Originally launched to the North American market by Nissan in 1988 the 240SX quickly became popular with the drifting circuit, due to its strong S-chassis and light curb weight. The notoriety it gained through drifting competitions, as well as being featured in numerous video games meant that in recent year the prices for this bad boy and its parts have skyrocketed.
Released in the spring of 1994 as a 1995 model. The hatchback and convertible body styles were eliminated, leaving only the coupe. The wheelbase car grew 2 inches and the track width was also increased, while the overall length of the vehicle was slightly shorter than the previous generation. The curb weight of the vehicle increased by about 36 kg relative to the 1994 model. The pop-up headlights were removed in favour of fixed lamps. The chassis was changed slightly to increase stiffness Nissan claimed 50% torsional, 100% bending rigidity increase and utilized higher rear strut mounts. The fuel tank, previously located at the rear end under the trunk floor, now sat in front of the rear suspension and behind the rear seats.
In the typical way that these things go Fayadh Al Doseri brought his 240SX with the intention of turning it into a modified Monster and we sat down with him to find out exactly how he did it.
AM: What cars have you previously owned? and have you modified any of them or is this your first?
Fayadh: Ahh, there have been a lot of cars. Previously I owned a AP1 S2000 which you guys featured in your magazine back in May 2004, a C5 Z06 Corvette, Mitsubishi Evo 7, Mitsubishi Evo X, 320 CLK, and a Mini Copper S. At the moment I currently have a R35 Nissan GTR, MKIV Toyota Supra Turbo, AP2 S2000, GRB Subaru WEX STI, GD Subaru STI, 997.2 Porsche GT3 Clubsport, W12 Bentley Continental GT and the S14 Nissan Silvia. As I said…A lot. Most of my cars have been modified, but I’d say this Silvia is the most modded of them all.
AM: Did you buy this car with the intention of modifying it?
Fayadh: Yes. A few years back Nissan showcased the IDX and IDX Nismo concepts at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and they fascinated me. As did the three box design of the 60’s and 70’s Nissan cars such as the C10 Skyline GTR Hakosuka and the Datsun Bluebird 1600 SSS Coupe. Unfortunately the concepts never made it to production, but I had to have a modern three box Nissan. A few months later TRA Kyoto had the answer with there Miura’s V2 Rocket Bunny S14 kit. Searching for a clean S14, I got in touch with CPC Bahrain and the rest is history.
AM: How long have you had the car, and how long before you decided and started the modification process?
Fayadh: I bought the car, with modified parts, and ordered the rest in the first week of owning it. I’ve had it for about a year and 6 months now.
AM: Why did you decided to modify it?
Fayadh: We wanted to commemorate the Tea Club’s 10th anniversary and it was the perfect opportunity to bring both my passion for Cooking and Cars together. The nature of the Nissan S-chassis is very liberating; it lends itself well to being modified. Everything went smoothly, from the engine swaps, the stance, even after being lifted, everything about it worked in perfect unison.
AM: How have you found this modification process different to your previous mods?
Fayadh: With the previous cars there was limitations while going through the builds such as traffic registration, usability, reliability, the do’s and don’ts for that certain model, parts availability etc.… Building the Tea Club S14 Boss had no initial limitation’s as the car was built from the ground up with the freedom of expression and the ability to make the transformation extreme.
AM: Where have you got the majority of the parts from?
Fayadh: I approached Faroq at CPC Bahrain with the project as soon as I bought the car, he was amazed with my transformation plans and right away placed the orders and sponsored the build. CPC sourced all the exterior and wheels and air shipped it straight from Japan.
AM: What modification did you do at a garage and what garage? Did you do any yourself?
Fayadh: I have a very tight work schedule, and I wanted to take my time with the build, and I really wanted to wrench as much of it as I could in my free time. So I started the project at home with my family and friends and who ever could give a hand was welcomed, I also held tea and wrench events. Then I contacted Olympia garage and they had great interest in helping me out. They following my build on Instagram and to my surprise they offered to sponsor the paintwork. All the parts got catalogued, test fitted, aligned and freshly painted, but the engine swap was done at my home garage.
AM: Have you encountered any problems whist modifying the car? If so what? and how did you over come them?
Fayadh: Fitting the front mount intercooler was impossible as the car has been shortened from the front by almost 30cm, and I’m still waiting on a custom air to water intercooler to solve the space issue. Choosing the right set of wheels was hardest but with the help of my wife and Faroq from CPC every thing else was straight forward because it has all been planned so thoroughly.
AM: What is the before and after affects of the modification?
Fayadh: Handling has improved dramatically with the extra width base of the car , top end power has increased and not to forgot the priceless smile ear to ear with every sound ,whistle and rattle the car makes.
AM: How much time have you spent on this car? And has it been an enjoyable project?
Fayadh: It has been a very pleasing project from the planning process to finding the car. Then ordering the parts and finally seeing it come together as well as communicating with all the people from around the world wondering about the build on Instagram. It took about year and half in total and still on going project, cars are never ending projects.
AM: How is the car to drive now compared to how it was before, is it comfortable to drive?
Fayadh: Unfortunately lowering a car with low profile tires is never comfortable, its buildt to hug the turns and that means a sacrifice in comfort.
AM: Do you plan to make future modifications to this car, if so what?
Fayadh: Next up is the interior of the car, I’m planning on swapping the steering, changing the seats and re-upholstering the rest.
AM: Do you ever race this car? Or is it more of a show piece? how often do you drive it?
Fayadh: As of now its a show car to celebrate tea club 10th anniversary so its mostly going to be parked around tea club branches in the GCC. With current Bahrain traffic laws, the car is unregisterable. Until we have clear modification laws the car is off the Streets.
AM: Would you do this again? with another car and modify it? If so, what car? and what mods?
Fayadh: I would definitely do it over and over again. Right now I’m thinking to mod up my daily GRB STI. But I need to tackle the cooling system, then upgrade to a bigger stock location turbo to keep the spool and response, as well as upgrade the fuel system and break rotors, and on the inside re upholster the seats, tune the ECU and repaint paint on the 240SX first.
AM: If money was no object what would be your dream modification project?
Fayadh: I’d like to mod a 650s or even 720s McLaren. Build the ultimate street/track car, loud, low, wide and exotic.
AM: Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about modifying their car?
Fayadh: Research and plan before you start. Ask your self what it is you really want and test drive the car before you make your final decision. Keep your expectations realistic, know your limitations and stick to the plan so you don’t have to buy the parts over and over again or get stuck mid build with a change of plan.