Mazda Rotary Club

Cars by Model Type => 1st generation RX-7's => Topic started by: Casey on June 04, 2019, 05:50:57 PM

Title: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Casey on June 04, 2019, 05:50:57 PM
An opportunity arose to purchase A42 KLN, a 1984 series 3 with one lady owner from new and 67k on clock. I went to meet Tanya (the owner) today to view and test drive the car. We agreed a price and I will pick it up from her later in the week  :D

The car is in VG, but, inevitably, time has taken it's toll and there are a few minor bits of paintwork that need attention. Mechanicals seem fine and corrosion seems comparatively good. The worst bit, cosmetically, are the wheels, which have been painted and corrosion is bubbling under the paint.

More photos and details later, when the car is with me at home  :mrgreen:

By agreement with my better half, KIMI 2 will need to be sold in due course, so I can concentrate on getting KIMI 1 finished  :)
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Jamie R on June 04, 2019, 07:39:10 PM
Looks great Malcolm,

bring it to Beaulieu ????

Happy days
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: re japi on June 04, 2019, 07:39:12 PM
Damn, 3 FBs, Im jealous

Lähetetty minun G8141 laitteesta Tapatalkilla

Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Jamie R on June 04, 2019, 08:52:02 PM
Tbh from that pic it looks worthy of concours.

Looks like a good buy.......

Tart up or full resto?
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: boosted on June 04, 2019, 10:22:33 PM
Wow looks fantastic.

Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: DaveCollins on June 04, 2019, 11:02:32 PM
Great find.  Looks fantastic.  Red always shows up well.
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Ian.Mothersole on June 05, 2019, 07:08:02 PM
That looks amazing.

I will have to drop by to see it when you've it home.

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: rote8 on June 05, 2019, 09:43:13 PM
Not jealous at all Malcolm seeing as I cannot afford to run even an one RX8. Looks a great buy.
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Casey on June 14, 2019, 09:59:50 PM
KIMI 3 now at my home. First major outing will be to take her to Beaulieu on 28th July.

I haven't had a chance to drive her much, especially with the lousy weather! However, I did a 40 mile run and she was a delight, but I do have a strange "rubbing" sound to sort out from the rear, on left turns mainly. I was aware of it before I purchased, so reflected in the price I offered.

In the meantime, some pics:

Interior is immaculate, apart from some wear and tear on the driver's doorcard vinyl.

Factory fresh toolkit and towing eye - were the gloves in there too from the factory??  ;)

Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: boosted on June 15, 2019, 04:03:35 PM
Looks fantastic, time warp condition.

Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: adamgaltress on June 15, 2019, 07:12:17 PM
Lovely looking car Malcolm... Would look good at Forge later this year 😉
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: C J R on June 19, 2019, 08:01:27 AM
Well I go away for a few days (or months) and you get another.  :sign0098:

Looks great well done Malcolm.
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Casey on June 20, 2019, 06:49:27 AM
Lovely to hear you are still lurking on here Chris  :icon_thumleft:

Yep, I couldn't resist this one, a series 3 in seemingly VGC!
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: lennycarloff on June 20, 2019, 08:08:44 PM
Malcolm I have to say that is one lovely looking car. I am so jealous.
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Casey on July 02, 2019, 11:21:00 PM
Jim! Long time no hear, hope you are well. I've been on holiday so only just seen your post.

She's in great condition overall, but some TLC needed in places. First issue to sort is the wheels, which have been painted and they are corroding under the paint....
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Casey on July 04, 2019, 12:49:55 AM
Went to a local wheel refurb company yesterday to take a look at the wheels. They've been painted grey at some point, but corrosion is breaking through quite badly. We concluded diamond cutting probably wouldn't be the best option, so decided to book the wheels in to be powder coated next week with a silver finish as close to OEM as possible.

Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: clive on July 04, 2019, 08:38:28 AM
Find some original pictures Malcolm as I have the feeling these were diamond cut on the faces from the factory.

 
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: boosted on July 04, 2019, 09:35:06 AM
My series 3 wheels looked liked yours Casey,  corrosion under paint.
However the Spare was diamond cut .
From my research Clive is correct and originally diamond cut.
My local refurb place is £90 a wheel on top for Diamond cuttting....thats whether a full face or lip.
I had it done on Eunos bbs wheel lip. Cost £441 for 4 wheels but original and wheels do set a car off. I love em and glad i forked out the extra money. .
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190704/89d41885002fd943cef75529c7f6c0c8.jpg)

Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Casey on July 04, 2019, 11:11:51 PM
My first choice would have been to diamond cut as this was the OEM finish. I did some research and showed some pics to the wheel refurb technician, plus the manager. They advised that diamond cutting my wheels their current state was unlikely to result in a long lasting finish. I was also advised that the recessed/hidden rim design meant there were areas that the cutting tool would be unable to reach. I reluctantly opted for a powder coat in a colour to match OEM. If it doesn't work out, I'll look to buy some new wheels later, but at least they'll be an improvement on their current state.

I was encouraged looking at some of their work and how busy they were. They had some very high end vehicles in the workshop, many customised BMW AMGs and a 4 day old BMW monster 4x4 where the owner scraped a wheel the day he collected the vehicle! I was told BMW had booked the car in to get the wheel sorted for an unnamed VIP client. Football player I reckon  ;)

Loving those BBS wheels Pete  :icon_thumleft:
Title: Re: KIMI 3 - Series 3 FB
Post by: Casey on July 05, 2019, 12:12:07 AM
Just noticed the tyres on your wheel Pete  :)

I've just ordered a set of Uniroyal RainExpert in 195/60 R14 from Camskill to put on my wheels after the refurb. The current tyres have a bit of tread left, but the tyre markings show that are vintage 2008. As the old tyres are having to come off, it would be silly for 11 years old tyres to go back on!