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Cars by Model Type => 2nd generation RX-7's => Topic started by: B.Martin on August 29, 2011, 01:32:59 PM

Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on August 29, 2011, 01:32:59 PM
Though it would be cool to make a thread on where i take the FC, as inevitably this FC will probably see a few more countries than your average FC. Considering its been a UK car for the last 20+ years of its life and has now moved to Cyprus and hopefully will one day come back to the UK with me.

Anyway, babble over. Last night went out for a drive toward Kolossi (west of Limassol) was aiming to go and take a look at a place called \'Kouris Dam\' but instead i followed the old road up into the mountains toward a place called Omodos which i\'d been to in January. I did this thinking eventually i\'d see a sign for the dam, but didn\'t instead after 20 odd mins of driving i found a sign for Peri-pedi which i\'d seen before. So i headed toward that and stumbled accross one of the best roads i\'ve ever driven on!

This particular road was slightly bigger than single track, but certainly not as wide as your usual road and was rather high up. The tarmac was top quality with no cracks in sight, i assume because the road is not used regually (i only crossed paths with 2 other cars in about 30 mins!) and becasue its quite high up with no barries to stop you from an impending doom if you were to go off the road. The road twisted and turned, with creasts, hairpins, banked corners the lot and the views were fantastic. Instead of babbling on, i\'ll upload a few pictures for you to all see. I apologise in advance for the pic quality for i only had my iPhone with me.

These first photo gives you an idea as to how wide the road was, apologise for them being taken from the drivers seat.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/006abe05.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/57b74e6f.jpg)

This is the impending doom i spoke of, with no barrier protection.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/555898cc.jpg)

Some really nice views!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/3f2d5db3.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/c2184894.jpg)

An example of a wonderfull corner!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/d6320dc9.jpg)

This next photo the road opened up and there were views on both sides, as you can see the passenger door in this one :rolleyes:

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/73521d81.jpg)

Couldn\'t miss a cheeky photo of the old girl :Giggle
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/fe2e8d51.jpg)

more view

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/103f2a38.jpg)

Comments more than welcome.
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on September 22, 2011, 10:13:28 AM
Took her out around Kouris dam yesterday, the road is awesome i didn\'t take many pics unfortunately as i was with a mate. Might take her out on saturday and get some pics of the FC with the dam, i\'ve concluded that other than the mid afternoon heat Cyprus is a great place to be an FC owner. The roads are smooth there are some awesome twisty places and the sun shines all year round.

This first one shows the Dam from the front (approach) the road down to it twists left and right around the side of the mountain and is only just wider than single track but so smooth!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/a3efafdf.jpg)

This is the road accross the dam, the walls on either side really echo the exhaust note :D

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/46f33807.jpg)

This is the view from the road accross dam its self - The left of the pic is where the road goes round, so you get an idea of how it twist around the curves of the side of the dam.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/38669535.jpg)

The last 2 pics are just from the road looking into the dam, just thought the water was such a nice colour. I heard from a freind that someone dumper an aligator in the dam a few years back, made me laugh.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/a1315223.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/24e660d7.jpg)

If i go on saturday i\'ll get some pics perhaps of some of the awesome road.
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: - Fezcat - on September 22, 2011, 10:59:16 AM
Some gorgeous pictures and roads there dude :)

Whats the cost of fuel out there like?
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: Nik da Greek on September 22, 2011, 11:08:09 AM
Wish I\'d never looked :mad:. Wanna be there now :(
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: Skifledanabit on September 22, 2011, 11:21:09 AM
Gonna have to meet up next time I\'m out there on holiday lol
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on September 22, 2011, 02:03:45 PM
Quote from: - Fezcat -;789837
Some gorgeous pictures and roads there dude :)

Whats the cost of fuel out there like?

