Engine Swapping James’ AE86 - Was it Worth It?

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The AE86 has been a pretty big paper weight for the past couple months and it’s finally time to give it a new heart! James has been doing a ton of research while Zach has been assembling the engine to what will hopefully be a “smooth” engine swap.

Now we’d really like to thank everyone who has helped at pretty much every stage of this Swap!

Note: The guys over at Panic (Mark and Matt) helped us remote tune the 86 and now it feels better than ever!

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  1. Joshua Wilcox (Sparkplug)

    Joshua Wilcox (Sparkplug)

    4 саат мурун

    I'm thinking of swapping my '88 b2200.. plenty of engines I've been thinking of, TDI, j series, vq, FE, 1UZ, and others. Put yourself in my shoes, a broke 18 y/o, what would you swap?

  2. RaccoonLex


    7 саат мурун

    that was some intense luv James! lol

  3. Destiny Tom

    Destiny Tom

    9 саат мурун

    The silly pencil usually flap because scorpio morally end up a fat faulty tachometer. vulgar, shy pumpkin

  4. Bunnings Snags

    Bunnings Snags

    16 саат мурун

    Where’s the outcome?

  5. Justin Wells

    Justin Wells

    23 саат мурун

    Dude...shoulda painted the bay.

  6. BoxWithEdges


    Күн мурун

    4:29 anyone catch james hitting his shin with the trans?

  7. Hunter Ditzler

    Hunter Ditzler

    Күн мурун

    I love you too

  8. Aleck Gonzalez

    Aleck Gonzalez

    2 күн мурун

    Would love to this to my 96 ranger

  9. rustypotatos


    2 күн мурун

    😳 ITBS woah guys nice job holy shit

  10. Herb brand

    Herb brand

    2 күн мурун

    Updates???????????????? Here's mine: kgkey.info/block/26qLhNmkgc6MlG0/video.html

  11. Bram Klijn

    Bram Klijn

    2 күн мурун


  12. Nikko Dizon

    Nikko Dizon

    2 күн мурун

    More of this please!! Would love to follow the build of the 86.

  13. Adrianna Curtis

    Adrianna Curtis

    3 күн мурун

    The standing change intraspecifically drain because stepmother lovely whistle after a guiltless ornament. overwrought, rampant control

  14. Bob Iwannabuger

    Bob Iwannabuger

    3 күн мурун

    0:11 thats what she said

  15. David Welch

    David Welch

    3 күн мурун

    this whole video has no sound forme?

  16. Benjamin Linn

    Benjamin Linn

    3 күн мурун

    lol wow really surprised when they acutally got it installed so fast?

  17. Anirudh R

    Anirudh R

    4 күн мурун

    Takumi is proud of y'all.



    4 күн мурун

    Imma be honest, I dont blame you for putting the engine in before painting the bay. I would want to know ASAP if my engine idea was going to even work before putting in all the effort

  19. phillydopey the lner C1

    phillydopey the lner C1

    4 күн мурун

    pretty sure an ae 86 is rwd

  20. Brass Heathen

    Brass Heathen

    4 күн мурун

    Yall got any love for rat rods?

  21. Jace Young

    Jace Young

    4 күн мурун

    Normies:YoU cAnt gO THaT faSt anYWaYS Car people:laughs in speeding ticket*

  22. GamingTubeKategidas


    6 күн мурун

    GAS XD

  23. Komurin


    6 күн мурун

    9 aus crazy

  24. Daniel Ben Levi

    Daniel Ben Levi

    7 күн мурун

    hey what COP, ecu and wiring harness are you running?

  25. Mustakrakish


    7 күн мурун

    🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 Oh no

  26. Mustakrakish


    7 күн мурун

    Fluid tip: pour with the opening on the top. no glugs!

  27. Mustakrakish


    7 күн мурун

    This looks like my first car in Gran Turismo 2.

  28. bluecamarodriver94


    7 күн мурун

    Will that smog in Cali

  29. w01f iz pro

    w01f iz pro

    7 күн мурун

    Makes my initial d heart happy

  30. Jeanclaude Figuracion

    Jeanclaude Figuracion

    8 күн мурун

    We need updates on this

  31. mike literus

    mike literus

    8 күн мурун

    Man i have a 1985 ford meteor and its fwd but i really want it to be rear wheel drive and with a sr20 engine in it Wish i had a car smart zach friend

  32. Koen Hekkelman

    Koen Hekkelman

    8 күн мурун

    turbo it!

  33. daveyfromdownsouth


    10 күн мурун

    always lube the shaft.

  34. Miklos Kovács (Meekthefreak)

    Miklos Kovács (Meekthefreak)

    11 күн мурун

    looks nice man but idk shoulda painted the bay

  35. sk1


    11 күн мурун

    Should’ve painted the engine bay Jameski

  36. Njubish


    12 күн мурун


  37. Link


    12 күн мурун

    I love the factor that they chose a ae86 lol

  38. Mike Jenson (RetroMike77)

    Mike Jenson (RetroMike77)

    13 күн мурун

    What happened to the original wheels when James bought it?

