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rupewrecht
11-04-07, 02:23 PM
I'm just gonna copy and paste it ;)

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine:
BP26 DOHC turbo engine
- bored/honed/blueprinted block, now 1904cc in capacity
- 30thou oversized JE forged pistons
- ported/polished head
- lightened crankshaft (by 4.2kg)
- shotpeened/resized conrods
- reprofiled camshafts
- HKS vernier gears
- matchported NA inlet manifold
Current Setup: (engineered, but legal's a bit slower)
- Standard IHI RH6 GTX Turbo
- Standard manifold
- Familia GTX ECU
- 137kw at the wheels (dyno proven)
Old Setup: (removed due to defect/engineering...damned Victoria)
- T03/T04 hybrid highflowed ball bearing Garrett turbocharger
- Custom manifold (HPC Coated)
- Wolf 3D v4.54 ECU
- 194kw at the wheels (dyno proven)
3" turbo-back mandrel bent exhaust (HPC Coated)
with 3" hi-flow cat + Lukey 2" (just legal) muffler
RevHard front-mount intercooler
Polished stainless steel intercooler piping
Custom boxed pod filter with CAI system
Custom billet aluminium blow-off valve
FSE rising-rate fuel pressure regulator
Walbro 700hp intank fuel pump
Drivetrain:
- BA11P1 G Series gearbox
- BA11P1 Driveshafts + CV joints
- TX3 4WD Flywheel
- Jim Berry custom 5 Puck 235mm Carbonics Clutch Plate
- Jim Berry custom 4WD pressure plate (2100lbs clamp)
- B&M Shortshifter quick-shift gear lever
Old Drivetrain:
- BA11P2 F Series gearbox
- BA11P2 Driveshafts + CV joints
- 4 plate sprung centre brass button clutch
- Lightened BA11P2 flywheel


Exterior:
Customised 'DTM' door mirrors
Customised AusDM front bar
Shaved badges
Shaved aerial
Shaved mudflaps
Shaved windscreen washer nozzles - new ones moved to scuttle panel
Tinted Windows
Clear side indicators
'WRECHT' numberplates


Interior:
Custom Dashboard incorporating molded gauge holder and custom shift light
Custom Instrument Cluster Faces with red backlight
Custom instrumentation (heater etc) lighting in red
Custom integration of Wolf 3D hand controller into dash
Autometer boost gauge
RAZO gearknob
Red neons in front footwells
Sparco aluminium race pedals


In-Car Entertainment:
JVC Chameleon HU
Alpine DDC-R13H DDDrive 5.25 splits - front
Pioneer TS-D690R 6x9 2way coaxials - rear
10" Earthquake sub
PPI 6600 6 channel amplifier
Twin Air Horns


Rolling Stock:
17x7 OZ Racing 'Polaris' rims - refinished in a brighter metallic silver
215/40/17 Hankook Ventus Sport K104s on the front
215/45/17 Bridgestone Potenzas on the rear


Brakes & Suspension:
Lucas brake pads on DBA Slotted discs
Ground-Control Coilover Sleeves (up to 3" drop)
Koni Sport (Yellow) Adjustable Shock Absorbers
Whiteline 20mm rear swaybar
Whiteline front strut brace
Pedders adjustable camber pins (front and rear)
Pedders polyurethane suspension bushes
Nolathane offset caster bushes


Performance:
14.33 @ 99.54 mph as daily driven
at Heathcote Raceway, Vic 14/11/2004
2.3128 60ft time, 23.6 degrees, humidity 33%
... with a +1.0 second reaction time *disgust*


Projects on the go:
Completion of projector headlights - need paint
Completion of custom tail lights - almost done
Customisation of Jap-spec front bar and WRX STI V1 lip - needs finessing
Shaving of the boot lock & aerial - halfway done
Shaving of the rear numberplate panel - halfway done
Customisation of rear bumper - almost done
Installation of Mazdaspeed sideskirts - waiting on the container
Customisation of spare bonnet - almost done
Customisation of the new spoiler - basically finished


Soonish Plans:
Full respray - probably to Ford 'Seduce'
Front brake upgrade to FD RX7 calipers and custom discs
Garrett GT28RS turbocharger on my custom manifold
Assembing the spare G Series gearbox with these bits:
- Mazdaspeed LSD
- PAR straight-cut 3rd gear
- 626 5th gear
Pulling apart the engine to:
- Put the PAR conrods in
- Put the MSBP in
Pulling the gearbox out again to put in my new lightweight (4.8kg) PAR flywheel
Putting in my revalved JIC Coilovers and Cusco Camber tops
Installing my new leather Mazdaspeed seats ;)
Installing a new set of polished sill plates.


http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/astina_heathcote_rolling1.jpg

Sp33dY
11-04-07, 03:44 PM
BEAST! though im sure it'll look a "BIT" different to that soon!

van
11-04-07, 05:01 PM
That is freaking awesome. Love the headlights! 14.33sec for the quarter mile didn't blow me away, until I considered the fact that a standard Astina probably does it in something like 25 seconds haha. Damn nice car man, can't wait to see it in the metal!

rupewrecht
11-04-07, 05:12 PM
the car has a mid-high 13 in it as it is - i just didn't have any coordination that day! :lol:

van
11-04-07, 05:22 PM
Ahahah fair enough :D

rupewrecht
11-04-07, 05:32 PM
well that's my excuse anyway ;)

Sp33dY
12-04-07, 08:59 AM
the car has a mid-high 13 in it as it is - i just didn't have any coordination that day! :lol:

FRom memory, the gearbox died slowly on the way home ? Wasnt it leaking midget sized buckets of oil shortly after heathcote? I recall it being up on the hoist at clints for inspection afterwards?

Also, those tyres werent overly great either ? U were 'axel tramping' hehehe ... or rather wheel spinning all the way through 1st and 2nd ?

rupewrecht
12-04-07, 10:42 AM
yeah, i cracked the casing on the gearbox across the main shaft. and i had the Hankooks on the front...and they're not great tyres.

