In all my years of reading build stories in car mags and forums I always wonder why they regularly feature this photo below:
sorry its all sideways
Well today it hit me!
Today I realised why most car builders/owners have that very photo in one form or another.
I wondered why a photo of wet paint in a can makes it in magazines..forums and all over the place. WHY?
It is a MASSIVE mile stone, a significant day in the build of your car, because today was the day the actual colour for your car was mixed....
and there it is, for me.. blue as f#ck!
(mazda paint code AT)
pictured upside down next to the original paint covered cowl for color check.
I cant beleive it really. My little wagon, me, my car, after being burnt on my first rx3 sedan build attempt, then for this wagon after 29 years of road service to a few owners before coming into my ownership, 7 years of storage and 16 months in a panel shop, yup after all this time its getting painted.. I am so excited.
its just so cool to see the thick blue paint sitting there in the can all thick like runny plastic. its freakin awesome.. ok i'll take a breath.
So many years of dreaming and waiting, anticipating and procrastinating!
Anyhow things are going well they painted the underside of my bonnet today I couldnt hang around to snap a pic due to work, but it was being hung in the booth as I was leaving. I will try get down next week to check in.
From last update: The 10a nose came up a treat they were quite proud of it when I walked in, it had only just dried but dam the difference was amazing. They were happy to talk about it now its done, aparently took 2 days from my last lot of pics to lead fill, file etc etc.. here it is. quite motivational for me to see this progress.
Its one or the other, 12a lights slightly wider apart than the 10a ones. If I put them back to back one set of backings has the lights sit slightly wider apart, approx 6 -7mm. Bare in mind if you talk a USA person that their 10a fronted cars had 12a engines as well. Rx2/4 I suspect would have a bracket for the grill on headlight backing. I'm not the best person to answer your question. Have a look on Ausrotary, there is a Rx3 resto thread and the topic is covered there.
You do know that tear / nic in the vinyl trim can be repaired to near perfect ? They would weld it up and I suspect air brush over the repair. Whatever you do if you decide to fix them leave it too a professional. The business that fixed my consoles specialises in these repairs as well. I have a really bad white set of Rx3 door trims that I will eventually send away for some magic resto work and they are really bad with missing vinyl sections. I was quoted (a few years back now, maybe 3) around 95 - 100 each to have the vinyl repaired. The only complication I see with your ones is that the vinyl isnt a straight colour and they'd need an airbush to get the same effect. I'll try and find the card.
Cheers for the info earlier John! I went out and sourced a matching set of lights. Yes the trimfix fella has already been contacted regarding my door trims. I agree I prefer original, I plan to fix the knicks in the trims replace the backing boards, vinyl paint them to match the interior.
Yes paint them, but as bad as that is its still better than repo to me.
I am torn on interior color, the bone look or black... seats and trims mainly and i'll always have a light roof lining.
Looking good. wagons are really growing on me.
thanks Dave! chat soon, I have my next lot of parts to get over to you