NZ Performance Car - - Under Construction -

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.

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