There are two types of people in this world. There are males and females, which I just recently re-learned after watching an episode of "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila." I sometimes forget that there are people out there without penises after several years of not touching someone of the opposite sex. There are idiots and absolute 'tards. This is another one I learned after watching a show where male and female whores vie for the affections of a Vietnamese midget who looks like a Martian crackbaby with big Bahama-mamas. There are PC and Mac people. The latter, of course, are those who sip Venti Macchiatos while preaching about the end of the prison industrial complex before buying a bag of Gold Medal flour, snorting it up their noses, and implicating their dealer during an FBI bust. Last, there are the do-it-yourself and the do-it-yourself-with-help-from-others-so-you're- not-really-doing-it-yourself (DIYWHFOSYNRDIY, for short). The latter are those like Kanye West with his autotune microphone, weight losers who use colon cleansers, and of course, tuners who don't know the difference between a Philips and a slotted screwdriver, but own the hottest whips at Hot Import Nights. You know who you are, DIYWHFOSYNRDIY'ers.
People who fall in the do-it-yourself category are someone like me, an avid masturbator, who doesn't let anyone but himself do his weng weng, and our sexy S13 feature of the month owner, Jason Lusier from Summit, Washington. His '89 Nissan 240SX has the sickest paint job since Daniel LaRusso painted Mr. Miyagi's fence. And like Daniel-san, Jason did it himself, a "do-it-yourself'r," if you will. They should really shorten that phrase up, by the way. Something like the "yourself'rs" or the "do-it'rs." Either way, Jason is an automotive painter by trade, so it's really not a surprise that he spent an ungodly amount of time painting his Silvia. I'm not talking about just the exterior, either, but we'll talk about that later. You see, it isn't the end of story when I say that his S13 is coated in Sherwin Williams '01 Nissan CV4 sandrift beige paint, with a Sherwin Williams darker two-tone to match the JDM lower color. Jason made sure the foundation was perfect before applying any of the glimmer that you see. Jason explained it like this: "I restored the entire car using a Sherwin Williams ultra system PE990 etch primer, P30A spectra prime, S56 ultra-fill II sealer, ultra 7000 base coat, and ultra 7000 CC950 ultra-flex clear." He might as well have spoken Hmong. What's clear, though, and doesn't need explanation is that he takes his paint seriously. Serious as a heart attack (zing!).
But like I said, the story doesn't end there. "Every nut and bolt throughout the entire car has been replaced to refurbish the gold cad plating," says Jason, "I also painted all the engine parts, some of which were powdercoated 20 percent black. The steering pump and alternator were powdercoated sparkle silver. Lastly, all the suspension parts were also painted with a BMW/Cosmos black and Nissan CV4, while the coilovers were re-anodized in hard black." If I had to guess what Jason's childhood was like, it probably consisted of a lot of spankings because he was the kid who didn't eat his Crayons but rather used them to write on walls, dad's ties and restaurant tables. The amazing part is that we've just managed to talk about the paint.
Jason's car is much more than the exterior, which also sports shaved, smoothed, and welded features, as well as a Wings West rear wing. Underneath the hood, a 2.5L turbocharged motor is sitting in the engine bay. To be more specific, it's a Gen 2 Nissan Skyline RB25DET 2.5L turbocharged motor sitting in the engine bay - a hybrid that's often talked about in forums but rarely seen in the wild. It's like the chupacabra but prettier. The engine features a GReddy intake manifold, NISMO fuel regulator, and Blitz Nur-Spec 3-inch exhaust. The T3/T4 Turbonetics snail works its magic with help from an HKS SSQV wastegate, GReddy intercooler, ProFec Type-S boost controller, and some custom turbo plumbing courtesy of Dave Nelson. The motor mostly retains its OEM parts because Jason really didn't want to mess with a good thing. Besides, he built his S13 for show, which is why the details took special care.
