Beast260

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Hey guys and gals, today I took delivery of a 1980 Mazda 626 Coupe.

 

its in need some a lot of TLC but picked it up for $550

 

I did buy it sight unseen as it was a bit of a drive away to see it but I was expecting it to need a lot of work.

 

anyway first question is where can i find a replacement radiator for it and what seats could i use that would bolt right in to replace the rooted front seats? 

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Welcome to the forums!

 

Rotated6_2 has a few CB series like yours and would likely be the bloke to have a yarn with. Radiator wise personally I'd be removing it and taking it to a radiator specialist where they can recore it - remove the top and bottom tanks and a replacement core in the middle. Any you'd find at the wreckers even in good condition will likely be scaled up and poor performing.

 

As for the seats - well, that depends where you live. Where I am (QLD Australia) only another seat from the same series is acceptable, unless you wish to obtain a modification plate from an automotive engineer certifying it's structually safe.

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Welcome to the forums!

 

Rotated6_2 has a few CB series like yours and would likely be the bloke to have a yarn with. Radiator wise personally I'd be removing it and taking it to a radiator specialist where they can recore it - remove the top and bottom tanks and a replacement core in the middle. Any you'd find at the wreckers even in good condition will likely be scaled up and poor performing.

 

As for the seats - well, that depends where you live. Where I am (QLD Australia) only another seat from the same series is acceptable, unless you wish to obtain a modification plate from an automotive engineer certifying it's structually safe.

cheers :) ill pull the radiator out today and have a look at it, the amount of water it was pissing out, could be a cracked end tank. 

as for the seat, i think in vic as long as its ADR approved and the rails are not modified, its legal. 

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Definitely hit up Rotated then. He's also in Victoria. Maybe have a spare or two to help out, who knows ;)

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Looks like ill just do an engine swap on it now.. did a comp test on the engine in it and its low on cyl 1 and 2. 

sooo might just get another MA engine or something that would drop right in. 

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The MA generally can't handle the abuse that the later FE can. The MA also doesn't turbo terribly well as it's a tall cylinder design, and unless retrofitted has soft valve seats (requires leaded fuel). If your engine has poor compression someone may have run regular unleaded through it without an anti-valve seat recessant such as Valvesaver. An FE swap could well be worth it, also Rotated has done a rotary swap in one of his. If you manage to strike the holy grail and find an FE with the low compression head by all means turbocharge the crap out of it. The FE-T puts a smile on my face everyday.

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Ahah, that is the one from Hopetoun.  I was wondering where it went?!  :smile:

SCORE!!!!!! :biggrin:

 

Seats without mods - unfortunately you will have to look at similar aged seats.

Do you want original 626 or do you want something a bit more sporty (S1/S2 RX7)?  I have a pair (came out of my coupe)in very good condition.

 

Straight bolt in swap-over will be NA(1600), VC(1800)  or another MA.  So all early models of these following cars to around 1984 will have engines

to suit - B1600, B1800, B2000, E1600, E1800, E2000, Ford Courier, 121(CD2), Capella/616, 929(LA2), 929L(LA4), 929(HBSHE)

 

The MA engine, unless you do all the hard work yourself, will end up costing you around $3K to get somebody else to build it for you - and that is stock not modified!

 

Got factory door mirrors as well, if you're looking?  Pretty sure yours is the same colour as mine.

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Ahah, that is the one from Hopetoun.  I was wondering where it went?!  :smile:

SCORE!!!!!! :biggrin:

 

Seats without mods - unfortunately you will have to look at similar aged seats.

Do you want original 626 or do you want something a bit more sporty (S1/S2 RX7)?  I have a pair (came out of my coupe)in very good condition.

 

Straight bolt in swap-over will be NA(1600), VC(1800)  or another MA.  So all early models of these following cars to around 1984 will have engines

to suit - B1600, B1800, B2000, E1600, E1800, E2000, Ford Courier, 121(CD2), Capella/616, 929(LA2), 929L(LA4), 929(HBSHE)

 

The MA engine, unless you do all the hard work yourself, will end up costing you around $3K to get somebody else to build it for you - and that is stock not modified!

 

Got factory door mirrors as well, if you're looking?  Pretty sure yours is the same colour as mine.

what are u after for the seats? as for the engine, im thinking of buying an 84-86 929 with the FE engine and doing the swap seen as they are pretty cheap. i have all the tools to do the swap my self so i can save alot of money that way :) 

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I'll get you some pics to make sure you will be happy with them, first. :smile:

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You might want to keep an eye on this one - it's a sedan but lots of spares plus all the chromed bits you are going to want! :thumbsup:

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/171982695787?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Lol that's back up... Interesting cause I did bid on that a couple weeks ago. But then found the coupe, so cancelled my bid but some one else has out bid me anyway. Dude must of backed out.

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Seats are S2 626 - these always came with velour upholstery, not vinyl with material inserts like in S1.

Seat runners and adjusters for tilt and lumbar support work.  Seats were super comfy with the sheep skin covers on.

 

$75 for the pair pick up.  $100 for the pair delivered.

 

With the sheep skin covers on:

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Covers off:

Drivers side - wear mark at top of seat from seat belt an small tear in the cushion.

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Very small tear top left hand of seat back(squab)

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A split underneath right side of cushion under right thigh - you can see near the seat adjuster.

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They look good man. Very interested in them. Would u happen to have a spare dash pad? Even if it has a slight crack, it's better then the rubbish I got lol.

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Unfortunately I don't have rear seat spares.  I had my ones re-upholstered in leather.  They are the same seats sedan or coupe and are 5 pieces - lower seat cushion,

RH and LH edge trim pieces, and the 60/40 split fold squabs( seat backs).

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cheers for the info man :) ill grab those front seats off of u delivered if thats good for u? 

 

Oh 1 more thing i am after. Window mechanism for the drivers door?  

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Working ones are like rocking horse poo!!!!  Also, are completely different to sedan - much longer.

Is yours definitely knackered (normally the splined centre section is flogged out and gets a death wobble up),

or is it just stiff to wind? 

 

First thing you do, is pull the door trim off, unbolt the winder mechanism out and grease up the centre section.

The other thing that will surprise you is, lube up the window runners and rubbers inside the door because they tend to "grab"

the window, once lubed, makes a bucket load of difference! :thumbsup:

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