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

Heavy breathing intensifies...

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

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

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

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

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

Nice! I love me some 1uz

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

In reply to Trackmouse:

I'm not impressed. Sorry.

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

In reply to Stefan:

¿Por que?

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

I can agree with that. YouTube quality is awful!

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

That's awesome. When I was doing my 1uz swap, I looked into bulletcars kits and they are way too pricy compared to their competition.

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.

2/26/18 8:27 p.m.

I know I'm a little late to this party, but this is the car that gave me the inspiration to build my car.


dculberson UltimaDork
2/26/18 9:36 p.m.

In reply to markstoys :

Sweet car man!!

Trackmouse UltraDork
2/26/18 9:42 p.m.
markstoys said:

I know I'm a little late to this party, but this is the car that gave me the inspiration to build my car.

Glad your here dude! I’ve watched that video a hundred times. It served as motivation when I ran out of steam on my celica 1uz build. good to know though, because of guys like you, I fired it up three days ago and drove it around the block last night, in the snow, with no heater. Thanks for the inspiration!


DeadSkunk UberDork
2/27/18 7:47 a.m.

I wonder what the rear axle is in that thing? Four bolt wheels on it.

3/27/20 12:36 p.m.

Seems familiar.

FYI: this is the dyno from my stock early, non-vvti 1UZ in my AE86. It is running on an MS3X though. I do love the early torque.




fatallightning Reader
3/27/20 10:23 p.m.

Man, I'm a Toyota guy through and through, but those numbers and the size of a 1uz motor, I can't think of why you wouldn't just go 5.3 ls.

yupididit UberDork
3/27/20 10:32 p.m.

In reply to fatallightning :


dculberson MegaDork
3/27/20 10:39 p.m.

In reply to fatallightning :

Keeping in mind a 1UZ is a motor from the 80s... also yes they sound great.

neverendingprojectgarage New Reader
3/28/20 8:38 a.m.

Is there a video anywhere of this running? I love how the 1UZ/2UZs sound!

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