Resto-ro­tary

New Zealand Classic Car - - Price On -

Restor­ing a car is a labour of love, and only a very se­lect few make it to com­ple­tion be­fore the project is for­got­ten about, or mod­i­fied be­yond the orig­i­nal plan. Ryan Dunn’s Mazda R100 will be one of those se­lect few. This New Zealand–new ro­tary spent 25 years in stor­age in the shaky city [Christchurch], and is now be­ing re­turned to its day-one form in ex­cru­ci­at­ing de­tail: the only item to change will be its heart. Ev­ery nut and bolt has been re­coated with zinc, and ev­ery part is a new re­place­ment or has been re­built to en­sure it is all orig­i­nal. It still has the orig­i­nal plates is­sued back in ’ 71, and the orig­i­nal in­te­rior and dash com­bi­na­tion. So far, it has racked up one and a half years of build time, which isn’t a sur­prise given this level of de­tail — each part has been sand­blasted, and the body was ham­mered straight. The old girl is set to wear a lush coat of orig­i­nal paint code ‘Eiger White’ ( WA) to com­ple­ment the rechromed and re­stored trim, along with the orig­i­nal set of 14-inch wheels and hub­caps.

As for the heart, this Mazda won’t see an orig­i­nal 10A sunk into the en­gine bay, in­stead a very close to pe­riod-cor­rect 12A will take its place. The ports have been opened and matched by Grant Munro at Ro­tor­sport Rac­ing & En­gine Balanc­ing, and it runs a 48mm IDA that will be re­placed by a set of quads once the car is in one piece again. Be­hind it will sit an RX-7 five-speed gear­box and Mazda 626 bell­hous­ing combo. Oth­er­wise, this is the ul­ti­mate ex­am­ple of pu­rity, and Ryan has told us it is on the home­stretch, with com­ple­tion set for the next few months. We very much look for­ward to see­ing this beauty for a full fea­ture in the near fu­ture.

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