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1991 Nissan 240SX - Sick 13

The Super Street S13 Gets A Final Makeover

Charles Trieu
Nov 4, 2010
Photographer: Sean Klingelhoefer

Yes, it's back again for one last update. For those who don't know or can't tell, this was originally ex-editor (part of the original SS regime) Brent Roman's 240SX. He had it years ago and swapped in the SR20DET. Without even finishing the swap, he decided to get rid of the project. From there it was sold to editor Jonathan Wong, who turned this SR20DET from a chump to a champ.

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With an artillery of HKS goodies the motor was running and easily doing over 300whp. The infamous HKS GT-RS turbo now sits under the HKS stainless steel manifold. Along with the HKS turbo upgrade a huge HKS intercooler was installed behind the front end. Keeping everything under control is the F-Con V Pro. More HKS electronics come in the form of a turbo timer, boost controller and a full set of gauges. On the outside, the car was converted to a Sileighty with the Silvia front end. Finishing off the car was the aero bumper and custom red/black roof paint by MOB Works. You might remember project '2Fizzle' in back issues of Super Street, with its final feature in 2008.

After it was done, Jonathan decided to sell the car and rekindle his first love with an EF Civic. The car was sold to our company where it was used to help create a similar car for EA's Need For Speed:ProStreet. After that project the car was somewhat neglected and waiting for a revival.

When I got the car, the aero bumper, brick headlights, Corbeau seats and Volks were all gone. In replacement were the factory Silvia bumper, projector headlights, stock seats and some other 5Zigen wheels. With the HKS plethora of parts still intact, I purchased this car with the intent of scavenging the engine parts for my S14 project. I do love S13s but don't care for Sileighties or black roofs. They're trends of the past that I never really liked. But once the car was in my garage, I just couldn't tear it down. Two Super Street editors have built it up and I wasn't going to be the editor to ruin it.

Sileighties look horrible mainly because the factory bumper curves back towards the car and doesn't flow with the sloping rear. I opted for an aftermarket front bumper to extend the front end out more. Side skirts were installed to match, but the rear bumper left alone keeping the rear end thinner looking. Having this kit on made it really hard for me to choose wheels. I'm into old school kicks and parts so finding old school wheels in 18 inches was pretty hard. Instead I went for 17'' SSR Formula Mesh from VR Wheels. I've owned a few sets of these before and never get tired of them. They're probably SSR's most sold wheel, looking good on anything from the 70s to early 90s. Giving it a custom finish, I had the barrels re-polished, faces re-powdercoated and bolts gold plated. Finishing up the exterior, I picked up some brick headlights and half-amber bumper lights.

For the interior, I had to dive into my S14 parts stockpile to finish the S13's old school theme. Discontinued Bride seats, Kevlar Zeta II and Ergo, that I've had for some time now found their way into the mint S13 interior. This car also used up my first gen Nismo 330F steering wheel (with the old logo), Daikei steering hub and Bee Racing steering wheel tilt. I'll admit it, I hoard JDM parts with no real intention of using them.

Engine-wise, the car ran great when I got it and only need some cosmetic work to liven things up. Some of the cooler parts I found were the old HKS purple oil cap and spark plug cover. It sure helps to work with ex-HKS employees.

Now finished, I actually like what I considered an abomination of an S-chassis. The old fad of a Sileighty conversion and black roof works well with all the era-specific parts. Sadly, after this feature I've got to put the car up for sale to fund future projects. Building cars on a limited budget requires recycling funds from car to car. Stay tuned for more awesomeness from Super Street.

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1991 Nissan 240SX
Owner Charles Trieu
Hometown Dark smokey cafes of Bolsa, CA
Occupation Professional car junkie and editor of your favorite magazine in the whole wide world
Power 340 whp with 296 lb-ft of torque

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Engine Blacktop SR20DET engine; HKS rare spark plug cover, first gen oil cap, GT-RS turbo, stainless turbo manifold, downpipe, S-Type intercooler, 264 camshafts, valve springs, retainers, rocker arms, fuel rail, 680cc injectors, Super Sequential blow-off valve, metal head gasket, radiator cap, metal catalyst, Super Mega Flow intake; custom painted 'HKS' valve cover; Earl's oil cooler, oil filter relocation kit, stainless steel oil and fuel lines; OEM Nissan 'big blue' oil filter; Sard fuel pressure regulator; Walbro fuel pump; Carbing cooling panel; Fluidyne aluminum radiator; Flex-A-Lite electronic fans; Samco purple silicone radiator hoses; Circuit Sports brake master cylinder heat shield and aluminum pulleys; DEI Reflect-A-Gold heat barrier; Weapon R Neo Titanium coolant reservoir; SplitFire Super DIS coil packs; NGK spark plugs; NISMO motor mounts; rear mounted Optima YellowTop battery with aluminum case; Dart Izumi WII exhaust

Drivetrain ACT Clutch kit; Unorthodox flywheel; Nismo transmission mount

Engine Management HKS F-Con V Pro ECU; EVC EZ V boost controller

Footwork & Chassis TEIN Mono Flex coilovers; NISMO Power Brace; Peak Performance tension rods; Battle Version rear upper control arms; Safety21 5-point rollbar; rear X-bar with optional c-pillar bar, strut tower bar and butterfly bars

Brakes Fast Brakes Wilwood 4-piston front brake kit with rotors; Techna Fit stainless steel braided brake lines; 300ZX master cylinder

Wheels & Tires Swan SSR Star Formula Mesh 17x9'' +13 (front) 17x10'' +14 (rear), powdercoated white with gold-plated bolts, new SSR center caps and valve stems; Nitto NT555 Stretch Tires 205/40/17 (front) 225/40/17 (rear); gold lug nuts

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Exterior Porsche Guards red paint with custom black roof by MOB Works; Versus Motorsport front bumper and side skirts; JDM Silvia S13 front end conversion; JDM Zenki 'brick' headlights; JDM amber/white half bumper lights; JDM Zenki large 'Silvia' grille; JDM 180SX Type-X taillight conversion with OEM optional 'carbon Kevlar' garnish

Interior Bride Zeta II Pro Type carbon Kevlar bucket seat (driver) with Nagisa rails, first gen Bride Ergo reclineable seat (passenger) with Bride Type MO rail; NISMO 330F Type steering wheel with 1st gen horn; Daikei steering wheel boss; Bee Racing steering wheel tilt; Circuit Hero shift extender; steering wheel extender; manual seat belt conversion; HKS Type DB RS boost, temp, exhaust and oil gauges, EVC EZ V boost controller/gauge, A/F knock amp, VPC sensor, turbo timer and shift knob; NISMO`w 'kill switch' cigarette lighter; gutted rear interior

Audio Pioneer AVH-P64000 Navigation/DVD/CD player and speakers

Thanks You Jonathan for the car, Sean, Bernice, Gary, Sam, Nate, Peter, Julie, Alina, Phil, Greg, Derrick, Willie, Maria and the rest of the Source Interlink crew; Harry at Nitto; Donny at Versus Motorsport; Jeff at VR Wheels; Gabriel at Evan's Auto Body; Kiyo at Carbonetic; Ray at West Covina Nissan; Andrew at Shutoko Engineering; Thena, Kendall, and Steve for always listening to my car ramblings

WWW superstreetonline.com, fuckswan.com, charlescharlescharles.com, nittotire.com, hksusa.com

By Charles Trieu
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