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Need help with engine trouble. Answered

ok, i thought about buying this car, but want an idea on whats wrong with it, they sent me an email saying they checked the catalytic converter when i asked, its a rotary engine but on the post it said "Runs but slowly gets up to speed" and want an idea on that.


The bumpers look like surface rust but the door panel would need swapped or at least ground down... Give me half and hour and pot scrubber, the chrome would be perfect...

Correct me if i'm wrong but I believe that model came out with a chrome plated grill on it. Hence that grill looks like its rusted through and bubbled the chrome plating off.. So that was all I was meaning. On my latest V8 project, I must have cut out/removed at least 30kg of rusted areas before re-welding/bogging it back together.

On closer inspection I see the grill was chrome, bye bye grill, also I take back about the door panels, one panel, one, err most of if not all of a door and the bonnet may grind down... I keep meaning to have a go at rust reversal, you now electrolytic rust removal... I it might be interesting, plus it'd be great for little bits that are hard to brush...

Have you seen those units they sell, they hook into your car electronics/neg ground. Some how they prevent rust (or so they say). Not sure how they work exactly.

Sounds like hocus pocus to me, considering there's no electrolyte that way...


Just had to post this first... I love the description, so dodgy... LoL... I will try and find a better source.

I will try and find details on the item. Your responce to it is exactly what I was thinking, the first time I have heard of it... Perhaps the product was not for a car in use, possibly for a car on blocks. Would that make more sense? Damn, I must go find details now.

. Try searching for "cathodic protection". May not be the same thing, but should give you some leads/ideas.

Thats believable considering they use low voltage to keep re-bar from rusting in humid coastal climates.

electrolytic rust removal would be quite useful. I should get around to trying it sometime...

Yes most definatley!! I would think it a good practise to learn. A friend of a friend of mine has several units setup at his home. I will have to check it out sometime.

Err, i just don't want to go to that area. I don't feel the need if you catch my drift ;-)

"Would make a great project car or parts car."

Translation: it's so broken I need to replace over 50% of the car.

And it's ugly.

Don't buy it.


On a similar note, do you have any experience of the auto gearbox in a mini? One came up close to me and I was wondering if they were appalling or not.

I've never used one, and hope I never will. I object to automatic gearboxes on principal.

i like that style of car, and if i can sand it down, primer it and stuff, i can just go to macco.

. If you don't know how to work on a rotary engines, don't get it. Even if you know how to work on them, parts are expensive and hard to find.

Seconded. If you don't already LOVE (and understand) rotary engines, don't start with a fixer-upper.

Don't touch it, if a rotary's been abused, not oiled or anything it's very pricey to get sorted out because they're not common... Also the rest of the car looks in rough nick, as kiteman said project car means buggered... A later model RX-7 could be had cheaply and with less problems, always look for full service histories on rotary engines, they're also thirsty on fuel.