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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:56 am 

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zionfarm wrote:
Sounds good man hope everything goes allright with the car. You should check it this froum.
http://www.ausrotary.com/index.php.
The guys over in Aussie land are more familiar with your car and can give more in depth help with it.


They're going to tell him to cut it up and put a rotary in it. :lol: Also candy paint and 18" Simmons wheels.


Not all of us are like that in Aus but i know what you mean.I would restore every thing to stock but put in a 12a briggy.


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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:56 am 
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rx 075 wrote:
Camshaft wrote:
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Sounds good man hope everything goes allright with the car. You should check it this froum.
http://www.ausrotary.com/index.php.
The guys over in Aussie land are more familiar with your car and can give more in depth help with it.


They're going to tell him to cut it up and put a rotary in it. :lol: Also candy paint and 18" Simmons wheels.


Not all of us are like that in Aus but i know what you mean.I would restore every thing to stock but put in a 12a briggy.


While that would be cool we only got a thousand of these or so in the US, and only in the northwest. To see one of these in the northeast is beyond shoocking. Convincing Stationwagonguy to eventually sell it to me has become an all-consuming obsession. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:50 pm 
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Tyler got some pictures yesterday, he might have them up soon. I took some as well, but they're buried 5,000 pictures in on my camera and I haven't had a chance to go through everything and upload again yet. Will work on it though.

Mild update- tried to start it last night, but showed up in the darkness, grabbed the wrong battery (already dead), and discovered the battery cable ends are pretty chewed up. Did get it to crank very slowly (battery dead) after jumping it with a friend's truck... which ended up killing his alternator (oops!). Did manage to turn the radio on, the backlight popped right on and it sounded really good and clear (AM only). So that was kind of neat. Did not hear the fuel pump go on at all though, but it barely had any power either, so who knows.


This is true. Every time I see this car I almost break down, it's so beautiful. There's just something about it. Here are some photos. I love this thing to death. If I had the money I'd keep it completely stock and restore it to factory spec. <3

BTW Cam, SWG's going to take me down to meet you one of these weekends. :tu:

No editing just yet because racecar.

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IMG_5077 by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

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IMG_5074 by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

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IMG_5076 by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

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IMG_5078 by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

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IMG_5079 by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

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IMG_5082 by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

The paint is in pretty rough shape, but there isn't any rust-through that I can see.
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IMG_5083 by Tyler Linner, on Flickr

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It smells heavenly with all that vinyl
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Anyway that's about all I have. I'm going to keep BUGGING Stationwagonguy to get a new batt cable and stuff to see if this thing will work. I've got a good feeling about it. This car wants so badly to run. :tu: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:35 am 

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Hay I Just brought a 1500 wagon,Waiting for it to turn up next week i'm so excited.
Can't wait to see what you do with this car.

Also loving the Roof racks will be getting sum for mine if I find them.


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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:15 pm 
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Hay I Just brought a 1500 wagon,Waiting for it to turn up next week i'm so excited.
Can't wait to see what you do with this car.

Also loving the Roof racks will be getting sum for mine if I find them.


Wicked! Any pics of it yet? Or is there another thread I haven't seen?

Mild update, did manage to actually get it to run on ether. Sounds ridiculously quiet, like a sewing machine. Seriously. We weren't certain it was actually running. It isn't getting fuel though.

Next project is to move it somewhere safer- where it's currently stored, two cars had windows bashed out this week- a Z31 and a very nice XR4Ti, so I'm worried that the Mazda is next.

There's a possibility I may sell it, only because I don't have the funds to really dedicate to it and it's not exactly what I was looking for, and I hate to treat a car like this like a redheaded stepchild when it's the most interesting car I own, but no garage and several more emotional-attachment projects are ahead of it... and my desire to own another 1st gen Celica isn't waning either. UGH.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:21 pm 
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Also, I found this picture last night, making it harder for me to want to sell this car:

http://monkeymagic86.files.wordpress.co ... lights.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:13 pm 
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Oh man don't sell this car keep it safe and keep it Mazda. Please don't let this car leave the states or to someone else. Also that picture you posted is astounding of what this car can look like and it's potential.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:32 am 
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Honestly, if it's not really your cup of tea then I say sell it, but to another local enthusiast.

Just remember you may not find another one, but if your really not that into it then it is better off in someone's hands that love/lust them.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:28 pm 
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Check this link to Ausrotary as well - for inspiration! :D

http://www.ausrotary.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=212116


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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:51 pm 

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Hey do u know much about the carb set up on your car?
I have a Mazda b1800 I don't know the year but all the other Mazda trucks don't have the side draft set up.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:49 pm 
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I think we need updates! Did you guys get anything done tonight?

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:22 pm 
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Bumping this, because I need to be yelled at to get to work on it. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:56 am 
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Well, let me be the first...............cause I am here lol!!

GET TO WORK!!!! Has it still been sitting since last year?

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:55 pm 
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Nothing has changed. :/

Supposed to have a friend go with me to tinker with it in the morning... unfortunately it's dropped 15 degrees in a day and it's raining. :/ We'll see how this pans out.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:41 pm 
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So... it runs. 8)

New fuel pump installed, courtesy of Pertano, bought some NGK plugs, new plug wires (ordered... wasn't in stock), got an oil filter, drained some of the old gas (it was orange... but there were no chunks of anything in it, and the filter is still clean), unstuck the throttle linkage, and took it for a spin. Brake booster isn't working, it begins to sputter in gear after it's been running like 20 minutes (but only under load- toss it in neutral, revs happily again). It blew nasty black smoke for about 20 minutes and now it's not smoking at all, haha. Won't shift into second easily, haven't had it going much faster than that.

Next to-do:

Plug wires, possibly a cap & rotor if I can find one
Coil (thinking that's the misfire under load)
Oil & filter
Coolant drain
Possibly change the trans fluid- I had a similar problem with my '78 Impala which sat about the same length of time, and new fluid got it working fine again.


Hopefully a video will pop up soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:57 am 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA4p-Xoi2I4

Well, it moves. haha.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:35 am 
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Good job man I'm glad you got it up and running.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:34 pm 
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Nice!! Glad it runs and drives!! Sounds like it took very little.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:06 pm 
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New plug wires, fuel filter, and an oil change today (new filter & Rotella). It's not running any better, it still cuts out and sputters a whole bunch, though it runs awesome for fleeting moments and idles fine. None of this has stopped all bystanders from begging to drive it or go for rides down the street and back... and then followed with everyone offering me cash for it.

I've never, ever, ever, ever had anything people wanted to buy from me so badly. And I'd have never imagined that people would fall in love with a 40 year old Mazda as much as they do.

I'm thinking that I've either got a clogged fuel pickup (doesn't really seem likely, it's not constant) or a bad ignition component (probably the coil). Maybe the carb needs a rebuild, but I feel like it would be a more constant issue.

Also, "Sukiyaki" came on the AM oldies station in the car while cruising around. I felt it was appropriate, haha.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc


Another issue I noticed while poking around- the vacuum advance isn't getting any vacuum. I unplugged it from the carb and heard no rpm drop, and felt no vacuum from the carb. Not sure if I should be concerned or not, but I feel like it might be a slight issue. The brake booster is definitely receiving vacuum though, so I'm not sure why it isn't working. It did function ONCE today, for one stop, and went back to not working once again. Ugh.

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 Post subject: Re: Long sitting '71 1800... what should I look at?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:00 am 
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*clapclap*

You should keep it, look at how much progress you've made in just a couple weekends!

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