Some Goodies and Tips from Crispy's Garage!


Having built numerous engines over the last few years I accumulated quite a stockpile of trashed rotors and housings. what better to do than to turn them into clocks! A little paint a little bit of polishing, and a trick little clock to fit in there and presto chango: you now have a nice desk ornament!

A couple examples of the dozen or so clocks I put together and sold to friends


Another use for one of those trashed rotors. The local Mazda club, MSCW, asked me to put together a trophy for one of their car shows. A spruced up block of wood as a base and a custom made plaque and you have a worthy trophy for presntation to the grand prize winner.

Removing Anodizing

Ever have one of those parts with gross anodizing or feel a need to change the color scheme on some car parts. Never fear, anodizing can be removed with a can of Easy Off oven cleaner (or comperable oven cleaner). Note that not all oven cleaners are created equal but I found it works very well on removing anodizing from finished aluminum parts. Simply spray on, wait, maybe a little scrub with a toothbrush to agitate the foam, rinse and voila. No more anodizing.

Before - yucky blue. Spray on wait and rinse - the de-anodized result.

A quick polish to shine it up and ain't it purdy? And to prove it is the same part, some leftover blue.

GM 3 Bar Map Sensor Brackets

Every once in a while I make something that people really really want. So as a service to the "rx7 community" I crank out a few replicas. It's too time intensive for me to make any money but it's nice to see people like some of the stuff I make. For example I ginned up a bracket to hold the GM 3 bar map sensor I use on my own car. A small piece of polished aluminum that fits like the OEM map sensor bracket but can support the GM 3 bar unit equally as well and in the same location as the OEM sensor. Below are a few of the replicas I made for a friend.

Example fitted with GM 3 Bar map sensor.

A trip to Japan

My wife and I had some frequent flyer miles to burn to decided to go far far away. We decided on a tour of Japan and while we were there, how could we possibly not visit some rotary related attractions - like the RE Amemiya shop and the Mazda Corporate headquarters in Hiroshima and view the assembly line where my FD was built? Lucky me.

RE Amemiya with my friend Nam (outside Tokiyo) and Mazda Headquarters (Hiroshima)



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This page last updated December 28, 2009

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