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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda Rx3
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:18 am 

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Fat 4 RE wrote:
Yeah every one that owns a rotary need a tow truck ride home once in a while just to remind you how fragile these old things are. ( as long is it is not every drive all is good)


Something was bound to go wrong, I just didn't know what. What you couldn't see was half a tool box packed in the back :lol: . Unfortunately repairing a gearbox wasn't something I could do by the road side. I drove for about 1km trying to get it out of gear before calling it quits.

ewokracing wrote:
Bravo John. It looks fantastic. The side stripes and the Wats are perfect with the white paint.
When I get my tax return I'll be hitting up Marcus for some custom Rover bits. :D


Thanks Geoff.... what could Marcus possibly do improve a Rover, where would he start :lol:

Thanks for all the comments, I had a lot of fun even though it ended with a tow home. I think what I was trying to say before is the performance of the car was quite "raw". It goes well, stops OK but not like anything modern. If there is one thing that stands out aside from it's obvious primitive short comings it would be the slow steering ratio. It could do with something like a quick rack like what's used in Ford Escorts but a ball and worm equivalent for Mazda's. Most people that saw it commented on the wheel choice and how it complimented the car. I suppose it's a nice change from big chrome rims you see these days which I'm guessing make an average old car handle even worse with horribly low profile tyres.

A more sensible choice in engines would be either a 12a turbo or a 13B mild port but then it would loose it's character. It's not everyday you see hear of an original Rx3 still fitted with the original engine.

I've got limited time to pull the gearbox and send it away next week otherwise it won't be running again until the end of the year. Lucky Ive got an extra pair of hands to give me a hand.


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