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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:25 am 
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Wonder if anyone has any info about the '78 Savanna Convertibles? I've been told (by the previous owner) that Mazda imported 25 of them and made them into convertibles as a marketing thing for RX7s.

The plate on mine says the top was chopped off in '84. I have a letter from Phil's Rotary (dated '98) saying that this is one of 25 in Australia, and I have the original compliance report for the convertible modification, which says it's a '78 model. I'm guessing they changed over the side mirrors and rear lights to S2/3 version when they did the convertible mod, because it looks more like a S2/3 than a Savanna/S1.


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:29 am 
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Hi guy's just wanting to know iff anyone can help me with what model my 7 is .
Mazda rx7 8/79
sa22c569230
it has all the electrics same as s2 model
including electronic dissie 12a
same dash layout as a s2

Im the second owner was brought off a old lady approx 5 yrs ago

iff anyone can help out with this that would be great as i have spoken to a few rotor heads and no one can help
it did have a stickers on it when i got it that said special edition

can anyone help me out
THANKS RATRX MARK


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:43 pm 
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RATRX wrote:
Hi guy's just wanting to know iff anyone can help me with what model my 7 is .
Mazda rx7 8/79
sa22c569230
it has all the electrics same as s2 model
including electronic dissie 12a
same dash layout as a s2

Im the second owner was brought off a old lady approx 5 yrs ago

iff anyone can help out with this that would be great as i have spoken to a few rotor heads and no one can help
it did have a stickers on it when i got it that said special edition

can anyone help me out
THANKS RATRX MARK


Yours is a Series 1 buddy with Series 2 parts put in

RX7 Series 1 Build 02/79 ~ 10/80 ---- Yours is here
RX7 Series 2 Build 11/80 ~ 09/83
RX7 Series 3 Build 10/83 ~ 12/85


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:15 pm 
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Hi Guys,

Who would know the Chassis # of the first few RX7's to come to Aus? They were Mazda Press cars I believe? What's the lowest Australian delivered Chassis # that has been seen?

Cheers, Chris.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:07 pm 
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Oneiros wrote:
Wonder if anyone has any info about the '78 Savanna Convertibles? I've been told (by the previous owner) that Mazda imported 25 of them and made them into convertibles as a marketing thing for RX7s.

The plate on mine says the top was chopped off in '84. I have a letter from Phil's Rotary (dated '98) saying that this is one of 25 in Australia, and I have the original compliance report for the convertible modification, which says it's a '78 model. I'm guessing they changed over the side mirrors and rear lights to S2/3 version when they did the convertible mod, because it looks more like a S2/3 than a Savanna/S1.

i did a lot of work many years ago sorting out "windchilled and topless" back to street and sorting the E6H haltech for its then new Perth owner ( not builder )

this was a very documented and engineered and unique vehicle
( if you include the Porsche lights and body kit )
all with a veritable wad of compliance and mod permits
BUT it was NOT one of the original topless rx7 batches,, i doubt yours is too
( sounds to me that phils is pulling yet another swifty )
this one was engineered on the basis that its been done and imported before
and had substantial under-body and rear firewall modifications ( 626 coupe boot rear )
- actually added quite a bit of weight to the car,, much heavier than the standard coupe

for a while there was another ( copy ) in WA,,it went through a few panel and rotor shops hands but ultimately didnt get registered
last i knew of it custom car craft rockingham where badgering windchilleds owner for access to the mod permits
( to try and pull one over the WA scrutineers )
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this thing had all the fruit,, including 35 spline 9 inch and bombed jatco and ran an 11.07, despite its weight

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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 3:10 am 
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bumpstart wrote:
i did a lot of work many years ago sorting out "windchilled and topless" back to street and sorting the E6H haltech for its then new Perth owner ( not builder )

this was a very documented and engineered and unique vehicle
( if you include the Porsche lights and body kit )
all with a veritable wad of compliance and mod permits
BUT it was NOT one of the original topless rx7 batches,, i doubt yours is too
( sounds to me that phils is pulling yet another swifty )
this one was engineered on the basis that its been done and imported before
and had substantial under-body and rear firewall modifications ( 626 coupe boot rear )
- actually added quite a bit of weight to the car,, much heavier than the standard coupe

for a while there was another ( copy ) in WA,,it went through a few panel and rotor shops hands but ultimately didnt get registered
last i knew of it custom car craft rockingham where badgering windchilleds owner for access to the mod permits
( to try and pull one over the WA scrutineers )
Image
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this thing had all the fruit,, including 35 spline 9 inch and bombed jatco and ran an 11.07, despite its weight


damn that looks nice.

what do you mean by "original topless rx7 batches"? mine is an import, and on the compliance plate is the convertible company's name so i'm guessing it was done as soon as it was imported. what is the story behind the original verts? AFAIK none were made like this from factory...

also on a side note, since you worked on it, was the roll bar compulsory for chassis strengthening?


