madaz

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    1994 Mazda 626 V6 auto
  1. Just it it with a hammer! Bit of a backstory - about a month and a half ago I had to replace the alternator in my 626. The thing that slowed me down most of all was the blasted locknut on the tensioner for the alternator belt. Ended up having to cut the belt in order to get the car apart. Once I removed the alternator, and the tensioner I found that the nut had been molested to all Hell (much like the rest of the car when I first got it), had been rounded enough to roll down a hill. Ended up having to force the new belt into place with everything reassembled. Not recommended I know...though at the time it was the only way I was going to get the car back on the road. Flash forward to a couple of weeks ago, the wrecker I go to got a Eunos 30X, which I grabbed the entire tensioner bracket assembly from. Once again, the nut was frozen solid, though I grabbed the assembly since the nut was in much better shape than the nut on mine. I've been trying to get it un-done mostly with a combination of brute-force, and drowning it in WD-40. Finally tonight i gave the damn thing a few good hits with a hammer, and went hell for leather on it with the breaker bar. Finally got the bastard! During the alternator replacement process I nicknamed that locknut the "Nemesis Nut"...rather proud of myself at the moment :)
  2. Looks nice. Nice to see some Telstar love...it seems that here in Australia few people seem to care about old Telstars and 626's....about 9 months ago I actually came across a GD at the wreckers that looked like a complete time warp. Looked like it had the original paint, panels were all perfect, interior was like a new car. If I had the money and space for another car I probably would've made an offer for the whole thing and saved it.
  3. Preserved 1979 626 on BoT!

