Autumn Concepts Premium custom builds Fri, 09 Mar 2018 05:03:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:37:04 +0000 0 Toyota AE86 Sprinter Levin Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:36:49 +0000 0 Toyota Stout Shop Truck Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:33:58 +0000 Every workshop no matter what they build, service or sell has to have a shop truck … Autumn Concepts is no different.

We needed a truck to pickup engines, diffs, gearbox’s and parts as necessary. But what to buy and why. We love our Toyotas but we love our old hot rods and customs too. In the end we started hunting down a RK101 Toyota stout as a base for our build.

Finding the make and model we wanted was simple enough but trying to find one that was cheap enough and weathered enough for the look we wanted was extremely hard. It took around 6 months to find the truck.

It wasn’t quite a barn find but it definitely was a farm truck. The humble Toyota Stout 1 1/2 tonne pickup powered by a 5R engine commonly found in most Toyota forklifts was barely running, the brakes completely shot and interior eaten out by rats and possums but he body was exactly the way we wanted, rusty, weathered and looking oh so nostalgic.

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SR20 Powered AE86 Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:05:50 +0000 You meet your customers in some random places and situations but occasionally the guy you want to buy parts off becomes one of your best customers and now good friend. Such is the case with the owner of this car. I was trying to source an exhaust for my newly build AE86 when a friend of mine put me in touch. I promptly contacted the owner and headed over to his place to buy a full exhaust and extractors for my car…

He had an AE86 that had recently blown a motor and he was looking at options to get his car back on the road and continue doing drift events. It just so happened he had a Autech SR20DE that had been purchased a while back for another project.

A deal was done on the exhaust and a plan was made to build a track oriented AE86.

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Subaru WRX STI Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:43:59 +0000 Panda has been a good friend for a very long time, and for as long as I have known him he has always driven a raft of Japanese sports car, always modified in his own unique was and always sitting as low as he could wind the suspension down.

So when PANDA came to me with the idea of finally updating to a newer car it had to be low, fast and ‘somewhat comfortable’. We’ll get back to his definition of comfortable later.

We go to thinking of what car would fit the bill and ended up with a Subaru WRX preferably something from the year 2000 or newer. PANDA really liked the look of the GC8’s and had a spare ‘track only’ WRX we could use for parts if we wanted.

Fast forward a few months and we bought 2 WRX’s to turn into his ultimate street car. Firstly we bought him a MY2000 GC8 WRX roller for under $500 and wrecked MY1998 WRX STI that had been involved in an accident, this one was loaded with goodies from a MY2002 WRX STI.

Now on to the fun stuff…

We now have these beautiful Brembo brakes to go on the car. These huge 4 piston fronts and 2 piston rears will more than do the job of slowing down the potential 200+awkw on the occasional weekend track day or ‘spirited late night drive’ around the Victorian hill country.

Next we have the PPG gearbox and Exedy HD clutch kit. Having seen the WRX scene grow from the late 90’s the most common issue owners had was adding a bit of power and stripping gears almost straight away. The PPG 1st, 2nd and 3rd gearset does a lot to reduce gearbox failure under higher loads.

Attached to the PPG gearbox is a EJ207 STI motor, we rebuilt the heads and did a timing belt change just to be safe before we installed it. Pushing boost through the power plant is an AVO400 turbo, 740cc siemens injectors, SARD fuel pressure regulator and to manage the whole package is a MOTEC M800 ECU.

The MOTEC ECU allows for dual stage maps, e85 tuning, launch control, boost control and a whole raft of options to suit Panda’s needs. Needing a good tuner who could understand the customers needs and create a reliable tune we sent the WRX to chequered tuning for a tune and power run.

Engine and Gearbox Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:24:44 +0000 Time to bathe in the stockness…

A few weeks ago I posted on AE86 Driving Club forum looking for standard driveline components. I was after an engine, gearbox and diff. In the last two weeks I have managed to pick up all three. ‘stalz_ae86’ from AE86DC came to rescue with a very standard egg beater 4A-C and matching t-50 gearbox from an AE71 panelvan with 80,000 kms on it. This engine makes 58 HP when brand new, wonder what that equates to 20+ years on…


This setup coupled with a diff will definitely do to get the car registered and running on its own steam. So far I plan to just go through the motor and clean up any leaks, maybe a VR kit worth of gaskets to clean it up a little and maybe a new water pump. The gearbox on the other hand will need a bell housing as ‘stalz_ae86’ needs the old one back.


