Take #2, hopefully the update wont go missing this time. As you can see below the build is humming along nicely in my spare time. Currently doing final prep to paint the beaver panel, boot lid, right door and guard. All these parts are in HiFill, they are waiting on the final guide coat and a rub back with some 600 wet. It's basically a day of rubbing the panels back and touching up if required and another day masking and painting.
I've now decided on a second set of wheels thanks to some photos that Savannarx3 posted. They'll be a nice look for something different to give the a car a bit of boy racer look when Im in the mood to relive my long gone teen years ! So what sort of wheels have I decided on you ask ? Well they'll be a set of Japanese Watanabe wheels. I've always had a love / hate thing with these wheels. They can look very ordinary or they can look really nice. Well thanks to a few PMs back and forth to Savannarx3 and a bit of research I think I have it all worked out. I've already located 2 used wheels in the offset and width Im after, just waiting on a few more photos then if all is OK I'll organise to have them shipped over while I keep a look out for the other two.
To complete the look I've been looking around Australia for a set of tyres in a rare (for Australia) dimension. Just as I thought, they are impossible to find over here. There is one shop in Sydney that may have them or be able to get them, failing that I'll have to import those as well from either the USA or Japan. Nothing is ever easy for me !
It doesnt stop there either, I've been after some certain parts so the assembly can soon start. My good friends at Mazda havent been able to help me and numerous phone calls to the repro places around the country have failed to show me acceptable replacement parts. I think I've now found an overseas supplier than can give me what im after. More to follow on this one.
Here's the latest.... nothing too exciting.
Pic 1, with the car coming together in the not too distant future I decided to start looking through the many boxes of parts. These are some window/ door / quarter and other general bits I found. The've been given to a friend to clean up in his blast cabinet. They'll be primed and painted when I get them back. Pic2, window mechanisms that have been dropped off to be cleaned, zinced and gold chromate dipped. Best part is I dont need to touch them, pay the money and they come back like new.
Pic 1, more stuff sent away... lock mechanisms, 10a heat shields and heater pipe. Some of you will notice I'll removed the internal pull handles before sending them away. Pic 2, battling with the rear springs, removing the nolathane bushes was impossible. Im going back to Mazda rubber ones... dont need these crappy parts that dont fit right. Seriously what sort of performance increase in handling do you expect by using these items in a street going 70's road car with bus like steering ! The springs have been modified by one of the previous owners, eyes reversed and lowered.
Destroyed both the pivots and bushes removing the springs from the car. The things would not budge, thats how tight they were on the pivots.
For people that dont know there are 3 different size pivot diameters for the 808/ rx3 range. A quick trip down to see Rick (Mazbitz) sorted my little problem out.... we had 3 different sets in front of me which was a surprise to see such variation ! Right one is the original I destroyed, left one I returned because it wouldnt fit, ended up with I think late model sedan ones... The end nut is the same diameter but the pivot is larger on the replacement units I used. Wagon ones wont fit without doing some drilling on the car. Pic, nice photo of something that is starting to look like a car again.
A couple of engine bay shots, a pain in ass the paint. Turned out pretty good, need to clean up a couple of minor things before the 10a goes in. I know the car will never be as good as an untouched original one but its more than made up with the fun Ive had along the way. This is a real project car that will see road time without thinking about. Its sole purpose is to be enjoyed not locked away
....a trip down memory lane, what dumb ass paid money for this car !
This is the first time Ive painted and buffed so go easy on me ! Paint turned out pretty flat so I wet rubbed with 2000 then DA'd with 3000, both done wet. The 3000 makes things a little easier but not enough to worry about in the future. Im using quality Swiss made SIA abrasives not your Autobarn stuff. The difference in a quality abrasive is that you will get a constant cut sheet after sheet.
Sanding slurry from the 2000/3000 and my compounding waffle pad using a rotary. Buffing is harder than it looks. My inital attempts werent going so good and I thought I was going to have to repaint the roof. I used a bit of commonsense put it down and experimented on something else until I worked out what the hell I was doing wrong. I resanded the area with the 2000 that I marked and all was good from there. I was worried about the roof so I finished it off so I knew before I spray the beaver whether the roof had to be redone...... all works out good with no rework. Australian brand Contour waffle pad with Australian made Juice Q cut compound, trying to do my bit to help out local industry.
I use a 3inch mini buffer and a Farcela compound pad around the tight bits, mask up the edges so no burn through.
Masking more edges, Pic 2... couldnt help myself, test fitted my repaired door trim. It doesnt take much to look like a car again. Genuine stuff !
If someone could tell me what fits between the door trim and the glass, that would be great. Pic 2, another trip down memory lane. This roof was once bashed in pretty bad all over, sorry I couldnt find the pics during the repair of the many dents, this was after weeks of persistance, it needed very little filler after all that work.
This is after buffing with Q cut using 2 different pads a rotary (Contour waffle pad) then a DA on forced rotation with a USA made CCS Lake Orange pad.
I use different lights to check progress, also wash the area down every now and then with water and thinner to make sure the compound isnt filling in swirls and marks giving a false impression. Turned out very nice for a first timer. Im so happy that Im not going to go over it with less aggressive polishes/ pads. Its about 98% there, I'll give it the once over when the rest of the car is done. Im literally blown away by the result and its my very first attempt at this sort of thing. Pic 2 is the products I used on the roof and will do the same to the rest of the car once the beaver is painted. I suppose when all the painting is done I'll have to wax the paint to protect it and keep it looking nice.
Pic 1, depending which of my engines I finally select I could be fitting the original 10a cleaner setup, thanks to cobra for locating this some time back. Pic 2, more goodies that have been accumulated over time. Genuine Mazda weather strips that were found years ago (if only I could find a complete genuine set), genuine new brake master cylinder and fluid reservoir, last but not least a 10a beaver badge that I picked up a few years back. Not sure if I'll be using it, still undecided on finishing touches.