Scott Chapman (scotty-2-forty) 1996 Nissan 240sx
I first purchased my 240SX back in August of 2002 after finding it on a CarMax lot. It was a bone stock 1996 Nissan 240SX SE in pearl white and immaculantly untouched. It was a good deal, a good car, good on gas, a RWD four-banger and I needed to downscale. So I traded my ’98 Dodge 3500 since my work with it was done.
My first modifications to any vehicle are usually the balance of wheel/tire and ride height. Well, it didn’t take long after that to figure there was a lot of other potential to be had. After some research, I learned a lot of people were swapping out this retuned “truck” motor for the Jap spec SR20DET. Not being a fan of sacrificing displacement in lue of performance, I began my quest to boost the KA24DE. A friend of mine already had a lot of experience with 240’s and their 2.4 liter engine and custom built a turbo system utilizing a GReddy T67 at the helm that was perfect for my intended goal.
After my buddy blew up his KA at the track due to a high boost spike on a stock bottom, he then wanted to swap his engine for the RB25. So we struck a deal and I located the RB in trade for the KA setup. In my old race shop, I rebuilt my short-block to handle the higher boost that killed his motor. With Pauter forged rods, CP pistons and phenomenal head porting, the power had been unleashed. After a lot of trial an error, I ended up with a very reliable high performance street car that was dyno’d at over 500whp, with just under that in torque at 26lbs of boost. The best part of the whole dyno experience was when the surrounding warehouse employees showed up and one exclaimed, “That thing sounds like a superbike on steroids!”
To this day, I have kept this car in showroom condition, showing little if any signs of age with the original paint and interior. I upgraded the seats from the factory cloth to a custom two-toned leather with matching door inserts from Katzkin Leathers. NICO has been an incredible source of information sharing throughout the time I was building up this car. As evolution continued from the beginning using a Jim Wolf Tech ECU upgrade, I moved to the GReddy e-Manage to the now stand-alone Engine Management Systems ECU for full engine tunability. My future plans include a stealth 6-point roll cage, installing my Simpson 5-point harnesses, and a larger more efficient braking system. As with any performance nut, it will never be complete! Please feel free to check out a lot more details at http://www2.cardomain.com/ride/3828985 . I try to keep it updated, so check back often.
Keep it safe people in that whatever style of driving you desire; please take it to the track!