A Toyota boy at heart, Derek Kaijser spent most of his spare time building up his daily driven AE92 FXGT. Although that project is finished, and doesn’t fit the bill for Under Construction, what does is Derek’s other project — a Toyota AE86. The 23-year-old started out by stripping the shell back, removing the paint throughout, and touching up a few common rust spots along the way. The plan is to get it dead straight and give her a healthy lick of Toyota white — no oversized wheels, no overfenders, just the good old 86 lines and classy looks that they are adored for. Engine-wise, it’s home to a big-port 4A-GZE that’s been rid of her supercharger in favour of a turbo instead, although which particular example has yet to be decided, with Derek currently leaning towards a Garrett T28. The supercharged version of the famous 1600cc originally utilized a Rootstype supercharger pumping out 8psi, but that wasn’t of interest here. Instead, Derek wanted the more turbo-friendly 8:1 compression ratio, with the use of factory forged and dished pistons. The ports remain the same, as does valve timing, and the head gasket, although the T-VIS was left out. He intends to deloom the engine bay and rid it of any unnecessary components to make sure it is as clutter-free as it can be, telling us, “I look for inspiration from the Car Peace 86. That bay is super clean, so I want mine to be the same.”
The combination will have a standard T50 fivespeed box bolted up to it, which, fingers crossed, will hold up to the proposed power. As for the interior, it is to be stripped out for a lick of paint, with only the basics to remain.