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kansei


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posted March 21, 2003 03:06 PM
Edited By: kansei on 21 Mar 2003 15:07

1970 REPU? What the ???

Prentiss Kinley (Timepeace2 on ebay) claims that there was a REPU as far back as 1970, but that they are very rare, and had a different body style than ours. I emailed him a quick note letting him know that the auction he has going for a REPU taillight (auction #2408272144) did not fit a REPU at all. He responded back for me to "check my stats" because his brother personally took this off a 1970 REPU. WHAT?????

Neal.
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Neal A.E. Swigert
Greenville, Michigan
1974 REPU Resto Project
1976 808 Wagon
1977 Cosmo
1978 Savanna RX-7 GT
1980 Leather Sport RX-7
1980 Petty Targa RX-7 #11
1985 GSL-SE RX-7
1988 RX-7 10th Ann
1993 RX-7 VR Touring




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Uncle-Jim


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posted March 21, 2003 03:51 PM

I saw a little pickup based on the R-100 chassis. The front half had the R-100 sheet metal. The back was a small pickup bed. Unfortunately, I don't recall the tailights.
The R-100 coupe has the same as the Rx-2's.
Round, but wouldn't fit an REPU.
These little pu's were powered by a small 13-1400 cc 4 cycl.
I've got a good deal of early Mazda documentation, and never seen or even implied of,an REPU earlier than '74.
It would be fun to find one of these and stuff an RE in it, and terrorize the neighborhood! It's really small, sitting behind the steering wheel, you can easily reach and open the passenger door.

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Uncle Jim
72 Rx-2 Show Car; '77 REPU (250K & goin' strong) 2 - '76 Cosmo's

       
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roaddancer


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posted March 21, 2003 05:00 PM

The R100 had a piston twin, with a 1200cc as I recall. Many of them ended up with a rotary conversion. They probably made a pickup version somewhere, just as the original Datsun pickup was car body based, with about the same load capacity of a 1/4 ton. Started the whole mini truck thing here.

       
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Klaus43


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posted March 21, 2003 06:55 PM

I emailed him too...

I was disbelieving the accuracy of the pic/info...but then again, what if there were a very few, very early experiments by Mazda? I'll admit it seems way more likely someone rotaried an early piston truck, but.... who knows? Anything's possible...until confirmed or denied absolutely.
That taillight lens sure looks courier-esque to me... I've heard they hunt a lot of jackalope in parts of Idaho...

       
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kansei


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posted March 21, 2003 08:07 PM

Look, Prentiss is a great guy- I have bought ALOT of stuff off him in the past and even recently, but I'm telling you what happened: Klaus, you are right. That is a taillight lens from a pre-'74 Courier. They used to have them flanking the bed like the Ford F-150s so people would feel like they had a "Big Little" truck. It helped the Couriers catch on at first. Prentiss' brother has no doubt stumbled upon a Courier that someone cobbled a rotary into, maybe even adapted the REPU front grille, steering wheel, etc. All it would take for a 'pofessunal to mistake it for a "early REPU" is a true REPU gate on the back. I would argue til the sun comes up the truck is either a Courier with a rotary, or a REPU with an early Courier bed/ass end. Those taillights DID NOT come on a REPU from the factory. Period. I asked Prentiss if he had ANY proof to back up his "stats" on these mysterious "very rare" REPUs- that NO ONE else has EVER heard of but him and his brother, and of course, no response all day.

Neal.


Neal.
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Neal A.E. Swigert
Greenville, Michigan
1974 REPU Resto Project
1976 808 Wagon
1977 Cosmo
1978 Savanna RX-7 GT
1980 Leather Sport RX-7
1980 Petty Targa RX-7 #11
1985 GSL-SE RX-7
1988 RX-7 10th Ann
1993 RX-7 VR Touring




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r100guy


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posted April 09, 2003 10:36 AM

Mazda sold a pickup in 1970-71 in the U.S. called simply "1200 Pickup". It was sold in other parts of the world from 1967-1976. It came in engines sizes ranging from 1000cc-1300cc. It did belong to the R100 "family" of vehicles which included the 1200 coupe/ sedan and R100 coupe/sedan. They were the cheapest Mazda to ever be sold in the U.S with a sticker price of $1795! These little pickups never came with rotary power from the factory. I think very few were sold and are a good 20% smaller than the B1600/Ford Courier models. The first rotary pickups were the 1974 models and were only sold in North America. They were never even sold in Japan.

       
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roaddancer


Hauling
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posted April 13, 2003 12:16 PM

Absolutely correct about the R100, but many of the 1200s were converted, as there were never that many R100s, and the body was identical. I have know of 2 conversions in my own area. Of course they all got 12As or better....As did many R100s at the first "rebuild".

       
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KillaB


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posted May 27, 2003 03:50 PM

seen another possible candidate for what he might have thought was a REPU up on E-BAY.JP they had this weird as kinda ute for sale, not like the Mazda 1200 or 1500 [and no I aint thinking DATTO 1200 or 1500] I will try and dig up the name for it...but I am sure it came up in the 70's.

       
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RePu_soljah


1st Gear
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posted July 16, 2003 06:01 PM

1200 pickup

there are mazda 1200 ute (pickups) one of my friends here in new zealand has one he is busy putting a 13b turbo in it ill post some picks when its done.
there are very few in new zealand, the goverment brought a hand full in they were used by roadworks and foresty, or something like dat.
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