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Blake
Been there, done that


Joined: 12 Jul 2005
Posts: 135
Location: Portland, OR

PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:48 pm    Post subject: Introduce yourselves! Reply with quote

Well, this is a very new forum and it seems people are reluctant to join in the conversation...what there is of it, so far. Please introduce yourselves and perhaps mention some relavent thing that brought you here? Do you own a rotary vehicle, plan to buy one, are you doing a school paper, checking out the competition? Don't be embarrased if you have little rotary experience; that's what this site is all about: education!

I am Blake Qualley. I created this site in 2000 and it became the number one "Rotary Engine" search term on Google, among others. I recently sold it to Wes (Kazisdaman), who seems to have the motivation I never had to make it more of a commercial sucess. Anyway, I have been up to my neck in rotary-powered cars since 1997. My first car was a 1982 RX-7 S model. My second was a 1989 RX-7 GTU-S. Third was a 1985 RX-7 GSL-SE. Fourth was a 1983 GS, then an 80 GS, then 87 Sport, then 83 GS, then 88 TurboII, then 75 Rotary Truck, then...well, you get the picture. Some were stock and other quite heavily modified.

I participated in three of the Grassroots Motorsports $200X Challenges and even got rewarded with a feature article in their magazine, in addition to a couple "Longest Drive" awards for my 8,000 mile round trips from Oregon to Florida and back. My best place finish was 15th out of 100 entries, but I was fearful of breaking my car 4,000 miles from home...again (I broke a car there two years before, then broke my tow vehicle on the way there the following year). My final Challenge car was a peripheral port 13B-powered 1st gen RX-7 with a Weber 51IDA, custom exhaust, stripped-out interior, 4.88 rear end gears, Limited Slip Differential, roll cage, yadda yadda. Oh, and I made a cool "half RX-7" trailer, which I pulled behind this "unstreetable" (if you believe the idiots who label such things) race car.



I am part-owner of Pineapple Racing, Inc. in Portland, Oregon and the contract publisher of the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Loud Pedal magazine. My responsibility is to develop, manufacture and sell performance products. Not as fun as it sounds, but it is far better than anything else I could think of doing to occupy my time.

I am a founding member of Rotary Power Northwest RX-7 Club (RPNW.org), but am not very active any longer.

For fun, I golf and shoot Trap (clay targets flung through the air). I used to ski, hunt, fish, climb, repel, skydive, scubadive, fence, etc. but age, old army injuries and lazyness keep me from pursuing all my old hobbies. I also have degrees in Marketing and Economics, but I swear I only used those powers for good; never evil. Smile

Okay, now is your turn! This isn't a contest, so just say "Hi" and tells us a little about yourself.
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jptg



Joined: 25 Jul 2005
Posts: 66
Location: CA

PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 10:05 pm    Post subject: HI Reply with quote

Hi, I currently own a white FC3S 1988 TII. I am still undergoing the studies of rotary motor, specially on 13B Turbo. Well I know just the basics of how the rotary motor works. It would be a great help if you can provide me more websites about rotaries or information. Thanks.
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Jingyee
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Joined: 11 Jul 2005
Posts: 85
Location: Portland, OR

PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey there, Iím Wesley, as you probably already read above i purchased this site from Blake Qualley, who did a great job!

I do not currently own a rotary car, just an Integra at the moment, but plan on getting one in the near future. Although I drive a Honda I do however work on the rotary engines (dissembling, repairing, modifying, & even built one), I know a good amount about the wankels, but Iím by no means an expert!

I'm an entrepreneur (one who starts and manages their own business) & attending Oregon State University in the fall for business / entrepreneurship courses. Working on cars/computers/investing/ & learning is my hobbies, and just living life to the fullest.

Please if you have any suggestions for this site, feel free to let me know and I will do my best to help you.

Thanks for visiting REI!
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rotarychainsaw



Joined: 02 Aug 2005
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, my name is BJ ( har har). I'm 23 and own a '91 T2. It has a full Racing Beat exhaust and RE amemiya redom ECU so far. I like it and plan to continue upgrading it. I always check REI for updates, but alas... not so much.
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mattforsberg



Joined: 03 Aug 2005
Posts: 1
Location: Dallas, Oregon

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:08 am    Post subject: car buying Reply with quote

I live in dallas Oregon and i have always been interested in wankel motors...i have 4000 to spend and i think i have found a good car here is the link... http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=185716545&dealer_id=573720&car_year=1985&make=MAZDA&distance=75&lang=en&max_price=4000&model=RX7&end_year=1985&min_price=3000&certified=&address=97338&search_type=both&advanced=&start_year=1985&isp=y&cardist=63 ... it is a GSL-SE RX-7 which has a 13b motor from what ive learned from the site. i met a guy that specializes in rotary engines(he is a teacher at Mclearen high school). and im sure he will help me fix it up to its prime. what im lookin for is something to show the honda guys whats up and have a lil fun too. Any suggestions on what i should get or comments about the car on the link above are appreciated Very Happy . thanx.
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GTChris



Joined: 13 Jul 2005
Posts: 13
Location: Portland, OR.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to REI forums
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jsd454



Joined: 29 Jul 2005
Posts: 5

PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I should introduce myself since the forum has already been a big help! My name is Jeff Davis and I live in Austin, TX.

