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1995 Nissan 240SX - Beautiful Inside and Out

This Once Daily Driven, Automatic 240SX Is Now One of the Cleanest Nissan S14s Ever Built

Benjamin Hunting
Dec 12, 2019
Photographer: Casey Porter

Transforming a daily driver into a show car is a fantasy almost everyone has entertained at some point. For serial 240SX owner April Taylor, the day a stranger backed into her Nissan in a parking lot marked the starting point for a project that would culminate in one of the cleanest, straightest Nissans on the East Coast.

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"I've owned the car with my husband for eight years. It was our commuter at the time," April explains. "We had another black 240 we'd been slowly tweaking as a show car, but when it became clear the body repair on the red car was going to be extensive, we decided to pull it off the road and go all in on starting fresh."

It was a tall order. As it sat, the car featured a standard KA engine backed by an automatic transmission, which is hardly anyone's idea of a tuner-friendly setup. Fortunately, April had extensive experience in the dark art of SR20DET swaps, having done several in the past on the long line of 240s that had been part of her life.

1995 Nissan 240SX SR20DET Swap Photo 17/17   |   1995 Nissan 240SX - Beautiful Inside and Out

"Between the two of us, we've been wrenching on these cars for 13 years and are best friends with the past owners of a shop called JK Motorsports in North Carolina, where we spent more than a few late nights working on this platform," April says. "It was a focal point for the local automotive community, and even though the shop is long gone, the crew that hung out there still keeps in touch."

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Armed with a deep well of S-chassis knowledge and a strong desire to keep things as clean and factory-sourced as possible, April spent the next three years rebuilding the car from the ground up.

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"We bought as many new parts from Nissan as we could," she says. "If we couldn't find it at Nissan, we'd get the highest quality aftermarket or used part available. It also helped that we lived in Kyoto, Japan for a year while I was studying at Ritsumeikan University, which allowed us to buy up as many parts as we could and ship them home for later installation. Stuff like our S15 visors, rearview mirror, and dome light all came from Japan scavenging, which is getting harder and harder as the years go by and these cars become increasingly scarce."

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The Nissan's SR20DET was built using a Tomei M7960 turbo, CP pistons, a number of GReddy components (rocker arm stoppers, lightweight pulleys, intake manifold), a Z32 mass airflow meter, custom intake piping and box, an A'PEXi blow-off valve and head gasket, and 550cc SARD injectors. A'PEXi also provided the cat-back exhaust and engine management system, while a Koyo radiator and Mishimoto electric fans help keep everything cool. The car's 363 whp and 285 lb-ft of torque are corralled by an Exedy clutch and a Fidanza lightweight flywheel before being sent via a Driveshaft Shop one-piece spinner to a clutch-type limited-slip differential.

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Toyo Proxes Sport tires sit at all four corners, wrapped around the new Volk Racing TE37Saga wheels in Time Attack finish. A set of Project Mu brakes working with a Z32 rear conversion provide stopping power, while TEIN Flex coilovers, a GReddy front strut bar, and a set of Circuit Sport rear upper control arms help keep the S14 pointed in the right direction.

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In addition to its full custom interior of Bride seats, suede headliner, and Nardi steering wheel, the car's Kouki front-end conversion is one of the most eye-grabbing aspects of the build, and it's matched with a carbon-fiber hood, roof and trunk spoilers, and a Vertex body kit. This build is as authentic and JDM as it comes.

1995 Nissan 240SX Bride Euro II Seats Photo 17/17   |   1995 Nissan 240SX - Beautiful Inside and Out

"Typically, the initial reaction I get at shows is, 'Wow, this is really clean,'" April says, which is a particularly satisfying compliment given she and her husband did all the bodywork-and everything else, except the paint and glass. "Then I pop the hood and I get the same kind of eyebrow raise, because I made sure all the wiring and plumbing were as hidden and tucked as possible."

Today, the car sees mostly show duty but is definitely not a trailer queen by any means. "What I love most about it is just how connected you feel to the car when you're behind the wheel," she says. "This 240SX is so responsive and willing to play. It's a great counterpoint to more modern vehicles where you're insulated from the driving experience."

