RA29 – Act 1

Some time has passed since the RetroFIX RA29 was introduced and the car has had a few minor updates and mechanical issues that were addressed. Since the project plan included temporarily using the existing engine, one of the first things done was to check the condition of the 20R, which had apparently ran on the auction block, the last time it was purchased.

The electric fuel pump was no more, as the tank had a serious corrosion issue. With a pair of jumper cables hooked to the s10,  some alligator clips, a rx7 fuel pump, and a paint mixing cup full on 93, the 20R was fired up… and ran surprisingly good…

Hearing the little tractor engine fire up and run smooth was enough to warrant a carb rebuild and a new fuel pump, soft lines and filter. I even found a battery lying around that still had enough life to turn the little torque’r over.

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With some Liability insurance, the first spin around-the-block was made, along with a nice e-brake to clutch kick u-turn. Those dry-rotten tires didn’t stand a chance.

Some small items were taken care of, like the hole from where the floor mounted pedal was rusted through.
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A patch panel was formed…

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… fitted, then later welded.

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Which also required making a gas pedal.

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and finishing it off with some black magic… bare brake pedal, grippy throttle, just the way I like it.

hang on, there’s more!

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