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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:28 pm 

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Awesome mate ! Keep going. Its good to look back and think to yourself I have build this Rx2 better than Mazda. :D :tu: :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:24 am 
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About time Benn, I was getting lonely here !

I've just finished painting the bonnet, one panel to go the nose and some minor bits and pieces... I can't believe it after so many years. If its any consolation v2 will be much easier. Use quality paper, a long block and some guide coat and you'll be right. Just don't deviate from your sanding pattern when you hit those lows. Painting my bonnet the second time was much easier.

Looks good in those photos, diff looks nice as well, still need to do the same. What have you planned for the interior ?


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:01 am 
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Ha ha, yeah you were looking lonely.... I read your thread all the time, just haven't commented...using it as inspiration.

I bought the durablock kit that you have, just need to source some long paper....Do you use the adhesive stuff or just the sheets wrapped around the block?

Hoping V2 will be easier. Like I said the paint is pretty good, it is still off the gun in those pics, its just the prep underneath. The car is not flat in places.

As for the interior:
I have the hoodliner ready to go
Got repro door trims, just need to make new cards
Retrimming the crash pad at home as they cant be vacuum formed - got the vinyl there ready to do
Getting the back seat retrimmed as per stock or close to
Black carpet
Have restored the dash already - Running the "flat dash" as I like the look of it better than the "T" dash. I think the car was a factory "T" dash. It was fitted with one when I bought it. Using AM radio etc with hidden JVC head unit.
Have an old school MOMO wheel for it
Using old school race seats in the front
Venetian blind
Using a sedan console as it goes better with the flat dash
Have some traditional autometer gauges as well that will are mounted in location that can be removed with no evidence.
Really want to put a half cage in it, but don't think I will......
Also have "boxed" out the boot so not very original in there, but I like the look of a tidy boot setup. Nothing too fancy though.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:48 pm 

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:tu: those shots of the running gear and diff etc show why it pays to do the little things along the way. top work!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:19 pm 

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Very nice! this is quite inspiring to get to work on my 2


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:13 am 
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take 3... dont know whats wrong with this place, keep loosing my reply :evil:

Dry Sanding
80 - 120 25M Roll, Norton NoFill or speed file with pre cut speed file sheets
180 - 320 50 sheet packs of Norton NoFill

Anything finer than 320 I find you have to switch to wet.
320 - 600 SIA Wet paper (50sheet packs)

For dry sanding if I want the really long block I stick 2 sheets together. You can do the same with wet sanding sheets although I generally find the shorter long block should suffice. You're not taking off much material once you get to wet sanding. Sand in an X motion and never sand in the one spot, keep the block moving. Always use a guide coat whether dry or wet sanding.

Tripple check lines and edges prior to paint, if you're not sure about whether an area is good enough for paint then the answer is NO, learnt that the hard way :lol:

With the dash top, Dash Doctor can do it in a vaccum form machine. Send them the metal panel in front of the dash as well so they do a nice fit.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:22 pm 
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Thanks for the tip Gypsy. Will go and get some paper sorted so I can start work on this thing soon.

I spoke to the dash doctor, apparantly cant do early RX2 dashes as they have no internal support....basically just foam and vinyl. The metal panel in an RX2 is part of the whole dash frame and non removable.

Hopefully this time everything will come out OK.....


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:05 pm 

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Nice thread dude. That's a lot of dedication.

That's my Belgian delivered orange RX2 coupe on page 2 :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:06 pm 
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jdmrx2 wrote:
Thanks for the tip Gypsy. Will go and get some paper sorted so I can start work on this thing soon.

I spoke to the dash doctor, apparantly cant do early RX2 dashes as they have no internal support....basically just foam and vinyl. The metal panel in an RX2 is part of the whole dash frame and non removable.

Hopefully this time everything will come out OK.....



Hi Ben, there's a place out here in the metro L.A. area, that can replicate the dash exactly. Price is steep.

http://www.justdashes.com/

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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:48 am 
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Hey guys,

been a while......Sadly my poor little Maz is sitting in the corner of the shed covered in dust.

House renovations have kicked in full swing so I am looking at a 12 month break from the car while I finish the house and yards off. Planning retaining walls and pizza ovens instead of fuel systems and ride heights......

It will get finished......just going to be later than planned......postponed but not forgotten.....


