Hello everyone! Long time lurker, here - forced to post at long last by the purchase of some obscure non-functioning shite...in the shape of a 1984 Daihatsu Charade CX Auto. I bought it from a friend simply because it was cheap and I liked how it looked. Said friend decided it didn't fit in with his collection...and more importantly it died last time he drove it.
Now, I'm waaay out of my depth. Most of my cars come out of Cowley and Longbridge so my knowledge of little three-cylinder petrol engines is non-existent. Initial hopes that its failure to proceed would be something cheap and easy quickly evaporated when a fresh battery saw it clatter in to life. It runs - but makes very sinister loud clattering noises. We've had the rocker cover off and everything seems in order at the top with the valves and rockers. It also runs on all three cylinders. Current thoughts are the bearings on the crank or on one or more pistons are in the process of digesting themselves.
In-depth searchable technical knowledge on the mechanicals seems to be limited. I've downloaded a copy of a Daihatsu repair manual circa 1987 but other than that there's nowt else. There also seems to be nothing in the way of spares, engines or other Charades of this vintage.
I'd be really sad to have to get shut as it's speaking to me in some weird way at the moment - I keep find myself going to sit in it! Umm..help!