Mondays. Oh how I despise mondays. Mondays to me mean two things: 1. it’s gonna be another 5 days before the weekend, and 2. it’s time to put on my game face for work and get down to business. For others, mondays may mean something else, and I’m not sure what mondays mean for Jonas, the owner of this particular AE86, but I’ll tell you one thing, he knows what business is, and this corolla is screaming it.

Even at a standstill, this AE86 begs to be driven.

Even at a standstill, this AE86 begs to be driven.

Jonas met me and Khiem up at Rice University on a cloudy thursday so that we could admire and shoot his very unique Toyota Corolla. As Khiem started to shoot the “Hachi”, Jonas was telling me a bit of what the car is, and where it was coming from. The corolla is sort of a test mule for new and exciting products from NST a.k.a NonStopTuning, a local automotive shop that is famous for their pulleys. Taken from the NST site: “NonStopTuning was established in 2005 and set out to drive performance trends for sport compact cars; to design and market high performance products that large automobile manufacturers could, but would not produce.”

An AE86 sittin pretty.

An AE86 sittin' pretty.

The AE86 is a testbed for a host of products from NST, including such one off pieces like the brake master cylinder stopper and the NST adjustable cam gears. Staring into the engine bay, there’s not much to look at, and that’s a good thing. The engine only sports what it needs. Gone are the power steering and air conditioning, and in place of what was a standard intake manifold, we have a pair of Mikuni 44PHH carburetors to handle breathing duties.

A pair of NST adjustable cam gears spinning and dancing.

A pair of NST adjustable cam gears spinning and dancing.

A mans car. Twin Mikuni carbs.

A man's car. Twin Mikuni carbs.

Jonas puts these parts to the ultimate test by way of drift. As with the majority of the AE86 community, this corolla and it’s driver like to get sideways. The suspension gets a healthy workout, and Jonas is no stranger to the drift community as he’s been around the local Houston area drift scene since the beginning.

The 86 is old enough to attend Rice University.

The 86 is old enough to attend Rice University.

Jonas and his love, the AE86.

Jonas and his love, the AE86.

Although the car is quite the performer, this 20+ year old corolla still turns heads with the exterior modifications chosen carefully by Jonas himself. The car sports a J-Blood style front bumper, J-blood rear spats on a JDM rear kouki bumper tied together by CBY style side skirts. From the rear, you can see the TRD style FRP wing by Shine Auto Project. The 86 rolls on 14″ Konig Rewinds Jonas says, “far fewer tears are involved to replace them when I DO brake ‘em”.

Low, wide, and menacing. This AE86 sports one mean ass stance.

Low, wide, and menacing. This AE86 sports one mean ass stance.

Bitnit.

Bitnit.

Inside, the car only sports the bare essentials, racing seats, steering wheel, a VERY interesting hydraulic E-brake made with a old crutch (my personal favorite mod), and lots and lots of gas. Our photographer Khiem could only stand to sit in the car for so long without inhaling gas fumes as he snapped a few photos. A man’s car.

I have gas. -Jonas

"I have gas." -Jonas

Dat Ass.

Dat Ass.

As we were setting up the shots for Jonas’ 86, the car was misbehaving with what looked like a bad wire to the alternator, thus cutting our visit short. As we raced from one spot to another, we gave the corolla a few jumps in our IS250, and made it work. Jonas is a very cool cat, he was willing to sacrifice his safety and car for the sake of the photo shoot. As we took the last few pictures before the sun finally set, I had insisted that he race the sun and get home before he had to use his headlights and be stuck on the side of the freeway with a dead battery.

Down-to-earth Jonas having a chat with me about the corolla.

Down-to-earth Jonas having a chat with me about the corolla.

Jumper cables in one hand, handshake in the other, Jonas is all smiles.

Jumper cables in one hand, handshake in the other, Jonas is all smiles.

Jonas also is aspiring to run a business himself called 86Garage, which caters to not only AE86’s, but anything old school Toyota such as TE27’s, first gen Celicas and the like. Jonas is hoping to get the word out, so we wish him the best of luck with starting his business. After all, Jonas knows a thing or two about business. Just look at his all business AE86, that should help you get through the rest of the week. I hate mondays.

The corolla RACES off into the sunset like a true cowboy.

The corolla RACES off into the sunset like a true cowboy.

As always, the rest of the pictures including high resolution versions can be found HERE.

All shots were taken with a Canon 5D mkII by Khiem Pham
khiem125@gmail.com

Official Modifications List:

Engine & Drivetrain:
Factory Hi-comp, small port 4AGE (slightly “massaged” intake & head 😉 )
Pair of Mikuni 44PHH carburetors
278° cams from Colt Cams
Megajolt Lite Jr. for programmable ignition by AUTOSPORTLABS & a set of 1mzfe COPs for delivery
NST adjustable cam gears, custom fitted trigger wheel crank pulley & alt pulley
NST radiator shroud
OBX headers
Straight pipe
Buddy Club Spec II catback
Competition Clutch housing w/ Exedy clutch plate
Factory T50 5spd spinning a full spool by Predator Racing

Suspension & Chassis:
-Front-
Custom front coilover conversion w/ AGX shock cartridges (SW20)
Springs: QA1 450lbs
NST/DME upper strut bar
NST mbc stopper
T3 camber plates w/ hats & adjustable tension arms
Whiteline adj. front swaybar
Custom front bomber bar
Full manual rack conversion w/ power steering knuckles
Battle Version inner tie rod kit & NCRCAs
Cusco engine & trans mounts
All under a Seibon drop vent cf hood

-Rear-
Floor bar
Custom trunk/carriage bar
QA1 12way adjustable rear coilovers
Springs: QA1 350lbs
Whiteline adj. rear swaybar
Adjustable Panhard & 4 links
Custom traction brackets
All under a Cusco frp hatch cover

Aero:
JBlood style frp front bumper and rear bumper add-ons & TRD style frp hatch wing by Shine Auto Project
CBY style side steps by P.A.S.S. Racing

Rolling around on a set of 14” x 7” Konig Rewinds

Related Links:
www.autosportlabs.com
www.86garage.com
www.nonstoptuning.com
www.technotoytuning.com
www.club4AG.com
www.battleversion.com
–David–

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