Latest photo of it :lol:

http://www.users.on.net/~gavinstapleton/Dorrigo%20Cruise%20-%2007%2004%2009%20(203).jpg

van
12-04-07, 11:10 AM
Ahahah where the fook has that been!

rupewrecht
12-04-07, 11:25 AM
i was up in Dorrigo (50kms inland from Coffs harbour in NSW) for the long weekend - and there was a few unexpected dirt roads!

No idea where the handprint came from tho! :lol:

Levos1
12-04-07, 11:46 AM
I Know how it got there!!!

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n170/Levos1/bonnet.jpg

Dori*mon
12-04-07, 01:53 PM
that looks so cool, i love your headlights.

rupewrecht
21-05-07, 11:52 AM
Update: now retuned and has 156kw atw!

And some new pics.

Went to garage Cafe tonight with some OzMazda.com monkeys, then went and did the photo thing in a few places.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/_0507ozmazda/IMG_0016.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/_0507ozmazda/IMG_0027.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/_0507ozmazda/IMG_0028.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/_0507ozmazda/IMG_0036.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/_0507ozmazda/IMG_0053.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/_0507ozmazda/IMG_0060.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/_0507ozmazda/IMG_0062.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w256/d-mag_MPS/IMG_7420.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w256/d-mag_MPS/IMG_7426.jpg

Sp33dY
21-05-07, 12:22 PM
Pretty Ferris Wheel.

rupewrecht
21-05-07, 12:43 PM
I didn't even know it was there until we pulled up opposite it.

van
21-05-07, 01:21 PM
156atw o____O

rupewrecht
21-05-07, 01:46 PM
Yep! :D

I need better front tyres now...and probably new ones soon haha

Nobbsy
24-05-07, 03:34 PM
coolest astina ever....

llama_au
17-06-07, 07:06 PM
Haven't been in it for a year or two or three but it still hauled arse back then. I think you still deserve the title of most time spent off the road :p

d-mag
20-06-07, 05:56 PM
I love this car. I've always liked the shape of the astina and I love what he has done to the car.
Very original.

rupewrecht
25-07-07, 05:18 PM
Thought i'd post a pic with the new suspension in it, now it's settled

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/astina_side_dirtylow.jpg


Doesn't look that low, until you consider it was this high when i bought it...

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/astina_brandnew.jpg


and yes, i'm aware it needs a wash :lol: It needs many things!

rupewrecht
25-07-07, 05:26 PM
and a few other random shots of things past, present and future...

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/photos/astina_rolling.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/dash/astina_dash_v2_install_day.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/engine/astina_engine_bigturbo.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_MSseat_003.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/lights/astina_tail_twilight_rear.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/bodykit/astina_redkit_front.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/bodykit/astina_demiowing_almostdone1.jpg

Sp33dY
25-07-07, 05:32 PM
i LIEK THE SPOILER IN THE last pic ...... !!!! ;)

Alfadog
25-07-07, 06:50 PM
HOT HOT HOT!
You've put in some top quality work into this...

rupewrecht
27-07-07, 04:15 PM
Cheers!

And i've bought a new steering wheel for it. Damned expensive 'must not be outbid' mentality...

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/ms_perf_steeringwheel.jpg

Sooooooooooooo SEXY. Just have to wait for it to arrive from JDM-land

Sp33dY
27-07-07, 04:31 PM
More mazda-shmazda-speed stuff ...... u're becoming a brand whore! :)

I must admit, it looks a lot better than the shiny isotta thing u have at present .

rupewrecht
27-07-07, 04:39 PM
More mazda-shmazda-speed stuff ...... u're becoming a brand whore! :)

I must admit, it looks a lot better than the shiny isotta thing u have at present .

It's true - ever since the seats...i must have more Mazdaspeeeeeeeeeed.
That's MS seats, steering wheel, front strut brace, and soon to arrive are the MS engine mounts!

That'll be about it though. Unless i can find one of the uber-rare CF dash gauge panels. Nothing else MS fits my car! Apart from a set of wheels i supposed.


And yeah, i'm over the flat bottomed Isotta. It was cool 4 years ago.

anth
27-07-07, 06:23 PM
i love the work thats gone into this. i remember meeting you many years ago at a pulsar.org cruise hehe, we met at allies house and went up to mt macedon, i was riding shotgun in the red gtir

the new look is coming along nicely with the front/rear lips. are you going to update the wheels to complete the picture?

Cappuccino
27-07-07, 08:51 PM
look good...nice work. Love what you did with your gauge cluster looks factory.

rupewrecht
30-07-07, 10:35 AM
i love the work thats gone into this. i remember meeting you many years ago at a pulsar.org cruise hehe, we met at allies house and went up to mt macedon, i was riding shotgun in the red gtir

the new look is coming along nicely with the front/rear lips. are you going to update the wheels to complete the picture?

Ah, blast from the past!

I still like my wheels...but having said that, i would prefer some Racing Hart C4s...but respray comes first.

rupewrecht
12-09-07, 03:33 PM
Been a while since i updated this.

New Mazdaspeed steering wheel and polished sills for a little bling.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/mswheel_interior_closer.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/mswheel_interior_longshot.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sillsandseat.jpg


And the supergearbox™ is currently being built. Straight cut 3rd, MS LSD, longer ration 5th gear, and a reinforced housing.

Frogger
13-09-07, 03:26 PM
Love the car... original and very different!

Bodgy Racing Developments
13-09-07, 05:29 PM
nice car!

reminds me of tgz80y's old car, DIL3MA

Alanski
13-09-07, 06:07 PM
nice, 14.33 not bad

1second r/t means nothing.

practice more and get your 60ft down.

Deviliss
13-09-07, 10:03 PM
new steering wheel looks great!

rupewrecht
25-02-08, 12:29 PM
and even longer since the last update!

New sub and amp install

This is the end result. One piece boot carpet looks the goods which is held in place by the velcro (so it's easily removable). Pretty happy with the result!

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_carpeted1.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_carpeted2.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_carpeted3.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_carpeted4.jpg

Box is made from 16mm MDF and fibreglass, molded to the contours of the area behind the wheel well.

