Dec. 20, 2012
So after the coupe was painted, I decided it was about time to get the car looking like a whole car again. Most people around town knew me as the guy with all the 86’s (which happen to always be missing a body panel). So I decided to piece the coupe together to be as close to 100% appealing to the eye as possible. So first thing first, was to get the rear over fenders to fit the 15×9 -41 rear work equips.
Just look at that… NOT CUTE
So as of the last two weeks or so I have been hard at work preparing y engine bay for my swap. Being inspired by the car peace ae86 that was featured on speedhunters, I was going after something similar.
The first step of course was to get the engine pulled. That’s to he help of one of my 86 buddies, Joseph, we had it out in no time!
So on my day off this past wednesday… I ran around picking up little parts I knew that I’d need to finish my motor. Sadly, I got called in to work around 5pm :[ Story of my life.
I worked a few hours and Joseph came to the shop and grabbed some sushi. Once business died down, I was free to go and it was homeward bound to drop my motor in!
After some Dreyer’s Dibs ice cream that joseph picked up from the gas station, it was time to get going on the motor.
I had to be really careful with the engine, so I don’t scratch the paint on the bay. But as careful as I was, once it was secure in the mounts, the engine leaned backwards and my fuel return barb gauged the back of the engine bay :[ Luckily it’s behind the engine, so it’s a bit more difficult to see.
After a couple tweaks here and there, I got the headers in just to see what it would look like! (in case you’re wondering about the headers, I got them used from club4ag. they’re old JSP Fab headers. Made by Formula Drift driver John Russakoff. I think he might have run them in his old 20v competition 86)
go pho it!
By this time it was like 2 or 3 in the morning. Joseph and I decided to call it a night. He had to get up early for work and we were hungry as heck. So we went inside the house, nommed on some eggrolls leftover from work — which wasn’t enough so I made some spring rolls to fill our bellies.
All that’s left to get the motor running is hooking up the radiator/oil cooler, finishing wiring up my coil on plugs, tucking the harness, then brake/clutch lines. Almost there! Everything that’s left is just super tedious.
in all its glory
So, if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might be caught up on my swap. If you want to — follow me @thaisonnguyen.
I started this about a month ago and REALLY wanted to do a clean swap. My inspiration? The Car Peace ae86 from the Hellaflush meet in Japan late last year:
car peace ae86 engine bay
The first thing was to pull the motor — thanks a bunch to Joseph Dann for helping me so much with the swap.
joseph d, mounting the 16v
Soon enough we got it all removed and it was time to start removing everything and prepping the engine bay… Continue reading
Here’s a sneak peak of what i’ve been up to for the last 5 hours…