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    Flexy rocketship adventures: Black Betty

    Figured I'd make a build thread as I'll be almost "building" a car for once - (but not really, mostly just bolting things in)

    So as most of you know, I bought Clay72's old 1UZ TE72 sedan last year around this time. I basically bought it, put a seat and shift knob in it, and drove the piss out of it.


    then got into an incident at the track a couple months ago:



    Frame in the front was pushed over at least an inch, rear panhard mount crumpled. Shell isn't a total loss, but I don't have the time/resources to pull it out myself.

    I ended up snagging "Black Betty" from Squirellytoyota last week, and it will become the new race car chassis. Kinda scared of how the V8 will flex this thing, but whatever, I'm all bout the sketchyness.

    The day I picked it up from Victoria:



    and how it sits today - so far just swapped steering wheel, wheels, and lip..


    soon I hope I can swap suspension over, though today I noticed the drivers side strut casing is bent at the bottom slightly where the spindle meets the tube - I either need a new one, or get some camber plates and rock them sketchy..

    and the sedan as it sits today:


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    JD i have a spare set of good ae86 uncut front strut housings you can have until you find some to replace?

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    Run a sway bar this time. <3
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    Well that was a nice car.
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    Lookin forward to helping with this!
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    I hope someone salvages the blue shell. Its actually pretty minty and the tunnel is already modded for 1UZ. Chop off the front and tube it?

    Best of luck JD. When you get to pulling out the AE86 cluster you will see how much of a PITA that was. The connections could be improved to say the least.
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    Put the 3TC auto into the blue shell!
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    quinn just nailed it haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon G View Post
    Well that was a nice car.
    ugh, i know. im sad about it, but at the same time im glad i drove the crap outta it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoQuinn View Post
    Put the 3TC auto into the blue shell!
    tempting.... though some people have expressed interest in the shell when im done with it. I've never intended on scrapping it, it should still be saveable.

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    its very salvageable.

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    Stoked for the sketchy.

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    so i picked up some 86 coilovers from afadafa the other day to replace the bent front strut casing i had in the blue car, plus they came with some cusco camber plates, which i was looking for anyways.

    also came with some tokico shocks - fronts are some tokico oem replacements, and rears are hts 102r's. the rear springs are craftz? they are stupid low, which is sweet. threw my eibach front springs on the struts, and cleaned everything up.

    swapped the 86 brakes on the front too, which is good as the stock te brakes were garbage. and threw my adjustable panhard in the rear, and got this betty low.


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    Is the wheelbase on this the same as the sedan?

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    Deeeeeecent.

    ^yeah that's a good point for driveshaft length. Hope it fits right in. Not a big deal to get the driveshaft redone.
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    I'm not totally sure. they seem pretty similar to me though. the liftback has long doors, which makes it a little deceiving at times...

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    Floorpan is identical.
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    I vote for JD to 1uz the Beetle in the backyard instead. Drift shenanigans in that would be impressive.
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    Is 20 pounds for the weight like 30 if a guy lifts?

    No gym for home, work out floor with 30, but is it for 20 like 30 lb when you no lift it to be for men, for 30 lbs instead? or half is 10 for 20 pounds?

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    i took some more pics the other day because i was bored. nothing new with the car though, im lazy.



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    lift backs are my least favourite model but it looks good in black and canned down low!
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    u need a set of ATS classics

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