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  • BlueRocket
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    1971 Mazda 616 Build

    Hi,

    I am new to this forum. I eventually stumbled apon this forum after looking for some info on my Mazda 616. Hopefully i can get some info and tips on my rebuild. I can't really find a lot of info about this car. Especially not the 1.6 na engine. It seems that most people do a rotary conversion.

    I bought a 1971 Mazda 616 4 door about 2 months ago. I want to use the car for gymkhana racing as well as some fun on the road. I do not want to cut it apart and build a full race car as that would just be stupid and a waste of a fairly good body.

    My plan is to restore the car to a fairly original looking state, with some small subtle changes and some engine and suspension mods underneath the skin. basically a classic car with that i can also use for some fun

    The car still has the original 1.6 4 cyl na engine in. It had a terrible knock!! So cant be used as is.

    The gymkhana class that I want to compete in is up to 2L normally aspirated rwd. The obvious choice would be to put a 2L 16V engine in, BUT I want to use the car as a hobby and have fun with it without ruining my bank balance completely.

    I decided for now to just rebuilt the original motor and modify it a bit to get more power. Maybe in the future when the rest of the car is sorted out I can do an engine transplant.

    So far i have found absolutely no info or performance "advice" on the 1.6 engine. So i am following the "normal" route of mods... higher compression, bigger carburettor, head port and flow, branch, freeflow exhaust, ballance and cam. I hope this all works good together.

    I will post some pics of what i have done so far.

  • BlueRocket
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    If I remember correctly I still have an extra head at home...

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  • Hiroshima
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    Hi there. I'm also here in SA. Do you still have this car? Would love to steal that head from you

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  • dadaman
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    ok guys so heres some photos. i need to get the photos of the transplant from my old phone.

    This is what the car looked like when I got it




    So basically the story is I bought the car last year and drove it for about a month. The timing chain decided to snap on me during traffic and thats the day I decided I had to make the change. Rotaries are generally hard to come by here but I was lucky to find a running 12a ( I opted to go period correct) from a capella.


    Had to get a few goodies to get the motor to fit but not long after it was in.



    While that was going on I got a center console , changed the cluster to a rx2 one and got a radio from spoonedEg9ferio. ( the cetner console was cleaned and looks better than the pic.)




    Fast forward a bit and the motor is in a running. ( need to find the build pics). I had to replace the water pump and the exhaust.





    This is what the car looks like now. Things ive done: change the wheels ( temporary) added a capella badge on the side, refurbed some anterlope ones, cut in new front reflectors as we never got this style here and got new rubbers for the windows.




    Plans from here: fit the coil overs, fender mirros and lip. Im currently waiting on my wheels.
    Last edited by dadaman; 07-14-2017, 10:22 AM.

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  • restoremaz
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    yes post pics.

    i only saw this thread for the first time yesterday. Very suprised the previous owner rebuilt the piston motor. such a strange choice in the mazda world.

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  • nmhz
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    Please do! Im sure all the users would be keen to see what has happened in the past 5 years!

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  • dadaman
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    Hey guys. am I allowed to revive this thread? I purchased the car last year and quite a bit has changed and would like to keep this going

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  • Eeyore
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    Wow looking good! What a great Capella I really like the end result. 8)

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  • Mr N4SA
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    Wow!

    Really really nice.
    I must come round and experience this beauty.

    So what's next for the Capella?

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  • MhVW
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    Nice!
    See the A-frame brackets is finished as well.
    You gona tow it with the Jimny? ops:

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  • liquid51
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    Nice Mazda man...keep it a piston engine as they don't get any love compared to the rotary engine
    ..

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  • Dave77
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    Looks great! Nicely done with it.

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  • BlueRocket
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    And Here's some pics of the car in action in "race trim" with slicks on... :mrgreen:





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  • BlueRocket
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    I haven't posted in a looong time...
    So I thought it might be time for an update.

    Here's some pics of how the car looks like now. :mrgreen:

























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  • rx-7fd3s
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    i also wanna know how you doubled upp on those swaybars
    i REALLY need to kill some roll on my rx4 (it corners like a boat :S )

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