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1986 Toyota Trueno - Following the Impulse

Brady Swartz's Impulse widebody AE86

Jul 14, 2016

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.

1986 toyota trueno small port 4ag Photo 2/23   |   1986 Toyota Trueno Small Port 4Ag

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.

1986 toyota trueno impulse n2 fenders Photo 3/23   |   1986 Toyota Trueno Impulse N2 Fenders

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.

1986 toyota trueno klutch km16 Photo 4/23   |   1986 Toyota Trueno Klutch Km16

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."

1986 toyota trueno ae111 itbs Photo 8/23   |   1986 Toyota Trueno Ae111 Itbs
1986 toyota trueno impulse n2 fenders Photo 12/23   |   1986 Toyota Trueno Impulse N2 Fenders
1986 toyota trueno origin labs tail lights Photo 16/23   |   1986 Toyota Trueno Origin Labs Tail Lights
1986 toyota trueno trd brady swartz Photo 20/23   |   1986 Toyota Trueno Trd Brady Swartz
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1986 Toyota Trueno - Following the Impulse
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Owner: Brady Swartz
Location: Lemoore, CA
Occupation: US Navy Jet Engine Mechanic
Engine: Redtop 4AGE built by Expert OZ Japan; AE111 ITBs; Walbro 1500cc fuel pump; TRD pistons, rods, metal head gasket, thermostat, radiator cap, oil fill cap, spark plug wires; Toda camshaft, underbucket shim kit, cam gears; balanced crank shaft; Nonstop Tuning light weight pulley; Mishimoto radiator, electric fan and shroud, electric fan control; AEM wideband fuel/air/indicator; HKS exhaust header; Fujitsubo exhaust; Cusco motor mounts; carbon fiber gear cover; E3 spark plugs
Drivetrain: T50 transmission; Cusco clutch, transmission mounts; Toda Racing flywheel; carbon fiber drive shaft; TRD 2-way LSD; T3 short shifter
Engine Management: Freedom Running ECU
Footwork & Chassis: T3 coilovers, lower control arms, fender brace; Eibach springs; Cusco three-point front strut tower bar, lateral bar; Technopro rear strut tower bar; Megan inner and outer tie rods
Brakes: Wilwood 4 piston calipers; T3 rotors
Wheels & Tires: Klutch KM16 wheels 16x9 front -21 and -33 rear; Yokohama S Drive tires 195/45-16
Exterior: Impulse N2 widebody flares; CYB front bumper; Retrospec carbon fiber hood, headlight cover, headlight eyelid, fender; Raybrig MR racing headlight, Password JDM hoodriser; R32 Skyline Gladiator mirrors; TRD frp hatch, frp N1 one-piece wing; Monkey Majic V2 side skirt; J-Blood V2 rear bumper; Origin Labs 3DHB smoked taillights; Redline center tail garnish; Risk neochrome fender hardware; Toyota 211 black pearl with silver pearl crystal paint
Interior: TRD shift knob; Momo Italy steering wheel; replaced factory dash
Thanks You: I'd like to thank my wife for helping me build the car every step of the way. She has laid her hands on almost every single part of this car helping make decisions and putting in late nights of work to finish the car. Thank S and E customs for the paint work. Thank all the law abiding and tax paying citizens of the US because this build is funded by tax payers money essentially. Soundsational for the sound system work. Joey with Klutch wheels for the wheel hook up and sponsorship. Gabriel from Techno Toy Tuning for helping me get all the right parts and always getting them to me fast. Henson Trinh on helping with the extra hands and wide array of 86 knowledge while building the latest round of modifications. And everyone who hates the car because it's a new school style 86 and not a restored 86.

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