High Octane South Jersey’s Cars and Coffee at Mt. Laurel on May 10, 2014 was another great event. The rains never showed but a bunch of hot cars from as far away as Jersey City did! Thanks to everyone who helped to make the turn out super!
Mike M. should also get his own special nod for producing some of his best work yet! See everyone next weekend at High Octane Vineland!
May’s submission comes with some great shots and a write up from High Octane’s own all-star photographer, Mike M.
You have probably seen and heard Mike’s RX-7 at one of High Octane’s Saturday Morning Car Shows. It is a great car with an equally great story.
Model: FD3S RX-7 with Chevy LS3/T56 Retrofit
Length of Ownership: 1 year
What made you decide you needed a car like this one?
Having owned a 93 RX-7 for quite some time during the 90’s I fell in love with the styling and Performance that I couldn’t get out of my blood. I hated the unreliability of the Rotary engine when modified so this seemed like the most logical choice if ever I were to go back to an RX-7. I could not resist.
What Condition was it in when purchased?
The car had already been fitted with a new LS3 Crate motor and a used T56 Trans from an F-body Camaro (98-02). It was running and driving but had some electrical issues from some shoddy 20 year old harness that had been spliced into for the swap including aftermarket stereo and alarm systems.
The body and paint are original and are in need of a refresh. Rear tires were bald, brakes shot and original carpet and seats had seen better days. The car came from California and was a bit rougher then I had anticipated. It had a bad control arm and the exhaust was not finished.
What have you done/ had done to it?
Anticipating the cars arrival I had purchased a roll bar, set of wheels for race tires and a pair of Carbon Kevlar Recaro seats among other items.
After arriving I pulled out the interior installed the roll bar, new black carpet to replace the “sad” tan carpet. I pulled the beat tan 20 year old leather seats and installed the new special Red Recaro’s made specifically after the ones that came on a limited edition “Spirit R” model RX-7 only available in 2002 overseas; which look stellar I might add. I’ve finished the exhaust, replaced control arms, water pump, added A/C and added heat shielding and replaced trans mount among many other items.
A 20 year old car like this is always a work in progress. There are always things that need attention or replacement to both sort out and refine the Engine and Driveline Retrofit or just to freshen up 20 years of use and punishment on the rest of the car.
Thankfully there is a large community of folks who support these swaps with strong and talented innovative, experienced owners and vendors who are helping to get the car to its potential. I will have Air conditioning in this car this summer due to such a person I met through the Norotors.com Forum by the user name “Halfspec”..
A Swapped RX-7 owner himself and an Electrical Engineer by trade he has built a wonderful interface so the Mazda Aircon Controls and wiring will work with a GM compressor and ECU safely and correctly with RPM cut offs, fan controls and the like.
Any future plans for the car?
Intentions from the beginning have always been for this car to see the track on a regular basis. The race bred chassis fitted with a near 500HP off the shelf reliable N/A Chevy LS3 engine is a force to be reckoned with. I want to also freshen up the body and paint issues, add bigger brakes and an Ohlins Suspension. Possibly a Cam for that motor even though it doesn’t lack for power can you really ever have enough HP?
Anything you want us to know about this car?
The most asked question to RX-7 owners that do these swaps is “Why not just buy a Vette”? Well I guess I like to be different. I happen to like the performance of the Corvette but I like the smaller lighter RX-7 and having raced them previously I knew how to work on them and what to expect for the most part (a swapped car will nickel and dime you to death though).
There is something to be said for a 2800 lb car with near 500HP. It is a visceral experience you do not get except from the higher modified Corvettes out there.
If not this car, what would you own?
Now after actually owning an engine swapped car I can say I miss some of the refinement of a turnkey car that may give similar performance as my RX-7. Cars with incredible performance and potential for modifications to bring them to the highest performance levels; 1 car stands out for me. It is a car I am looking to purchase in the next few years, the Porsche 997 Turbo. That car really seems to have it all. For the money you can spend modifying a car you could have something reliable and fast in the Porsche. They can also be modified to make north of 1000hp which is just amazing to me.
Now it's your turn...
We’d like to hear from you. Tell us about what have in your garage and what you are working on. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org , follow the format that was used in this month’s contribution and we will help you spread the word on…What’s in you garage?
It was an awesome turnout today! Thanks to everyone who showed up to make High Octane South Jersey's Cars & Coffee such a super automotive experience. And a big thanks to Tony P. for the 2014 Edition HOSJ T-Shirts.... and to Mike M. for ...the epic shots you see here.
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Our group would be nothing without car crazy folks like you!
There was a BIG turn out for this weekend's High Octane South Jersey Cars and Coffee. Our friend Mike M. and all star photographer helped capture all the great looking cars and good times.
Please enjoy the shots that we've posted from a group and thanks to everyone who showed up to make High Octane Cars and Coffee NJ Such a HUGE success.
See you next time,
SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY....
Its Cars & Coffee Mt. Laurel HIGH OCTANE STYLE!
We’re burning rubber towards another throttle down, High Octane Saturday Morning Cars and Coffee in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Get yourself ready for the loudest, fastes...t most fire breathing Cars and Coffee in NJ.
High Octane South Jersey is about the celebration of good times and cubic inches. Check us out this weekend and see what the buzz us about.
