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    FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    I saw 2 cars under tarps in someones side yard today.
    I stopped to leave one of my WANTED flyers I keep handy.
    The guy came out and I asked about the mazdas.
    Then he says its one he brought back from Japan in the 80's when he was in the military.All original. :shock:

    I did not get to see it ,it was heavly tarped and he just had back surgery.

    I asked about the engine and he just said rotary.
    I will have to go back and butter him up and see if I can get some pics. and more info.What should I look for? :tu:

    Whit -New York , U.S.A.

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    Quote Originally Posted by whit
    What should I look for?

    A way to buy it from him. 8)

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    1977? earliest it could be is a 78. as long as its not rotted to hell its worth it.

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    Rust around the rear window is a killer on early rx7's. The also go at the back of the front guards. If it has a sun-roof chances are it will be leaking. Also make sure the fuel gauge works as these also tend to give up the gjost rather quickly. If it runs obviously do a compression test, and check for general wear and tear... And rust. Mazda's come standard with rust straight from the factory. Rust rust and probably some more rust.

    But really we all just want to see some pictures

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    OK so I think I need to check for rust. :lol:

    I thought he said first year 1977 but ya probably 1978.
    Unless Japan had it a year sooner than the U.S., like the 1968 Corolla.

    This will probably not be a purchase for me,he said he was going to keep and restore.

    Is the engine anything special that the U.S. did not get?

    I will try to get back and get pics. once he is up and around from his surgery.

    W-

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    first year for the rx7 stateside was 79 and 78 in japan.

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    OK I went back and got the pics. Its a 1978.CLICK BELOW 8)
    :tu: http://s252.photobucket.com/albums/hh39 ... /rx7%20RHD :tu:

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    Hope he revives it. Atleast on the top of the car it appears to only be surface rust, except for the archs.

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    Wow, it looks like an abused and mistreated heap of crap. What a shame. it doesn't look at all worth saving. Lucky rx7's are still a dime a dozen I guess. I know I have sent sa22c's to their death in far better condition...

    Sad to see.

    Hopefully it can provide some parts to prolong another rx7's life.

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    Re: FOUND:RHD JDM 1977 RX7!

    That was the first time in 3 years the tarp was off.
    Rust and rot was present.

    He had had some bad luck with the car and had gotten hit twice in 3 months by
    2 different trucks.That was when he stopped driving it.

    It is what it is. :tu:

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