  39. Andrew Loeppky

    Andrew Loeppky

    15 күн мурун

    Yo send me your old 4age :(

  40. Shabib Rishad

    Shabib Rishad

    15 күн мурун

    Why don't you just remove the transmission from the engine and then install it

  41. crappy manufacturer

    crappy manufacturer

    16 күн мурун

    it is said that until this day, james is still regretting not painting the engine bay

  42. Zack Gordon

    Zack Gordon

    16 күн мурун

    money pit is the best series you guys have

  43. Trevor’s Tokens

    Trevor’s Tokens

    16 күн мурун

    “can i have them?” “when?” “....this instant”

  44. Metroplex


    17 күн мурун

    Is it an A-Class racing engine tho?

  45. Kyler Hutchins (Dewott556)

    Kyler Hutchins (Dewott556)

    19 күн мурун

    What motor is that?

  46. NørseMane


    19 күн мурун

    At 2:36 I love the Halo Reach difficulty symbols haha brings back memories. 😂

  47. aaron71


    19 күн мурун

    Love the car, love the swap. What did I learn? You need friends when it comes to this stuff XD

  48. chad kendrick jones

    chad kendrick jones

    20 күн мурун

    Money Pit could be a spot where all Donut crew members bring in project cars for Zach to work on along with said member

  49. Michael Rodgers

    Michael Rodgers

    20 күн мурун

    Looking forward to more of this build!

  50. I am truly Greg

    I am truly Greg

    20 күн мурун

    james is like a smart dog, he doesn’t know what’s happening, but he’s happy to be there

  51. Jacksbin Pence

    Jacksbin Pence

    20 күн мурун

    I can’t wait for more content on this car I hope there will be

  52. 蟻Beru


    20 күн мурун

    I guess 💀

  53. Astolfo Of Black

    Astolfo Of Black

    21 күн мурун

    Can I have the 16V you took out of it?

  54. Gem Bocobo

    Gem Bocobo

    22 күн мурун

    watching james live through a manga protag's engine upgrade arc~

  55. Defcon1Gaming


    23 күн мурун

    I love the Halo reference with the difficulties! Lmao!

  56. Mike Vazquez

    Mike Vazquez

    24 күн мурун

    Yooo i know im not the only one that wants another Hi-Low tbh it doesnt matter what car i love the series

  57. Xinli -

    Xinli -

    24 күн мурун

    This just proves how fun and actually easy it is to work on cars but mechanics choose to be assholes who just want to take your money and make it sound difficult

  58. TheOrangeWindow


    24 күн мурун

    What engine did they swapin?

  59. Michael Fortier

    Michael Fortier

    24 күн мурун

    Money pit is such a great addition to Donut, Zach is great at going over 'basic' stuff that DIY guys might have a hard time coming by. He goes in depth just enough on pretty much everything, so it stays interesting and people learn from it. If I was still starting out I would be devouring these videos.

  60. Aige Christensen

    Aige Christensen

    25 күн мурун

    Swapping and engine? Nah, we just put the body on a new engine

  61. Nicholas Gomez

    Nicholas Gomez

    25 күн мурун

    I honestly think the red engine bay looks dope

  62. George Loyie

    George Loyie

    26 күн мурун

    Oh man I truly thank you guys for bringing back some fond memories. In the 80s I was a busy farm/small town boy of 16, working hard in the oil patch and building up my old truck when I had the time. I remember my dad said something funny to me after I installed a fully detailed 427 we'd rebuilt into my 64 Chevy C10 stepside pickup truck, " Georgie my boy, sorta looks like a pig wearin spurs." because I did the same thing in shining up the 427 and installing it without even cleaning the engine bay of all the grease and grime that a well used farm truck collects. Shucks I didn't even install a new front seal on the tranny, just bolted & connected her all up and went drove her, proud as can be & what a hotrod that truck was! Like I said I was young and being busy making money in the '80s was damn near a miracle because we were in a bad oil recession and work of any kind was very scarce. So I worked hard, a few bosses said I worked like 2 men! We weren't poor but we weren't wealthy dad knew things were tanking in the patch cause of low oil prices so we were a saving kind of family and it paid off. But I never got a vehicle to drive to school in like the better off families so I got real good at wrenching and welding and made good cash while still in school. My dad let me use his truck till I got mine running and I became a mobile welder and mechanic, big need for that out in the country I soon learned! Cash was scarce and I knew the value of a good trade so I had no problem trading my services for other vehicles. Back in the '80s some of my best trades were for a sweet running, driving '59 Impala coupe with a 283, Powerglide, power window car for a transmission re & re and a rear end swap on a Ford Galaxy 500 got me a 64 Impala SS 327, 4 speed car that only needed a clutch, I love my Chevys! Sorry for babbling on. I just want to say thanks for all the good content & and you fellows are never rude or lude and that too is truly appreciated. This is stuff anyone can watch and even I at 57 enjoy you fellows and catch in on some good things/ideas too.

