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Old 12-06-2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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s13 Homegrown Garage's 240SX Build

Update 11/9/2018: We are alive, and we still have the car. The build is not nearing the end and some fun stuff will be happening over the next couple months.
Update 6/29/2016: The build is nearing the end! The quality of our work is consistently improving so stick with us through these 4 pages!!

Our story begins with two brothers in October of 2013, when after selling our previous car, a 1990 VW Golf, began the hunt for a new project. A few posts on the local Facebook groups and literally a week later we are standing behind a shop in north Philly staring at what we would discover to be a huge POS that needed a lot more work than we thought.
Thus begins the build of Homegrown Garage's 240sx.

So we looked it over for like 5 minutes, and in the spur of the moment bought it for way more than we should have. Drift tax hit us hard. 1990 S13 hatch, hadn’t moved since 2007, single cam that had nothing connected, piles of shit in the back seats, and literally a gallon ziplock bag of assorted bolts.

Here’s what it looked like when the flatbed dropped it off a few days later.

December 25, 2013. The long winter break begins. We put in 8am-1am days for a solid 10 days straight while off from school. A lot of work is about to begin

In the garage. Up until this point we’ve only done minor things like picking up a set of wheels and cleaning it.

This is the kind of crap we had to deal with - shoddy wiring, crimps and cut wires under the dash, and the entire engine bay harness was cut for some reason?

Single slammer, no idea if it runs, but it’s gotta go!

Fancy ACE hardware bolts!

At this point the interior is getting stripped so we can begin repairing the rust in the floor and trunk. I began hacking away at the sound deadening with a putty knife, totally unaware of the dry ice method on the internet. I really wish I knew beforehand

Couple holes in the spare tire well. Previous dirtbag owner covered the rust with hvac tape and spray painted it white so we wouldn’t see the holes.

Out she comes! Hopefully an sr20 will replace it.

Now the teardown of the front begins.

Nice collection of parts.

This is what we were dealing with. When we bought the car, we were unaware of the rusting problems with 240s, nor had we ever thought it would be this bad. Frame rail was totally shot, battery tray gone—which the previous owner covered over with bondo and spray painted it white in another attempt to hide the damage from us… weak

Passenger side not as bad, frame rail was intact for the most part.

And so the cutting begins…. We have bigger plans than just a simple restore.

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