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 Post subject: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:44 am 
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So I have a pretty full on FC3S track car for race day - but what to drive on a Sunday afternoon cruise?

Road trip this weekend to pickup this
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Been watching this a while. After a few drinks in the workshop the boys have to endure me crapping on about how I want to build a 70's style Cosmo coupe. Well this became cheap enough to do something about it. My FC3S track/tarmac car is ok - but the RX5 is retro cool can't wait to make it a period sort of tough street car from this coupe.

I like the stance on this - although I keep thinking bolt on flares, chin spoiler and rear duck tail spoiler like a 240k Kenmeri Skyline. Silver and black maybe.?
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Anyway, it's a long term thing hope to have it up and running in 2-3 years. Just a cruiserfor the street with and old school JDM track flavour.

Now for some rims in 4x110 I like................ :D

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:05 am 
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Jmsbnd wrote:
Now for some rims in 4x110 I like................ :D


Very noice! :D

Forget the 4 x 110 PCD....the RX-5 is 4 x 120. Makes it that much harder to find! :?

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:41 am 
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Thank you for saving the old girl! :tu: 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:29 pm 
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Jmsbnd wrote:
I like the stance on this - although I keep thinking bolt on flares, chin spoiler and rear duck tail spoiler like a 240k Kenmeri Skyline. Silver and black maybe.?



DO EEEEEEEEEEET.

yahoo will be your friend for 4x120 wheels.

I say keep it blue and go black under chin spoiler and black boot bobtail spoiler with Shelby style matt black stripes and black bolt on flares

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:19 am 
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121, Dave. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Good luck on the purchase man

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:14 am 
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Thanks for the replies guys. 4x120 awesome.............I had some from an old Honda Coupe 9s project and I sold them. 14x8 deep dish enkei focus wheels should have kept them!!!!!

I picked up the car today. Left at midnight from Hastings Vic - drove all night to Adelaide. Met Alex the old owner (great guy) loaded the car and headed straight home. I am pretty tired but Very Happy.

Also I noticed a JNC Sticker on the rear window too!

Anyway, going to sit down and start planning some wheels and get it on club reg. Then the fun begins!

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:09 pm 
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thats a swwet ride you have mate looking at that red one makes want me want 1! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:01 pm 
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RestoreMaz wrote:
red RX5s look great! is it RX or 121?



Yeah 121. Iwould have taken either 121 or RX5 they both fit the build idea I have - the hard part is getting a good one! I have come up with a plan for where I want to take it after thinking it over.

#Get car ready for roadworthy and club rego.
This may end up meaning for now another 4 cyl in there to get it through and any basics it needs. Just want it in my name the same how I did my RX7.

#Wheels (4x120 oh how I miss the pain).
Looking at the performance minilites. Can be drilled to the PCD for me. If anybody has an idea on the max width/offset front and rear let me know. Want it like the clean low red car earlier in my thread. Not going to flare it it's more a clean street look I want. The body is just too clean!
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#Suspension.
Looking for similar stance as red car above. Prob not going to coil over - just get the springs either reset or new ones as it's all near new anyway.

#Interior.
Where do I start? So much awesome 70's style :D. Steering wheel is mint and real timber i just realised - it stays, but the blue interior will go. Looking to do black vinyl for the whole lot and recover the dash pad. Charcoal grey carpet and black headlineing to finish it of. Friend had an RX3 sedan same style as a kid it looked really classy. Back to manual windows too.

#Engine/gearbox/diff.
My friend Simon who came over to get it with me wrecked an RX4 a few years back for parts for his car. He comes to the party again with all the parts to get the motor in there. Even has the 13b out of it. It was running 7 years ago - so it should rebuild just fine. After much thought I am going to go "J" port. I did consider turbo 13b, but I have that in my FC race car already - for this I want that matching motor for the look of the car. Plus everytime I hear one idling I love it. Just a tidy motor, 48 webber or something matched to a 5 speed manual. I need to do more homework on what LSD to run, or even spool/lock it so open to ideas here.

#Paint/Exterior.
I am doing this last. The body is REALLY tidy, so this lets me get the car sorted mechanically and enjoy it a little. But when the time comes I have the following in mind. Battleship gloss grey outside, Black wheels with polished lip, Black front lower chin spoiler (240K style). Should look quite angry but subtle.

I am going in to work shortly to give the engine bay a major pressure wash. The engine does not start (Alex told me this - it made some frightening noises when he turned it over for us) so just going to use the mother of all high pressure washers at work to get it cleaned up making working on it easier.

I will have many questions along the way - so if any of you can help jump in and let me know.

Update picsd over the coming days.

Cheers,

James.

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:19 am 

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As an old owner of blue one ill be looking after this thread so i know whats happening with my baby-blue. I'm glad that car going to some one who appreciate it and willing to finish what i started. Just hope that in couple of years time I'm going to buy one of this again and do it up all the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:23 am 

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BTW here is original topic http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=15685 so you can see where it all started.


