >drive it for 3 minutes
            >car temp rising higher than usual
            >car temp doesn't stop rising
            >coolant actively splashing straight onto your heatercore exhaust head, instantly turning into smoke
            >either you pull over and shut it off
            >or be a dumbass and keep driving
            >the intake manifold's 40 year old rubber o rings are incredibly swollen and broken
            >no garage or tools or lights to deal with unexpected intake manifold failure
            >engine might be fricked if you overheated it for too long
            do you really want to be in this position? cause all of these things happened to me a few months after buying my "mint" exterior 84. I just had a garage and all of the tools and evenings (time) to take it on and diy. the car was disassembled for like 2.5 weeks but it was a not my primary car

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah about that. The first thing anyone buying an old rx7 should do is replace the intake gasket. I was running into that bullshit 20 years ago.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            totally. everything rubber needs to be replaced on these. just letting OP know that it's a bad idea if you don't have a garage for it to be disassembled in for days/weeks

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I can't imagine how much worse it is wrenching on them these today. it was bullshit in 2004 when I first started fricking with them. Injectors were always fricked, intake gaskets leaked vacuum, water pump failures because nobody ever replaced them. Luckily back then nobody gave a frick about these cars and they were $1200-2300 a piece for an na or $5k for a clean turbo.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >everything rubber needs to be replaced on these
            To be fair that applies to any car older than 10-15 years. Hoses, plastics, bushings, mounts, and when you get into the range of 80s cars I would seriously look at every wire/connector, clamp, and double check every bolt screw and body panel.

            https://i.imgur.com/1gWEziE.jpeg

            how big of a mistake is buying one as a wrenchlet willing to learn without a garage?

            If you're willing to take a risk on nearly every part aside from the rotor housings needing to be changed out and the thing "randomly" dying on you. I've seen a dozen 80s era RX-7s in my short time on this earth and more than half I've later seen billowing white smoke from the hood on the side of the highway. Many just weeks/a month or two from first sighting.

            Like I say in other threads,
            When you understand that every part of a car is a wear item you'll understand how to properly take care of a car.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            would buying a replacement engine once something major fails be worth it?
            im fairly sure mazda still makes new 13b turbo engine, but they are pricy

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Get a 944 instead. I started as a wrenchlet when I bought a $900 944. They're good to learn to work on since the documentation on wrenching on them is excellent, and they're really not that hard to do work on. FC is a bootleg 944 anyway.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What car is that? It looks like a 300 ZX but it's mazda so IDK?!

      I also remember getting a car that everyone said not to buy. And i made a huge loss selling it kek.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's an RX7 with 80s turbo tech.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >anime poster calling other people spergs

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Rotary or not you need a garage for classic cars, unless you're experienced with wrenching and can get stuff done fast in the street/driveway

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    based turbo II enjoyer, find a parts store with a good shade tree.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do people actually buy cars with no place to store them? I won't even own a car if I have to park it on the street.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's what we do in Poorope, where the permanent parking spot costs 1/5 of an apartment

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It would have been a mistake 20 years ago. Today it's idiotic.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why not just get a first gen if you’re poor? That has a reliable engine, looks better (IMO), and they’re both roughly equally old pieces of shit at this point.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You're going to learn how to document shit real quick, as well as how vacuum works.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm an FD owner who does all my own maintenance, repairs, fabrication, engine work on all of my cars. I have a garage and a barn with a lift in it. Here's my opinion:

    Turbo RX7s are not a car for a raw beginner when it comes to repairs and maintenance. They are fairly complex for a car of the era and definitely temperamental for a japanese car. Well, temperamental compared to pretty much anything that isn't junk (i.e. an exotic or an audi). Doing it without a garage? Sure, as long as you can work on it in your driveway. If you're not allowed (apartment lot, HOA, etc) don't even bother until you can GTFO. You will have unexpected repairs that you need to address now not when someone has a spot for you. Having relied on old cars when I didn't have a garage, it can suck. Often you have to get something done that forces you to work in the rain, at night, in the cold, in the heat, etc. Some jobs are not possible in the rain unless you have a canopy or something to work under because you don't want rain getting into things. As a self professed "wrenchlet" you need to have someone who knows the cars look at it before you buy it or do extensive research and buy a compression tester and supporting tools necessary to use it.

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >i dont have anywhere to put the car
    >i dont know anything about cars
    get your dad to buy you a fricking kia instead 15 year old shitkid

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    hey man, rx7's are cool but I promise you there is an abundance of other cool 80s cars that would be easier to repair. My first was an 80s 318 when I was your age. I'd stick with something cool like that and keep working hard until you can afford a project RX7 to fix up. Hopefully by then you will no longer be a wrenchlet too 🙂

    Seriously though, getting a turbo rotary with no means of fixing it will depress you, please take the other oldgays advice.

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it'll be fine bro dw

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >without a garage?

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah.

    Learning to wrench without access to a garage blows donkey balls. Doubly so if you live somewhere that doesn't have nice weather all year round.

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you have to ask. You can't afford it

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get a 150cc or any 2 stroke scooter and play mechanic with that. Trust me you'll be glad you started small.

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