2000 Daihatsu Cuore – babyVIP | Retro Rides

21 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2000 Daihatsu Cuore – babyVIP | Retro Rides

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

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

*file photo, useless at remembering to photopraph my

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

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

I found a called ‘Hotbits’, who make suspension, exhausts, and induction for Perodua cars, and ordered a set of coilies, plus a 2.5 exhaust and KN induction kit through their distributor, Speedworks. Ironically, of the Hotbits’ European distributors to respond to my enquiries!

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

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

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

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

To be fair to the guys at Speedworks, I contacted them and explained the they sent a new set of rear with eye mounting FOC, and even ask for the Kelisa ones

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

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

Until the went on the engine! Nice!

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

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

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

Daihatsu Cuore

We now get to stage.

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

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

Once the wheels had arrived Japan, and had their meagre coating applied, they fitted to the car, which much brings us to where I am

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

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

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

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

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

More info as the progresses!

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