My car is a 1984 S w/ GSL rear end, Spec RX7 race car. For those who aren't familiar with our version, it is 1981-1985 RX 7's w/ stock engine, Racing Beat header, exhaust is open up to 3" w/ a muffler behind the rear axle, TMC springs and front sway bar, Tokico blues, Autopower cage, 13x7 wheels and 205/60-13 Toyo Proxes RA1s. Race weight is ~2280 w/ driver.

I have been building cars for about 10yrs but I would say I have less than one year experience with rotaries.
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TITO



Joined: 09 Aug 2005
Posts: 31
Location: Brampton Ontario Canada

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My name is Theodore Sterescu, and I am from Ontario, Canada and i am 17 years old. I stumbled apon the rotary engine in my ever lasting quest for knowledge. Imidiatly I fell in love with the wankel, so I found out what cars had one then I got one. So now I am the proud owner of a 1985 Rx-7 GSL.

I just know the basics of rotary engines, but I am willing to learn. I am also thiking about rally modifying my Rx-7.
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Eson



Joined: 29 Aug 2005
Posts: 7
Location: Sweden

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 5:48 am    Post subject: Hello :o Reply with quote

My name is Jonas Eriksson and i live in Sweden. I dont have a driving license yet, so no RX7 for me Sad
But im still very intrested in the wankel or rotary engine because of its "hidden potential" and my dream is to build and develop the rotary even further.
I am currently planning to build myself a CNC mill which i can make small modell rotaries with Smile
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enthusiast



Joined: 07 Sep 2005
Posts: 4
Location: sydney

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:47 am    Post subject: Re: car buying Reply with quote

mattforsberg wrote:
I live in dallas Oregon and i have always been interested in wankel motors...i have 4000 to spend and i think i have found a good car here is the link... http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=185716545&dealer_id=573720&car_year=1985&make=MAZDA&distance=75&lang=en&max_price=4000&model=RX7&end_year=1985&min_price=3000&certified=&address=97338&search_type=both&advanced=&start_year=1985&isp=y&cardist=63 ... it is a GSL-SE RX-7 which has a 13b motor from what ive learned from the site. i met a guy that specializes in rotary engines(he is a teacher at Mclearen high school). and im sure he will help me fix it up to its prime. what im lookin for is something to show the honda guys whats up and have a lil fun too. Any suggestions on what i should get or comments about the car on the link above are appreciated Very Happy . thanx.


hey whats up guys. im from australia and ive always loved my rotors but never owned anything heavily worked. my old series 1 '79 model rex is bout it but damn that thing loved first to second gear change hooowee
anyway just wanted to give some advice on the car with RED seats u are looking at buying. looks in really nice condition but the interior is .. ummm ya know id do somthing bout it thats for sure...specially if u want the ladies mate aye Smile too much red i reckon needs a splash of black up intheir.
ps. if that car was in australia it would be cheap as chips at that price.
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Rx7...was Black S1 with white simons and fat sticky rears..black interior with red here n their
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RickW



Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am Rick Westmoreland and live in Northern Pennsylvania.

I do not own a Mazda, and am not an expert on engines. However, I am very inventive, and a bit obsessive compulsive when I have an idea I think will work. While reading about Felix Wankel I found that he preferred his DKM model, which was quickly dismissed by the NSU team. Poor guy had to continue development with the KKM model (stationary housing) which we see today in Mazda's RX7/RX8.

My mission in life - besides raising a family and making enough money to live comfortably happy - is to produce a new version of the DKM model using my own enhancements in its design.
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SiuKit



Joined: 04 Oct 2005
Posts: 2
Location: Sydney

PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone, my name is Wing Kit. I m an international student who studying mechanical engineering (undergrad) in University of New South Wales, Sydney. I m recently doing a report on Rotary Engine (my personal interest as well), but I never own any RE cars... Embarassed

I just got some basic idea abt how a RE works, so I m looking forward to learn sth from this forum

Cheers!
Very Happy
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laura xoxo



Joined: 11 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:47 pm    Post subject: laura xoxo Reply with quote

hey im laura, 17 years old with not a lot on knowledge about cars but a lil. one thing i can say is that i luv them and i plan on getting myself a mazda rx3 :D ...all im doing at the moment is working hard and saving up so hopefully in about 5-6 months i should have enough to get one...yay for me :D ....i found this website randomly when i was lookin 4 pix of cars and this just popped up...very kewl.
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Shrapnel



Joined: 20 Oct 2005
Posts: 16

PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Group

I'm Tony Shrapnel, a town planning consultant living in Perth, Western Australia.

I got interested in rotary engines when the Mazda RX-8 (which I fell in love with) hit the streets. I've now just acquired a used RX-8 - 18 months old, immaculate, with only 11,500 km (about 7,000 miles) on the clock.

This site is the best I've found yet on the subject of rotary engines - many thanks to the guys who produced it.
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Stevo



Joined: 26 Oct 2005
Posts: 3
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey People

My name is Stevo, I am a proud (and sometimes regretful) owner of a 1975 Mazda929\Rx4 with a 12a Bridgeport. I live in the North Island of New Zealand (To the right hand side and down a bit from Australia!) I've been haven some problems with my engine latley and found this site, which seems to be a good idea. I hope some one can help me out. I've been reading through some of your message's and it seems most of you own rx7's. Do you have Rx2's, Rx3's etc in the state's?? If not your missing out on, in my opinion the Best looking Mazda Rotorys(Rx2,3 and 4's)

Cheers guys
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