Here's my Daihatsu Charmant project.
It was owned by for most of its life by an elderly man and finally found its way into my dirty hands as I'd wanted one for years! As such the condition was pretty impressive, there are a few small dents and a bit of rust to be sorted around the back of the car but overall I was impressed. A few coats of wax later and the paintwork (metallic beige) gleamed! Mechanically it is overall OK, there are a few issues starting it from cold and the carb needs looking at but after the engine warms up properly the car runs well.
Fans of the old KE70 Corolla may see some similarities, this is because it is based on a KE70 and shares all the same mechanicals! However, Daihatsu aimed this at a different part of the market by specifying it as a small executive car and uprating the interior trim and amount of chrome to suit. Daihatsu, only really being known for its small cheap cars received unfavourable reviews for the car (dated mechanicals, no badge prestige, RWD car when FWD ones were seen as the way forward) and it faded into obscurity very quickly. In terms of survival, barely any exist now in the UK and Japan - just the sort of car I love.
Interior is very brown and needs a bit of a clean but is in good condition with nice seats, two gloveboxes and the original push button AM radio!
As much as I love the Charmant in its own cheesy way, I also like subtle modified cars, so gradually the modifications are coming along, which will eventually result in the smoky 4K engine being replaced with a fresh 4AGE. I also fancy respraying the bottom half in maroon, recreating a two-tone paintjob available to the Japan market. Obviously the suspension, brakes etc. will be sorted too, but luckily many AE86 parts can be swapped on easily! The look I am going for is a 1980s Japan street racer with period style modifications.
The 1.3 engine didn't include a rev counter, so I imported a 52mm Omori gauge, I love these gauges, popular 80s Japanese car choice!
Standard wheel isn't very nice, so this Nardi should do nicely and keep with the style of the car.
A set of 80s Work Equip wheels which I think will look pretty smart.
That's about it for now, need to fit all the above parts but there's boring stuff like rust to treat yet. Oh yes, I also have some KE70 fender mirrors but no photos of those.
Hope you enjoyed in some baffling way!