    Beautiful. I love the 323's - they've mostly disappeared from the roads here in Australia, and before they vanished the majority of them looked like they were stuffed.
  4. It was actually an injection system, though I don't think it had been installed/maintained properly. I'll have to have a look for the cabin filter. i had a productive day at the wreckers today, scored some red rocker covers from a Eunos 30X. They need a good clean but they're going to look mad.
  5. Nice score on the Mazdaspeed badge, also like the rims, they suit the car. I always thought that the GFs that we got seem meh at best compared to the GE. In Australia the GE was marketed (and priced) towards the same sort of people who bought Calais and Fairmonts. The GF on the other hand, was targeted at people who bought Camrys and Magnas. The lower end GF's in Australia didn't even have cruise control. And I don't think we got the third row seat either.
  6. Looks rather tidy. I love the body kit, makes the GF we got in Australia look rather boring in comparison. The Japanese get all the good stuff.
  7. I'd say once up on a time, with the idea of saving money. LPG used to be rather cheap, and easily available here, and back in the 2000's there was a big government rebate available for LPG installations, making it very cheap to convert your car to LPG. Over the years I've heard all kinds of wonderful things about gas and really wanted to believe it...but given how unhappy it was on gas...the fact that most servos are in the process of pulling out their LPG pumps, not being able to work on it myself, and most of all, having to take it to an LPG mechanic to get the annual pink slip....the negatives just outweigh the positives. To be honest, after lots of elbow grease, and quite a bit of Autoglym Interior Shampoo, the interior now smells rather nice. Do GE's have a cabin filter? I've never seen a reference to it anywhere - where is it?
  8. Given that its coming up to nearly 1 year since I bought the car, and that I've been on the forums for a couple of months I figured it was about time I created a build thread. This is my 626, its a 1994 GE Series I 626 "Luxury": I bought it nearly a year ago (16th October 2016) to fix up in memory of my grandfather, who had recently passed, who had a GE from new, and absolutely adored it. When I bought it it was in a sorry state. The clear coat was peeling (still is, and sadly has picked up a few more bumps and scrapes in the past year thanks to the fact that I live in Sydney, and also the tight turn that I have to make to get into my garage, along with an incident I had a couple of months ago with a dog...), the interior was dirty and full of rubbish and the dash was all bashed and broken, the ignition system was totally shot to Hell effectively making my V6 a V4, it had an exhaust leak (amazingly I only passed two cops on the way home from Gosford, I idled past them both and thankfully didn't get pulled over), and it was also rather unhappy that it had been converted to LPG. Inside it also had that disgusting "old car" smell that some old cars have. It was so bad that I could smell it on my clothes even after I got out. It was a hot day, and I couldn't run the AC due to the "lack of power" issue...it was a rather unpleasant drive home to say the least. On the drive home I also found out that the brakes were, well, questionable and that the steering rack would fight against you when turning, when driving at over 60 km/h. Pro tip: Never buy if you can't take it on the highway, or at least somewhere where you can get up to highway speeds on a test drive. First thing I did was to get the exhaust leak fixed so that I could drive it without being heard 3 blocks away and causing a scene, after which the ignition system was overhauled, and all fluids and filters replaced. Then it was off to Bridgestone to get new rubber. The HiFly things on it were dangerous and needed to go, so I went from one extreme to the other, and opted for a set of Potenza RE003's. At the same time I had the steering rack replaced, and brakes sorted. Afterwards I drove it as-is for the next couple of months, just making sure it was completely sorted mechanically. It was still on petrol/LPG dual fuel at this point. Then in January, it happened. The big breakdown: I was halfway between Sydney and Nowra, on the way to catch up with a mate when I lost power. Ended up having it towed to an NRMA MotorServe and catching the train back to Sydney. About a month later (!!!), after my constant pestering they finally fixed it. And charged me way too much for the pleasure. And left me with a flat battery. They jump started me, and told me the battery was healthy...I drove back to Sydney, and went to the cinema at my local shopping centre...not knowing that the car was basically running off the alternator. I did notice though that it wasn't quite running right. Did some shopping, saw a movie, got back in the car...nup, dead. The next day I went to Supercheap, bought a battery and went back to the car and fitted it, and drove home. I was about to make a booking with an LPG specialist to have the LPG system ripped out since it had given me too many headaches, and also prevented me from doing a lot of work on the car myself when I had another breakdown several days later, on a main road in Sydney. There was a fire truck behind me, the firies got out and pushed me off the road into the bus lane. I was incredibly embarrassed. I called the NRMA, again and specifically asked to be towed to an LPG specialst. They towed me to a taxi mechanic. Who went on holidays that week and couldn't fit me in. So the car basically sat for a week outside his workshop, unable to move. Pissed off, I called NRMA again and pretended I'd had another breakdown, and got towed to another LPG specialist who got the car sorted out and pissed off the LPG system. Pissing off the LPG system was by far the best thing I could've done for the car. It was like a whole new car afterwards. The week after, the interior overhaul began. The interior was given a good clean and completely gutted: Wiring for the new sound system was installed, as was a bulk pack of Dynamat. Carpet from a 1995 model that was in far better shape was installed. Broken dash parts were replaced. (while the car was off the road I'd been rather busy at the wreckers, I'm pretty much on a first name basis with them now!) Everything got a good go-over with Autoglym Interior Shampoo. The new sound system was installed. As the car started to come back together I was rather proud of myself with how good it was starting to look. Here's a pic of it mostly complete: And the final product on display at the Mighty Car Mods meet at Eastern Creek earlier this year - it was finished literally 3 hours before the meet! (and yes, those are the original sales brochures for the 626, and on the dashboard is an issue of Wheels magazine from 1993 where the 626 won Wheels Car of the Year) About a month later I came across a JDM woodgrain dash trim from a 1994 Mazda Capella. $180ish, but I had to have it. Air freight from Japan to Australia is quick, it was in my car a week later: I love it. Really adds a touch of class to it. Given that the GE was marketed in Australia as a luxury car, I personally think it should've come with it from factory. Since then there hasn't been much happening with it. The alternator gave out about a month ago, which I replaced. I'm actually learning how to do everything on this car, I'm doing all my services, repairs and everything myself for the first time, and am rather proud of myself given that the most I've done mechanically in the past has been to check/top up fluids and tyre pressures, and replace a flat tyre. Otherwise, since the LPG was pulled out the car has been solid as a rock. Cruising on the motorway with the AC cranked up, and some nice music playing its amazing to think that 12 months ago the car was as much of a shitbox as it was. While it still looks like crap from the outside, its once again the luxury cruiser that it was intended to be. As for future plans - the next thing I want to do is to get something done about the paint so I can take it to show and shine days, and have something that actually looks halfway decent. I'm looking at getting Halo EFX applied - in Mazda Ruby Mica, same colour as my grandfather's old 626: (pic taken from Google Images) After that...I dunno...*says in his best Tim Allen voice* more power?
  9. I can confirm that this recall is also applicable for cars sold in Australia - I got a letter from Mazda Australia advising me to call my local dealer to book it in to have the ignition switch replaced. Did it a couple of weeks ago.
  10. Australian Owners Sign In.

