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My 1972 Daihatsu Max 360X has now been some 4 years in restoration.

 

Starting with full brake rebuild then on to fuel tank restoration (sealing the old rust!).

I got it running though very poorly, so decided to leave the engine until last.

I took it to a local mechanic to get it roadworthy - so plenty of small jobs were needed for that.

Biggest obstacle seemed to be the windscreen. They wanted it replaced but eventually accepted it was OK with a re-polish.

The engine needed a total rebuild and took some 18 months of tedious work. Sourcing parts is such a headache from Japan!

Finally little Max is registered (Club) and running on the road. He just may be the only one is captivity still?

Next job is stripping the surface rust and doing a repaint. I  am having a go at that  myself.

Here is a pix of Max as he is today... 

 

 

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Hi Bruce, welcome to the discussion section. For onlookers, his build thread is here: //oldschool.co.nz/index.php?/topic/55554-daihatsu-360x/

You asked if there was any Dai 360's running in NZ. Last time I asked a guy on trademe, he said there were 7 registered (licensed to use on the road). I have one, with a build thread here: //oldschool.co.nz/index.php?/topic/36833-h4nds-1974-daihatsu-fellow-max-360/

I know there's one other in Chch, and think there's maybe one more.

I also have a 1978 550cc (big block, lol) on the driveway, awaiting resto. Enjoy that 2T engine note!

 

PS you may also enjoy the Kei Car general discussion / pics thread here: //oldschool.co.nz/index.php?/topic/54024-kei-banter/

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Wow that is amazing number in NZ

I don;t think there are anything like that here in Australia.

I am coming to NZ in September and would love to look up any Dai-hards of the 360cc variety! I wil be in Sth Island and as far north as Christchurch only.

 

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I'll put the jug on. I'm in Chch, and daily mine to work. Typically 100 miles a week. 

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Great!

Do you have any spares? I need a new carby - the one I have doesn't want to idle properly, or maybe that is just an adjustment? No-one been able to get it right yet though.

Also like to get a set of hubcaps for it.

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It's a shame I threw all my spare parts in with mine when I sold it, I think I had a spare set of caps.  Pointless post but oh well, lerl.

I still have my spare truck-lid mounted on the wall of my shed for memory sake.

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I saw this one on the road in Palmerston North last year. My parents also had one when I was a kid, same colour and all.

Saw a white one at Manfield (in the carpark, not racing)  a few years ago.

There is also a cowpat green one up in Raetahi, stored in a basement. 

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What happened to the van one that was for sale on here a while ago?

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There is one in kiwi auto spares chch rotting under a tree. It had a big shunt in the side, and it's there as an ornament. They don't even admit they have it, but you could call them and try? It's near here if you can persuade them, I can pick up and post.

It's visible in this pic, but been moved since (zoom in):

https://www.google.co.nz/maps/@-43.5324444,172.693748,3a,24.4y,218.8h,76.52t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1swk8DcHd5_QWWOlcGZKgdxQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

 

Also, being 2 stroke, they're rather sensitive to having good spark, properly set plug gaps (~0.7m ), accurate timing set (to the mark, not advanced) and of course, air leaks.

I had some similar troubles with a carb, due to blockage in the tiny bleed tubes around the butterfly valve. A worn butterfly valve stem will also admit air, leaning out particularly at idle.

 

 

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It got transported from Invercargill to Wellington,  costing more than the guy paid for the car which I forget the price of.   After it left I've no idea. 

Memories...

 

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@h4nd I really enjoyed taking your car for a hoon, I couldn't stop smiling. It had the coolest engine note! Such an awesome little car.

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I too would like to know where the brown wagon is. Was super keen at the time but bad timing.  Would love to get hold of it now.  Should pm old r100.

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