Life, as we know it, does not always go according to plan. After building a few FB/SA RX-7s, Brady Swartz was in search of the Nissan performance flagship, the Skyline R34. However, after a serendipitous encounter with an AE86, Swartz had a change of heart. He left a note for the 86 owner asking if he wanted to go drifting or even to sell his car. Turned out the owner was selling the car and the journey with his Corolla had begun.
First order of business was the heart of the car. Brady's original plan was to build a reliable daily driver that was capable of driving on the track and spirited mountain runs. The 4AG powering the car is a third generation red top, small-port engine built by Expert OZ Japan. The bottom end is beefed up with TRD pistons and rods and the head is upgraded with Toda racing camshafts and cam gears. Brady also sourced a set of individual throttle bodies from a later model AE111 4AG. His love for the 86 continued to grow and he even made the trek from northern Oregon, his home at the time, to California to attend 86Fest with his wife. It wasn't until December '15 that Brady felt that his car had more potential and for the next five months he transformed the car into what you see here.
At the '16 ToyotaFest, Brady's widebody 86 stood out from the traditional restored Kouki adaptations. Brady admits the exterior was the most tedious part of the build, particularly the hand-made Impulse N2 widebody flares. Impulse advised Brady the flares were only made for the Levin and discouraged him from trying to put them on a Trueno, but he did it anyway. From there, Brady added a CYB front bumper, TRD hatch and wing, and a J-Blood version two rear bumper. He opted for Klutch Wheel's KM16, which have an old school feel to them and are strikingly similar to Hayashi Racing Venturas.
Today Brady is living in California as a sailor in the United States Navy. He works on F414 engines in F18 fighter jets. As for his Corolla, he wants to upgrade the interior some more and possibly do a 4AG 20V or a naturally aspirated 1J engine swap. Brady got a lot of criticism for his build, but he concluded, "Don't let keyboard warriors ever bring you down when they say you ruined a car that you love just as much as they do. Your passions are the same except their passion is fueled with hate and jealousy when it should be about brotherhood and support."