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Best of AusRotary: Keeping it in the family - Adam's R100

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Best of AusRotary: Keeping it in the family - Adam's R100

#1 Post by KYPREO » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:39 pm

Best of AusRotary: Edition 2

Keeping it in the family - Adam's Mazda R100

Article by KYPREO, with original story and photos shared with permission from shoggothe

It is pretty rare to find any old Mazda, let alone an R100, in pristine unmodified condition. Rarer still is being able to trace an old Mazda's ownership right back to its original purchase from the dealership. Bu almost unheard of is an R100 staying in the one family for over 45 years and that is exactly what this story is about: a tale of a man who bought a Mazda R100 off the showroom floor in 1970 and his son's incredible efforts to resurrect it decades later.

Long time AusRotary member, shoggothe (Adam), first shared his story in 2007. He explained that his dad fell in love with the car from the moment he sat in it on the showroom floor and told the dealer "I'll take it". And here's the original sales receipt and owners manual to prove it:
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And the original toolbag!
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He got about three years’ worth of enjoyment out of it before Adam's mum had a severe accident in it where she ended up rolling it three times in 1973.

Adam's dad was living on a farm in outback Victoria at the time, so he towed the car back to his property and tried to punch the roof back out as best he could using a hydraulic jack and other farm equipment. Needless to say, he was a farmer, not a panelbeater, and the car was basically a write-off anyway. But with some new windscreens, and a slap of paint, at least he could keep driving his now-beaten-up R100.

Adam's family eventually left the farm and moved to Geelong in the late 70’s:
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…and for years it continued to be the family car that Adam was driven to school in - much to his constant embarrassment (although he no doubt takes a different view in hindsight).

Here it is hiding in the background circa 1980
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It was only in about 1992 when his dad got a company car from the people he was working for that he retired the R100 to their back yard.

It then sat in the back yard (and the rain and sun) for the next five years, until he took it to Dalton Automotive to have the entire drive-train rebuilt. New rotors, apex seals, side seals for the 10A, new radiator, brakes rebuilt, the works. The only thing that needed fixing now was the body, which had been sitting ungaraged for the last 20 years.
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After Adam's dad moved to Queensland in 1998, his brother took custody of the car and did his best to bog up the dents and rust that had accumulated over the years:
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It was in 2002 when Adam's brother moved to a place without a garage that Adam took on the project restored and getting it done right.

To its credit, mechanically all it needed was a new fuel pump and a permit from VicRoads and he was able to drive it from Geelong all the way up to my place in Melbourne. But the hard work was only about to begin.

Despite having never worked on a car before the project, Adam embarked on what would turn out to be a 12+ year epic restoration. But with sheer determination, hard work and the help of newly found friends made through the AusRotary forum, Adam achieved the unachievable and one of the memorable rebuilds to ever grace these pages.

Fellow AusRotary members meet up at Adam's house in Melbourne to help complete the build:
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In this short article, it is impossible to do justice to Adam's build. But thankfully he documented every single stage of the journey in minute detail. Do yourself a favour and check it out here: http://ausrotary.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=128385" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Meanwhile, here are the highlights...



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#2 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 1:49 pm

Like many old school restorations, the most significant challenge facing this project was the state of the body...
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After blasting..
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And bodywork...
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#3 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 1:53 pm

The trim and chromework all received a significant amount of attention as well, with everything straightened and rechromed...

Front grille before:
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And after =D>
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Bumpers before:
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And after a probably expensive visit to the plater:
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#4 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 2:00 pm

Here's some closeup work of the fine restoration job on the wheel centre caps and badges:

Before:
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And after:
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And headlights before and after Adam set to work:
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Chrome plated wasn't limited to the outside of the car either, with even the seat adjusters receiving close attention:
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#5 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 2:04 pm

With the thoroughly prepared body now in high fill, Adam obviously couldn't wait to test fit the restored trim:
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#6 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 2:07 pm

But once back from the painters, that's when this masterpiece really started to take form:
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#7 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 2:22 pm

Adam found the interior in a pretty disastrous state:
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But it received the same level of attention Adam gave the rest of the vehicle and the transformation was truly astounding. Kind in mind that New Old Stock R100 parts aren't exactly common place, which makes this particular restoration even more dazzling.

The dash and steering wheel were among the first parts to undergo restoration:
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Then the steering column, before and after:
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And then attention turned to tattered upholstery. Amazingly, Adam was able to source new fabric which was virtually indistinguishable from the factory trim, making the retrim appear like Adam's dad first would have seen it on the showroom floor.
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Even the factory toolbag got a refresh.
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And after:
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#8 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 2:28 pm

Every build has setbacks and Adam had his fair share. Not the least was his 10A deciding, right before the finish line, to suffer coolant leakage due to corroded rotor housings. Of course, every cloud has a silver lining and Adam took the rebuild as an opportunity to not only refresh the old small block 2 rotor, but detail it to a standard befitting the rest of the car.

Here's how it looked when Adam first took the car:
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He managed to give it a bit of a cleanup before the engine died:
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But, after a rebuild by Jed (aka buzzme) from Buzzme Automotive, now the car was complete:
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#9 Post by KYPREO » Thu May 12, 2016 2:38 pm

And here we have it, a little piece of history and one of a kind, complete with the original plates issued by VicRoads at the dealership.

Congratulations to Adam and all those AusRotary members involved along the way and thank you for sharing your story in such detail on the forum.
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And as a final touching note, Adam's dad first test drive post-restoration:

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#10 Post by Madcow » Thu May 12, 2016 4:39 pm

Awesome build.

my mum use to own an RX2 coupe, which she had kept, I would have loved to do a restore on it.


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#11 Post by blur » Thu May 12, 2016 7:14 pm

Amazing story, car and family, was privileged to be a (minor) part of the resurection! Great work :D



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#12 Post by 12abp » Thu May 12, 2016 10:47 pm

Pretty amazing how the car has remained in the same family since new.
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#13 Post by shoggothe » Thu May 12, 2016 10:56 pm

...brought a tear to my eye seeing it all from start to end again!

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#14 Post by JETTEC03 » Fri May 13, 2016 7:05 am

This kind of thing is what encourages us enthusiasts to remain in the game... I followed Adam's build thread with great interest and joy, so a big thanks to you mate and all those involved to help keep the dream alive! =D> Fantastic!!

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#15 Post by Savanna RX3 GSII » Sat May 21, 2016 7:14 pm

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> Congrats and may the 3rd generation also keep it in the family


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