Some eight years before I bought this little car, I was on my way to buying my forth or fifth third generation Toyota Corolla. I spotted this weird car sitting in a front year and thought that could be a fun little thing. As cars were bought and sold the idea of this little car quickly disappeared from my mind, I was only reminded every so often as I occasionally drove past the house and saw it sitting.
The powerhouse is a 620 cc (617 cc actually) producing a staggering 22 kW at the flywheel
Late April 2014 I decided that after seeing it sitting there for so long it must no longer be wanted or needed, and I started my inquiry in buying it and was surprised that the offer of $200 (AUD) was accepted. Honestly I didn't need it, it was a straight out want. Such a little thing was a new toy.
After speaking to the owner I was surprised that owner had rebuilt the engine about 10 years before, and the car had only travelled 25,000 km with the rebuilt engine. Upon paying for the car I learnt that the car had been sitting with registration the whole time it was sitting idle for those years but a failed mechanical pump prevented it from being driven home.
Arriving home on the back of a car trailer, much to the strange looks from neighbours and the surprised look from my wife at the small car I had acquired. Feeling quite chuffed with my purchase I rolled my everyday car out to the street and this little car found its home in prime position under the carport.
It's from here that things spiral out of control, and I just start playing around with the car. Replacing, reconditioning and fabricating various parts in no particular order, it was done as I saw fit to do so when it pleased me. I changed the sump gasket which broke an exhaust stud from the manifold, I found this displeasing but on the other hand it allowed me to make a simple extractor for it.
So confident in with the room in the engine bay that I welded this up at work without a test fit. The new extractors fitted in place it is customary to also make a new exhaust, with a beginners selection of tools and a new TIG welder I made a new 38 mm exhaust on the carport floor lying on pieces of cardboard to ease the discomfort. As things tend to go when you are alone with your thoughts and the materials are plentiful, I decided that it was only right to make a side pipe exit for the exhaust as an alternative for if I decided to race the car. The upside of this is the awesome noise that a two cylinder engine makes under full noise with one of the three resonators missing from he set up.
Like I said earlier about things being out of control, with a motor sport event that was coming up and selling my part time budget race car slash daily driver. I decided it was only right and crazy to enter the two cylinder Daihatsu in to South Australia's UME Mount Alma Hillclimb 2015. This gave me a very short time to get the car ready for passing a scrutiny check from the event officials. The standard drivers seat was replace with a Cobra fixed back bucket seat on a custom made seat adapter, towing points had to be added in case of emergency and a mandatory fire extinguisher.
Roughly sitting in place with steel sitting on wood to give me an indication of positioning.
Heavier than required steel was used but seeing as I didn't want it to move I felt this required great rigidity.
FInally the seat was in place, and it felt great to drive.
On race day, as you can clearly see I got creative making the necessary parts of the event banner fit the front window.
Was all this effort worth it? Yes it was, below is a video clip from the second day of racing. I was very happy with my efforts despite being dead last of the cars that were still running.
The results of the race was I was the slowest car in the whole event, I was the last running car. I beat over forty cars that DNF the event from mechanical failure. As an added bonus I also won my class but I think it was by default but to me it still counts. The most important part was I had fun, I made new friends, I raced my favourite car all weekend, it doesn't get any better than that.