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« on: November 10, 2007, 09:17:18 PM »
Some know of my RX-4 and the story of why I wanted this car also I thought it was about time I got an update out here on the club.

In 1973 when I was just 16 and had started work with Mazda at Bourne road garage and even as an apprentice they used to have me doing pre delivery inspections (PDI\'s) before the new cars went out to the customer and at the time we had RX-3\'s and 4\'s in the show room so along with the boingers I used to work on I also got to work on these exciting new Rotarys.

At a time when a British car was lucky to have a heater as an extra and dashboards that just about had a spedo fuel gauge and ammeter it was the at the time super futuristic RX-4 that I fell in love with and little did I know that one day I would end up owning one of these rare cars with only 400 ever being imported and that included the, I think ugly 4 door and estate versions.

This was a time when the Japanese auto industry wanted to show the world just what they could do in the new gadget and gimmick world that was just getting going and with Mazda the RX-4 was it\'s flagship and full of tricks that cars outside of America had never seen.

As a kid this big two door pillerless coupe with an array of gauges before me when I got behind the wheel while working on them was a car that had so many toys unheard of in British cars at the time like a radio and stereo cassette player as standard, Ariel in the window-screen, posh reclining front seats, heated rear screen etc,etc.

But most importantly to me sitting in one, it had this big wrap around dashboard and a console like another dashboard in the roof above my head with fuel, seat belt and door lights in it and also a funny shaped steering wheel in front of me which to me as a kid made the RX-4 seem like sitting in an airplane!.

Imagine my astonishment then when finding out recently when I got an RX-4 brochure to find that Mazda themselves described getting into an RX-4 as being akin to climbing into an aircraft cabin.

Buying the RX-4 came about after chatting to an ex-works Mazda rally driver who had not only raced RX-3\'s in the RAC rally but had also been the son of a Mazda dealer who at one stage owned 5 dealerships.

While talking to him it came to light that he still owned a stored away 30,000 mile RX-4 that his dad owned which was taken off the road 22 years earlier when his dad reached 72 and decided to stop driving.

After telling him what I have told you above about wanting one of these since I was a kid an agreement was arrived even though the car was not for sale at the time with the stipulation being that I didn\'t just get the car out and just sell it on, and here we are 2 years on and I still have the car.

The reason that I have only shown this car once is because whilst the car itself was not rotten with rust and only the front wings had died due to wing mirrors being fitted many years previous, the paint had deteriorated very badly and gone like undercoat.

As you will see from the floor pan picture this car is not your normal put a new floor in it restoration and I am pleased to say that absolutely no repair work has been needed to the bodyshell at all and it has litteraly been prepped and painted like it was a 3 year old car after I stripped it bare.

The car will be getting put back together with the origonal 12A and the decision has been made that nothing will be cut on this car if ever l decided to modifiy it with maybe a different engine should funds permit in the future.

This way the car can always be put back to stock from a Heritage point of view, however flying in the face of purists it will get some RX-8 wheels on it if I can adapt them to fit!.


Below you will see the pictures of the car in storage then onward through till this week when the car was painted,------------------------My colour





It\'s now RX-8 Lightning yellow so I can mix the Old with the New :Giggle
« Last Edit: November 10, 2007, 11:01:21 PM by clive »
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2007, 09:27:59 PM »
ahh, nostalgia ain\'t what it used to be eh ?

\'tis the stuff of legends

lovely looking motor Clive, and nice to have a bit of history about our esteemed president !

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2007, 10:01:07 PM »
I am so pleased to see your car in paint - you must be running out of all that colour paint you knicked in the 70\'s.

You have till Brooklands to get it moving, or bring it on a trailer.

Have you any better pics of the dash before you striped it out?

Bet you feel good.


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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2007, 12:47:33 AM »
Nice to hear you still have the 4, was thinking about it the other day. Wonder why you painted it yellow.....?::Giggle

Scott
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2007, 01:37:08 AM »
I would like to know  what to do with the 13b door saloon I have and how much its worth,
Its got just under 20k on the clock and has been dry stored all its life.1 owner and 4 stamps on history. Any takers????????????????????????? Oh I forgot  to mention its UK new

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2007, 06:48:38 AM »
nice one Clive very enjoyable read as well,keep pics coming as you move along.
know what you mean about the luxurious extras as standard i had a morris marina (YUCK) as a company car then for 1 day a nissan with goodies in like a radio - glad the japanese kickstarted the rest of the motor world.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2007, 07:23:19 AM »
Brian, swap for my rusty old, engineless RX-2 ?

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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2007, 07:24:20 AM »
Clive, that console in the roof was the most futuristic thing I had seen in my life when that car came out!

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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2007, 07:32:22 AM »
Those seats look proper comfortable for an older car - more to the point they look newer than my 89 vert seats!
 
Good to see this is getting some attention.  I\'d love to see this car in the flesh.
 
Nice work Clive  :cheers
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2007, 11:46:22 AM »
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Clive, that console in the roof was the most futuristic thing I had seen in my life when that car came out!



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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2007, 12:05:23 PM »
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Have you any better pics of the dash before you striped it out?

Bet you feel good.


John


Here you go John,
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2007, 12:06:36 PM »
amazing and a great story, im very intreged about the RX4 dont know loads about them but i cant wait to see it in the flesh!, and of course the colour is great :god :cool
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2007, 12:10:11 PM »
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Nice to hear you still have the 4, was thinking about it the other day. Wonder why you painted it yellow.....?::Giggle

Scott


Hi Scott, this thread was worth putting up to know your still around and O/K:Thumbs-up ,

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2007, 12:21:00 PM »
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Those seats look proper comfortable for an older car - more to the point they look newer than my 89 vert seats!
 


Here you go Dave, some more including the motif on the seats but I have no idea about their origin and can only think these youches were added to give a more Luxury feel to this top of the line Mazda,

The rear seats and all the side panels still had all the origonal protective plastic shipping covers that would have normaly been removed on delivery to the customer but as this was dealer owned they were left on, this means that apart from one tiny tiny mark on the drivers the seats and side panels are as new :cool
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2007, 12:36:05 PM »
A little more about the car,

When the car was taken off the road it was stored inside a garage within the house, this means that the only deterioration had been while the vehicle was out covering it\'s 30K then the warmth from the house stopped any rust setting in.

Apparently the owner decided at the age of 72 that his driving days were over and contacted Mazda to ask how to store a Rotary, long term. He was told to literally fill the engine until the the oil was right up in the neck, effectively filling up the engine,

The son was so convinced that the engine would be fine once the engine was drained he even offered a lump of money back should the engine be dead due to standing.

When I got it home I let the engine drain for 2 days, changed the filter, filled it up and it fired up immediately with the only problem being a stuck thermostat which was obviously changed.

A couple of weeks later I stuck trade plates on the car and drove it 100 miles to Santa Pod with no other problems :King

Here are a couple more pictures showing the car when it was first rolled out of it\'s "tomb" and if you look in the back round you will see Carl who was kind enough to help me collect the car.
All the best Clive