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    rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    ??? is the smog monster that fought godzilla in 1972. english is hedorah; he feeds off the smog created by humans.

    more about the car. a friend on a local nissan forum found this gem and picked it up about two years ago. i learned that he had the car about two weeks ago and offered to purchase it. after going up to take a look at it, we agreed upon the fantastically unfair price of 350$. finally had time today to drag it down and now that it is solidly in my garage, i can finally make a build thread on it.

    the history of the car is a mystery. word on the street is that an older gentleman owned a decent collection and passed away. his family in all their great wisdom (and in somewhat of a disrespectful fashion) had all the vehicles towed off to a yard for scrap. i was told about 6-8 vehicles in relatively fine condition met the same fate as their loving owner. this car and another rx2 were all that were saved and only just. the family was not any help or willing to get titles or paperwork or history so i need to go through some bureaucracy to get a title for the smog monster.

    plans are uncertain as of yet; just make it run(most likely rebuild with either an aggressive street port or bridgy) and clean it up/replace broken or missing stuff.. ive always loved old japanese cars and rotaries but have never been in the right position to have the two meet. my other toys are a 3 rotor fc and a basically bone stock fd so this should fit in well.

    pictures are scant at the moment but i will try my best to update and add pics as progress is made.


    photo PO sent me when he first told me he had the car


    getting it loaded up to transport


    finally on the road


    and home



    rust isnt bad. car is really solid throughout



    interior is dirty and missing a few pieces. road tripping tomorrow to pick bulk majority of things mia thanks to perterno(sorry if i spelled that wrong)

    so after i got settled down a bit, i decided to see what the condition of the twin dizzy 12a engine was in. removed some parts to get to the front hub (carb was already removed and stuffed in a box in the back seat)

    all the bolts seem to be sticky but arent breaking after the initial crack.

    the 19mm on the front of the engine was finally exposed and i put the breaker bar on it and gave it a gentle twist.. then a harder twist. then went hulk green and tore the bar in half. engine didnt even flinch. next course of action was to pour atf down the intake and spark plug holes so removed plugs which were really tight and all four had me worried that i was going to break one in the housing but they came out..

    .. then i found something very interesting

    all four plugs were caked solid with some kind of crystalized substance. a poke inside the plug holes with a screwdriver confirmed that the engine is caked solid with this stuff.

    well that happened quicker than anticipated. oh well
    still going to be a blast to work on and im really excited to get to rebuild the engine and i am very happy with the condition of the car.

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    Looks like a good project...what's your plans, just restoring it?

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    Sweet deal. I'm sad to see it leave his hands but it will be nice to see it done. There wasn't a single early Mazda RX @ the jdm legends meet. I'm still trying to figure out who owned these cars. A first name isn't enough but it's a start.

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    so took a 4 hour one way road trip to get some parts from some guys today.

    they had their own dealing and i just kind of crashed it. colorado and california meeting in utah to swap cars and parts. it was hard missing the jdm legends open house but im glad i have most of what i need to return the rx2 to the road.

    couple of tins swapping driveways


    super clean shell and basically no rust. makes my car look like a huge rust bucket and makes me wish i could find cars like these in my backyard.

    kid wanted a pic in front of the rx3.. i didnt teach him this crazy behavior


    after i got home and took a nap, i decided to try out the hood and tails



    i think they really help set the car off.

    i think tomorrow i will either pull the engine or start tearing into the interior and cleaning it up.
    new projects always feel so daunting but the end result is sometimes worth it.

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    Nice find! "Earth Green" (paint code EU) is one the the best colors too! Looks like you have a Rotary Pickup gauge cluster and a RX4 hubcap sitting in the trunk. ha! Ebay them! Parts for the RX2 are more available than the other early RE cars so prices for them are more reasonable. Good luck on the rebuild/restore!

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    im not sure if it has had a respray or not. there is no overspray and the green is everywhere, including under the carpet and the "EU" color stucker is still in the engine bay along with all the other factory stickers but there is a paint run in the engine bay which makes me think its been resprayed at some time. not sure though

    i started cleaning up the interior

    i pulled the carpets out and vacuumed them with the house vac and used the shop vac to clean up the metal and door cards. all the plastic was just scrubbed with soap and water or windex

    unfortunately when i tried to put the front door cards on, i realized that they were for a coupe and were about 3 inches too long
    oh well





    carpet isnt in that great of shape, its very brittle and im missing the right rear piece. it will probably be cheaper and easier to buy a set from ebay but i think it looks way better than it used to

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    What the hell is that stuff on the plug?
    Hidden Content Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    No Kev, you are eating a duck fetus.

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    my hopes and dreams, kev

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    derek, man it was cool meeting you and your family. let pertano know what parts you need and if i come across anymore stuff i will let you and him know. the guy i got this stuff from has an scca rx2 that used to be in race car mag. and its for sale, ask pertano for pics, but he is askin 10,000 for it :cry: but good luck with build man and nice meeting you!!!

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    Re: rx2 build: ??? Hedora

    oh and by the way caught a flat on trailer on the way back to colorado :cry: and ran out of fuel ops: .
    so ended up driving corona all the way back cause a tire was $135 plus install! . but corona ran like a champ :lol: i hope your trip was better.

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