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 Post subject: My 808/rx3 coupe 12aT 200rwkillawasps, new dif going in
PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:12 pm 
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Seeing as im frequenting this site quite a bit these days, I thought id show you guys my car,

I purchased it as a rolling shell when I was 17, Dec 06, chucked a 12a in, and drove it everyday up until June 08 where I decided to take it off the road and give her a new lease of life,

Just before I tore it down
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Over the last few years, the car has receive a bare metal re-spray, all rust cut-out with new steel welded in, the colour chosen was WR margaret white and the tired old 12a was sold off and replaced with a fresh injected 13b Jport, anything that was old or warn was either replaced or restored including suspension

Small amount of build pics to get the idea,

Before strip in new home,
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Striped to metal in house then sent to beaters in light coat of primer, (beaters ended up soda blasting anyway
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Back from beaters
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Putting back together,(fun bit)
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Back on the road finally
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That’s about it from me for now, the car isn’t completely finished im still on the hunt for a set or series1 guard mirrors and a nice oldschool set of JDM wheels but unless they pop up they can wait for now

Cheers,
matt


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sweet car, i love RX3s, too bad they're not sold in my place

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:31 pm 
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WOw, 100x better than the top pic :tu:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:07 am 
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Hey Buzz3n, car looks unreal, love the old school look :D

White suits RX3 coupes perfectly!!
I noticed you are running the 626 style centre caps on your rims. How are yours attached?


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Extremely tasteful build up, love the injected Jport, bet it sounds nuts.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:24 pm 
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Beautiful resto. Love the new look. Welcome to JNC!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:42 pm 
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Thanks for the kind words guys, and yes mattrx2 it does sound nuts, slightly on the loud side :twisted: but owe well



jdmrx2 wrote:
Hey Buzz3n, car looks unreal, love the old school look :D

White suits RX3 coupes perfectly!!
I noticed you are running the 626 style centre caps on your rims. How are yours attached?


Is that what there off, they are just pushed on through the back of the wheel before the wheel goes on the car, they fit nice and snug, I personally think they look slightly better than rx3 centercaps also.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:23 pm 
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wow, truly excellent. Great choice in colour. Would love to hear that j port brap away. great car!


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BUZZ3N wrote:
Thanks for the kind words guys, and yes mattrx2 it does sound nuts, slightly on the loud side :twisted: but owe well



jdmrx2 wrote:
Hey Buzz3n, car looks unreal, love the old school look :D

White suits RX3 coupes perfectly!!
I noticed you are running the 626 style centre caps on your rims. How are yours attached?


Is that what there off, they are just pushed on through the back of the wheel before the wheel goes on the car, they fit nice and snug, I personally think they look slightly better than rx3 centercaps also.


There is a flat rubber ring that provides the pressure fit when you slide them on so they dont fall off. Ive just placed a parts order with Mazda for a few things and they are on the list.... will know later if they are still available. Its good to know that Mazda still have lots of parts..... Nice car BTW but it needs head rests !


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gypsy wrote:
BUZZ3N wrote:
Thanks for the kind words guys, and yes mattrx2 it does sound nuts, slightly on the loud side :twisted: but owe well



jdmrx2 wrote:
Hey Buzz3n, car looks unreal, love the old school look :D

White suits RX3 coupes perfectly!!
I noticed you are running the 626 style centre caps on your rims. How are yours attached?


Is that what there off, they are just pushed on through the back of the wheel before the wheel goes on the car, they fit nice and snug, I personally think they look slightly better than rx3 center caps also.


There is a flat rubber ring that provides the pressure fit when you slide them on so they don't fall off. Ive just placed a parts order with Mazda for a few things and they are on the list.... will know later if they are still available. Its good to know that Mazda still have lots of parts..... Nice car BTW but it needs head rests !



this is correct, the only reason they were attached to the rim before attaching the wheel to the car, if that makes sense is because there is a lip on the caps that when pushed on after the wheel is on the car they stick out to far and don't look right,

gypsy dont worry, the next time i take the car out the headrests will be put back on :wink:


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RestoreMaz wrote:
White coupes are the best.


There should be another white one towards the end of the year 8)

BUZZ3N, how much did you lower the front and where did you get the springs from ? Also, are you using lowering blocks on the rear or did you reset springs ?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:01 am 
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Looks awesome!

Got any videos up?


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RestoreMaz wrote:
awesome BUZZ3N, looks insane in original colour, with wheels etc...

White coupes are the best.

Gota get me another coupe one day.


Cheers mate, I am glad I went the original look, and not with a fancy colour / big wheels,

Your old purple could was amazing btw.


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There should be another white one towards the end of the year 8)

BUZZ3N, how much did you lower the front and where did you get the springs from ? Also, are you using lowering blocks on the rear or did you reset springs ?



I put series2 struts in the car a few years ago for the slightly bigger brakes, I don’t quiet remember what springs are in there tho, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were standard height as the rx7 is a lower car by an inch or so originally, the back I took to pedders and had reset 2.5-3inches.

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Yummers!

Any shots of the car taken from a meter or 2 back?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:08 pm 
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if we have some nice Melbourne weather this weekend, which is highly unlikely now being winter ill take the car out and get some proper shots :)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:49 pm 
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took the car for a short drive on the weekend, most likely the last one for a fair while seeing as winter is now apon us,

also completely forgot to get some decent shots, was to busy enjoying the drive

took these 2 b4 she went back under the covers tho, (phone camera) still needs to come down an inch or so at the front

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Car is looking stunning!
Great work, if i someday part with my 929 my next fav. car is RX3.. thou impossible to find in Finland. We only have 818 :|


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:28 pm 
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thanks for the comment mate, this is only an 818 or 808 converted into an rx3, when i eventually get myself an rx3 10a sedan ill convert this back to an 818/808
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ive recently just purchased myself a set of toyota fender mirrors, yes i no there not "genuine mazda" but after searching long and hard i found only one set worth buying and the bloke wanted $1200AU for the pair (NOS) i couldnt justify spending 1200 on 2 pieces of plastic so went for these mirrors, which btw you can still buy NOS over the counter at toyota imported from japan for just $350AU ill be painting them up in charcoal to match my wheels headlight surrounds etc

what you think?

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YES, fender mirrors on an RX3...the way God intended. :tu:

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 1:24 am 
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Hey Buzz3n,

Good work in tracking down the mirrors. $1200 ouch ! Thats some serious money. I dont blame you using the Toyota ones, $350 is more reasonable.

Too be honest with you, I have 2 pet hates on old mazda's

1. Fender mirrors, no matter how many times I see them I dont like 'em ! Much prefer the chrome door mirrors.... dont care what anyone says :lol:
2. Tea cup tail lights, The original round ones like you have are the pick of the bunch for me, even over "Hex" savanna lights.

Last of all please dont refer to your car as "just a 818 or 808", your've done a great job building it and would put many so called genuine cars to shame. As long as you like it and get a kick from driving it, thats all that matters. I'd leave it as it is with Rx3 gear. Keep up the good work. 8)


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