KE70 Wagon

NZ Performance Car - - 4 & Rotary Nationals 2017 -

For most, think­ing about their first car brings back fond mem­o­ries of an old shit­ter that they thought was the great­est in the world and did some silly stuff in. But, for Harry, this now–AE86 4A-GE– hearted KE70 wagon was, er, is, his first car. Pur­chased when he was the ripe old age of 16, it was a bog-stan­dard ex­am­ple sit­ting on Enkei J-Speeds, and it would stay that way for a cou­ple of years be­fore the al­lure of the ‘mighty’ 4K would wear off. “I started con­sid­er­ing con­ver­sions that had been done be­fore, things like SR or ro­tary swaps, but de­cided to keep it within the Toy­ota fam­ily,” he ex­plained. The Hibis­cus Coast na­tive made the road trip down to Welly to pick up the 16-valve 4A-GE, which had been re­moved from a KE70 sedan af­ter be­ing trans­planted from an AE86.

The 1600 heart now fea­tures Toy­ota Yaris smart ignition coils, AE101 20v in­di­vid­ual throt­tle bod­ies (ITBs) with Piper­cross Per­for­mance fil­ters, Denso 440cc in­jec­tors, and a Gilmer pul­ley kit. To en­sure the con­ver­sion would be done right, Jon from Strange Work­shop took the reins. Strange took care of every­thing — in­stalling the 20v black­top ITBs, do­ing the su­per-clean wiring work, and com­mis­sion­ing the sex­ual-look­ing high-flow four-into-one header, which was fabbed up by Ron­nie Lim from RSL Au­to­mo­tive. A pair of Wil­wood Su­per­lite four-pot calipers slows things down up front, with fac­tory ex­am­ples down back, and are cov­ered by 14x7.5-inch Volk Rac­ing Mesh wheels. Sus­pen­sion is taken care of by a cus­tom set of AE86 BC Gold coilovers at the front and two-inch blocks at the rear, and the Link G4+ Storm has re­cently been tuned by the guys at GDS Au­to­mo­tive. The com­plete pack­age is still freshly built and will get a proper shake­down once it has been cer­ti­fied.

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