Keisuke is a long time friend & one of the most passionate drifters you'll ever find, so we were over the moon when we got the chance to build up his new 86 chassis.
The car itself has a long history in New Zealand drifting. Originally built by Nick Teeboon, a prehistoric driver that has been drifting from the birth of drifting here in NZ, and now finds himself in the judges seat of the D1NZ team. The chassis had already seen many a D1NZ podium in it's past form, but it turned up to Keisuke in a very different state.
Keisuke picked the car up from nick completely bare, with most bits from it's past life stripped. He had already done a bit of work getting it back on the ground and the car was dropped off to us rolling and sitting on this freshly re-barreled set of Focus Racing 5 wheels.
They are some serious sized wheels, 15x9J -30 up front and 15x10J -40 on the rear. So as you can see, the first job was to attack the guards and get the rubber fitting right.
We cut the factory metal as high as possible, joined the inner skin and sealed to finish. Then added a fresh pair of flares from Run-Free utilizing riv-nuts for easy removal.
From here it was straight into the workshop and up on the hoist, where it would live for some time. In essence the car arrived as basically a bare shell and is in for a ground up build. Building a car from it's bare bones is always a good feeling, especially with someone as like minded as Keisuke.
In the shot above, we are busy modifying up the stock engine cross-member.
We utilized the factory mounts by chopping down and relocating to suit the new engine setup.
Also why we were there, we chopped up the factory steering rack mounts on the cross member and relocated it as far forward as possible, in preparation for a custom 555 steering setup.
See what we mean by like minded? The AE's new heart now sits firmly in the engine bay.
While we are huge fans of 4-AGE's and the drifting style that comes with them, NZ's large racetrack based driving options often beg for a car with a bit more push. SR20's are punchy, easy to get decent power from and most importantly... LIGHT! We have driven SR swapped AE86's in the past and it has us frothing for the end result of this build.
We are sure to keep you up to date as this build progresses..