View Full Version : AE86: Trueno Coupe WIP

Little Guy
02-16-2010, 09:07 PM
I got way ahead of myself in this project and didn't start taking photos until I was at the meet on Saturday. I'm a guy who lives for scale stuff, and have drawn inspiration from many people, like Mike Villena and the like. One of my favorite drift cars has always been the AE86, because it is boxy and somewhat quirky looking on a drift track keeping pace with Skylines, Silvias and the like, which for the most part are sleek and aerodynamic. Another bonus is, I quite fancy the coupe version as it's even quirkier looking than the Hatchback. So, I dropped the 60+ USD to get one. When I got it, though, I wasn't necessarily impressed with it. The front and rear bumpers were from a Run-Free kit. Unlike a real car, however, it didn't have a pronounced front end which commands presence like the real Body kit does. So I bought HPI's Run Free kit, specifically for the front bumper. Without thinking about it, I chopped the hood and front bumper off the car and proceeded to fit the HPI bumper in. Bad Idea. Yokomo's Run-Free bumper is about a third of an inch longer than an HPI one. Seeing as I already cut it, I bit the bullet, and fitted it anyways.

The Target for this build was the engine under the hood. Using an AE86 Trueno basher shell (which also was run-Free kitted), I cut the front fenders off the car and reversed them on the inside for use as fender wells. Then, I cut an entire side of the car off, flipped it upside down and inside out, and drilled a couple of holes. The idea behind this shell was to also have shadow mounts. Using a few pieces of Lego Technic, which were cored out, fitted the inner frame of the car onto the yokomo body. The back of the car is mounted solely by use of a plate attached to my shock towers with industrial strength Velcro. This stuff doesn't move for anything if it's attached to a solid metal or plastic surface, both providing if they are clean.

The paint scheme has a heavy Influence from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift S15.

The List so far:

Yokomo Droo-P Trueno coupe
HPI Run-Free Front Bumper
Yokomo Levin Front buckets for bumper
Yokomo R34 Skyline Rear Buckets
Parsec Racing Interior
Home-made light kit
Tamiya PS-4 Blue
Tamiya PS-5 Black
Tamiya PS-7 Orange
Work XSA 02C Chrome 6mm Offset Front and rear
HPI Tuner Kit A Intercooler










Things to do:

Sway bar
Oil Cooler
Windshield wipers
Electrical wiring
Intercooler piping
More Lights
Engine idle sound

Thanks for Looking!

02-16-2010, 09:59 PM
great looking car man, looks like you have a few hours into it

02-17-2010, 10:56 AM
wow, that's hot stuff. Very nice combo of colors/rims/detail. Nice!

02-18-2010, 12:41 AM
agreed beautiful ride man....looked killer on the track last week.!:popcorn:

02-18-2010, 08:33 PM
Great looking car Justin, too bad about the bumper but to be honest at a glance I didn't notice, was looking under the hood instead.

02-18-2010, 10:13 PM
Ive always loved those trueno/ae86's. Great drift cars! Yours looks nice and clean. What's it got under the hood? The 24v toyota 4cyl? :laugh: