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  • 1992 Protege GTX Story

    This is next on the list of things to do when I finish up my 95 Z28, so the story begins.

    1992 Mazda Protege DX SOHC 5-speed. This is the second one I've owned and it was garbage compared to my first one. After two sessions of burnt valves I parked it and let it sit.

    Fast forward to 2011 I take a trade offer on a 93 Z28 I had that I was wanting to get rid of. Part of that trade offer was a 1.8 DOHC GTX engine swap, transmission, axles, FMIC, charge pipes, wideband, B code VAF, 550cc injectors, eBay t3/t4 .50 trim turbo, custom 2.5" downpipe, GTX ECU, and I'm sure some other misc. things I've forgotten.

    This thread will be updated as things progress/change about the car. This is not a top priority of mine, so don't expect updates that often.

    Here are a few random pics I've took and many more will be posted as things move along.





    Old SOHC shortblock aka garbage
    Last edited by Prototype007; 03-28-2012, 11:41 PM.
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    Extra GTX cylinder head. Previous owner said it had GTR cams. Don't know if that's true or not,

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      Money can take you far, but respect can't be replaced.


      because you buy what you like, not what some jackass on KYHP likes....

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      • #4
        Thats the same basic engine as a miata isn't it?
        00 Carrera C2
        02 Z06 440/400 BLUECAT tuned
        00 Miata autocrosser
        95 GT bolt-ons
        70 Torino cobra 429/C6

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        • #5
          that would be the fwd equivalent to the 1.8 miata.
          yes i own a civic...

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          • #6
            Badass, I love the old 323 GTX.

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            Patrick Lindsey

            2005 BMW 330I w/ ZHP

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 6speed View Post
              Thats the same basic engine as a miata isn't it?
              Yes sir. The LX Protege's I believe had the 1.8 DOHC engine a year or so before the Miata got it.
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              • #8
                I've got a 2nd gen miata I'd like to turbo.
                00 Carrera C2
                02 Z06 440/400 BLUECAT tuned
                00 Miata autocrosser
                95 GT bolt-ons
                70 Torino cobra 429/C6

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 6speed View Post
                  I've got a 2nd gen miata I'd like to turbo.
                  Cool. A lot of the stuff is exactly the same for the engines, just one car is a four door, fail wheel drive.
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                  • #10
                    I know where those parts came from. Good running little cars.

                    I, too, have a BP Miata i want to turbo.
                    Slow DD: 1992 Sandstone Grey Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Mods: Intake, Exhaust, twin 16Ts... Big, Heavy, and Slow

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by spddmnvr4 View Post
                      I know where those parts came from.
                      I'd never guessed lol!
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                      • #12
                        Lol! they are super fun little cars and fairly reliable if you don't push them to hard with the turbo..
                        Slow DD: 1992 Sandstone Grey Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Mods: Intake, Exhaust, twin 16Ts... Big, Heavy, and Slow

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                        • #13
                          Here's two other photos I forgot to upload on the first post. It's just the manifold and adapter.


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                          • #14
                            Small and useless update.

                            I've been talking with a guy from Vancouver that builds MS and PNP harnesses and we are trying to figure out what in the hell the harness is actually for that I have for this engine.

                            Previous owner ran a MS standalone on his car, but said it killed over on him.

                            If this turns out to be a MS PNP harness then I'm going to purchase a MS. If it's stock GTX harness. then I'll just use the GTX ECU w/VAFC-II I have.
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                            • #15
                              Turned out to be a stock harness, so no Megasquirt. Or at least not anytime soon.


                              And just a random shot of the harness pulled out of the cab and laying across the stock SOHC shortblock and trans.



                              Getting to the ECU on this car was a SOFB and everything the harness plugs into inside the cabin.
                              Last edited by Prototype007; 02-13-2013, 06:45 PM.
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