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Watch a full video feature of April Taylor's Nissan 240SX by Combustion Chamber here.

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1995 Nissan 240SX - Beautiful Inside and Out
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Owner: April Taylor
Hometown: Apopka, FL
Occupation: Systems & Process Project Manager
Instagram: @taylora02
Power: 363 whp, 285 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane
Engine: SR20DET engine swap; Tomei M7960 turbo; CP 9.0:1 pistons; A'PEXi head gasket, cat-back exhaust, blow-off valve; GReddy rocker arm stoppers, lightweight pulleys, intake manifold, downpipe, front-mount intercooler; Signal carbon-fiber coil pack cover; Splitfire coil packs; Blitz oil cap; thermal intake manifold gasket; Vibrant exhaust manifold, reinforced couplings; DEI titanium exhaust manifold and downpipe wrap; HKS air filter kit, radiator cap; Z32 mass airflow sensor; custom aluminum intake box, intake piping, intercooler piping; SARD 550cc injectors, fuel pressure regulator; Circuit Sports fuel rail, catch can, oil filter relocation kit; stainless braided fuel lines; DeatschWerks fuel pump; Koyo aluminum radiator; Mishimoto electric fans with aluminum shroud, radiator hoses; NRG cooling panel; Chase Bays overflow tank, power steering kit; NISMO thermostat, motor mounts; tucked harness with relocated fuse box to trunk; Wiring Specialties custom engine harness
Drivetrain: Exedy Stage 2 clutch; Chase Bays clutch line; Fidanza lightweight flywheel; clutch-type rear differential with solid mounts; Driveshaft Shop one-piece driveshaft; NISMO transmission mounts; B&M short shifter
Engine Management: A'PEXi Power FC with Commander
Footwork & Chassis: TEIN Flex coilovers, tie-rod ends, front tension rods;
GReddy front strut bar; Circuit Sports rear upper control arms, rear toe bars; NISMO rear subframe bushings, Power brace; Energy Suspension bushings kit
Brakes: Project Mu Forged Sports Tufram four-piston front caliper kit, 355mm front rotors, front and rear pads, front lines; Z32 rear conversion; Rotora rear rotors; Russell rear lines; R33 E-brake cables; Chase Bays brake booster eliminator, brake line relocation kit
Wheels & Tires: 18x9.5 +21 front, 18x10.5 +22 rear Volk Racing TE37Saga wheels; 255/35R18 front, 275/35R18 rear Toyo Proxes Sport tires; RAYS red lug nuts; 10mm front spacers
Exterior: Vertex body kit; JDM grille; Kouki front-end conversion; custom DOM-tube bumper support, front wheel tubs; shaved engine bay, antenna; VIS carbon-fiber hood; Origin carbon-fiber roof and trunk spoilers; JDM window visors, turn signals; 8,000K HID lights; Spyder LED taillights; LED turn signals
Interior: Bride Euro II seats, seat rails; Takata Drift III seatbelts, custom-paneled trunk, red suede headliner; S15 sunvisors, rearview mirror, dome light; AutoMeter boost and oil pressure gauges; AEM wideband; custom gauge pod; relocated climate control; Autopower four-point roll bar with harness bar; Nardi Deep Corn 350mm steering wheel; Circuit Sports carbon-fiber shift knob; MOMO red shift boot; Phase II floor mats; HKS fan controller; relocated battery; GPS-enabled SmartStart system; Pioneer head unit, rear speakers; Kicker CWR124 sub, five-channel amp; Diamond front components
Thanks: My husband Jimmy Taylor for spending so much of his time working on my car instead of his own and for teaching me, as we have worked on cars over the last 17 years; my parents Cindy and Steve Colclasure, and my brother Stephen Colclasure Jr. for always encouraging me to be who I want to be; Jon and Liz Kernen, Jonathon Whiting, Joe Kernen, and the Greenville car group; Jeremy Gray for building my custom trunk setup; Brian Yeung at Mackin Industries; Toyo Tires; RAYS Wheels; Project Mu; Casey Porter at Combustion Chamber; Jade Motorsports Crew; my friends and family, thank you for your support

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