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1.8 california

Postby fujikun » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:27 am

hi,
i have just bought a mk1 california to restore, i got no history with the car and have looked on the net for the specs that these cars had.
i think it has the mk1 1.8 engine as one of the pointers is the raised lettering on the camcover.
what about brakes diff etc, i would like to find out as to help with ordering parts etc.
if anyone has any info on these cars i would appreciate it.
its number is 167/300.
thanks in advance.
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby OldSpice » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:42 am

Basically an 1840cc Mk1 like the rest of its production run sisters so no hidden mechanical peculiarities because of it's colour or trim.
Good sources for parts as follows:
AK Automotive nr Newcastle
Autolink in Portsmouth
Junkyard Dog
Mx5 Parts if you must have something new.

I'd check the rot deeply before spending a cent though.
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby fujikun » Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:09 am

thanks for that old spice, yeah, the rot will be all cut out and new stuff welded in, i will get on that soon,
i do all my own work on cars so only need the parts, been using autolink, and mx5 parts.
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby mgrays » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:19 pm

UK California Mk1 was a basic Mk1 1.8. Big brakes from a 1.8. Manual windows and mirrors. No LSD. 1 part seats I think (no head rest). Manual aerial.

Tip for paint is .. do a white coat first and then cover with Sunburst yellow.

Replace that plastic rear window with a glass one .. Mk2 is best as it make the rear view mirror useful!

My J Ltd 2 is a Japan spec with some more toys and a year later car.
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby fujikun » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:06 pm

hi, thanks for that, that about sums it up although the seats have separate head rests, and they are origonal as i have found a lot of california pics.
my mate andy also a j ltd spec car, same colour but a 93 of the top of my head.
i think this one will be a nice car on completion. thanks for the info on the paint.
the bit i dont like is the boot with the rack i like the boot with the spoiler, i have one so will fit that instead.
i also intend to fit a mowhair hood which will have the glass hrw window.
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby Richardn » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:21 pm

Basic Mk1 1.8

15" Alloys of a 5 spoke style

Power steering

Yellow paint

Badge on the rear, some had wing badges

California manual sleeve

Numbered California badge on the Ashtray

The rack on the boot is a genuine Mazda Part
Mk3 2.0 sport & Mk1 California 217/300
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby fujikun » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:10 pm

thankyou for the info, i note you have one, can you post a couple of pics?
i have everything except the origonal radio, and of course the tyres.
be nice to see another on here.
thanks again.
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby Richardn » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:24 pm

Mine is now deceased. It was well known in the club in Scotland, But a £5k restoration was required, after someone did a restoration on it that was purely cosmetic

As it was a long time ago at Knockhil

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As it ended up

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Mk3 2.0 sport & Mk1 California 217/300
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby fujikun » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:33 am

hi, i have started chopping out and welding, here is a link to my restoration, http://www.mazdamenders.net/forum/viewt ... =35&t=4888.
i get at it as much as i can, inbetween work and family, and my aim is to get all the rot cut out and new welded in this summer.
i am trying to update as i go, so keep an eye out if your interested.
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Re: 1.8 california

Postby tjay » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:33 am

Just be careful when you start removing the rust it can go a lot further than you would think. Richards car was the worst rust overall that I and bodyshop had seen !! The guy that did his has done 6 family cars and approx. 23 others with no problems.
My son Mk1 Gleneagles is just now showing signs of more rot !!
It is his every day car and is used 365 days a year though.
I had one last year for a while and sold it to a neighbour who loves it.
Look forward to seeing another fully restored one "on the road"
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