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Hi all - New Copen Owner since Dec 2010

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by apt_copen, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. apt_copen

    apt_copen Copenworld Newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    Hi all!
    Bought me a UK 54 reg Red Copen 669cc. F Daihatsu SH.
    Purchased from a dealer in December.
    So far, 4 x alloys have had a refurb by Lepson's of Swindon. I have also filled up the inner-rear arches with wax oil! Very important with these little motor's, so I've been reliably informed;)
    I also got the fella up on axel stands and did the gearbox fluid. Drstically improve the gear selection quality!
    Nothing else planned atm, except to enjoy!
    You just get so many people staring at it, haha!
    All the best!
  2. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

    Oct 27, 2010
    Worcester, UK
    Nissan Cube Kaizen
    Welcome to the forum.
    Post up some pictures if you get a chance.
  3. smx

    smx Copenworld Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Hi, Welcome to forum, i too have a 54 red (vivid).

    Good move with the Waxoyl, how did you get to inner panel? via holes in boot?

    Also how straight forward is it to change the gearbox fluid, never done it before but been tempted to do it for a while, any special tools required?

    Thanks, Andrew.
  4. apt_copen

    apt_copen Copenworld Newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    Waxoyl & Gearbox Fluid

    Haha, I'm an Andrew too! Red Copen on a 54. I'm 31 yrs old, how old are you?? Maybe you're my stunt-double, or vise-versa:):)

    OK, Waxoyl is a bit of a pain. I used the clear aerosol and a length of flexible tubing about 1.5 ft long adapted to fit on the end of it. I stuck the aerosol in a bucket of hot water for 30mins before application, as you need it as runny as possible to apply. Ideally better to do this in a couple of months time when the warmer weather comes! I then removed the carpet which is tucked around the rubber boot seal. It's quite awkward to access, but you'll see a 3/4 Inch round hole running parallel to around the centre point of the wheel arch. I feed the tubing to the left, then to the right with as much Waxoyl as I could on both arches until I emptied it! I warn you... this can be quite fiddly and messy. Also advise you have a lamp/torch available as the hole is quite hard to see in natural day light,as its tucked right away in the rear quarter panel!

    With regards the gearbox fluid change, I didn't find the need for any special tools. Ideally you a ramp/ axel stands to raise the whole car up to effectively drain the gearbox as it takes ages. There's a plug at the top, which you use to fill with. The Copen likes 75w/90 fluid.

  5. smx

    smx Copenworld Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Thats funny, im a little younger, 28. I'm guessing your around the swindon area, im a bit further south in Bournemouth but im heading up your way next week to get my exhaust replaced with a stainless (Infinity Exhausts).

    Thanks for the detailed instructions, ive done a bit of waxoyling on the panels but i didnt find that hole, i'll go have a look in a bit. Actually i got the rear panels re-sprayed a few months ago and now i have just found some rust at the front sill and on the corner of the bonnet, i love this car but the rust is nightmare!

    Doesnt sound to hard to change the gearbox fluid, that can go on my list of things to do when the weather gets better, thats providing the car hasnt eroded away by then!
  6. apt_copen

    apt_copen Copenworld Newbie

    Feb 4, 2011

    Speaking to a mate last night who recommends Mr Clutch for gearbox fluid changes. £25, apparently?? Well, considering the fluid alone cost me just over a tenner, might as well had them do it! Food for thought.:)

    The only problem Ive got with mine atm is the boot lid mechanism intermittanly working. Ive put a post in the Problems section, but no takers as of yet :-((
    I've cleaned the contacts & attempted re-aligning the boot lid, but to no avail!

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