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Modified Daihatsu Charade

Fast Car Mag at 11:37am January 5 2011

Make: Daihatsu

Jeff Whitbrooks#039;s modified Daihatsu Charade

It’s not everyday you come across a genuine pocket rocket; I mean we all know that high end Japanese cars can easily be tuned to breathe big BHP and can be very rapid with just a few mods, but look further down the scale and find the entry level power houses, like Jeff’s 80s classic and#xa0;awesome modified#xa0;Daihatsu Charade.

In a sea of modified Fiestas, Saxos and Corsas, Jeff wanted a ride to set him apart from the crowd. After plenty of head-scratching he chose the little Charade by love at first sight, even though it came as a non-runner with rusty arches and a broken engine in the boot. With no time to recognise that he may have bought a lemon, it was time to get busy tuning the 1.0-litre engine which was small but would soon pack plenty of punch.

When the car was stripped down ready for its makeover, Jeff got together a parts list even longer than our Jules’ lunch order: bigger pistons, a ported and polished head, a new Subaru Impreza turbo and plenty of tuning gear bolted onto a freshly painted skimmed engine block. In no time at all Jeff had himself a fresh, brand new engine pushing out a smidge under 190bhp quick in anyone’s book, and especially in a car weighing no more then a box of noodles.

Daihatsu Charade

After overhauling the bodywork with new panels and getting it rust treated, it was time for Jeff to add a few small details before respraying in vibrant red. They included de-locked doors, smoothed boot lid and work to the front and rear bumpers. Teamed with new and rare OE side trims, the car still looks very factory, but has a personal twist.

On the handling side, Leda coilovers and a custom rear strut bar and rollcage ensure things stay stiff and true throughout the corners, while Kumho tyres on 15-inch Team Dynamic wheels are matched with drilled and grooved discs all round. Only the interior was left before getting the car on the road.

As with most rides of this nature, if you’re building it to thrash it weight has to be kept down to a minimum, but that didn’t mean Jeff threw away the style book. After mounting the Cobra seats on custom frames and getting Momo goodies firmly in place and gauges set up, it was time to trim.

The pillars, roof lining, seat pads and dash top were all treated to a spot of camo material action another trick personal touch.

So has Jeff’s Daihatsu Charade lived up to his expectations? Well a quarter mile time of 14.4 seconds which included dicking over a bigger Nissan Skyline is only one of Jeff’s tales, but with hopes to soon be in the 13-sec quarter times, I’m sure there will be plenty more.

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