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 Post subject: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:41 am 

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Got myself a -72 1500 that was converted from van, with windows, to estate in 1975. 8)
Bought it from the second owner, who bought it in -74, and it has been stored since early 90's.
The old lady on the picture, is the owners wife, and it was her son that sold the car for her. She had many stories to tell about the car :)
We loaded up, and drove the 100 Km home.
Put in a battery in front, and a little gas on the tank, and turned the key ..... and it started immediately for the first time since it was stored in the garage in the early 90's.
Everything works on the car, included all the interior lights when I open the doors and boot lid.
The first plan now, is to maintain the brakes, ball joints and bushes, and get it registered ... Don't think that would cause any big problems. The rust on the car is pretty much only cosmetic, and nothing dangerous.
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The owner's wife.
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Opened the boot lid, and found out that the interior light worked
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... And tried the front doors, and the lights worked in the front too 8)
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I don't think this is a original back seat, since it was converted from van to estate ... anybody know??
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In a plastic bag in the car I found 4 of these 13" hub caps .... from???? RX4?
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And 4 of these 14" hub caps ... I don't have a clue!! Anyone??
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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:18 pm 

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Nice find.Looks to be in good condition,The front left guard looks a different colour.
Also I spot a RHD dash in the back ground.


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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:38 pm 
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Very nice find! Looks like it should be straight forward to get back on the road.


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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:45 pm 

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ratmaz wrote:
Nice find.Looks to be in good condition,The front left guard looks a different colour.
Also I spot a RHD dash in the back ground.

Thanks! :)
Yes, the guard have been repainted at some time, and the seller said that it was white when it was painted, but turned more into yellow trough the years.
No, it's a LHD dash ... it's just up-side down! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:49 pm 

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Dave77 wrote:
Very nice find! Looks like it should be straight forward to get back on the road.

Thanks! :)
It runs very well, and there is not much work that has to be done to get it registered ... only the usual as brakes and bushings and so.... even the windshield-washer and interior lights are working perfect. 8)
But I hope to find the time (and money) to give it a "make-over" too.... But plates first!! :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:38 pm 

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kjetilB wrote:
ratmaz wrote:
Nice find.Looks to be in good condition,The front left guard looks a different colour.
Also I spot a RHD dash in the back ground.

Thanks! :)
Yes, the guard have been repainted at some time, and the seller said that it was white when it was painted, but turned more into yellow trough the years.
No, it's a LHD dash ... it's just up-side down! :lol:


haha :oops:

Is there any rust in the front guards where the fender mirror is?

Only reason I ask is that mine have massive rust holes in both.


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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:50 am 

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ratmaz wrote:

Is there any rust in the front guards where the fender mirror is?

Only reason I ask is that mine have massive rust holes in both.


Thats why the left guard has been repainted at some time. The right guard isn't really bad, but has got a little rust there too.
a front guard without rust in this area is really unusal, I think, because it's the brackets for the mirrors that causes the rust, when dirt and moist get caught between the guard and bracket.

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:15 am 
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The two dome lights above the doors, as opposed to one in the center, is a really unusual seup, but pretty clever. I suppose on a long trip your passenger could amuse themselves with a book or magazine (or help you read a map!) without disturbing the driver's visibility. :) I've really had a love affair with these cars ever since Stationwagonguy in Detroit picked one up. :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:27 pm 

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At this time of year, it's difficult to get something done because of the temperature, and work have been really busy, so there are not much that has happened on my car, so I'm sorry for no updates
But I have been lucky with some accessories for my car:
Wooden steering wheel from 929HT and a set of 14" Ronal aluminium wheels for RX5 with pcd 4x120 from about 1976.
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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:36 am 

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After driving 1100 km / 683,5 miles and spending 767 USD + fuel and hotel this weekend, I've got 8 "new" pcd 4x120 wheels in the back for my 1500's (the hotel-part was just to make my girlfriend happy, and make this trip possible .. :wink: )
4 Ronal wheels from about 1980, bought new for a RX5 and
4 original RX5 wheels, taken from the car on the pictures. A -76 Swedish RX5 Automatic with power steering and A/C.
This one will be converted with turbo, RX7 gen2 manual box and hubs with 4x114,3 pcd from RX7, to fit the owners Rota Shakotan wheels.
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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:48 pm 
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Good luck on the 1500 project.

