Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7

He would say it was the video game Gran Turismo that started his love for cars. JDM type cars were his favourite. He would spend days modifying Toyota Supras, Honda Civics, and Mazda RX7s. Then when the movie Fast and Furious came out the import car scene kinda peaked and he started to show up to meets in his 2002 Civic or 2000 Civic Si.

Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7
Christopher Calden - 1993 Mazda RX7

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Christopher Calden 

1993 Mazda RX7

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Photographer: Donnie Roc - @r0cean11

“If you think it's blown, it’s probably blown.’ ~ Christopher C.

Christopher is a quiet fellow who resides in Northern California with his wife and 2 girls. He’s been involved with the car scene for almost 20 years now. 

So what got him into cars, to begin with? He would say it was the video game Gran Turismo that started his love for cars. JDM type cars were his favourite. He would spend days modifying Toyota Supras, Honda Civics, and Mazda RX7s. Then when the movie Fast and Furious came out the import car scene kinda peaked and he started to show up to meets in his 2002 Civic or 2000 Civic Si. 

But why build an FD?  His answer, always FD. He says It’s the perfect looking car; Japan's prettiest. He loves rotary engines as they are just so unique and “cool”. Christopher used to own a 1987 Mazda RX7 GXL. He swapped the stock engine for a 13BRE-TT rotary engine; also known as the Mazda Wankel Engine.  This laid the groundwork that really got him into the rotary scene.

Before the rotary days began Christopher had a few other cars. He passed his drivers test in a Mercury station wagon but then drove it straight into the Civic scene. He built a Civic complete with lS-VTEC, supercharged-b18c, and turbo-b18c. During his Honda days, he did pick up and began modifying a Mazda FC RX7. Shortly after that he purchased a new EVO IX and began to modify it. Thinking about it Christopher would say he scooped up his FD about 9 years ago in Hollywood, California. The FD had always been his dream project. The car was in OK condition and pretty stock which gave him a lot of room to play with it.

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Christopher loves seeing his car at any angle. He could sit in his garage and stare at it for hours. It definitely gets an immense amount of attention which is pretty fun for him. He receives a lot of questions usually in regard to how rare it is or if I LS swapped it. It’s what he was shooting for with his build as a show ‘n’ go vehicle. 

Many new builders across the globe are always asking for advice. What parts should I get? Has anyone run into any types of issues? Christopher has a few thoughts on that.

“The forums are a great but ageing source. FB groups are present and there's a community. These types of cars either need dedication or a really good shop to be built right so anticipate some time with your car.”

I asked Christopher what makes his FD different and unique in comparison to other builds out there. It was a simple answer, “It’s a JDM legendary rotary FD monster! I think pop culture has helped with the allure of the car.”

Modifications 

Interior -

  • Bubbletech gauge hood
  • Bubbletech coin holder
  • Bubbletech door triangle
  • Bubbletech map lid
  • Bubbletech tunnel cover brace  
  • Blackcat HVAC face
  • 94 RX7 HVAC bezel
  • 94 RX7 Shifter bezel
  • JDM RX7 steering wheel
  • Mazda Miata airbag
  • ACC black carpet
  • RP floor mats
  • Glowshift oil pressure/water temp/boost gauge
  • Rep B&M short shifter
  • Redlinegoods parking  boot+handle  / shift boot
  • Banzai parking brake button
  • R Magic shift knob 
  • New Mazda rear defrost button
  • Reupholstered headliner in black
  • Levy Rotor Corp gas + dead pedal 
  • JVC head unit and audio components
  • SBG passenger aluminium door handle
  • SBG passenger footrest 
  • AEM CD5 race dash
  • AEM UEGO wideband
  • Synaptic3performance adaptronic mount

Exterior -

  • JDM 99 RX7 front bumper
  • JDM 99 RX7 front lip
  • LedtailModz JDM 99 RX7 tail lights
  • JDM 99 RX7 3rd brake 
  • JDM Efini red RX-7 emblem
  • EvoR duckbill spoiler
  • EvoR fender duct
  • Feed style extension
  • Shine OEM side skirts
  • Shine street diffuser
  • Shine rear mudguards
  • Elite Rotor license plate screws
  • Race-bred 2” splitter

