My cars: 1989 Mazda 323 (the first one)

I ended up having three Mazda 323’s. This was the first one, purchased for $500 when I was dirt poor. Spray painted wheels and faux carbon fiber spray painted hood, along with a 323 GTX grille were the only changes to the exterior. Inside I had a set of GTX seats, a Momo steering wheel and an aftermarket shift knob. Oh, and my portable cd player velcroed to the dash. Best thing about this car were the brand new Tokico sports shocks I installed because they were discontinued and cheaper than anything else I could find. Don’t worry, everything was better after this.

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1991 Chevy S10: Timmy the truck

Just a simple 4.3 V6 shortbed S10 with a finish only mother nature could create. It’s dropped a few inches on springs and spindles up front and leaves and blocks out back. The wheels are late eighties Caprice and the center caps are from a ’70’s C10. The grille came from the sorta-rare Oldsmobile Bravada. This was a fun little truck and came out just how I wanted when I was done.

I will build at least two more some day.

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Probably my favorite picture of Timmy.

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Love the Bravada grille! It reminds me of the late ’70’s Pontiac Firebird.  RTimmy the truck (17)

Timmy did work too, hauling a bed full of stuff on a regular basis. This load was towards th end of a 300 mile day, and consisted of 4 nascar wheels and tires, 2 loose nascar tires, a pair of Ikea wardrobes and a good sized cabinet (along with a bunch of smaller odds and ends.)

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I tried to run a set of Corvette ZR1 wheels but the fronts were more of a challenge than I had time to sort out. Still, the 315 width rear tires on the 17×11 wheels looked right tucked up under the fenders.

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Project Junkyard Jewel: 1988 Mazda 323 GT

So, I was looking for parts for another project in the junkyard one day when I spotted this diamond in the rough (quite literally) from across the yard. I recognized the distinctive intake pipe and knew immediately what  i was looking at. $300 to buy it from the yard and a couple months of paperwork later and it was mine.

3 days after I bought it it was running. Over the 5 years I had it, i learned a great deal about working on cars and my GT benefited by receiving all sorts of upgrades and enhancements, such as new shocks, lowering springs, MX6 front lip, Subaru GL foglights with snap on covers, Work Equip 03 replica wheels, 195/55-15 tires, full header back 2.5″ exhaust, Exedy clutch, Toyota MR2 seats with adjustable bolsters, 8 ball shift knob, Momo steering wheel, tinted corner markers, turn signals and taillights, rare factory decklid spoiler, and more.

 

There were likely less than a thousand of these ever made, and it was a very fun car and project. On to the pics!

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Project Safety Stance, v.3:

Added reflective rim stripes, repainted the headlights, Plasti-dipped the wheels, got other wheels, took those off, and finally got coilovers:

Drag DR34 17×7.5 et42 w/8mm spacer in rear with 205/40-17 tires:

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Rota MC 18×8 et45 w/8mm spacer in rear, 225/35-18 Nankang tires:

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Added dual Accord V6 exhaust tips, Buddy Club N+ coilovers.

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Project SpeedTracer

Mercury Tracer LTS, the mechanical quadruplet to the Mazda Protege LX, Ford Escort GT, and Ford Escort LX-E. DOHC 138hp 1.8L, 5 speed trans, 4 wheel disc brakes, plus a bunch of other little goodies.

I bought this car off craigslist for $500. Drove 330 miles to get it, swapped the bad alternator in the rain in the sellers driveway, then push started it and drove it home. It had Sprint springs, A JDM Mazda GTX strut tower brace, 17x7et38 PCW wheels, full exhaust, modified Honda Accord CAI, and a porsche 911 front lip. It was a great cheap little car, and surprised quite a few people at the local autocrosses when the Falken Azenis RT615’s were on.

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