Some stuff coming back and more going out..... not done yet !
Pics of stuff that has come back from the platers. All I do is drop off a heap of dirty, greasy, rusty parts, dont do one thing to them and they come back looking like this
Mostly window and door mechanisms, heat shields, boot lock, heater pipe.
Even the plastic bits came back like new. Last pic for now, more stuff that has been sent off... it'll be interesting to see if the horns can be brought back from the dead.
I've got more stuff to send off after the block goes in, hoping that'll be the final zinc / gold chromate plating run. There are relay boxes, start motor bits, engine and gearbox bolts etc. I also have a large bottom mount genuine Mazda Rx4 starter motor on its way, engine/ bell housing nut bolt set, proper strut bottom bolt set, clutch fork and spring and a few other things. I'm still going through the wiring harnesses, sorting out the dizzy project, and cleaning up the cabin....should keep me busy for quite a while
Just to ensure you get tired of reading about my car here is another update... maybe the last one for a few years
Things are starting to come together after so many years...
Clutch fork components, new bearing pressed in.
Checking and lubing the pilot bearing. As mentioned in another thread approx 3.5mm needs to be lopped off the end of the input shaft as it hits the back of the eccentric shaft.
Fork and bearing slipped into place.
Clutch disk centred and pressure plate torqued up as per Mazda specs.... no guessing with this stuff. Pic 2, input shaft marked with tape to have end shaved off (approx 4mm)
Input shaft end has been cut then edges bevelled. Pic 2, the finished product.
Pic 1, after the input shaft mod the box slipped straight into place with no massaging necessary. Pic 2, this is by far the best way to install an engine and box without scratching the new paint work.... from under the car if you havent guessed. The Rx3 weighs nothing and one person can easily lift the front over the drive line. Im too old to be lying on my back in awkward positions.
Easily a one man job. Bolt the crossmember and mounts to the engine and away you go. Engine mounts are left loose to allow for the huge angle with the rear of the gearbox still touching the floor. Jack the front up, bolt into place then jack the rear into place.
Suspension crossmember going in next and front end going end temporarily. All the correct nuts/ bolts are currently at the platers so it will need to come apart again #-o The important thing here is I can finalise the gearbox mounts.
Front end is basically together for now.
Look at the 10a BP goodness, its much cooler than Mad Max's Highway Intercepter
All the studs, nuts and bolts will be getting a makeover. New engine mounts, strut tops, gearbox mounts will be used... all Mazda OEM stuff. The car must look like it did in 1973, arguably much better ! Tricky gave us a call to pick up the rear bar, its amazing I tell you if you ever saw the piece of crap that I dropped off
The shine and depth in the chromework is amazing. Rick (mazbitz) double handles the bars... beats them straight, sends them off for copper coating, they come back for filing and linishing and a general check over. Once given the OK they are send off for chrome plating. You get what you pay for, in this case a quality job
A few more of the bar, once the front panels are sorted the front bar will be getting done the same. One thing I liked was one person was responsible from start to finish of the job. I've seen some shocking rechrome work.
Thats it for now... i think 8-[