ArthurDent Reader
Feb. 28, 2011 12:26 p.m.

I am pumped - I bought a Mazda 808 which is the piston powered equivalent of a Rx-3. Its got oh so 70s strips and slot mag wheels on skinny tires. Needs a little motor and brake work but all the chrome is there, body is decent and interior is fantastic. Getting it home tonight to dig in. Plan is to get it roadworthy then I dunno from there. Here are some shots of it from a few months back.

1973 Mazda 808 1973 Mazda 808 1973 Mazda 808

Keith SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:30 p.m.

Supercool!

92CelicaHalfTrac SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:31 p.m.

Holy cow that thing looks INCREDIBLE!

Congrats!

Rufledt HalfDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:36 p.m.

I want it! soo awesome!

AngryCorvair SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:38 p.m.

i'd lose the rocker stripes and flow the bodyside stripes up to parallel the blacked-out hood section, as if a boss mustang and yenko camaro did the nasty.

ArthurDent Reader
Feb. 28, 2011 12:38 p.m.

I love it so much already. There is a little rocker rust but not too bad at all. Trunk and floors are super solid and interior looks like new. Even the roof is in good shape.

Zomby woof Dork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:39 p.m.

I love the 70's econo boxes. I never should have passed on the Plymouth Arrow's I could have had for the right price.

Nice score!

92CelicaHalfTrac SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:44 p.m.

Which motor is in that? The 1.6?

I'm starting to get some horrible ideas.

Teqnyck Reader
Feb. 28, 2011 12:46 p.m.

Miata drivetrain?

F2T/FE3 + B2200 trans?

Turbo2?

YOUR OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS, CHOOSE WISELY.

Woody SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:47 p.m.

Were you actually looking for one of those or did you just stumble upon it?

Mazdax605 HalfDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:47 p.m.

Let me guess you are in Lethbridge? Someday I will move there. Color me jeleous,especially after selling my wreaked 77 RX-3 SP last week.

Javelin SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 12:48 p.m.

Nice! I love 70's miniature muscle cars!

It begs for a Weber'd 1.6...

ArthurDent Reader
Feb. 28, 2011 12:57 p.m.

Yes 1.6L four banger. Looked like an aluminum head - can't remember. Its the TC engine I believe - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_C_engine

Yes in Lethbridge.

I'd love to do a Miata engine and gearbox swap but they are mighty expensive here in western Canada. The usual Rx-3 conversion is possible if I come across a decent Rx-7 donor. The B2200 donor idea would be decent for a low buck, stock looking conversion.

92CelicaHalfTrac SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 1:01 p.m.
Teqnyck wrote: Miata drivetrain? F2T/FE3 + B2200 trans? Turbo2? YOUR OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS, CHOOSE WISELY.

The second is what i was thinking...

I've been looking for some vintage japanese steel, and a donor to put my motor in.

This could kill two birds with one stone.

Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
Feb. 28, 2011 1:05 p.m.

Love it. I actually want one of these more than an RX-3. I would do a late model MX-5 transplant.

alfadriver SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 1:07 p.m.

Miata powertrain?

Why not a whole subframe job? End with a Miata coupe with a cool body.

Tom Heath Web Manager
Feb. 28, 2011 1:10 p.m.

Fantastic find! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

1988RedT2 Dork
Feb. 28, 2011 1:12 p.m.

I'm totally diggin' it, man!

WilberM3 HalfDork
Feb. 28, 2011 1:13 p.m.

i'm constantly blown away with all the rather odd/rare things you keep bringing home that consistently look to be in amazingly good condition.

Teqnyck Reader
Feb. 28, 2011 1:19 p.m.
ArthurDent wrote: I'd love to do a Miata engine and gearbox swap but they are mighty expensive here in western Canada. The usual Rx-3 conversion is possible if I come across a decent Rx-7 donor. The B2200 donor idea would be decent for a low buck, stock looking conversion.

Not just cheap but extremely potent. I don't wanna get Mr. Celica going on this (lol, j/k) but an F2T can make some extreme power on the stock internals. If you did a little digging, you might find that this is one of your better options if you want power and reliability.

Keith SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 2:31 p.m.

I'll bet that's a live rear axle, which is going to make swapping in a full Miata subframe set a little more complex. But I'd drop in a Miata 1.6, simply because it looks vintage and it is a sweet little engine. I don't think a big turbo monster engine would really suit that car.

I learned to drive stick in a 1980 626. I suspect there's quite a bit in common under the skin. It was a really fun little thing, you can still feel its DNA in the Miata.

EricM
EricM Dork
Feb. 28, 2011 2:35 p.m.

LOVE IT!

Jay SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 2:36 p.m.

Man those things are cool! Looks like it's in pretty nice shape too. Nice find!

ArthurDent Reader
Feb. 28, 2011 2:44 p.m.

Its a live axle with leaf springs at the rear. I believe brakes and such are in common with the later rwd 323.

Xceler8x SuperDork
Feb. 28, 2011 3:52 p.m.

Gorgeous. I can't believe that interior condition. Great find.

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