I picked this little minter up today and I am very happy with it I have no real need for an estate but wagons are cool so I thought I may as well nab it off E-bay. I mainly bought it because it's blue and RWD, and I like blue and RWD
Lots of room for stuff!
1490cc of powah ;D
Just going to make a list of things I plan to do to it in order of importance, and yeah I know lowering should be higher up
Mega service, the works, all fluids and service items and replace the radiator hoses as well to be on the safe side
Break out the autoglym products and get it shining
Get it undersealed and waxoyled
Sort out some some decent ICE, got to find somewhere to mount a head unit and some speakers without cutting door trims or the dash as it is too original to molest
Fit a rev counter, again without hacking anything. I cannot live without a tacho
Look into getting it slammed, it will need shorter coil springs up front and lowering blocks for the leaf springs at the rear
Find some cool rims for it, it's 4x110 PCD so the world of cool J-Rims is not my oyster
I'll repeat my comment left on autoshite, looks like a great buy!
You could add to your list trying to find the twin carb's off a 323 GT. I believe it to be the same chain drive engine - bore/stroke and cc certainly all the same, don't know what changes they made otherwise for the FWD hatches. My brochure says estate is 70bhp, GT is 88. It also has higher compression ratio, 10 vs 9.2.
Course, GT's aren't exactly plentiful in scrapyards. Last one I saw had just been banger raced
Rev counter, eh? You could get a little 52mm one and mount it on top/side of the steering column with sticky pads like I'm doing on the Charmant. No damage done that way and quite subtle! Bonus points if you get hold of a Japanese one like a Pivot or Omori, though the latter is incredibly difficult to get hold of now!
spottedlaurel, i bangered a 3 door 323 1.5 GT,paid £20 for it, as you say the cambelt was chain and not belt, kept the twin carbs off it for a couple of years but threw them out in a clearout, ho hum. Only ever seen one more since, but i think that one went scrap. Didnt realise they made a 323 estate of that shape, seems strange its RWD, does it look the same as FWD 323 hatches, of the same age?
awesome! i had one of these till very recently, wood effect dash, no rear seatbelts, and the little bottle in the rear for the back windscreen wash that you cant remove. looks a very clean example mate.
Post by jizzy gillespie on Sept 3, 2007 8:09:39 GMT
that engine looks very similar to the 2 litre in the ol wagon o doom, evilged just ousted the one in his 929 in favour of a 2.8 ford v6. i wonder if he still has it as it would make a nice and easy swap in by the looks of things.
awesome! I had one of these till very recently, wood effect dash, no rear seatbelts, and the little bottle in the rear for the back windscreen wash that you cant remove. looks a very clean example mate.
You just need to pull it off I had to dismantle it at as it was not working, just needed unblocking and now it's fine
Reanimation - Yeah the viva should hopefully be staying
Mrstigma - Sounds interesting but I am not planning on any engine swaps in the near future
I found out today why the the paint drivers side rear quarter and rear door has not faded at all and the rest of the car has.
This is the rear of the rear quarter panel, located behind that washer bottle. As you can see it has been pulled out by using welded on "nails" and a slide hammer. Looks like a pro job and from the outside of the car the panel is perfect, the respray is good too, in a way too good as the rest of the paint looks poor in comparison I am going to try and T-cut the rest of the car and see if that helps. Judging by the quality of the repair I think the damage probably happened early on in the cars life, I may attempt to write to the previous owners and get some details.
I have found a tacho I really want Details here, I am either going to try and buy one direct from Pivot or win one on Yahoo.Jp using Rinkya.
if you're interested in the mechanical side of these things, one of RR's members, mazdaman, is a guru in the TC/UC/D5 engine series - yours is a D5 and considered the big block of the small mazda engine range. if you're interested, hop on over to ausrotary. I tinkered with a TC (1300 original motor) for many years before I swapped in a D5, and then later a 12A or two. The D5 from memory has a hemispherical head, watch out though as some of the info on ausrotary is 4th or 5th hand and not correct. The only problem with the D5 is trying to source spares. Where the TC and UC were used in there hundreds of thousands - 808's, 323's, 1300s, the D5 was limited to the last of the RWD wagon/estates as you have found out. You can also find a factory tacho dash and 5spd box in some cars if you look hard enough, or maybe that was only an Australian/Japanese thing. Another mod you can try is to rip off the D5 carb and inlet manifold and track down a TC early model one - no pollution gear and will help the motor spin a little better I would imagine.
13/1400 engines have a 76mm stroke but the 1500 has an 80mm stroke making it a lot more torquey but less happy reving
The carbs from a fwd 323 will not fit - not only is the stud pattern totally different, your inlet manifold has the thermostat housing incorporated - the FWD is separate
As the man says the easiest mod to gain a bit of go is to ditch the standard carb - I had a 32/36 Weber and adapter plate on mine, gives a good compromise of power and economy
If your extremley lucky you might find this little lot which will bolt straight on
don't do anything for economy but the noise is ;D
The rev counter dash was available in the 1400 SP model over here, and again is extremely rare. You'd need the instrument pod and also the whole dash top but they only ever came in black so would look a bit out of place with the blue I recon
BTW I have some NOS bits for it if your interested ;D
Also got 2 brand new rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders
[/li][li]Find some cool rims for it, it's 4x114.3 PCD so the world of cool J-Rims is my oyster [/quote]
Sorry mate, unless someone has changed the pattern it will be 4x110 = not a lot of choice [/quote]
I have had a tape measure on one of the wheels and it is 4.5" from the centre of one bolt hole to the centre of the opposed bolt hole I am certain no one has changed the pattern either, a few people have said it should be 4x100 or 4x110 but the RX7 of the same year is 4x114.3 so it seems logical. Have you measured the PCD of a wagon yourself because I would like to get to the bottom of this mystery I keep thinking I have measured the wrong bit I will get a piccie up of the wheel with a tape measure on it to be 100% certain
Cheers for that info toyokogyo & mazdaman If I need any advice or bits I will let you know
Tetsujin, glad you have decided to keep your wagon it looks very cool and as you said on driftworks it looks pretty similar to mine