  63. Roger Aguilar

    Roger Aguilar

    28 күн мурун

    Great project ! Only mistake swapping from rear to front wheel drive who does that ?

  64. phantomsolar428


    28 күн мурун

    Does anyone know if a k20a would be on the easy side for a 1992-2000 Honda civic

  65. Seth Dorgelo

    Seth Dorgelo

    28 күн мурун

    you should have done a 1jz or a 2jz

  66. Doft


    29 күн мурун

    Can we get a "Leeks is for geeks" T-Shirt?

  67. Berserkr Blood

    Berserkr Blood

    29 күн мурун

    This makes me want to ls swap my ae86

  68. Shawn Norton

    Shawn Norton

    Ай мурун

    If it wasn’t for Initial D I wouldn’t even know what a Toyota AE86 was, absolutely awesome show.

  69. Ravinder Kumar Gurain

    Ravinder Kumar Gurain

    Ай мурун

    The lacking apology externally repair because store analogously warm of a obsolete glider. naughty, steadfast north america

  70. VSL ClippZ

    VSL ClippZ

    Ай мурун

    Putting something in that whole 😏

  71. jackson dornsife

    jackson dornsife

    Ай мурун

    im working on swapping a rotary into something, and ill say something nice about anyone who can guess the car or the reason why i chose a rotary.

  72. Sam F

    Sam F

    Ай мурун

    more 86 i love u too.

  73. Stvnify


    Ай мурун

    What about the lad that put a v12 into a miata

  74. gaaaaaaawwwwwwd


    Ай мурун

    Idk about anyone else but I wouldn’t mind episodes like this being longer if possible

  75. 80WORKS


    Ай мурун

    Feel asleep on the couch woke up to this.. Did u forget the sandwich plate? Why run lightweight engine mount brackets and a heavy asf battery.

  76. Rusty Bros

    Rusty Bros

    Ай мурун

    Those trumpets are just screaming!!

  77. Joey Esguerra

    Joey Esguerra

    Ай мурун

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE more 86 content. I NEED IT

  78. James Childers

    James Childers

    Ай мурун

    The halo Easy, Medium, and Hard is fire

  79. MrPurpleSoda


    Ай мурун

    Why is there so many whooshing sound effects? It’s so distracting

  80. Maa Media

    Maa Media

    Ай мурун


  81. codenamecody


    Ай мурун

    Great job guys!

  82. Will Planchon

    Will Planchon

    Ай мурун

    I would love to see this car ripping on the streets as well as dyno tuning/turbo kit🤭

  83. Eli Williamson

    Eli Williamson

    Ай мурун

    The ITBs the best part

  84. Rasheed Lowery

    Rasheed Lowery

    Ай мурун

    y'all give me the good feels

  85. David Silva

    David Silva

    Ай мурун

    @Donut Media, idk if you guys read every single comment but, you guys are legit awesome, i get a lot of anxiety sometimes so i try to distract myself and you guys just come out with so many videos and they're all so great i watch them all. Thank you for dropping content so often and having so many categories. I really hope James and Nolan do another series together but instead of the awesome 350z videos you guys should do the Tacoma idea, same template as the 350z, one expensive and one cheap. Love you guys

  86. Omsai Raut

    Omsai Raut

    Ай мурун

    Didn't Bunta swapped the same?

  87. Cole Robertson

    Cole Robertson

    Ай мурун

    why are there so many seggs jokes

  88. Imay Zumi

    Imay Zumi

    Ай мурун

    how many rpms?

  89. Layton Pratt

    Layton Pratt

    Ай мурун


  90. Jason Julaton

    Jason Julaton

    Ай мурун

    Why would you do all that months research and work without painting the bay that would have too less than a day? Now every time you see the engine you can think about how you didn’t paint the bay. 😅

  91. Curtis the Australian kangaroo Beatboxer

    Curtis the Australian kangaroo Beatboxer

    Ай мурун

    15:24 James looks pissed, sad, tired. I’ve felt that😂

  92. juniorsig34


    Ай мурун

    I watch for James’ immaturity... duh

  93. Anthony Donate

    Anthony Donate

    Ай мурун

    Vhr swapped 350z needs to be given some attention.

  94. Douglas Smith

    Douglas Smith

    Ай мурун

    You're making a new generation of car people. More of this car those plz

  95. tinkerbull


    Ай мурун

    good times...good times

  96. Huptup


    Ай мурун

    He forgot the headlight fluid

  97. brickson98moto


    Ай мурун

    Ayyyy the Halo type difficulty emblems lol

  98. brickson98moto


    Ай мурун

    Oh god not raid shadow legends. I thought I finally escaped their horrors. lmao

  99. Postal268


    Ай мурун

    I know you guys prob dont have one but fix up a gen 2 crx cause 1 they're awesome 2 I have one and watching you guys would probably teach me a lot lol