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Old 12-04-07, 09:26 AM   #1
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Talking Salvage yard find(s)!! Gotta love this!

Ya'll aren't gonna believe what I found last week!!! I was hunting the salvage yard looking for some parts for my husband's truck that recently had a minor disagreement with a deer when I couldn't believe my eyes!!!! Sitting there, pretty as you please, were two good looking RX7's. Of course I had to take a closer look...from what I can tell they are a 79 and and 80. Both have factory sunroofs, air conditioning, and automatic hatch releases. The 80 appears to have a custom piece on the back the says Mazda RX7 (red with black lettering)...could be factory...I don't know. The 79 has some surface rust, but the 80 looks like it was painted not too long ago...I have to wonder why these beauties are there at all. The owner of the yard said they have been there a while, but they don't look like it. The 79 has fresh oil and new hoses...Don't know if they run. I'll find out when they deliver them later this week. (Any advice on what to do before I drop in a battery and just crank them would be appreciated). My Dad wants to use parts from the 80 to fix the 79 and then we will work on the 80. (It needs a few more parts than the 79). I'm really curious on what the story is on the cars. They came in without the rims and tires (luckily I have 2 extra sets from my 82 and 83!) One has an emmisions tag from California. I'm thinking maybe someone had them to put together and trashed the project. It's hard to find someone around here to work on the rotaries, but luckily my Dad and I have been tinkering with them for years...Hee Hee...I'm so excited!!!! I'll post pictures once we get them home.
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Old 12-04-07, 09:38 AM   #2
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Good find. And, post pics!
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Oh, and did I mention the 79 has stock leather seats???? I'm so excited!!!!
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Old 12-04-07, 12:34 PM   #4
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this thread is worthless with out pictures!
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Old 12-04-07, 12:48 PM   #5
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I'll post pictures once we get them home.
I understand....I have a couple of pictures but they aren't very good (crappy camera). I hope to put some good ones up by this weekend. It depends on when they deliver them (tomorrow, perhaps)...I just couldn't wait to share the news!!!! I'm just so darn excited...LOL
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Old 12-04-07, 09:59 PM   #6
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The 80 appears to have a custom piece on the back the says Mazda RX7 (red with black lettering)...
That alone could be worth some money..
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Old 12-04-07, 10:43 PM   #7
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Oh, and did I mention the 79 has stock leather seats???? I'm so excited!!!!

You sure they aren't vinyl? I am not sure you could get factory leather in a 79,but I have been known to be wrong. In 80 you could get the leather on the LS I believe,but not in 79.
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corect. leather was first offerin in 1980 on the Leather Sport. i'm pretty sure the seats are a tan vinyl. what color is the 79 with leather/vinyl?
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Old 12-05-07, 12:18 AM   #9
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Old 12-05-07, 02:55 PM   #10
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Okay I have pictures of my find. It happens to be a normal saturday at pick and pull and the guy behind me at checkout sees the rotor in my hand, yes 3 hours just to get one rotor, and askes if that is for a rotary. We talk for a bit and askes if I'm interested in an 82 GSL and I respond that I can't afford it. He says I can have it FREE if I get it towed from his place, sweet deal I think to myself.
Here are some pics. I will probably use the suspension to put in my '79. He also said the he had the motor running by pouring gas down the carb, bad fuel pump.

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Stupid tire. It happened while being towed.

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Old 12-05-07, 03:51 PM   #11
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Great Find are you going to sell parts of 80 Rx-7 if so please post pics I'll be interested in picking some parts off you.
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Old 12-05-07, 03:52 PM   #12
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i think you got a HECK of a deal!! a gsl to boot!!! let us know how your progress goes on the car!!
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Old 12-06-07, 03:00 PM   #13
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woozers ways. That 7 must have a turbo... the speedo goes all the way up to 200
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woozers ways. That 7 must have a turbo... the speedo goes all the way up to 200
Thats 200 Km/h, 130 mph.
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Old 12-06-07, 03:57 PM   #15
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200MPH would have been cool. You don't see that every day. Actually never. That's why it would be cool.
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Old 12-07-07, 12:37 AM   #16
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wow, from showing pics of my car to a few friends, i found some sitting in peoples yards, and i found one girl who's dad drag races them, so i will hopefully be contacting them soon cause my dad wants to get an rx7,

but ya, great deals on those things
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Old 12-07-07, 04:06 AM   #17
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200MPH would have been cool. You don't see that every day. Actually never. That's why it would be cool.
I wish.

But the good news is that 167 324 kms is only like 104 577 miles on the motor.
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Old 12-07-07, 04:32 AM   #18
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I wish I could get a free GSL, red interior or not I wouldn't care. Fuel pump on these are easy and should be really cheap, tires are cheap too.
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You sure they aren't vinyl? I am not sure you could get factory leather in a 79,but I have been known to be wrong. In 80 you could get the leather on the LS I believe,but not in 79.
I think they may be vinyl. I'll know when I give them a good cleaning this week!
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I sent several pictures to my email from my Dad's phone and only two showed up. I'll send some more today when I see him, but for now....
first one is the '79 and the second one is the back piece of the '80.
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mazdaverx713b...the car is silver with a dark grey interior...black carpet and surprisingly clean inside. The motor has fresh oil and new hoses on it. I'm doing a search this morning on proper startup procedures so that we don't damage anything. (salvage yard owner claimed it had been there for a while) This one even has keys for it. The 80 does not, but it does have all the original manuals and such from a dealership in California.
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My phone decided to act right and I was able to get some of the pictures I took from it...here are a few (I have interior and engine pics but they aren't very clear so I'm not going to post them today)
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the cars look great and i'm eager to see these projects unfold!! so far you've got a good start and with the new GSL addition, i'd say you are one lucky dude!!
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the cars look great and i'm eager to see these projects unfold!! so far you've got a good start and with the new GSL addition, i'd say you are one lucky dude!!
LOL Maybe I should post a picture of myself...I'm not a dude! They are both GSL apparently. They have the exact same features. No rear wiper and no power mirrors or windows, but they have air, sunroofs, and such. Found the original Clarion stereo in the 79...Lol wonder if it works!
So far we have checked the electrical system in the 79 and all systems seem to be functioning properly...checked the motor for carbon lock and yep...she's locked. Put a few squirts of MMO in each plug hole last night and I'm getting ready to go over to Dad's to see if we can free her up. I did not realize that spark plugs are so hard to find for that car...The parts houses around here can't even order them. They cross referenced some NGKs and sold them to us so I hope they work. (6.99 each...ouch!) We bought some cheap plugs, as well, to use during the start up stuff so we don't waste the good ones... I'll keep ya'll posted on the process. I may have to start a new thread in the tech section...ya think?
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Who's going to be the first to say the '79 isn't a GSL?
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