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That little thing with a 3rz and Toyota axles would be pretty cool.
I think it may have Toyota axles already. At least, the engine, transmission, and lock hubs are Aisin. And it seems like every other part on there is labeled "Nippondenso".It's already pretty cool.That said, you're giving me way too many ideas. It would be a sweeet little rig with a 3rz and W56. It's already got 5.29 gearing, so a W56+3rz would have enough reduction to go about anywhere. Right now, it's a little underpowered for climbing hills in 4-low
While sharing the same OEM manufacturer with Toyota is a strong indicator of the parts being quality it doesn't mean that the specifications for the parts provided by Daihatsu are equal to those provided by Toyota. If you can actually cross reference the part numbers for both then you're dealing with just apples.
Sounds like it's in rough shape but possibly no worse that your current Toyota...
After eight months of driving and fixing, I still have a cracked windshield, leaky transfer case output seal, leaky clutch master cylinder, rusty bed, rusted rear bumper, worn rear diff, bad brakes, janky battery cable, worn-out horn, weak power brakes, self-loosening intake manifold, and an unstoppable engine oil leak. Oh, and the bad ignitor (if that's what it is). I've been enjoying working on a vehicle with what feels like almost nothing wrong.Needless to say, there are reasons why I am tempted to ditch the Toyota.
Needless to say, there are reasons why I am tempted to ditch the Toyota.
Hi Lewis,Is it safe to say that you bought a Toyota truck that can be described as almost totally trashed! If you are frustrated with your Toy truck now, I am anxious to read about your frustrations with your Rocky!
Daihatsu stopped exporting vehicles to the USA in 1992. There are probably no US dealers, sales were very low, and big auto parts warehouses will have limited stock for aftermarket parts.
From your descriptions, you seem to buy trashed vehicles and then complain about the obvious abuse, and then attempt to make the condition of a trashed vehicle synonymous with reliability... or am I mixed up?
Hey, bub, I just got one of these, too. I'll post my own thread: good luck
We can now start a two-member "Daihatsus are better than Toyotas" club. When one of our Daihatsus breaks, instead of fixing it ('cause parts are hard to find), we'll stand around and yammer about the Super-legendary, world-famous indestructibility and capability of the Daihatsu Rocky: "It climbs ev'ry mountain, fords every stream. It lets you double your gold. The first man on the moon arrived in a Daihatsu Rocky he drove over a land mine by mistake. He drove it right home (no spare parts allowed) and.... IT STILL RUNS!!!!..."Then their market value will go up so much that no-one else will be able to afford one, and we'll both be cooler than you can imagine.This all, on one condition. When Top Gear wants one, they take yours, OK?
I have paid heavily for inexperience when buying it .. because any material worthy of legend or exaltation had been beaten out of it.
When I got the Toyota, I paid for a vehicle that was supposedly in decent shape...
.... With this Daihatsu, I paid for a vehicle that was supposedly in bad shape...
It seems obvious that when you are buying a vehicle, you are relying on "supposedly". It appears that you do not know or have no ability to determine the condition of the vehicle until AFTER you buy it.
Your choice of a neglected, abused, improperly maintained vehicle is your problem with "un-reliability"..... NOT the brand. Is my observation wrong here?
I wouldn't be too rough with Lewis. I bought my Toyota without ever purchasing a vehicle before. I wish I knew some of the stuff I knew now, not only about this truck but about vehicles in general that way I could have dinged him down on the price a bit. that being said, I've had way more than 2200 dollars of fun in this truck.http://board.marlincrawler.com/index.php?topic=8066.msg119320#msg119320 get going. I expect it to look like this by tomorrow!
http://board.marlincrawler.com/index.php?topic=8066.msg119320#msg119320 get going. I expect it to look like this by tomorrow!
.... No reasonable owner is going to let me dismantle the engine to measure head warpage and see if it's been overheated, drain the transmission oil to look for metal, pull the brake drums to look for leaky brake cylinders, check valve clearance, or look at any of the myriad other things that I might want to examine that require any amount of disassembly....
For the purposes of this discussion, I bought my Rocky on Copart for pretty cheap...all I cared was that it had a clean title. Dude was FILLLLLLLLTHY when I got it, the rear fiberglass cap was trashed, and the entire front steering needed help. I knew, however, it would need things, and that was OK by me.(there were also a couple of cool mods that the PO did to it, which I won't hijack the thread with)I found everything you will ever need for it. Seriously. Aside from one interior trim piece, which I am still sure I know where I can find it, everything is out there. BUT. The lower ball joints were from Germany. The side markers and new rear license late holder came from Indonesia...and the wiring was slightly different.If you're going to get fancy and swap stuff, like axles and other drivetrain stuff, obviously, you will be able to find things even easier.
... Found one that had not yet been turned into a truggy, though it would obvs need some work. And here we are.
I finally got a chance for an oil change today, and confirmed a problem I already suspected before purchase. I am puzzled. After a total of probably 6 minutes idling since the oil change. the oil on the dipstick is clear. There has never, ever been any thick white smoke, so coolant shouldn't be mixing with the oil. Did someone dump coolant down the wrong hole???
Not a drop.I wonder if this is moisture from the vehicle having been parked for a year and a half. Then again, maybe it's not.
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