James' Daihatsu Cuore L700 - SKD555


Clear indicators always look better i reckon :ok_hand::ok_hand::ok_hand:


Dude this build is awesome! Turns out we have a very similar taste in rides. I recently sold off my liberty wagon and picked up a cuore I plan to do a rear seat delete on too! Already begin modding with a stereo, 2002 tail lights, fixing some parts from a wrecker donor but so happy I found this thread, will definitely help things moving forward! How did you go with the rear seat delete? I thought by now there would be some sort of template but I guess I will have to do it the hard way and map one out. New Cuore and old liberty attached.


Oh damn epic man haha! Were you on club.lib? The car looks very familiar. I would love to give you advice on the rear seat delete but it still hasn’t been finished lol. I might look at doing so next month but who knows. If I do you bet it’ll be here. Keep in touch and get a thread going of your beast mate!


Nah wasn’t on club.lib. Plenty of them getting around in a similar style though! I’m gonna tackle some more mods on the Cuore this weekend, need to restore the wheels and paint them but can’t decide on colour. I have been taking a few snaps so I may do a build thread at some stage. I’m new to forums but is there some way I can get in touch with you? Wouldn’t mind asking a few questions. I would love to know the bulbs on the interior lights (my dash lights are out for the AC section so need to replace anyway) as yours look awesome. Also wouldn’t mind sourcing some of those clear side indicators!


May 2018: Once again not much happening with the car. What I having been meaning to do is swap out the front speakers. I swapped an old amp from the Subaru for a set of Sony XS-GTF1627 two-way speakers.

Far from anything special but anything is better then blow tweeters and thus a significant improvement.

Time to move onto the install and pop the door-card off. Taking the handles off never gets easier.

Off. Goodbye Kenwood blown rubbish.

The horrid old wiring also came out. And the supplied wiring spliced into the factory door loom. Again when the speakers are properly upgraded better wiring will go in.

Out with the old and in with the new.

Rinse and repeat for the other side. Sounds so much better already. Specially with the sound deadening.


July 2018: So working on the drivers side door ‘tomorrow’ as usual ended up being 2 months later in classic fashion.

Getter the window winder off never gets easier.

Out with you dualmags.

Horrid wiring to be ripped out.

New wiring in and soldered properly.

Sony’s could then go in.

Another thing I hate about these door cards but all done.

Recently the car got a flat. So I grabbed my small jack rather then the big one as it was easier to transport. Normally it would be fine but with a flat the car was too low. So my mate and I legit lifted the car by the guard onto the jack. It worked but dented in the panel. Argh.

Luckily a bit of heat and a GoPro mount does the trick.

Ah much better.


September 2018: Once again nothing particularly special happening on the old Cuore but I love doing these so here we go. I freaking love the S2R’s on this car but, they really don’t like holding air, at least one of them doesn’t.

So I dropped past a local Kmart Tyre place to see what the issue might be. We did a quick check in the water to see if it was maybe a puncture. It wasn’t but it was loosing some air from the beed. So we popped the tyre off and cleaned the sidewall up with a razer. These are super cheap rubbish tyres so yeah not great.

Back in the water.

Still no luck. Who knows. Onto a nice dodgy fix. It got a healthy dose of sealant to help with the imperfection in either the wheel or tyre. After that it was rebalanced. Apparently it was out the whole time…

I gave it a good amount of time of sitting to set and see if it leaked anymore. It didn’t so back on it went.



September 2018: So I’ve really been itching to do the manual swap on the car for ages and while I did get a box already it really wasn’t going to be easy without having a full parts car, as getting bits and pieces for these cars isn’t really easy. I even struggled to find local wreckings of Sirions.

Anyway, enter what happened here. Through another deal I’ve ended up with this little one. It’s the same year as mine. The original body is faded and rough. The car is basically going to be stripped for all the goodness with the shell being scrapped.

I believe this is an option grille with yellow foggies.


The interior has some gino goodies in there too.

Purple seats front and rear.

Some woodgrain too.

The car might be rough but has just under 100K on the clock which seems to be pretty low for these, not as low as mine though ;).

Most importantly though, three pedals. Keen to get this out and into mine.


why not swap the aprts you want with your car and sell this one after your finished and get some of your cost back?
Great deal you picked up by the look of it :slight_smile:


Love the Gino woodgrain stuff. you thinking of changing to the gino front?


November 2018: Cuore got the old quarterly wash yesterday. My Subaru has become more and more broken lately meaning the Cuore is getting used way more than usual.

Dirty girl.

Clean boi.

Gave the new Meguiar’s APC a go on the interior.

Works wonders.

It’s been really useful having a full parts car around to just take bits and pieces off.

I also had some time to go and get some photos of the car.


November 2018: I’m going to start ‘de-ricing’ some of the earlier ‘mods’ done in my P-Plater days. I picked up some white LED’s to replace the yuck blue ones I’ve been using in my parkers.

