Cefiros are not an uncommon sight on Kiwi roads, remaining one of the most popular chassis for their typical rear-wheel-drive and turbo-engined platform at a reasonable price. But, in more recent times, finding one that’s not half dead has become harder and harder, but even rarer than a clean example is the SE-4 model — a factory four-wheel-drive body. It was this discovery when he was 18 that put Wade Croucher on a mission to own one of his own. Why? Visions of a Cefiro GT-R flooded his mind — imagine full GT-R running gear swapped straight into the four-wheel-drive Cefiro ready to rip shit up.
“Cefiros are predominantly rear-wheel drive, and I wanted to be able to play with the big boys in their GT-Rs, as well as take on the WRXs and Evos,” says Wade. “No one expects a Ceff to spin up all fours, let alone have GT-R power behind it too.”
The car was purchased as a complete wreck sitting in a paddock, and Wade has undertaken a serious amount of repair work to bring it back up to scratch, including extensive repairs to the sills, front inner guards, and the chassis rails. To suit the new RB26DETT heart and box, the tunnel was converted to accept a manual, and the running gear sunk in with RB mounts. The stock twins have been high-flowed and had the internal wastegate ported out, while Bosch 1000cc injectors deliver buckets of fuel, and a Link G4 ECU controls the party. He’s just acquired a Nismo Super Coppermix twin-plate clutch to handle the stresses of spinning up all fours and will turn attention to the exterior detailing before getting the old girl ready to go back on the road.