Sub is a 12" Pioneer TS-W306DVC dual voice coil thingy, powered by a hidden Alpine MRP-M450 monoblock amp. The shiny chrome PPI.6600 thing powers the 5 speakers in the cabin. The chrome bars over the sub are for a little protection for when i've got fully sik jdm yo bits sliding around in the boot.

One of the few projects i've started lately that i've actually finished haha


dev pics:

Sub box: MDf and fibreglass, and the boot all masked up to have the fibreglass laid down

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_maskedup.jpg

Out of the boot, one layer of glass down (mostly!)
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_thinside.jpg

More glass inside (now about 12mm thick), and some 'toolbox' (liquid nails stuff) over the joins just for a bit of extra sealing/rigidity
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_boxfinish2_.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_boxfinish1_.jpg

Velcro on the box to hold the carpet firmly in place.
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_velcro2nosub.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_velcro1.jpg

Amp side of things. I'd just like to point out that the VW is that high because it's up on jacks due to the flat tyre heh
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sub_ampsexposed.jpg

and after that, strategic use of velcro in various spots on the walls of the boot to hold the carpet in place.

it's not pretty underneath, but it works!

ewokracing
26-02-08, 01:58 PM
It's been years since I've seen this car out and about, I think an ausrotary cruise though the hills was the last time. Coming along nicely.

rupewrecht
29-04-08, 01:06 PM
Well, my OZ Racing 'Polaris' are now sold :( :cry: :cry:

rupewrecht
30-04-08, 12:53 PM
I put some MX5 rims on the Hardtop last night.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/misc/astina_mx5wheels.jpg


and finally remembered to take a pic of the nice little MS badge i've had in for a few weeks.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/ms_dashbadge.jpg

llama_au
30-04-08, 08:10 PM
Not a fan of the rims. Cars too big and wheels are too small.

chavo
30-04-08, 08:20 PM
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/bodykit/astina_redkit_front.jpg

That looked fckn awesome. shame to see it didnt go anywhere though.

rupewrecht
30-04-08, 10:06 PM
That looked fckn awesome. shame to see it didnt go anywhere though.

Ah i just haven't put it on until i get the whole car resprayed. I've still got it!

eug4emi
01-05-08, 12:43 AM
unique ride mate, wd

Vica
01-05-08, 12:58 AM
So when does the next addition to the wheel factor go on? They are desgusting!

rupewrecht
01-05-08, 10:30 AM
Still need some parts for the 5 stud conversion, and the new rims are being refinished soon. But i'll probably have the V6 Astina stock alloys on for a while anyway.

rupewrecht
03-10-08, 11:40 AM
OK, 5 stud conversion is done, and partial brake upgrade as well.

Work/parts consist of:
- New CVs + driveshafts
- New front balljoints
- Used V6 hubs + stub axles front and rear
- Used V6 front calipers
- 274mm RDA slotted front vented rotors
- 276mm RDA slotted rear solid rotors
- Goodridge braided brake lines
- Maruha Motors MX5 rear caliper spacer
- Lucas V6 Astina front pads
- Lucas MX5 SP rear pads

So that's a 23mm disc size and a 33% pad area increase on the front (vs the standard I4 stuff), and the rear is a 26mm increase and about a 40% pad size increase.

There will be a further front upgrade at some point in the future.

All of that means i've got new wheels again lol

Front:
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/brakes/astina_5studfront.jpg

Rear:
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/brakes/astina_5studrear.jpg

Both:
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/brakes/astina_5studv6mags.jpg

d-mag
03-10-08, 12:24 PM
Well done mate. 5 stud opens up so many more wheel options.

TOU93
03-10-08, 12:30 PM
ahh good old astina. i remeber the dayz of my old one :)

paint the v6 rims satin black they look awesome in black!

dhdevil
03-10-08, 01:02 PM
YUM!!!!

rupewrecht
07-10-08, 04:14 PM
Just got the call that my new gearbox for the Astina is FINALLY being built!
Consisting of:
- Straight cut PAR 3rd gear
- Mazdaspeed LSD
- 626 longer ratio 5th gear
- new bearings + seals.
WoooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!

That means that when the old gearbox comes out, the new PAR 4.5kg flywheel can go in as well.

But as the box is coming out...do i pull the engine out and get the new PAR conrods put in at the same time? Or wait until i actually get the bigger turbo? Hmm

RE99IE
07-10-08, 04:19 PM
with all those goodies, I will assume the respray will come very much later ;)

rupewrecht
07-10-08, 04:35 PM
Well..all those bits (and the spare gearbox) have been sitting around for about 2-3 years! The main/immediate cost now will be the bearings/labour...so it shouldn't delay the respray more than a 3-6 months i think :lol:

Run-It-Hard
07-10-08, 06:15 PM
this astina is awsome! i remember on astina GT when i was "ment" to get an astina, and i was asking you all kinds of questions, particually about your headlights. its good to see that this unique car is still around :)

oh yeah, if you ever want to sell those white mazdaspeed seats let me know :D

rupewrecht
07-10-08, 06:18 PM
this astina is awsome! i remember on astina GT when i was "ment" to get an astina, and i was asking you all kinds of questions, particually about your headlights. its good to see that this unique car is still around :)

oh yeah, if you ever want to sell those white mazdaspeed seats let me know :D

Cheers :)

I've got a black set lying around if you're interested ;)

llama_au
09-10-08, 07:33 PM
Just got the call that my new gearbox for the Astina is FINALLY being built!
Consisting of:
- Straight cut PAR 3rd gear
- Mazdaspeed LSD
- 626 longer ratio 5th gear
- new bearings + seals.
WoooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!

That means that when the old gearbox comes out, the new PAR 4.5kg flywheel can go in as well.

But as the box is coming out...do i pull the engine out and get the new PAR conrods put in at the same time? Or wait until i actually get the bigger turbo? Hmm

Par third only?

Run-It-Hard
09-10-08, 08:08 PM
Cheers :)

I've got a black set lying around if you're interested ;)

i've seen them mate, i dont have the money at the momment, i like the white better too :P

rupewrecht
09-10-08, 10:52 PM
Par third only?

