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Current State: March 21st, 2008



Alright, new build thread is here. I have yet to go to a track event with any of my 240SX's so 2008 is the year that I'm gonna quit being a bitch and start getting some seat time in. This thread will document both the progress of the car as well as the progress of my driving skills.

I compiled a list of somewhat local events happening this year:

2008 Track Event Schedule:

March 26th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
April 6th, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (The Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH)
April 13th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
April 26th, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
April 27th, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
April 27th, 2008 - CART Autocross - (T.B.A, CT)
April 30th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
May 4th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
May 9th, 2008 - CART Track Day Pocono North
May 18th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
May 28th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
June 1st, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
June 5th, 2008 - CART Track Day Lime Rock Park - Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, CT)
June 8th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
June 22nd, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
June 25th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
July 13th, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
July 13th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
July 21st, 2008 - CART Track Day Pocono South - Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, PA)
July 27th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
July 30th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
August 3rd, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
August 10th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
August 24th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
August 29th, 2008 - CART Track Day Pocono North - Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, PA)
August 27th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
September 7th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
September 17th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
September 21st, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
September 21st, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
October 5th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
October 12th, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
October 19th, 2008 - CART Autocross (T.B.A, CT)
October 29th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)
November 8th, 2008 - NEdrift Solo Practice (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
November 9th, 2008 - 4th Annual Rumble (The Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH)
November 19th, 2008 - Club Loose Drifting (Englishtown, NJ)

I think that should be enough to keep me occupied. :)
 

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February 5th, 2008 - The Car










1992 Nissan 240sx Base Model Coupe
96,444 Miles
Bone Stock

Bought this shell off a local guy for $600. The body has a few dings here and there, a dent in the rear passenger-side quarter, and rust in a few sports, but so far is the cleanest S13 I've ever owned. Most importantly, this car is unmolested. Only modification done is a switch installed in the gauge cluster trim for a electric fan. It's a base model, meaning no moonroof, no wing, no power windows, no power locks, and even no air conditioning from the factory. The lightest S13 you can ever buy!

The Parts:

Engine:

'91 KA24DE built by Carlquist Competition Engines
  • 8.5:1 Supertech Pistons .020" Over
  • Cometic Headgasket
  • ARP Head and Main Studs
  • Clevite Main and Rod Bearings
  • NISMO Thermostat
  • Emissions removal
  • Accusump Oil Accumulator (not pictured)

Power:
  • RPS Street Max Clutch
  • Custom test pipe
  • Apex'i N1 dual exhaust
  • MSD Blaster II Ignition Coil
  • Apex' SAFC II fuel controller
  • Innovate LC1 Wideband w/ XD-16 gauge
  • Walbro fuel pump

Suspension:
  • Stance GR+ Coilovers
  • SPL V4 Tie Rods Ends & TRW Z32 Inners
  • Battle Version RUCA's (not pictured)
  • Battle Version Rear Toe Links (not pictured)
  • Circuit Sports 5-lug conversion
  • S14 5-lug Brembo Blanks
  • 350Z 18" Rays Engineering Track Editions
  • S14 SE Beater Wheels (not pictured)

Interior:
  • S14 Silvia Seats
  • Nardi 330mm Deep Corn Steering Wheel (perf'd w/ red stitching)
  • Aworks Metallic Red Quick Release
  • NRG short hub
  • NISMO gold fish shift knob
  • Prosport Gauges
  • Drift knob

Exterior:
  • Pignose Lip (not pictured)








The Plan:

Here's a rough outline of my plan for this car.

Some inspiration:


I plan on keeping the body relatively stock. The car shown above is exactly what I'm trying to achieve. I'm going to be throwing on a pignose lip, dmax/origin crystal or smoked taillights, and maybe a 326 power roof wing. I want this car to look as aggressive as possible without putting on some outrageous aero. (It's all about the wheels!)

Below are my goals. It's nice to have a guideline to put everything into perspective. It's also pretty interesting to see how much this'll change. I'm 100% sure, my plans will change drastically farther down the road.

Short-term Goals: (1 - 6 months)
-Install parts listed above
-Fix rust
-Hawk HPS brake pads
-SS clutch and brake lines (and clutch damper delete)
-Figure out my PCV situation (probably will run a catch can off the valve cover and vent it to the air, unless I can find a cheap vacuum pump.)
-Boxed S14 FLCA w/ ES Bushings w/ new S13 balljoints pressed in
-SPL tension rods w/ brake deflector
-Boxed tension rod brackets w/ added cross brace
-Relocate wire harness, roll fenders
-VLSD
-Exterior mods

Mid-term Goals: (6 - 12 months)
-SPL solid subframe bushings
-Battle Version rear traction links (or just box and install new bushings into the stockers)
-Boxed RLCA w/ ES bushings & new balljoints
-Racing seats
-ST Sway Bars
-Battery Relocation

Long-term Goals: (1 - 2 years):
-Turbocharge the KA (ultimate power goal of ~350whp)
-Stitch-welded chassis
-Paint engine bay
-Sound deadening removal
-Z32 brakes

Still waiting on the title from the seller. That's why I haven't done anything for the past month. It should be coming this week so this thing will start coming together pretty soon.
 

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wow man, cant wait to see it come together. It looks like you've got quite a bit to keep you busy for the time being.

Good luck!
 

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Looks like there's a bunch of events that I'm going to miss...oh well...I'll make it to a lot of them anyways.

Look at the previous USDM_ project in the sig...sad in a way.
 

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hell yea!
I thought they all had ac though?????
me too...but it has the a/c fittings on the firewall plugged, and doesn't have an a/c button, just a dead panel instead. It's good stuff
 

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wow..those Z wheels definitely have some serious difference in sidewall heights.
 

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the bigger ones are for the rear and vice versa

But this thread makes me sad I cant be at home working on my coupe:(
 

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looks promising. But if you plan on turbocharging it within a year to two years, then why do I spot a turbo sitting on the work table with all of the other parts? hmmmmmm...
I'll be checkin this thread weekly. Good luck!
 

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the bigger ones are for the rear and vice versa

But this thread makes me sad I cant be at home working on my coupe:(
thanks ass.:happyfing i'm aware of that. however, most of the time, they're not that different in total height.:thumbsup
 

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Hey josh this is unrealted to your build but i was just wondering where you stashed the ring terminal in the fastback? Im the kid who bought it and i am having trouble finding out how you powered your harness. Also how did you have a TPS on your motor. In the harness that was included in the shell i couldnt find the black 3 prong plug for the tps anywhere..no worries i had extra harness's but just curious. Let me know. thanks man.
 

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February 26th, 2008 - Evaluation

Jacked up the car and documented the spots of rust I found on the car.

Passenger-side frame rail:


Behind passenger-side door:


Where the fenders meet the bottom pinch welds:



Seam running below the strut tower:



Corner of the rear window


Where the tension rod brackets meet the rad support:
 

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February 27th, 2008
Battle Version RUCA's and rear toe arms arrived!

Haha, Alex Pfeiffer is a character:


I'm going to scrap my plan to box the stock traction links. The ones on the car were way too rusted to even try to weld. I'll just pick up a set of Battle Version's.

February 27th - 29th, 2008 - Tear Down

Title is in my hands! Let's get this project started!

Started removing suspension:





Still need to remove the rear toe arms and front tie rods.
 

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nice car man. i have a red coupe as well. i was surprised to find cracks in the trunk by where the wheel well meets the rest of the car. i have a crack there myself. yours is way cleaner than mine though.
 
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