apply named the Bad Apple, this 4 day (5 day) build was a huge success, and even though the car is only near completion, the fact that it came together so quickly and with so much love is just pure win.
The question is, have you ever built a rotary powered ae86 on a $140 budget in 4 days? My friends and I have.
Brent donated a 140,000km ’87 SR5 chassis. Sitting around his house forever, the car looked decent, but was very deceiving. Ontario is a bastard for hidden rust, and there was plenty. Can you believe we stripped the car down to the bare shell the night it arrived and got to prepping? By the end of day 2, the car was completely ground down and painted, the entire under body, wheel wells and interior all got fresh treatment and patches.
The rear axle got swapped to that of an AE95 model which bolts right in, minus the panhard bar. Easily solved an old eBay strut tower bar bolted into it’s place and works wonders. The Motor? a 13B S4 N/a with transmission, oil cooler, harness, ECU, rad and cross members was sourced from another rotary powered Toyota. A local Starlet returning to it’s Toyota powered roots gave up it’s entire swap for a mere $60. Mounted on 97c hockey pucks, the made in Slovakia engine mounts did the trick. Dropping the subframe was needed to clear the oil pan, but some 1″ square tubing and subframe mounts from an MA70 Supra did just the trick.
This left the Suspension a bit awkward in the front. With cut JZA80 rear springs in the front, the lower control arms were on a bad angle. You’d be amazed at how well one can machine roll center adjusters with a few hours on a drill press and some careful cuts with a sawzall. Not only are the lower control arms level again, but now the sway bar clears the lowered subframe. The rear was easily dealt with as well, with some MA70 TEMS shocks mounted to the rear axle and cut rear springs. Not only does the rear axle fit from an ae95 for the most part, but the 4×100 bolt pattern makes the wheel combination interesting. Not to forget, the modified power steering knuckles that allow enough steering lock to rub the wheels on the frame. Can some one say, a ‘dire need for dish?’
$40 for the seats out of Niagara falls, hard mounted and bolted right to the floor, the $5 dished steering wheel from Japan. Mounting it was easy, just cut the spokes off an ae92 factory steering wheel and drilled some holes, spins straight and the splines are OEM! Not far from reach is the homemade hydraulic hand brake, made from a modified clutch master cylinder, and a proportioning valve from Princess auto, the entire $30 hand brake towers over the factory JDM weighted FD3S shift knob.
Things that are left? The clutch pedal assembly, windshield, gas tank with pump, steering linkage, and some Magic from Joe at RPM to make the engine come to life. Let’s hope the car sees one event before the end of the season!
4 days and a $140. Now what?
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