Scott Lear
Scott Lear
8/24/17 11:13 a.m.

During the early part of the 1980s, many compared Toyota to General Motors, the accolades coming thanks to the Japanese brand’s ability to release a dozen different flavors of the same basic model. Toyota’s noble goal was to build a car for everyone.

A fine example of this thought process is the Corolla econobox, which at the time could be had as a sedan, wagon, hardtop coupe, sport coupe or liftback, many in either standard, luxury or sport trim levels. There were even two possible engines; the big T covered as many bases as was practical in their attempt to fill as many garages as possible.

It was a solid effort by an automotive juggernaut, but ultimately Toyota was unable to build the 1980 Corolla that Rick Disbrow wanted. Granted, Rick’s tastes are a bit more extreme than your average consumer’s.

A high-powered monster of the sort Rick craved doesn’t exactly have mass appeal. In fact, it probably would have scared small children right out of the showroom. To make matters more complicated, the impossibility of time travel would have made sourcing a late-1990s Lexus V8 powerplant a real hassle for Toyota a decade and a half earlier. Lexus didn’t even exist yet.

With no hope of getting his car directly from Toyota, Rick decided to undertake the construction of a V8-powered Corolla on his own. Fortunately, waiting a decade or two before ordering parts allowed Rick to save lots of money on his creation. Best of all, there’s now an SCCA Solo class for an unusual hybrid such as this.

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NEALSMO
NEALSMO UberDork
8/24/17 11:50 a.m.

Heavy breathing intensifies...

spitfirebill
spitfirebill UltimaDork
8/24/17 12:17 p.m.

I approve of this message. This is what GRM is all about.

2002maniac
2002maniac Dork
8/24/17 12:46 p.m.

I remember this issue! I think I read that article twice. Sweet car!

Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 1:09 p.m.

God bless that sweet 1uzfe tone. I'm so close to firing mine up for the first time.

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
8/24/17 1:20 p.m.

The 1UZFE is an amazing motor. I drove one to work today. And yesterday. And a 2UZFE the day before.

Hungary Bill
Hungary Bill UberDork
8/24/17 1:27 p.m.

yes please

Fitzauto
Fitzauto Dork
8/24/17 1:30 p.m.

Nice! I love me some 1uz

Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 2:48 p.m.

For the fire breathing version of this engine ED cure A teal te7 coupe with angry ITBs is sex on wheels.

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
8/24/17 4:54 p.m.

In reply to Trackmouse:

I'm not impressed. Sorry.

Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 4:56 p.m.

In reply to Stefan:

¿Por que?

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
8/24/17 5:03 p.m.

In reply to Trackmouse:

I find Drifting a bit silly and the engine just sounds like nearly every other V8 after its been masticated into the YouTube compression algorithm.

Now, give me some video of the car in the article on course and maybe I'll change my tune since the engine won't just be pinned at WOT.

Just different horse for different courses.

Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 5:55 p.m.

I can agree with that. YouTube quality is awful!

yupididit
yupididit Dork
8/24/17 7:26 p.m.

That's awesome.

When I wad doing my 1uz swap, I looked into bulletcars kits and they are way too pricy compared to their competition.

Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
8/24/17 11:04 p.m.

Everything from bullet cars is insane. Kelford cams are insane too, but they are the only ones available so.... excessive manf has the cheap route for most things stateside.

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