Monday, August 21, 2017

Honey Why Is The Air Cleaner Sticking Out Of My Hood: 1987 Mazda RX7 V8

A couple weeks ago the concept of "peak SBC" was presented to the DT audience.  While no one is against any sort of V8 swap, the sheer abundance of them on the market allows us all to present all sorts of these cars for you all to separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak.  The Mazda rotary engine has a legion of loyal followers, but it is not uncommon to see V8 swapped RX7's in your local CL.  The V8 torque seems a worthy trade in place of the 9,000 rpm madness of the rotary engine.  Find this 1987 Mazda RX7 for sale in East Haven, CT for $3,500 via craigslist.

The seller doesn't specify what the exact specs are on the Chevy V8 swapped in to the RX7, but does make note the engine sports a set of Edelbrock heads and aftermarket cam.  A desirable T56 6 speed manual transmission is used and should be a great match to the engine.  The RX7 runs and drives, but how well is anyone's guess.  Test drives should not be done in any heavy rain storms unless you want to hydro-lock the motor.

The engine bay shows off some sort of chassis stiffening brace and that the aftermarket radiator is zip-tied to the cross member.  The drivers front fender shows a pretty healthy dent so hopefully the rolling shell that comes with the sale has a dent free fender.  I have seen a less than OEM fixes to the extra engine height in a swapped RX7 before, but this is an all points bulletin for a some sort of hood scoop.

See an engine swapped car with some questionable engineering? email

Cory finished up the paint correction on his 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG this weekend.


  1. The repair job on the top of the drivers seat starts out with neat stitches but quickly descends into madness... Seems like a reasonable price. Add a scoop, mount the rad properly, transfer a fender and finish the interior. Cheap fun. And fix the seat.

  2. If I were a more spiteful and filthy rich, I would start swapping rotary engines into corvettes.

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  4. Engine bay looks pretty darn clean and the price aint bad. Considering the amount of surface rust on the brake rotors, the seller's "runs and drives" statement should probably be taken loosely though.

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