Engine and gearbox sitting nicely on what used to be a decent tyre


View from the side where engine and gearbox connect


Tools ready for action


5 minutes later the gearbox is to one side..


… and the engine is to the other, notice the factory clutch (20+ years old) I found the km’s hard to believe till I saw the clutch plate was the factory toyota item

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Door Trims Wed, 06 Jul 2011 05:07:18 +0000 It has been a long and frustrating few weeks for me with Melbourne weather at its best (read freezing) making it too cold to work in the garage and no real progress on the bodywork.

To complete the first stages of the bodywork I will need a rotisserie. I have one in my sights so its just a matter of time till it comes through. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks which will allow me to finish off the bodywork and focus on assembly…

So to keep busy and motivated till then I am trying to collect most of the parts I will need …

First on the list of these parts is the pair of JDM door cards I picked up a few weeks ago.

I picked these door cards to replace my perfectly good standard door cards. This is manly due to the cool in-built arm rest and sleek one piece look they have.

door_1     door_2

From what i have seen most of these trims come from cars with electric windows so they dont have the circlucar cut out you can see for the window winder. Bonus.

Although not the colour I want, I’ll be retrimming them in black and grey similar to the picture below.

door_4     door_3

The door handle, handle surround and window winder will all come from a ma61 supra. These are a dime a dozen at the wrecker which is fantastic as it is fairly hard to find black plastics for an 86 in australia.


Hopefully I will be able to locate this pocket in standard black plastic from a celica or supra also


Same goes for this plastic pocket, depending on final trim colour I either want this in black or grey


a small cigarette burn that will have to stay till i retrim the cards

More to come …

Cost $100

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Rollcage & Seam Welding Tue, 17 May 2011 04:56:07 +0000 Now that the majority of the floor and interior panels are nice and smooth I am turning my attention to the roll cage and nasty bits left by the seam welding.

The Roll cage is a fatastic bit of kit and God forbid I get into strife it will probably save my life. Right now its making the prep work a nightmare. To sand around the cage is painful and due to the fact I did not sand and prep it properly before painting I am sanding it back to bare metal for the second time.

The cage is constructed in a way that in 2 spots I cannot sand the whole way around the tube. 1 is at the top of the B pillar and 2nd spot is around the windscreen area.


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Sanding the Interior Tue, 03 May 2011 04:49:31 +0000 Tonight I started to hand sand the interior.

A while ago the interior was stripped of the sound deadening material and given a coat of etch primer and then hi-fill primer.

To apply a coat of paint to the interior I need to sand just enough of the hi-fill primer to create a smooth surface.

400 grit dry sandpaper and lots of elbow grease…

After 2 solid hours of sanding I have finished the back left of the boot, this and the right side are the hardest areas of the car to do as they have the most corners and weirdly shaped sections. The rest of the car should take me a lot less time…


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Third time lucky, First love Sun, 01 May 2011 04:41:48 +0000 Star Wars? In a galaxy far far away… in the year 2001… I got my licence and with it I bought my first car, a less than happy VW Golf MK 1, that ran on 3 cylinders. This fact I only found out on the freeway driving home, when it died on me … several times.  Shortly after that car I bought my second car a trusty Ford KC laser, this car never let me down and other than changing oil it asked for very little from me. Then about 9 months after getting my licence I bought my third car this my 1983 AE86 corolla sprinter…. everyone knows its many other names but to me it’s simply called ‘the 86’.

I am now a lot older and some would say a tad wiser (but I would argue that point) but I still have my 86. Over the years I have bought , built, blown up and occasionally driven my cars, namely a Nissan onevia, Nissan Silvia, Nissan 180sx two or three in fact, and a Nissan R32 GTR, all of which have their own stories to tell….. Maybe for another blog!

I have decided to share my passion for my 86 with the world.


I am planning to build the car up to a usable track car, for what I am not sure, but with the many $1000’s I have spent building cars I have never truly had the time to enjoy them the way I first enjoyed driving my 86 on $5 petrol and bald tires…

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