1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

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Scabs
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1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:07 pm

Hello all,

About that time to start my build thread, I'll let you guys know what I've got to so far.

As it stands, I bought the RX-4 in a stripped condition, with alot of welding done but still needing a few bits more. "Majority" of parts are there and I'm sure I'm missing a few bits and bobs which I can hopefully obtain later down the road like little bits of the gorgeous silver trim ect.

So I'm currently waiting for a bay down my barracks car club where I will be restoring her.
In the mean time I am sorting the foot work and underside of the car.

Started stripping the steering box and idler arm this week and refurbished them, just waiting for gasket paper and some steering box greese to put back together. Same with the idler arm just waiting on some super pro bushings.

So the direction I'm going with her is:

Engine:
12a S3 NA
EMPI 51 EPC carbs with enlarged bowls (Weber knockoffs, all parts are interchangeable)
Peripheral Ports, large!
Glimmer drive set
Holley black fuel pump+reg
Battery relocation
Custom exhaust ect etc

You kinda get the idea: loud, obnoxious, but very simple.

Exterior:
Keeping stock, wield the holes in the pointy hood from the horrible hood ornament.
Not sure about the paint yet want to get her into a rolling chassis state before I start toying with that (last thing on my mind at the moment!).
I think I may keep the 4x110 PCD hubs due to simplicity and maybe find some lovely rare wheels.

Interior:
Really haven't even thought about it, but depending how much of the original interior Id like to keep it stock with a few personal touches like gauges wideband etc.

Blah blah blah I feel like I'm going on but my main concern is that get it into a rolling state. Here's a load of pictures from the last month.
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Post by Scabs » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:13 pm

Some more pics
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Trying to figure out what parts I have ha!
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Woop!
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Taking apart the steering box (glad I did as it was in a s### state!)
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Post by Scabs » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:21 pm

And moreee
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Figuring out the toe work
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Down south she goes
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The overlap between getting rid of my 3 quadbikes and trying to fit the RX4 in my rater small garage
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Post by ian65 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:47 pm

Hi Jake
welcome to the forum, that's a great project you've got there..... looking forward to seeing it come together.

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Post by MelloYello » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:41 am

It would be great if you could go into a bit more detail about the steering box rebuild, as I know its is an issue for many here - as well as myself. Thanks.

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Post by gt_james » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:53 am

Where did you get the empi carb? I have heard the empi ones are better made than the Spanish webers

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Post by Casey » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:23 am

Great to see hear your plans for this project. Looking forward to reading and seeing how you progress g-l
KIMI 1 : RX-7 1st Gen "hybrid"; 1983 S2 running gear in a 1985 S3 shell, SORN'd, long term resto project
KIMI 2 : RX-7 1st Gen; 1983 S2, "identical" twin to KIMI 1, on the road :-)
Plus a 2004 Full Bridgeported RX-8 too!

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Post by Scabs » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:22 pm

MelloYello wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:41 am
It would be great if you could go into a bit more detail about the steering box rebuild, as I know its is an issue for many here - as well as myself. Thanks.
Hi mate, ofc I'm just waiting for a few more items and then I'll write a guide on how to refurbish the box. Not entirely sure if the FB and 4 share the same outlay but will look into that.

And yes it's quite controversial about EMPI VS Webber, I've heard that they are also better made but I'm not sure if that's a small marketing campaign. They are still pretty pricey for knock offs so they can't be entirely pump. I got them from harborside parts in USA they carbs cost me 500 GBP with 100 import duties ( I hate parcel force!) Anybody know a way to get past these import duties with out be bummed?!

The carbs are basically a Webber 48 IDA made into a 51 with lager bowls. So alot more inexpensive than buying a 48 Ida and then getting it converted! All parts are interchangeable which is also good.

Jake

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Post by richrx » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:36 pm

This is a proper dream build#! Plenty updates please
yay


Rich

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Post by Scabs » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:19 pm

richrx wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:36 pm
This is a proper dream build#! Plenty updates please
yay


Rich
Literally is Rich, I couldn't afford a RX3 but in my eyes this is on par. Will deffo keep you guys updated often. Aiming for something along these lines...
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