The blue ones were ready to go, I really need to fix up the drivers side headlight too, passenger one really is like new though.

Out with the old.

In with the new.

Passenger side was a little more of an effort with the battery but otherwise no biggie.

I was hoping to attack the number-plate lights but these LED’s are too long sadly. I’ll order some more and sort that out shortly.

Continuing with the theme, I can’t believe I waited so long to remove the HAI (Hot Air Intake).

Back to factory goodness. The pod did sound good but had a really strange noise at part throttle, really it was a silly thing.

Gave it a quick hit of APC, I really need to do the whole bay. Added to the list.


If you want better performance, remove the little over the engine intake pipe and cut a 65 or 75 mm hole in the air box. Take a trip to Bursons or similar and buy some wire reinforced flexible tubing, there is a little hole just above the number plate in the bumper to fit it into.
Fresh cold air fed into the intake.


This is what I have done to my GTVi and it’s the best of both worlds.


November 2018: Some smaller T10 white LED’s arrived.

They were certainly still taller but they just fit in.

That prompted me to move onto something else. The NSW JDM plates also seem to sit lower then they are meant to. I’ve noticed this not just on my car but even real imports. Of course this isn’t a massive thing but you know, little fixes.

Grabbed some drill bits.

Popped it off and grabbed the drill out.

I made the holes as small as possible and brought it down about 15mm.

Much better, now its actually centre.

The front is a similar situation, although I’ll wait for the new bar to do this.


November 2018: The wiper arms on the car really have seen better days, although not bad I suppose for 18 years.

I’ve never done this before so I grabbed the set from the parts car to have a go on just incase. They were in similar condition, looks like they have the original wipers too!

In good need of some prep.

After a range of techniques they were ready.

They then went up before getting a good clean.

Started with some wax and grease to clean, then out the paint came, nothing special just some basic satin black.

Three coats in total, with a full 24 hours to dry.

They came out just as I wanted.

Old ones then came off, I kept the blades on my car as they were still perfect.

On they went.


December 2018: So I’ve sold the Gino kit that came on the parts car. Most stuff I wasn’t really interested in as it wasn’t the goal of my build. Although one of the two things I did want to keep was the cluster that came with the car, because TACHO!

It’s clearly been sitting for awhile and thus was filthy and a little damaged. That needed to be sorted before it went in the car.

I’ve got a couple other spare clusters with perfect plastics so off it came. Pretty spotless inside.

Back on, much better.

The standard bulbs were switched out for LED units, T10.


Popping them in is a breeze when the cluster is out.

Now to pull the old one out. It’s a little sad for me cause of those low low km’s. Oh well.

Onto the removal, dash surround pops off.

Three 10mm’s off.

Speed and wiring could then be detached.

Popped it in and plugged everything in to check lights. Sadly even though the lights are white they light up orange. No massive problem though!

Now before I through everything completely back on, I thought it a good time to remove the last of the blue LED lights.

Easy in, I wish they were a little more even but maybe I’ll find better ones in the future.

I did the auto shifter too even though it won’t be here for much longer.

Dash panel went back in then.

Popped out for some better pics.

So cool having a tacho for the first time in this car. As the car is a 1L, redline is 6,500RPM, unlike the 8,500RPM from the 660cc this cluster is from. Still cool though. Love that it was completely plug-n-play with no modification what so ever.

With all the issues I’ve been having with my Subaru lately I’m so grateful for this little thing, it brings me so much joy.


Nice… :wink::+1::ok_hand::blush:


December 2018: So the parts Cuore has been sitting in my garage for wayy to long and it’s time to pull my finger out and get things going. The whole point of the car was to use it for a manual conversion in my car. Before any of that could happen though I needed to get a clutch.

After a quick eBay search I ended up with a unit from Clutch Industries. It was only $110 shipped which really makes me laugh, but that’s why I love these cars. Everything is small and cheap. I believe CI own Mantic which is the clutch I have for my Subaru.

The part number is R1943N for anyone interested.

Hopefully I can get everything in, in the next 3ish weeks!


February 2019: Time to really get stuck into pulling this thing apart. I started with the Gino kit, everything came off and surprisingly I managed to sell it the next day.

Interior bits out.

It’s funny, I had the car under car for a few days and another resident in my apartment building drove into it and knocked it off the stands. Luckily for them it wasn’t anything special, lucky for me the wheels were still on it with the handbrake up.

Before it went back up I quickly took the chance to get the drive shaft bolts off. Strangely, drivers side was a 30mm and passenger side was 32mm. I’ll get new ones when I reuse them later.

Bit of WD40 and some ugadugs with the dack and they came off no worries.


I proceeded to drop all the fluids.

Gave the plug a quick clean. Before anything goes on my car it will get a proper bath.

Tomorrow I’ll pull the shafts out and hopefully get just about everything else out. Ready to pull the motor and box soon.