I did something out of impulse yesterday…I bought another Daihatsu, but this time not a Move. This time a 90’s Rocky.
Wait for my explanation why I bought a Rocky.
- Cheap 4x4
- It’s a Daihatsu, with a turbo
- Something for the weekends going to the beach or a camping runabout.
My acquired 1990 Rocky Sports Afield with a 2.8L Turbo Diesel.
Got electric windows, central locking, three stage dampers??, sunroof. Has more comfort features that my mates 2012 76 Cruiser. He laughed that my 28 year old car had a clock, while his one didn’t.
It has aged for a 28 year old - bonnet fade, tint bubbling, plastic cracking and other things I haven’t noticed yet.
One thing I did notice was that the 4WD light in the dash doesn’t light up when you press the button for 4H or shift the lever to 4L. When I press the button or shift the lever it I can hear a relay clicking, but the light does not come on. A mate has told me to lift the car up on stands and engage 4WD - one problem, the jack and the stands are too small. They were the perfect size for the Move tho
Also the door hinge on the drivers door shifts and doesn’t line up straight when you close the door. Also it vibrates at speed, which scared the crap out of me when it was going 100 on the Highway. The bolts to the door and the pillar are tight, just the pin in between.
Finally the steering wheel moves when you pull it toward you, not sure what it is, possibly a shackle?
What’s on the list?
- Replace the M/Ts to A/Ts
- 2" lift
- Additional lighting
- Roof rack
- Remove tint and possibly re-tint
What’s going to happen to the Move?
Nothing. Move project will still be moving along, I just wanted something that I can take around without worrying about the paint or dents when taking offroad. Don’t want to bugger up the daily Forester.
If you got any recommendations what I should/need to do for a vehicle this age, I’m happy to take feedback