Car Builder>> Jsp Fab

I was in the San Diego, California area the other day, when I heard that John Russakoff’s shop, JSP Fab, was right around the corner.

Seeing how 86 was right around the corner, I knew I had to make a stop.

And here’ Mr. Corolla himself, John Russakoff.

John also had a visitor with him when I popped by his shop. He was flanked by his son, Levin (yes, he named his son after a Corolla!), who is a very avid car enthusiast for being so young.

John is most known for his exploits at Formula D with his Megan Racing…

…K24 powered Corolla. His current race car is a completely new chassis, which he put together in 10 days, after his hard crash in New Jersey at Wall Stadium.

Parked right next to his race car was his street AE86.

John is known as the man that can put any motor into a Corolla. This rather unassuming looking Corolla packs the punch of a Honda S2000.

And when I say that it packs an S2000 punch, I mean it quite literally.

Upon entering John’s shop, you wouldn’t think it was a Corolla dedicated shop as there are Honda and Nissan engines sitting all around.

Why hello there lonely looking, 4A-GE!

For weeks now, HRE wheel’s motorsports marketing guy, Mickey Andrade, kept telling me about his Corolla. It was finally good to see what he’s been talking about for so long in the flesh.

He is currently in the process of swapping an S2000 motor into his car. And from the looks of it, he’ll be finished very soon.

Mickey is the owner of the first set of the custom 16″ HREs (I am lucky enough to have second set).

But before the HREs, he had a set of Volk TE37-Vs on the car.

Levin was keen on showing off how deep his 86 fever goes.

When I visited the shop, he had this orange grip-spec Levin on the rack.

I do have to mention that the Tokico logo on the hood is absolutely amazing.

The car was lifted up so I had the opportunity to take a peek under the car.

The front suspension has been completely over hauled with the whole assortment of Cusco parts.

This car has been completely done up from the bottom up.

The differential axel housing up and re-welded it back together at a slight angle to give the rear wheels a bit more camber.

Watanabes and an AE86 go together like Formula D and V8s.

The car originally had a TRD header but was taken out to be replaced by a JSP header which John fabricated himself.

This is his home brewed header template for the fabrication.

John mocked up how the a header is mounted on the template.

And here’s the John’s JSP header. It’s rather beautiful piece.

While I was at the shop, John installed the header onto the engine. Under the hood of this AE86 is a Formula Atlantic 4AGE!

While John went over all the details of the car with me, his son, Levin, couldn’t help but to climb in and imagine he was driving the car himself.

A Levin in a Levin.

It must be like visiting Disneyland everyday if you were a kid and this was part of your day-to-day.

This is Levin’s own car, a “V8″ powered ALMS spec power wheel. It look as though it hasn’t seen much attention lately. If I was him and was surrounded by so many Corollas, I wouldn’t give the yellow Corvette much time of day. Sorry, Tommy Milner!

The side of John’s tool box is filled with photos of all his previous liveries of the race car.

In another corner of the shop was this Corolla coupe with an S15 SR20 engine swap currently in the works.

The shop is a treasure trove of Corolla parts.

In one corner, you can find a rear clip and in another corner, you can find the front.

Though John focuses a good deal on Corollas, it’s not the only thing he works on. This S13 Convertible is another of Mickey Andrade’s cars.

The S13 is powered by a VQ35 from a Nissan 350Z and features these absolutely gorgeous throttle bodies.

Outside the shop sat this amazing example of a clean, daily driven S13 hatch.

You can’t get anymore perfect flush than that.

A special thanks to John Russakoff for letting me stop by the shop so last minute!


86 day 2011




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his street car looks really clean


those VQ throttle bodies are beautiful! and the s15 sr20.. will that be DE? or DET?? cause ive been thinking a DE would be fun


JSP dishes out some bad @$$ creations!


red s13 is sick. even if by "perfectly flush" you meant "wheels stick out and have janky stretched tires" :)

Also that orange 86 is "grip spec" but still has a panhard rod? ESPECIALLY one which looks like it's off center?????

Seriously, one day people will learn the basics of suspension geometry and thousands of cars will handle better for it.


What brand are those throttle bodies ???


"Watanabes and an AE86 go together like Formula D and V8s."

LOL...good one Linhbergh!


A Levin in a Levin... Levinception!!


The shop looks like Corolla heaven and that header looks AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


awesome dude, always takes the time to answer questions and builds a great product line. i remember looking at his builds years ago on club4ag and thinking how clean his work was. im happy hes doing so well as a driver..he is one of the guys keeping the ae86 relevent here in the u.s...thanks


Why people put lame Honda engines I'n 86's :(


John Russakoff is truly an asset to our community and culture- here is the proof!


Very nice cars. VQ35 in a s13?? sounds like alot of fun to drive!!


Dang, haven't seen so many AE86's in one shop! This guy is just nuts on corollas! I envy that kid! and yes, those throttle bodies are damn sexy..


Would love to see more on that S13 vert, something a little bit different...


corolla porn....!!!!!


lol at his shirt in the last pic


i believe that orange levin belongs to a guy named orange rocket on club4ag. i vote for a feature on it.

btw all ae86s need to run a panhard or some equivalent (ie watts link) if it has a solid rear end.


a panhard rod centres the diff u moron, a grip car would benifit from removal of the rear sway bar if anything! ^^^^^amature!


I thought when you lower a live axle past a certain point, you have to relocate the axle side of the panhard bar so it's in the proper range of it's sweep and not at any excessive angle?




Way to go John. You are an inspiration to all of us AE86 owners. Congrats to you and your shop for being featured on this wonderful world of speed hunters. Keep up the good works brother.


Wow, JSP has some pretty crazy and unique cars. Very interesting!!


fk the corrolla, do the feature on that s13 outside lol


itbs are on a vq and are from extrudabody google it....

ps fool above 1 itbs are on a vq v6 and not sr

2 pan hard bar is a must for live axels


A truly inspirational dude. Great to see a feature on his shop and creations!



Seriously, awesome article, but this site really falls on its ass when it's proof reading time!


Awesome work....let me know if you are hiring anytime soon. I'll sweep floors if that's the only position available...


@ Mike That s15 ae86 is my whip...its a 6speed sr20det w a bunch of goodies!


Question on the picture showing the transmission with the caption "This car has been completely done up from the bottom up." Is that a Toyota J160 (Altezza) 6 speed transmission? Because it sure looks like one around the tail housing. If it is, what did the owner use to mount it up to the 4ag?