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AIC's Last of the first - Mazdaspeed Protege
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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 01:48 pm
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This is just an initial post. I've had my 2003.5 Mazdaspeed protege for almost 6 months now, Its been a fun car, and a ton of work. Its #2750/2750, hence the last, and the protoge was the first car to carry the "mazdaspeed" title. 


Some details on it.

The turbo charging system put together by Callaway cars - The people who do the corvettes.


The exhaust and suspension were done by racing beat


The body kit was made by Roush. 






Its one of a kind. the wheels are no longer green, that was just plastidip, and it came off. I need better pictures of it. I'm not really good at photographing, but I do run a youtube channel with a lot of video over there. 

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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 05:38 pm
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So the wheels are silver now, I assume?



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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 05:58 pm
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mhoward wrote: So the wheels are silver now, I assume?



Originally they were gun metal grey, but that has mostly worn off it a lot of places, and where it has it is black underneath. I need to get the wheels refinished, but That's a big expense. I don't want to go after market, since these wheels are quite rare, and I would hate to give that up. 

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 Posted: Tue Dec 19th, 2017 11:06 pm
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Would it be possible to get the matching paint color from a body shop or shop supplier?



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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 05:14 pm
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mhoward wrote: Would it be possible to get the matching paint color from a body shop or shop supplier?



Probably, But I'm not sure if I want to go original, chrome, or some crazy color. They do need the curb rash cleaned up though... the PO was a teenager, and I swear he it every curb he came within 50 feet of. 

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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 08:23 pm
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Sadly, that is the case when teens are handed a nice car without having and skin in the game... they use and abuse it.



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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 01:18 pm
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So true, as a parent, I won't buy my kids a car. They have to buy their own cars.

I picked up a set of these http://amzn.to/2CaAF2g to start replacing the vacuum hoses with, a lot of them are pretty old and a few I've found cracked, so just going to start replacing them as I go along. along with some control arms going in this weekend. Bushings are shot, and need to be replaced.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 07:15 pm
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My father gave me my first car, but I took care of it. But then, that was in the early 1970s (I'm 62). My son insisted he wanted to buy his first car and he did... a sweet 1999 Ranger XLT Extended cab 4X4. He knows how to spend money, but he takes good care of his stuff.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 03:31 pm
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 Posted: Sat Jan 6th, 2018 05:14 pm
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Wow! After watching you move so fast, I am thoroughly exhausted! LOL Nice video! :)



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 Posted: Sun Jan 7th, 2018 07:02 am
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Edited your post to embed it, thanks for the video :)



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 Posted: Wed Jan 10th, 2018 06:23 pm
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Here's another update. I should really put some music to the sped up parts. 

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 Posted: Wed May 30th, 2018 04:10 pm
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I've been slowly working on it, as time and money permits. its sitting in the garage costing me nothing (but taking up a lot of room, which annoys the wife). 

Here is the last picture I took. most of that is not bolted down just sitting in place for the picture. 

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 Posted: Sat Mar 16th, 2019 10:15 pm
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Wow, I haven't updated this in nearly a year, but I've posted a TON of new videos, for the work I've done, Playlist here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9dqUkYjhVz-EvxoC_t7fM98C_dSwxpun

This is what I finished today:

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