1993 Mazda RX-7 – Import Tuner Magazine

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Mazda RX-7

Love It Or Hate It, You’re Making This Fd’s Owner Smile

Such a matter of conjecture, building a car the right way can be. Based on past experiences, influences and opinions, each of us harbors a different vision of how any perfect car should be built. One man’s flawlessly replicated JDM Civic Type R is a hardcore performance nut’s played-out, fanboy rice rocket.

And someone else’s high-dollar, track-prepped EVO could be regarded among street car purists as downright ugly or impractical. But every once in a while, there comes a car modified so purposefully and thoroughly, with just the right amount of attention paid to every last detail, in ways that enhance the performance of the car’s every attribute to just the right degree, that enthusiasts of all styles will agree that it was simply built right. Bruce Kress’s ’93 FD3S RX-7 isn’t one of those cars.

I’m actually not sure what I like more, laughs Bruce, when people give me a thumbs up, going down the highway, or when they flip me off. Having built a turbocharged ’99 Civic Si as his first car, and later (after the Civic was stolen on his first day of college), a similarly boosted AP1 S2000 that made the pages of Honda Tuning back in May of ’07, he’s well versed with the right ways to build a car. And he purposely built this one in spite of them.

The more I watched people get bummed out trying to build the perfect car and hate on anyone who was doing it differently, he recalls, the more I wanted to build something completely opposite of what those assholes were doing.

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As he tells us, Bruce’s goal in building the car was to do it Osaka style–to, as he puts it, take a perfectly good track or luxury car. and ruin it. Think flared, Bosozoku-inspired family sedans-turned touge machines, dekotora, or bagged luxury rides on ridiculously off-set deep-dish wheels, and you’ve got the right idea. And to make sure his message would really be felt by all the right people, he started with one of the most highly regarded performance platforms of the scene.

Ruin a Civic or Integra and no one really cares, he laughs, but ruin one of the best Japanese sports cars ever made, and people really get pissed!

Before he could turn his rolling middle-finger dream-car into reality, Bruce had to find one first. For that, he went to Chuck Wang, owner of NorCal’s Rotary Extreme, and made him a deal on a forgotten-about FD Chuck had once taken in as a personal project car. It was red with a tan interior, and in rough shape–every body panel was dented, and in place of the factory front bumper was a crudely prepped, Invader-style fascia.

Under the hood was a different story. The car’s 13B-REW powerplant had been rebuilt, given a custom street port, and its infamous rat’s nest of vacuum lines had been replaced with silicone enhancements. The driveline had also been strengthened with an Exedy Cerametallic clutch and lightened flywheel.

What sealed the deal for me was that it started right up and ran strong, recalls Bruce–not a common condition in which to find a 16 year-old, twin-turbo, rotary-powered supercar with a reputation for overheating and a history of spirited driving.

Styling was Bruce’s first priority, and he knew how he wanted it to go down before he got started. He shared his vision with the online community, and found inspiration in their opinions. Nearly everyone hated on me for what I wanted to do with the car, he explains, That made me want to do it even more. Among the open-minded minority, Bruce found Ronald of El Monte, CA’s Aero Duo: importer, fabricator, and specialist of all things rare and JDM.

He’s the one to thank for the FEED front bumper, RE Amemiya fender mirrors and taillight cover, JDM hood and side markers, and GP Sports mid wing that, when combined with JP side skirts and rear bumper accents, give Bruce’s FD the aggressive, over-the-top, yet not cheesed-out look he was after. After adding the bits, the online community was screaming rice! at Bruce, but he couldn’t hear them–he was off at the paint shop, picking up Blackberry Pearl paint for an ’09 Honda Fit. to cover his FD with. That pissed them off even more, Bruce tells, I loved it.

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