This ae86 (85-87 corolla gts, RWD…. but you should really know this by now) is just what an 86 should be. simple oldschool wheels and a do it yourself approach to the whole car. No crazy offset no dumb fibreglass panels loosely fitting and hanging off…. you get the point it’s not a high dollar build and it’s meant to be driven. it use to be that “high dollar” and ae86 would never be in the same sentence, things have changed much to my dismay…oh well.
I dig this car alot
Much thanks to roadsterdrift for this material!
Nice lowered scooter too
I was uber sick last week… hence no post, I’ll get to some new stuff soon but here this to tide you over
Here’s an RA65 celica from Australia running 15×8 front and 15×10 rear superlight’s
nice clean car with good fitment… nice
If you don’t know what the toyota starlet is… don’t worry about it, you’ll probably never see one, it was only sold in north america for 3 years ’81-’84. the starlet had a K series motor (small and quite gutless) but it was rwd and there was potential for the determind….. at the very least the car was a happy little piece of toyota racing history.
this one of course belongs here with the completely dropped stance, flares, and the ssr mkII’s
I love the old metal. Which will sound familar but also very odd to old school hod rodders because I’m mostly referring to the foreign cars of the early 80′s.
VW Derby, it’s coupey/sedany version of the mk1 polo
An mk1 sirocco on porsche phone dials
the old Merc’s are really coming into their own these days
I love this stuff
Many people, including myself at times, just focus on one type of car or one make and they fixate themselves on that narrow range of cars. This isn’t entirely a bad thing, some of the best builds come from those guys, but life is all about variety.
I can never seem to be able to keep myself to just one car or one make or style, I see awesomeness in nearly every genera. And as you can kinda tell, if you’ve been keeping up with my cars, I’ve had a lot of cars and I change cars a lot. I have recently sold my ’92 civic si hb because for the last few years I’ve been struggling with trying to have one car that can do everything and sharing that car with my wife means that I (willingly) compromise on how I build that car, and because of that compromise my builds are never expressive enough to entertain me or to be a real creative outlet.
Because of this I have bought a newer Honda CR-V, great car I might add, I really enjoy driving it to work and running errands, but it by no means fills that creative void.
I don’t build cars to please other people, I build them to have fun. I love the build, once it’s done I sell it, I’ll drive it around for a few months or weeks but once it’s done (or reached the limitations of being a daily usage car) or I ‘m tired of it I’ll sell it. My favorite builds are junkyard builds, like the old way we build corolla’s by mismatching parts of other cars that work like, supra wheels, any random electric fan that’ll fit, camaro rear shocks, mr2 rear shocks in the front,…etc etc
For me building cars needs to be a creative outlet that’s not for profit or some kind of gain in status, and never never serious…. it’s gotta be fun!!!!!
But now that the daily car is had…… I can focus on projects… not sure what but it will be rwd, and most of the mods will be fabricated by myself and with some help from friends, no more buying a build on ebay and merely assembling it…. I wanna just get back to putting my blood and sweat into it.
Enjoy and celebrate the differences
Build what you got your way and who cares about the rest.
Sorry peoples, I have been busy lately and haven’t had time for new posts. Hopefully some will be coming soon.
So my friend since I was 3 years old made the trip down to the japanese classic car show (JCCS) this year, even though his engine install was just finished the day they left and the car wasn’t completely ready for the show.
here’s the pics he sent me.
from what i can remember about the engine swap is that it’s a 7MGTE bottom end (mostly for the displacement and piston oil squirters.. and a few other bits) with the 5MGE pistons and head, therefore making it a 6MGE and the only real 6M part is the crank pulley. also worth noting is the 1uz throttle body and intake manifold that are all ceramic coated…
some of my info may be bad and seamus will most likely correct me.
from left to right here’s Pete’s 76? celica with a 7MGE motor (3L straight 6), steve’s ae86 corolla with a 1UZ (4L V8 from a lexus ls400), and seamus’s supra with the custom built 6M all on their way down from Canada to LA
first of all this is DKer Pete’s car! it got quite a bit of attention, I have found many pics of it online… be proud Pete
this so far is the only Pic of seamus’s supra i can find… i can tell because the exhaust tips and the white hood
I love these old landcruiser wagons… mostly because in Canada we got the Hino diesel with them.
once again less talk more pics… but i do want to say that the datsun guys really brought their game to the show this year.
