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2nd Gen interior/exterior swap list...

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

  1. billzie

    billzie FEOA Member

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    When I posted the color parts on the first page, I wasn't being specific. Just generally saying, Pro LX/DX and MX3 have the charcoal or black interior pieces. Also, although the Pro DX did not have the charcoal interior, they did have some black pieces that the LX will not have, so, keep your eyes out for the DX as well for those things. The only all black interior swap parts are found in the MX3, that's true, but those are hard to come by in good shape, so for the average guy just wanting to mix it up a bit, the Pro parts are more plentiful and a more direct swap.

    Again, a hellava lot better than painting.

    I'll look into the mx6/626 (should be the same, right?) HVAC controls next time I'm at the JY. Problem is, I already have my Pro/MX3 controls and I think I've found a good switch in another car for the various other uses (a/c, defrost, etc).

    btw, anyone who knows me, knows that it takes me forever to get my projects done. I just don't have the time to decicate to this stuff, too many other things going on in my life. But, I'm trying to get them moving along, a step in the right direction will be if someone buys my 79 Z28 soon.
    Any takers?

    Good luck, Bill.
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    My 95 is cable operated. I know cause one of the damn things slipped and doesn't go to cool that well anymore.
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    my temp and blend levers rub on the mx3 opening, the escort controls seem to be a little taller. They also put pressure on the trim panel, so it is not as good as it could be either. I dont like the panel w adapter just because i want it to look oem as much as possible. Fernie boy should get some pics up of what he did.
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    Skuce FEOA Member

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    What about using the stock MX3 HVAC controls to run the Escort gear. Both are cable operated and the speed "lever" on the MX3 is comparable to the speed "wheel" on the Escort. Both are electrical. Splicy Splicy.
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    300ZXRB26DETT FEOA Member

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    that would be the quickest way. I just wanted to avoid cutting holes in anything to mount a ac switch.
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    billzie FEOA Member

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    btw
    Pro HVAC = MX3 HVAC
    Just in case anyone was wondering. The differenece is the style of he a/c switch. But I like 300 idea of the mx6. Is the 626 the same?
    I don't get up to the jy as much as I used to with gas prices so high (180 mile round trip), so it's not so easy to check these things for myself any more.
    Bill.
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    billzie FEOA Member

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    There is only two pin placements that need to be moved around to properly use the Pro/MX3 panel with the stock 2nd gen harness. The problem is you still have to make provision for the a/c switch. Like I've been saying, any switch can work, it's just going to not be as stock as before, but those Mazdas have the switch off-panel and it's not bad. As I mentioned in my earlier post I'm tooling around with some ideas for using other models for my other switches, don't limit yourselves to just these few models just to figure out a single a/c switch, folks.
    Keep the good work up,
    Bill.
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    The mx6 n 626 are both G chassis. I am 95% they are the same car. I never paid attention if the panel was the same or not. I may go to the jy and look today and i will post more pics of the BH protege panel.
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    Thanks, I'd appreciate that. If you can, pics of the plugs and cable receivers would be really nice.
    Bill.
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    UPDATED:>>>>> I CANNOT GET THE 6 PANEL TO WORK CORRECTLY. SO THIS PROJECT IS SCRAPPED UNTIL I FIND ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE. I decided to use the MX6/626 ac/heat panel. It looks like it was made for the opening. very oem looking which is what I was looking for. * THE MX6 AND 626 USE THE EXACT SAME PANEL, ALTHOUGH THE WIREING MAY ACTUALLY BE DIFFERENT. I apologize in advance for the poor pic quality, all I have is a cell phone for pics.

    The first pic is the mx6/626 panel sitting in a mx3 dash opening:
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    The second pic is of the parts that I have for the conversion:
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    300ZXRB26DETT FEOA Member

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    UPDATED:9/18/07 WITH BETTER PICS!!!!>>>>>>>ADDED VIDEO AT BOTTOM FOR VACUUM RECIRC CONTROL. I have decided to install the MX3 panel and Protege A/C switch for the time being because this is my only car and I need this stuff to work. I have also installed the black mx3 carpet and some mazdaspeed floormats. The Mx3 carpet is not an exact fit but, mine required some trimming. The Mazdaspeed floor mats are for the MSP protege, they are a little big but work great in front. The rears are to big and the seat rail hits them because they are to wide to fit between the rails but they will keep the carpet clean and thats what I got them for :D

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    The wiring for installing a MX3/Pro panel and MX3/Pro A/C switch in a 95 LX. ****YOU ESCORT WIRING MAY VARY DEPENDING ON THE YEAR****
    MX3 wiring schematic.
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    You will have to move the pins around in you ford harness so the end result is this from left to right and top to bottom> *the L for color on the schematic is represented as B on my description*

    R/B---R---?-------B/Y---B
    BLK-------B/R-------B/W

    R/B and R-----illumination
    ?----I didn't use it
    B/Y----fan 1
    B----fan 2
    BLK----Ground
    B/R----fan 3
    B/W----fan 4

    MX3/Pro A/C switch to Ford wiring> (A/C to Escort)

    -B/Y to B/Y fan 1 on ford harness
    -G/R to G/R for A/C on (A/C cycle switch)
    -GY to DB/DG for A/C indicator
    * do not worry about the illum wires on the Pro switch because it does not light up.

    Video for escort with Vacuum controlled recirc:
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    Bend the metal piece up so that it looks like a ramp to activate the vacuum switch just like the escort panel does.
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    Kauai96LX New Member

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    sweet im doin this now!
  14. 300ZXRB26DETT

    300ZXRB26DETT FEOA Member

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    Recently picked up the Tracer trim panel with the pocket to add a little something in the future, meanwhile I mounted the protege clock in it as well:
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    The trim piece around it is from the vent on the plastic under the steering wheel on the MX3. I cut the back off so that about 1/16~1/8" is protruding and cut the hole in the panel to fit close then used files to fine tune the fit. I used a heat gun on the top of the trim piece to mold it to fit the curve of the panel.
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    I'm lazy when it comes to using entire threads as reference material. That's why I've compiled these four pages into a nice spreadsheet. Yeah, it's megaupload.com, but it's free. Anyhow, link follows:

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CMWF7BW0

    I think it stays for a month without activity, then dies.

    Edit: If anyone has anymore information to make this better, just let me know. Model years would be nice to fill in.
  16. novice_geek

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    To mnkyslut,

    How do you download that .xls file? I see it listed at the bottom of the page, but there is no download link.

    Thanks,
    Novice_Geek
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    Above the ad and to the right of the MEGAUPLOAD logo is a three letter combo. Enter that into the field and click download.

    Add Protege front seats to that spreadsheet. I have them in my Escort.
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    Shadowkhas,

    Thanks for the info. I didn't realize how obvious that was.

    Now to find some wrecked Mazdas ;) lol

    --Novice_geek
  19. mnkyslut

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    Done.
  20. Kauai96LX

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    thats my swap so far lol.

    and yes i did paint it gray.

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