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 10:41 am 
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roll cage was supplied with car but not fitted
i insisted it must be fitted,, especially since the car had already achieved a near flat 11 in sydney
( so as to be legal to drag here in WA )
the car came with 5.83:1 nine inch rear and the long studs and wide racing rims with slicks and front runners
--all but a chute and wheelie bars
as was the bar was still rather low ,, so some support blocks where fabbed to raise the bars height
( higher than the top of your head,, unlike before )
to make it more road friendly rotomotion refitted a stock fuel tank with doubled outlets
( replacing the fuel cell ) along with a LSD 4.1
me,, i troubleshot, sorted out the bug in the fuel pumps, refitted and tuned the e6 and did the general servicing

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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:24 pm 
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s3 auto tail shaft will fit s2 manual gearbox

what adaptor hose are you talking about when changing diff from s3 to s2,i just fitted a s3 diff in my s2 and everything fitted perfectly


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:39 pm 
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Hi Guys ,

Does anyone know if S1/2/3 in Australia came dealer or factory fitted with bodykits ? I cant seem to find the answer . Some people claim to have cars with factory fitted body kits , but I cant find any evidence of this . Maybe they were a dealer option ? or just after market ?

For instance , the advertisment on the following car claims to be a "moffat special limited edition" and ive never came across such a car in the 15 years since ive owned my first RX7 .


http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/pri ... &silo=1011


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:25 am 
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looks similar the the Greg Hansford cars that were done.They were a special order from Mazda Aust


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:40 am 
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hey guys, any help would be greatly appreciated

i)shes a 78' rx7, basic model, 180kph speedo, no electric anything (does this mean its a savanna?)
ii)what is a savanna?
iii)whats the stock wheel size for 78' s (conflicting info)
iv)my plate says SA22C - no additional numbers, is this standard on jap imports?

Thanks for your help, i love ausrotary


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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:24 pm 
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Puddles wrote:
hey guys, any help would be greatly appreciated

i)shes a 78' rx7, basic model, no electric anything (does this mean its a savanna?)
ii)what is a savanna?
iii)whats the stock wheel size for 78' s (conflicting info)
iv)my plate says SA22C - no additional numbers, is this standard on jap imports?

Thanks for your help, i love ausrotary



i believe that would be a s1 limited savanna, American spec? someone back me up on this? im probably wrong.


dimensions & weight
1978 Mazda RX-7 See all Mazda models
Wheelbase 2421 mm 95.3 in
Track front 1420 mm 55.9 in
rear 1400 mm 55.1 in
Length 4285 mm 168.7 in
Width 1674 mm 65.9 in
Height 1270 mm 50 in
Length:wheelbase ratio 1.77
Ground clearance
Kerb weight 1024 kg 2258 lb


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it might be 1978 model but its probably counted as a 79.. it was probably released in 1978 as some 78 mods get realised in 79 i so its counted a 79 mod.. i hope thats not confusing..


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:30 am 
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looks similar the the Greg Hansford cars that were done.They were a special order from Mazda Aust


SO does this car have the correct body kit fitted as a dealer option ? I find it unusual that the rear bumper and front bar/spoiler is color coded white aswell....

does anyone have any pics of what a factory/dealer fitted body kit SHOULD look like?

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 Post subject: Re: Mazda RX-7 SA22C (1978 - 1985)
PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:19 am 
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Puddles wrote:
hey guys, any help would be greatly appreciated

i)shes a 78' rx7, basic model, 180kph speedo, no electric anything (does this mean its a savanna?)
ii)what is a savanna?
iii)whats the stock wheel size for 78' s (conflicting info)
iv)my plate says SA22C - no additional numbers, is this standard on jap imports?

Thanks for your help, i love ausrotary

If it's a savanna and from what I have seen....
And no electrics, sounds like a GT to me. LE's had some stuff electric, like fender mirrors
Aus spec from what I have seen had no electrics as well.
Jap specs have different interior, twin chrome piping around the doors and console.
79 Aus was solid colour, But I have seen one with chrome trim, but single strip.
Tarten inserts in the seats
You wont have two compliance plates, one with date of manufacture wont be there.
From what i have been told, month and year will be on the tags on the seat belts.
Back seat should be lap sash only, unless it's been changed to shoulder sash to comply with Aus standards.
You should have chrome rear license lights.
The arial should be in the window.
You will also have front fender blinkers and mirrors, or mirrors blanked out.
Speedo is correct
And no intrusion bars in the doors.

If I can think of anything else, will update.

Good luck with it.

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