Project AE86: Finding Motivation

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Recently, I have been losing some motivation to put the AE86 back together. One reason was it just taking soo long to complete. With work, doing house mods, or spending time with my wife, I didn’t have a lot of free time to work on the AE86. Eventually I put the car for sale as is, either as part out, or a complete package. I’ve gotten some interest but nothing really materialized.

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After my camping trip, and recently putting deposit on a new car I felt a need to finish my car. I had to make space in the garage my new car, and the 86 was just a sitting paperweight at this point.

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My new car wont arrive in another 4 weeks from my deposit, and that gave me a dedicated timeline. I have the get the AE86 up and running one month from now.

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The tranny and motor are sealed up and just have to join them together.

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I had my AE86 manual as my guide, and it wasn’t hard to reassemble the flywheel and clutch. I didn’t replace them to save some money, and they still have plenty of life left.

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Pecx let me borrow the clutch alignment tool. Without it, the install would have have proven to be very difficult. A tool you don’t use often but glad you have it when you need it.

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Next is to make sure all the parts are clean and lube is in the correct places.

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The hard part was aligning the tranny to the motor by yourself. But I did get it, and thankfully the tranny was light enough for me to muscle it into the alignment dowels.

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Next step is head to the bolt store, replace my missing bolts, and then put it all back into 86! I hope she will be running and at the track by end of this year!

Stay tuned.

 

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