Try again! -- Project 240-2

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Try again! -- Project 240-2

Postby Grae » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:16 pm

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result... well meet my 2nd .. 1992.. Nissan 240sx.. hatchback

A little about myself. I've always loved cars as far as I can remember. I didn't realize how strong subliminal advertising was.. my first / favourite car in Need for Speed Underground was a 240sx.. I only rediscovered this after pulling the game out again years after buying my first car but here we are. Initially I thought of the car as an awesome way to gain some real hands on skills while in school.. then UBCSCC / AutoX happened and its been pure addiction ever since.

After my first 240sx was written off in November 2010 (see history: First Car Love -- Project 240-1), I launched myself into the search for a new project car. Although I wasn't completeley set on another 240sx they were definitely still one of my favourites within my post ICBC settlement price range (who knew ICBC doesn't place a very high value on 20 year old japanese cars with 340,xxx km ?!?).

So after a few months of searching and going crazy with this new found addiction to AutoX, I found my new project to kick off 2011!
A 1992 Nissan 240sx hatchback. Old, worn,Tanabe coilovers slammed as low as they could go as well as a set of 300zx front brake calipers topped the list of modifications on the car when I picked it up... along with some seriously bald tires, which made the drive home from Chilliwack in January a lively 'get to know you' experience with my new friend.

The night I first brought it home
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Yes I bought essentially the identical car to my first 240sx.. just in black..
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The coilovers that came on it were in pretty rough shape so I swapped the set I had salvaged off my first 240 on.. along with some other suspension rods :D
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Of course there had to be a bit of drama... it would be boring otherwise right?
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Phil Binka @ Rise Auto Salon did a fantastic job patching me up though!
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Because apparently its impossible to buy a 240 with good tires on it.. (wonder why??).. one of the first big buys for the car:
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As UBCSCC does... Slush series!.. with real slush on the ground!
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And the addiction grew... eating cones for sustenance
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And then in 2012 Mission Raceway happened...
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Gotta say huge thanks to Koju from Takeda racing for the lift home on his flatbed that day!
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So turns out the clutch fork pivot sheared clean off.. Huge thanks to Don Nimi (PDM Racing) for getting the parts I needed quick!
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Why not do a little upgrade while its all apart.. a little 'retail therapy' from the damage of my first trackday
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So after the absolute joys of messing around with my transmission out on my driveway for a while I figured I could do anything! Why not start body work?!
Due to a random chain of events I found myself in a position to purchase a lovely s15 silvia front end conversion... and attempt to install... just dont look too closely
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For those of you who question why I would do something this for a 'racecar' or at least.. not a show car... well it allegedly drops 60 lbs off the front of the car (remove all hardware for pop-up headlights / motors.. CF hood.. fiber glass fenders.. etc etc.) the numbers my be exagerated but I swear I could feel the difference even if it was purely psychological!.. and I like it.. so theres that :roll:
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Besides I thought the club could use a snow plow for those especially frozen slush series events.
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So thats where the car sits today.. the body work is rough and worn.. she definitely isn't perfect, but a work in progress and a ton of fun to drive!

We'll see what comes next!

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Last edited by Grae on Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Graeme Adamson
1992 Nissan 240sx - SM
1990 Nissan GT-R - SSM
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Re: Try again! -- Project 240-2

Postby pistachoo » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:13 pm

I love that last photo! :)
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