Over the coming week’s we’ll be embarking on a project to turn this AE86 into one that captures the best of the modern day whilst celebrating the spirit of the 1980’s. We’d love to involve you guys in the challenge, so how would YOU bring this 80’s icon into the 21st century?
Torque GT imported this AE86 mid 2017 with the intention of using it as a project. For a car that’s now 31 years old its actually in pretty good shape, however there are a number of age related issues that need attention before we make our mark on this 80’s icon.
As you can see the bodywork needs tidying up but overall it could be much worse!
The alloy wheels are another area that require some attention. Question is, should we refurbish or change the wheels completely?
The interior still retains its 80’s charm but is certainly in need of a lift. Replacement seats or an eye catching re-trim? The steering wheel and stereo are other areas that could really transform the cabin but how do we retain the feel whilst bringing up to the modern day?
Although there will be plenty of calls to completely change the engine we feel this level of modification could potentially be a step too far, essentially losing too much of its character. How would improve this fabulous engine?
As you can the underside is exceptional for its age. Very little rust or damage is what really attracted our team in Japan to this little Trueno.
The suspension is a well known area that needs improving on the AE86. So it comes as no surprise that it already has after market suspension fitted. However our appraisal highlighted a weeping shock which leaves us with the opportunity to replace altogether or perhaps re-furbish. What suspension set up would you go for?
So, what would you do to this 1980’s JDM icon?