And the lady wins a prize ;)

No need for the rest - it's just 3rd that strips in these FWD boxes. There's guys running 12's with the same box/mods as this, so i'm fine.

llama_au
11-10-08, 07:50 PM
3rd strips on Pulsars too, it's the boost gear. However I would have though a PAR third would prematurely deteriorate the other gears. Not the case?

rupewrecht
12-10-08, 01:41 PM
3rd strips on Pulsars too, it's the boost gear. However I would have though a PAR third would prematurely deteriorate the other gears. Not the case?

Nothing to do with a 'boost gear' on the 323 boxes. 3rd is in the middle of the casing, and takes the most force. the shafts move apart, the bearings wear, and so the teeth don't mesh properly so they're getting all the force on only part of the face - and so they break.

Explain the "prematurely deteriorate the other gears" comment? Does not compute.

llama_au
12-10-08, 10:23 PM
Yeah, I understand.

What I was trying to say was having a strong third and all other gears stock I thought may have caused stress to the other gears, but I'm obviously not thinking about it the right way :)

rupewrecht
13-10-08, 12:04 PM
Nah, doesn't work that way :)


Just for shits and giggles, i tried on some 19x9 +27 G-Games with 225 stretched rubber on Saturday. Pics soon :lol:

rupewrecht
13-10-08, 10:36 PM
Just for shits and giggles, i tried on some 19x9 +27 G-Games with 225 stretched rubber on Saturday. Pics soon :lol:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/astina_ggamesfront.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/astina_ggamesrear.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/astina_ggamestop.jpg

...Just a little large, but the rear sitting on the guard looks great!

They would fit if i cambered in a bit more...but then i'd have zero traction :lol:

rodent
14-10-08, 01:44 AM
You can easily get them to fit, all you need is more

http://msnbc.com/modules/take3/sept/img/rewind/bellbottoms.jpg

:D

anth
14-10-08, 10:31 AM
looks good but too high...you should go for the same width/offset but in a 17" and slam it!

Sp33dY
14-10-08, 10:37 AM
You can easily get them to fit, all you need is more

http://msnbc.com/modules/take3/sept/img/rewind/bellbottoms.jpg

:D

But they'd only work if he got ...
http://www.wabfab.org/products/wheelspacers/5lugwheelspacers.jpg


I already suggested some of these , but he declined :(
http://www.scottysplace.net/71Duster/Photos/minitub4.jpg

rupewrecht
14-10-08, 11:05 AM
Hahahahah nah, i'll be happy when my 17x8 MS-02s are on. I'll still have some remnants of a turning circle then!

rupewrecht
18-10-08, 04:57 PM
Installed some Subaru Liberty tweeter covers over the Alpine tweets i had flat on the sail panels. Enabled me to angle them towards me, and cleaned up the look. I reckon it could be factory :lol:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_tweeters_lhs.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_tweeters_rhs.jpg

Mike.V?!
19-10-08, 02:39 PM
Looks goooooood

rupewrecht
19-10-08, 09:18 PM
Cheers Juzzy!

Spent the afternoon pulling apart my spare roof :lol:

Got the sunroof out of it, and all the reinforcement etc. Also made a template of where i need to cut so maybe in a couple of weeks it'll be in ;)

That's a big motivated maybe though!

rupewrecht
13-11-08, 03:39 PM
developments:
- new supernonexploding gearbox finished!
- Mazdaspeed MS-02s sent off for refinishing.
- Falken RT-615s ordered.

...so now the gearbox can sit there until i cbf pulling the old one out and having the new PAR flywheel machined and maybe have the new rods put in the engine...

meh, it's only money :rolleyes:

rupewrecht
15-11-08, 02:59 PM
picked up car from retune. Now fries the tyres all thru second. I really need the...

new gearbox also picked up. Now it can sit in the pile of parts collecting dust.

and picked up new wheels from being repainted/refinished. Now just need some tyres!

Hardcore JDM Yo:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/ms-02_refinished_box1.jpg
http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/ms-02_refinished_box2.jpg

ATMOSR
15-11-08, 03:16 PM
Dude, those G-games look great on the car, awesome fitment. I realise they're not practical, but damn, they look hot!

MS02's look sweet though, I haven't seen many of those before. Look forward to pics of them on your car!

rupewrecht
09-12-08, 12:51 PM
...oh, what's this?

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/ms-02_oncartest3.jpg

Sp33dY
09-12-08, 01:02 PM
Lurvely!

[ fuzzy ]
09-12-08, 01:22 PM
interesting!!!

mrkrooz
09-12-08, 01:44 PM
Those rims are sick!!!!!!!!

trism
09-12-08, 03:10 PM
GOD DAMN THEY ARE HOT

ID SO ROCK THEM ON MY CAR

Angle
09-12-08, 06:14 PM
Full car pics of MS02's on ASAP!!!

Luke-tc16
09-12-08, 07:45 PM
Haha thats looking some pimp right there xD

D4NM4C
09-12-08, 10:41 PM
i wanna see whole car pics of them!!

rupewrecht
10-12-08, 11:09 AM
Well....i do have a couple of quick pics, but the car is filthy.

llama_au
10-12-08, 07:42 PM
When is it ever clean? :P

Just post it.

Cappuccino
10-12-08, 07:49 PM
awesome wheels! if where going to wait when the car is clean its going to be awhile dont you need a full spray first :P get some full pics!

rupewrecht
11-12-08, 11:40 AM
ok, fair call :lol:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/ms-02_oncartest1.jpg


http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/ms-02_oncartest2.jpg


http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/ms-02_oncartest4.jpg

WaspHunter
11-12-08, 01:30 PM
You know, if I had just seen the rims on their own, I would have asked what you were smoking when you bought them.

But on the car they actually work. So what's the plan from here?

rupewrecht
11-12-08, 01:44 PM
You know, if I had just seen the rims on their own, I would have asked what you were smoking when you bought them.

But on the car they actually work. So what's the plan from here?