I’ve been waiting for more info on this car and a some more detailed photo’s and I finally found some. These days a cool car doesn’t just pop up from halfway around the world only to disappear again.
so here’s what I found
I went out to the Langely show this weekend and took some pics. As usual the show was very large and the quality and diversity of the cars was great. It was hot this year and it was packed… I had a pretty hard time getting shots, there was just too many people around…. and the sun was so bright that it was hard to get a good shot will the extreme contrast… but here’s the link to what i got. Langley show pics
I found a few more photo’s of that TE wagon
Thanks to the japanese nostalgic car blog for the pictures
cool cool cool awesome…. and don’t even start trying to analyze whether or not it’s practical.. who cares…. you = fail, your brain = no
just love this damn thing
one thing to note… is the rear camber… these cars were solid axle… wish I knew what was in there.
Thanks to racer86 for finding this
This TE wagon that showed up at the nisei meet in L.A. this year has got to be the freshest TE wagon this side of the pacific.
it’s a 79-80 toyota corolla wagon, I always thought they were cool, but this just steps it up a lot.
the wheels are 14×10 0-offset diamond racing, with 185/55r14 tires very tightly stretched onto those wide steelies… massive stretch.
the front wheels are pushed out so far because he is running NRCA’s (negative roll center adapters) which push the bottom of the strut/hub assembly out 1-2″
the diamond racing steelies are becoming very popular because of their endless sizing options and budget price…. but are no less awesome.
lovin the quad headlights and the air dam… even with the stock massive bumpers
and one shot in the distance
I think this has got be my favorite car in several months… it’s just really cool!
thanks to “Hasback Photography” and to
for the pics
you can never have enough ae86 in a car blog… so cut it, chew it, and like it.
these cars are the modern savior of the japanese rwd scene in north america. full stop.
A fabulous, responsive, very high revving motor, rear wheel drive, and a very willing and tunable chassis make this car hard not to love…. BTW 1985-1987 corolla gt-s, hachi-roku (hachi for short), ae86, levin, and trueno essentially all mean the same thing.
Like this red one with the classic start shark wheels, along with the levin front end, and the shorty jdm bumpers
this car has the japanese trueno front end, basically the same as ours in north america but with a different bumper
many hachi’s seem to always be half assembled, or somewhat abused…. but that is much of the love we have for these cars…. they can take sooo much abuse and still perform the way they should, they need to be used.
drift in action, a nice levin coupe
I like the coupes look but I think I prefer owning the hatchback better
this first one is a datsun bluebird SSS, basically a 510 2dr with a copped roofline, rather hard to come by.
i don’t know what this is but I love it (turns out it’s a nissan gloria)
of course the mx73 toyota cressida, and yes i consider this car classic j-tin.
toyota Cresta Super Lucent
ok these next 2 aren’t classic but they are cool
a clean cool toyota hi-ace van
and a over head shot of a tuned corolla ae86 and a s13 240sx in the garage.
thanks to the nori yaro blog of some of the pics
This 1985 ae86 corolla gts really caught my eye a while back so I saved the pics, but I can’t for the life of me remember where I got the pics.
usually I’m really not a fan of corolla’s with fiberglass flares or body kits of any type, I’m an all metal kinda guy. this corolla works for me though, I find it highly tasteful that the owner choose to stick with the original color scheme, also the wheels selection and sizing is very correct for the car, and of course the ride height/camber/wheel/kit/color combo all comes out for a really slick stance.
