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 Post subject: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Save it? Part it?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:34 pm 

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Stumbled across this '77 RX3SP in a local junkyard this afternoon. Totally stock original right down to the Mazda logo floor mats. Rust along the bottom of the fenders and doors and a couple of good size dents on the passenger fenders. No rust on the floor or trunk. Interior very good with with original radio and air conditioning. Original plaid seats which are torn. Complete "appearance package" with front spoiler missing. 5 speed and original motor. Looks like 52K on the odometer. Junk yard says they will sell. What's a fair price?


The Junk Yard has pulled the car out of the yard and on to the road for me. I took a set of better quality photos. Under carriage looks ok but still needs quite a bit of work. No rust on the hood or around the windows. Trunk is also clean. The interior is complete (looks great) and has the proper fixed rear side windows. Here is the link to the additional photos:

http://www.picturetrail.com/gid23913145


Update: I am in the process of purchasing the car. The paperwork has been submitted to DMV for a reissue of the title. I should have a new title in about 3 weeks. Once the title is in hand, the question is" keep it?" or "sell it?" What ever I decide to do, at the least the car will not be sold as scrap as it nearly became. I failed last time as a 1975 coupe ended up being a 2000lb pancake!

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:50 pm 

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DUDE!! Buy that! How much are they asking?? $400-500 would be cool...

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:00 pm 

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Mate in australia that would be sold for $15000 plus!
buy that car !


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:19 pm 

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dude im willing to purchase, any info. on the people selling it number?address?
thanks


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:50 pm 
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Wow what a find, get it outta there!


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:46 pm 

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You must get it :) and then you say thanks to rotary god for giving you an opportunity to find something like this. :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:47 pm 
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Yeh man you should get it man.

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:25 am 

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R100guy let me know if you want to trade this for a 1977 Rotary Truck, white, all trim, emblems, lights in great shape!


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:26 am 

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save it!!! :P


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:43 am 

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Why are you still reading this thred!

Get that car !

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:18 pm 
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Go save that immediately! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:53 pm 

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Holy Shit John GO PICK THAT UP!!!!!! It has everything the SP guys are looking for!!!! don't worry about the motor and tranny, I'm sure they can be sourced. That restored would be a great addition to your collection, even if it isn't blue!


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:56 pm 

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Those floor mats alone are almost impossible to find...


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:32 am 
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Buy it now!For real :D


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:14 am 

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ill drive to reno and buy it right now if you decide you dont want it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:04 am 

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Surely this topic is just fishing for a response. You would have to be living under a rock for the last 5 years to think that any rx3 is not worth the effort!


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:48 am 
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I would imagine some are not cause of rust or body damage. Think this guy wasn't sure of the saveability and was hoping for people to point out potential issues he was unaware of.

Save it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:16 am 

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Blur wrote:
Surely this topic is just fishing for a response. You would have to be living under a rock for the last 5 years to think that any rx3 is not worth the effort!


Absolutely! I guess I should have stated "should it be saved as a whole car or parted out". My inbox is stuffed with parts requests and I'm thinking I could make $2000-$3000 parting the car. The parts would be shipped to Australia because the demand is so high and they are willing to pay the most. On the other hand, it would be a shame to part out an original car that was so complete and in stock condition. Since the car is located in the U.S. the demand, while good, is not great like it is in Australia. The passion for these cars in the U.S. can't be matched by the passion witnessed by the folks from down under (Both Australia and New Zealand).
The car needs bodywork and that is going to depress the price for an American buyer especially a buyer from the west coast or south. Rust is a bogyman no one wants to deal with. In other parts of the world, rust is a way of life and is dealt with without a lot concern.
I was just surprised to see the car in the junk yard but can understand why it was there. This is a desert and things don't rust. A car with rust is automatically junked. This car was originally from Missouri (lady owned) where apparently salt is used on the roads. The car has been in Nevada since the early 1980s so the damage was done years ago while the car was in the central U.S. The car also hasn't run since the early 1980s!
The great thing about this car is you would not have to be involved in a never ending parts search, it has all the right stuff (complete, rare options and never modified). It needs fenders and a drivers door and a good bodyman.
I actually would like to see the car shipped to Australia where it could be treated to a full on restoration of which only the Aussies seem to do best.

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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:49 pm 

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Great find... strangely tempting !

I've seen 3 US Rx3 coupes floating around Australia recently. As for the rust, most old cars have it. I agree it would be a shame to part it out. There are a couple of people building SP replicas in Australia, my advise to them is there's nothing like the genuine article. Shipping and compliance is nothing in the overall scheme of things especially if the car is original and intact.

There was a user on here that owned a near immaculate orange SP that was rear ended unfortunatley. He may be still interested in buying another especially if its complete and unmodified. He lives some where in the US.

The only mod I'd do to a SP is fit Australian spec chrome bumper bars, I've tried to like the US spec bumpers, I just can't do it ! I think the Japanese V100's had the same bars.


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 Post subject: Re: 1977 Mazda RX3SP in Junkyard. Should it be saved?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:03 am 

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Ok so I think you have your options sorted, part it out save it either way its a great car, people like me dream of stubling across a car like that, not that i stroll around looking for cars to buy, but if I came across that puppy i'd be doing my best to see it in my garage.. or bits of it at least. I'm a 76 Savanna fan. just not those big bumper bars. Food for thought as a seller. The last guy I got parts from in the US had one rx3 part listed for sale, I sent him a list of what I wanted, stab in the dark really, he got back to me with what he had and how much. I got a package of parts I never would have found or known if he had them from that original ad, and it was awesome when they arrived.... Mazda Christmas!
Let me know when you have decided on a plan and i'll send my wish list. :lol:


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