As some of you may remember, I posted about a race Altezza being built.
I just thought I'd share with you all what sparked the project, current plans and also how damned close I am to finishing it.
About a year ago, this arrived in my drive way on the back of a truck.
For those wondering, it's an AE92 Corolla with a 3S-GE in it, with forged cams, awaiting a turbo... Yes, it is FWD. The idea was to create a race Corolla with an engine designed to be as far away from this car as possible, yet within the limits of reality (so no TT 1UZ, I'm not quite that crazy).
Being lazy, we decided it would be more practical (and easier) to shove in a 3S-GTE from an ST215 Caldina, as it is fully assembled and has a stronger block (or so I was told). After placing the engine in the mounts, and having to have a mount re-drilled, we noticed the CV joints would have to be at about 40 degrees to fit properly. So we gave up on the Corolla.
With the idea of a track car still looming, Dad's mate presented this:
A fully functioning 1998 Grey Altezza. Rego on hold, WOF expired.
So we hacked out anything which would add weight, bought 2x 6 Point Sabelt Harnesses (of course in red!), 2x OMP RS.PT - safety first.
Before the cage could go in, all the under-seal/sound insulation had to go. It's a simple yet tedious process.
Basically, I grabbed a chisel and mallet, chipped the under-seal off. That which would not come off, I used a heat gun and then the chisel. (Left is pre-mess making, Right has been attacked by my chisel)
Then the cage came in. Some phenomenal welds by Slater Fabrications Ltd. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a cage.
After this, I decided to tidy up the mess I made. This involved a wire brush drill attachment and a 3M Abrasive Disk (not sure of exact name, but it looks like this:)
Made a HUGE difference. In hind sight, I should have used the disk and wire brush BEFORE the cage went in.
I sprayed the interior with some CRC Zinc-IT to provided some rust prevention while I dawdle and take my time to finish everything else. Iron Oxide red. Yum... Still patching some bits up. Major blemishes seem only to be visible after I have put my tools away...
Purchased this Momo steering wheel, although it doesn't look quite as pristine as this...
Then, I assembled the seat mount brackets and tested fitment, sliding capabilities, etc. I should have done this before the cage came in as well, and especially before any paint was applied, as it is almost impossible to place the seat and bracket in the car without scratching the paint.
Latest addition is this:
Supra front and rear brakes, with slotted front disks. Rears are standard Supra ventilated.
I've ordered the FIGS adapters (found here http://www.figsprops.com/brake.htm)
, however, they are only for the front... I would like to use the Supra rear callipers and rear disks as well, as they have ventilated rear disks and the pads seem to be around 1/3 larger than standard Altezza brake pads. However, no one seems to make adapters for them, and I cannot find any Altezzas having used them.
Adapters are still in the post. Took the stock wheels and brakes off to test fitment of Supra brakes and callipers.
So here's what I need help with:
15mm spacers or new wheels?
Enquire about getting adapters machined for rear Supra rear brakes onto Altezza or stick with stock rear brakes? Would anyone else be interested? Possibility of Group buy if do-able
TEIN Super Street damper kit and Ultra Racing front strut bar went on at some point along the way. The engine bay is a wee bit dusty, so avoid looking at the next photo if you must :P
Not going to bother de-looming the car yet. The excess weight is negligible for the time being, and will only prove beneficial when I can actually drive the car to its limits. So I'm going to try get the LVV cert and appropriate MSNZ licences and certifications.
Your questions and advice are welcomed.