mazda as it arrives at my garage
at first I had planned to fix it up to drive when I got my license. bought a brand new rad support to replace the rotten original, before i could install it and rebuild the front clip, I decided it would eventually be bagged so why not chop out the inner fenders while the front clip was torn apart.
Seeing the inner fenders out got me looking forward to baggin it. so I decided I'd bag it before i put it on the road. So I removed the box to c-notch the frame and get ready for a 4-link
Decided to clean up the rear first and get rid of the spare tire holder. I made the new bar flush with the ends of the frame rails. I had to cut off a peice on each side to make both ends flat, then I cut the bar long and notched it to cover the rail ends
Notch kit I made from 3"x3"x1/8" tubing welded them on the ground then notched the sides to slide over the original frame rails
notches welded to frame, ready for a bridge or cross bar to keep the frame solid after the centers are cut out
my bridge. Decided to go with bag over axle considering this is the first vehicle I've built, bags in the 4 link would just be one headache that I'll save for next time
Original cross bar and old frame cut out, then hole patched waiting to be ground smooth
new gas tank mount i made to move it behind the rear differential because the original location is going to be in the way of my 4-link bars
Holes in my frame from cutting out my c notches before and after being filled waiting to be smoothed.
My rear differential painted and reassembled, Gas tank painted
4-link kit from suicide doors waiting to be installed after I wrap the frame in 1/4" steel from where the cab starts to where the c-notch starts on both sides
Here are some other random shots from along the way
Some day we'll be lookin like new again. . . somethin like this . . we'll have to find some pimpin 17's. . . nahh 20's . . n come up with a colour ? ?