Riding below the chassis is a system of parts that not only make the S13 stiff, but also the hardcore JDM fanboys who get wet at the words "JDM." You know who you are. Lowering the body 3.5 inches in the rear and 4.5 inches in the front is a set of TEIN Flex coilovers. Tanabe SusTec front and rear strut braces and stabilizer bars make sure the Silvia is well-balanced as it races through the entrances at car shows, while Kazama aluminum and Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings provide that much needed firmness when Jason maneuvers around import models, prepubescent boys who follow import models, and drunken automotive journalists at Hot Import Nights. Of course, the suspension would be all for naught if it wasn't accompanied by an equally fresh set of JDM wheels. Rolling 17 inches on all four corners are a set of Work VS-XX wheels, wrapped in Nitto NT555 rubbers and stopped by OEM Z32 brakes.
The interior is another story that solidifies Jason's spot in the Neurotically Scrupulous Tuners Hall of Fame. Aside from the standard Skyline leather seats upgrade, Auto Meter Phantom II gauges, MOMO Nero steering wheel, custom floormats, JDM climate control, Nismo shift knob, and painted-to-match console, Jason made sure the interior was so precise that someone with an untrained eye might overlook the details. "The door speaker grille are new with a recessed square pressed in low to mount the Focal speaker emblem, the inner door handles have a 1/8" painted strip on the outside edge, the instrument cluster housing is two-toned like the exterior, and the sunvisors were taken apart and reupholstered in suede using the factory frames with custom housing," explained Jason. If you missed all of those, I can forgive you. I don't know if Jason will.
The point of the matter is Jason, despite his tuning OCD, did all of the above by himself. He set out a plan to dominate the car shows, worked hard to modify with a meticulous eye for detail, and executed the plan with one of the illest Silvias in the West Coast. And $100,000 later, Jason says he's far from being finished. I guess there's a third type of person in the world. The do-it-yourself, the DIYWHFOSYNRDIY, and the do-it-yourself-for-motherhumpin'-life.
'89 Nissan 240SX
Automotive Painter/Body Man
Under The Hood
2.5L Nissan Skyline RB25DET Gen 2 turbocharged motor; GReddy intake manifold, Spec R intercooler and pipes, ProFec Type-S boost controller; Nismo fuel regulator; Blitz Nur Spec 3-inch exhaust; SS autochrome lower mount turbo; Turbonetics T3/T4 turbocharger; HKS SSQV blow-off valve; custom-built turbo plumbing by Dave Nelson; custom painted engine parts, powder coated 20% black
Drivetrain '96 Nissan RB20 5-speed transmission; R32 LSD viscous; Exedy clutch; custom one-piece aluminum driveline
The Power Estimated 340 rwhp
Stiff Stuff Tein Flex coilovers; Tanabe SusTec front and rear stabilizer bars, front and rear strut brace, tension rods; Kazama aluminium bushings, tie rod ends, rear upper control arms; Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings; Nismo front power brace; SPL rear brace SPL lower control arms; painted all suspension parts
Rollers 17x7 Work VSXX wheels with Nitto NT555 225/40-17 tires (f); 17x9.5 Work VSXX wheels with Nitto NT555 255/40-17 tires
Stoppers Nissan OEM Z32 front and rear brakes, brake pads; custom stainless steel braided brake lines
Outside Nissan Silvia Aero bodykit; Wings West rear wing; PIAA lighting; rear side markers shaved; engine bay heat shrunked, welded and smoothed out; trunk lock welded, smoothed; '01 Nissan CV4 sandrift beige paint; two-tone Sherwin Williams '97 Chrysler (DK fernlea met), tinted to match JDM Silvia lower color; entire car was restored using Sherwin Williams ultra-system PE990 etch primer, P30A spectra primer, S56 ultra fill II sealer, ultra 7000 base cat, ultra 7000 CC950 flex clear
Inside Painted console to match exterior; Autometer Phantom II gauges; MOMO Nero steering wheel; Nismo shift knob; Max Speed pedals; custom floormats; JDM climate control; custom rear speaker panel; Nissan R32 Skyline seats; Kenwood head unit; JL Audio amplifiers, wiring; Focal speakers; GReddy full auto timers; interior changed from XE to SE full power; reupholstered trunk
Props Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes; Ken's Powder Coating; Parkland custom upholstery; Dave Nelson; Axiom Motorsports; Chris Scott
WWW blitz-performance.com; greddy.com; momo.com; more-japan.com; piaa.com; tanabe-usa.com