NZ Performance Car - - Under Construction -

Restor­ing a car is a labour of love, a process fea cars we fea­ture acu­tally go through. Ryan Dunn’s Mazda R100 will be one of those select few. This New Zealand–new rotang spent 25 years in stor­age in the shaky city (Christchurch) and is now be­ing put back to its day-one form in ex­cru­ci­at­ing de­tail: the only item to change will be its heart. Ev­ery nut and bolt has been re­coated in zinc, and ev­ery part is a new re­place­ment or has been re­built to en­sure it is all orig­i­nal. It still rocks the orig­i­nal plates is­sued back in ’71, and the orig­i­nal in­te­rior and dash combo. Each part has been sand­blasted and the body ham­mered straight. So far, it has racked up one and a half years of build time, which isn’t a sur­prise with this level of at­ten­tion. The old girl is set to wear a lush coat of orig­i­nal paint code ‘Eiger White’ (WA) to com­ple­ment the re-chromed and re­stored trim, along with the orig­i­nal set of 14-inch wheels and hub­caps.

As for the heart, this Mazda won’t rock an orig­i­nal 10A ex­am­ple; in­stead a 12A-BP will take its place. The ports have been opened and matched by Grant Munro at Ro­tor­sport Rac­ing and 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 box and 626 bell­hous­ing combo. Other­wise, this will be the ul­ti­mate ex­am­ple of pu­rity, and Ryan has told us it is on the home stretch, with com­ple­tion set for the next few months.

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