....so i shouldn't tell you that i have 11 of those rims? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Next job is a respray and adding the bodykit i've been making slowly for ages onto the car. Early next year. Maybe :rolleyes: :lol:

Frogger
11-12-08, 01:47 PM
11 more?! Haha...

Very unique ride there rupe!

rupewrecht
11-12-08, 01:50 PM
11 more?! Haha...

haha no, 11 in total. It's a long story...

WaspHunter
11-12-08, 01:52 PM
Buy 5, get 6 free? Have you got one in the spare wheel well?

rupewrecht
11-12-08, 02:09 PM
Well unless you're extremely lucky, the only way you can buy these is as a staggered set of 17x8s and 17x9s. So i bought 2 sets - one from Japan and one from NZ. And then there was a set of three on the auctions, and i figured it's always good to have a spare of such a rare rim if i fuck one up.... :lol:

And yeah, i got a 5th one refinished with the others , and eventually it'll live in the boot.

Jace.
11-12-08, 03:23 PM
they actually look awesome.
i was skeptical at first, but they look great on the car.

rupewrecht
12-12-08, 12:04 PM
Damn the Falken RT-615s i've got on the Astina now are nice.

They are MORE comfortable than the crappy tyres (Firenza somethings and Hankook K102s...hey, they were free) on the 16s that i had on up til now.

And there's LESS road noise and vibration in the car.

The vibration from them may just cancel out the solid engine mounts :lol: :lol:

As for grip, i haven't really had a chance to fang it round the twisties yet.

rupewrecht
21-01-09, 12:36 PM
Currently off the road.

One of the plastic radiator tanks cracked a few weeks ago. I repaired it with some of that metal putty goo and it help for about 2 weeks.

So yesterday i ripped it out and dropped it off at Race Radiators in Dandenong for them to make me up a 40mm Aluminium one (vs 27mm standard). Luckily they had a core in stock to fit, as it's an unusual height.

Will have it running nice and cool then, and will be future-proof for a bigger turbo in the (near?) future.

llama_au
23-01-09, 10:30 PM
What turbo were you looking at? What sort of power output?

evl_132
24-01-09, 01:42 AM
Hey who refurbed your rims? They did a good job.

rupewrecht
27-01-09, 12:17 PM
What turbo were you looking at? What sort of power output?

Prolly a Gt2860 or GT2871. Don't really care about a power figure, but just want more but still want to keep the midrange that it has atm.


Hey who refurbed your rims? They did a good job.

Neway - pm replied to!

llama_au
27-01-09, 07:45 PM
Yeah nice, either of those turbos would be a good choice. .64 or .86 a/r?

ATMOSR
28-01-09, 12:12 AM
Wow! They look awesome!

Are the MS-02 period correct? (yes, I am serious, because I don't actually know!) I think they are personally, their style suits the shape of the car perfectly.

Great fitment too dude, what are the specs?

rupewrecht
28-01-09, 11:26 AM
Yeah nice, either of those turbos would be a good choice. .64 or .86 a/r?

Probably the .64, as it'll spool quicker. Maybe. Undecided. Have been doing a bit of research comparing the two on RWD SR20s, and i know my engine doesn't flow quite as well as a 2.0 SR, so dunno. If i can find either cheap then that'll be the decider!


Wow! They look awesome!

Are the MS-02 period correct? (yes, I am serious, because I don't actually know!) I think they are personally, their style suits the shape of the car perfectly.

Great fitment too dude, what are the specs?

Cheers!

Specs - 17x8 +38 5x114.3, and about 7kg each from memory.

Yep, they're period correct (which was part of their appeal i must admit). They were standard fitment on the Mazdaspeed FD RX7 A-spec (http://www.poweraxel.com/archvs/mazdaspeed/trail/aspec3.html)(but in 17x8/17x9) which was from the mid-90s as was my car.

I've tried to get all the period-correct Mazdaspeed bits for my car - the seats and all the Lantis (Astina) specific bits. Damn being a brand whore :lol: :rolleyes:

llama_au
28-01-09, 06:13 PM
GT2860RS and GT2871R both .64 were identical in price when I bought them. The GT2860RS will spool a bit faster, it's probably perfect for your motor. Mine spools nice and quickly on my SR, heaps of midrange but lacks top end.

ATMOSR
29-01-09, 02:25 PM
Cool, thanks dude!

Wow, I vaguely knew of the FD3S Aspec, but didn't realise that those rims came on it. Thanks for the interesting fact! Nice work on the period correct-ness.

Brand-whore! lol ...But seriously dude, great to see your sticking to a theme.

rupewrecht
02-02-09, 11:23 AM
GT2860RS and GT2871R both .64 were identical in price when I bought them. The GT2860RS will spool a bit faster, it's probably perfect for your motor. Mine spools nice and quickly on my SR, heaps of midrange but lacks top end.

...looks like i might end up getting a brand new GT2871R 0.86, as i can get one for a bargain. Will be interesting to see what it's like. Will probably try and swap it for a GT28RS though (yes the 2871 is that cheap).

STILL waiting on my radiator, too. Gah :(

rupewrecht
10-02-09, 02:54 PM
Finally got the ARC airbox that i swapped a few bits for a while back. Going to try and fit it into the lower left area just behind the front bumper. Even came with a new spare filter!

http://rupewrecht.com/forsale/fs_astina_arcairbox1.jpg

Still waiting on radiator.....%^^&*%. Lucky i'm off to NZ for a week and don't need it anyway.

rupewrecht
25-02-09, 11:57 AM
Radiator picked up.

Standard vs new one. 27mm vs 40mm.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/engine/astina_aluminium_rad1.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/engine/astina_aluminium_rad2.jpg

Already painted the back of the fan on the right black as well, so at least they almost match.


