In way over my head.... my adventure with an old 86 by Straitup D

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In way over my head.... my adventure with an old 86

Compliments of Straitup D @


so here is my build from the last about 18 months! along with lots of changes in my like I now have some time to finish up the car! 

here is starting with my Miata that I traded for my 86

picked up the car yesterday, SO MANY extra parts, its unreal, we filled the back of jeffs X along with the bed of jon's pickup. not to mention all of the parts that where in the car!!

also i am posting here and not on any of the bigger forums (D-town/mnsc... you know them all) because i dont Need everybody seeing whet i am building ya dig 

Big thanks to Jeff for letting me use the X and Mr.Bill and jon for spending the day lifting and moving **** with me 

SO yesterday was parts inventory day i guess...

2 JDM Grills 

2USDM Grills 

1 set of JDM red line tail lights 

1 set of origin tails 

1 US 87 front bumper 

1 JDM 85 front bumper (zenki) 

GT-s wheels (4)

SR5 Wheels (4) 

Konig rewinds 14X8 -9 all around (+0 is for pussies) 

Mitchel FSM

Uncracked black dash 

extra set of OEM fenders and headlights ( they are super rare these days) 

GT-s 5sp trans 

Spec stage 3 clutch 

5 valve ITBs

3 4AGE's 

TRD wires 

Victor is a cat that has never finished a drift project, this is my inspiration to get this thing road worthy

GET **** DONE 

thank you to coltan for swinging by and helping me get a short plan together for the next few weeks to get the car ready for spring time 

so the sort term plan with the car is the rear end is all unbolted (Loose) install the panhard bar and the 4link bars 

next install coilovers for the front 

relocate the battery to the trunk ( its half done already 

start with the fule system 

even had some help from Levi 

thanks for filling it up Levi 

Total fanboy, i dont care...

Bill stopped by to help me get the bay prepped, and get some of the old **** out of there ( Old 4a harness and other ****) it is making lots of progress, tomorrow i have a few things to finish cleaning, then bolt up the 5 link in the rear 

a goodish photo of the front 



i also took a trip to the hood to pick up T3 coilovers from Rio 

tonight me and bill cleaned up the rest of the front end, bolted together the 5 link, there was a lag bolt holding one of the links on 

More poor temporary fixes...

now that is its all bolted together (not the panhard bar)

i also installed the T3 coilovers 


rad steering knuckle ( T3 makes some that will get me more "Lock")


its going to be nice the next few day so i am going to get the bay done before the motor gets here!

tomorrows plan is to get the rest of the bay primed and start painting after work on Wednesday!!! 

i used some montana gold!!!

other than that i have installed front coilovers and i will get the break and clutch stuff back in this week if i find time. i have been redoing work for my portfolio

i still have green paint in my nose...

Straitup D wrote:

we have a bunch of scraps at work still, i might have to make one of these! 

finnaly made this happen, we will se how they fit after work/home showing today

looks like a car!

Motor and trans are home 

This is the exhaust, it will be loud! 

opend the box that said "4AG Harness" to find 

last night colin took some photos after we where done working on the car 

Jaz 12 gallon cell, a bunch of AN fittings and 20ft of fuel line!! 

soon ill be all 

Bought that built motor! Thank you josh for helping me pick it up! 

Extras this time where a 20v flywheel and clutch (with PP) another turbo (T25) along with all of the lines 

And An extra trans


i am going to do this to make it easier to take the motor in and out! 

and this for the fuel cell 

Melissa and i did a bunch of work on the 86 in the garage today! we went to harbor freight and bought some tools and later decided that we should get a space heater to work in the garage, not bad it was about 50* in there with the heater on.

here is the motor that i got along with the SR downpipe 

taking the old turbo and manifold apart 

SR T25 Turbo

Test fitting and the manifold is for a top mounted turbo for a MR car, so i need a new manifold 


did some cutting of the upper radiator support and now i can take motors in and out by my self!! 


motor coming out 

Playing jax ( got a new personal best!)

New motor getting put on cleaves motor stand 

would you look at that