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Best of AusRotary: Glenn's Series 3 RX-7 musem piece

#1 Post by KYPREO » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:02 pm

Best of AusRotary: Edition 1

Attention to detail - Glenn's series 3 RX-7 nuts and bolts restoration

Article by KYPREO, with original photos shared with permission from Glenn Hamnett

In advance of AusRotary's 15th Anniversary, we'll be bringing you some of our favourite builds dug up from our archives. This week's Best Of is Glenn Hamnett's amazing nuts and bolts restoration of his Series 3 Mazda RX-7.

Glenn bought the car for $7,000 in 2007 in excellent condition with no accident damage, no rust and the factory paint just had stone ships and a few dents. The interior was good with no cracks in the dash or other wear you typically see in 1st gens. The only modifications performed to the car were an aftermarket stereo head unit and to transplant a 13B from an RX-5, but that retained the factory carburettor and emissions control system. He decided this was the perfect candidate for a nuts and bolts restoration.

Now, Glenn is no stranger to restorations. He has restored two RX-7s: this one to factory specs and a modified gunmetal series 3, plus a couple of HDT edition VK Commodores and a 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS. And he certainly pulled out all the stops on his red Series 3. Every single part that could be replaced with new was. This includes NOS fuel hoses with original markings and original OEM style hose clamps. Every other part was painstakingly restored, painted and rebuilt and every pipe, nut, bolt and bracket zinc-plated. Every factory decal was scanned and reprinted by Steve at Letzgo, right down to radiator and diff labelling. Even all of the factory assembly paint markings were reproduced. Amazingly, Glenn spent only $7000 on the resto, doing almost all the work on the car himself including all the paint and assembly.

Regrettably, Glenn sold the car not long after finishing in 2009, albeit for a record price at the time. But since a couple of guys took the car away on trade plates, it has not been seen since. Here's hoping it's in a hermetically sealed chamber and preserved for future generations to see, as this is surely a museum piece by any measure. Despite his impress pedigree of restored vehicles, Glenn considers this the best car he owned and has always regretted selling it. We can certainly see why, but hopefully he'll find another rotary project in the near future.

Special thanks to Glenn for allowing us to do this feature.

For those that are interested, the original AusRotary build thread is here: http://ausrotary.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=138340" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The original photos linked on AusRotary were deleted a while ago, but we have managed to retrieve them all and we are now hosting them all here for posterity. Here follows a full gallery chronicling step-by-step this most epic of builds...



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#2 Post by KYPREO » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:05 pm

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#3 Post by KYPREO » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:08 pm

And now for the details, which is what really stood this build apart and made it better than what it left Hiroshima...

Restored cruise control actuator
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#4 Post by KYPREO » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:11 pm

An engine detailing masterclass! Note that even the timing marks have the correct factory paint colours.
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#5 Post by KYPREO » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:17 pm

Engine bay and paint...
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Re-zinc'd relays?! :shock:
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Note the factory assembling markers which were painstakingly reapplied.
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#6 Post by KYPREO » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:28 pm

And behold the completed masterpiece...
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#8 Post by WANKfactor » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:42 pm

That build redefined the term "anal retention" and thanks for re-posting. Its a great reference apart from just being amazing. Its like looking at an optical illusion or something. The brain disputes what the eyes are telling it.
What did he end up getting for it, anyway?
And how many K's on the clock. Surely it must be legal to wind clocks back to Zero on a rebuild of that level.


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#9 Post by KYPREO » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:55 pm

Thanks for that and I agree entirely.

I believe it sold for $15-18,000. I have learnt today that the new owner almost immediately replaced the exhaust with a sports exhaust, despite this one having a complete factory system sourced right down to NOS exhaust tips ex Mazda Japan. :shock: [-X


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#10 Post by Eeyore » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:16 pm

It certainly was an impressive build, good to see it again.


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#11 Post by ROT84U » Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:38 pm

very nice car, would be nice to know where it ended up


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#12 Post by HDT143 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:28 am

I sold it for 19k
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muscle car masters 2009
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#14 Post by KYPREO » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:34 am

Stunning. Love the car show style display plates. Thanks for stopping by with the extra pics.


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#15 Post by 12abp » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:54 pm

Without doubt the best example of restored Series 3 Rx7.

The quality and attention to detail in just amazing, nothing short of perfection.

I would be very surprised if this car would be worth close to 30-35k if not more.

A restoration to such a high standard reinforces the style of these early Rx7,s.

I believe these cars have been under appreciated and undervalued for many years.



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