Apologies for the lack of updates lately. I (Andy, aka REsuper7) had spent all my spare time last year rebuilding my car (suspension, brakes, paint) in order to have it ready for a 60 hour round trip to Houston, which happened in December, but I’ll save that story for another time. Instead, I’d like to kick off the new year with a brief introduction to Final Form USA’s newest member! Being a part of team Final Form USA isn’t what most people think. We’re not a huge team of 20 or 30 people; in fact, even with the latest addition it only brings our total count of cars to 8. The criteria is actually quite simple, with only 2 basic requirements:
- Have a car that represents what we’re about,
- The person has to hang out with the rest of the team a few times in order to see if they mesh (which usually just means you have to love talking about/working on cars, and you don’t mind the occasional non-PC joke 😛).
So with that out of the way, let’s move on to our introduction of Tito! I have a small confession to make. I told Tito it was a mandatory requirement for new members to fill out the below questionnaire, but the truth is, he’s the first one on of the team to actually do it! But after reading and thoroughly enjoying his responses, I think I’m going to make the rest of the guys fill it out too and we’ll turn it into a series on this site so you can get to know what makes the team tick. Ok enough from me, without further adieu…Tito!
FF: Tell us a little bit about your car, how you got into RX7’s and some modifications you would like to highlight:
Tito: My dad and I purchased this vehicle way back in 2005 as a project car so we can build a stronger father son relationship. Ever since then I’ve been in love with the entire history of the rotary powered vehicles.
Modifications I’d like to highlight would be the 815 HP Semi Peripheral Port 13B Motor. The heart of the RX7 is the biggest “ Wow Factor “ of the car in my opinion.
FF: What would you say is your greatest inspiration for your build?
Tito: My greatest inspiration for the build would have to be my dad for sure!! As I was growing up jumping from job to job, my dad always told me to be smart with my money and to have something to show for it. I was always spending money on perishable things and had nothing to show for all my hard work at the end of the day. I decided to focus on building my dream RX7 from that point on!!
FF: To date, what is your favorite mod or the one you’re most proud of?
Tito: The mod I am most proud of would have to be the PPG Lamborghini Balloon White paint job. I teamed up with my good friend, Josh Croll, over at Crolls Customs in PA and he did an AMAZING job with the body work and paint!! I never really understood what all went into the perfect paint job done right. I learned a lot talking with josh and want to thank him for teaching me and showing me the right way on how a proper color change is done to a vehicle.
FF: What was the most difficult mod/work you performed yourself on this car?
Tito: Way back in the day while the car still was twin turbo and had the rats nest under the manifold, the hardest thing was tracing the vacuum lines and testing them trying to find that one line that was leaking. It was usually the one that was hardest to get to. The car also had tons of electrical issues at first so having to mess around with the electrical side of the car was by far a learning experience
FF: How did you get involved with Final Form?
Tito: I first connected with David (@finalformfd) back in 2011 or 2012, back to the first ever WekFest in New York/New Jersey Area. He shot some epic photos of the car and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Due to me being in the Army, I ended up being stationed here in Texas where Final Form lives. David invited me out to their Final Form/Car Shop Glow meet and I couldn’t miss it for the world!! We all ended up meeting and having one of the best automotive weekends ever!!
FF: What future plans do you have for this build modification wise?
Tito: In the very near future, I am going to get the car re-tuned and freshened up with new gaskets and seals, so I can safely run E85. I’d also like to invest in the miracle cross bar to complete the look inside my hatch. Lastly, I want to freshen up my interior with a more modern, cleaner look for my dashboard.
FF: What’s your end game for this build and is the plan to move onto something else once you’re done?
Tito: Right now, I feel as if I am at the end of the road with any extensive building with the car. I’ve considered all aspects of the car and there isn’t anything major left to do with it. I’d love to look into Project Mu BBK for the rear, an HKS 6 speed sequential transmission, go 18-inch wheels with a meatier tire, and start to drive it on the track so I can enjoy the car.
FF: Besides the car you currently own, if you had unlimited funds to buy or a build a car, what car would you buy and/or build?
Tito: If I had unlimited funds, I’d love to own a white Porsche 911 GT3 RS with red leather interior. If I had unlimited funds to build a car, I’d build a monster of a 98 Toyota Supra!! Maybe with a 4 rotor instead of a 2JZ just to make all the purist upset haha