Hi, and welcome to RE-Furb.nl
My name is Ferdi, better known in the community as Furb.
I was born in 1983 in The Netherlands.
From an early age I was interested in cars, technology and engineering and this interest has grown tremendously over the years.
However, this got a whole new meaning after I learned about Japanese cars from the 90's, as they proved to be so well engineered for performance. I knew pretty much all the specs and possibilities of all great Japanese icons well before the infamous F&F hype...
When I went to highschool, I started out as a pretty normal student with good grades, even spent 2 years in the highest level, learning Latin and ancient Greek. But I really hadn't figured out what I wanted to do with my life...
When I turned 16, I spent my well-earned money on a Piaggio Typhoon, 50cc aircooled scooter.
That allready got out of hand as i started modifying it with a 70cc cylinder, full race crackshaft and lots of other parts, doing all the work myself with common sense pretty much as my only guide as the info on the internet wasn't as easily available as nowadays. But then also guys from all over the neigbourhood came knocking at my door for advice and help with problems and fine-tuning.
By then I really got interested in working with my hands, which resulted in lower grades and eventually a change in college.
That was one of the best descisions ever, to start at a technical college and learn more about fabrication, construction and machining. There I found out my real interests and capabilities, as I started to develope an interest in complex machinery and automation.
From there I did some different internships at different companies, and ended up at a printing company as a maintenance mechanic for my finals. After graduation I have worked there for about 3 years, until I pretty much learned everything I could over there and the company going downhill it was time for a change...
I got a call about a job at Viscon, a company involved in automation in many different sectors.
Didn't take long for me to take on this challenge and see where it would lead!
My job is that of service engineer, which meant I had to visit clients and maintain the machines that they have bought from us.
Started out simple, but because of my interest in technology I have mastered a lot of skills in the last few years, which include knowledge of pneumatics, servo and PLC systems.
My activities have changed in time, because besides the occasional maintenance job, I do a lot of programming and figuring out solutions for problems which clients encounter.
Enough background talk about myself, time to talk about my cars!
I got my license when i was 19, took my time and passed the first time. Instead of rushing off to go and buy a car I knew I was better off to save some cash and buy something i would really enjoy for a long time, instead of some old beater.
I have to admit, I was really attracted to Honda at first, I started out wanting a Civic EK, but as my funds grew, I started looking at different cars.
Looked at Civic EK VTI, Integra type R, Accord type R... and then I fell in love with the nearly new '04 Civic EP3 Type R...
As they were fairly new, the price was high but not out of my reach. decided to work hard and after a year i had almost saved enough cash for purchase!
So why did I end up with soemthing totally different...?
A friend of mine had a Toyota MR2 SW20, and we were always busy with cars and going to events and stuff.
We were interested in buying a project car for fun, just to work on and see where it would lead.
Several japanese icons came in mind: Corolla ae86, Silva s13, RX-7 fc3s, Supra MK3
The FC3S won because of the interesting engine, and the fact that it is something different instead of just another S13 (no offence...!)
When we visited Euro-Rotor in Veldhoven (NL) to take a look at some possibilities, we came to the conclusion that i would take a fair amount of time and cash to get a car on the road. And because I had no car of my own yet, this meant it would take more time to save the cash needed for the EP3, so that idea was postponed right there.
But when we were there for a visit, there was a car in the showroom that just didn't go out of my head!
It was a near mint condition FC3S TurboII '91 Coupé, bone stock and with only 9200km on the rebuilt engine.
Then I became somewhat sensible, and this would probably be one of the few times that was a good thing, and decided it was better not to spend all my well earned cash at once on a car. So then I could let the FC3S get out of my head and into my posession.
After a couple of years, I had come a long way with the RX-7, i became interested in it's predecessors.
Because I visited several events in the UK, I came eye to eye with some Mazda classics, like the RX3 and RX4, and was immediately charmed by them. I was determined to own one of these classics one day!
It was short after the summer of '09 that I happened to come across a Mazda 929 Coupé from '75 that was up for sale and the first thought that came to mind was: that is an RX-4! Did some research and turns out, it almost is! Differences between the two were less then all the other piston/rotor counterparts with different front and rear ends.
With this on it was just the engine, drivetrain and decals that were different. It has all the factory rotor logos as normally only the rotor version would have.
The car really seemed to be in great condition, and the owner said it was refurbished 15 years ago and had been in a heated storage ever since. I just couldn't resist and decided to just go ahead and buy it. Only thing was, the car was located in Scotland (UK).
So we planned the trip and drove a total of 2200km with a trailer behind us, to pick up the car.
In the end, having 2 project cars didn't really work out, because i had only so much free time and money and that proved bearly enough to keep the cars running and roadworthy, thus had to part with one of them.
Although i had put so much love, effort, time and money into the RX-7, my love for the early Mazda's had taken over.
The RX-7 was parted out because then i could get more funds out of it and keep some key components to start my new project: converting the 929 to RX-4.
The 929 turned out to not to be in as good condition as I thought, because beneath a thick layer of bodycoating there were lots of things buried that really should have been left unseen...
The previous "restauration" turned out to be a real hackjob and although the exterior looked fine, the entire body needed to be properly restored.
After starting to prepare the body for restauration, a full project came up for sale.
This was a ' 74 929, original Dutch car (LHD) and pretty much all the work had been done. Over 4 years was spent to restore the body and over 6 years into the enitre project.
Almost all the parts that came with the car were prepped and ready to me mounted.
After some negotiation, we found an agreement and the project was mine to finish..
Please refer to the project and history pages about more info on these cars.
Hope you enjoy everything you find here, and feedback through the contact form is appreciated!