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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:11 pm 
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I took a couple shots of the 808 yesterday after dropping the kid's library books off. I think this is my favorite of the bunch.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:26 pm 
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Is that all factory striping? Just curious, it looks familiar, like I've seen it before, but I can't be sure.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:16 pm 
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I don't believe so. I *think* there was some brown factory striping of a slightly different style on there when new.


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:58 am 
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the sill striping is similar to the stripes that seem to have been an option on American RX models, the rear quarter and bonnet looks aftermarket.

Looks awesome though!

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:23 am 
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It wouldn't be the first time a dealer has gone mad with vinyl tape. Whether it's a dealer option or a previous owner's work, it looks good and suits the car. :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:58 am 
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I picked up a spare set of rims and tires for my Mazda at the local swap meet. They are from a first generation Rx-7. I had these on my '85 Rx-7 and quite like them. The tires have lots of tread and I plan to perhaps use them in an auto-x this summer. A decent buy I think for $80 for the set. The bolt pattern is correct so hopefully the offset and such works.

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I also bought a 1973 Alberta license plate for my 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe at the local swap meet.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:42 pm 
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Bargin with the wheels mate and I like the plate. And always like looking at pictures of other peoples 808's(or 818's).. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:54 am 
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I do too - not many around.


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:39 am 
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One of the rear brake cylinders was leaking a little bit so I needed to replace it. Went pretty smooth. Now to bleed the brakes.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:02 am 
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bled the brakes, changed the leaky cam cover gasket. First drive of the year. Now I just need to find some lug nuts and bolts so I can also use the Rx-7 wheels. Never noticed before but the front has lug bolts and the rear has lug nuts. How odd. Oh and a find a muffler (mine is missing) that doesn't make the car sound like some 16 year old kid's Civic.


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:13 pm 
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new muffler in.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:27 pm 
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Cool, hows it all going? These early 808's have a nice engine note with the right exhaust on them. They sound terrible with a big bore or hole in them.. Any trouble finding the muffler?

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:21 am 
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It is going well thus far - driven it daily to work for the last two weeks.

I just took it into a local muffler place and they found me found something that fit. No idea what it was originally intended for but fits well and sounds decent. I specially asked that it not sound like a 16yr old kid's Civic with a fart pipe. :D


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:04 pm 
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To use first generation Rx-7 wheels on my 808 I needed a thin spacer. Otherwise the wheel hits the caliper. Luckily I had one from my old Nissan Micra and it is 5/16" thick and I used lug bolts off a 70s BMW 320i. The back doesn't need a spacer. Or at least my didn't. Oddly the front uses lug bolts and the rear uses lug nuts. Is that stock????

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So what do you like better the 70s slot mags or the Rx-7 rims? I think I like the white letter tires better but the slot mag rims. Car feels a bit more stable with the Rx-7 rims and its wider rubber though.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:26 pm 
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Oddly the front uses lug bolts and the rear uses lug nuts. Is that stock????


My '74 RX-4 had lug bolts all around. Maybe someone swapped out the rear end at some point with one from a newer car?

Also common to convert to studs/lug nuts, but you'd think they would do both ends, not one. :P


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:04 am 
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It is odd. I can't imagine the factory doing it.

My clock suddenly started working. When I shut the car off I thought the fuel pump hadn't turned off until I realized it was the clock. It has since started and stopped a few other times but who knows how much longer it will continue to work. These automotive clocks in the 70s were not high quality pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
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Mine are working all the time but they have time of their own so they are just for looks and ticking noise :) but it nice when something was build more then 30 years ago and everything is working. Dont think that in 30-40 years time we will look at some of modern cars and will be able to say the same :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:17 pm 
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Lug bolts all around is how they come from the factory but with the wheels one now one can tell the difference. I really like the look of the RX-7 rims on your car, perhaps it's the addition of the white lettering but I like them.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:44 pm 

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Although the slot mags are period correct, I think the rx-7 wheels look better on that car.


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Mazda 808 Coupe
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:23 pm 
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screw in wheel nuts are factory. If it has wheel studs on it, it's because someone has modded it sometime in it's life (which is a good thing as screw in wheel studs are bullshit stupid).

I have no love for jellybean/slot mags, so RX-7 wheels get my vote.

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