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Robb Ferguson's Rocket Bunny Boss 1996 Nissan 240SX

With the support of TRA Kyoto and TOMEI, Robb Ferguson unveils his '70s-racer-inspired Nissan 240SX

Mike Sabounchi
Feb 12, 2016

There are few people in the car scene who have as much energy and enthusiasm over all things Nissan 240SX as Robb Ferguson. He is literally an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to the S-chassis platform. Luckily, I can say I've had the pleasure of knowing this guy before he built this shred machine, so seeing this build come out of nowhere for SEMA blew my mind!

1996 nissan 240sx rocket bunny boss rear diffuser Photo 2/20   |   1996 Nissan 240Sx Rocket Bunny Boss Rear Diffuser

The story starts four years ago when Robb made plans to build the perfectly good, daily-driven S14 sitting in his garage. He had zero desire to run an SR20 but had always dreamed of the TOMEI KA24-DET turbo setup since he was a young chap. Following his dreams, he befriended the fellas at TOMEI-and the rest was history. TOMEI developed a factory-quality turbo kit for Robb and also arranged a meeting with Kei Miura (aka Mr. Rocket Bunny himself) to discuss using a Rocket Bunny kit on the car for SEMA...

1996 nissan 240sx vitaloni side mirror Photo 3/20   |   We diggin' the clean look of this Vitaloni side mirrors.

"I had heard of the Boss kit before the reveal and upon seeing it, I knew it would be the only thing that could convince me not to run a Zenki front end," Robb explained. "I instantly recognized the design influence from the B110 Sunny. So this light bulb went off... I could make my car look like a Sunny that TOMEI raced in the '70s."

Since Robb also happens to be extremely talented in the world of car art, he decided to sketch a mock of what he thought the new Rocket Bunny Boss kit might look like. During his first meeting with Miura-san, Robb presented his drawing to Miura and was immediately greeted with laughter and disbelief. It turns out, the drawing was identical to the Boss kit Miura had envisioned. Mind you, this is before the rendering had been released to the public! We kid you not, these two literally argued over whose photo/drawing it was. I wish I were there for that conversation. I can imagine it was mostly pointing and tons of confused faces because of the language barrier! Nonetheless, they finally agreed that it was impossible for Robb to see what Miura had planned for the kit, and fate just somehow brought them together. At the end of the meeting, Miura agreed on a sweet deal on a complete Rocket Bunny Boss body kit for Robb, just as long as he could have the drawing and have his car confirmed at SEMA. Don't you just love a happy ending?

1996 nissan 240sx rob ferguson kei miura Photo 7/20   |   Robb and Miura-san's first meeting. Robb is an artist by trade and hand-drew what he wanted his S14 to look like-even before Miura had unveiled the Rocket Bunny Boss kit!

Once Robb got the kit green lit, it was time for him to turn his attention to every other part of the project. First things first, he gutted the car and dropped it off at GS Werks to get the bad boy 'caged. The attention to detail on the 'cage is one of my favorite pieces of this build. I love how the door bars follow the seat line and the driver's seating position. Pretty badass!

1996 nissan 240sx tomei steering wheel Photo 8/20   |   The interior of Robb's S14 is equally awesome with custom vinyl upholstery, hand-stitched dash, and more.

After the 'cage was done, he let the hands of Robkabob paint his car in BASF Datsun gold as a throwback to its roots. The interior was wrapped and stitched by Frasier Auto Upholstery. They even trimmed the door panels to fit around the door bars of the 'cage and then finished them off by wrapping them in leather. Classy move, Robb.

While the interior was getting worked on, the engine was prepped by Shingo of Bluemoon Performance. Everything has been addressed: new pistons and rods via CP and Carrillo, plus the top end received love from Brian Crower. The boost is provided by a TOMEI turbo and tubular manifold all blowing through a GReddy downpipe and a TOMEI titanium test pipe and exhaust.

1996 nissan 240sx rocket bunny boss front bumper Photo 9/20   |   1996 Nissan 240Sx Rocket Bunny Boss Front Bumper

Once all the hard parts were taken care of, Robb got back to work in his garage and assembled everything with the help of his brother and three of his closest friends. "Great things are seldom done alone," he told us. "I am lucky to have such a tight group of passionate, hardworking family and friends that motivate me. Being passionate and helping others enjoy their projects is what I believe being a car enthusiast is all about." We couldn't have said it, or done it, any better Robb.