VW’s have many strong points, one being the body structure and another being the seating position… ok forget that… i don’t want to sit here and analyze the pro’s and con’s, i do it wayy too often, over analyzing things… weighing reliability against price, speed, looks….. damn.. now I’m analyzing my analyzation process.
ok having cars as a hobby isn’t a safe bet, sometimes you make money many time you loose money… but it’s not about money… or a safe bet, or reliability, or the right car even? No it’s about having fun, expressing yourself, and challenging yourself. Sometimes you just need to try something different. … if I really wanted the safe bet all my project cars would be camry’s and would all be left stock.
so here are some pictures of older VW’s have i’ve longed to try
the mkII jetta, I love the lip with the brake cooling ducts, and the stance, wheels… love the car, it’s cool
the original van, just straight classic
I love how vdub’ers will put damn near any wheel on their car, mercedes slr’s to bently to even 80′s corvette wheels.
I use to hate these mkII headlights and the small bumpers of the early ones…. but for some reason i have totally flipped and i can’t get enough of them now, I like the more classic look… I’m tired of the modern stuff i guess..
mkI jetta… these are getting harder and harder to find, but they are soo small and tight and solid…. cool
and a pair of slammed rabbits, aka mkI golf, I love these tiny cars with tons of character.
I must be honest, I at the time (late 70′s to the mid 80′s) the japanese front wheels drive stuff was seriously not up to the task of competing with the little vw’s…. altho the 90′s was a different story.
I was at the Classic Japanese car show at spanish banks vancouver this past sunday, april 26th, and it was a nice little event. I know there is a lot more nice old J-Tin around town and I wish more of it had of shown up.
and now… to the pics.
this is for my friend chris, he loves these old roller skate civics.
this is the nice d16z swap in said civic, very nicely done I must say.
This was a gorgeous early celica, with the jdm bumpers and badging, it was very very clean and a great restore!
and best of all the japanese spec 18RG dohc motor.
and more clean 240z.
a nice Datsun 510 with bluebird tails.
this was my favorite of the show, a 510 that’s classic, cool, fast, and looks like you could drive the hell out of it and not worry about it’s perfectness.
the 510′s turbo’d 1600.
this was a really cool 510 wagon, with a 5-lug swap, z32 wheels, 300zx brakes, and 3L V-6
It’s nice to see the older rx-7′s being restored and modded (resto-mod).
a nice RX-3 rounded out the show.
there were more cars there but these are the ones I took a liking too.
The japanese classic car show is this sunday, april 26th 9am-3pm!! I seem to miss it every year, but not this year! I’m sure my expectations are a tad too high but I’m still really excited, plus it’s gonna be a nice warm day and it’s at the beach.
this is a preliminary post, i’ll add more to it later…
the toyota carina would be an awesome project car, they are cheap, old, and based off the old ae86 rwd platform… oh and they came in wagon form. These would be awesome with a light tuned 4ag engine, some homemade coilovers and some nice wide wheels.
unfortunately they were never sold in north america, but I can at least blog about it.
it’s not for everyone, but I’ve always been drawn to the slightly odd 4dr and wagon siblings of the “sport” versions of certain cars. I I want all the speed and Chassis bits of the popular cars but with a more interesting exterior.
too bad this one is soo small…. I tried for hours to find the original
The GC10 skyline GT-R
If I were to EVER do a full restore of a classic car it would be one of these. they are rear wheel drive, of course, with independant rear suspension, have a 1998cc 160hp straight 6 S20 engine with dohc, and a cross-flow head.
as it turns out these cars are very expensive, I knew they were pricey but wow, a real gtr (kpgc10) can range from $35-$90k by the time it gets here… but you can also go the GT route which will get the you the same body but a different motor L20, very closely related to our 240/260/280z’s, which is nice since parts will be more readily available then the s20 rare dohc. but even these Gt versions will still run you a landed cost of $20k+… maybe less if you import your self and are frugal… but you might end up with a real POS.
maybe a datsun 510 is more up my price range or maybe I should go toyota…