Sunday, July 29, 2012

5k: 1993 Nissan 240sx w/V8 swap

The Nissan 240sx is a favorite of drifters and lunatics; loved for its rear drive layout and ability to accept power adders without grenading. This 1993 240sx doesn't need any turbochargers because its engine has been replaced by a Chevy V8 mated to a slushbox (but it comes with a t-5 manual ready to be installed) located in Laharpe, IL for $3000 (via craigslist).



This 240sx convertible started out with a 2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder fuel injected engine, but it has been replaced by a 5.7 liter Chevy vortex V8 equipped with a carburetor.  This will be readily apparent to all passersby - because the air cleaner did not quite fit under the hood.  A normal person would have added a hood scoop or cowl induction style hood (or low clearance air filter)...but the builder of this menace decided to simply cut a hole the size of the air cleaner into the mismatching hood.  
The text of the advertisement reads like a James Joyce novel - details regurgitated in a stream of consciousness narrative without capitalization or punctuation.   It looks like a typical Chevy build - probably 350 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque - but if ability to write prose is any reflection on mechanical aptitude, this engine may be putting out 200 horsepower, a proper test drive would determine that - but be aware the seller says the transmission "don't shift firm enuff"...
The car has been stripped of carpet, headliner and sanity....gauges haphazardly installed with random wiring running about like rouge sentences, dangling near the drivers feet like an abandoned participle.  The crown jewel in the car is truly the Rockstar engergy drink sticker covered steering wheel.  It will be a constant reminder to the new owner that the builder was an 18 year old with spiked hair and the inability to utter a sentence without using the phrases, "yo dude, "no worries" and "thats dope".
A convertible 240sx would be a nice car to cruise around on a sunday afternoon...and this car will give you that open-air fun...but it likely needs considerable time up on jack-stands in your garage before it can be a proper daily turismo.  With stock twofourtyessexes going for similar prices does it make sense to pull the pin on this handgrenade...or should you just pull the plug?

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1 comment:

  1. ~ holy-crapola! pull that pin. suppose it's a little nose-heavy. fresh tires every 30-45 days. this is exactly he kind of car i would spend days badgering my dad to go test drive. he had a great sense of humor.

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