Wednesday, August 20, 2014

17k: Ready for Tofu and Touge: 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S, Honda F20C swap

Tofu comes from breaking down soybeans and fortifying them with water and a firming coagulant before being pressed into cubes. On its own, it's a bland protein substitute that only takes on a flavor when other spices are added. Likewise, this AE86 Corolla was completely gutted, rebuilt, and marinated with stronger pieces  Honda's infamous inline-four with just 3,000 miles  resulting in a nearly quadrilateral figure that takes on the manic nature of the 9,000-rpm screamer under the hood. Find this 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S with F20C powertrain in Mountain View, CA for $16,500 via craigslist. 

We recently delineated the F20C's technological superiority in a post featuring a swapped 510. Here, it's one of many well-engineered pieces in a partially restomodded Sprinter Trueno. Virtually every component was unbolted to sandblast and spot-weld every seam in sight, and a full cage was welded in along the way. Honda's 240-horsepower engine is held in place by custom mounts and powers the rear wheels via S2000 6-speed through a rebuilt Corolla GT-S differential. An assortment of brand name and OEM-sourced parts supplant the Corolla's old-school suspension pieces, while the steering rack is boosted with a custom-built, speed-sensitive, electro-hydraulic system. It's a thoroughly excessive build that even incorporates the S2000's push-button start.

Everything is wrapped in a fresh coat of Honda S2000 Grand Prix white, like a fresh layer of snow on Mount Akagi. Various trim pieces in contrasting black were imported from Japan and have "seen the sun for less than 20 hours since installed." Pictures of its spotless shell are almost as visually captivating as lift shots showcasing relocated upper links amid various bracing. The whole thing is an ocular feast.

This Hachiroku is set up too nicely to be punished around a drift circuit, although the unfinished interior and skull-smashing roll cage don't inspire casual grocery trips. A single 4-inch air conditioning duct aiming its gaping maw at the driver will come in handy when the buyer realizes he just dropped $17k on one of the priciest  but awesomest  AE86s on the market today.

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  1. Blah blah blah smog. No evap. For $16.5k I'd want a BAR sticker.

    Beautifully done, though, and for the other 49 states, the emissions equipment that is present should suffice (?).

    Sincerely, Buzz Killington.

  2. Honda power can make any Toyota better.

    1. Sounds kinda like those stickers on '32 Fords "Built Ford Tough with Chevy parts".

  3. Interesting. $16,500 is also average retail for a 1993 RX7.

  4. Since I don't need a bar sticker or any emmisions gear. This car is just they way it should be for a corolla with a s2000 drive train. I love it the only thing wrong is that I don't have 16 grand burning a hole in my pocket.

  5. Did this thing sell? It's not on CL anymore.

  6. Replies
    1. Greetings, anon. Everything you see on this page is everything I know about the car. You may want to look at Club4AG or Stanceworks.


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