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 Post subject: Re: 1974 Mazda Rx4
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:34 am 
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Ok time for a bit of a new year update....

Rx4 is gone - I managed to get myself into another rotary at a bit of a stretch.... its a 79 323 Low Roof Wagon with an FD Engine Conversion and gt30/40 - it's an exciting car to drive - basically select a gear (any gear) and it bakes the tyres :wink:

I got rid of the hotwires and went to 15" challengers as i got sick of the exhaust bottoming out on cambered roads.

rx4 on challengers:

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Last cruise before selling the rx4

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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Mazda 323 Wagon
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:11 am 

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Wow where has this thread been hiding?! Awesome collection of cars mate, the 1000 and the RX4 were gorgeous cars but sometimes life has other plans for us :( In saying that the 323 is very tidy :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Mazda 323 Wagon
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:57 am 
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That wagon has regenerated my interest in 323s...mad!

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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Mazda 323 Wagon
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:13 pm 

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:tu: :tu: :tu: :evil: :evil: :evil: sick wagon!

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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Mazda 323 Wagon
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:53 pm 
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the sweetest 323 wagon of all time :shock: love the white paint job


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Mazda 323 Wagon
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:48 am 
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That Rx4 sedan looks amazing, is it painted neptune green ?


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Mazda 323 Wagon
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:09 pm 
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Thanks for the comments guys -yep the Rx4 was in its original paint (neptune green),


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Mazda 323 Wagon
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:00 pm 
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Only one more thing could improve your wagon - a tacho (Super Deluxe) dash! :D


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:40 am 
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Happy New Year all,

Firstly JNC is going to be my main page for diarising all my previous mazdas and my current projects - as I no longer go on "farcebook" (new years resolution).

Where did my Mazda love all start? With a 1978 Mazda Rx7 in 1996 (when I was 17)- it was gunmetal grey and very rough and had a 12a extend port. I don't have a picture of it - I had previously tried to buy a white series 1 rx2 sedan with a 12a bridgeport for the princely sum of $2500 NZD - it was loud, low and sporting a thick enamel paintjob hiding all sorts of demons - the deal fell through because dad wouldn't let me buy it. I bought the rx7 behind dad's back and it had a shot motor - so he helped me trade it in 1997 for a 1987 Series 4 Rx7 FC with a 13b Turbo;

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I liked the car a lot but I craved the noise of NA and the earlier model Rx7 so I sold the Rx7 to dad and bought another 1978 Rx7 this time it was a JDM Savanna GT - I crashed into a garage in light rain 2 months after buying it and it was a complete write off.

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After the crash - I found a yellow 1980 Rx7 and played around with this for a few months before selling it.

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About this time the "Rx4 Chapter starts" which is earlier in this thread. I had discovered the earlier Rx range from initially being into Rx7s and buying a book called the Australian Mazda Rotary hand book.

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After the rx4s I was driving to work on Sep. 11 2001 - and saw a 1 owner low mileage NZ new Fc Rx7 with a 13b six port. I called in sick, bought the car and then drove it home to watch what was unfolding in America.

The only photo I have of it is when I had already started modifying it.

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Around this time (2002) my interest in Mazda 1300s peaked - there were a couple of cars on the road that I thought were pretty cool - particularly a 1300 sedan with the number plates sik13b it was primer grey, had 18" wheels and a 13b Bridgeport.

With sik13b in the back of my mind I sold the FC and laid some cash down on a freshly imported '74 FA Mazda 2 door 1300 widebody- I had the option to buy a narrow body stb or the FA I chose the FA because I always liked the rear tail lights.

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Unfortunately beside stripping the 1300 and getting its hanging panels garnet blasted I never finished the project. A friend told me about a "tidy" 1974 Series 3 Rx2 coupe - so we went and had a look at it and I drove home in it. I ended being quite a rough car - with front crash damage which had been poorly repaired and something up with it suspension so basically when you got up to 100km or 60mph it was truly scary and would track all over the road.

I found out from the next owner the 2 door 1300 had quite a rotten front end due to poor repairs being done when it was in Australia - a friend of mine now owns the same car and I hope to see it on the road soon.

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Being over rough mazdas the next buy was top shelf - I went for a immaculate series 2 rx7 that had been featured in a NZ Car Magazine and had a really nice 13b Injected Bridgeport. It was super quick - but unfortunately the new at the time Link Computer gave me no end of problems - and I couldn't get it tuned to run the same as when I first got it (it dropped all its settings).

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So I sold the Rx7 and bought a '77 808 Sedan which a friend of a friend had bought off an old man. It had only done 45,000 kms from new. I fitted the rx3 tails and drove it around with the piston motor

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The next rotary to find its way into my garage was a white series 7 Rx7 - I only owned it for about 2 weeks before selling it to my friend.

