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2nd Gen interior/exterior swap list...

Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by horty, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. horty

    horty Guest

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    I thought it might be a good idea for us to make up a list of interior and exterior stuff from other cars that can be put in or on 2nd gens. So please post what you have swapped so we know what works and what doesnt.

    So far I have swapped:

    -MX3 Carpet
    -MX3 Center console (armrest woot)
    -MX3 seat belts
    -Protege Mirrors (91 I believe)

    So post away, should be interesting to see what there is...
  2. TurboSupra12

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    MX3 rear view mirror. Mounts to the ceiling, instead of the window.
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  3. horty

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    ^ nice, im adding that to my JY list...
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    Did the MX3 mirror on my green car like 3 years ago.

    It will vibrate more on the roof frame than the stock one does on the glass. Just fyi.

    Got any pics of the center console (did you swap everything out right to the heater controles?)
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    Did you have the rubber thing? There is a peice fo rubber that goes from the top of the mirror and wedges onto the windsheild. Without it, mine vibrated so much I couldn't make out the make of car behind me on the road. Picked one up from the JY, and it cut down a lot of vibration, but it's still there.



    As for the centr console. I have that too. I just used the rear section that houses the ebrake. It has a MUCH deeper pocket thing to hold stuff, and has a lid on it. Best 20 bucks I ever spent.
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    oh and here's the only pic I have of my MX3 console. It's not very good, and an old pic.

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    ^ thats exactly what i have got, man our cars are identiacal...

    The heater controls looked like way too much work as they are completly different that the escort ones.
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    Things I've either done, or will do:

    Protege LX mirrors.
    MX3 92-93 Recaro front seats (have two extra sets for sale), 94+ will bolt right in but IMO are the less desirable models but still sit lower.
    Protege LX/DX center consoles from armrest to shifter surround (have these for sale too).
    Protege LX/DX dash center console heater/radio area (heater controls need a little wiring tweak but the cables are in the right position).
    MX3 92-93 center console from armrest to shifter surround (94+ have different shifter surround pieces).
    MX3 92-93 dash center console heater/radio area (heater controls need a little wiring tweak but the cables are in the right position)(94+ require the whole dash swap, it has been done twice I think on here).
    Protege LX/DX and MX3 (some parts) of the lower dash (a lot of the parts are black for a hassle free color change).
    Protege LX/DX door sills (black).
    Protege LX/DX door rubber edge gaurd (black).
    Protege LX rear seat (has the flip down armrest).
    Protege LX door panels (not an exact fit but not too hard to modify).
    Protege LX and MX3 rear view mirror with power moonroof.
    MX3 black carpet, but I'm still looking for a new one for the LTS, the used ones just don't cut it in my book no matter how hard you try to clean and paint them.

    And prolly a bunch of other stuff I can't think of right now.
    Note, most of the DX stuff is just for black colored parts, the nicer pieces won't be found in a DX.

    HTH, Bill.
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    if you want black plastic peices go buy sum of that krylon fusion or duplicolor stuff works awesome
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    Do you guys know if a 3rd gen center console can be swapped with any Mazda peices? I'd like a covered console like you have up there? Maybe a newer protege' or something??
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    anyone know what wires need to be connected to what for the protege heater controls to the escort.
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    I have the Mx3 center piece with armrest, front and back seats, carpet and the dash that will be going in shortly in my 95 wagon. Not sure if the Mx3 came with a speedo cable in any of the models but mine is electric.
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    I have Protege mirrors but I haven't installed them yet. I don't have the screws thou. Will the ones from my stock mirrors fit or do I need to get the ones for the Protege. I seem to remember someone mentioning this.
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    I don't want any peeling issues ever, so I've decidied to get as many stock black pieces as possible and then only have to do a little painting. If I get ambitious I'm going to re-wrap my dash pad. My door panels are going to be tweaked Pro and my seats hopefully redone with leather.

    All of the plugs will fit, but there are two wires that need to be switched on the main one. With a multimeter you will be able to figure it out, I can't remember and don't have my notes handy.

    Differnt threads. The stock are more like coarse sheet metal screws, the Pro are like fine machine screws. Get them from the hardware store, get oval head, socket head might be too much, can't remember.

    HTH, Bill.
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    ive givin the leather idea a thought and almost did it but i wanted my mx3 seats in and once i painted them i decided against it i guess its all personal preff. tho so if you decide 2 do it let me know how much it cost you cuz when i tried to figure it out it woulda been around 300 for me to do it myself....and ide rather spend that on a turbo mani and FMIC lol
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    No offense billzie, ut I used to paint professionally. Plastics don't peel unles A), you bused a dusty environment to paint in, B) Didn't sand and/or clean surface thoroughly, C) You used a cleaner with alcohol or an alcohol substitute as an ingredient (this includes dawn), D) you suck at painting, E) you didn't let the paint dry before fooling with the piece (plastic takes longer to dry then metals and woods because it has natural oils), or F) The paint you bought sucked balls!
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    Is that $300 materials and labor, or just materials?
    Can you do this work? If so, get in contact with me.
    I am hopeful to get all of the leather I need to do both cars (more than just seats btw), for less than $125 shipped. I have my first batch of grey perf coming in by Fri and I'll see if it's all that it's cracked up to be. If it is, I'm getting the black. I'll have a two-toned look going on, like the new cars nowadays have.

    I'll do door panels, seats of course, center armrest lid cover, shift boot, E-brake boot, and I'm thinking about the rear plastic pieces (we'll see). I'm not only doing all this for looks but for noise control too. Have you driven in a brand new small car and compared in to our econoboxes? Big differenece nowadays and my hearing isn't getting any better, no ones' is (hearing loss is permanant btw).

    Let me know.

    Did you ever take organic chemistry? There is no paint available anywhere that can paint plastics to my satisfaction. We're taling about interior trim that will likely be, like, USED, it will flex and eventually it will peel/flake. It is inevitible. And, actually the very things done to "help" the paint adhere cause the plastic to "dry rot", leading to other undesirible issues. I'm also not car jumping, I'll have these cas the next 5 years, hopefully ten, so that peeling crap won't be some dumb kids problem it'll be mine! That's why I will swap "as many" parts as I can, "re-wrap" others, and then "paint" the rest. In that order. I'll have to admit it has been many years since I last painted interior car plastics (note, not ANY plastics), but the same products I used then are still on the shelf at the PPG dealer I visited earlier this year. I have exactly one item that has lasted over ten years with no issues, but it was actually vinyl, so not entirely the same, but similar.

    When it comes to this topic, I think I know what I'm talking about. I was taught interiors briefly at one of the highest end shops in Chicago "back in the day", I had the honor of working on Walter Paytons' Countach, and while there was absolutely no plastic in that car origianlly, the few pieces we added that weren't wrapped, were painted to match.

    Oh well.

    HTH, Bill.
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    i havnt ever done leather seats or anything my self b4 but my mom can sew and i was going to try my hand at doin it myslef with her help but thats cheap for leather wut colors can you get????
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    when you do the swap, what do you use for an A/C button? Also is there anything extra i have to do since mine is a 96?
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    Just about any switch will work. I have not performed the entire swap just yet, but I'm thinking about using the stock MX3/Pro A/C switch, unless I find something nicer in another JY car. I'll have to remember to put that on my wants list for my next trip.

    For 96, I believe you're SOL. I don't know for sure, but I've read somewhere here recently that in that year they went to a vacuum operated system rather than the cables. If this is true, than maybe look into the 3rd gens for possible swaps.

    HTH, Bill.

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