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Re: RX-3 Restoration information

#871 Post by autokiwi » Sun May 17, 2015 8:30 pm

Ok, seat rails question.

Are RX-3 seat rails the same in Sedan, Wagon and Coupe, or are Coupe different in some way?

Are 808 versions the same part as RX-3, or are they different?



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#872 Post by gypsy » Mon May 18, 2015 9:09 am

Coupes have a foot pedal behind one of the seats for the rear passengers to be able to get out unassisted. Sedan and wagon rails should fit but yes both the rails and I think the actual seat mechanisms on both front seats are different to 4 door cars. Rear seat base is also different from 4 doors.

Early 808 coupes are basically rx3 spec aside from center cluster differences. Late model Australian coupes are pretty much the same as well except they got the nicer rubber steering wheel and shift knob.



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#873 Post by keithrx3c@hotmail.com » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:06 pm

Coupes had that foot pedal on the passenger side seat.

Got a couple questions myself:

1) Does anyone do replacement cables for the dash vents? They have a plastic tube that tends to break.

2) Who does restoration work on guages? The speedo needle in my old 808's had a tendency to wander all over the place even with a new speedo cable and you could hear it slipping in the speedo so it must of been the guages. I'm anticipating the same problem with the current 808 sedan.


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#874 Post by autokiwi » Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:29 am

Keith

Just google handbrake cable repairs for your area, and that should find someone who can make up replacements.
You'll probably need to supply your existing one to match.

There's this place as an example:
http://www.autocables.com.au" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

For odo repairs, there's this place in Melbourne, but should be similar places in the large centres.
This crowd look like they can do cables as well.
http://www.howardinstruments.com.au" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;



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#875 Post by keithrx3c@hotmail.com » Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:39 pm

Thanks, I'll check em out.


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#876 Post by 3311matt » Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:08 pm

Hi , first time poster. Just a quick question someone may be able to help me with, I'm looking at purchasing an American model rx3 s124a which has already been imported to Australia and converted to rhd for a restoration. It is not currently running and needs a fair bit of work. Is this vehicle once restored able to be registered for daily driving in Queensland without to much difficulty? Thanks



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#877 Post by Muz73 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:57 pm

Hello everyone,

I am a newbie here but certainly not a newbie when it comes to early Mazda rotaries. I am an aussie but I have lived in Germany for some years. I recently purchased a very nice LHD RX3 coupe in Belgium. Reading through the Posts here, and on the Basis of the Information from the seller (Mazda Dealer for 45 years), I am pretty sure that I have purchased the very first RX3 of the USA or Euro Spec. Built 1971, 1st Registration 1972 (cherry tail lights) and the following Chassis number:

S102A130000

Can anyone shed some light on what I have. Some say Homologation Prototype, some say the very first Euro Spec, some say the very first LHD (Euro and USA spec). In any case I am happy as a pig in .... and I am in the process of registering etc in Germany on historic Plates.

Thanks in advance for any help or indeed any contacts in Hiroshima.



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#878 Post by KYPREO » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:51 pm

I understand these have been in the works for a while now, but for those who are interested...



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#879 Post by ndinel » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:47 am

Hi fellow RX3 owners,

I'm from Canada and have a 74 RX3, S124A146571. This thread has been great in providing tons of usable information for my restoration. These cars simply aren't found in Canada. With our climate rust was too big of a factor so for the most part there are no survivors. Luckily mine is not too bad. Many small patch panels required but no major rot with the exception of the floor pans. That brings me to my question, are there any reproduction floor pans or vendors in AUS who part out these cars? I would require at least the left floor pan and both left and right frame that supports the seat rails. I think both of these would be the same as early 808 as well. I saw Phil's has a listing for a reproduction floor pan but it looks nothing like mine. I don't think these parts will be any different for left hand drive vs. right hand drive cars with the exception of the accelerator pedal mounting? Thanks!



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#880 Post by mazgal » Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:57 am

LHD and RHD are different, as well Manual to Automatic, RX3 and 808 are also different.
Some of its cosmetic, other changes include gearbox mounts, size & shape of gearbox tunnel. If you are looking to repair your own floor pretty much anything from a Coupe or Sedan should do the trick.

Have you thought about trying to get parts off a donor car in some of the hot states in the US? The cars are worth a lot less there and I see fairly rust free survivors pop up quite regularly.

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