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate ... where to buy new ball joi
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:25 pm 

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While I'm waiting for my new garage to be built this autumn, I still collect parts for my 1500.
Latest pick up was a totally overhauled (only started after overhaul) 1800 engine, with everything in place, and 2 intake manifolds with carb on them, extra waterpump, NOS exhaust all the way, and an almost mint 1800 bonnet, park break wires an much more smaller and bigger parts.... and he asked about 90 USD for the whole thing. :o :D

But todays question is, and I really hope anyone can help me .... Where do I find new ball joints, bushings, shocks and other suspension and steering parts? any cross reference parts from other models og brands are also much appreciated

(And don't worry about the height on the pictures ... I've got some springs in spare ... 8) :wink: )
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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:54 pm 
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A little off subject but those are the same rims from a Cosmo/RX5/121.

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:56 am 

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zionfarm wrote:
A little off subject but those are the same rims from a Cosmo/RX5/121.


Yes, the rims on the right side is from the green RX5 on a earlier picture in this thread. The rims on the left side are RONAL, and these were also bought for a RX5 in the early 80's

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:46 pm 
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kjetilB wrote:
zionfarm wrote:
A little off subject but those are the same rims from a Cosmo/RX5/121.


Yes, the rims on the right side is from the green RX5 on a earlier picture in this thread. The rims on the left side are RONAL, and these were also bought for a RX5 in the early 80's


^ what he said.

Ball joints: there's been someone whoring their 1500/1800 parts on a few forums. He popped up on performanceforums.com and got shirty when someone suggested ausrotary might be a better forum, maybe try him?

http://performanceforums.com/forums/sho ... mazda+1500

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:30 am 

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ewokracing wrote:

^ what he said.

Ball joints: there's been someone whoring their 1500/1800 parts on a few forums. He popped up on performanceforums.com and got shirty when someone suggested ausrotary might be a better forum, maybe try him?

http://performanceforums.com/forums/sho ... mazda+1500



Thank You :D
I'm pretty sure that this is the same person who has a lot of these items on ebay, but since there was no pictures added, and he has no solid history on ebay, I was skeptical...

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:14 am 

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Hi mate,

I got new aftermarket ball joints and tie rod ends for my 1500 through Rarespares here in Melbourne. They don't list them on their website but they were able to order them in for me. That was about two years ago but maybe it's worth dropping them an email to see if they can help you? The ball joints were perfect but the tie rod ends were about an inch longer than the existing ones and required a bit of messing around to get them to work. I can probably get the part numbers for the tie rod ends if you need but I have thrown out the boxes for the ball joints unfortunately.

http://www.rarespares.net.au

Shop 6/195 Somerton Rd

Roxburgh Park VIC 3064

P: (03) 9308 7300

Hope that helps,

Regards,

Daniel


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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:30 pm 

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I dont think is hard to find ball joints for your 1500 as they were the same with early B1500/B1600 pick ups. There are many aftermarket ones. Check for B1500/B1600. usually they aftermarket ones mention the original part number (0603 99 354A for upper and - - 356 for lower). Alternatively search for Proceed and or Luce, as many japanese manufacturers were using the JDM model names (e.g. Luce 67-72).

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:24 am 

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Thank You very much baltsiotis and danrex7! :D This could be very helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: 1972 Mazda 1500 van/estate. Where to buy new ball joints
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:49 am 

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Hi Kjetil

You are in luck. I am just finishing doing the exact same thing to my 1800. Perhaps the parts are the same for your 1500. Hopefully I am not too late.

Ball Joints (lower and upper) - I purchased the TRW ones - 10331 and 10330 they are a perfect replacement.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframe ... type=10070

Idler Arm Bushing - MOOG part no K9088
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframe ... ttype=7332

Stabilizer Bar Bushing - RAYBESTOS part no 5501011
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframe ... ttype=7624

Shock absorber manufactured by KYB part no 343127
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframe ... ttype=7556

Lower Control Arm Bushing - MOOG part no K9178
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframe ... ttype=7532

Upper Control Arm Shaft Kit - MOOG part no K9154
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframe ... ttype=7538

That's all of the parts that I replaced. It seems that a lot of the parts were used in the Ford Courier that Mazda built for them.

Any hope of letting that steering wheel go?


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