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Naturally Aspired

“How much power is she making at the treads mate?”

This is  a common question you will hear asked around the place,  at the track in the pits, in a car park, or anywhere guys are generally hanging around their cars.
Realistically; are power figures everything?

As an AE86 owner over the last few year I have to confess…. I’m not a huge fan of the little 4AGE 16V… There I said it! I had driven a few 4AGE powered machines and I just wasn’t impressed. So when I bought my first AE86 I slapped a 4AGZE in it (supercharged 4AGE 16V for non-Toyota savvy readers) to feed my hunger for power. IF you want a fun car it’s gotta have power right! And the best way to get power is with forced induction right? …. Well after hanging around Toyota fiends for too long I started to learn a valuable lesson.

With my foot flat to the floor, super charger whining away jamming 14 pounds per square inch of extra air down the throat of the poor little 1600 I looked in my review mirror to see my mate in his Naturally Aspirated 20V AE82 right behind me! Then after a ride in the passenger seat of the little red weapon my eyes were starting to be opened to a new world of all natural motor goodness!

A few years down the track the super charger is gone and I now have some NA loveliness of my own. I have only had the car for 2 weeks and haven’t had much steer time in it, but my mind has been changed, NA all the way! The way this thing drives is just so awesome, the power delivery down low, feeling the cams really come alive with the VVTi at 4200 rpm and just trying to hold on as she doesn’t want to stop revving all the way past 8. There is just nothing like it! 130 rwkw… sounds pretty lame in this day and age of cheap turbos and tunes that can see you with 230 rwkw without breaking a sweat. I’ll take the NA response and drivability any day! I really am a changed man. It’s snappy and responsive way more than I thought a motor could be, you floor it and the power is there straight away. Then there is the sound!!! Screaming down a lonely twisty road with it at full song and the window down just listening to the engine sucking copious amounts of air through the  four throttle bodies is just so satisfying. Having the accelerator pedal nearly welded to the fire wall just to hear that DDOORRRPPPP is really going to get me in trouble soon; from either my neighbours or worse. Then, to cap it all off when the fuel bowser stops clicking over and I’ve struggled to use more that 10L per 100km of fuel, I just smile and know I really do have my cake…. and you better believe I’m eating it too!

say good buy to the idea

Well i hate to be that guy who started a project just to gid rid of it before it really started….. but looks like im him today!

what was the plan with this car?

when trawling through random build threads im always drawn to the ones desplaying super technical fabrication and ideas. This was my attempt at building a mid mount JAPanese car to  keep up with big horsepower, tube frame chassis, EX speedways cars, flat out around a dirt track. “The idea” of mid mounting a engine and the  benefits it would bring really excited me. building a flat out race cage and changing the seat postion to allow the the newely positioned engine. These are all challenges i wanted to accept and have a crack at….

so why has it all been sold off leaving me saying good buy to the idea that accupied my thoughts for so long?

Entre peer presure… or in this case i like to call it Peer ENCOURAGMENT!

This is not the first time i have made this mistake, at the age of 16 i was playing with muscle cars, a valiant charger with ye olde 265. I loved that car and i learnt so much from it, but i found my self talking about holly carbureters while my friends were talking EFI, i wanted to drag every one off the lights and “smoke” all the rice burners, while my friends were flying around corners. and worst off all i found my self hanging around old fellas over 60 who bought the Chrysler brand new back before i was even born, while my mates were out driving together.

This silvia has landed me in the same position, iv got a great group of mates hear at Ghetto garage. we all love working/playing with our cars. driving them, skidding them, and just generally having a laugh. But i fell like i was kinda missing the moment by not being envolved. I was being the young 16 year old sitting in the back of the crysler car club meeting again instead of being smack bang in the middle of the action with my friends

Please dont get me wrong the crowd out at dirt circuit are amazing and so is the motor sport they all put so much effort into running, and one day id love to build a full tube frame chassi monster to smash around dirt surfaced tracks of insanity!

its just at this time of my life i have a great group of lads that i dont want to look back on and say “man i wish i was more involved with what my mates were doing back then”!

So yes the project has gone, dirt circuit is not for me right now. But im fairly sure id rather miss out on the silvia dirt racer than all the stupid and fun memories ill have hanging out with these crazy cats!

Timmy D

side note: the shell was removed from the garage to be picked up… hear at ghetto garage we get side tracked and carried away very quickly…. hence the photos! he he

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