G203 Faux F2 Nugget Nationals "Racer"

Howdy… its nice to see a forum still active. I miss build threads!

I am a Daihatsu tragic- first new car in my early 20s was a G200 5 door, and used a G201 Detomaso for club racing duties and still kick myself I sold that car.

Anyways I wanted to join the Nugget Nationals crew and go racing with them. Their rules are pretty simple… cars are mostly stock… 1500cc engine capacity… $3k purchase limit. I figured an F2 with its relatively light weight and rear discs would be a reasonable contender… and given I still had my sparco race seat and a set of race brake pads on the shelf, it wouldn’t take much to turn one into a decent racer.

I searched for ages… they rarely come up… or if they did, they were priced at a point I could not get it past the minister for finance. Then this jigger came up not far from home, and I did the deal $550. Bargain! Paint is rooted, but other than that at the time I thought she was pretty good value (still do… I think)

I don’t think its an actual F2… missing the stickers… and though the body kits has Daihatsu logos in it, it clearly was fitted by these guys

Once I got her home I gave her a service. Woweee… airfilter was horrendous… as were the spark plugs

A good mate had been using the wheels from the Detom on his cars, and struck a very generous deal so I could have them back. Gave her a wash (looks shiny if you don’t dry her!)

I also fitted one of my favourite steering wheels - off an ST162 Celica. Not perfect in terms of reach for the wiper/indicator stalks, and actually slightly bigger diameter than stock, but it feels nice.

That is how she stands now… she is off getting a roadworthy, along with new driveshafts and engine mounts… and then I will fit yellowspeed coilovers, some race parts, and hit the track!


Yeah, I love build threads. You have a great Dai and made a fantastic contribution with the write up. Build threads and not losing info into history puts the forum in a different league to FB, here you find depth rather than the shallow waters of social media. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.

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After an inordinately long time sitting at the mechanics she is back. He claims engine mounts are all fine but the thunk I get on occassion tells me other wise. Never got to the driveshafts either. Oh well they can remain on the to do list… which no doubt will come back to haunt me later :joy:

Made progress on getting it ready for Nugget Nationals this past week:

Tow hooks :heavy_check_mark:
Battery triangle :heavy_check_mark:
Seat and harness :heavy_check_mark:
Momo (decided toyota one was too big) :heavy_check_mark:
Fire extinguisher :heavy_check_mark:

Front pads, rotors and coilovers (if they arrive in time) and first event at Broadford on February 2. Otherwise it will be a lesson is driving fast but careful on stock gear.

Cannot wait!!