ARC Lantis airbox hasn't got a hope in hell of fitting, so i'm back to my first idea of the Mazdaspeed MX5 one fitting - and with a bit of fiddling i think it will this time.

anth
25-02-09, 12:04 PM
hey dan, rad looks good. what did they charge for that if you dont mind me asking (pm if you like)...im in the market for a custom alloy rad

rupewrecht
25-02-09, 12:18 PM
Was $660 for the rad itself, and i supplied the fans. Pretty good compared to the $880+ that PWR wanted.

rupewrecht
07-05-09, 01:21 PM
Haven't updated this for a while...as, well, i haven't done anything to it!

Radiator is in and working fine though, and ended up using a Mazdaspeed/ARC MX5 airbox instead of the Lantis ARC one pictured above, purely due to space restrictions.

Oh, and i got these...:lol:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/tamiya_MS-02s.jpg

llama_au
07-05-09, 09:56 PM
Nerd.

rupewrecht
08-05-09, 10:31 AM
:D

rupewrecht
27-07-09, 01:51 PM
Some new toys:

MS silicone spake plug leads, MS seat belt protectors, and a MS CF-look gearknob. Not sure about the gearknob though - will probably end up for sale

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/misc/msleads_belts.jpg


And some new front shocks. I took a gamble a while back when some Mazdaspeed DW Demio shocks from the N1 Race Series came up on the auctions, and got these. They're virtually new, and the mounting spacing is almost identical, but i might need a sleeve around the bolt as the holes are a bit bigger. But the most important thing is the height - they're about 2 inches shorter than Cosmos new KYB NewSRs - which means i'll have some more travel back at the front. They're 4 step adjustable, too.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/misc/ms_demioshock.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/misc/ms_demioshockadjuster.jpg


Oh, and a brand new MS strut brace. :D

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/misc/msbrace_new.jpg


Shaved cam cover is progressing too.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/engine/cam_cover_shaved.jpg

d-mag
27-07-09, 02:03 PM
Cam cover looks horn. How much you want for it? :P

rupewrecht
27-07-09, 02:20 PM
Hah, you get the old one :P

Bronald McDonald
27-07-09, 03:02 PM
I like progress.

I presume you're the guy with the MS-02's, or had them.

Great wheel that one..

rupewrecht
27-07-09, 03:10 PM
Yeah, still got the MS-02s. :)

They're back on the last page or so.

trism
27-07-09, 03:16 PM
yeah, about those ms-02s :P :P

rupewrecht
27-07-09, 03:22 PM
yeah, about those ms-02s :P :P

:lol: :lol: Still got the 17x9s! :lol:

rupewrecht
05-10-09, 12:44 PM
So,went to Wakefield, forgot to update this.

Had a great time. The sandtrap excursion was just pure driver error LOL. First session out though, and carrying too much speed.

After that, did a couple more and got down from mid-1:20s to a 1.18.08 before a tyre went flat (leak at the bead! Grr) and cut short the afternoon. I did go back out with a V6 spare on, but wasn't quite the same. I do have some footage that i'll post up at some point in time. Definitely a 1.17 or less in the car - i wasn't braking as late as i should have been in turn one/two and ten.

coupla other pics.

http://exodus.worldwidewes.net/ryan/wakefield150809/IMG_1924.jpg

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii43/rentarspics/DSC01092.jpg





Oh, and this.... :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda041.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda042.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda043.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda044.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda045.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda046.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda047.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda049.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda050.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda051.jpg
Yes that new 4WD mod worked a treat ;)
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda052.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda053.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda054.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda055.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda056.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda057.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda058.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda059.jpg
Getting back to nature
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda060.jpg

http://ple.customer.netspace.net.au/IMG_1611a.jpg

http://ple.customer.netspace.net.au/IMG_2061a.jpg

http://ple.customer.netspace.net.au/IMG_1713a.jpg

http://ple.customer.netspace.net.au/IMG_2036a.jpg

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r119/dereklau_2006/Wakefield%20OzMazda%20Aug%2009/9417b9e3.jpg

http://ple.customer.netspace.net.au/IMG_1926a.jpg

http://ple.customer.netspace.net.au/IMG_2035a.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda333.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda343.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda367.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda385.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda386.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda387.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda389.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda390.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda391.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda427.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda428.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda429.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda430.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/expenso/wakefieldparkozmazda431.jpg

rupewrecht
05-10-09, 12:44 PM
But sicne then, it's been sitting there parked pretty much - until this:

So after the cruise, i got motivated.

Oh ****, my interior fell out!

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_interior_gutted1.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_interior_gutted2.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_interior_gutted5.jpg



Why? That thing in the foreground, that's why. :D
It's one of the dealer-fitted sunroofs back when the BA was new. It's an aftermarket ASC one, as as far as i know we never got the factory ones here. The only real difference is the ASC one has a metal seal around the edge, where the factory one has a rolled metal edge. I could get a rolled edge panel from japan, but it's $750 just for that :rolleyes:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_interior_gutted3.jpg


This is the roof bow that has to be cut out to fit the sunroof. It's really not that strong - the brace itself is pretty strong, but the ends where it joins into the sides are pretty thin - surprisingly so.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_interior_gutted4.jpg

The headlining just fits out the front door without bending it too much, which is promising for getting the thing back in there! It's help in by a few clips at the back, but mostly by the window rubbers and the sunvisor bolts and light fixture.

Need to do some shopping to get some plastic tubing for the drainage pipes, and find somewhere to wire in the switch. It's a common ground, so easy there.

And i've managed to find an OEM sunroof control, which has the maps lights and the sunroof switch integrated, and it mounts between the sunvisors.

More to come this weekend.

lukecivic
05-10-09, 01:20 PM
wow thats going to be some serious work, ill be watching this space for more progress.

Run-It-Hard
05-10-09, 01:24 PM
i <3 this car, its great!

I'll be hitting you up soon dan to source me some sick MS gear :D

llama_au
05-10-09, 08:32 PM
Nice excursion into the desert Dan :lol:

Sp33dY
05-10-09, 10:35 PM
Measure twice, cut once :)

Jace.
05-10-09, 10:57 PM
Measure twice, cut once :)

At least!
Good luck with that. I'm a big fan of any sort of sun roof in any car.

rupewrecht
26-10-09, 12:37 PM
...eeep. No going back now!

