It all started back in 2010. I was about to graduate from business school and, as I had done pretty well, I decided that I wanted a toy car again. A couple years of Forester/Outback will do that for you. My previous toy car had been a Lotus Elise ... It was awful, but it did teach me what I didn't want in a car. I wanted torque (real torque, not the supercharged tiny motor kind), I wanted front engine rear drive. I wanted 'simple' (my Miata taught me that). And it had to be, relatively, light. My complicated history of cars* all worked to lead me where I ended up.
I started looking at a bunch of things (none of which I can remember now) but they were all flawed in some way or another ... Too heavy, too new, too old, too much money, too hideous ... I had liked the FD since new, but could never justify the 50,000 1993 dollars at the time. I had no desire for a rotary, which didn't help. I don't like the sound, I don't like the cost, I didn't like the "fine one day, junk the next" experience I had with my 1983 ... So that, was that ... RX7 was off the list, on to other things. But they were all still flawed. Around about this time, drifting was trying to be a big thing in the US (the beginning of the end that has netted us the shit imitation of what was once an interesting idea) and there was a guy drifting an LS powered FD in the states .... Some research turned up that there was a subframe, mounts, headers ... Everything necessary to do the swap. The same research turned up that after buying a local car (they were about $12,000 locally for a decent one) plus the parts was going to turn into real money and a boat load of work. It also turned up this ad:
Pictures have vanished I see, I thought I had them saved somewhere. For $19000 it seemed the perfect solution. It had the heads I had chosen, it was the right colors, it was largely unmolested beyond the swap, it has been done by "the authority" on the LS/FD swap (Hinson Supercars) and had been driven for several years ... So any bugs had long since been worked out.
So, a stack of cash, a money belt, and a plane ticket later and I was driving back from Sacramento in a 500 ish HP V8 RX7, with no real idea what I was going to do with it when I got back to Edmonton.
* several S30 Z cars, first gen RX7 who's engine blew up, several S13 240sx (one that I SR20DET swapped), 1987 5.0 mustang, WRX swapped 2 door GC8, aforementioned Elise to name a few.