Tim Nevins’ Hachi-Roku
Feature photos by Cade Garrett
Cover photo by Landon McFarland
Tim Nevins’ is a Crew Chief in the US Air Force — a profession which sometimes affords the opportunity to experience areas of the world that many of us could only dream about. The sheer diversity of automotive culture is a feat in and of itself, so it was a pleasure hearing of the finer nuances of the Japanese scene.
During his time stationed in Okinawa, Tim managed to obtain a somewhat worn-out 1984 Toyota Corolla Levin. And as we came to find out, like many project cars, it was certainly an evolution into the current state you see pictured.
Despite obvious language barriers, Tim purchased his Hachi-Roku (Japanese for “eight-six”) 3 years ago in Tomigusuku for the USD equivalent of $3,500! Apparently the evaluation process in Japan is very strict, but after the months of inspection the car was finally deemed roadworthy by the transportation authority.
It’s worth mentioning that this was the first car that Tim ever drifted — a man:machine bond may forever prevent Tim from selling. Suffice it to say though that it was driven HARD back in those days, encountering plenty of road cones and barriers.
But as time progressed and more time/money was put in, Tim’s pride in the 86 grew. It became less of a beater drift car and more of a carefully curated project. It was even nurtured through nature’s hardships as he and his Japanese comrades performed a respray in the middle of a typhoon! Despite that weather, Tim will challenge you to find a fisheye or run in the paint.
Once imported to the USA, it took seven trips to the Courthouse and/or DMV to get properly registered. What a headache, but so worthwhile in the long run. Tim says that driving around in the states you’re an instant celebrity… The nostalgic, retro styling make this car a favorite of both enthusiasts and uninformed passersby.
Tim diverse tastes include motorcycles, surfing, skating, and also BMW’s. So much so that he once imported an E21 from Germany. Specifically though it was his passion for quality and for DIY’ing whenever possible (including wheels) that attracted us to this particular build. Annnd the obvious fact that it’s RHD… Which, let’s be frank, we’re a bit starved of here is the USA!
Soon Tim’s job will likely have him moving onto a different city, or maybe even country, so we were glad to have made his acquaintance and to have solidified his AE86 in the annals of Save the Wheels.
1984 Toyota Corolla Levin
RS Watanabe wheels, 14x7 square
4 AGE swap
T50 Transmission swap
SR5 with Drum Brakes and LSD
Battle Version Panhard bar
AJPS rear 4-link bars
New Old Stock (NOS) lower control arms