So I got a 1985 Carry ST90V van with the 800cc 4 cyl engine. The basic ideology behind it (at least how I presented it to my other half who presids over part of the budget) is to turn it into a small campervan or sleeper, so we can do shorter-longer trips with the dog. Long story short, I managed to find a fairly good base for the project and here it sits on my front yard.
It is hard to find an old Japanese car without mayor rust in Central Europe as they were not really well prepared for out heavy winter and salting of the roads. This car survived the last near 30 years with undercarriage and body nearly too good to beleive. Engine is sound too, if a bit too weak for the rather agressive and impatient Polish drivers.
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and here are my questions:
- steering: as of now it feels to me like my steering coloumn would be made of rubber. Rather sluggish and heavy steering. took the car to an inspection station before purchase and all seemed to be ok. Possibly greasing will help...?
- breaks. this is a 4 drumbrake modell. with what modifications could I swap to the disc brakes of the later super carry? I guess wheel hubs. Apart from that? Master cylinder is the same?
- engine power. So far I say the engine is tip-top. reaches 60kph (40mph) quite soon and able to cruise between 70-80 kph (45ish mph) without problems. reaching 90 is a challenge, takes time, tailwind, gentle slope. I can beleive though that given the time it could reach 100-105 on a straight road.
Still with CE driving culture I'd need a stable a 90kph not to be killed. I wonder if slightly bigger wheels would help. (right now it's R12 with normla tires on (I just do not remember the exact tyre size...
) as a sidenote: I plan to drive the van light in most times, a mattress, a tiny gas coocker a tiny fridge, light "furniture" mattress, 2 of us plus dog. Say together with the living meat load about 230kg?
Also I would remove the direct driven fan from the engine freeing some resources and replace with an electric fan/thermoswitch setup. I'd not like to get into bit tuning of the car becasue that is a never ending battle.
- noise. we drove it yesterday a 130kms and my other half compained of noise. (well, she is not that much into older cars.
) We drove it full naked though, anly bare metal showing everywhere as I threw out a crap from the back. I'm guessing that the following would help with noise reduction:
- some foam insulator (say 10mm) on the floor with 8-10mm OSB panel (glued wooden panel used for constructions) on it to form a level surface on which I can glue the vinyl floor or carpet.
- I gotta fix the interior sidepanels. say a thin layer of foam under the new false leather upholstery.
- Again some insulation on forward cabin floor under the rubbermats.
- Maybe some heat resistant insulator sheet glueg into the engine compartment...?
Please tell me about materials I should use or they actual effectiveness as I never did anything like this before.
Jobs I gotta fix before starting to use the van (got it only on saturday):
- oils, filters, colant, belts, plugs change.
- I guess that the right front wheelbearing needs attention. (what else could make noise from there??)
- cleaning the brakes, the inspector measured big difference between the rear breaks. Maybe new brake shoes.
so far so much only, I'm pretty happy with what I got specially for what I paid for it.
A new painjob will come to it later by the way.
Thanks for all the ideas and recommendations. All help is appreciated.