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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    Not a lot going on at the moment, as it is one of these crazy busy periods at work. AC compressor gave up the ghost, replaced it with a used one from a friend which works really well, meaning that mine was half-broken for the last 5 years without me knowing. Thankfully, it is a newer scroll-type compressor, so it is quite efficient. Want to properly refresh the system at some point, maybe using a more modern compressor; we shall see.

    Also freaked out yesterday (after 14hrs of work), took a drill brush attachment, and went to town with the engine block (one side only for now), before painting with a direct-to-rust paint. Potato-quality content:







    Not too worried about the water and oil pump as they will be replaced, and the sump will get soda blasted. Quite happy how it turned out, although I would prefer a less glossy finish (that one was supposed to dry on a satin finish)
    Last edited by HarryB; 07-08-2021 at 11:15 AM.

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    3,000 rpm - starting to feel the power atlex's Avatar
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    Always love the look of a 'japanned' engine :-)

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    Haven't been on much. You car sure does look OUTSTANDING Harry!!! GOD BLESS

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    Had an unfortunate incident with the driver's side window regulator last Sunday when traveling back from visiting my parents. Stopped in a toll station (yes, these are a thing), tried to roll the window up, heard a bang and it went. That left me with the window rolled down, on a highway 80 miles from home, with 100+F outside...

    Upon removal and inspection, I noticed that the plastic clip holding the top cable on the regulator mechanism had sheared off. The cable then moved and broke the plastic pulley, which is riveted on the frame/rail. This also dislodged the cables in the electric motor drum, which became jammed...great! At that time I thought it was a total loss.

    Talked with a friend who had a spare regulator rail, so that I could use the pulley. Got hold of it, cleaned it really well, and re-greased it. I then pried back the motor assembly cover, and managed to free up the jammed pulley and cables (something that both professionals I talked to advised against as they said it could not be put back properly). Mazda's FSM says otherwise, so I decided to give it a go.



    I managed to straighten the cables (fortunately they have not frayed), lubed them up with silicone grease, and put them back together. I have no pics of this, as it was a really messy procedure with all the grease. The last piece of the puzzle was the clip that caused all that mess in the first place. It is not available as a spare part anywhere, you can only buy a complete regulator assembly. I would definitely do so if said assembly was available anywhere in Greece, but that was not the case, and in the meantime, the car would have been inoperable, so time to fire up the 3D printer.





    These are basically sleeves, with the original clip captured inside. Printed in carbon fiber infused polycarbonate, which is plenty strong. I also cleaned up dried grease from the window guide rail (which was the root cause of the failure, as the window was incredibly hard to move), replaced the rollers with brand new OEM ones I have had for over a year, and reassembled the whole thing.



    Before putting the lot back in the door, I also decided to add some soundproofing (sound dampening basically), which I have meant to do for years. The door skin is bonded to the door cross-bar using some sort of adhesive, but I have found mine to have perished.



    I decided to use some butyl tape to re-attach it. Then I used 2 strips of aluminum-butyl sheet (Dodo hex mat) and stuck them in the skin, after thoroughly cleaning it with water/IPA solution. The strips were 60x10cm (which gives 25% coverage) and were placed on either side of the cross-bar, in the middle of the panel. The goal was to dampen some of the skin vibrations, without adding unnecessary weight (full coverage). Quick before/after with the sound analyzer app.





    My finely calibrated ear also noticed a significant difference, but now I need to do the rest of the car as well

    TL;DR: Clean and grease your window guides, and replace your rollers as preventative maintenance, as it can save you a pain in the ass!!

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    6,000 rpm - mere mortals would shift HarryB's Avatar
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    Did the same on the passenger side; as preventative maintenance this time. A ton of crap came out as expected. Also replaced the battery, as the old one perished after 11 years. Wanted to go to a LiFePo unit (was looking at Shorai), however could not find one locally (or in Europe for that matter).

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