    Welcome Ian. $400...sounds like you got a good deal! I paid $1700 mine....an ugly duckling of a thing that I bought as a project, which has, after much money and TLC been turned back into a swan. Regarding your antenna - when you turn the radio on/off do you hear the motor operate? You may just need a new mast, Aerpro Part ARM052A. I think mine was about $50....not too fun a job to put in, but its good as new now. Trim level - I managed to figure this out by doing some research on redbook.com.au. Mine is a Luxury since it has the fog lights, ABS and a couple of other things. Being that yours doesn't have the fog lights (thats what one of the button holes there is for, no idea what the other is, mine has the light for an aftermarket immobiliser there), I'd suggest that its either the base model or the SDX. If yours still has the factory audio system, easy way to figure it out is whether or not it has a CD player. No CD player = base model, Cassette deck + seperate CD player = SDX. As for me, my story is in my Intro thread...anyway, I live in Sydney on the Northern Beaches, and have a GE 626 as a little project. Actually ventured out onto the road today for the first time after replacing the alternator on it, here's a pic I snapped while grabbing some celebratory KFC on the test drive.
  11. Hi from Brisbane

    Welcome from another new Aussie :)
  12. Happy 626 Day 2017

    I've given my 626 a lot of love over the past 8 or so months that I've had it, and have spent a lot of time watching your videos - thanks...they've certainly come in handy while learning about my car. To put it as simply as possible...watching the video of Angel when you first had it delivered reminded me a lot of the very first day I got my 626...however over the last few months I have managed to transform it from the thrashbox that it was when I first picked it up, into the luxury cruiser that it was designed to be. Did a drive down to Nowra on the weekend...basically its official "maiden voyage"...drove absolutely beautifully, and didn't skip a beat.
  13. New Cassette Deck in 1990 626

    You can't buy new car cassette decks anymore, however they can easily be found on eBay, even NOS (new old stock) units. You can also try a wrecker - if you get lucky you might even find a stock cassette player from a GD 626. So long as you have the wiring diagrams for both the head unit and your car, installing an aftermarket cassette deck should be simple.
  14. One of the many things that was broken on my 626 (1994 GE, V6 auto) when I first bought it was the cruise control. Basically, I accelerate to the speed I want to set the cruise to, turn on the cruise with the switch on the dash, and hold down the Cruise Set button on the steering wheel while accelerating. The "CRUISE" LED does not light up, and the car doesn't hold the speed, which leads me to believe that the cruise isn't working at all. The orange LED on the cruise control button lights up when I turn on the cruise control system, but the green LED that lights up when the system is active doesn't. I've checked the fuses, which are OK. I've replaced the vacuum hose, thinking that the old one was faulty (when I got the car the vacuum line was only connected at the engine end, the end that normally goes into the cruise actuator had a screw in it, which had stretched it), I even went to the wreckers and got a replacement cruise actuator and installed it, to no avail. Another thing I've noticed is that since removing the screw and connecting the cruise actuator, if I brake hard/stop suddenly, the car either starts to idle rough, or stalls. If I slow down gradually and come to a stop slowly the car runs as normal. This leads me to believe that the cruise actuator is not only not working, but is creating a vacuum leak.
  15. Thanks man :) I actually plan to get new plates at some point, probably when I get the paint sorted in the coming months. Thanks for the Facebook link...apparently they're into cars 25 years and older...do you think they'd make an exception for a 23 year old Mazda with crappy paint? :)