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wow nice work , Miras are at that stage of being a $500-900 car here(NZ) atm, theres no information about the 1989-94 models around, detailed info that is, the few that still run are run until they pop, then scrapped, no work done on them at all
What was the biggest tyre/wheel you could fit in em stock without alteration? my 89 has 145/70R12's atm, have to get four new ones dry rot got them, was thinking about putting a larger/wider wheel/tyre on it to make the ride a little smoother, but wasn't sure what would fit comfortably
it seems alot of cars used the ED 850cc engine, are alot of the parts interchangable from 85-94ish?
Thanks, haha. They're not overly desirable over here either, but the L200, L500 and L700 models did see a bit of a rise in popularity in the wake of the stuff that MCM *shudder* did with the couple they had. Most of the ones left here are pretty haggard, but clean ones pop up occasionally.
Biggest you'd comfortably fit without having to beat the hell out of the guards would probably be around 13×5J +35, but people have fit anything as wide as 7J, from memory. A lot of this largely depends on what tyres you can get as well. Best bet would be to measure how much clearance you've got and have a fiddle around in one of the online wheel size calculators.
Mechanically, a lot of the L70/80, L200 and L500 Miras are pretty similar, with small changes here and there. The EJ-DE in mine came from an M100 Sirion and bolts up using all the factory parts like mounts, flywheel/clutch, gearbox, etc. so doing swaps is pretty easy on the mechanical side of things.
Holy crap man. This thing might be cooler than your RA. I'm SO SO jealous we never got anything like this here. I got to putt around in my moms Mira Gino when I visited her in Japan and it was one of the most fun cars I've driven.
It's strange, because for all intents and purposes, it's a horrible car to drive around in. It's a pain in the arse to start when cold due to some triggering issues and a battery that is half-knackered, it's uncomfortable, has no A/C and shakes violently at highway speeds, but every time I drive it, it brings a childish grin to my face when I plant my right foot.
In other news, a good friend of mine got hitched recently, so I've actually been working on it over the past month or two to get it re-registered and in a complete(ish) state to make an appearance, in lieu of the Celica still being in more pieces than I'd like.
Glad to see you're still feeling the love. I'm currently scooting around in a L201. No interior and a side pipe don't add to the comfort, but still a hoot to drive every time. And as cheap as anything.
I'd love myself a 'little' project like your Celica at some point. Better look for a place for it to hide though. Rain and stuff..
Seen a nice Daihatsu Charmant for sale...tempting. Not sure you've had the Charmant over there..
To the best of my knowledge, the front end is the same, but I honestly have no idea about the rear. I'm not sure if they changed the rear suspension for the walkthrough vans, but if you can get a photo, I can probably clarify whether it looks the same or not.
If you backtrack to post #202, there's a little bit of info there. Basically, standard S200P (not S200V) Hijet struts with the hub mounting holes redrilled and brake line mounts re-mounted. Struts were sourced from Yahoo auctions for about $200AUD delivered, from memory.
Looks about the same as the regular body. Rear dampers for the original Mini fit in the rear and are short enough to keep cut springs captive, which is basically the extent of my rear end. The eyelet on the bottom of the Mini dampers is a 3/8" hole and the crush tube is narrower, where the original Mira ones are 12mm, so you'll need to make or improvise some small spacers and use a smaller bolt to suit. I forget what springs I ended up using, but I just found something vaguely the correct diameter and cut them down to a suitable length. I also removed the rear bumpstops.
Thank you ill-minded for the great info, just to confrim the hijet s200p is from 2001-2003 kei truck right? also funny thing you said the rear shocks are source from classic Mini Cooper because I have 67 mini that need to be restored too!
I can't remember which years specifically, but I think the S200 chassis covered a fairly long build. All I remember from when I bought mine is that I paid about 7,000y on Yahoo auctions for a secondhand pair with about 20,000km of use on them.