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 MX-3 finally getting some attention 
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My car's been up on jackstands for the last three years, after getting a KLZE swap. It's about as rust-free as a 25 year old car could possibly be, thankfully.
Finally started giving it some love over the last couple of months.
Wheels, brakes, suspension parts are all off. What can't be replaced is being bead-blasted (satisfying, but gets laborious after a while) and painted with POR-15.

Took a lot of the hardware, brackets and clamps out of the engine bay, bead-blasted them, and am sending them off for plating.

And - found a leather interior last week on Kijiji, in great shape.



Imagefront seat by Leadfoot Lesley, on Flickr

Imagerear seat by Leadfoot Lesley, on Flickr

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February 02 2016, 1:38 PM
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Thats interesting leather interior, different than SE came with.

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February 02 2016, 2:43 PM
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Yeah, I know.
At first I suspected they were a swap, but I found a couple of similar front seats in European MX-3s.
And when I google the part number on the seat bottom, MX-3 pages come up. Frame rails are a perfect fit.
If anyone else has any info, I'd be happy to hear it.

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97 Dodge Dakota - Boyd rims, custom built 5.9 360, custom tranny with kevlar guts and shift kit. Too many upgrades to list.
92 Mazda 323 - winter beater

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February 02 2016, 2:57 PM
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Someone probably had them reupholstered with leather. Its not unheard of.

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February 02 2016, 4:27 PM
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Nope. it's European. A lot of them come without the integrated head rests over there.

More progress on the MX-3, posted on Grassroots Motorsports, where I spend a lot of time:

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum ... 094/page1/

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97 Dodge Dakota - Boyd rims, custom built 5.9 360, custom tranny with kevlar guts and shift kit. Too many upgrades to list.
92 Mazda 323 - winter beater

mx3 by Leadfoot Lesley, on Flickr


April 14 2016, 11:32 AM
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'94-'96 had that style seat in your picture even in North America. They're probably just simply recovered in leather as I stated before. The leather looks too loose compared to any leather that has been fitted factory to any mx-3 seat that I've seen. That includes overseas variants as well. Your backseat almost looks ruched. That's not something Mazda would do on a non-luxury model.

Oh, the rims in your grassroots thread are '94-96 GS rims, not SE rims.

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April 14 2016, 9:11 PM
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Thanks!

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92 Mazda 323 - winter beater

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April 14 2016, 9:18 PM
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Looks good. May I know the cost of the leather interior? I found a set though not sure if they are worth getting.


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Nice to see someone taking pride in their mx-3 and getting it restored right.

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February 10 2017, 8:32 PM
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Thanks guys.
I found the interior on Kijiji, and scooped it right up since it was only $350.
Had to bead blast and paint the rails, but the leather is in good shape other than some expected wear and a small tear.

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97 Dodge Dakota - Boyd rims, custom built 5.9 360, custom tranny with kevlar guts and shift kit. Too many upgrades to list.
92 Mazda 323 - winter beater

mx3 by Leadfoot Lesley, on Flickr


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