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so lockdown has happened and its come to this......Mazda 626 1985

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Gave this a quick wash. Can't have dirty car, can you. Even if it is chod.

 

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I'm thinking about having few cans of paint match for touch up. For whatever reason they don't stamp the paint code on the identification plate. The rear badges have not been nicked, I removed them so I can restore the peeling paint a little bit.

 

Still got to clean out the inside as well, it's so dusty despite brown colour hiding everything.

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It's for Department Of Provincial Administration. Which is kind of a governmental office in which it's worker are mostly old farts not doing anything much. I know it's more of a local reference but I can tell you that you would totally see this sort of car in their car park. 😀

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29 minutes ago, AnthonyG said:

Do cars rust much in Thailand?

 

We do actually still have a few Lancia Betas and Alfasuds around. 😛 In all seriousness, the cars don't rust as badly but they still can rust. And of course this comes in exchange with the need to tend to sunfaded and crispy plastic interior trim pieces.

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This went quiet innit. Been quite busy.

 

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Done:

Replaced driver side seatbelt.

Replaced parking lamp bulb.

Change PCV valve.

Change engine oil.

Change brake fluid.

Painted rear badges.

More Italian Tune Up.

Dash Cam.

 

Not Done:

Getting the logbook updated.

Blown Rear Shock Absorber.

Air Conditioning Regas.

Distributor Cap.

Vacuum the interior.

Maybe some paint touch ups on bumpers.

Test Stereo.

Charging ports.

 

A lot of the works done aren't even in the original plan. And the list ain't getting smaller for some reason. 😆

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4 hours ago, Conan said:

This went quiet innit. Been quite busy.

 

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Done:

Replaced driver side seatbelt.

Replaced parking lamp bulb.

Change PCV valve.

Change engine oil.

Change brake fluid.

Painted rear badges.

More Italian Tune Up.

 

Not Done:

Getting the logbook updated.

Blown Rear Shock Absorber.

Air Conditioning Regas.

Distributor Cap.

Vacuum the interior.

Maybe some paint touch ups on bumpers.

Test Stereo.

Charging ports.

Maybe a Dash Cam.

More padding in seat for fat farang

 

 

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Yes, it's not easily seen in picture because of the tint (which is coming off as soon as the air-con is fixed). Maybe I should do something about third stop light lens too which lose it's redness.

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Done:

Replaced headlight bulb just because I got some for free.

Test the stereo, radio works but cassette doesn't. Ordered new stereo system which will take a while.

Aircon regas. It's blows cold, iceberg cold. The system's already been converted to r134a. Wait and see how long it gonna last.

 

Not Done:

Getting the logbook updated.

Blown Rear Shock Absorber. 

Vacuum the interior.

Maybe some paint touch ups on bumpers.

 

The list is getting smaller!

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The bastard thing died on me yesterday. First FTP.

 

I was driving down the motorway going to Department of Transport to get logbook update. It suddenly loses power going slowly, or going quickly for that matter. I nursed it to a safe location and called motorway service breakdown mechanic. The ignition system seems alright, as I've pretty much changed everything in that regard. It only dies when it's really hot. They found that the carb is dirty and fuel filter is old. Seems fuel is not getting in.

 

I nursed the car off the motorway with much difficulty. 10km where the car would run only for few hundred meters at time before losing all power. I got off the motorway and removed the fuel filter making the hose going through directly. It still wouldn't go properly although it was driving better. I nursed the car a few km more and decided maybe I should get it towed. But then a shabby looking garage was spotted and so I let them diagnose the car.

 

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I have to say the garage might looks incredibly shabby and outdated, proper old school no health and safety stuff. But the carb was cleaned and reassembled in less than an hour . It was also found that the electric fuel pump which some mechanic* in the past mounted to the engine cylinder head and receiving all the heat from it was dying. New used fuel pump was sourced, along with new fuel filter and fuel hoses. It runs great now but the throttle cable seems a bit loose so I'll have to go back again.

 

Also today I vacuum the interior which makes all the difference. Now the car runs better than it has ever been. Hopefully the running issue won't come back. The air-con is staying cold also I guess that is a win.

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This radio is period correct and all, but the on/off button is missing and the cassette doesn't work.

 

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So, I went on the internet and ordered a cheap new stereo that doesn't look completely shit last week and it arrived today.

 

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Mad colour matching and wire soldering and boom now the car has SD Card/USB/Bluetooth/3.5mm Aux support.

 

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It might not be completely period correct but it works great and looks kind of correct. It even sounds a bit what I'd imagine the 1980's sounds like.

 

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13 hours ago, trigger said:

So have you bought this for just when your in Thailand or are you planning on bringing it home Hairnet? 

yes and no :)

its not old enuff for the no vat and 5% duty and it would cost far more than its worth to ship - if it was rare and worth coin then maybe

was gonna buy a bike and that would have come home but for other reasons bought car instead

 

 

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The most likely scenario is I'll buy it off hairnet after he's done. Bringing it back to the UK would be an awesome adventure but we'd be talking about spending what? £2-3,000 to bring at best an £800 car home. Shipping cost and taxes is one thing, but to make it pass UK MOT would be a huge hassle as well.

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