My 86 Project t50 jAPAN RENEW
Apologies for lack of activity on my Blog... I will blame that on my 86 project consuming most of my time over the last few months!
If you follow me in Instagram or snapchat you may have noticed iv been giving my beloved Trueno a new lease of life. The car has a lot of history, it used to be owned by T50 Japan and can be seen drifting in BM events and old option videos. It came to Ireland a good few years ago, passed hands a couple of time's and eventually ended up a shadow of its former self. Luckily I persuaded the owner to sell it to me and that is where this little 'love story' begins.
This is the car as I purchased it...... I can still remember my delight as I drove off in it.... I actually shed a tear! After keeping my eye on this car for so many years, I was so happy to take it under my wing and give it some TLC
I knew this car was always going to be a challenge. It desperately needed new paint, new bumpers, doors, bonnet, engine, suspension, lights, interior and body work (As I write this I think the only thing I have not replaced or repaired to date has been the gearbox) First up was the bodywork and paint. As expected on a 30 year old Toyota, the dreaded rust appeared quickly as we began stripping it.......
With the dreaded rust out of the way... painting and other body work was next. Keeping the paint as close as I could to the purple it was painted in Japan was important to me. It took some trial and error but my panel-beater & good friend Philip managed to match it perfectly and work began injecting some life back into this old workhorse.
I have to admit I was nervous going down to Flipsideauto to revisit the car I had left there a few weeks before..... Philip had kindly been updating me with photos but seeing things for real is always different........ I remember walking into the garage with my hands over my eyes.......
It was love at first site........ The work done to this car profoundly exceeded my expectations, I was over the moon with it! I even questioned was it the same car!!
Nice on the outside, nice on the inside......
Some of you may know I had another 86 before this one. One which I loved dearly and undertook restoring also. To cut a long story short I failed miserable and it's bare shell still currently resides at my house looking pretty sorry for itself. Due to this I decided that this 86 would make up for my previous failings and I would build this one to the best of my ability. I must also mention that my boyfriend Gary is the most encouraging and inspiring person I have ever met. Witnessing him build his Civic EG6 Rally car to the highest standard possible and continuously seeking to improve it has inspired me to do the same with my 86 (apologies if that sounds a bit cringe but its the truth)
I believe its always important to put your own twist on things and this car has allowed me to allowed me to do that a lot. One of my favorite pieces I picked up for it is my Bride Zeta iii Veria. They are a limited edition seat (100 made) specially deigned for women (or more active female drivers as Bride say themselves). I was lucky enough to discover it whilst attending Tokyo Auto Salon in January of this year. When they came on sale in April I snapped one up. It may not be 'period correct' for an 86 but in fairness nothing on my car really conforms to conventional patterns...
Personal touches were also put onto my roll cage and rocker covers
I will have more updates as I make more progress but for now this is how it currently sits. Lots done and lots more to do..... I really hope you enjoyed reading this little overcap of my 86 project. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me along the way be it in person or online. It's greatly appreciated. If there is anything I didn't cover or if you want to ask me about something just message me I'd be glad to help.
Thanks for reading