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 Post subject: 1964 Daihatsu Hi-Jet L-35
PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:53 pm 
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Location: Estonia (next to Russia)
Here´s some info about the beast that interests me most :

2-cylinder 2-stroke 350 ccm 17 hp
3-speed full syncro gearbox
RWD
12 v electrics
ladder frame
independent front suspension
rear live axle
12" wheels

lenght 2990 mm
width 1200 mm
height 1400 mm

curb weight 540 kg
max payload 500 kg
total 1040 kg

For best of our knowlege it was the only one in Sweden, bought from second owner and brought to Estonia in 10.07.2010 with full intentions to frame-off restoration. Little surface rust but no rot anywhere, many dents although. Drivers door is in the box but no glass, needs headlight ring and taillight, maybe some more tidbits. And yes, everything works - it starts right up and drives and even brakes.

Pics will follow in next post.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:56 pm 
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as found in Sweden

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:57 pm 
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Can anyone help me to find contact with the owners of Daihatsu Pick-ups on the sites below? Unfortunately i do not speak japanese so i cant get any information out of that site. It seems, that it is next to impossible to aquire the parts needed for restoration - taillight, headlight trim ring, front turn signal/indicator, hubcaps :(

the pages i am talking about:

http://geocities.yahoo.co.jp/gl/seven_4ag/view/200901


http://kusahiroexploration.blog107.fc2.com/blog-date-200905-1.html

one site that seems to have some spares

http://www.irex-jp.com/catalog/

Best regards,

Martin

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:D cool


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Amazing that it fits in a Chevy pick up bed. What amazes me is you have GM vehicles in Estonia, like the Cadillacs. I would have expected more Euro style cars and trucks.


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Most of the cars here in Estonia are European and Japanese made, but there are a lot of American made cars too. Pickup and Cadillacs are mine by the way :)

What amazes me the most is, why isn't here really no feedback at all about the L-35, is this the only one left in the planet?
Or can someone point out the most possible directions to try and find some parts for it? Land, company, junkyards, etc,etc.

Because the sheetmetal bodywork I can restore, but its a hell of a lot harder to restore a half-missing and broken tail light for example.

Or maybe there is some other forum in the internet, that is more specificly directed to old japanese picup trucks(I doubt it, of course, or maybe its in japanese then, which I do not speak unfortunatelly).

We are really getting a bit stuck on those missing items and lacking a domesticated japanese guy who could help us to get some info or parts....

Any tiny bit of info helps, as I'm sure you all know.

Indrek
(Martins friend)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:34 pm 
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90Deville wrote:
What amazes me the most is, why isn't here really no feedback at all about the L-35, is this the only one left in the planet?


It just might be. :P

Never even heard of it...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:23 pm 
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hey do you know if there is another VIN or serial number on that truck?

I just bought one. The red tag in the engine bay was ripped off my truck


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:54 am 

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Unfortunately I don't have any ideas where it could be more than in that tag in engine bay. I can try to look around a little...

But in the meantime, post some pictures here of your car, please!!! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:34 pm 
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ok thanks. I just got my truck home today. i'll see if i can upload some images tonight.

i want to get my car registered but i cant find any VIN numbers on the car yet.

Is your truck running?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:40 pm 
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Here are a couple pictures that i took earlier.

One is with the original camper shell and the other is without it.
The truck is missing a windshield, tailgate, front bumper and front grille.. :(

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:06 am 

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Awesome!

It's so nice to see that there is another little car like mine somewhere in the english-speaking land....
The original camper shell is really cool, I've never seen one like that jet.

Overall it looks as bad as mine, apart from the missing details.

What are your plans with the truck, restore or something else? It's not easy to get parts for it, I can tell that much. But I have someting going on right now partswise, so if I suceed I will let you know.
Those hubcaps seem to be original, could you make a better picture of one for me?

And yes, mine is running good. It started up with 10y old petrol in tank, and the gears and everything worked fine. :D

My intensions are to restore it completely original, but for now I'm trying to find all those missing and broken parts, having some hopes I can get something from Asia, but nothing certain jet, just promises :)

And you could post more pictures here when you make some.
Here is my car topic at my local oldtimers forum:
http://forum.automoto.ee:8080/showthread.php?tid=33241

Its in estonian but there are a lot of pics too!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:11 am 
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Here´s one fuzzy picture of two able bodied dudes in L-35, let´s just say that I´ve found myself sitting in more spacious cabs. The trick of putting two of us in there, is to keep your upper torsos unaligned. Having the drivers door off the hinges, helps a lot though with somewhat ridiculous task of getting yourself positioned behind the wheel :)



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:31 am 

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I was in the garage today and looked for a chassis number or a vin code, and found one. Its stamped in to a right side top of the chassis, about around where the motor mount is. If you look right down you should see it from under the hood....little difficult to explain but maybe helps.
Also, I cannot guarantee that its not self-stamped, as in Sweden, where my car is from, there is a law that a car must have one vin-code thats stamped in to a chassis. So maybe its self-made, it's hard to tell. It begins with L-35-and a 5-digit number of chassis.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:58 am 
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here is a picture of the hubcaps. I have all 4.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:13 am 
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90Deville wrote:
I was in the garage today and looked for a chassis number or a vin code, and found one. Its stamped in to a right side top of the chassis, about around where the motor mount is. If you look right down you should see it from under the hood....


Found it!! It was covered with 25 year old grease but i was able to scrape it off and found the VIN.
Thanks for the help.

Hey, i think my truck is a different year than yours. I think my car came with a larger front grille than yours.
here is an example of what i think mine should look like
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:21 pm 

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Yup, your's is a bit different than mine. I've seen those grills in some pictures before, but can't tell if they are newer or older models.

I found this scooter forum from thailand:
http://translate.google.com/translate?h ... .google.ee

It's the adress through google translator so most of the text is meaningless nonsense, but some nice pictures anyway :)

There seems to be some of those cars left in thailand, tryed to contact one guy there who claims to sell parts for old japanese cars, he told me that he's looking around a bit so maybe there is a little hope to get some missing parts after all.

Does your's have the 2-cylinder engine too?

You can send your hubcaps to me whenever you want, I don't mind :D

Nice that you found the VIN at least, that means this place is original for those cars, good to know.

So, your plans with your car are.....?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:22 pm 
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yeah i wish i could find the front end for my truck. it would look amazing with all that chrome.

thats a pretty cool thread you found there. I used babel fish to translate japanese sites to english. it seems to work a little better than google translator.

haha I'll trade you my hubcaps for your tailgate :p

it almost looks like the chassis stamping was done somewhat recently. But who knows, Im happy that i have some information on my truck now.

And yes, my car still has the 2 cylinder engine. The engine appears to be complete, but i am missing the brake master cylinder.

I plan on restoring this truck to the best of my abilities. I would like to make it original but parts are impossible to find. I will just have to make parts of my newer Hijets work.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:11 am 

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Ok, thats cool.
Let's just keep this thread alive and post all the info here that we can find about those cars, as well as progress in repairs.

I found that the lenses for taillights can be bought new here, they should be the same as the Midget uses.
http://www.irex-jp.com/catalog/product_ ... ts_id/2437


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