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 Post subject: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:32 pm 
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Last Saturday I helped a friend celebrate his birthday by visiting a swap meet. Being midwestern farm country, there were a total of three Japanese cars there, one of which had the requisite (*shudder*) smallblock chebby V8 swap. Thankfully, this wasn't one of them. It's a '79 SA22C from Texas. Currently dosen't run. I have a $1000 budget set to get this car running, driving, and lowered. :) Current project involves seeing what it needs to run, seeing what electrics work, and cleaning up the interior. Updates tomorrow! Oh, by the by...the girl dosen't know about this one. So if you happen to be a Facebook friend, keep it on the DL for now. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:28 pm 

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Very good Cam, what did it cost? or is that in the 1000 budget?
also i think those keyhole wheels are quite rare, what do you think


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:35 pm 
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Eh, I traded roughly $2500 worth of MGB with the guy. Might have overpaid, especially considering the hole in the floor...but those keyholes are quite rare indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:03 am 

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well good luck and i hope you have a heap of fun with it.
i have a series 3 or 1st gen 12a turbo rx7 and that is fun to drive


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:23 am 
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Hi Camshaft you Mazda junky :D
Would love to see you document a budget build on this and see how much you can do for a thousand bucks and a bucket of elbow grease.
The self imposed budget is a great way to test your skills and ability and comes down to how imaginative you can be.
I am thinking about getting something to play with and limiting my budget to a similar amount while I search and save for "That JNC". I predict rattle can paint jobs on the horizon :lol:
Good purchase and looking forward to seeing your progress. :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:23 pm 
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I spent the last few days at my parent's house, so I have some progress to report.

First things first, I went down to our local Interstate Battery distributor and purchased a "blemished" battery - basically, a battery that is no longer in shrink wrap and can no longer be sold as new. With a core, it only set me back $37.19.

Interstate battery: $37.19 - Total: $37.19

The next morning, I went to the title bureau to have the title transferred over to my name. I didn't bother registering it, because the car isn't running.

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Title transfer: $17.00 Total: $54.19

While I was there, I spotted this clean Protege. I know they're not quite nostalgic yet, but I still think they're cool.

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After I left the title bureau, I cruised up the street to the local junkyard. They have two RX7s there, a 1979 and a 1980. The gold car (1979) will become a parts car and will donate several parts (including a clean front fender) to my red car. I'll be going back next Wednesday with a list of goodies to remove.

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The black one is a 1980 Leather Sport, one of only 1250 sold in black. Thankfully, it will be saved and sold as a complete car with a clean title.

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Something else neat that they had at the yard was this Volkswagen squareback from Washington, also being sold as a complete car. I'm the farthest thing there is from a veedub guy but I've always like these.

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Next I stopped at Autozone for a couple of light bulbs and a can of semigloss black paint that I'll use on some of the trim.

Paint & light bulbs: $11.67 - Total: $65.86

I saw this nice black FB while I was there. Dig those louvers! '80s USDM style at its finest. :D

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Okay, enough messing about with other people's cars. From this point forward you'll be seeing more pictures of mine. :)

I wanted to clean up the interior but the driver's side door wouldn't open all the way. Since I know where to find another one I removed the crumpled front fender. The inner fender liner was busted so I ditched that as well.

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Looks pretty clean in there, Texas car FTW:

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Door opens much better now, haha! I was finally able to get down to business and clean up the inside. Result:

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That's all for now! More updates next week. I have a few surprises in store for you guys. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:22 pm 

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this car is making me want to get back into the rx game. that black ls would be nice to own.


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:11 am 
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terolla wrote:
this car is making me want to get back into the rx game. that black ls would be nice to own.


The black car is in really good shape. It's got most of the specific LS stuff (minus the wheels :( ) and a rust-free body. The motor even turns over. It's getting the FB four-spokes from the gold car this week. Send me a PM if you're serious about the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:26 pm 

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Nice!!! I love first gens! Good luck with it.


Lemme know if you wanna sell those foglights, I need them for the Maxima! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:15 am 
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Cool stuff! Signing for updates! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:07 am 
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Nice!!! I love first gens! Good luck with it.


Lemme know if you wanna sell those foglights, I need them for the Maxima! 8)


The guy I went to the swap meet with, who subsequently talked me into making the trade, is interested, but if that falls through they are all yours! I told him $30, so that's what I'm telling you. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
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Screw him! Let me have them! I need them for my Max! Gotta be retro brooo .8)

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:37 am 
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TransAmBandit wrote:
Screw him! Let me have them! I need them for my Max! Gotta be retro brooo .8)


LOL okay I'll text him and find out. On the one hand I want to contribute to your Maxima build, on the other hand if the lamps are local I can buy 'em back later. :lol: I'll let you know.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:02 pm 

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Cam,

Thanks for posting. The interior looks really nice, and I do like the look of the early SA RX-7's interiors. I wish I had Jay Leno bucks, cause I would have one of each RX-7 series. Probably a 79, 83, 85 (which I have), 88 10th anniversary Turbo, 91 Turbo, 91 Vert, and a third gen. Oh, and a R-100. Could not fit in an originally Cosmo, so I could live without one of those!

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:12 am 
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Wow - that interior looks fantastic. Mazdas seem to have had some really sturdy interiors. Best of luck on the project.


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:42 am 

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Very interested to see how $1000US gets you. Early Rx7s rock good swap.


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:14 pm 
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Ha! Very cool! Looking forward to seeing progress. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:34 pm 

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Congrats! Welcome to first gen ownership! I'll pm you as I have a few things that might suit your budget.. The interior is in great shape, and if you're not already familiar with rx7club.com, that's a good place for troubleshooting info on getting the car started, I'm excited to see how this turns out..


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:18 am 
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Looks like a great start. I like the fog lights, I've been looking for a good set of those with covers for quite some time for my car.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's 1979 Mazda RX7 - $1000 Budget Build
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:08 pm 
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Okay! Time for an update. I've bought a few things for the car, so we'll talk about that first.

I went to the junkyard and grabbed a few bits off that gold car, and scoped out some additional stuff I'll need later. All I picked up, though, was a clean driver's side fender, fender liner, door cups, rear hatch trim (mine was fine, but the one at the junkyard said "RX7" and I thought that was cool), a clean center console lid to resell, and an air cleaner lid to turn into a clock or something. :P All of this set me back a whole forty dollars.

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Oh, hi dad. :D

Misc. junkyard parts: $40.00 - Total: $105.86

I mounted it up when I got home, the gaps looked pretty good, even without any finessing:

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A gold fender will just not do. And flat grey primer is boring. What's a boy to do? Find some cooler paint. Thank goodness I live by an art supply store. Inspired by Yuta Akashi (of Heartbreakers fame) and our very own ill-minded, I scored some flat pink graffiti paint. It looks like Pepto Bismol! :lol:

Montana spray paint: $7.85 - Total: $113.71

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I love the look of early RX7s with fender mirrors. so I found some cheap reproductions on eBay and ordered a pair.

Fender mirrors: $44.99 - Total: $158.70

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Toss it all in a blender and this is what you get...

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Oh, hi Rick. Thanks for helping me straighten/paint my fender. This is Rick, everybody. :lol:

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Monaros and rotaries?! We look like a couple of Australians over here! :lol:

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I'd say it looks pretty tidy! I still have to tighten a few bolts on the bottom of the fender and reattach the trim, but in true Heartbreaker fashion my friends and I have already started writing on it.

Sorry for the scanty, long-overdue update. I'll be sure to make another post soon with "deleted scenes" and better pictures of my progress!

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