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Old 08-20-2015, 02:30 AM   #1
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s14 Watch me try to fix this s14!

Where should I start?
Well, I've been a longtime lurker on zilvia and haven't posted very much at all. As a matter of fact I don't think I've posted Oh well.

Nevertheless, story time!

I had always wanted a 240sx but really never wanted to take the plunge on one because I was in high school and couldn't afford it.

So throwback to about September 2014 with college starting at the end of the month I decided it was time. I picked up this beast of a chassis for $1000.
My friend was very excited as you can tell in the picture.

The car actually ran and I drove it 40 miles home from where I bought it. Ka24de with a auto trans that was on the verge of total failure. It's an SE, so vlsd, sunroof, 5 lug, abs, every option but leather Neither window rolled down and the drivers was stuck open like 2 inches so being in the northwest I got wet a few times. Pissed power steering fluid. Was told it was broken into so the radio bezel and climate control bezel were both broken. A nice check engine light. Blown struts all around. Some jdm tight quarter panel damage on the drivers side, appeared to be in a fender bender as well. Small dings all around. Fantastic paint included.

The first order of business was to fix the check engine light, o2 sensor! Wow how easy can it get?

Not easy, plug was loose and melted on the header

I just bought a new o2 sensor and did some sweet wiring a.k.a twist and tape. That seemed to work. Hey, if it works is it stupid?

Next up was to fix the front end, initially I intended to stay zenki but after I realized I would be buying an entire new front end I just decided to do a kouki front end. I began to collect kouki front parts by combing craigslist like a hawk and watched my wallet dissolve while simultaneously making my house look like a jdm chop shop.

Mint hood with Silvia emblem.

Some crappy fenders I got for cheap, only ended up using the top one. Went and bought an additional fender from Foreign Engines

Some headlights, never seen smoked chrome and they were cheap so why not.

Too poor to afford a bumper I put on what parts I had and created this.

And it sat like this for some time as I was in winter quarter and needed to focus on school and work.

This is when the build gets a bit less haggard.

As the auto trans began to get stickier I decided I needed to swap in a manual transmission so I started to stockpile swap parts.

Exedy Clutch, master and slave cylinders. Driveshaft Shop one piece ABS driveline, RHD pedals (I'll get to this later), Braided lines, slightly lightened flywheel, throwout bearing, clutch fork, new bellhousing bolts new starter (old one was on it's way out.), s14 speed sensor, little things, etc.

S13 Trans in an s14 yes, (I'll get to this in a bit as well.)

SO, the RHD pedals....
The clutch pedal WILL fit fine, the RHD brake pedal WILL NOT fit on LHD. This can be remedied by cutting the auto pedal to size and slipping on the cover from the manual pedal.

AND, S13 Trans in a S14....
The only differences between the s13 and s14 trans that I have run into is that the s14 trans has a CAS and a different speed sensor. The auto s14 speed sensor WILL NOT work on a manual trans, you have to buy a s14 manual transmission speed sensor. it will bolt right in. The lack of a Crank Angle Sensor on a s14 will only throw a CEL NOTHING ELSE but seeing as the process of swapping out the auto transmission for the manual will cause a CEL on the Auto ECU either way so it really didn't matter to me as I didn't have to take it through emissions, if it really bothers you block the CEL light or something.

ALSO, yes you can use the auto ecu with a manual trans.

Anyway, the swap finally got done.

I decided that I would spruce it up a bit with some new bezels and whatnot

Spotted an s15 in the wild

Then I got some coilovers, Godspeed. (Save your hate and let me speak).

OKAY, so I got these coilovers for 450 shipped to my door. I needed to get something fast so I didn't have to deal with the awful blown suspension. I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. This is coming from riding on nothing but my suspension, friends with BC coils and friends who use racelands. These coilovers are great for what I paid for them. They are no BC, PBM, Fortune Auto, Stance etc. but they are not that bad, they aren't amazing but they're pretty good. They handle really well and can recommend them if you just need something better than stock for cheap. Plus, you don't have to buy some sketchy used coilovers from some guy named Jim in a walgreens parking lot.

I then got some new door panels for liek $40 to replace my old torn up ones but unfortunately I couldn't find pictures.

I decided to make another financial mistake and bought some wheels.
XXR 521 18x10 +25 offset all around (Inch bolt on spacer in the front 8mm slide on spacer in the rear) and 215/45/18 federal tires because jdm stretch scene points.

Then I finally bought a bumper

And that's how she sits today, missing a few things that I did but that's about it for now!

I'll update more soon! Little things before it heads to paint!
Nissans are kinda cool
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