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Happy AE86 day to all you tragic’s like me.
I thought id do a quick re-cap of how much hell i have put this car through!
Unfortunately some of my early photo’s are pre social media so i cant access them right now.
This is the earliest photo i have of the car before i had started to really mess with it.
My first ever track outing at Mallala raceway the first engine died about 10 minutes after this shot was taken.
Oil starvation killed the bottom end bearings and i had to get towed home!
Fast forward a little bit on engine number two!
Still using a standard 16V 4age but lots more suspension modifications and better sized wheels.
As you can see the car is sitting a lot flatter through the corner.
Engine number three coming out for a power upgrade !
The problem child!
The engine conversion turned out to be long and drawn out but worth it in the end!
Although it was a long and drawn out process the new motor goes alright!!!
1.8L of 7AGE 20V goodness 🙂
Lastly how it sits now awaiting its final transformation back to street car duties !!
I hope you all have a great 86 day
So last weekend I attended the first major event of the year.
The 12 hour Mallala Matsuri at Mallala Motor Sport Park.
After having a test and tune day at JDM X park in December last year I finally felt like the car was at a stage where I could enter it into events again.
It was an early 6:00am start and I woke up the whole neighbourhood loading up the car onto the trailer.
Big Mike was the only other crew member entered into the event and I was to meet him track side at 8:30, surprising to say I was on time and so was he.
We had our cars scrutinised and as we where getting ready for our first track session.
Sadly tragedy struck and good friend Sven had an accident in his daily driven E30 BMW. Fortunately he was back on track in no time
As we prepared our cars we spoke about how long it has been since I had been to Mallala in the AE86 due to the problematic 7AGE conversion and it wasn’t far off 3 years! With that in mind we decided that we should both head to the skid pan to re-fresh our skills.After a few sessions there we hit the track, let me tell you how much ive missed the speed! It only seemed fitting that I take my best buddy for a hot lap as he has been a great help right from the start it took a 3 laps for me to get my groove back as you can see from the photos below the new engine set-up pulls like a train!
Thanks to Luke Salmon for the photos
As you can see, smoke coming from the rear of my car is something of a new experience to me!
This last photo really sums up the day for me
id just like to say thank you to all who came out to watch and who helped me along the way
( i had 7 people in the car moving them around track 🙂 )
Here’s to a year of skids and improvements!