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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 4:40 am 
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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 12:48 am 
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Saw you on the road today, looks brilliant in the sun and out and about :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 5:34 am 

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Location: Adalaide, Australia
Hey Benn, how all the suspension upgrade going ??

on my setup i am running about the same as you are proposing but about 2mm toe in on the front, this is due to not have some RCA (roll centre adjusters) (AKA bump steer correctors) as i found mine was over steering to a degree when on hard lock and going over a bump. make sure your aligner test this by pulling down on the front end and see where the toe gets to under load. mine came back to about 0mm

my car is in so many pieces at the moment, engine out and fixing some small oil leaks, diff is next on the list, keen to get out after winter for some catch up and cruising :D

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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:44 am 
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bennyd wrote:
Saw you on the road today, looks brilliant in the sun and out and about :tu:


Cheers :tu: I got it out for the first time in about a month for a rotor cruise up to Strathalbyn. Was a great turnout of old schoolers

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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:53 am 
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Fat 4 RE wrote:
Hey Benn, how all the suspension upgrade going ??

on my setup i am running about the same as you are proposing but about 2mm toe in on the front, this is due to not have some RCA (roll centre adjusters) (AKA bump steer correctors) as i found mine was over steering to a degree when on hard lock and going over a bump. make sure your aligner test this by pulling down on the front end and see where the toe gets to under load. mine came back to about 0mm

my car is in so many pieces at the moment, engine out and fixing some small oil leaks, diff is next on the list, keen to get out after winter for some catch up and cruising :D

Matt


Hey Matt, I am just waiting on KMac to send my bar....apparently they have a bit of backlog.....

Have new ball joints, tie rods, bushes etc all lined up ready to go. Would have been nice to have had it all in for the weekend as we went on some winding great roads, but was a good drive regardless. Hoping to pull it all apart in the next couple of weeks and get it done and aligned. I want it back on the road pretty quick as I am really enjoying driving it....and the rotary scene in SA seems to have come back to life!

Will be good to have yours back out and amongst it!!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 3:40 pm 

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SA home of the brave. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:03 am 
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Time for an update...

I have been stockpiling some bits to do an upgrade on the suspension....so finally got around to putting it all in throughout the weekend and last week.

First up replaced all the leaf spring bushes with urethane ones. Superpro bushes in the front spring eye and shackle and Nolathane in the rear spring eye....went this option as Nolathane do not make the front and shackle bushes....

Greased all these up and then fitted some new rear shocks....just need to change the diff oil now and rear is complete.

Then turned to the front.....pulled the whole front end out and replaced the lot. New ball joints (pressed in for me by the boys at Madaz mechanical) painted up the lower control arms while I was at it. Installed Nolathane bushes into arms too.

Then new inner and outer tie rod ends, and fitted up my new 24mm adjustable KMac sway bar with Nolathane mount and bar to control arm bushes.

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Once all back together, I shot the car into Light wheel alignment in the city for setup. Car feels a heap nicer to drive already.....haven't had a chance to head to the hills yet to see what sort of difference this setup has made to turn in and bump steer yet though.

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Speaking of the hills, also purchased a set of 16X7 rims to increase the grip levels. Fitted these up with a fresh set of Kumhos....unfortunately the rims look way better on the other car, so have been relegated to permanent RX7 duty...will do a quick update on that car as well....

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While the car was up in the air at home, drained the box and filled with some fresh VMX 80. Hopefully that helps the cold shift in this thing....

Apart from that have done some more work around detail on the car...bit more tidying in the engine bay, had a paintless dent guy come out and work some magic on the car, modified a set of kick panels that I bought to house some front speakers so I didn't have to hack the car to get some decent tunes. This way I can just put the old kick panels back in if I ever decide to.

Now Just waiting for Spring to come around so I can rack up some miles in it and enjoy the new suspension!

Also a quick idle vid of it sitting in my shed.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wxESY2dc0ns


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:49 am 

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nice one Benn money well spent in the suspension, makes a huge difference in the long run... Now some 7in front and 8 in back rim and your done. those ROH (ZS?) are not for rx4's that's for sure, other better options out there

I finally got off my ass and got some work done on mine, new torson diff all installed, fixed some oil leaks and some other small things. Spring is coming soon and i need to drive the old girl again.. so keen to get out a few time in the sun on some nice windy roads with ya mate


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:01 am 
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Hey Matt, was reading the update on yours last night.....kind of made me realise I should do an update on mine....

Have decided to stick with the hubbies on mine....they suit it too well....only other thing I would go with would be white V4s ....maybe if a nice set popped up I might grab them......otherwise hubbies it is!

Definately looking forward to some cruises when the weather gets better!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:00 am 

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Nice one buddy, such a cool looking rig this one. Keep the hubbies just get a second set of 626 13's or if you have plenty widen a set of standard steelies and run some good rubber, pop off the hubbies on fun days and have that 70's racer look on fat black 13" steelies?! Don't remind us how quick spring and summer is coming I need to get cracking so I can join in the fun! 8)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:16 am 
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Thanks Ben. That reminds me....I must get off my butt and come see the progress on yours!

Not a bad idea with the steelies.....I have another set of RX4 rims at home...maybe I should get a set widened out to 7 and 8 and run centre caps and trims on them in charcoal grey....with some big rubber on them....

Hmmm....