Engine -

  • 13B-REW 
  • 3mm power seals
  • Sidecut and balanced rotors + e shaft
  • Turblown 8374 EFR turbo kit
  • Turblown engine stud kit
  • Adaptronic modular
  • 3 port mac valve
  • Raceart mac valve + Ethan sensor bracket
  • Rywire harness
  • Xcessive LIM
  • Xcessive oil neck
  • Pineapple BT idler 
  • TF pulleys
  • CJM dual Walbro 450 hanger
  • CJM S1 fuel rail kit
  • ETS FMIC
  • Turbosmart wastegate
  • Full Race BOV cover
  • Tanabe Medalion Touring exhaust 3"
  • Greddy Compression tube
  • Bosch knock sensor (915)
  • Rotarywerks stubby thermostat neck
  • Banzai High tq 2.0kw starter + relay kit
  • Banzai transmission + diff brace
  • Banzai mid-pipe
  • Banzai street engine mounts
  • Zetronix flex fuel sensor
  • ID 2000 injectors
  • Rotary13b1.com aluminium interior handles
  • Rotary13b1.com rotor oil cap
  • Rotary13b1.com rotor dipstick 
  • Samco radiator hoses
  • Radium catch can
  • Full Function EMAP canister
  • Bubbletech cooling panel
  • AEM Delphi oil pressure sensor
  • Bosch knock sensor
  • SBG dual 25-row oil coolers
  • SBG 1gn coils + wires
  • SBG oil filter pedestal
  • Koyo N-Flo radiator
  • Wanna-speed Fast IAT
  • Boost resource turbo blanket
  • Elite water pump studs 
  • Elite dowel pin
  • Elite front cover bolts
  • Elite omp delete
  • B2A low profile FD oil pan anodized black
  • Fuel lab fuel filter
  • Fuel lab fpr
  • IRP 140 amp alternator
  • IRP knock sensor stud
  • JP3 shorty throttle cable 
  • JP3 rotor shriyuken
  • ACT ZX6XTSS full face
  • Chipsmotorsports Ti intake bolts
  • Tune by DK @Garagelife

Suspension and Brakes -

  • Jauto F+R sway bar links
  • Powerflex steering rack bushings
  • TCS toe arms
  • TCS trailing arms
  • Chase bay/SBG brake line
  • JAuto pillow ball set 
  • Ohlins DFV coilovers
  • Chase bay ABS+Booster delete
  • ChellyRX7 rear x-bar
  • Ronin 8.8 mount kit
  • Explorer IRS 8.8
  • Explorer axles
  • Yukon LSD 31 spline
  • Ford Racing 4.1 gearing
  • Power flex bushings 
  • Dennys 30 spline pinion yoke
  • EBC red rear / green front
  • Stoptech cross drilled rotors F/R

Wheels and Tires - 

  • Enkei RPF1 17x9 +45
  • Falken RT615K+ 255/40/17
  • CircuitSport +20/30 F/R spacer
  • Rotary13b1 rotor valve stem cap
  • Gorilla locking lugs

Future Modifications -

  • 8.8 install
  • CD009 transmission swap
  • Electric water pump
  • Radiator

Most of the work was done by Christopher himself including a custom wire tuck harness, but one shop that did help him out was It’s Garage Life. They assisted with the tuning and engine keg. A few others assisted as well with the build here and there: @coreyforget, @clutchkick86, and @jasonforget.

Christopher would like to give a special shout out to Garage Perfect @realgarageperfect, @rotary_gang_2020. “They are all a bunch of good guys,” he says.

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Few final words from Christopher “I've encountered a lot of different people from the scene, some who I actually still keep in contact with because of it. What gives me the most gratification is my oldest daughter loving to ride in the FD with me and her excitement towards the next car show.”

Christophers’s dream car is a new Tesla.

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