Certificate of Authenticity: Chowini ’86

One of the newest members to the HR forums, Eircamae86, has scored himself his very own slice of real AE86 racing history with this period-spec Levin GTV.

TOM’S were assigned by Team Chowini in Hong Kong to build them another racer for their ever expanding stable of many AE86’s owned by the Chowini team.  The car was built from a brand-new never-registered 1983 Corolla Levin GTV. The chassis has since been fitted with a fully-gusseted, up-to-spec, 8 point roll cage throughout and all the original steel panels remain in their rightful place with the shell featuring lightweight ‘Lexan®-style’ glass for that added weight advantage.

Fortunately, the car remains in its original works colours on the exterior and inside is painted metallic graphite grey in true TOM’S fashion for good measure. The shell itself is in immaculate condition for a racer of it’s age and has had no repairs/accident damage. This is mainly due to the fact that it was intended to be used in the 1986 Macu GP, but the driver didn’t have the funds to see the startline. So the car was tested and setup but ultimately never used, so the clock only reads 22 miles total! How’s that for mint?

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Interior
– OMP bucket seat
– Schroth 6 point harness, 3 in belts (Brand new)
– Electric plumbed in fire extinguisher
– Alcantara® covered dash board
– Modified steering column
– Quick release steering wheel
– Chowinis leather steering wheel

Engine
– Lightened and balanced throughout
– 40mm Crank
– TRD rods
– Arias forged slipper pistons 11:1cr
– Modified big port head
– TRD big valves & springs
– Underbucket shims
– Camshafts 320 in & 304 ex both 11mm lift
– Standard plenum (re-worked)
– Standard cast ex manifold (re-worked)
– Silicone Samco hoses
– New swirl pot
– New shorter height uprated radiator
– TRD ecu with removable eprom
– Toda chrome alloy lightened flywheel with integral ring gear.
– Reduction gear starter
– Paddle clutch
– Remote oil filter
– Large oil cooler

Front Suspension
– Rose jointed TRD bottom arms and lateral rod
– TRD 2 ¾ coilover 8 way adjustable struts
– Adjustable top mounts
– Roll center adjusters
– Cusco quick rack
– K-Max uprated anti roll bar

Rear Suspension
– TRD rear springs (Light weight stressed versions)
– TRD blue 8 way adjustable dampers
– Std anti roll bar
– Rose jointed trailing arms and panhard rod

Brakes
– AP vented disks on aluminium bells
– AP 4 potcalipers
– Adjustable bias pedal box
– AP short cylinders with remote reservoirs
– Standard disks & calipers on the rear

Transmission
– TRD close ratio gearbox
– TRD quick shift
– 2 piece propshaft
– TRD 2 way LSD (shimmed to 80%)
– 4.8 Final Drice
– Small halfshafts

Wheels
Custom Enkei 15″ Team Chowinis Rims

Sounds pretty damn mean to me!

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