IndiaDorifto7 wrote:I'll skimp on the hard core drifting with the ae86. That's what 240sx's are for XD . Alright, ae86 as a daily then, no drift missile junk, I've grown older and wiser now, no more Takumi fantasies, I've seen what beat up drift cars look like, I don't want my car to end up as a scrap heap like that
Allow me to share a couple things for you to keep in mind.
First of all don't get an 86 because you need a car, get it because you WANT an AE86. I say this because there will be long periods of time where you will not be able to drive it... maybe even months at times. It could be due to waiting on parts, or just getting it to run. You also can't blame it for suddenly stopping on the side of the road and missing class lol.
Another thing is patience. Whether its the above reason or even just looking to buy one, it will take time. I spent almost a year until I found what I was looking for and at the right price. There were many candidates along the road but I couldn't "catch" em. Please keep in mind, there are many out there in your situation. And you are either gonna need luck or be quick enough to snag the deal before others get em.
^ Those are deep words...
86s are truly special things.
The next tip I'm going to say is a bit hypocritical. Don't listen to anyone who says differently. I've had countless people tell me how much of an idiot I am for getting such and old car when I could have gotten something more reliable, comfortable, and safe. At one point, I remember my mother's disapproval of me getting a "deathtrap"
But the most important factor with an 86 today is money. Overall it comes down to money. Yes you can finally get your hands on one for 5k... but then what? You will be astonished how fast "a couple" of parts will drain you of your spare change.
It could be refurbishing the aesthetics (body work, paint, and wheels) or freshening up the interior or simply, getting it running. You are going to need to invest wayyyy more than double the cost of what you got it for.... unless it's fully built and bought at the price of 13-15k. I remember back when I was in highschool, I wanted to get into the drifting scene and I wanted a 240... but back then prices were steep to get one setup. Then I turned to the ae86 and thought "wow its so cheap!"
Not anymore... Now, you can find 240s everywhere and they're way more reasonable price wise. But I've immersed myself deep into the 86 world.... < there's no going back
So... Are you determined? patient? and saved up more than all the other kids? ready to live of ramen? And after all the blood sweat and tears, will you be satisfied cruising down the street in something that's fresh, stands out from the crowd, and gets all the asians to pull out their camera phones?
Then yes. Good luck~