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Doctor Robert

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  1. Doctor Robert

    Rust Repair Advice

    Greetings all! I'm not dead and neither is Tomo-san! I just moved. Had the u-joint replaced recently, which wasn't expensive and VASTLY improved my car's drivablity. Next up on that front would be the shocks, but that's not for a while yet... I moved to the coast, which means any minor rust problems Tomo had are now suddenly major. Biggest on the list is I have a hole in the trunk. Rust is most cancerous around the license plate light and the trunk latch, on the panel that holds the taillights, license plate, and such. Under the weather stripping, I have a hole which is letting rainwater into the trunk like a fountain. My smugness at having a flat tyre and a full-sized spare with a new tyre on it was dashed when I saw the Rust Soup my car was cooking up in the spare tyre well. 0.o The lip that holds the trunk weather-stripping is rusty in about three places, with bubbling and cancer into the panel a bit. So, I've been lassoing two different shops for quotes, one slightly more honest to my intuition than the other: Shop 1: Wants to fabricate a fiberglass/glassfibre replacement for a good hunk of the panel, bonded with Bondo, naturally. Their quote is the cheaper solution (but a good hunk of change nevertheless). Shop 2: Thinks they can **maybe** fabricate repairs in metal, but we're talking about three or four curves in the body panel that'll need redoing, so they aren't sure. Their recommendation is to find a new body panel and put that on. Their first option (if they figure it's actually doable) is more expensive and their second option is EVEN MORE pricy. Naturally, I'm thinking repairing metal with actual metal is a better idea, but price aside, finding a panel for these rare little beasts is going to be a chore because I don't live in Mazda Heaven (that's Australia, evidently). Is using fiberglass, especially on a second gen Capella/CB/First gen 626 even something I should bother with? Furthermore, can anybody (most likely Rotated6_2) tell me where to find a back-wall-of-the-vehicle panel for a 1980 Mazda 626 Capella?
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    Rust Repair Advice

    Wow! Why didn't you tell me about that sooner?!
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    Rust Repair Advice

    Happy New Year! I'm reanimating this dead thread mostly because... I still need that back panel! Life kept getting in the way and all that, you know how it is. (Hey, I did mend the shocks and the u-joint and other important mechanical bits like that!) (I really need to post more pictures of my adventures...) I've **finally** gotten into a position to actually get the job done now... only I've made a startling discovery: https://www.dijkgraaf-uddel.nl/a-51525974/plaatwerk/achterpaneel-mazda-classic/ ^ This is still up and while that's still an awesome price, they'll only ship inside the Netherlands (near as I can tell what with juggling Google Translate)... which is agony because it seems to be the only place in the known galaxy that has what I need for sale (as usual, my own country's sites just want to sell me a nice car cover :3 ). These guys seem to be gone: http://www.oldstockmazdaparts.com which also sucks because I can't even ask if they'll ship to the wild and crazy America. So, before I email the first site and (through the miracle of the Google Translate) beg for mercy about shipping some Hiroshiman metal here, I've got to ask: is there any where else to look at all?! Many thanks!
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    1979 626 in Beverly Hills!

    Here's something to drool at: https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/d/awesome-1979-mazda-626/6572517586.html or go here if it disappears: http://www.craigslistadsaver.com/view.php?name=BlueCapella easily the best 2nd gen Capella on craigslist on the west coast of (if not in all of) the US since mine! Weird to find it in Beverly... being pampered. Whoever's selling it must've loved it dearly (yes, the original owner). Somebody get it! I'm too broke! XD
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    1979 626 in Beverly Hills!

    Ah yes, smog. This is why I left California! Your car is awesome!!! I was just in LA nearly a month ago. I went to this: https://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/event/jdm2018/ JDM at the ADM on September 29th (my car was next to the black one in the first photo foreground)... I should probably post more pics (and of my other car show adventure)... I'm not on here often enough. There was only one other Capella there (a first generation/early 70's one) and it wasn't even at the same part of the show (it was bigger than you see here). It was a blast anyway, especially when I told people I'd just driven 850 miles (1400km) to be there. Next time I trek down, you should join me!! We could totally show up those millions of 510s (and the accompanying Bluebirds) that seem to hang out at these shows!
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    Six Hundred and twenty Six Posts!

    Congratulations! Do let us know when you've reached "Capella" posts. :3
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    1979 626 in Beverly Hills!

    Oooh. May we have pictures??
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    Shocks & Struts

    I bought me some Gabriel's, fore and aft. Wish me luck! (don't fail me, eBay.... heheh)
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    Shocks & Struts

    Next on my vast things-that-need-to-be-fixed list (it never ends! ) : Shocks & Struts What can I say? I'm tired of the suspension going cartoony every time I run over an amoeba. This'll have to take priority over replacing the back panel (I must say I'm glad the rain's stopped for now. ). I recall Rotated saying the following a while back: So according to my car's VIN, my car's of the after 543XXX variety. Could somebody tell me the part # for these items? Did any other car come with these parts or were these exclusive to 626's? Were all 1980 models after 543XXX? Thanks!
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    Shocks & Struts

