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1992 Mazda RX-7 - Cool Ranch

Why this Mazda RX-7 is all that and a bag of chips

Rushton Skinner
Jun 21, 2019
Photographer: Daniel Piker

Gearheads grow up with their dream cars frozen in poster form, a perceived perfection usually coveted for life. When playing video games, grasping the innate complexities of cars was nonessential. We simply thought, Man, this looks cool... I want it. Tim Pardue grew up doing just that, but unlike most, he sated his appetite.

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Tim's affinity for the Mazda RX-7 came with the release of the first Gran Turismo in 1997. The alluring body of the FD inspired his dream to one day own one. In 2003, after the theft and subsequent totaling of his first car, Tim decided his poster car was next on the menu. Although his first RX-7 was very close to everything he wanted, he needed perfection in the form of a righthand-drive model from Japan. After more than a decade with his "almost" dream car, he sold the U.S.-spec FD and started the pursuit all over again.

Tim began to fancy a JDM RX-7 imported to British Columbia and under the watch of C&S Performance, which was responsible for its complete overhaul. Highlighting the build is a GM Arctic White paintjob with a custom flake and blue pearl. It adds an elegant demeanor to an otherwise violent machine. A C-West N1 body kit was added as were a carbon hood and hatch. The 13B-REW also received a handful of upgrades, including a street port and non-sequential twin turbos eliminating the vacuum problems that detract from an otherwise bitchin' engine. Pulling it all together, a set of Enkei RP01s and Megan Racing coilovers give the car the attitude it needs.

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Tim first saw the car in the flesh at a Hot Import Nights show in Seattle. Right away, he knew he had found his dream car, but it would be close to another three years before he could call it his own. When C&S Performance was ready to sell it, a mutual friend reinitiated contact and the fabled FD was his. As Tim reflected, "Everything just sort of fell in place like it was meant to be."

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Tim bought the car already modified and rebuilt, but that isn't what this story is about. The real story is how he found other ways to make it his own. What it needed was a custom license plate that could properly showcase his personality. Considering the "ongoing joke about [RX-7s] being powered by Doritos," the car being an RX-7, 7 being Tim's favorite number, and being a part of the "F7LTHY" crew, the obvious choice was "DORI7OS."

While Tim was busy thinking of catchy license plates, Seattle natives started taking notice of his car. When a friend invited him to meet some photographers, Tim brought along a couple bags of Doritos as a joke. A couple bags soon became 35 in the trunk, amusing those who got the chip-shaped rotary joke and confusing those who didn't.

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In the end, we learned two lessons from Tim: 1) triangles, both nacho flavored and grease coated, are extremely yummy, and 2) the inherent desire to fulfill our biggest dreams are ingrained in all of us. It's this dream that inspire us to find ourselves and pursue what we deem is perfect. For Tim, this meant owning a JDM RX-7—and munching on a bag of Doritos.

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By Rushton Skinner
12 Articles
1992 Mazda RX-7 - Cool Ranch
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Owner: Tim Pardue
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Assembler/Installer at Boeing
Instagram: @dori7os_fd3s
Engine: 13B-REW with large street port; nonsequential twin turbos; 850cc primary and secondary injectors; Racing Beat pulleys; GReddy blow-off valve; custom intakes, front-mount intercooler, radiator, 3-INCH exhaust; secondary intake butterfly plates removed; emissions and AST delete; grounding system
Drivetrain: Rebuilt five-speed manual transmission with Miata Synchros; Exedy clutch
Engine Management: A'PEXi PowerFC
Footwork & Chassis: Megan Racing coilovers; C-pillar bar
Wheels & Tires: 18x8 Enkei RP-02 wheels; 225/40R18 Primewell tires
Exterior: C- West N1 front bumper, molded side skirts; Shine Auto Project RE-Amemiya-style Pro diffuser, carbon chin spoiler; VIS Racing carbon-fiber hood and hatch; GM Arctic White paint customized with blue pearl and flake
Interior: 35 bags of Doritos
Thanks: C&S Performance; Phantasy Kolors; F7LTHY; Legend Motorsports; Peter Zuvela; Christopher Polley; Daniel Piker



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