Measure 50 times, just to get the inner frame in the right spot. That's based on the positioning of where it was in the hatch roof.The support at the top of the photo is the one i cut out - it's just wedged in there to hold up the frame as holding it up gets tiring!

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_hole5.jpg


Hole marked.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_hole6.jpg


Luckily i had one (only one!) half-used cutting disc for the angle grinder, and it was enough to do the job. Had a rug over the dash to protect the interior from all the bits of metal flying around, but it'll need a good clean anyway once i'm done.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_hole2.jpg


Look Ma, no roof!

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_hole4.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_hole1.jpg


The frame trim dropped in perfectly, so there's a lesson there - do it right, first time ;)
I need to neaten off a few burrs here and there, but it's 95% there.

Next it to clean the goo off the inner frame, and glue that and the outer trim into place. Then the headliner!

anth
26-10-09, 12:42 PM
you got balls my friend! good to see it all went well

The Panda
26-10-09, 12:43 PM
This car is one of the few FWD's that i like. Its cool, classy and different.

I love that steering wheel too! Where did you get it?

rupewrecht
26-10-09, 01:13 PM
Cheers!

It's a Mazdaspeed wheel i got from Japan. I've got a few of them lying around now :lol:

trism
26-10-09, 01:51 PM
Haven't updated this for a while...as, well, i haven't done anything to it!

Radiator is in and working fine though, and ended up using a Mazdaspeed/ARC MX5 airbox instead of the Lantis ARC one pictured above, purely due to space restrictions.

Oh, and i got these...:lol:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/tamiya_MS-02s.jpg

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Rupe, gimme some of these lol. Ill fucking buy an EF civic model just to put these on. itll prob be the closest thing ill get to it lol

rupewrecht
26-10-09, 02:11 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :P

rupewrecht
04-11-09, 02:54 PM
Ok, 4 days of a decent work ethic results in:

Masking off the hole to trim the rough raised edges on the hole, and making sure the lip covers the tap so that i don't stuff up the paint outside of where the trim fits, if i can help it. That's the old trim in the pic, which needed replacing due to all the bends and the broken single-use clips on it.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_trimminghole2.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_trimminghole1.jpg


Here's the sunroof unit itself. And the inner roof trim that mounts to the outer trim ring. Once the hole was cut, it was a case of mounting the inner trim in place to make sure the hole was in the right spot (which it is), and then aligning the sunroof unit in place and bolting it into position. It used a couple of the factory bolt holes, so even better. The mounting points for the inner trim were a bit harder, but that was all done before the hole was cut.
The worst part was cleaning off all the old goo off the inner frame - what a pain in the arse! In the end it was easiest to scrape it off with a knife, then go over it with some thinners to get the rest off.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_unit.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_innertrim.jpg


And there's the outer trim and inner glued in with HB Fuller Super Seal which is a black sikaflex-style goo, and then the clips of the outer trim bent over the inner frame, and it's in! There's no pics of all the excess goo i had - but better to have extra and have to clean it off - as then you know the seal is properly made. That stuff cures in about 30 minutes, but takes 7 days to full cure. It's better than Sikaflex, as it doesn't 'eat' into the surfaces you're applying it to, as it uses the moisture in the air to help cure.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_trimring1.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_trimringinner.jpg


I had to retrim the sunshade at this point, as there's no getting that back in once the sunroof unit is mounted. So off came the old material, and on went the new, with a liberal amount of the 3M 77 spray glue to hold it in place. It's good stuff - it doesn't soak through the material i bought at all. This was kind of a test, as it was the first time using the glue. The results were quite pleasing. The trim isn't as purple as the photo makes out, either.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_sunshadebefore.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_sunshadeinroof.jpg


So, the outer and inner trims have had about 24hrs to cure, so the sunroof unit is bolted into place. Just before this, a black rubber seal is reattached to the rear edge of the sunroof.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_rubberseal.jpg


So with that done, it was on to the drainage pipes for the sunroof. One at each corner of the unit. And no idea where the factory ones run as they're not listed in the workshop manuals, even though the sunroof unit is. Stupid!
But after a bit (a lot) or removing bits of trim, i discovered a couple of bunged-up holes just behind the rear side bolsters that led into the rear wheel arches. So, with a little bending of the holes to point the hoses straight down, the hoses were run from the sunroof unit down the C pillars, and secured with masking tape and Super Seal. You can see where there's a indent for the hose to run in the first pic, in the centre top.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroofrearpillar1.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroofrearpillar2.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroofrearpillar3.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroofrearpillar4.jpg


The hose i'm using came from Clark Rubber. All 6m of it! It's petrol-grade, and can withstand up to 80° heat, so should be find for this sort of application. Looks to be the same stuff as the old one, which had discolored to brown but was still quite solid.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_frontdrain7.jpg


Once of the hardest things was to find where the hell the front ones were supposed to go. The indent in the A pillar was there, but once the pillar ends there's no guide at all. So after probably 30 minutes of probing, searching with torches, removing the scuttle panel etc etc, i bit the bullet and pulled off the front guard.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_frontdrain1.jpg

There i finally found the bung for the front. It's a pain to get to, it basically required a flattened 'Z' twist to get it from the inner hole to out of the sill, but it's not crimping the hose at all.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_frontdrain2.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_frontdrain3.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_frontdrain4.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_frontdrain5.jpg

The drivers side even had the right clips to hold the tubing in place - no such luck with the passenger side, which is held with tape and Super Seal

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_frontdrain6.jpg

rupewrecht
04-11-09, 02:54 PM
So, the drains are run and done, the sunroof is in, and the wiring is plugged into some random plug in the passenger footwell (and the earth to the C pillar). It's got 3 basic positions - open, closed and vent. But it can be percentages of any of those as well.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_closed.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_open.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_vent.jpg


So with that all done and drying/curing, time to tackle the headlining? Nah, CBF. SDo i decided to trim the pillars instead.