WARNING: If you need to plug in before you pull out, ask the wife or worse yet mother-in-law to borrow her car or “get out of the house for a few” you might want to check out another spot. We are real car guys and our Saturday Mornings are ours for the living!
These photos come in from Mike M our all star photographer who happens to now how to have a good time with his rides! Mike mentioned that there were several events going on at Atco Raceway from: Modern Muscle, Grocery Getter, High School challenge, Motorcycle, Slick cars and finally Street cars test and tune.
It is great to get shots like this from our High Octane Members! Please keep them coming and when your out and about in the collector car world tell everyone you meet about our High Octane South Jersey Cars and Coffee!
What’s in your Garage? It is an open question in our High Octane South Jersey- Cars and Coffee NJ Newsletter. Simply put, we would like to hear from you about what have and / or you are working on?
This month we have some nice shots and a write up from Steve in Moorestown, NJ gave us some background on his great looking 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe. This is a car you have probably seen at one of High Octane’s Saturday Morning Car Shows and it is one worth checking out!
Here is hoping you enjoy the pictures and the story of how a car can function as a time machine will inspire you to follow your automotive dreams.
Steve Submits this....
I’ve been a car guy ever since I was a teenager. My father used to take me to all types of car shows, and he too always had an interest in cars. I remember looking at all of the amazing classic cars, and taking photographs of them, and then wishing someday I might have a beautiful classic myself. Well, I finally got to realize my dream.
I decided to begin my serious search for a classic car in 2012. I figured the time was right, both for me, and for the classic car market. The year had to be 1967, since that is same as my birth year. I’ve always wanted to own a car the same age as me. So then I began thinking about what classic car from 1967 I would want to own. I thought about different muscle cars like the Mustang, the Camaro, and then, the ultimate of all 1967 classic cars…the Corvette Sting Ray! Coincidentally, the 1967 Corvette is one of the most sought after collector cars of all time. I originally wanted a big block, because as everyone knows, they are the most valuable of the 67’s. But after talking with many Corvette experts, they all told me that the small block Vettes make better drivers and have less mechanical problems.
After many months of searching for a ’67 small block Corvette, I found one on the Internet, a beautiful silver coupe that looked better than the day it rolled off of the assembly line. This particular car was being sold in California, by a classic car restoration specialist who had initially wanted to keep the car for himself. The car had just gone through a 1½ year meticulous frame off restoration, with no expense spared. It was completely restored, both mechanically and cosmetically. The official GM production date of this car was June 1967. Since the 1967 Corvette production ran through July 1967, this was one of the last ‘67 coupes to be built. When I saw the pictures of this gorgeous American classic, I knew I had to have it. I had found the car of my dreams.
Since I bought the car in November 2012, I started taking it to local Cars & Coffee meets, which is where I met the fantastic group of guys now known as High Octane South Jersey. At these Saturday morning gatherings, we stand around and drool at each other’s cars, while sharing stories about the acquisition of such cars, and the stories behind them. Late last year, I started showing my Corvette at various classic car shows, where I drove home with trophies from each show.
The nostalgic feeling one gets from driving such an old car is quite amazing. Most people are used to the comforts of today’s cars, but once you get behind the wheel of a 1967 Corvette, with no air bag or heated steering wheel, and look around the interior, all you see are a few gauges and a radio. The creature comforts we are all used to just aren’t there. Turn the key, and hear the roar from the side mounted exhaust pipes, and there’s nothing more beautiful.
I enjoy the satisfaction and happiness others get when asking questions about the car. I routinely get a “thumbs up” from other drivers on the road and many want me to roll down the window, just to ask about the car. When I drive the car, I feel like I’m back in time, to the year 1967. It’s a feeling one just can’t get driving a modern day car.
Location: Moorestown, NJ
Vehicle: 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe
The weather is turning and people are starting to fall in love again with their classic and collector cars. Here are a few early shots from our Vineland New Jersey Cars and Coffee.
As the temperature rises so will the number of awesome cars coming out to share in the good times.
It is as cold as a Siberian Bride Out there. And Wintertime Cars and Coffee in New Jersey is at the mercy of Mother Nature. As of late, she has been a cruel lady. So while we have no choice but to sit and wait it out until the weather breaks…check out a great tool for tracking classic car prices:
If enough of a make and model have sold in recent months you can get a great idea of what to buy and sell for. Happy Hunting! And remember High Octane South Jersey is truly the largest Cars and Coffee Gathering in South Jersey. We hope to see you soon!
High Octane South Jersey held New Jersey's largest Saturday Morning Cars &Coffee event in recent history! Sports Cars, Classics and Exotics filled High Octane's Mt. Laurel NJ home for as far as the eye could see.
Enjoy a small sample of the great cars that came out and made this Cars and Coffee NJ Toy Drop such a success. As always thanks to our all star photographer for documenting High Octane's Cars and Coffee Excitement.
High Octane South Jersey had a spectacular Cars and Coffee. We had some new turnouts and started to plan out the fall’s adventures that we love so much. Then, when we had all of the Saturday Morning Cars and Coffee we could stand we spilt our ways to attend other regional automotive enthusiast events. As always, stay tuned for a lot more to come.
We have said it before but it is worth repeating… High Octane South Jersey’s Saturday Morning Cars and Friends go way beyond Cars and Coffee. We have transcended into the world of Performance Art. Well High Octane Automotive Art to be more specific….
More jaw dropping beauties!
Does anything beat an authentic one of one 289 Cobra?