When new, this car came with a 4AC engine, the single cam brother of the twin cam 4AGE. This fact made swapping in a proper powerplant MUCH simpler then most folks with E7(and earlier) Corollas have if they want a power transplant.
Here is the powerplant as now mounted
The specifics: 1606cc, 10.75 to 1, 264 type cams, sequential injection, KBD header, w 2.25" exhaust from header to exit.
Here are a few of the build photos
head after I removed the valve shrouding, and equalized the camber volume
Being in Portland, I chose Loynings Engine Service to assist with the build, here is Arnie Loyning, and the components that will be my engine
The rods, and crank after they got dressed, balanced and shotpeened
The only custom internal bits I got were lighter wrist pins........
....and had the piston skirts coated for lower friction
Since this is my hotrod, and it is somewhat custom, there are some custom features that are incorporated into my car that are not in an original.
The first one would be a 9000 rpm tach fitted into the original cluster that only had an 8000 rpm tach. The Toyota FX16 is the only 4AGE powered car that came with a 9000 rpm tach. The entire FX16 tach was modified to fit the AE71 cluster(NOT an easy task). Why the switch??? Because my little motor is capable to rev out to 8400 rpm, and an 8k tach just wouldn't cut it
Here is the original cluster, note the mismatched indicator needles - some orange(small ones), some white(larger ones)
Here are the original and the modified one with the FX16 tach - note all the needles are now similarly orange
Continuing on with the custom work.... Look again @ the original front end... and the new front end... besides a slimmer bumper(I'll describe that more in a bit), the new front end is missing some original lamps........
The upper amber lamps out at the body's edge were parking lamps. The inner shielded amber lamps were the directional signals. To get the look I wanted I had to make the outer lamps BOTH parking lamps, AND directional signals!
This is how I did that........
1st I took a look @ the parking lamps and looked for a place to add an extra bulb... there ISN'T a great deal of room for more bulbs
Finding a place, I then began to think of what kind of lamp I could add there.... What first came to mind was a LED - (easy, self contained) but NOT bright enough! I then went on a hunt for a small incandecent(bright enough) lamp and socket that would fit in the available space. I go on a hunt to find a small socket/bulb assembly when I stumble over this in my junk box
Its the right size.....
and the light it produces....
Now a 4 panel explained....
the micro bulb is now the parking lamp(#2 from left to right), and the bulb that was originally the parking lamp(094 bulb type) is now the directional signal(#3 from left)
There is a significant safety advantage to this newer design.... NOW, the signal is in an area that can be seen by drivers to the side.... where as before it was impossible due to its location
One of my favorite photos so far.... crappy camera phone, but the look is so aggressive....
The photo above shows both FOHA spoilers. FOHA is a division of a global company(originally based in Austria) that makes/made aero parts for many different cars throughout the years. My car is equipped with a fiberglass copy up front(painted white) and an original rear duckbill spoiler on the deck lid.
more custom bits......
As already mentioned this car is equipped with an oil cooler, but not an ordinary oil cooler... but a curved oil cooler originally designed for large bore motorcycles. I had to use this because the location is ideal for a cooler, if only corretly sized. When I ordered it, the representative @ Earl's did have a concern... but when I sent a photo of its location, he had no further concerns aboput its ability to cool a 4AGE of 1606cc
The curved cooler fits the location perfectly once custom fabricated braces were built.
Part of this cool custom part (imho) was the method used to isolate and seal the pass through for the oil cooler lines(far right in pic). The hole was there, an elongated oval hole about 2 1/2" x 1 1/4". I took a sway bar bushing (frame mount) and split it, then cut a recess in the back side so once fitted they would remain together unless pulled out.