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    1977 Mazda 929 RX Hardtop

    [I][B]Hi to all.
    Just wanting to introduce you all to my 1977 Mazda 929 RX Hardtop,
    which over time I have nicknamed "BabyGirl".




    The next 2 photos are not original pictures of my Mazda 929 Hardtop,
    but because it looks identical, including the wheels, I decided to use them




    After owning her for a month, and putting on a different set of rims.
    Was never a fan of the Series III front RX-4/929, so I changed it!!




    .................to this




    And because the Series III bumper didn't match the Series II front, it was also changed...............




    I took out the Old Woodgrain Dash.............
    And not so good interior...............




    And replaced them with custom Grey interior
    out of wrecked RX4/929 Coupe which I puchased for parts,
    and installed a set of early RX-7 front seats,
    black with red/grey inserts..............






    Kevin Webb from SCR South Coast Rotary in Wollongong, NSW Australia,
    sourced an early 4 port 13B from an RX-4,
    re-built it with his SCR Racing Apex Seals, and J-Ported it.
    It runs a re-jetted 48IDA Webber, with Series II RX-7 electronic ignition,
    lightened flywheel, 4 puck ceramic clutch with 1 tonne presure plate,
    RX-7 Series II 5spd box, single piece tailshaft, thru to the stock 929 diff.




    It runs custom 2 medium length extractors collecting into 3 mandrel bend exhaust,
    2 custom made 3 straight thru resonators,
    over the diff into a custom made 3 straight thru muffler,
    with stainless steel packing, and a 3 bendy chrome dump pipe.

    100 decibels at 2,200 idle. Deep Brapp Brapp, nice and quiet. LOL

    Colour is a custom mixxed Mazda Velocity Red.
    Just before I re-sprayed the car,
    the opportunity and the decision came to change the rear tail lights.




    I was never a real fan of the Series III, so to change the look,
    I changed the front nose cone to a Series II,
    and the rear was going to be changed to a Series II also.............




    ....................but decided against it!!
    Instead I took a different path...............
    And it turned out fantastic...............




    The finished product now sits on a set of
    Australian made 16x7 and 16x8 Gold Simmons B45s






    Im no mechanic, no panel beater, or spray painter,
    just someone having a go, and fun with hired some equipment.

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    Love that car!! are those RX-2 taillights? Whatever they are they look great. I'm a big fan of the Australian way of building cars. You guys down there build some nice rides!!

    I can't wait to start work on my RX-4. :lol:

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    Hey man, sweet overhaul there. Mate, can't say I've seen the Rx-2 taillight conversion. Love the B45's. What the colour? When you swap the front over do you need just the outer panels or do you need other inner panel to bolt them to??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PERTANO
    Love that car!! are those RX-2 taillights? Whatever they are they look great. I'm a big fan of the Australian way of building cars. You guys down there build some nice rides!!

    I can't wait to start work on my RX-4. :lol:
    Thanks for your comments PERTANO. :tu:

    Yes they are RX-2/R-100 tail lights.
    The difference being is I have used 4x Brake/Reverse light units instead of the Blinker/Red reflector set up that you would normally see on Rx-2s and R-100s.

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    1977 Mazda 929 RX Hardtop

    Quote Originally Posted by B1500boy
    Hey man, sweet overhaul there. Mate, can't say I've seen the Rx-2 taillight conversion. Love the B45's. What the colour? When you swap the front over do you need just the outer panels or do you need other inner panel to bolt them to??
    Hi B1500boy.
    Thanks for the feedback.
    The colour of the B45s is Simmons Gold, they look fantastic because they were only resprayed 1st week in January.
    The colour of the car is a custom version of Mazda,s Velocity Red, found on the 6, 3, RX8.
    Custom being that when I was getting the paint mixxed, they didn't have the full ingredients, so I took a chance with a couple of different ingredients.
    Wasn't sure how it would turn out. And it worked :tu:

    I used the Series III guards.
    Only encountered 2 problems.
    First, the front stone tray beaver panel, needed a couple of new holes drilled to bolt it to the bottom of the guard.
    Second, the Series II guards have a slight cut out to allow the bumper bar ends to sit neatly inside once the rubber inserts are placed on. but since those rubber ends are not always available, I don't have them.
    The bumper ends fit snuggly over the guards, just have to be careful as there is not a lot of room to allow easy removal and hence its easy to scratch the paint.

    I found that all the bolt up points are the same, had to change the headlight craddles to suit the different grill though.
    The inner guards in these car are part of the front chassis section, so they are all the same, or very very similar.
    Hope this helps
    Cheers

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    Hi. Lovely car! I have a 1975 RX4HT 13B 5Speed. I understand that my car is a Series II car. What is the difference between Series I and II?

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    Sweet, basically very similar to swapping the pointy nose Capella to a flat nose and vice versa. I've hadn't tried it on the the 929 series yet, thanks for that!!

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    If you didnt tell us you were not a panel beater/painter, I would not have questioned it, the car looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123sub
    Hi. Lovely car! I have a 1975 RX4HT 13B 5Speed. I understand that my car is a Series II car. What is the difference between Series I and II?
    Hi 123sub, thanks.
    The difference in the Hardtops, not a lot, very similar.
    The difference in the 4dr sedans is that the 1973 Series I has a flat nose, similar to the 73-75 929, and the dash is also the same as the 929.
    The series II has a pointy nose, the same as the coupe, and the dash is the same as the coupe, it is the wrap around/cockpit style.
    Maybe someone out there in Rx4 land may have more definite and more information, on the rest of the differences.
    I've only ever owned one original 74 Rx-4, the rest have been a rotarized 1973 929 sedan, and 2 1975 929 RX Hardtops.
    Hope this helps :wink:

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    1977 Mazda 929 RX Hardtop

    Quote Originally Posted by TSiSS350
    If you didnt tell us you were not a panel beater/painter, I would not have questioned it, the car looks awesome!
    Thank you TSiSS350, its great to receive positive response.

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