AE86 Day: Super Street Feature -1987 Toyota Corolla
Today Seibon Carbon celebrates 86 day (8/6) with an AE86 that will show you exactly why the Hachi-Roku continues to capture the attention of enthusiasts.
Brian Novoa’s AE86 is powered by an SR20DET engine, which physically fits inside the engine bay of an AE86, but mounts and brackets had to be fabricated in order to form a civil union between the two. The challenge that followed was trying to connect the Nissan manual transmission to the factory Toyota rear end.
“When you get into a swap like this, stuff just isn’t going to match-up, considering the fact that the engine and body are completely different makes. I had issues with getting the car up and running after dropping the motor in. Fortunately, I was able to get in contact with a fabrication shop called Wicked Lab and they knocked out the custom rear backing plate as well as a ton of other essentials,” Novoa says.
The exterior of the 1987 Toyota Corolla features a mix of Seibon Carbon lightweight carbon fiber OEM-style replacement parts (hood and doors) and rare Japanese tuner aero. His front bumper is an authentic J*Blood piece, while his side skirts, rear bumper and rear flares are from an iconic aero parts manufacturer in Japan known simply as “Run Free.” The most modern aesthetic addition for this ’80s icon would be the staggered 15-inch Volk Racing TE37Vs.
When asked what motivated his build, here’s what Brian had to say:
“I had a lot of motivation to build this car because there were so many people that doubted me in the beginning,” he explains. “The haters would call my car junk and scoff at the thought of modding it. Thanks to them, I always had that extra push to make me work harder on it. I’m proud of what I created and thankful for the friends that helped along the way.”
1987 Toyota Corolla
Owner Brian Novoa
Engine 1996 2.0L Nissan SR20DET; Brian Crower BC0205 Stage 2 camshafts, valves, valve springs and retainers; ARP head studs; A’PEXi metal head gasket; CP 87mm sleeves, pistons and piston rings; Manley Performance H-beam connecting rods; Circuit Sport pulley set; ATI super damper; custom engine mounts and brackets; custom intake pipe w/K&N air filter and downpipe; DeatschWerks fuel pump; HKS Sport exhaust and SQV blow-off valve; Denso Iridium spark plugs; Mishimoto S-Line intercooler w/custom intercooler piping, radiator hoses and slim electric radiator fans; Koyo R-Series aluminum radiator
Drivetrain SR20 5-speed transmission; Tomei 2-Way LSD; custom driveshaft; ACT 6-puck sprung clutch, Streetlite 14-lb lightweight clutch
Engine Management BLOX boost controller; AEM digital wideband UEGO
Footwork & Chassis Megan Racing Spec R series coilovers, camber plates, 4-piece lower control arms and front tension rod; Tanabe sway bars; Energy Suspension front end-link kit; Nagisa strut tower bar
Brakes Wilwood Superlite 6-piston front brake calipers, brake pads and front lines
Wheels & Tires 15×8.5″ -0 and 15×10″ -25 Volk Racing TE37V wheels; 195/50R15 Yokohama S-Drive front tires; 195/50R15 Falken ZIEX ZE-912 rear tires; Volk Racing Formula lug nuts
Exterior J*Blood Trueno front bumper; Run Free side skirts, rear bumper and rear fender flares; Seibon carbon-fiber doors and hood; VIS carbon-fiber trunk; custom 3-stage white paint
Interior Buddy Club Racing Spec seats; Super Low Down seat rails; Nardi steering wheel; NRG steering hub and quick release; BLOX shift knob; retrofitted OEM Honda S2000 instrument cluster; X-Line boost gauge
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