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Thread: My 74 Mazda RX-4 hardtop

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    My 74 Mazda RX-4 hardtop

    Hey guys,

    After a year long dip in the Datsun world I am now the proud owner of a white 74 Mazda RX-4 hardtop coupe. Yesterday I took the day off,and traveled to Long Island NY with Brad(TSiSS350 on this forum) via the New London ferry in his really nice GTI. It was a first for Brad as he had never been on a boat with his car.

    We missed the 8am ferry by about two minutes,and had to wait for the 9am ferry. It took roughly 1hr,and 25 mins on the ferry. We had about an hour drive from the ferry departure to where the seller had the car. It was a nice drive through Long Island's North Fork wine country even with the small splashes of rain on the windshield from time to time. Very rural with lots of cool things to see on the side of the roadway including one 1st gen RX-7,and maybe thirty-five 50's era American trucks used for farming.

    We arrived,and I had Brad look the car over so I had a second opinion,as I looked at the car a few weeks back by myself,and thought it was in good overall shape. We then loaded up a spare GSL-SE 13B engine the seller was letting go with the sale into the surprisingly large rear section of Brad's GTI.

    The money exchanged hands,as did the title,and shortly there after I was attaching my plates to the car,ad we were off to make the ferry back home. Brad lead the way with his GPS, and we were trying to make the 2pm ferry back,but again missed it by about two minutes. So we had an hour wait for the next ferry. By now it was much colder,and the rain was coming at a more steady pace,but nothing too alarming. While in line we were next to a very sweet BMW with a Dinan package,and a set of brakes that Brad could tell you what brand,looked to be larger than the wheels on my new ride. Also the brakes probably cost more than my car as well.

    When we arrived at New London,CT it was about a two hour trip in the early evening twilight back to my house. About 20 or so minutes from home I pulled over in a rest area/weigh station on the highway,and had Brad drive the car the rest if the way home so he could have the experience of a 35 year old Mazda with a crappy exhaust. I think he liked it,but who knows really. I can say his GTI was way nicer to drive than the RX-4,but I knew that going into it.

    Remarkably we both forgot our cameras at home,but Brad did get some pics on his Google phone,and later he will post up some pics. I hope you enjoy.

    All in all it was fun trip,and I am glad we did it that way instead of the other route which had me trailering the car home, which would have been smarter,but not so adventurous.

    This now brings my collection to three vintage Mazda rotaries. Some would say I have a problem,and really I can't argue with them.

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    Hey, you said my GTi had a "large rear section"!!!

    Here are a few pics I got on the trip home, both of us fogot our cameras so excuse the cell phone qaulity.....















    Enjoy! I will get more pictures with a better camera when time allows!

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    Hey Chris,
    Congrats on the new Mazda, it looks awesome. I can't wait to see it up close and personal. I'm glad to see you finally got the car you really wanted. I haven't talked to Brad yet about your adventure, but I'm sure I'll get all the details in the next day or two. Driving a new aquisition home is always more exciting than trailering it. I did it once from Dallas, TX. Good luck and enjoy the new rotary.

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    Thanks Bob,

    I am surprised Brad didn't tell you about the adventure last night. I thought he was headed to your house when he left mine.

    I am glad I finally got the car I really wanted as well. I probably paid too much for it,but who will care 10 years from now if I still have it. The funny thing is I actually felt connected to this car within minutes of leaving the sellers house while I never felt connected to the Datsun. That is not to say I hated the Datsun,but rather it wasn't the car for me,and I can't even tell you why.

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    Nah, I went home. I was tired! That was a long day.

    I can tell you why you did not connect with the Datsun...... it lacked a rotary!!!!

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    How's the finger Brad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazdax605
    How's the finger Brad?
    Haha, it will heal without bodywork......unlike your fender!!!!

    Jerk in the car next to us on the ferry was....large....and had zero repect for the poor rx4 parked next to him. I needed to keep my hand inbetween his Chevy Impala door and the right fender of the Mazda as her tried to slide his 400 pound self into his door that could only open about 10 inches. I could have punched him (If my fingers were not a black and blue!!!)

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    Wow, that RX-4 looks nice. Congratulations.

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    Hey that is a tough looking RX4. The Skinny Welds on the front give it a great old school drag car stance! 8)
    Welcome to the world of Rotary ownership!!

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    Awesome car, pity about the steering wheel being on the wrong side though

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