Project Car Hell, 1980s Hot Hatches Edition: Corolla FX16 GT-S or GTI?…

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Project Car Hell, 1980s Hot Edition: Corolla FX16 or GTI?

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We went back to the roots of Project Car Hell week, with a Triumph-versus-Lancia Yes, the first Project Car piece I ever wrote, way in 2007, was an Austin-Healey-versus-Fiat matchup. and I ahead and bought the horrifically Toyota 20R-powered Sprite writing about it.

Those and British sports cars for fine Hell Projects, but you them to be difficult in certain and your expectations are always True Hell Garage is all about uncertainty, thrashing on a project that should be Say, a factory hot rod known to be at quasi-reliable, but that’s been a bit, compromised by decades of owners armed with Taiwanese socket sets and manuals that tell you is the reverse of disassembly.

The hot-hatch craze was huge in Europe, and a bit of the madness spread to shores. You couldn’t get a Peugeot 205 GTI or a AX Sport in North America, but you buy a brand-new Volkswagen GTI, Civic Si and a few other torque-steering with nervous four-bangers and spoilers and flares.

Thing is, the Garage Demons don’t any easy projects, so your project starts with a of around a grand.

Toyota through some confusing antics with the Corolla the 1980s, starting with the Corolla Tercel and then both rear- and front-drive

When you’re talking a Corolla that’s firmly the 80s hot-hatch tradition, of course talking about the AE82-chassis GT-S, which was built in the plant in California and came the same screaming 4AGE used in the MR2. These have never been near as collectible as the rear-drive Corollas, and that means most examples of the FX16 have spent the last getting flogged without in a redline-ignoring, concrete-abutment-sideswiping frenzy ground down by a zero-maintenance routine.

Our project FX16 serve as the starting point for a 4AGZE swap, to ensure broken parts performance, and so look at this 1987 GT-S in Missouri (go here if the disappears) with its asking of $1,200 or best offer.

The seller is clearly a staunch traditionalist, starting the writing with a firm finger on the LOCK key and keeping that key for the duration of the description. It comes with a bunch of Japanese aftermarket add-ons, including diameter tailpipe, but the important to keep in mind about car is summed up like so: ITS A FWD HATCHBACK DONT MAKE THEM THIS ANYMORE. VERY RUNS BETTER THAN HALF ITS AGE. GREAT VEHICILE OR A GREAT PROJECT DONT MISS OUT ON A CHANCE TO OWN A OF JAPANESE RACING HISTORY.

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Fix the (oh yes, there’s rust), the JDM 16-valve engine and stuff in the MR2 powerplant, then start for high-zoot suspension gear. undo the damage caused by owners stretching back to the Era.

If you’re going to drive a hot you might as well go for the original: the Golf GTI. These have a fanatical following, drives up prices, and a tendency to from rust and maddening maladies. which drives up pressure.

Just as we see with the Corollas, affordable GTIs days have been run a gauntlet of leadfooted former with cost-saving approaches to and repairs. Still, you can find on Mk2 GTIs, if you’re willing to crippling minor problems here and there. Plenty of then-abandoned GTI projects await you out and we’ve found an especially one in this 1989 VW GTI in Virginia (go if the listing disappears).

The seller would like one grand for this car, appears to be a genuine Bahn model. Why so cheap? Well, it run. The seller is guessing the is fried but I don’t know. The is a bit distressed, with big dents no scrapes in both doors, both fenders have on front passengers side is but drivers is from a deer.

So, you’re chasing the elusive in the electrical system, you can rebuild the suspension, put together a hairy engine, and get to work on the body. Is rust? The seller doesn’t it! How hard could it be?


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