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I believe Jamie is the second owner since tec arts sold it locally in Japan.  The Japanese owner before him had held on to it, and maintained it pretty well, until ultimately auctioning it during a slow week at the Japan auctions.  Jamie got a good deal on it, got it here, and noticed some things about the car, started researching and ended up finding out it was a parts research car for tec arts.  Apparently used to test things that would ultimately be produced or go onto Tsuchiyas car, or the Purple tech arts car that everyone knows.  Hes actually been able to find out a lot from tec arts, and corresponds with them about what is and isn't original to the car, and is kind of putting it back to original, restoring and cleaning and detailing and just making it what it is, a pretty cool and historic AE86 with a really well researched setup.  Its got a straight cut T50, 4.6LSD, Takao Special 7ag, which is not the 7ag we know in Australia, but one of their 1.6 litre NA build recipes with 20v itbs, ae92 engine, and their own cam spec and headwork.  Makes about 195 HP, revs to 11200 or something retarded like that.  Jamie took me around in it after the show and warmed it up and just dumped it to kind of demo the response, and it just rocketed like no 4age I've ever experienced.  Chatted for a while and we ended up taking each others car for a ride around the lot.

So much unique stuff, like hand fabricated aluminium tig welded front bar mounts, carbon roof, concealed bracing inside the car.  Its got electric mirrors, all the skirts and air conditioning, most of the interior, and weighs well under 900 kgs, so its almost 200 kgs under what a GT APEX edition should weigh.    High rise exhaust manifold, lexan rear window, glass guards, bonnet and hatch.  Has a really cool manually adjustable rev limit so you can decide not to pull 11200 if you get excited.  Surprisingly it had a smooth cold idle, that became lumpier as it got warmer.  Its tidy overall, and you cant really tell at first glance what the roof and guards are made of, it still looks like a pretty legit original Panda as much as it can.

 

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He asked and apparently they ran ac on the track cause it was so hot drifting and racing in summer over there that they just gave up the 5 hp to have it.

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Yer i am always amused by drifters in QLD removing the AC for the sake of a few HP. for gods sake its 40 degrees, put the AC on! haha

Great story on the car though, lots of cool unique parts by they sounds of it. Carbon roof, delicious. 

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Drove the car up to Maryborough over the weekend.  It went perfect.  Did some longer range highway economy numbers.  14.33klm/litre over 471ks (6.97 litres per 100klm).  Consumed 32 litres.  Very happy and on par with some earlier tests.  Gives me a range of 645klm between fills on highway driving.  Around town I got 9.6klm/litre from the last tank.  Had a party with some mates on the Saturday night, stayed in his apartment, which is an old shop front in the main street, converted into a loft type dwelling.  Its awesome.  Such a big open space, awesome old brick walls, and hardwood floors, the things decorated in the brutalism style, which is his old mans taste, but works really well there.imageproxy.php?img=&key=69b2c82a94c3a245

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Crazy week in 2az86 land.  Was working on the ra65 that I used to own, helping do the wheel bearings, and Wifey was shooting off to get a late lunch for us, but managed to back rather hard into the front of the AE86.  I will forever have nightmares about that sound, but yeah, the end result is a smashed left headlight, parker, the freshly painted bonnet is dented and re kinked, and the left bumper mount and bumper is distorted, one smashed driving light, and the most annoying part, the rad support was pushed back a bit, and theres a little ripple and the right upper fender rail has moved over a bit as it was pulled.  Long story short its gonna have to be realigned at the front, zenki parts are unavailable, so it will get a Kouki front and likely just repair the bar that's on it now cause you simply cannot buy a bar for these new any more.  Cant get a left bumper mount so that's  annoying too.  No mechanical part was compromised, so it runs and drives.  Wifey feels terrible, but luckily she's insured and so am I.  Its going back to the same body shop that was just working on it, Northside Smash Repairs, and I've been named customer of the month, sarcastically. 

Not sure exactly how long its going to take to get it all sorted, the parts come from Ireland, and will take a few weeks, the car is at home waiting.  Onwards and upwards.

 

Oh forgot to say, the day before this madness I picked up a bride rail from a guy at Fernvale, and I ended up cutting it up and remaking it in a couple of hours to suit my sr recaro.  Lowered the seat a lot, made more leg room, got more adjustment and kept in inboard a touch for safety.  Barely drove it twice like that and wifey did her thing so I'm yet to fully test, but I think its a lot nicer, however you feel more through the floor of the car, as far as suspension goes.

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Just had the repairs authorised.  Total value is 4800.  Ive just ordered parts from Flos in Ireland on behalf of the smash repairer, had to buy the kouki lights as thats all you can get.  Car will have a different look in future I guess.  Kit comes with kouki headlights, parkers, grill, decal, and bumper lights.  They will repair the bar and its mount.  Any remaining Zenki bits will go on the shelf for a rainy day. 

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