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1989 Nissan 240SX - Chasing Perfection

A 750hp, fully custom Nissan 240SX build that never settles

Dax Rodriguez
Jun 24, 2016
Photographer: Mike Maez

Justin Derendal has experienced a decade-long journey with this Nissan 240SX, which has seen everything from the street, to the show, and track. Yet in the car's current form, Justin took back to the streets in what is his version of the perfect S13.

1989 nissan 240sx bn sports type ii aero kit Photo 2/28   |   Not something we typically get an opportunity to shoot next to... F-22A Raptor (06-4109 USAF WA 433rd WPS 57th Wing USAF Weapons School).

If you got into drifting in the early '00s like Justin, then the attraction to the 240SX was obvious—affordable, accessible, infinitely configurable, and immensely capable. Justin saw the benefits of the lighter and more nimble S13 having owned an S14 with quite a build of its own—think Bomex aero, in-dash PS2, Advan wheels, show-quality paint, and a built SR20DET pushing more than 400 whp, all in '03! Knowing full well what the car was capable of, the first incarnation of this S13 began as a purpose-built drift car. The interior was gutted, a custom 'cage fabricated, the chassis stiffened, the usual drift-spec suspension bits were installed, and an SR build in the realm of 450 whp followed suit. Justin took to the track on a regular basis with the car and participated in many local and regional drift events.

While Justin's build and skill level led to a pro drifting license qualification (NOPI drift '07), he decided not to pursue driving professionally, and the rationality to return the car to a more streetable form came to fruition. Having built the car once, Justin knew that if he were to switch direction, this would be the last and greatest incarnation of what he wanted it to be. A parts list that reached for the stars was drafted, and when Justin decided to pull the trigger, even he didn't realize how it would all come together.

1989 nissan 240sx work s1 wheel Photo 6/28   |   1989 Nissan 240Sx Work S1 Wheel

Authentic BN aero, Koguchi fenders, G-corporation headlights, and Ganador mirrors from Japan... Check! Competition-spec LS7 with billet heads, titanium valves, high-compression pistons, and a 350Z diff and axle conversion to put all 750 horses to the ground... Check! But the devil is in the details...24-karat gold fasteners on the chrome Work S1s, a custom E85 fuel delivery system using three pumps, Ray's Factory lip-kit, the list goes on. When it came time for paint, Elite Automotive Finishes and Justin collaborated on making a one-of-a-kind color. "I wanted a very unique color that is real subtle yet still hits you with that Ric Flair! It took around six months to come up with it," he explained. In the sun, the brown illuminates with bright gold tones, but as night falls, a gunmetal undertone reveals itself—there's simply no other S-chassis on the planet in this color!

Yet all was not flawless in the journey to finish the project car. The months of waiting on parts from Japan, months of fabrication, and the time to put it all together in his own garage began to take a bit of a toll. This car was, as they say, "built not bought." But as many of you know, such an extensive build can fray even the strongest of desires. Somewhere along the lines, the progress of the S13 slowed down when Justin decided to pursue aviation, a fascination he's had since childhood. He would eventually rack up enough flight hours to acquire his pilot's license, buy his own plane, and also become inducted as an Honorary Commander to Luke AFB's 607th Air Control Squadron, an honor given to local community leaders in the west valley of Phoenix. But while he was pursing this other passion, he always knew he would return to the multi-year build he started years ago and finish his ultimate 240SX.

1989 nissan 240sx koguchi front fender Photo 10/28   |   1989 Nissan 240Sx Koguchi Front Fender
1989 nissan 240sx koguchi front fender Photo 11/28   |   This isn't your run-of-the-mill, beat-up 240. Justin's car sports real deal BN Sports aero and Koguchi fenders from Japan.

During the summer of '15, the paint was finished, the last interior bits installed, and the final tune to the note of 750 hp was completed thanks to the work of UMS Tuning. It is difficult to believe that such an old car can remain not only relevant, but also dominant in a scene that has matured over the years. The trending theme of today's S-chassis builds may heavily favor form over function (i.e. stance), but something can be said about the cars that can balance both. Justin's S13 has the power, the prestige, the look, and the bite, and can just as easily take home a Best of Show trophy, as it can a podium victory at the track. But it's also just as well suited to cruise to a local meet and turn a few heads. As Justin takes off to the skies and refocuses his attention on aviation now that his 240 is done, his S13 will stand as inspiration for enthusiasts to never stop dreaming, building, and improving. Chasing perfection—whether in points for a show, time or skill on a track, or simply cruising the streets—is something we can all aspire to.

