Treading some “Familia” territory…

What do you do when you have an entire lockup’s worth of spare parts to get rid of, and not enough patience to list everything on trademe one item at a time?

You buy another project car and put all your spares into it, that’s what!

Finally, my very own BFMR

Presenting the new summer project – a 1985 Familia BFMR, DOHC turbo 4WD. it’s the Mazda counterpart to my Ford Laser TX3, so all of the surplus stuff I got lying around bolts straight in, and all of my expertise carries over, which should make this a fairly easy walk in the park. I can’t seem to stay away from the damn things – as anyone who reads my numerous blog posts about them can tell you – but surprisingly enough this is my very first proper BFMR, having owned a BFMP and BF5S in the past (and not taking into account the TX3s of course)

after an 18-hour tow mission the other weekend to the arse end of the North Island (Masterton) and back, and a slight mishap getting it into the garage which saw the bonnet and front bumper kiss the wall at 10km/h 😦 the BFMR is now parked up and ready for the royal treatment.

The overall plan is to undertake as close to a factory-standard restoration as I can manage without going too overboard a la TX3. With fewer and fewer BFMRs left in this country it makes sense from an enthusiast’s (and possibly investor’s) point of view. No doubt a lot of people can still remember when these were tearing up the streets back in the mid to late 90s and even into the early 2000s…

But stage one is purely to get the car running again. In the seller’s own words, “the engine shat a brick about two years ago, and it’s just been sitting in my garage doing jack since then.”

I know a challenge when I see one!

Time to take a grinder to that ugly arse towbar!


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