    Awesome! Yes, I can find the rear shocks no problem, but the fronts... Nobody in my backwater country seems to make them or even have a part # for them... It's exceedingly weird. Time to ply eBay for NOS! Will either of these work? https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-PAIR-Gabriel-Strut-Cylinders-for-Mazda-626-G44727-FRONT/223005355783?fits=Year%3A1980|Make%3AMazda|Model%3A626&epid=169013955&hash=item33ec27af07:g:pEoAAOSwBnZbFbyE https://www.ebay.com/itm/KYB-363022-Suspension-Strut-Assembly-Front/262502079611?fits=Year%3A1980|Make%3AMazda|Model%3A626&epid=75505264&hash=item3d1e57dc7b:m:mYr8vKG7Vau4tBt7Vq6aBnw They say they're compatible, but I'd rather consult the guru on these matters before I do something dumb like buy them... If not, I'm buying from a much more enlightened land... like Australia. I just don't want to pay loads in shipping if I don't have to.
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    Shocks & Struts

    Thanks a ton! (Another month and I'm finally getting back to this. Oh life... WHY?!?) So I've done some digging around and come to these: https://www.amazon.com/KYB-343127-Excel-G-Gas-Shock/dp/B000C3ZCVC/ref=dp_return_1?_encoding=UTF8&n=15684181&s=automotive https://www.amazon.com/KYB-343149-Excel-G-Gas-Shock/dp/B000C40S9C/ref=dp_return_1?_encoding=UTF8&n=15684181&s=automotive The fronts say they'll fit a 1980 B series truck but don't mention the Capella (none of the auto parts stores I asked around for showed an entry for the fronts either). The backs say they'll fit properly (post CB2MS-543880 and all). Will either of these fit m'car? Interestingly, Monroe has a different part # system for OZ and the US, which is really really annoying. KYB too.
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    1979 626 in Beverly Hills!

    Naw, I'm too broke. Nice to drool at it, though.
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    Rust Repair Advice

    Wow! Excellent resource! Definitely going to come in handy, that is. Thanks for that link too!
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    JDM 1982 Mazda Capella video

    Ever wondered what the JDM second generation Mazda Capella (or first gen Mazda 626 for the rest of us) looked like? Well, check this video, it's a great visual reference: I wonder how much of it is original? (there's a DOHC badge on the back... That's incredible if the JDM Capella really came with a DOHC engine!) Those minilite-style wheels certainly aren't factory, but damnit, I want those on mine!! It'll go great with the bronze paint.
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    Rust Repair Advice

    I think I've struck on some MASSIVE luck: http://www.oldstockmazdaparts.com/en/product/96558/mazda-626-hardtop-rear-panel Is this the correct panel for Series 1? ...Don't tell me the coupes have a different back panel from the sedans.
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    Rust Repair Advice

    Yeah, I figured as much. I shall take your sage advice! Yeah, a bit like that only with less rust! I'm just crazy enough to actually spring for that. (Hope it stays on until payday!!) How much trouble would it be to adapt Series 2 taillights to my car, if I get that panel? Would I really have to get new rear fenders for that? Much as I love my taillights, you can't get much more 80's than a taillight that's diced into cubes. How much else is different on a Series 2 rear? I notice the lock's in a different place, would that be difficult to adapt? Any other fittings differences? Additionally, can you point out where I could get a new trunk seal? Old one's tired and has just about had it.
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    Preserved 1979 626 on BoT!

    I'll just leave this here for y'all to drool at: https://bringatrailer.com/2017/10/01/710-miles-from-new-preserved-1979-mazda-626-5-speed/ It's in Poland, though. Darn. (And I'm not dead!!! XD )
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    Preserved 1979 626 on BoT!

    According to BoT, this car belongs to a big collection of delivery mileage only Mazdas from the 80s for sale in Poland. And said person on BoT left a link: http://www.stradale-classics.pl/klasyki/sprzedaz-samochodow-klasycznych/mazda/ Eight... EIGHT mid-80s 323's looking in perfect condition. And, even better, a mid-80's 626 in perfect nick. And, lastly, most awesomely, TWO MORE 1979 626's, again in perfect condition! One of them's even my car's colour!!! Who kept this stuff??? So let us once again sit from afar and drool at these wonder machines... Somebody ought to get a hold of the Mazda Museum in Hiroshima.
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    Preserved 1979 626 on BoT!

    Yeah, it is waaaaay overpriced, even if it's basically perfect. Though maybe because it's got to be extremely rare in Poland, the price is justified.
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    Post your 626 still on the road!!!!

    Let's see... wow, I've got a lot of stuff I haven't shown. First, last October: Earlier this year, I tried to go up the same road, but it was closed for snow still: I might spend too much time with my car...
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    79 CB2 Sedan original.

    Yeah, the 13 inch tyre struggle is real. I had to settle for 175/70's because they were made by a halfway (two-thirds way?) decent manufacturer. My car rode sooooo much better than on the spit & tar that was on before. Next on my to-do list is the shocks, so thanks for this invaluable bit of information! My '80 is of the post CB2MS543000 variety.
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    JDM 1982 Mazda Capella video

    Great resource, that. Documentation is so painfully hard to find, even in virtual form. XD Strange that they only put a Capella badge on the fender on the left. Wow, a wood grain package. Seems the Japanese get all the cool options. I suppose if I really wanted to, I could whittle together some real wood trim bits... but on second thought, maybe not. XP
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    Post Up Pictures Of Your 626

    A very Happy Christmas to all... This is the last time I let my car handle the Christmas cards.
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    Post Up Pictures Of Your 626

    It's a pity there aren't more vintage Japanese car shows in my country... (maybe I should look harder) You've got yourself a fine fleet of Capellas, sir.
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    C Pillar "Vent" Trim Piece

    Bizarrely, I couldn't find anything like that, either online or off (though I could've looked harder offline... heheh). You have my heartiest thanks for all this. ^_^
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