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    New to me rx4

    So I pulled the trigger on the wrecked rx4 that has been brought up a few times on here. I am hoping it can be fixed but time will tell i guess. Needs everything replaced on the front end pretty much but another member has most of the parts needed. Anyone on here have frame straightening experience? I haven't taken it to a shop yet but I was wondering if anyone knows if this can be pulled out.





    The drivers side strut tower is in about an inch an that is my biggest worry. Frame rails are still straight but with a small fold/kink at the base of the strut tower. In a worst case scenario I will have to find a front clip I guess, but that may take some time to find a parts car.

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    Re: New to me rx4

    Other than the front end catastrophe its a solid car. It has 57k on it and hasn't been touched since 1978. The car received a new engine and clutch the year of the accident and supposedly has 1000 miles on it. It still has the original mazda automobile air filter in it as well as original battery. The interior is in exceptional condition as well as the rest of the body. I couldn't let it go to the wreckers so I will try to save it over the next few years. Ill get more pictures of the rest of the car the next time I go to work on it.

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    Re: New to me rx4

    What year is this one?

    Anything can be fixed- just tough to get today's shops up to speed in doing the old stuff, and sourcing the parts that are beyond repair. Thats a pretty good crunch, and its tough to say how much damage is spread throughout the rest of the car. Better to drop the whole front at the firewall, like the Rx3 thread on here.

    If you decide its too much work, please let me know. I'd probably be interested, at least in parts of it. Best of luck to you- thats a big job.

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    Re: New to me rx4

    This one is a '74 with a 13b and a 4 spd, black on black. Was originally green exterior but painted black shortly before the accident. I could be nice to get a whole front clip but I will se what the body shops say first i guess, Im in no rush with this one.

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    Re: New to me rx4

    So I started to pull more of the car apart today. Since it hasn't run in 30 years I'm pulling the tank to be cleaned and I couldn't believe how clean this car really is.













    I was quite pleased with the condition of it all. Everything looks brand new under there minus the dust. Not sure if this is really rare or not but i thought it was pretty cool.



    Ill have to get some more pics of the exterior of the car after I install new light in the garage, its pretty spartan in there now.




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    Re: New to me rx4

    Just wondering if anyone knows about pulling the frame straight, should i leave the engine and trans in there until it gets pulled? Is it integral to pulling it straight?

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    Re: New to me rx4

    The motor can stay in. The car is a unibody/no frame, so pulling the motor and trans is just extra work.

    That car looks ultra clean !

    J

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    Re: New to me rx4

    Man you picked the right day to post this... I have a rx4 coupe parts car that we just decided to cut up and get rid of i will be using a lot of pieces myself but I do have some that will work for you.

    Send me an email with detailed pics of exactly where you want the frame/firewall cuts I can ship to canada we will just palletize and truck ship, no i don't have spare front sheet metal i do have like an extra grill and I will have suspension pieces if you don't trust yours

    rotarydave@aol.com
    kiddynrse@aol.com

    send to both addresses

    DAVE

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    Re: New to me rx4

    I would like to pull the engine and trans for a rebuild but if its able to be pulled will it affect the pull? I will clean up the broken glass from the interior and post more pics tomorrow. Also, can anyone recommend a product for removing 30 year old duct tape from the paint? The windshield was smashed in the accident and they taped polly over the windshield to keep it covered. Some of the tape peels off and turns to dust but the remainder is ridiculously stuck on. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: New to me rx4

    It won't affect the straightening process- In fact, it will make it easier on the people doing the work to have the room around the damaged areas. Car looks great otherwise. Photo document how things look now, and get as much out of the way for the repair as possible. The time you spend doing that will lower the amount the shop will spend, and in turn, charge you for. If the engine is new (supposedly), why would you spend the time/money rebuilding it? I'd bet some fresh gas and new filters, and that thing lights. If the mileage is correct, don't even bother cracking the trans open. Drive it first. Mazda's are sturdy, and this time capsule needs a chance to see if she runs.

    Interested in seeing the estimate for time on the Blackhawk (or whatever machine will be used).

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