1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Mon May 21, 2018 8:28 pm

richrx wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 7:25 pm
Scabs wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 12:33 pm
Thanks for all the support guys, gives me alot of motivation!
I don't think you need much support. The work going on here is phenominal ( from my point of view) time and effort commitment ....

You seem very confident and competent too... Loving all the updates,i can't add much other than the above and enjoy all updates... Keep loads of photos coming makes the early rides for work worth it


Rich
Thank you mate, this is my first restoration I've undertaken and at first I looked at the shell of the car and genuinely didn't even know where to start but I've figured if I divide everything up (engine chassis bodywork footwork interior electrical brakes suspension blah blah blah) and then divide then further into even smaller tasks etc you get the picture lol and now it really doesn't seem that daunting. Plus being a Marine helps a fair bit when it comes to getting fed up with a task as all I think is I could be in a feild in the middle of nowhere soaking wet at 0300 like I have many of times before ha!
danny wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 9:34 am
I have been reading your thread, and i must say i'm impressed with your commitment !
One thing keeps appearing, the metric fine fasterners. Why do you need them, why don't you re-use the original one's? I used all the old ones again when i rebuild my 929 Hardtop( no RX4 ). Claened them up, a few minutes in acid and zinc-coated them myself. Problem with supplyers is, that you need to buy a complete box of one size most of the time. There is a store close to where i live, in Belgium, you can buy them one by one. Other solution is to find these bolts is at the scrappers. All older Mazda's and most of Japan-build cars use the metric fine threads.Image
Rear suspention parts i zinc-coated myself using a vinegar/salt bath and a battery charger.
Hello mate, those look gleaming! The reason I'm asking about the fastners is because I got the car in about 10 boxes and alot of bolts are missing etc the majority of the parts are there but the nuts and bolts aren't - is the zinc coating easy enough to DIY? Thanks for the info if I'm stuck I'm sure I can find some UNF fittings.
Hobbawobba wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 7:32 pm
I tend to get my stuff of ebay.. There are a few suppliers I tend to use for getting stainless and plated high tensile bits aye. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Kays-Fasteners Is a good one. They usually have multiple listings for the same items, with some being cheaper than the other. So keep an eye out! :lol: .

Mean progress aye bro. Gonna be a minter
Cheers hobbawobba I will be sure to check them out!
gt_james wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 4:25 pm
there's a few fastener suppliers near me that can get anything really, "allfast", "make ends meet", not sure if you can order online from them?

what about bolts bolts? I'd be surprised if you can't get metric fasteners.

What are you doing with fibreglass?
I'm going to smooth the wheel wells with fiberglass putty, so basically I would normally put a zinc primer down and then a underseal to provide a tough durable coat for the wheel well. But as this isn't going to be a daily driver or ever used in the wet I'm totally smoothing the wells and using seam sealer and then will paint over with a 2k hi build primer and then paint them the same colour as the bodywork which should look great. Plus I'd like the wilwood big brake kit and the ACBRON coilovers to standout and there's nothing worse than a messy wheel well whilst admiring a nice set of calipers and coilovers! So today I spent a good few hours stripping down the Right hand wheel well and grinding the welds down from Saturday night/Sunday morning. Took alot of the underal off too - I'm glad I did as someone previously had painted it over rust, good thinking batman.

Will update tomorrow when it's fully stripped.

On another note the guy in the bay next to me sprayed his reliant scimitar over the weekend what he thought was a red and it turned out pink hahahahahah will try get a photo tomorrow.

Jake

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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Mon May 21, 2018 8:29 pm

Here's the wheel well
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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Tue May 22, 2018 8:55 pm

So applied the first skim of fiberglass, not too hard to work with, sands easy enough but makes a mess. Spent about 4 hours sanding it down today and it still looks rubbish but it will untill the body filler goes on top of it!
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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Wed May 23, 2018 7:28 pm

Got off work at 1100 today so had plenty of time to sand away the fiberglass. Took me six hours but the results are worth it!

I had to do three skims of FBG in the end as there was more air bubbles than I anticipated as the card wasn't that flexible and due to the curvature of the well I couldn't get if perfect in some spots!
Applied the deep repair body filler ontop of the places that had low spots ect and sanded away....

And yes that is a blister on my finger from sanding lol
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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by DKWW2000 » Wed May 23, 2018 7:43 pm

Too much work........you will have to go on the Lash over the Bank holiday 0-0
Is there good ventilation in the Work shop & do the other guys have dust covers.
Good to see you on Sunday & meet your very understanding young lady.
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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Wed May 23, 2018 7:48 pm

DKWW2000 wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Too much work........you will have to go on the Lash over the Bank holiday 0-0
Is there good ventilation in the Work shop & do the other guys have dust covers.
Good to see you on Sunday & meet your very understanding young lady.

I'm in two minds, depending on the weather, yes there's a big roller door and exhaust extraction but it's still a messy affair - the smart guys with the expensive cars (spilt screen vw camper, Shelby cobra triumph spitfire) all have covers but the submariners freshly painted pink dildo looking thing doesn't so I just cracked on and blew it off with compressed air afterwards.

Was good to see you too, and yes she is pretty understanding when it comes to my cars ha! Your T2 looked the dogs bollocks!

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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Fri May 25, 2018 3:39 pm

Good news today,

Did some sandblasting today and was able to blasting both sets of drum brakes, going to paint them tomorrow and I'm just waiting for the little clips and bits to come so I can rebuild them.

Aaannnnnnd my 11" wilwood brake setup came today with billet hubs and everything. How preeeeetyyyy are they?! Very happy with them! My acbron coilovers and kyb rear dampners are comming in the next few days too.

Jake
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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by TOOL » Fri May 25, 2018 7:30 pm

I think I’ve got some NOS drums for that. What size are they?
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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by Scabs » Thu May 31, 2018 9:11 pm

Alright guys

Haven't posted in a while as I've been busy. Also still cracking on with the underside and wheel wells.

So the remaining 3 wheel wells are prepped for fiberglassing now, apart from one rear one as I still need to grind the inner lip down to fit wider wheels at the back.

Completed the rest of the welding today and safe to say it's getting better that's for sure!! In other news my ACBRON coilovers and KONI rear dampners have arrived and look awesome! Gearbox is ready to pick up tomorrow (service and replaced gaskets).

Found a great way to get underseal off - scrape as much off as you can with a heat gun and use gasket remover and a wire cup on a drill and it wipes right off (you do have to use alot of gasket remover though)

Here's some pictures
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Re: 1975 RX-4 SEDAN - BUILD THREAD - SCABSY

Post by TOOL » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:15 am

If they’re old stock Koni’s they’ll need rebuilt before you use them.
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