I happened to find a very nice 1997 240SX SE pop up on Craigslist last Thursday after a few calls, and a test drive I put down a deposit on Christmas-eve day and Today I finalized the paperwork and brought it home ahead of the snow storm we’re supposed to get tonight.
It has 68K miles and spent it’s entire life with it’s original owner in West Virgina. I bought through Historic Motor Sports in Candia NH, who had it for sale on Consignment. (If you’re looking for a rare or vintage European car I highly recommend them, they have a beautiful showroom and made for one of the best car buying experiences I’ve ever had).
I’ve already started planning the process of moving all of my equipment from the Black car onto this one… stay tuned.
UPDATE: Here are some pictures from the for-sale listing…
Driving home from Peterborough in the rain, the roads felt slippery so I was driving 10-15 below the limit. Out of the nowhere the car just went sideways then off the road, through a sign post and into the trees; steering and brakes didn’t even hint at responding. My first thought was “fuck, this is probably the end of my car”.
The sign post destroyed the front end, though slowed me down quite a bit, the concrete mount for the sign cracked one of the wheels and tore off my side skirt, a big rock tore up the rocker on the other side and ripped my exhaust off. As I slid toward the woods my next thought was “I really hope I don’t get punched in the face by an airbag”.
As you can see I didn’t hit anything hard enough to deploy the airbags, maybe it was the adrenaline but the whole incident felt like the car was just gently gliding through it.
A nice father and Son in a minivan behind me saw that whole incident and stopped to help. Before I even had time to access what just happened the guy was clearing out the brush next to my door and asking if i was ok. I wish I got their name so I could send a thank you card. They let me sit in their van until the police arrived.
I had the car towed to Fujii, not sure what I’m going to do next I guess we’ll see what happens with insurance.
I received my S14 Kouki cluster from the UK in today. The European clusters are nice because the gauges have a lot cleaner look to them Instead of E and F on the fuel gauge there is just a red line at empty. The temp gauge is similarly styled. They’re clusters also went up to a higher speed and the UK is of course in MPH which is nice.
I found a set of Aluminum trim rings for the gauges which I think really improves the look of the cluster. These rings are made of polished aluminum. I’m not 100% sold on the shiny look I’m tempted to go over the rings with some steel wool to give them a brushed look… I’ll see how I like it polished for a while first.
For reference (not my cluster, but exactly like it) this is what my current cluster looks like:
…I’d say the new setup is way more classy.
I also noticed that the Euro cluster has the interior brightness adjustment right on the cluster, this means I’ll be able to remove the button in my dash which is quite nice since I was considering relocating it so that I could use the spot to mount the ambient temp sensor for the Digital Climate Control system.
Well, not “new” but newly installed. As part of my goal to accomplish at least 1 thing on one of my cars every weekend I finally got around to installing this steering wheel.
This is a steering wheel from a Japanese market “Kouki” Silvia with the Autech Sports Package (Which also included an Autech Spoiler, Autech Grill, Special Badging and “Silvia” Logo seats). The only one of these I’ve ever seen for sale I bought as soon as I saw it.
This bolts right up and plugs right in but I did need to swap on a JDM clock spring, as it’s significantly different than the US model. I also recently picked up a digital hanging scale so I can compare weights of the various items I swap out on the car. The original Wheel weighed 9.48lbs while the Momo wheel only weighs 7.78bls … 1.7lbs isn’t a huge savings but it’s nice to know that I’m going in the right direction with these changes.
Rene wasn’t the only one upgrading their suspension today…
Thanks to Rudy I got a new torque wrench and was able to finally install my Nismo suspension. it took longer than expected since I decided to sand and paint all the hardware and mounting brackets with a rust inhibitor. Also I discovered that the brake line bracket on the Silvia is backwards from the 240sx so I had to make a small modification to the brake-line to make it mount to the bottom of the strut housing.
I only did the front, so I’ve got a nice rake going on… I’m not sure if I’m going to do the rear too or just leave it like this.
This is the bird seed and insulation “nests” I pulled out of the headliner and side panels of my car today…
at least I had new seats to put in front and rear.
Bought new lug nuts… key doesn’t fit the lugs … not happy
Some pics I took at the Bosstown/240sxONE Spring Bean Meet.
The conversion is nearly complete, I’m waiting for a couple of brackets (which will hopefully arrive by Thursday). then I can install the bumper. The only other thing I’ll need to do is convert the headlight wiring
if you’re wondering, this is what the car used to look like: