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    Thanks mate! Will check out the Velo seats. Let me know if your brother decides to part with his 20b.


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    This is how today went...



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    Last couple of days have been a bit '1 step forward, 2 steps back'. I'll let Velvet tell you about it since he has the photos but we made some headway just not as much as we maybe hoped we could. Having said that there are good things too!

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    Still on track to get it registered on the day you have booked?
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    The car is already registered, just need RWC which is booked for tomorrow morning. We had some difficulties rectifying a relay for the wipers so they work now just not on all settings haha. It's annoying because before we put everything back together it was powering everything fine so we know it's just poor connections, just we ran out of time to try again to fix it. Hopefully the RWC guy is understanding. Other than that she's ready to roll.
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    Excellent work guys! It's great to see people jumping in and having a go.
    My advice would be to read, lots! My prelude is my first rebuild, I've never done anything like it before. And to be honest, it's been pretty easy. Time consuming and expensive, but not hugely difficult.
    So long as you know how to read, and which end of a socket goes where, you will be fine.
    Best of luck, and I can't wait to see how this progresses.
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    Thanks Serpant! I would say we are having lots of fun, but the car is still at the mechanics getting RWC! Hit some minor issues preventing the car passing, but should be sorted early next week. We are cutting it fine in the 14 days to transfer to our name however Monday will hopefully be the meeting point for everything and everyone involved to get this baby cleared.

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    Hey guys, hope everything goes well today.

    Very keen to see how Project-R progresses over time

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    Okaaay. Big update folks!

    We spent last week getting the car sorted for its roadworthy.

    Firstly we pulled out the wiper switch to see if it could be rebuilt.
    We desoldered and replaced a relay with an external one.







    This improved the switch, but as it turned out, not enough for it to be deemed functional. We therefore sourced a rebuilt unit for RWC.

    Next, we resprayed the wiper arms and replaced the wiper blades.



    The old steering wheel was pretty tatty, so we decided that replacing it with a good condition used Nardi one would improve the car's presentation. Any excuse for a Nardi wheel . I had to play doctor with a Dremel, but otherwise reasonably straight forward. Top tip though, make sure your wheels are straight when you fit the new wheel. Got a hell of a fright when I first took it for a spin.



    Our stock wheels were pretty worn out, so we got a set of JDM wheels which came with some decent tread. Removing the old wheels took some serious leverage.



    Our replacement wheels were pretty dirty, so we gave them a good scrub before we put them on.







    End of last week we took our FC for its RWC. We needed to have the following items fixed/replaced:
    - Wiper switch
    - Rear pads
    - Driver's seat

    The driver's seat in particular was a big obstacle. It needed to be rebuilt to be acceptable.
    The seat finally came back today, we received our certificate, and got to VicRoads just before they closed. Given today was the last day we could transfer the vehicle without penalty we could not have cut it much closer!

    Here is the car, as it sits now:







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    Great work so far fella's!

    Getting your cars RWC is kinda like getting your kids birth certificate for the first time.

    So whats next on the to do list?


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    Cheers Snow.

    We have a few items we are prioritising:

    - New Panel Filter
    - Vacuum Hose Replacement
    - Install gauges to monitor the car (AFRs, Boost, Water Temp)
    - Tune

    Further on, we will look at some coilovers and reliability mods. We are also saving to fix the exterior.


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    Bit of cool news. When we got the car it came with the original Japanese owner and service manuals.









    Amazingly, it also included an original certificate from Denso, which we believe is an order for air conditioning to be fitted. This was most likely at the time of purchase. From this we can assume, unless air-con was installed at a later date the car was ordered around the 20/10/1989 from Toyko Mazda by 井口 弘樹 (Iguchi Hiroki is our best guess).







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    It was really exciting to find the original purchaser's name and the dealership the car was purchased at. We are now treating the paperwork with some extra reverence!

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    You boys have found yourselves a real gem. And loving your detective work on it's origins in Tokyo!

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    Thanks Hawky! We were flicking through it and James (Velvet) goes 'it'd be great if we could find out the name of the owner' so between both our average Japanese reading skills we deciphered the various pieces of paper, what they were for and James looked up the kanji readings for his name. Took us about 10 minutes and it's a nice bit of history to know.

    Also have filled out service history forms and reports, as well as stamped scheduled services from the same Mazda shop stapled in the original service book which is cool too (top couple of photos)

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