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FB returns home to London
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:02:53 AM »
Hi,

I'm Neil, 42, working for a small insurance company, living in South London and I've bought my first RX7. It's a 1981 Series 2 FB.

I've been living in London for 10 years but originate from Essex.

A bit of history:
My car had been with its last proper owner for 17 years and briefly with someone that flipped it.  It came with loads of the back file which is very nice to have. It was originally sold in East London so it's now come home.  Since I bought it I had a lot of work done on it so it's now sporting an engine that had the full overhaul with seals etc. and it also included a brand new rear rotary housing; also a new clutch and a starter motor. The engine is so smooth now and it hasn't done 60,000 since new!!!.  I've only recently got the car back after long delays including getting hold of the necessary parts.

The remaining mechanical things to sort out are the exhaust (replacement is being planned) and the fan (including clutch) + fan shroud. I'm struggling to find the fan components despite hunting all over the internet and I can't really drive the car until it's sorted; this is a big headache after the ££££s I've spent in the last year. Any help with this would be gratefully accepted.

The body work is pretty good and looks to have preventative work done a while ago probably when it had a respray in the original colour. The respray is still in reasonable condition and just needs some attention to make it shine. It is a very original car so I'm keen to keep it that way.

I'm looking forward to getting it on the road properly and intend to come to some events later this year.


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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2019, 01:35:21 PM »
Welcome, get some piccys up! Tim at RXMotors carries lots of fb spares...suspect youve tried him.

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2019, 03:17:14 PM »
Welcome! FBs are awesome! Yep, we need picks

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 05:29:44 PM »
 :welcome: to Mazdarotaryclub

Like the others, I'm looking forward to seeing pictures,

Any idea of the guys name who had it for 17 years as you may find he was a member here previously.

All the best Clive

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 09:49:01 AM »
Hi,

Good to hear that you are making good progress with the FB.  Rock Auto still have Fan clutches listed so may be worth a try.  I bought one from them a few years ago and all problems with squealing/stretching fan belts disappeared as soon as it was fitted.


Good luck with getting the car completed.


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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2019, 11:58:57 PM »
Cheers for your messages.  Pleased to say I've located a fan + clutch.

I've been looking through the paperwork and have some info.  The car was originally sold by Holmwood Motors in Enfield in October 1981. The purchaser was W.J Smith Insulations Ltd of Stamford Hill.

It looks like Andrew Clarke was the owner in 2001 and sold it to Tina Pryor; she and Michael Pryor owned the car for a number of years. The car appeared for sale on Classic Cars HQ in December 2017 and that was the person who sold it at auction to me in April 2018.

I checked my V5 and I'm the 7th owner.

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 12:13:56 AM »
Here are some photos.

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2019, 07:05:48 AM »
That looks very nice indeed.

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2019, 08:44:14 AM »
Echoing what Jon said....

Looks straight n rust free. I dun know much about the history of the 7's but didn't realise they spanned that far back.....1981!!

That must have been so much better than the XR3's and Renault 5's that were going round back in the day.
I need 48 hours in one day, I can spend more time working on the car that way.

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2019, 02:41:59 PM »
Nice

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2019, 07:35:07 PM »
Thanks, looking forward to getting it on the road for a proper drive. It's almost a year since I bought the car.

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2019, 07:53:24 PM »
Welcome to the forum  :13:

Your FB looks gorgeous in those pics, looks to be good find.

Ref fan, did you go for a replacement OEM viscous coupled fan? Many owners, including myself, opt to hide a 16" low profile electric fan inside the original cowling, thermostatically controlled. Much less drag on the engine and the viscous units are notorious for seizing up and shredding fanbelts!
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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2019, 08:24:23 PM »
Thanks. I've managed to source an original fan + clutch and the location of the holes look to match the fixings on mine; it's from a S3. I just need to get a shroud. Hope a S3 shroud fits it or maybe I need to modify a S2 shroud.

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Re: FB returns home to London
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2019, 08:29:35 PM »
Radiators in the S3 are larger, so the S3 shrouds are different. Not sure if they can be easily modified to fit an S2 as I've not put them side-by-side.
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