1989 nissan 240sx bn sports type ii rear bumper Photo 12/28   |   1989 Nissan 240Sx Bn Sports Type Ii Rear Bumper
1989 nissan 240sx ls7 swap Photo 16/28   |   After ditching a 450-whp SR20DET, Justin got his hands on an LS7 and had it built to perfection. The end result, 750 hp!
1989 nissan 240sx keys racing steering wheel Photo 20/28   |   1989 Nissan 240Sx Keys Racing Steering Wheel
1989 nissan 240sx work s1 rivets Photo 24/28   |   Work S1 wheels have been chrome-dipped and use 24-karat gold hardware. Bling, bling!
1989 nissan 240sx koguchi fenders Photo 28/28   |   1989 Nissan 240Sx Koguchi Fenders
By Dax Rodriguez
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1989 Nissan 240SX - Chasing Perfection
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Owner: Justin Derendal
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Flying fast and high
Engine: 7.0L high-compression LS7 engine; Sikky solid motor and transmission mounts, baffled oil pan; F.A.S.T. billet fuel rails, 102mm ported intake manifold, throttle body; Siemens 80-pound top feed injectors, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter; -AN fuel line conversion; three AEM high-flow fuel pumps with custom surge tank; welded-on Moroso oil cap; MSD spark plug wires; custom Performance Induction CNC billet heads designed by FTI; FTI titanium intake and Inconel exhaust valves, titanium retainers and valve locks, race series heavy wall pushrods, metal head gaskets; PAC Racing severe duty dual valvesprings; Comp Cams roller rocker arms; Morel link bar lifters; ARP head and rod bolts, main studs; Katech solid tensioner; Powerbond crank pulley; Darton sleeved block by RED; custom Diamond Racing pistons ran through lightening program, advanced profile rings; Callies CompStar forged rods, Dragonslayer crankshaft; Federal coated main bearings; ACL chamfered coated race bearings; Melling high-pressure oil pump; Rollmaster double roller timing chain; Turn One power steering pump; oil filter relocation; Earl's Performance oil cooler, power steering cooler; equal-length long tube headers with Burns stainless X-race design; Y-pipe and single 4" with Burns stainless collectors; PWR radiator; SPAL single fan; 4" intake; Lingenfelter MAF sensor; titanium coolant overflow tank; oil catch can; power steering fluid reservoir; engine bay painted Ferrari F430 black; wheel tubs by Joe Haven; custom engine and chassis harnesses; E85 tune
Drivetrain: Spec stage 3 six-puck clutch, billet flywheel; MGW short-shifter; Sikky aluminum driveshaft; Tilton clutch master cylinder conversion; Bling Factory Z33 differential conversion using S13 subframe, Z33 axle conversion; OS Giken two-way differential
Footwork & Chassis: PBM coilovers; Driftworks front and rear drop knuckles; spherical bearing conversion; SPL tension rods, subframe riser; boxed and modified front lower control arms by Bling Factory; modified front crossmember for more steering angle; Battle Version rear upper control arms, rear toe arms, rear traction rods; Energy Suspension bushing kit; tubular front and bumper supports; fender stays
Brakes: Z32 front and rear brake conversion with polished front calipers, master cylinder conversion; Project MU e-brake shoes
Wheels & Tires: 18x9.5" front, 18x11" rear Work S1 wheels (chrome dipped with 24K gold hardware); Nitto NT05 tires; Project Kics R40 lug nuts; five-lug hub conversion
Exterior: S13 Silvia front-end conversion, trunk lock; BN Sports Type-II aero kit; Koguchi front and rear fenders; Ganador mirrors; Chargespeed carbon-fiber vented hood; G-Corporation clear headlights; low and high beam HID conversion kits; Aerocatch hood pins; custom Bling Factory x Ray's Factory splitters; Bling Factory low-mount GT rear wing with custom length, mounts, trunk plates, end plates; Origin clear taillights painted red; DMAX clear side markers painted amber, clear turn signals painted amber, roof wing; custom paint by EA Finishes
Interior: Full-Race weld-in rollcage painted Ferrari F430 black; Bling Factory gauge cluster, switch panel; Autometer tach, speedo, fuel gauge; Defi Advance BF gauges; Sparco Evo driver seat, steering wheel quick-release; Key's Racing deep-dish steering wheel; burnt titanium steering wheel hardware; Takata black six-point cam lock harness; S14 passenger seat and belt; custom modular chassis harness; Delrin shift knob; dimple die battery tray; Optima Red Top battery
Thanks You: UMS Tuning; Bling Factory; Rays Factory; Elite Automotive Finishes; Murica Motorsports; Ruined; Dax Rodriguez; Raymond Hargraves Jr.; Lt. Col. Charles Jones & the 607th Air Control Squadron at Luke AFB

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