thought I would post a thread on my little piece of J Tin - a 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe.
I have wanted one of these cars for as long as I can remember. I fell in love with the shape of them when i was about 4. My Grandfather had a white RX2 sedan when I was a kid, and I was obsessed with the tail lights and the RE badge on it!!! :shock:
We had a neighbour who had an Orange RX2 coupe and the colour combined with the style of the car have been etched in mind forever!!
After owning and modifying many many other cars (mostly Japanese) I finally decided it was time to build my dream car.
After months of searching - with very few to choose from - I came across an ad in the Trading Post for a rolling RX2 Coupe that had been in a shed for many years. It came mostly complete (in boxes and milk crates) and had some spares. It looked pretty honest if you could see past the inch of dust and faded BRG paint job!!
After a bit of negotiation, the coupe was on a trailer headed for its new home. My brother came with me to pick it up, and we were harrassed the whole way home with dudes giving us the thumbs up and offering to buy it!! What a laugh.
Here she is about to be unloaded
Being pushed to her new home
I started attacking her straight away, with a complete tear down, and bead blast to follow. This way i would know exactly what i was dealing with in terms of rust and previous bodgy repairs......
Which i soon found it had a couple...
I also learned at this point that trying to build a car in a small single garage sucked...
The car was then paint stripped by hand on all the large flat surfaces and sent to the blasters to get all the edges, engine bay, boot and underneath back to bare metal.
I was pretty nervous as to what might come back, having just seen my mates RX3 coupe come back with no boot floor, "speed holes" everywhere and the last 6 inches of the roof above the back window missing.... :shock:
Ready for the blasters
I was pleasantly surprised when i went to get her. Only a couple of minor rust spots around the front pillars and a little bit on the bottom of one of the quarters....not even a pin hole in the boot floor!!
There were some other nasties though...but they will come later...
I guess it was a good thing that this car had been stored inside for such a long time as Mazda's and water don't mix very well!!
The car was etch primed and put back in the garage.
At this point I started formulating what I wanted to build, what i needed to find and how much it was going to cost..... :cry:
The original plan was to go along the lines of 13BPT, supra box, hilux diff, mini tubs, half cage, coil overs and build it Pro Street style. The cost scared me a little, but I soon got over that.....
As I was formulating my plot and gathering up parts, life made a change, and my Wife and I decided to expand the family, change careers, and sell the house and move to something bigger - Yes a bigger garage!!
The RX went into storage in etch primer under tarps. It sat there in the corner of my Brother-in-laws shed with a Capella sedan that I bought for $200 for several years - nearly 5 actually.......
Well after all these changes - new house - 2 years of house renovations - new daughter - etc , all the while the RX sat in the back of my mind. At one point I was going to sell it, but I new I would regret that for a long time to come.
Finally the bug got too much, and I plucked up enough courage to go and retrieve my now neglected peice of J Tin!!
Here she is at her new home
And now the build begins.....