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15-10-11, 04:41 PM
Hi everyone,

I just thought I'd share my car story. I got off my P's and was craving the turbo bug. I've always been someone who like's something different. Don't get me wrong, I still love all the Nissans and Toyota's, I mean value for money nothing can beat them. But I needed something different, something a bit more 'classic' but it had to be turbo.

The search began... I looked at 4G63T Cordia's, kind of wacky looking things but how could anyone take them serious after a whole reputation is destroyed from Roger Cordia. I looked at older MK3 Supra's (still hope to get one next year), but couldn't find anything half decent and most were run down. I thought about old Z31 Californian 300zx Turbo, but there rare and mostly automatic.

And then this popped up...
http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/9356/originalub.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/42/originalub.jpg/)
http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/8171/originalh.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/803/originalh.jpg/)
1989 Mazda BF SS Turbo. I fell in love, it had so much character. It was previously owned by a Mazda enthuasist who had taken exceptional care of it. Service history records were kept (I found originally a lady owned it) and the condition was superb/original. All electrics worked including the sunroof! There were some modifications done like VF12 Turbo, Exhaust, Boost Controller, Suspension goodies, Alarm and Audio components which added to the experience. So I bought it.:mrgreen:

I drove it around for a bit and loved it. The Mrs was a bit like "wtf, why that old rust bucket?", but she'll never understand:rolleyes:. You get me, you get the car, deal with it haha.

Next, the stock rims weren't doing it for me so I needed something 'old school'. From the outset I wanted gold mesh, nothing else. So I looked on ebay and everything was a bit steep and then I came across otomoto. Fantastic prices, great service, highly recommended. I picked ALMEX 14x6.5" +16 Gold Mesh:
http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/1522/originaljz.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/513/originaljz.jpg/)

I took them to the local tyre shop, got them fitted then the next morning there all flat:mad:They forgot to replace the metal air valve's which are prone to leaking. So I tried to get the nuts off to chuck the old wheels back on, but the pricks rattled gunned it on too tight, I couldn't get them off. Not even the RACV man could. :mad:>:evil:. I then took them to another tyre shop, The Tyre Factory, who replaced with all rubber valves + racing wheel nuts + fixed a slight buckle for $30!:)
http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/665/originalvl.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/originalvl.jpg/)

I then got it all major serviced and did a few modifications. I ditched the crusty old K&N panel for a Pipercross oil foam panel, and then got rid of that for a 3A Racing pod. Increased induction noise, picked up a little bit (stock airbox is quite restrictive). I changed the stock intercooler to a bigger MX6 unit, but with the increased piping size lag increased and I didn't like the fact it just didn't look original, therefore the stock unit was installed. I replaced the Turbosmart manual boost controller with Turbotech unit, another great product. Boost for now is only set at 8psi which is not really in the efficiency of the VF12, but it picks up better than before. I plumb-backed my oil catch can and put black polypipe over the lines + over boost controller line.
http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/792/originalwz.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/828/originalwz.jpg/)

Then after that I decided to strip a bit of the interior. On previous cars I've done, it changes the car tremendously. The raw noise, increased acceleration and feel of your back breaking over every bump = heaven:) serious! I enjoy feeling everything the car is doing, not it being soaked up. In perspective the car is probably down near 800kg, so it's a quick little thing. I kept the spare wheel in for daily driving as my car before this suffered a flat and I was stranded. Parents were fuming haha oops:cry:.
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4505/originalvw.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/194/originalvw.jpg/)

So then I drove it a bit more and I considered selling it. Why? because I'm moving up north for my graduate job and thought another enthuasist could enjoy it. So I put it up for sale, had many interested parties, but I wasn't really happy with anyone. I'm not selling it to someone who'll fuck it up. I then thought, it's too good to sell (I hope I don't sound arrogant), so I took it off the market.

Then we reached today where I took some more pics:
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/4880/originalmn.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/827/originalmn.jpg/)
http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/5122/originalcn.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/851/originalcn.jpg/)
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/7107/originallq.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/10/originallq.jpg/)
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/261/originaluk.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/originaluk.jpg/)

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/9539/originalwa.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/810/originalwa.jpg/)
I also bought some AAA batteries for TI84 Calculator, FINAL EXAMS EVER!!!!

Plans for the car = I want to turn it into a track car, nothing along the lines of time attack, more for classic hill climbs with other older cars.

Future modifications include:
- ultra racing strut braces, underbody braces, rear swaybar
- forged rebuild
- bigger injectors & pump: has everything else
- microtech seem to be good for these engines
- e85
- recaro seat & nardi wheel
- maybe, camry/mr2 box conversion

Thank you

15-10-11, 06:40 PM
wow, such a good condition.. and with a turbo.. this car should go to museum

15-10-11, 07:03 PM
Lol same rims as mine :D

Although yours are in much better condition

Nice buy :3

15-10-11, 10:03 PM
Lol same rims as mine :D

Although yours are in much better condition

Nice buy :3

Just looked at your thread, clean MX5 you have. Nice rims too!

I also just DIY heat shield for pod, used some 4" PVC Pipe + Lid. Cut lid, paint all black and done. A little ghetto but does the job!

16-10-11, 12:49 AM
damn thats clean. i used to have a BG 323 Astina. It was FWD and non turbo. Great little car :D

16-10-11, 01:12 AM
Thanks for the PM mate. I'm bloody happy with it. I've never had a Mazda before and although it's an older car, I'm really surprised with it's build quality. Don't think I'll ever get rid of it.

New picture from cruise last night:
http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/4664/29943110150419552247160.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/257/29943110150419552247160.jpg/)

17-10-11, 01:30 PM
That is awesome! Easy to forget how many turbo cars were available back then - could on you for keeping it classic, lovign the look!

25-10-11, 01:49 AM
When cars were pure mechanical! Thinking of ditching carpet but not sure as it's relatively permanent but = more sounds = smiles!

Going to re-install MX6 intercooler; although it doesn't flow great has much bigger surface area and bolts into stock position.

Stock vs MX6
http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/7792/mx6andstockic.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/847/mx6andstockic.jpg/)

Another reasonably newish pic with another members BG Familia GTR (talk about rare)!
http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/7821/33720910150362344722160.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/843/33720910150362344722160.jpg/)

25-10-11, 08:36 AM
Good to see one of these being done right !

JDM Obsession
25-10-11, 10:07 AM
Love it - really nice example and good to see the mods progressing.

Yes, most girlfriends/wives/partners will never understand...generally that's just part of the fun of modifying. :twisted:

24-12-11, 05:40 PM
Clear your inbox bro

25-12-11, 03:25 PM
Do likey this car :)