I've started a build log for my SR5 AE86
I'm from Los Angeles, CA. Watching my dad working on these cars when I was little, I've wanted an AE86 for a quite a while. My dad must have had about half a dozen of GT-S AE86s before they were "cool" and I use the term loosely because they were always cool. He had them way before the Initial D craze jacked up the prices on these old cars. Too bad he didn't save me one (or two). Guess he had to sell them all, after starting a family and such. Makes sense. Anyway, so I was finally able to get some cash together and buy one. I found some on craigslist and decided on one. I bought a White 1984 Toyota Corolla (RWD) Hatchback from a Vietnamese lady in Sacramento for $800 while I was visiting San Jose, CA. It was her husband's project car. Her husband was in the military, stationed in Korea and they needed to get rid of it as money was short. Had about ~236,000 mi on it. I would consider it a fair deal. I've wanted one for a long time but couldn't find one that I liked, that wasn't molested by "tuners". I wanted something bone stock. I bought it and drove it back home. My dad was a little thrilled to find out that I was getting one. Helped me work on a lot of stuff on the car. He had no idea that these cars had become so popular. He was scratching his head, and couldn't understand it. I don't really get it either, I just like the car.
Anyways, So I drove it for a while, working as a tutor for high school kids in Chemistry, Biology, and some Algebra 2, put about 2,000 miles on it and it blew a head gasket. I was kind of annoyed. That was a long day getting it back home. The lady told me it was in great running condition, and never had a problem but I guess, what does she know. Anyways, I took the head off, had it rebuilt, slapped it back on, readjusted the carb, and it has been running perfect ever since. The alternator was going as well, so I changed that too. Since then, I never had a problem.
While I had it, I gave it a little paint job to clean it up, and put some Koing Rewinds on it that I found on club4ag. I threw a zenki bumper on it that I got from my man Andre at Northridge Toyota. And eventually put some fog lights on it that I got from ebay for $25. I also threw some black leather seats in it from a MK3 Supra. Took all the power seat wiring too! Wiring it up was easy. Everything was in the manual I found in a supra forum (can't remember which one). And I also ended up changing the interior to GTS interior. Personal preference.
A short while later, I found out I got into Med School in TN. So far from home, but I'm not going to turn that down because its far away. So off I went, paid a nice chunk to have the car shipped (~$700). I wasn't to crazy about driving the car 2000 miles across the country.
Some time later I was able to get my hands on an original JDM Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX hatchback with red interior and black exterior (it was originally red panda) and about 100,000 original miles! I bought it from a cool guy in Toronto. Car had some moderate rust that is being fixed at the moment. After that rust is all fixed up I am going to drive that car and when that happens I'm going to start making some real on this swap. For now, I'm just going to be collecting parts and working on wiring.
Done so far:
I have the car (obviously)
-Engine obtained - A 2006 TSX k24a2 motor with ~68K miles on it.
-Adapter and flywheel have been made
-MK1 Supra rear acquired.
What I need (to do) so far
-Get an S2000 tranny (GOT IT!)
-Get an S2000 intake (GOT IT)
-Get an S2000 exhaust manifold (MAKING MY OWN)
-Get OEM TSX wiring harness & ECU (GOT IT)
-Get an OEM TSX Catalytic Converter
-Some nice sounding exhaust system. (Subi STI resonator or something cheap)
-Modify the s2000 exhaust header to fit on K block
-Get driveshaft made
-Modify gas tank and get EVAP, FTP, etc. working (Emissions stuff to pass BAR in CA)
-Wiring up an IS F gauge cluster. Hopefully I can get that to work...I'm checking the wiring diagram now to see if its possible.
-Install LSD in rear end
-Get a nice set of coil overs
-Manual Rack Conversion (just need some AE86 manual rack mount brackets and bushings)
-Polish all aluminum parts (block, intake, valve cover, etc.)
I will post updates as things are completed. This is going to be a slow build since I am in Med School so please be patient. I only work on it during the weekends that I actually have free. 50%-75% of them are taken up studying.
After I am done I will post a nice DIY for anyone that wants to try it. This guide will be universal to all K engines except the wiring part will be different because I am going to keep the drive by wire (for now until I get the car BAR'd then I'm going to use the RSX wire harness and K-Pro.) I will add that into the DIY when it is done.
FYI, if you have any parts listed that I need and are willing to sell please email me.
Also if you are handy with milling machine or CNC please chime in. I may need an adapter made for the intake. If its to pricey I'll just make one on the milling machines at Vanderbilt.
ariefrancis at gmail
Wish me luck.
P.S. Any help, advice, or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!<br /><br />
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Build Thread: 1984 AE86 SR5 K24A2 Engine Swap