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Old 03-24-18, 10:22 PM
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My 10th Anniversary Restoration

Today I decided to buy another 10AE project car. I restored one that I bought back in 06 and reluctantly sold it back in 2013. Ever since I've been longing for another. I found this one and it met the criteria. I have documentation back to the original owner, the car is accident free, mostly rust free, has a clear title, and is mostly complete. What's missing I have most in boxes that came with the car. The car was repainted years back due to flaking paint. Unfortunately it was sprayed black. Luckily nothing was cut in. The then owner did that to save the car from rusting due to flaking paint. Better than nothing if I'm being optimistic. The plan is a full restoration back to near complete stock and original form. The engine seems to turn well by hand and I can hear good compression pulses. I started reassembling the interior tonight and while I have my work cut out for me, I'm really looking forward to this one. Here are a few pics to start:

One the way home:



My oldest son is very fond of the car:







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Looks like a really solid project great find! Good luck, very keen to see where this goes!
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Going to start putting the car back together this week and hoping to have most of it done by the weekend. This way I can figure out exactly what I need to make it complete.
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Made a small amount of progress last night. I was able to get the windows clean and you'd be surprised at how much grime cam off of them. I got the dash all bolted in and mostly together, got the driver's seat bolted down, started repairing the original MOMO shift ****/boot, and I laid out the engine harness in preparation to run them in their correct locations. Was nice that the previous owner did label some of the wiring. I need to get some pics of another TII sans the radiator and see where how wiring runs Here are a couple pics:









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Nice project!
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I was able to get most of the wiring harness routed in the engine bay and will likely finish that up in the next couple days. I did repair the original shift ****/boot combo and installed that as well. Its slowly coming together.
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I love it!

Sometimes I hate when people don't do these cars proper justice, then I see someone un-molesting (is that a thing) and a 10th AE.
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I prefer these cars to be all original or as original and unmodified as possible. They are special cars to me and I do my best to give them the care they deserve.
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A small amount of progress has been made this week. I tossed on some good tires and hot tanked the wheels. I was able to get most of the engine bay wiring placed where it goes and get the ecu plugged in. Most of the interior is back together now as well. Still have a long way to go of course but the journey thus far has been great!!







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Fantastic stuff man. Glad to see another 10AE getting some love. I'll be following your progress.

Jealous of your 10AE shifter. That is the one original piece that was not with the car when I got mine. Keep up the good work!
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I was lucky enough to get two of the original shift ****/boots with the car. The one that is on the car is in pretty good shape. The other is hardened from the sun and the seams are splitting. I do have new in the bag original 10AE floor mats from 1988 and a brand new in the bag shift ****/boot. Both were bought for my last car to be used after it was painted and the car was finished. But I ended up selling the car before that point. So, I'll use them on this car once its completely finished.
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Took a couple pictures the other day and wanted to share them. It has been a slow process as I am missing so many small parts, but I do what I can with what I have. The exterior is mostly unchanged aside from lining the fenders up and bolting them down properly.



The interior is really coming together. Once I get a wiper harness I can install the cluster surround that holds the wiper and turn signal controls. I ordered a new clock/warning light bezel and I have to decide whether I',m going to replace or repair the metal dash finishing piece that hold the defrost vents. There's some rust on it and the black vinyl is peeling up. But, here's where I'm at on the interior currently:

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Got some parts in from a private seller and some should come in this week at the Mazda dealer. Should start coming together quickly once I get more parts in. I now have most of the brackets I need courtesy of Joe Maddox which will be a huge help in getting things sorted in the engine bay.
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Yes. He contacted me and asked me if I wanted some parts for the car. He didn't charge me a dime though I offered to pay him multiple times. I know he got a bad rap here over some engine deal but he's always been a good person towards me and I have no ill feelings towards the guy.
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