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:02 pm 

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yeah once i saw you were keeping the steelies i was going to say just get a set widened but beans161 beat me to it . it will improve the handling just having the wider rims but retain the retro look


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:08 am 

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where is ya updates mate :)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:04 am 
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So Matt has triggered off an update….It’s been a while since I have been back on the site, so here goes!

The car is largely as it was when I left off. No major changes, especially appearance wise, have happened, but plenty of small and mostly insignificant stuff has happened. I have also made some changes to my RX7, so I will update that one too!!

Ok, so the blue one….Pictures speak a thousand words so I will chuck a few of them in…..

When I left off I had just completed some steering and suspension upgrades….these continued….soon after this I pulled the front end out again due to a collapsed front shock. The front end was pulled down also showing a worn ball mount in the strut top.

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I stripped the strut tubes back, cleaned them up and gave them some fresh gloss black. In went new shocks, king springs and some adjustable “Custom Garage” strut tops.

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I also took the opportunity to clean up under the guards and hit them with some fresh black.

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A bit of messing around with springs, another alignment to give more castor and all was good again!! Plenty of cruising followed this and spring and summer saw plenty of driving!

Over the Christmas break I got bored and started a couple of other minor projects on the car…. The first one was to tidy up the fuel system in the boot, and the second was to tidy up the boot area.

With a bit of planning, some P clamps, satin black paint and new rubber lines I completely replaced all the fuel lines and clamps in the rear of the car, remounted the surge tank further inside the quarter panel and painted the fuel pumps satin black to help camoflague them a bit more. New rubber mounts on the pumps help to shut them up and the clamps hold the lines in place much neater and more subtle to the eye.

The next session in the boot saw a new panel made from MDF mounted to the fuel tank to hide all the uglies behind it and then trimmed up in black vinyl to match the factory boot mat.

Then came the fun stuff…..In keeping with the retro theme of the car I started hunting around for some retro accessories. A tartan print suitcase and vintage tartan print metal esky (ice box to the rest of the world) were located and formed part of my plan. The esky was cleaned up and the lid restored and repainted. It was then secure to my boot floor using a factory threaded hole and is now utilized as my tool box!
The suit case then came into the plan….. the internals of the case were measured and a custom 18mm MDF box was constructed to house a 12 inch subwoofer and amplifier. This way I can have the best of both worlds as I really don't like the look of audio gear in old cars!!

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Many more kms followed this…..time to enjoy the car!!

Early this year, the car made it’s way to the annual “All Japan Day” held in Glenelg South Australia along with it’s RX7 stable mate.

Around 400 Japanese cars made the trip and it was a fantastic day! The highlight for me was watching a Japanese couple have wedding photos taken in and next to my car!!

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A chance meeting on the day also had me run into the guy who originally bought the car off it’s first, and now elderly, owner! It was great to find out some more history about the car. Luck must have been on my side, and I found out during our chat that he still was in possession of all of the cars history…

I am now the custodian of all of this documentation which is great!! I have the original owners manual – including the original purchase receipt – the service book – which is filled out the whole way through its life – service receipts, A Goodyear owners club booklet and membership with tyre rotation and wheel alignment history dating back to the early 80’s and a heap of other receipts etc.

I also scored the original tool bag (with all of it’s unused tools) wheel chocks, original Mazda touch up paint and the dealer fitted sunvisor that was removed when the car was repainted!!

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Post all of this excitement some more minor stuff has happened. I located a nice set of door handles, cleaned up the insides with a dremel and repainted. This was a part of the car that had been driving me mad as the old handles were quite perished and looked like they had acne!! I also managed to locate a mint passenger front window to replace the scratched one in the car from a local wrecker as well as some other little bits and pieces…

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I also came across some original RE12 badges which I have restored to replace the aftermarket repros that I had fitted. The front one was secured to a MINT grille which I scored on eBay. This grille is slightly darker than the original one off the car.

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At this point I once again put he car up on stands. I haven’t been happy with the braked since day one, so I started again. Another set of calipers were sourced, rebuilt and, along with new disc rotors and bearings, refitted. The rear also got new cylinders, shoes and the drums machined as they had plenty of meat left in them.

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A bit of adjusting and a good bleed and I now have confidence in the car that it will actually stop!! The improvement is fantastic!!

Since then have continued to drive the car whenever I can and joined in a few local cruises

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With winter set in over here the car is now sitting in the shed under covers but comes out when the sun is shining!

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Plans for now are just to drive it and to continue to enjoy it!!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:54 am 

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Mad update mate and glad the poke to the ribs helped.

Great to see some good little additions on to the nice car mate. Its a credit to you getting this Car to such a high standard and a very good example of a 929/Rx4 in Adelaide.

I have to get mine out in the near future and do some cruising with ya


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:53 am 
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Thanks Matt! It has been a rewarding journey tidying this thing up! I am quite happy with where the car is at, and really enjoy getting it out and about....

When I did the update earlier this week, I had no plans to change anything on the car....after another poke in the ribs by Beans161 I now have another change on the horizon.....probably won't happen till later in the year though, but will start the ball rolling!

It would be great to get yours back out on the road and to some cruises! Should be plenty in order after winter!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:05 am 

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Your cars and shed are always looking good and in tip top order it's good to see. I'm sorry for being a bad influence. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1974 929 - New to the garage
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:15 am 

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I like this car heaps.

I'm keen to find one and restore. Next on my list,

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