Old-school Nissans age well. This 1992 Nissan 240SX SE with a 1998 Silvia SR20DET swap is no exception.
There’s nothing like nostalgia to bring back fond memories and good times, like a classic Biggie track or the smell of sweet perfume. We see so many builds throughout the years that might be hot for a minute but a season later the style or trend has hit the recycling bin. Then there are individuals like Jeevs Sidhu who opt for a build that will always buck the trends, who would rather go with a project that will endure the times. The Calgary native has shown a unique sense of style and it shows with his 240sx build, no matter the age of the car he would hope to keep things in fashion. Jeevs set out to build his car with the same prestige as famed S13 chassis tuner/driver Koguchi, but with his own twist to it. “Koguchi always has the best steeze” Sidhu claimed when asked about his build.
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The beginnings: a 1998 Silvia SR20DET
The iconic build began with the heart of the beast. Sidhu had imported a SR20DET Red Top which come’s standard issue in mid to late S (early, and blacktop was late) chassis. Following some hard drift and track sessions the tired Red Top was relieved of its duties for a crispy Black Top SR20DET found in the big brother S14. Prior to swapping the motor Sidhu wanted to extract the most out of the power plant as possible, beginning with a Garrett GT28-60RS Turbine, mated with a Tomei Expreme Manifold. Gases were expelled through a Circuit Sports downpipe and Apexi N-1 Titanium Exhaust System. To increase airflow a Greddy Intake manifold with a big bore throttle body lead to a Greddy front mount intercooler. Once the engine was re-assembled a wire tuck ensued including fuse box relocation, those with s-chassis know this is not an easy task to partake.
Styling and Footwork
In Koguchi fashion, Jeevs wanted to have a clean yet recognizable aero package, G-Grow would be the face of 240sx matched with OEM Kouki side skirts, rear valence, wing, tail lamps with a carbon Kevlar garnish as the cherry on top. Before being coated in a metallic black skin the front and rear fenders were pulled and prepped by Sidhu himself. This would allow for aggressive fitment and stance. “Finding a good wheel and tire combo that wouldn’t make my car drive like garbage wasn’t easy, it took time and money” said Jeevs. After going through several sets to dial in the car to his liking, the 240sx sports 18 inch dual toned SSR Professors.
Handling was one of the most vital aspects of the build relying on Stance Dampers, Tein tie rods and a whole array of bushings and braces. Matched with a Safety 21 roll cage the car was rigid and ready for track duties or daily operation to and from work. With the additional power added, braking was the next area to address. A Project Mu 4 pot big brake kit was employed to share the duties with Z32 2 pot rears.
To round out the build two Bride holding monsters were placed in the cockpit, along with Origin Lab carbon fiber rear seat delete. Tired of the worn out OEM lighting inside the Nissan, Sidhu went through the necessity of replacing or wiring in LED bulbs, from the climate control to the Nismo cluster with a wideband 02 gauge built in. Supermade floor mats and a Sparco steering wheel complete the interior.
The objective of this build was to have a daily driver that would break necks while looking at home at the track. Sidhu has easily achieved all of the above and feels he has a complete package sitting in his garage. Little details and some hard work have allowed this iconic chassis to always be one that many would envy, through the years this 240sx will never show its true age.
1992 240sx SE Spec Sheet:
Paint: Porsche Basalt Metallic Black