Friday, August 8, 2014

9k: Countersteering Chop Job: Nissan 240SXamino

Nissan's S-series cars are basically blank canvasses these days, both for amateur drifters and those wanting to look like amateur drifters. Engines from Mustangs to Skylines find their way into JDM-pimped S13s and S14s for shredding tires in and around high school parking lots across the country, before the whole assembly winds up on craigslist. But how do you get those engines from the junk yard to your garage while still being prepared for any surprise drift event in between? Find this El Camino-ized Nissan 240SX Fastback for sale in NY for $9,000 via Honda Marketplace.

This S13 has all the modifications you wouldn't be caught dead drifting without: Upgraded tie rod ends and rear upper control arms, angle kit, and coil overs. The OEM iron-block KA24DE truck motor is as homely and loyal as a three-legged dog, and is here complemented by some off-brand breather mods. Expect no more than 150 horsepower. Out back, the welded differential should be replaced immediately if you plan on any extended road use.

Aesthetically, Boxster seats add class and support and should be relatively easy to wipe Monster Energy Drink spills off of. A recent paint job uses a Dodge Challenger paint code and looks phenomenal. Skirt extensions on the sides and rear would look more complete with the front Pig Nose lip, included but not installed. In the rear, a requisite red tow hook is ready for your drift charm.

The listing doesn't include where in New York you could find this car, or what year it is. Google says area code 540 is in Virginia, so that's no help to our sleuthing. And $9,000 is a ton of money unless the looks of your light-duty hauler are more important than its utility. Selling off the wheels could recoup some cash, but not enough to make this a good deal, even if the chop job is of exceptional quality. 

See a cheaper Japanese coupe with the Ranchero/El Camino treatment? Email us:

PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. Put a "camper shell" on the back of this one. Instant shooting brake awesomeness.

    1. I like that idea! Ive seen this on craigslist locally - Rochester NY a month ago and was tempted to check it out for a future LS1 swap candidate but its just not ticking the right boxes for me. Nicely done and worth the money for the right guy.

    2. Great idea to add a shell. Bonus points if you can somehow adapt the clamshell from the Nissan Pulsar NX Sportbak (aka EXA in Japan).

  2. Ryan, simply simpatico. Truly kismet. Your post echoed my first thought when I opened this page. There is much shooting brake within, sensei.

  3. Hey guys happy belated 1st and 2nd Anniversary. This model isn't a Pignose because the frontend is the MY91-94. the Pignose only ran from MY1989-90. How do I know? I own one. My build date is 4/88. Cheers and great submissions all around.


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