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 Post subject: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:00 am 
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During the last forum crash, i lost my username, and all of my old threads. The mods couldnt explain what hapened, so i started a new acount.

This thread is to replace my rx5 build thread, but with not as much photos and some pics of the new project.



This is the rx5, which was to be thrown to scrap metal. I saved the car, gave it a quick tidy up and put it back on the road. It was sitting in the weather for 10 years.


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The engine was smokey from the start, but after having it on the road for 8 months, i decided to pull it out, rebuild it and bridge port it.


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Ive had the rx5 on the road for over a year now, runs and drives nice. still a few little things to do, like put the sill moulds on. i also wrecked this 121 for the original dash facia a couple of months ago, stil yet to be put in the car...

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New project.

In the early 1980s, our family car was a series 4 capella. This is the only photo my dad had of the car.

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I spotted the car 20 years later on my way to work one morning, still with the original number plates on it for sale at a local wreckers.

I bought the car, repainted it, and put a 12a and 5 speed in it.


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Finished...

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It was finished and on the road for two weeks, then brutally murderd by a bus that went through a stop sign.




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the engine was pushed into the fire wall, the roof was kinked, it wasnt worth fixing. the car was stripped of the running gear and some other good parts, and thrown to scrap.

I have always wanted to do a replica of this car, and now after about ten years its going to hapen!



I recently aquired this capella, form the orginal owner who purchased it new in 1975.

This is Judy , with her pride and joy the day i picked it up..


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It has rust here and there, but has only done 120,000 km and drives like new.

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Ive bought a few parts over the last few weeks, including some new whitewall tyres. i will start the project very soon, and upload some pics.

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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:45 am 

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I was just scrolling through your post and thinking how good it must of felt to find your family car and be able to purchase it, wishing I could someday find my folks old rx2 coupe and do the same.. then when i saw what that bus did and my jaw nearly hit the keyboard :shock:

nice find on the new cap, look forward to seeing the restoration :tu:

cheers


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:32 am 

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I got tear in my eye when i saw smashed car moment :(


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:50 am 

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Eagerly watching what you do with the new pella Dave!


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:35 am 
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Noticed your account when missing. I really like those 121 Landaus too.

Such a shame about the family car. I know the feeling.

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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 3:55 am 

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yeah i think my jaw dropped when seeing how nice the family car looked once restored and then the crashed pics i almost cried ( well not quite)

man good luck with the new project and your work is always top quality and will reflect in this new build


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:33 pm 

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Welcome back Dave we missed you :D

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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:44 am 
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Looking forward to this one! :D


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:53 pm 

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Glad you started a new thread restoremaz i loved reading through your builds and getting the motivation up to work on my own :lol: your old brown Capella was a gorgeous car! Such a shame to see it mangled like that :( do you recall what spring/shock combo you used in it? Would love my S4 to sit the same.

Great pickup on the white S4 as well! I assume the plan is to go the same colour etc as your previous one? If you decide to part with the dashmat and weathershield please shoot me a PM i'd love to buy them off you :D


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:44 am 
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yes i will be doing it exactly the same as the brown one. ive bought a lot of parts for it, ill put some pics up soon.

the springs were just standards, re set 2 inches. shocks were standard also.

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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new project.
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:00 am 

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Awesome man - very excited about watching you build this one :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:26 am 
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Finaly got to play with the capella this week. got it registered, put on some badges i got from oldmaz, and the white wall tyres.

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I also bought a genuine REAPS muffler tip for the RX5. I gave it to a sheet metal place, and had it copied so i have one for the capella once the rotary goes in.



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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:13 am 
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very nice! sorry to see/hear about the old capella! that would break my heart :'( :'(

excited to see the progress with this one though!

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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:39 am 

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nice one Dave,

i love these s4 Capella i had a 4 door just the same as this one, white colour, brown interior, pin stripe and stock as a rock floating suspension. it was a 2 owner car and need some TLC but for the $500 i paid for it was a reliable and cheap car to drive ($10 for about 300km)
which was the means to a end as the little 1600 motor has some poke and spun the wheel coming around a corner in the wet and back end stepped out, the floating suspension caused a over correction and slamming it into a gutter and ride off. chassis twisted :roll:

Cant wait to see what you do with it


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:29 am 

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I'd love to know how you spun the wheels with a 1600 :shock: haha mine struggled the move the damn car. Threw it in the bin, installed rotary, happy days :D


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:13 am 

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rx7_ben wrote:
I'd love to know how you spun the wheels with a 1600 :shock: haha mine struggled the move the damn car. Threw it in the bin, installed rotary, happy days :D


it was on of those motors, if driven at low revs it pig rooted and shit to drive, but stick the foot to the ground it drove like a dream didn't miss a beat and with the skinny 165 or 185 on it it was not hard to spin them.... add water on the road and turning a corner, then bam the boat's ass end snapped out and then bang to the curb :oops: :o :(. never got a chance to convert it to rotary


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:09 pm 

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Awesome Dave!. Your work is top notch for your customers (like myself 8) ) so I can only imagine how tidy the old girl will come up. Keep the updates coming, or the time lapse clips, they were pretty cool too.


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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:16 am 
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beans161 wrote:
Awesome Dave!. Your work is top notch for your customers (like myself 8) ) so I can only imagine how tidy the old girl will come up. Keep the updates coming, or the time lapse clips, they were pretty cool too.


haha no more youtube vids...i deleted my youtube after it became like disgracebook.

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 Post subject: Re: RX5 replacement thread, + new capella project.
PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:58 am 
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Took the capella and the RX5 out for a drive up the coast today, with the vintage mazda club.



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Great day for a drive, good to blow some dust of the car.


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