Its about €1.35 a litre for 98 i think, for 100 its €1.41

Quote from: Nik da Greek;789839
Wish I\'d never looked :mad:. Wanna be there now :(

I do like living here, weather is so nice and you don\'t get that color water in england.... unless you drop food colouring in it :Giggle

Quote from: Skifledanabit;789841
Gonna have to meet up next time I\'m out there on holiday lol

Yeah mate, let me know.
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: m1tch on September 22, 2011, 10:25:24 PM
Did you also take a photo of all the petrol stations? :D
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on September 23, 2011, 07:52:32 AM
You know what, i don\'t know what all this business about being really really bad on fuel is. It doesn\'t seem to be that bad really, i mean when i take her out i\'m no pussy with the accelerator but the guage doesn\'t seem to move down that quickly?
Title: FC-ypru-3S
Post by: B.Martin on September 29, 2011, 08:25:22 AM
So took the FC out again yesterday afternoon, headed over towards a place called Kourio and a bit further a place called Episkopi. There is a big Britsh army base at Epsikopi, on the way around Kourio a stopped to take 2 pics of the FC and Cyprus coast.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/0bf4e28e.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/08328f28.jpg)

Then i went a bit further and there a an old Roman stadium just around the corner from these 2 pics, so thought it rude not to get a pic thre for the novelty of it!

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/27e53929.jpg)

Then i headed through Episkopi and a found an interesting road, reminded me of a go cart track. (yes its single track)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/05436542.jpg)

It lead to a small bay, but i can\'t for the life of me remember what it was called. Took some pics anyway, to be honest it wasn\'t that greater run out today i\'m going to go up into the mountains on saturday which should make for better photo oppourtunities :)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/a5306918.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/f14c7576.jpg)

:wave
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: Mir on September 29, 2011, 09:38:45 AM
Very nice Pictures mate!

Mir
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: ramirez on October 01, 2011, 10:30:56 PM
glad to see you\'re enjoying her Ben :)
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: m1tch on October 01, 2011, 10:36:10 PM
Thats not a sunroof btw, its an \'active roof spoiler\' :D
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on October 01, 2011, 10:38:31 PM
It\'s air conditioning is what it is!

And yeah Si mate, taking good care of her ;)
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: 12at on October 05, 2011, 10:16:15 AM
nice work - i get to cyprus a few times a year and ive seen a few FD\'s..
 
Seen a few in Strovolos in Nicossia and a couple in Larnaka..

Seeing those pics i want to move there now!!
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on October 28, 2011, 02:32:06 PM
Been up to a place called Agros today in the Troodos mountains, some awesome roads up there. Unfortunately I was to busy having such tyre sqealing fun that I could get any pics of the roads, but rest assured its no lie! Some parts it twisted left then right then left and so on for a few kilometres without any breaks, got to experience some of this legendary understeer mind. On the upside I got to test out the oversteer in some places and realised the chassis isn\'t half bad at all, in fact I was pushing it quite hard in some places and I didn\'t feel the car was on her limit. Definately need some coilovers though to stop the bodyroll, unfortunately I\'m going to need a new clutch soon as well :Giggle

Did take a quick few snaps of the mountain views, there were no \'view points\' up there for more which was disappointing. But she\'s had a very good run today I\'ve heard the buzzer countless times, so the old Rotary has certainly blown away a few cobwebs now from last 2 weeks of standing :D

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/40f03fe0.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/c1d1cd41.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/7a92bed9.jpg)

As always comments and discussions more than welcome ;)
Title: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on March 18, 2012, 01:41:12 PM
No updates on this for a while, have needed new front tyres on the FC and been busy with other things, also a mass of rain has prevented me from enjoying the FC.

But with most of the afore mentioned stuff out the way (especially the rain, hopefully for the rest of year)I\'ve been out in the FC for the second Sunday in a row today, took her along the coast road, which to be fair isn\'t much of a coastal road. It\'s more of a road that has sea views with frequent beach turn offs, needless to say its much nicer than your average road. Went to a place named pisouri which is actualy spelt with 2 s\'s for added humour, but on the way I stopped of at kourion beach for some pic whoring.

