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08 Apr 2015 14:43 #23999

Here's my new daily.

I needed something bigger for work instead of my charade but I wanted to stick with Daihatsu and still have something different.

I've had plenty of moves and love them and saw the grand move and saw potential to look good (^_^)

So the hunt for one began, and when this one popped up for sale the bodykit sold me on it despite being quite shabby bodywork wise(no rust, just lots of dents).
I have never seen another grand move with this body kit, however after doing a bit of research I think the car is a Rare Grand Move Custom which had just had all its stickers/badges scratched off.




So 1st things 1st with all my cars, got it home and stripped down the suspension to see if I could find any springs to lower it.

Upon stripping it down I found the two rear struts were completely blown to the extent that when I tipped one upside down it emptied its oil(mixed with water) all over the floor (>_<)
The car has a tow ball so assume it's from towing heavy weights.

So just finding springs wasn't an option.
I searched everywhere for coilovers for it with no joy, so a made a quick call to GAZ.

After talking with them for a bit I dropped my old suspension to their workshop and 2 weeks later they called to let me know my new custom coilovers had been made :)



So I made the drive over to the workshop to pick them up, and the next weekend I had them fitted up and tweeked to get the right sort of height I wanted.

Whilst it was in my garage I also desided to try and sort the body work out a bit but didn't have much in the way of funds so I started to try and get the worst of the dents out the door but gave up as it is beyond popping out.
I heated a dent in the rear bumper and slowly pulled it out, it's not perfect but good enough for a work car.
Up next was the colour change to cover all the scratches and horrible miss matched touch up paint it had in places, so I gave the car a quick sand and sprayed it Matt black using the leftover rattle cans from previous cars I've sprayed.
The paint is a bit thin in places due to no funds to buy more paint but overall it came out alright so I'm happy with it :)

I then gave it a much needed service and oil change

I also repaired the damaged rear light and then tinted the rear lights and fog light using fly eyes tint film.



Next up was to find a set of wheels...well after trying many wheels I've got sitting about, nothing was the right size for it width wise so I desided to do some measuring and start searching for some new wheels.
After lots and lots and lots of time searching I came across a guy selling some random wheels so gave him a call.
After speaking with him for a while he said he had a few different sets so thought I'd make the journey up to go see him.
He had some really nice wheels and some really expensive wheels(mostly top of the range German wheels) and I spotted a set sitting in the corner so asked to get them out.
Loved them straight away so started to talk about prices, and managed to score myself a bargain due to them not being mint :D

I cleaned up the wheels a bit and then got some tyres fitted up.

I then took a few measurements and ordered some proper bolt on hubcenteric spacers to bring the wheels out to fill the arches equally on front and rear(front of grand move has a wider track than the rear).

I fitted the wheels on the car, where I soon realised I needed to roll the arches, so got cracking on that :)

The car was nearly ready for its maiden voyage but before it could go anywhere it needed tracking because where I had lowered it so much the fronts had massively towed out lol.

So trailered it over to a friends garage where we spent an hour with lots of wood trying to get it on his ramp so he could do the tracking.
Had to use old school machine and only on the front as the car is too low to put modern tracking arms on the wheels.

Got the tracking done and desided to take the car for its 1st drive since I owned it.

I'm happy to say GAZ didn't disappoint with there suspension(even though it cost more than the car).

The car handles smooth and isn't overly bumpy despite being around 5.5-6.5inches lower than standard.
However the rear wheels were still rubbing with weight in the back or heavy cornering so went back from the test drive to investigate.

Found the place where the tyres were rubbing was the top of the inner arch as it had a lowered down lump near the edge.
So with a bit of persuading with my friend Mr hammer I managed to get the clearance in the inner arch so it doesn't rub anymore :)



All in all I'm extremely happy with the car, it's sooo comfy and is actually pretty luxury feeling, and even has a decent factory sound system.

Only downside was I broke the exhaust so I've made a new one out of whatever scrap exhaust I had kicking about, and felt like making something different that is definitely not to everyone's taste lol.

And in my opinion it looks epic (^_^)
Would like to go a fraction lower but I do still need to be able to scrape over speedbumps on way to work and have already clipped a couple of cats eyes lol :P

Anyways here's a few pics of how it stands now :)



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08 Apr 2015 15:33 #24001

Lookin' like a nice little daily you've got there ;)

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08 Apr 2015 20:26 #24002

Nice! What's normally a really dull looking car now looks pretty purposeful. Are you going to make any tweaks to the engine?
PS, really nice wheels.

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09 Apr 2015 07:06 #24003

Brilliant work as always Darren

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09 Apr 2015 23:46 #24009

I love it! The combination of that colour, those wheels, being lowered with those awesome looking coilovers has left it looking ace!

Nice work. B)


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15 Apr 2015 19:00 #24042

Cheers peeps :)

Engine wise it seems to be consuming a bit of oil and throwing it out the exhaust, so no tuning will be done on this engine atm.
There's no nasty noises or knocks coming from the engine atall and it runs fine so I'm gueasing it's just worn valves rather than piston rings.
However its still running sweet, and hopefully will stay that way as long as I keep my eye on oil levels :)

If it does get worse, I'll either buy another standard engine, or I have been thinking about taking a peek under the bonnet of my dads YRV Turbo to see what would be required to drop 1 of those engines in my grand move :P

Those little turbo'd 1.3 engines are quick, and still economical...plus have a lot of tuning potential, so if it looks do-able I might give it a shot as that would definately be different then lol ;)

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15 Apr 2015 21:17 #24043

Why don't you chuck the YRV into one of the smaller moves??? :evil:


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15 Apr 2015 21:39 #24044

Aren't the YRV Turbo engines automatic only? I think I heard somewhere that Daihatsu didn't have a gearbox available that could take the power... Which to me, sounds like a good thing. ;)


1998 Daihatsu Mira TR-XX Avanzato R4
1996 BMW E36 323i Compact
1997 BMW E36 316i Saloon
1998 Toyota Chaser JZX100 (Sold)
1998 Toyota Soarer JZZ30 (Sold)
2000 Perodua Nippa L201 (Sold)

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16 Apr 2015 07:56 #24046

To much messing around to put yrv engine in a move and the 660cc swap is good enough for the weight and size.

Only reason I would be considering this swap is if I'm Gona have the engine out and it's not too much of a mission imposible I wouldn't mind fitting something with a little more omph :P

The yrv turbos all come with auto boxes and electric selectable gears on steering wheel, but I'm sure with a bit of research I may find a manual box that will bolt up to one :)

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16 Apr 2015 16:02 #24047

A lot of Daihatsu engines are built with Toyota, right? Perhaps something like a Yaris T-Sport box could mate up with it, or something?


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1996 BMW E36 323i Compact
1997 BMW E36 316i Saloon
1998 Toyota Chaser JZX100 (Sold)
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