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I then had a bit of a brain fart and bought a 13b Bridgeport Mazda Bongo (1986 model) - it had a locked diff and did good burnouts - unfortunately driving to get the supertrapp exhaust replaced - one of the oil cooler lines came off and I spun a bearing. I sold it not running.

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Next up was an Australian series 2 Rx7 I owned this when I lived in Sydney for 2 years - I really wanted to buy a tidy 1300 FA wide body sedan with a 13b Extend Port, it had lots of NOS parts and would have been good to take back to NZ with me - instead I bought the Luce Rx4 back in NZ.

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Next was the Mazda 1000, The 20b Cosmo, The rx4 before the 323.

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I have since sold the 323 - it was a really nice, fast, well set up car - but the temptation to hammer it on the street was too great and my love of old JDM familias was calling and still regretting selling the Mazda 1000 back in 2012 I tried for a few months to source another JDM Familia out of Japan. This proved difficult compared to 5 years ago since I have bought the 1000 sedan - we found a lot of Japanese car lots were reluctant to sell the cars for export and prices had moved quite a bit. I missed out on a very tidy 1200 sedan from Hiroshima which I was disappointed about which ended up going to Australia. However, eventually I came across this 1977 Mazda 1300 4 door wagon - a rare car particularly in New Zealand where besides a handful of government imports that have survived they are not seen on the road and were not officially sold here. At a guess including my car there would be 4-5.

My interest in Mazda 1300 wagons started in the late 1990s when I saw a 2 door 1300 wagon at a NZ rotary drag meeting, it blew mine and my friends minds that there was an "r100" looking early mazda wagon with similar front sheetmetal - shortly afterwards we saw the Mazda equivalent of a unicorn - a 4 door 1300 wagon it wore the plates sirota and had a 10a bridgeport. This was a surviving NZ Government car and looked like it had a full recent rebuild. I manage to find a picture of sirota of the web that is similar to how it looked when I first saw it in the late 90s.

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My new 1300 arrived in December and it only need its brakes adjusted to get it on the road - so very happy :-)

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I really took a lot of inspiration from Bewares awesome 1200 wagon so I have some 14" ssr wheels to put on it at some stage.


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:56 am 
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:shock: Nice Wagon mate a little Minter! I heard there was another one floating around iv been hanging out to see some pics ! 8)
what's your future plans for it ?

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:30 am 
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Thanks mate - nothing major I would like to lower it and fit up the ssrs


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:21 pm 
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Looks really nice....and silver suits it well! Where'd you find it?

What SSR's have you got for it? Can't wait to see it sitting a bit lower on the new wheels! :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:42 am 
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Cheers beware your wagon is my inspiration!

The ssrs are mk2 - I've got them advertised so if they sell I will sand blast the rx4 rims and get them painted in the correct grey and run those

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The car was found at a Japanese classic car yard (named Auto shop Takizu) in the Shizuoka Prefecture?


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:49 pm 
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It's a pretty simple formula with my car, so it shouldn't be too hard getting yours looking just as good!

Don't sell the MK2's.....I loved how mine looked on them, but being 13's I wished they were just that little bit bigger. IMO 14's suit the shape of the little wagons better, the arches just seem to look a little fuller with them over 13's, however I'm going back to 13's next just to make sure.

Is it a painful process finding, buying and importing something like that?


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:06 pm 
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The process is pretty painless, finding a car is the challenge - you generally need an agent in Japan. I did the wagon through my mate who imports cars so he took care of the shipping etc. Your car turns up at your house and the deregistration certificate from Japan gets posted to you which what you need in NZ to get it "complied". It is a gamble buying over the internet from Japan, the older cars are often rust buckets below the doors if they came from snowy regions - often what you ask the agent to check is lost in translation. I always budget on new ball joints and tie rods etc but in this case I was lucky I also had no rust to deal with (ie rotten rails) and no steering components needed. Have pm'd you some further info. :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:37 pm 
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Well done mate it looks like a great example. I own a 4-door myself and I guess you could say they are a bit of a novelty. Here in Aus I've seen maybe 5 or 6 of them in pictures on the internet or for sale on eBay etc.

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:48 am 
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Thanks mate - I'd be keen to see a pic of your 4 door 8)


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda 1300 Wagon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:15 am 

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Gees it's almost a roller coaster of emotions reading your thread of cars. It's like this for me: Hang on, oh and again tuff and he sold it.. ooo, ah, sold again now i see why wow, dang... Sold. Lol :lol: love the pics, keep em coming. :tu:


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