So, out came the scissors, spray glue and the material, and to work i went.
So, cut a rough shape out of the material, spray the pillar front and back, stick the material down and smooth out any ridges, wrap the material round the back, trim off any excess, and press the edges down.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_apillarpre.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_apillarhalf.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_apillarboth.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_apillarback.jpg


Nothing too hard really, but the C pillar seatbelt cutouts were a bit of a pest due to having a hole through the middle of them. It just meant a little more stretching

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_cpillarboth.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_cpillarback.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_cpillarbelt.jpg

And a closeup of the material.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_cpillartrim.jpg


...and that's it, until i tackle the headlining.

eeden
04-11-09, 07:22 PM
wow, very impressed.

keep up the good work mate

Szemen
04-11-09, 07:32 PM
Man...You've got some big cajones. Cutting your roof, but looks REALLY nice, really professional!

J
04-11-09, 07:34 PM
Awesome stuff!

Wish i had the patience you do.

eeden
04-11-09, 07:58 PM
Dan you going to DOTVW?

rupewrecht
05-11-09, 10:55 AM
Thanks guys! The sunroof unit's been sitting around for over a year, so i figured it was just time to do something with it. Otherwise i am a master procrastinator. :lol:


Dan you going to DOTVW?

Yeah, i'll be there. The Bug's looking a bit sorry, but it'll fit in the with rat boys a little more now :rolleyes: :lol:

eeden
08-11-09, 10:40 PM
Yeah. still havent got around to fix the rear guard?
is there a crusie down cranbourne on sunday morning?

rupewrecht
09-11-09, 11:07 AM
Nah, haven't had a chance to fix the guard. Check Melburgluft for a cruise - i'm sure there'll be something

Frogger
10-11-09, 01:01 AM
Very impressive handy work rupe.

rupewrecht
22-11-09, 03:41 PM
So, after leaving it to dry for a few weeks to dry fully, i put a steering wheel back on and put a seat in it, as i was having withdrawl from driving it. Had to go to a mates place, and it happened to bucket down with rain while i was out.

The good: The drainage channels work perfectly, there's no leaks inside the cabin, and it operates without a hitch.

The bad: none!

I've cut the centre out of the original headlining and removed all the original aftermarket foam lining off the sunroof unit. I think the best plan of attack will be to put the headlining in, stick the foam in place over the sunroof unit and then but the material over (over?) the top. I don't think it'll be possible to do it with the headlining out as i'd hoped, and trying to allow for the contours of the sunroof unit etc might create problems.

Either way, the headlining is on the backburner. The next thing it to meet up wth a mate to get him to rewire the ASC sunroof controls to work with the Mazda OEM sunroof control i've got. He's had a quick look, and reckons i'll be no problem.

This then changes me using the original centre roof light - which gets positioned behind the sunroof opening - so about 15cm further back, which makes the map lights useless. So next quest is to find the centre roof light with the door controls but not the map lights, which shouldn't be too hard, i hope! I can get rid of the original one, as the Mazda OEM sunroof controls have the maps lights as part of the unit, which positions just behind the rear view mirror stalk. Much neater then. So yeah, no headliner until all that is sorted out.

rupewrecht
16-12-09, 03:12 PM
Developments:

Cut a hole in the headlining, as of course with the sunroof unit in, the headlining needs to sit a lot lower.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_headlininghole.jpg

But i've decided to make it a little more like OEM, and have managed to source some darker grey roof lights. As standard the BA has the one on the left, but with a OEM sunroof they have controls similar to these. Both of the new ones are actually from a 626 though, and look a bit nicer than the BA OEM ones.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/astina_sunroof_newcontrols.jpg

And it's booked in tomorrow for the wiring to be sorted, as i hate dealing with that stuff. They're going to have a go at hacking into the ASC sunroof controls (which are as ugly as sin) and making the Mazda controls work. Should be possible, but we'll see!


Also did a bit more work on the shaved cam cover. That's going to be wrinkle coated soon, and i still need to make up a cover for over the spark plug well.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/engine/astina_bpcamcovershavedprimer.jpg


And threw on some MS-01Fs in 16x7+35 just for the hell of it. They're the perfect fitment for BA - nicely flush-ish with the guards. Not bad, but i still prefer the MS-02s.

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/astina_ms-01f_front34.jpg

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/wheels/astina_ms-01f_side.jpg

They're for sale too :lol:
http://forum.jdmstyletuning.com/showthread.php?t=20405

rupewrecht
22-12-09, 12:36 PM
...and these arrived from japan :lol:

http://rupewrecht.com/astina/interior/lantis_seatcovers.jpg

I can't see myself ever putting them on, but... :lol: :lol: :lol:

zappy65
16-05-10, 07:15 PM
You are a horder and a procrastinator...Bahahahahaha

Love your work man, few people would have the balls to do that to their rides...kudo's to you...so..

Whens the bar getting painted...1-2 years maybe...lol....

ATMOSR
17-05-10, 11:34 PM
Nice work dude! Looks real nice. I like the shade of material you have used for the trim pieces. DIY ftw.

DJIntegr8
18-05-10, 01:33 AM
Nice work, been following your build for a few years (back on AZM for some of it!) Great inspiration for the Mazda boys :)

Brendan

llama_au
18-05-10, 07:46 PM
Ah the AZM days :D

Fresh
16-05-12, 08:12 PM
Nice to see another car like mine around!

trism
16-05-12, 08:18 PM
Horee sheet 2 year bump

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philz
16-05-12, 08:22 PM
And the car still looks the same HAHAHA

rupewrecht
17-05-12, 10:54 AM
LOL yeah still looks the same.

Doesn't go the same though...it doesn't go.

muncher
17-05-12, 03:57 PM
LOL yeah still looks the same.

Doesn't go the same though...it doesn't go.

Hey rupewrecht, I've got a few questions, but you're inbox is full up! :D

rupewrecht
17-05-12, 03:59 PM
Hey rupewrecht, I've got a few questions, but you're inbox is full up! :D

Just emptied it!

crazyas
21-05-12, 08:42 PM
wow dude, you've still got this machine. Last time i remember this is from the TeamAZM mini meets / cruise's. Nice progress should look good with some fresh paint :D