Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, OnAllCylinders will profile engines and engine builds by everyday high performance enthusiasts—hot rod hobbyists with DIY work ethics and real-world budgets.
Don Teifke was hunting for a donor Mustang to support a future Factory Five Racing Mk4 Roadster build when he stumbled on this second-generation Mazda RX7—a car he always liked the look of. His brother had owned a 1986 GXL RX7, and Teifke liked it. But it always needed a V8, he said.
When he stumbled on this RX7, the paint and body were perfect, but the drivetrain was a little rough. The only responsible choice was to drop a small-block Chevy 383 stroker into it. And Teifke makes responsible choices, so that’s what he did.*
The net result is a car that runs 11s at Great Lakes Dragaway, and presumably serves as a pretty cool sleeper on the streets of Wisconsin, where Teifke makes his home.
This is a super-cool swap, Don. Thank you very much for sharing with us.
Be sure to check out the slide show above!
*This is pure speculation. Teifke could be a total loose cannon. We just know if you’re dropping bored and stroked Bowtie motors into Mazdas, we’re always going to give you the benefit of the doubt.
Engine Block: Chevrolet 350 bored and stroked to 383, COMP Cams Xtreme Energy Camshaft (.540-inch lift, 252-degree duration)
Transmission: T5 World Class