The builder of this next car appears to have gotten the cart slightly ahead of the horse, or the intercooler ahead of the hood, as they say. There is nothing wrong with swapping in a 4AGZE from an MR2 into a front-engine rear-drive Corolla chassis, but you might find out that the hood won’t close because Toyota placed the intercooler directly over the valve cover in the transverse mid-engine MR2 setup. If you re-orient the intercooler to a front-mount you might have a problem passing California’s increasingly stringent emissions test, but at least you will be able to close the hood. Find this 1983 Toyota Corolla Liftback offered for $8,600 in Altadena, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1983 toyota corolla
odometer rolled over
title status: clean
Super rare & unique 1983 Toyota Corolla Liftback SR-5 manual w/ full AE86 GT-S conversion / swap project.
Read the entire ad before contacting for any inquires. If the ad is up, the car is available.
I’ve owned & cared for this car for about 5 years, but I now need my garage spot back for a newer vehicle.
The swap was done professionally done at LexTech. Great shop with great mechanics who know & own these cars.
The car is on Planned-Non-Operation (PNO), but I start it & pull it out weekly. Clean title in hand. Original blue plates.
Supercharged 4age motor ( 4agze ) from a Supercharged MR2. Doesn’t smoke, doesn’t leak. It has a high idle (2k rpm) but seems to run smooth, though I’ve never street-driven the car since the swap was complete.
Intercooler is still top-mounted, but there is ample room to front-mount it to allow for better hood clearance.
Koyo aluminum radiator w/ 2 high-volume electric fans. No coolant leaks. Fans work strong but need rewiring.
Fuel tank / lines / pump are all swapped from a GT-S. Fuel pump is wired to a switch.
Headers going to full exhaust.
Good transmission & clutch. No issues.
Custom cut & balanced single-piece driveshaft going to the limited-slip rear differential w/ disk brakes.
All suspension & brakes have been converted to GT-S. They all work well.
Konig Rewind wheels & BFGoodrich Sport Comp 2 tires with less than 100 miles.
The interior is all original & in great shape for a 40yo car. The wiring needs to be done to reconnect the lights, turn signals, horn, wipers, etc. (all the accessories on the steering column). The wires are there, but need to be spliced into the body harness. The dash is complete, but stereo, HVAC, etc. will have to be correctly reconnected after the wiring is done
The key tumbler / ignition has not been switched to the original, so it is currently underneath the dash.
The gauge cluster is from a GT-S and works, but it doesn’t fit like the original, which I also have.
The body is in great shape. Very straight. No accidents. No corrosion. CA car. Glass & windows are all good. The small windows right behind the doors also roll down. Very cool & unique to this model. Original paint so it’s faded and rough in spots. All the stainless window trim & rubber body trim is complete & in amazing shape.
I’d like to keep the car but just don’t have the garage space anymore. The major transplant is done, & no more parts are needed, but it needs work to get it finished. After that you’ll truly have a unique one-of-one vintage Toyota, which will get more attention than any AE86, plus have much more power, all while still being a period-correct & purist build that will continue to appreciate in value over time.
I have a lot of extra parts including a spare supercharger. I have the original wheels in great shape, with tires.
I’m not separating anything out, as I work the night-shift at a hospital and don’t have a normal schedule to sell things.
That being said, look at the photos and re-read the ad. Only in-person cash offers will be entertained! I don’t need the money, so don’t waste your time! I will only sell to someone I feel comfortable with. I have little patience for any kind of games. Email me with your inquiries and a contact # & I’ll get back to you during normal hours when I can. Don’t email if you can’t afford it. If it was done & in perfect condition, I’d be asking more than double. Get it while you can, you won’t find another one!
No trades, scams, tire-kickers, low-ballers, jokers, etc.
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