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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:01 pm 

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You got a great deal on this car.
I would keep it VC/MA engine and look around for some twin side drafts or there have been a few turbo manifolds getting around.
If you can get it as low as the Cosmo and on stretch go for it.
Keep it as original as you can. or period original.
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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:10 am 
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B1600 wrote:
You got a great deal on this car.
I would keep it VC/MA engine and look around for some twin side drafts or there have been a few turbo manifolds getting around.
If you can get it as low as the Cosmo and on stretch go for it.
Keep it as original as you can. or period original.
Good Stuff.


Yeah I been liking the blue paint/interior more and more think I will just fix the interior to near original. There is one at fujicars the same a Cosmo AP 4 cylinder for $13k AUD!!! So I think the lower/wheels will be the go.

On the subject of wheels - can't beleive my luck! Scored a set of genuine SSR Longchamp XR4 same as pictured on the red ocar posted earlier with correct stud patter off Yahoo Japan. Shiping next week or so. 14x7 +0 front and 14x7.5 +8 rear. Hope to run 195x60 r14 front and 205/60 r 14 rear. Not into stretch but see how it all lines up. Also all new suspension for $2500.00. Coil over fronts and lowered rear with struts too. Same as series 3 RX7. Get it riding smooth and low.

Also, if I can fit them under the new wheels I have a spare set of FC front and rear calipers - something to try after the motor swap.

Still want a 13B though........

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:13 am 
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A few updates.....

I have decided to start getting her ready for rego. My friend got me all excited to do it so here it is so far.

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I dropped it off to a guy I used to use before coilovers were common (yes I am 37) and he worked his magic. I got him to lower it 10mm above the front tyre and level the rear to suit. We also got the front ball joints replaced as they were quite worn. The suspension is quite new everywhere else so just a spring reset and align and she was done.

Alex the previous owner had plans for a manual transmission and he had already installed the pedal box so I decided to se if I could find a 5 speed 121 box for it. I think I have one - a local Mazda specialist (Mazbits) had one that arrived in the boot of a 121 Landau hopefully it's right and checks out ok. If so I can even utilize it later with a rotary swap.

For now the VC 1800cc piston motor will get new timing gear along with a skim off the head to bump compression. Install a full VRS kit and a hone etc if needed. I have some used headers coming and I will probably bit the bullet and put a 2 barrel Webber on top of it. I may go side draught, but I don't want to spend too much as it only needs to last bout a year or two then go 13B power.

For now I think the 1800, 5 speed with a bit of compression, a decent carb, and exhaust combined with the 4.11 rear should deliver a nice combination that will get along ok.

I will retrim the interior stock blue vinyl, paint the engine bay and boot area and just finish what Alex started then register it hopefully by June.

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:26 am 
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Nice.

I'm over rotary swaps, so I'd go a BP and box out of an MX-5, but thats just me.

Wheels improve things by 11ty billion percent.

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:45 am 
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What size did you use for the tires? I just bought some 185/75/14 and was wondering they would give this same look?


Jmsbnd wrote:
A few updates.....

I have decided to start getting her ready for rego. My friend got me all excited to do it so here it is so far.

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I dropped it off to a guy I used to use before coilovers were common (yes I am 37) and he worked his magic. I got him to lower it 10mm above the front tyre and level the rear to suit. We also got the front ball joints replaced as they were quite worn. The suspension is quite new everywhere else so just a spring reset and align and she was done.

Alex the previous owner had plans for a manual transmission and he had already installed the pedal box so I decided to se if I could find a 5 speed 121 box for it. I think I have one - a local Mazda specialist (Mazbits) had one that arrived in the boot of a 121 Landau hopefully it's right and checks out ok. If so I can even utilize it later with a rotary swap.

For now the VC 1800cc piston motor will get new timing gear along with a skim off the head to bump compression. Install a full VRS kit and a hone etc if needed. I have some used headers coming and I will probably bit the bullet and put a 2 barrel Webber on top of it. I may go side draught, but I don't want to spend too much as it only needs to last bout a year or two then go 13B power.

For now I think the 1800, 5 speed with a bit of compression, a decent carb, and exhaust combined with the 4.11 rear should deliver a nice combination that will get along ok.

I will retrim the interior stock blue vinyl, paint the engine bay and boot area and just finish what Alex started then register it hopefully by June.

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:31 pm 
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Hi Zion,

I would not go any taller than a 60 series profile in 14" or even 15". I am running 195/60 R14 all around. front rims are 14x7 and rear are 14x7.5 and I really wanted a 205 on the rear but they are hard to get at a decent price (not motorsport tyres just decent road tyres). So depending on your rim size the 60 series look the best and still maintain a quality ride. Any taller and they kind of look like a pensioner car! :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:49 pm 

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Hey it looks good :) my plan was to drop it after i finish with engine, but it looks great :) glad u looking after my baby :)


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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:41 am 
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Chuxa wrote:
Hey it looks good :) my plan was to drop it after i finish with engine, but it looks great :) glad u looking after my baby :)


I still don't know why you let her go!!!!! :(


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 Post subject: Re: Road trip to save this car
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:15 am 

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philip wrote:
Chuxa wrote:
Hey it looks good :) my plan was to drop it after i finish with engine, but it looks great :) glad u looking after my baby :)


I still don't know why you let her go!!!!! :(

Got tired of arguing with my wife :( and let it go and now looking for new one cars much more reliable then women ;)


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