My name is Luis, from Chile and I have a 1980 Daihatsu Max Cuore (l40), at the time in a bodywork restoration.
I like to share some experiences and get some feedback with you
If you have some questions please let it here and I’ll be glad to answer all
Welcome to LiveToDai! Have a nice stay! Where did you found this “old wolf”? This is (almost) vintage! I’d love to see the restoration progress!!
Wow, I do really really like your L40. A fantastic find. Looking forward to following anything you post.
We have a couple of other users from Chile that are quite active here at times.
I found it near at home, this car are relatively common in my area to buy yet, but with a lot of corrosion (mine wasn’t the exception).
I bought this car in 2013, and I repaired all the interior (carpet, seats, door vynils, dashboard), engine, accesories, everything but bodywork.
Some modifications that I did are:
-12’ wheels with disk brakes on the front (cv and other parts needed from a Daihatsu Charade G20 (or G10).
-Electronic ignition, replacing only the condenser.
-Electronic alternator regulator (the mecanical one was lost in a shop one time, but this is most stable)
Since last year my car has been in a shop, maybe 18 months is a long time for a job like that but it’s free (long storie hahaha)
Hugely appropriate list of mod’s. I remember the days of my 1969 Dastun 1200 konking out and you’d know right away to grab the spare kettering points from the ash tray pop the bonnet and replace. A ten minute job max, even at night. And then I got an hall effect distributor, what a wonderful thing. Can we see some interior and under bonnet pictures some time.
That unit looks ‘old school cool’ with a lot of potential.
Hello and welcome to the forum. I look towards to seeing more of this car
Me too, I’m too anxious to have it back!
I want to do more little mods to improve the efficiency, like putting a 5 speed gearbox (it doesn’t exist here, y need to think a solution to that), a better way to set the carburettor for a perfect mix air/fuel, better insulation, better engine mounts o more engine mounts.
I like to use it as a daily car, its very reliable the way it is right now but if I can improve that even more, I’d like to do it or at least, test it.
Thank you to all of you for the nice welcome to the group
Which engine do you have?
I have a 547 cc twin cylinder engine, the same as the l55, I guess. Its a pretty reliable engine, if you are care about its limits.
Wonderful. I’m quite the fan of the A series engine