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration - It's Orange!!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:13 am 

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Sad we won't see any updates for a while. Good luck with the yard!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:09 am 
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With 12 months of House renovations in front of me and the sad news that my still not finished RX2 will be pushed into the back corner of the garage to gather dust whilst I complete the renovations, I needed something to keep me sane.....

In desperate need for a trailer for the next 12 months to assist in picking up supplies for the house and doing runs to the tip I started searching online for a trailer. Nothing fancy, maybe a 7X5 to make the house project easier.

I soon learnt that trailers are hot property....they are sold very quickly and often sell for much larger sums of money than I really wanted to spend.....especially on a trailer.

Last friday morning I jumped on the computer and had a quick search. Located just 10 minutes from my house was the perfect trailer.....

Its a 1978 Mazda B series ute....well it's half of one anyway!!

Built in 1998 and still using a Mazda chassis its a strong unit. Still has the full Mazda diff, brake and suspension setup in it!

Pretty it is not, but functional it is!! Tows brilliantly, takes a massive load and is a lot deeper than a normal trailer.

Dressed in matt black from purchase, I quickly gave the rims a quick squirt of white paint and added some pin stripes to set it off, as well as repainting the MAZDA across the tailgate. Throw in some period decals and instant classic!!

I never thought you could actually like a trailer, but I like this one!! Will upload some pics soon!!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:32 pm 
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haha, that sounds awesome! Nice find Benn.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:25 am 
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My Japanese Nostalgic Trailer......

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Have some 8 inch widened Navara rims from my brothers old SR20 Rodeo with passenger car tyres on them.... thinking about fitting those up and maybe some moon discs......or paint the rims red and put flapper whitewalls on them....

obviously added the Rotary Engine sticker to it for laughs......


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:57 pm 

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pimp trailer. 8) showing our age again, enjoying backyard builds/trailers! hope things go smoothly so you get time for the rx2 asap!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:52 am 
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pimp trailer. 8) showing our age again, enjoying backyard builds/trailers! hope things go smoothly so you get time for the rx2 asap!


Yeah me too. Really depressing seeing it under sheets tucked in the corner. So close yet so far. Plan is max 12 months on the house, then a Mazda blitz......start amd finish it very quickly. We will see how we go...

On th trailer front stuck on the powder coated 8 inch steelies with chrome trims. Have 215 14s on them, way bigger than the 185's.....also couldnt help myself and bolyed an aussie style 3inch angled dump pipe under the back for shits and giggles.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:45 pm 
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On th trailer front stuck on the powder coated 8 inch steelies with chrome trims. Have 215 14s on them, way bigger than the 185's.....also couldnt help myself and bolyed an aussie style 3inch angled dump pipe under the back for shits and giggles.


Ha ha! I wanna see a picture of that!

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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:34 pm 
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Kiwi808 wrote:
jdmrx2 wrote:
On th trailer front stuck on the powder coated 8 inch steelies with chrome trims. Have 215 14s on them, way bigger than the 185's.....also couldnt help myself and bolyed an aussie style 3inch angled dump pipe under the back for shits and giggles.


Ha ha! I wanna see a picture of that!


Here you go.....caused a bit of a stir at Bunnings today.......had a few guys pointing at it.....my Mitsubishi Verada tow car has the rego RRX-002 which gets a few puzzled looks too....

The pipe
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The new 8 inch rims with chrome trims....it's a shame all the added dish is on the back!!
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She definately isn't pretty, but it is seriously the best trailer I have ever used. Deep tray, great to tow, great tie downs.....and it's a Japanese classic!!

Anyway must get back to rendering and stop wasting time on the trailer. I can feel the ground up restoration of a trailer coming on.... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:20 am 
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Been a while since I have been on due to house renovations.

It looks like the renos will take longer than anticipated......so the 2 will sit for a bit longer......

In the interim I have decided to get a first gen RX7 as a weekend driver to get me through.

Hoping to find something mechanically strong that need some TLC as a father / son type project. Something we can spend a few hours on every few weeks....so the search is on!!!

Will keep you posted....


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 Post subject: Re: My 1971 Mazda RX2 Coupe Restoration and my new JNT!!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:24 am 
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jdmrx2 wrote:

In the interim I have decided to get a first gen RX7 as a weekend driver to get me through.


Not a bad choice! :tu: Mach Green I hope? I miss my SA22C...

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