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#256 Post by rotor_wizard » Wed May 10, 2017 9:34 pm

Throw him your Spare Dosh,,.. :idea:


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#257 Post by tinytyrant » Sat May 13, 2017 12:10 am

it's a creepy, invasive feeling knowing some grubs were sniffing around your stuff.

safe to assume this crew are pretty low in the smarts department, and dumb crims are the ones that get caught.

keep it going, even some 'recovery' vids would be cool and i reckon it has to be therapeutic to express yourself through them.



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Part 43: Tucking, Shaving & Smoothing (The Front Bumper) Par

#258 Post by Aaron Cake » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:16 am

In part 43 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration, I begin the process of doing something about those horrible '70s "safety" bumpers. It was a dark age from 1973 to 1982 when the US federal government mandated that bumpers must sustain a 5MPH collision without damage. The result being atrocious protrusions at the front and back of a vehicle sticking out 6" on pneumatic shock absorbers. While most of the rest of the world got sleek, stylish bumpers which actually enhanced the body lines. The solution of course is the old hot rodders trick of tucking, shaving and smoothing the bumpers to better flow with the rest of the car. So unlike last time with all that delicate electronic work, this time it's all cutting, welding and pounding metal.

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#259 Post by S2 13BT » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:28 pm

Awesome!

Been keen for a new ep, since the recent unfortunate events. Great to see things are back on track.


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#260 Post by KREMSRX7 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:24 pm

Hey Aaron, I'm only about half way thru your clips, and love them, i actually found them by accident while trying to find clips about hb cosmo's, i even put a thread up here with a link, not knowing this thread was here!!
I was thinking of doing some video build logs for my 82 cosmo (well, its actually a hb929) build, but am so technically inept i decided not to embarrass myself :oops:
Ive learnt heaps from your clips so far, i think I'd actually pay for a series of dvd's of the build!!
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#261 Post by keithrx3c@hotmail.com » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:06 pm

Great to see a new episode Aaron, glad you're back at it and making more progress.

It's a bit of a coincidence with it being number 43 too, same number as Allan Moffat's RX-7 race car and he's just written a book called "Climb The Mountain".


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#262 Post by KREMSRX7 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:09 am

I should have thought to put this in my post.
I know you hate sheet metal work, but to help you along, check out metal meet.com they are a great bunch of guys that share untold riches from the sheet metal world, these guys build whole cars from scratch.
Also look up David Gardiner on there, he has a DVD which is absolutely brilliant in showing the what can be done with simple hand tools, i can not tell how invaluable it is, i have watched it many times and it is worth its weight in diamonds, will help you heaps in the rx5 and other future projects!!
A few other ppl to search for that have great DVD' set are peter tommasini from hand built, he is from Australia and is brilliant, wray schleine is another great search, they both have clips on you tube which will help with your sheet metal demons!!
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#263 Post by rotor_wizard » Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:26 pm

:flame: Merry Christmas Aaron.


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Part 44: Tucking, Shaving & Smoothing (The Front Bumper) Par

#264 Post by Aaron Cake » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:09 am

A new year, a new bumper for my '76 Mazda Cosmo. So in part 44, I finish off the bumper modifications started in part 43. The smoothening continues with flush mounting the light lenses, then moves on to addressing the gaps between the bumper and body. Finally, a duct is added for the oil cooler which will eventually integrate with the front valence. So get ready for a bunch more metal work, a flurry of welding, and a metric crap ton of grinding.

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#265 Post by omp » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:27 am

Watched it, great! The bumper sits much nicer now.



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#266 Post by rotor_wizard » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:16 pm

UPDATE please AARON...thx.. :mrgreen:


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Part 45: '07 BMW 328i (E90) Seats Installation

#267 Post by Aaron Cake » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:45 am

As I alluded to in episode 44, part 45 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration deals with retrofitting in a pair of new seats. My ass chose those out of a 2007 BMW 328i, which I then came to know as an "E90". I was looking for a set of modern seats will all the power features and not only did my butt confirm that these were mighty comfy seats, but the measuring tape confirmed they would fit well in the Cosmo. Because there's little worse in a custom car than a set of seats that look completely out of place. Turned out that while the seats fit well into the car, actually mounting them took somewhat more effort than I expected.

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#268 Post by rotor_wizard » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:51 pm

your on your way now son..no butts about it...butt hugging seats..woohoo.. :mrgreen:


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#269 Post by Aaron Cake » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:33 am

Nope, none at all. Was sure nice to park my rear end at the completion and actually sit in the car for the first time since 2010. Did I make rotor noises while pretending to shift? Maybe.



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#270 Post by rotor_wizard » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:52 pm

A monent of Zen....serenity now..ahh :lol: I have myself rebuilt 3 cars from the ground up as projects..only one was mazda 7 ser2, and two were ford...XT-V8 and Ford RS2000...but then again the projects were not so hard as body and panel and car fixtures was all complete...just retro fitted all internals and dash, and re-do wiring..paint/wheels/suspension/etc ..and then finished engine and drive train and zorst(s) last...


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