So after selling my 180sx I proceeded to save my pennies for what seemed to be years(it was actually just 3 months). I rode my bicycle to work every day and took the train anywhere else I needed to go. All was well.
One day I decided to start looking around for a new car. I knew I wanted something older than 1987 so I would be able to bring the car back to the US in 2013. After searching for a few days I found this gem. I had never seen a Trueno in this kind of condition for under $20,000USD so I had to go check it out.
4 weeks later, and endless amounts of paperwork and fee’s the car was mine. Its no easy task to buy a car from a dealership that doesn’t cater to Gaijin’s. I had to take the hit and cancel the shaken+JCI(Inspection+Insurance) and then re-accomplish it later, which incurred me A LOT more fees. In the end it was all worth it.
Driving the car that first few days was a big shakedown experience. Finding numerous rattles, squeaks, and vibrations, I began worry about what I had gotten myself into. After some driving and getting the car onto the lift I had discovered two things: the suspension bushings were shot, and the car had an OPEN DIFF. Open diffs are a rare (albeit undesirable) find in a JDM AE86…you simply NEVER find these in AE86 anymore.
This was definitely NOT an easy job. I thought it would be a simple “press-in, press-out” affair but turned out to not go as smooth as I had hoped.
This is only the beginning. More has happened since the bushing install so check back in a few days for more updates.
I have acquired OEM Trueno window visors, a Techno Pro Spirit rear strut tower brace, a Techno Pro Spirit rebuilt 2-way zenki LSD w/4.33 gears, and a few other nick-knacks to tidy up the interior.