Everyone and their brother has built a Nissan 240SX or knows someone who has. We’ll be honest, too; it’s one of the most featured cars in between these pages, which is why we also put together an all S-chassis issue last October. But can you blame us? It’s by far one of the sexiest and most affordable rear-wheel drive coupes that can be tailored to do whatever your heart desires—street drift, track or show. Its versatility is one of the car’s many beauties, not to mention the tuning options are practically unlimited. Even with the S-chassis being discontinued by Nissan for years, you can still see they are still as popular in the scene as they were back then, which is why enthusiasts like Richard Fisher owns, not one, but two S-chassis project cars!
The sexy topless S13 here is Richard’s latest creation. Before dipping into Nissans, the Chicago native messed around with a couple Volkswagens and an STI. When he finally realized what the S-chassis had to offer, he paid a visit to the guys at TF Works and the rest was history.
TF Works is known for building some of the sickest S-chassis cars this side of the Pacific. As the exclusive distributor for TRA Kyoto’s Rocket Bunny line, they killed the scene with cars like their all-black, LS-swapped S13 that graced the cover of our Nissan issue last year. Quality cars and great craftsmanship was the reason people like Richard went to them to help create his first S-chassis project, a 450hp LS2-swapped S14 track monster. Richard loved it so much he picked up this ’92 convertible for his next build, but this time around it would be for a much different purpose.
“The whole idea behind this build wasn’t necessarily for function but more for looks,” David Lee of TF Works told us. “It wasn’t built to run the fastest lap time but was meant to turn heads. Richard saw our black Rocket Bunny car and fell in love with how it looked with the flares and wheel fitment. We wanted to go with the same kind of look when it came to his convertible.”
The drop top was already a rare model of the 240 and fitting it with a Rocket Bunny kit would only make it that much sweeter. TF Works ordered beefy 18x9.5" front and 18x11.5" rear Work Meister wheels to fill the over-fenders, before it was slammed via new coilovers and rear control arms from Stance USA. Because Richard wanted to paint the car white, TF Works convinced him to go with the bronze wheel color giving a beautiful contrast. Adding the final touch to the exterior was the signature vinyl scheme that follows suit to the original Rocket Bunny cars.
If you notice the convertible top looks different from the rest, it’s because Richard wanted the pillars taken out. “There’s a pillar where the window sits that holds the seat belt harnesses,” David explained. “He didn’t like how it stuck out so we chopped it off and filled the area up. Then we ripped out the convertible top and filled that in as well.” What exactly does that mean? You’re looking at an S13 that’s permanently topless now!
For the interior, Richard did a few unique things that stick out like a sore thumb. The seats aren’t your typical race buckets or recliners. Instead the driver and passenger relax comfortably in a pair of Racetech 4000 low-back seats—don’t ask about the seatbelts. Designed for boats and custom car builders, these are short enough so you can’t see them when looking eye level with the car.
We can’t also forget the trunk. Richard figured the S13 would only be used for summertime cruising; he might as well invest some money into a good audio system. So TF Works transformed the entire rear into a sub enclosure by ripping out the seats and installing a ginormous 15" Alpine sub in a custom box.
Of course, TF Works couldn’t let a 240 leave the shop without having a little bit of power. So they swapped in a JDM SR20 motor along with a few necessary bolt-ons like a bigger S15 turbo, full exhaust and cams.
There isn’t much else done to the car but that’s the beauty of it. This is just a prime example that you can build an S-chassis car however you want to. In Richard’s case, he’s filled two voids in his life. He already has an LS-powered S14 for the track and now he can cruise around and pick up chicks in his widebody S13 drop top.
“No one I’ve seen has ever cut out the pillars or turned the whole rear into a sub enclosure,” David concluded. “It’s different than what most of the S-chassis guys are doing now. Richard already has a serious car that can run circles around anything on the track but this is cool to look at and like nothing else on the street.”
1992 Nissan 240SX
Engine ’93 SR20DET swap with Tomei PonCams; S15-spec turbo; GReddy manifold; Megan Racing downpipe; HKS SSQV blow-off valve; TF Works front-mount intercooler and intake; 255lph Walbro fuel pump; Samco hoses; Flex-a-Lite dual fans
Drivetrain Tomei Tech Trax limited-slip differential; Exedy stage 2 clutch; itsProper shift lever
Engine Management Tuned by TF Works; manual boost controller
Footwork & Chassis Stance XR coilovers and rear control arms
Wheels & Tires 18x9.5" front, 18x11.5" rear Work Meister wheels with 225/35R18 front, 265/35R18 rear Yokohama S.Drive tires; Muteki lug nuts
Exterior TRA Kyoto 6666 Customs Rocket Bunny kit; OE Audi Pearl white paint; Origin Lab taillights; modified pillars and rear deck; removed roof
Interior Racetech 4000 seats; Buddy Club seat rails; Personal Grinta steering wheel; HKB steering hub; NRG quick-release; itsProper shift knob; custom door panels, carpet and rear seat delete by TF Works; Pioneer head unit; Food Design front speakers; 15” Alpine SWR-1523D sub; Alpine PDX amp
Thanks You The Autobarn; Tim T2 Films; AJ Gillet; my mom; TF Works; Touge Factory; Miura-san of TRA Kyoto; Stance USA