Perhaps the hardest part of the build was keeping it a secret until its reveal in Vegas. Even I didn't know about this car and I've been over to his house many times!

1996 nissan 240sx ka24de engine Photo 10/20   |   1996 Nissan 240Sx Ka24de Engine
1996 nissan 240sx ka24de engine Photo 11/20   |   Keeping his dream alive, Robb completed a 450hp KA turbo with the help of TOMEI.

In the end, the goal for Robb's 240 was to showcase what can be done using the highest quality parts from many different sources as well as what a passionate group of enthusiasts can accomplish with the right vision and enough dedication. This car wasn't just simply slapped together with free shit from any company he could get parts from. Each piece on this car serves a purpose and is done correctly, and that's why Robb's S14 is truly the boss.

1996 nissan 240sx work seeker gx wheels Photo 12/20   |   17" Work Seeker GXs just look right on this car.
1996 nissan 240sx apexi power fc Photo 16/20   |   Shall we up the boost?
1996 nissan 240sx tomei m8270 turbo Photo 20/20   |   JDM Stamp of approval from TOMEI.
By Mike Sabounchi
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Robb Ferguson's Rocket Bunny Boss 1996 Nissan 240SX
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Owner: Robb Ferguson
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Occupation: artist, designer, builder
Power: 450 hp
Engine: KA24DE with CP pistons; Carrillo PRO-H rods; ATI damper crank pulley; Brian Crower oversized valves, guides, dual valvesprings, titanium retainers; TOMEI multi-layer metal head gasket, prototype cams, M8270 turbo, bottom-mount tubular manifold, SR20 turbo elbow, titanium test pipe, exhaust; Xcessive Engineering intake manifold; Q45 throttle body; GReddy SR20 oil pain, fuel rail, oil relocation kit, filter, swirl pot, catch can, coolant overflow tank, intake, Type 24 Spec R intercooler, Type R blow-off valve, downpipe; Injector Dynamics ID1000 injectors; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; CSF radiator, external oil cooler; DC Power alternator; engine work performed by Bluemoon Performance
Drivetrain: ACT clutch and flywheel; Driveshaftshop aluminum one-piece driveshafts; TOMEI Technical Trax Advance two-way limited-slip differential; GReddy differential cover
Engine Management: A'PEXi Power FC
Suspension: Powertrix RT coilovers; Swift springs; custom rollcage, fender braces and stitch welding by GS Werks; SPL PRO Suspension control arms; alignment by Corner3 Motorsports Garage
Brakes: front Z32 upgrade with slotted rotors and steel braided lines; Winmax pads
Wheels & Tires: 17x10" -28 front, 17x10.5" -36 rear Work Seeker GX wheels; 225/40R17 front, 275/40R17 rear Yokohama S.drive tires
Exterior: Rocket Bunny Boss kit; paint, bodywork by Rob Smith at Robkabob Designs; BASF paint; Downstar mounting hardware; Vitaloni mirrors; LED Kouki S14 taillights; multi-layer vinyl by superwowfactory.com
Interior: full custom vinyl by Frasier Auto Upholstery; custom carpet kit with vintage thick black loop; hand-stitched dash, center console, armrest, door panels; headliner upholstered in perforated black vinyl; customized door panels; Bride Histrix carbon-fiber bucket seats, side-mount seat rails; Retro Sound stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity; TOMEI steering wheel; Works Bell quick-release and hub; Speedhut gauges integrated to stock cluster
Thanks You: my supportive group of family, friends and sponsors that believed in my vision; my beautiful girlfriend, Hunter, for her love and support; my brother Andrew at GReddy and Honeymoon Garage for making this possible in more ways than one; Tyler Barnick, Kenny Isa, John Capati for helping me put this thing together in my garage in just 2.5 days before SEMA; Mark and Ramon at Frasier for the beautiful interior; Dan, Rob, Nep and Phil at GS Werks/Robkabob for all their hard work; Eiji and Sasaki for taking the first steps in this build with me-without them this would not have been possible

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