AE86 UP­DATE

NZ Performance Car - - Refinish Experts At Your Door -

Some of you may re­mem­ber Matt Hes­lin’s Toy­ota AE86 project, which we ran half­way through last year as things were look­ing close to be­ing fin­ished. But as we all know projects have a way of spi­ralling out of con­trol, and the car was soon sit­ting at SMS Fab­ri­ca­tion stripped back down to a bare shell for phase two. Graeme Smyth from SMS has built a new roll cage, cus­tom steer­ing col­umn, full stain­less ex­haust, a fuel sys­tem and many other cus­tom touches. As be­fore the car is run­ning Parts Shop Max coilovers and rear arms, Cusco ad­justable arms, White­line sway bars, a Wil­wood pedal box and Wil­wood brakes on all four cor­ners. The en­gine set-up is an SR20DET with JE pis­tons, Ea­gle rods and ARP hard­ware. The head has been ported and pol­ished and runs BC Stage 2 cams, cam gears and valve springs. The turbo is a GReddy TD06 with Sinco man­i­fold and SMS stain­less ex­haust. The body­work in­cludes Ori­gin front guards, Run Free over-fend­ers, sideskirts, a rear bar and hatch and a J Blood bon­net. It has been a busy month for Matt and those in­volved with the build — as GT Re­fin­ish­ers worked its magic on the shell with plenty of metal flake and cus­tom touches like the Miami Vice rocker cover — ahead of its de­but at the V 4&Ro­tary Na­tion­als. With the car very close to be­ing fin­ished for a sec­ond time, ex­pect a full fea­ture in an up­com­ing is­sue.

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