After the engine let go at Sebring I was talking to Stu of BSI racing about my different engine options. He said, "Really the best thing to do is buy a new crate motor from Mazda then have an engine shop build it to the limit of the rules but, no offense, I don't think you have the money for that." Called out for being poor! He was right, I didn't have the money for that. The new crate motor and shop build route runs anywhere from ~$5-8K.
As we are talking, a man named Bill asks me what year my car is. I reply, 94. He says he has an old race motor that has been sitting in a warehouse for years. I ask how much he wants for it. He tells me that I can have it. I am ecstatic. The motor is in south Florida and Bill arranges for Stu to pick it up at the next race which is in Homestead. Stu calls me a couple days later saying the motor needs some work as there is no valve cover present and he believes the timing is off. I decide to pay him to go through the whole motor, check it out, replace all bearings and wear items. He quotes me $1200, which seems reasonable. I have since paid half that amount and hope to have the remainder covered in the near future.
I plan on taking Sandy to the dyno first thing after she is back together. I will also compare the horsepower function on the Traqmate when I run Sebring or Daytona again to get a feel for how much more or less power Sandy is making. It would be awesome if I gained in the ballpark 5-10 hp with the new engine. It would also be interesting to see how much more competitive that power would make Sandy and I. We shall see.
One more item I still need to order is a race clutch from ACT. That's another $350. But it is one of those things that you might as well do while the motor is out.
Hopefully in the next month I will be putting the motor back in Sandy and she will be born again with a new stronger beating heart.
I will leave you with a couple GoPro stills, getting shacked