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I'm taking over my parents' old '87 Mazda 323 SL hatch (EDIT: It's finally done), and following advice in the "Show your car" thread, I decided to fix it up and go stock as far as possible. I'm also planning to take it to a local vintage car and steam show in September, I already asked and they'll accept it.

I already started working on it before taking pictures, but I'll be able to post pictures of most of the work progress.

Pictures will follow soon.

The pictures that I have are now posted.


Updates:
10/7/2015: Untouched exterior, painted stock hubcaps
11/7/2015: More pictures
15/7/2015: Cleaning the interior
20/7/2015: Installing the repaired seats
22/7/2015: Cleaning the engine
18/8/2015: Cleaning the door panels
21/10/2015: Bought some parts for the interior, fixed the glovebox
23/10/2015: Replaced the center console
26/7/2016: Rust repair on hatch
31/8/2016: Pinstriping (question stage)
29/11/2016: Installed new exhaust
10/1/2017: Cleaned the taillights
21/1/2017: Painted the wheels
16/12/2019: Full respray project (shade change)
 

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I'm taking over my parents' old '87 Mazda 323 SL hatch, and following advice in the "Show your car" thread, I decided to fix it up and go stock as far as possible. I'm also planning to take it to a local vintage car and steam show in September, I already asked and they'll accept it.

I already started working on it before taking pictures, but I'll be able to post pictures of most of the work progress.

Pictures will follow soon.
That might be too soon.

You would have to do a lot of work. Mostly cleaning, especially the engine bay with degreaser and you will run into some problems if you find some corrosion.

But I'm just basing this on guessing. You haven't actually posted pictures of it, only the hubcaps
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That was quick, are you stalking me?
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You'd be suprised at the state of some of the cars there. Sometimes you can see a shell with a partial engine. This one will at least be cleaned as well as I can, it's driveable, and will be partially fixed.
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Anyway, on to the pictures.

Here the body is exacly like it was when I started:







I still need to get some UV resistant clearcoat for the hubcaps before I can put them on, and I might have to refurb the rims.
 

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I think Steelies on that (the wheels you have now, but without hubcaps) would look pretty good. It wouldn't be stock though since it came with hubcaps from the factory.
 

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The hubcaps only cover part of each rim, unlike the ones in the first pictures. So with the stock hubcaps on they'll still show the steel.

Also, after washing the car I noticed why the hatch is rusting. It seems the rubber around the window lets water in, and it stays wet for a long time (I washed it late yesterday, it wasn't dry this morning).
 

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Hmmm..those rubbers are gonna set you back quite a bit..they are expensive..
I'll be following this thread tho,it is always interesting seeing car restorations
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Hmmm..those rubbers are gonna set you back quite a bit..they are expensive..
I'll be following this thread tho,it is always interesting seeing car restorations
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They aren't really expensive, they're just difficult to install and almost impossible to install (at least without breaking the glass) if you have no experience.
 

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That sucks. How about a scrapyard though? I already bought a few things that way (including 3 of the 4 hubcaps).
 

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They aren't really expensive, they're just difficult to install and almost impossible to install (at least without breaking the glass) if you have no experience.
How DARE you ninja me?!
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If I'm not comfortable with something I'd rather let someone else do it. I assume I can take it to a glass shop (once the rust is dealt with)?
 

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How DARE you ninja me?!
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If I'm not comfortable with something I'd rather let someone else do it. I assume I can take it to a glass shop (once the rust is dealt with)?
Get a quote at a glass shop. It shouldn't cost too much to get it replaced professionally.
 

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Get a quote at a glass shop. It shouldn't cost too much to get it replaced professionally.
I don't know man,they are quite expensive over here(but then again ,everything is)..
I got a quote for my mother's '07 Yaris that was a couple hudrend € for the windshield, if I remember correctly D:
 

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Get a quote at a glass shop. It shouldn't cost too much to get it replaced professionally.
I'll do so then.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to take the car in soon though, I'm going to remove the front seats next week to have them repaired and upholstered (synthetic leather, I suppose I'll have to make peace with the fact that the original fabric isn't in great shape anymore). Then I'll wait a bit (I'll have to see how long) before I take the rear seat in. These things are also a bit expensive.

But I suppose I just have to give them the details about the car?
 

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I don't know man,they are quite expensive over here(but then again ,everything is)..
I got a quote for my mother's '07 Yaris that was a couple hudrend € , if I remember correctly D:
Ouch. That's not cheap.
 

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Ouch. That's not cheap.
Welcome to Greece my friend..Then again,I asked over at the Toyota car dealer that I take it for service and not a glass shop-maybe you'll get a better deal (I did not change it anyway)
 

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Welcome to Greece my friend..Then again,I asked over at the Toyota car dealer that I take it for service and not a glass shop-maybe you'll get a better deal (I did not change it anyway)
I wonder, do you know how South African prices are? I posted something a while ago, but I suppose I'll have to post it again to show you what I mean.

1.8 Golf (4 door, US): $20 995
1.2 Golf Trendline (ZA): R271 600 ($21 728)
 

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I don't know man,they are quite expensive over here(but then again ,everything is)..
I got a quote for my mother's '07 Yaris that was a couple hudrend € for the windshield, if I remember correctly D:
That's pretty terrible actually.

Repairing a crack in the windshield here is £50-£75 (£10-£20 if you claim through insurance) depending on size and replacing the windshield would cost £50 labour + price of the windshield, it depends on the car.
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I'll do so then.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to take the car in soon though, I'm going to remove the front seats next week to have them repaired and upholstered (synthetic leather, I suppose I'll have to make peace with the fact that the original fabric isn't in great shape anymore). Then I'll wait a bit (I'll have to see how long) before I take the rear seat in. These things are also a bit expensive.

But I suppose I just have to give them the details about the car?
They will most likely ask you to bring the car in so they can see it properly.
 

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Id be looking around the wrecking yards for a 'rust free' hatch back .

We have those madaz here as well the the turbo 323 was called a 'Familia R' or sumthin but Ford over here called 'em 'Laser' body updated and made two turbo versions called TX3 Laser one was FWD and the other AWD basically rebadged , reworked Mazdas
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Id be looking around the wrecking yards for a 'rust free' hatch back .

We have those madaz here as well the the turbo 323 was called a 'Familia R' or sumthin but Ford over here called 'em 'Laser' body updated and made two turbo versions called TX3 Laser one was FWD and the other AWD basically rebadged , reworked Mazdas
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We (South Africa) also had the Ford Laser.
 

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We (South Africa) also had the Ford Laser.
Im certain the '85 - '87 hatches are the same
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Im certain the '85 - '87 hatches are the same
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Could be. But then it'll cost more initially since the paint likely won't match. I'm trying to spread the costs out, and I already have to shell out R1250 each just to fix the front seats.
 
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