Speedo drive is in the post
I\'ve had a play with the trailing spark advance and its really transformed the drivability of the engine. Its much smoother on cruise and now runs out of puff at 8,100 rpm rather than 7,700 rpm :popcorn:
Unfortunately there\'s a black cloud kinda hanging over the car right now
I\'ve been doing some maths and as my daily driver, doing the amount of millage I\'m now regularly doing petrol is gonna kill me
. Most of my friends live 25 miles away, as does my girl friend, and my main client is 50 miles away. This all comes down at 500-600 miles per week, and quite possibly Â£4-500 per month in petrol which is a bit ridiculous.
I knew the fuel economy would suffer when I started this but sometimes my heart just runs away with me! It lied to me and told me I could afford it :paperbag:
I cant carry on like that, so somethings gotta change. There\'s various options I guess.
I could buy a daily driver and keep the rotary 5 as a weekend toy. This would be good as I\'m so pleased with how the 5 has turned out and I\'ve put so much of my heart and soul into it. The main downside is that I\'ll be doing many many hours in the daily so really would like something economical, with a nice driving position, fun to drive at low/standard power and really Id miss my soft top on the commute if I went for tin top. I think its fair to say I\'m pretty much describing a 5 there! but I don\'t want two cars practically the same.
I could sell up the rotary 5
and buy another turbo 5, back to 40mpg on the cruise and 200+hp at the right foot when wanted. Good in terms of money. I\'ve become really attached to these roundy-roundy engines though, they feel some awesome when thrashed! The other main downside is that my project car would once again be my daily. Doing the rotary swap I\'ve noticed how in a way I enjoy playing with spanners as much as I do driving, and when taking on fairly big modifications its a real pain to have to always have the car back together in time for work.
I could sell the rotary 5 and buy a standard mk1 to daily drive then have a different project car. This way I could have all the fun of the 5, and the soft top, for normal use and the project can be really impractical and wont matter if its a tin top. I\'d be very tempted by a 1st gen Rx7 so I could retain the rotary awesomeness. And if I bought a ratty one it would be a good project to get stuck into. On the other hand I\'ve wanted an Alfa 105 chassis coupe for a very long time, and that HAS to be a 2nd car which is why I\'ve always discounted it. On the downside I\'d have to insure/tax/maintain two cars.
I really don\'t wanna let go of my rotary 5 but at the same time I don\'t wanna be driving a crappy euro box most of the time and I cant afford Â£500 a month on petrol!
Either way I\'ve still got finishing touches to do on this 5 and I don\'t think this decision will be made lightly so not gonna rush it.