2000 Daihatsu Cuore – babyVIP | Retro Rides

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Daihatsu Cuore

Post by HoTWire on Feb 18, 2009 10:27:46 GMT

Post by Guest on Feb 18, 2009 10:30:25 GMT

So about a year ago, after a particularly inspiring Yahoo thread by Mr H. Wire, I decided to look and see what Kei cars could be found in the UK for a reasonable price.

I love the shape of the L700 Daihatsu Mira, and found they were marketed here for a few years under the name of the Daihatsu Cuore. An eBay scouring later, and a trip to Doncaster later, and I have a 1998 white 3-door Cuore with amost a years MOT, and 6 months tax.

*file photo, I’m useless at remembering to photopraph my cars.

I’d already done some background research, and found that the L700 Cuore/Mira tooling was sold on to Perodua in Malaysia, and rebadged as the Kelisa. Whilst not very popular in the UK, it is HUGE in Malaysia, and lots of companies make tuning goodies for it.

A great bonus is that most Malaysian forums are English-speaking, which made enquiries about parts very easy. They are a very helpful and friendly bunch too.

I found a company called ‘Hotbits’, who make coilover suspension, exhausts, and induction kits for Perodua cars, and ordered a complete set of coilies, plus a 2.5 exhaust system and KN induction kit through their Malaysian distributor, Speedworks. Ironically, none of the Hotbits’ European distributors bothered to respond to my enquiries!

Four weeks later, a nice big parcel lands at work, with all the goodies inside (yeah, forgot pic again!), and so I set about installing them onto the Cuore.

Old vs New, I still chopped two coils out of the new springs though!

Then, disaster! The rear adjustable shocks had a fork fitting, but so did the Cuore rear beam. The O/G shocks were eyelets.

Some hurried research revealed that the Perodua Kelisa had a different rear beam, with eye mountings instead of fork mountings.

To be fair to the guys at Speedworks, when I contacted them and explained the situation, they sent a new set of rear shocks with eye mounting FOC, and didn’t even ask for the Kelisa ones back.

Once the replacement shocks arrived, I finished the install, plus fitted the new exhaust system. Now there was another issue, it appeared the the rear beam on the Kelisa has its cross bar further back than the Cuore, so the clearance ‘hump’ in the rear section was acutally resting on the Cuore cross beam. I left it on for a while anyway.

So I drove it around, slammed on stock steelies that I sprayed satin black, for a while, exhaust merrily clanging off the rear beam on bumps.

Until the rings went on the engine! Nice!

Cuore’s a quite few and far between in the UK, so finding a replacement engine was going to be fun, and getting the existing once rebuilt was going to be expensive.

I decided the best route was to find another Cuore and start again, and use the white one for spares.

A newer, silver Cuore was found after a couple of months searching. Most of the Cuores seem to be in 5-door, and silver green, whereas I wanted a 3-door in white or silver. I transplated the suspension, exhaust and intake from one to t’other.

Daihatsu Cuore

We now get to this stage.

Next on the agenda was rims and tyres. I’d seen a few Cuores from Japanese sites, with various different styles of wheel. A popular choice was the flat-faced 7-spoke, and so through the Fuji-Corporation site, I ordered a set of Legzas D700, in 16*5.5 flavour.

From researching through some Kei-car sites, and looking at some modified L700 Miras on Yahoo Japan, I had learned this was the perfect wheel size to fit into the narrow arches of the Cuore. The research also revealed the perfect tyre size, 165/40*16, which I though was going to be a nightmare to find, however it is listed on www.mytyres.co.uk. at a very reasonable £45/corner.

Once the wheels had arrived from Japan, and had their meagre rubber coating applied, they were fitted to the car, which pretty much brings us to where I am now.

I had planned to by an Inspection VIP aero kit for it, but with the crash of the US Dollar, it works out rather expensive at the moment.

So I may have a mate work some magic in smoothing out the existing bumpers as an interim measure. The roof will be repsrayed in a heavy metallic black, maybe with some flake in it for good measure.

Interior wise its pretty stock at the moment, with a 384-carat acrylic gear knob I found in the States.

I’ve just this morning take delivery of a woodrim three-spoke eKtar steering wheel as well.

I’m looking to get the seat recovered in faux-leather, and a couple of other VIP touches like the small cocktail table and some swanky cushions.

More info as the project progresses!

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