Still living with the iPhone camera but my new camera is supposed to arrive in a week or so, we also found a well from 1890 with was worth a shot with the RX-7 in it for the hell of it. There\'s a discription of what it was and probably a small story about it, but frankly whilst I can read the Greek letters the words mean nothing to me.

Please enjoy the colour of the sky, I love it when it like this. I\'m not exaggerating but I\'ve not seen a cloud all day :D

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/b90dc575.jpg)

Really need to get a new number plate.
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/ee757a38.jpg)

These 2 pics looked 100x better in the flesh, the sea colour and the cliffs look really good but you can\'t see them to well in the background.
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/48610c0f.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/53e45610.jpg)

This is what I mentioned earlier it was some kind of well with a small house from the late 1800\'s, not much to look at but interesting non the less. (car needs more stance!)
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/21c26dae.jpg)

The well it\'s self...
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc23/BenNova/e3356889.jpg)
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on April 16, 2018, 01:35:59 AM
Aaaaaaaaand... I'm back!

(https://preview.ibb.co/cRgNwn/Photo_Apr_13_15_05_28.jpg) (https://ibb.co/bPyfhS)
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: Casey on April 17, 2018, 05:00:56 PM
 :welcome: back Ben.

The white paintwork looks like a bonus for the hot summers  :great:

Looks in good nick too  :icon_thumleft:
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben's FC
Post by: B.Martin on April 18, 2018, 01:40:02 AM
She's had recent new paint and engine rebuild before being in my possession.

I've had the following done:

New transmission saddle & mounts
New waterpump
Rebuilt oil metering pump
Rebuilt engine harness (loom)
S5 turbo
Ported wastegate
FD fuel pump
New vacuum, coolant & water hoses
New polybushes all around
KYB adjustable shocks
Tanabe GF springs
New Riken Raptor ZR tires
Stoptech grooved rotors & pads
Works Bell QR kit
Works Bell Short hub
Nardi 330mm snap off wheel

and there's a a new magnaflow CARB approved Catalyst on the way.

There's a few things need fixing still, interior needs some love. Oil level light is on, needs sensor replacing, factory boost and water temp not working and the passenger window needs some attention. I'm 500 miles in on the new engine without boosting or going above 4k, once she's registered and smogged I should be able to really start to take off the stabilisers!

Fun, fun, fun... my 3rd FC in 3 countries!  :great:

I'll probably start a new progress thread and leave this one to die.

Ben



Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: noyzboy on April 18, 2018, 09:50:46 AM
Maybe choosing a different parking space would be appropriate.
Nice car.
Sadly most FCs in the UK have succumbed to the metal moth
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: B.Martin on April 18, 2018, 05:34:51 PM
Ha, what was at lucky 7 racing in LA when I picked her up.

And you're assuming I'm not disabled ;) In the modern world that's punishable by the highest of all sentences... social media outrage!!!!  :nono:
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: TiddlesRX7 on June 06, 2018, 10:18:14 AM
Holy shizzle Ben is back. Nice FC mate.
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: TiddlesRX7 on June 06, 2018, 10:19:32 AM
So what happened to the other car? I need updates!
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: Casey on June 06, 2018, 10:20:34 AM
Adrian, haven't seen you on here for ages - hope you are well mate  :icon_thumleft:
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: Skifledanabit on June 10, 2018, 08:31:10 PM
It seems as though the forum may be stirring from the ashes.


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Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: Casey on June 10, 2018, 08:34:40 PM
Hi Martin - haven't heard from you in a while either  :13:
Title: Re: Adventures of Ben\'s FC
Post by: clive on June 10, 2018, 09:18:28 PM
It seems as though the forum may be stirring from the ashes.

Yep lots more posts of late, thank you all you Rotary people :bravo_2:

We have still been having lots log on to look, just not ,much in the way of posts, but it has got better again  :great: