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    Project Capella (1974 RX-2 sedan)

    Ok, most people, when confronted with this sort of thing, would instantly call the council and have it crushed;



    To the untrained eye, it looks like a rusty sedan from the 70's. This couldn't be further from the truth. Well, ok, actually it is the truth.

    This isn't a simple car however, this is a relatively rare 1974 S2 RX-2 sedan. That's the one with the round headlights and tail-lights.



    Some of you might recall that I also have a S2 RX-7 with a fairly extensively modified 13B-T sitting in the garage.. due to financial reasons that one is on the back-burner. Although this car looks like a rolling violation, it's actually less work to get it on the road.



    There's about 50-60 hours worth of panel repairs currently in progress. Most of the work will be on the roof and the rear left guard, which have been knocked around a bit.



    The car is about 99% complete, with only some basic interior parts missing.



    It's currently running a 12A bridgeport engine with a light flywheel, relatively standard Nikki carb and a S2 RX-7 gearbox, which I'll eventually swap out for a RX-5 box (the shifter location is all wrong). Eventually the car will be painted a factory Mazda red, and lowered subtly on some appropriate 15" wheels. All the running gear will be bog standard, although I have a disk brake rear end that I might graft on in the future.



    I think long-term I'd like to get a RENESIS engine and 6-speed box, but tbh I'd be happy with an extend-ported streetable 12A with a 450CFM Holley or something. Might even modify it to use the standard air cleaner and rig up some hidden electronic ignition. It'll be kept about as original as I can, so it'll be a fun Sunday cruise car. The bridgeport will get dropped as soon as it's all legal and I have the funds to build a non-overlap engine. I'm not 17 anymore




    Will update with pic this weekend - most of the work is getting done every alternate Saturday. I'm going to start on the electronics, and my mate (the panel beater) will start on the rear left guard. Fun times!
    Last edited by JvJ; 3rd August 2015 at 9:38 am.

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    ** Linx watches project.

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    I know it's OT, but I'm hanging out for your RX7 project to see the light of day

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    GaR wrote:
    I know it's OT, but I'm hanging out for your RX7 project to see the light of day
    Yeah that mainly involves a lot of expensive fabrication and specialised work that generally has to be paid for up-front. I'm paying the panel work off every week so it's much more affordable

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    man that is sexy - if you dont mind, how much did you pick it up for?
    S2 RX2's are definately the sexiest of the bunch

    it looks fairly straight behind all of the patchy looking paint, the panels look good condition for 35 years old. goodluck with the build

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    I love seeing projects like this, because from a casual point of view it's pretty hard to see how it could possibly turn into anything respectable looking, yet you secretly already know that it's gonna look like a million bucks.

    A mate of mine has got a renesis setup in his RX3, he loves it, goes like stink in such a light car.

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    This is gonna be a mean project, mass respect to you for keeping it subtly worked as well!

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    The other parts that are going to be time consuming is the replacement of the left sill and straightening out the rail of the left side under the floor just in front of the rear axle. Most of the work will consist of small, make part, cut rust out weld new steel in. the biggest parts will be the construction of the new rear guard and the sill. the roof will be time consuming in as far as getting it flat again after the body is done. the car will be stripped to bare steel, deoxidined to kill any minor surface rust and temporarily seal the steel so it can then be epoxy etch primed before and filler is applied to the body. this will at least ensure that there is no moisture on the steel before the primer is applied.

    While the body is in bare steel at least i will be able to see what condition the rest of the panels are in.

    I really hope i can do this awesome sh box the justice that it deserves.

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    ^^ That's my mate who just happens to be a panelbeater as well, btw

    trancE wrote:
    man that is sexy - if you dont mind, how much did you pick it up for?
    $4500 about 18 months ago.

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    Hopefully more pics soon. more have been taken

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    Can't be arsed adding to webhosting, so I'll annoyingly add one per post

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    Quote of the day "I hope the rest is as easy as this. But i highly doubt it."

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    hi dude, cool project. do you remember Ted? Javerts workmate who had a 240Z?

    he just sold this a year ago. i got to drive it about 10yrs ago.

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    fUrBuRgEr wrote:
    hi dude, cool project. do you remember Ted? Javerts workmate who had a 240Z?

    he just sold this a year ago. i got to drive it about 10yrs ago.
    now he has got something far more rare. L10b cosmo.

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    fUrBuRgEr wrote:
    hi dude, cool project. do you remember Ted? Javerts workmate who had a 240Z?

    he just sold this a year ago. i got to drive it about 10yrs ago.
    Heh, I drove it too

    More pics - bare metal now

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    Starting on the serious work now..

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    Have bolted the manifold on to the engine too, should start it up in a couple of weeks and make sure it's a good runner. It was a strong engine five years ago, hopefully it hasn't degraded too much.

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    That body looks in awesome condition, great find

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    The body is pretty good. More pics that will follow soon will show the bad areas. I have beaten the front guards a bit to tighten the panels and have got a couple of rust repairs on both to do as well as a couple of shrinks to do on each.

    I started on the left sill today so hopefully if all goes well it should be done if i can get to spend a few more hours after work later this week.

    So far so good

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    Out with the old sill...

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    ....and in with the new;

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    sorry i haven't got any more photos yet, been really busy...will email JVJ later on with some more updated photos and progress

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    New shocks and lowered Cobra springs (thanks to Trademe and APESHIT respectively )



    Lots of rust damage below the passenger side of the windscreen. Nothing too major however;



    Outer sill work;



    More pics to come shortly - next mechanical stuff will involve getting the brakes sorted.

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    mean!!

    my dads a panelbeater would LOVE to get something like this for us to work on.