I bought a black 1991 Nissan NX2000 with 101k miles for 1500$, paint was fading but it was clean in an out. I had bought this car as an experiment to test out the sr20 and use it as a daily driver.
My first few little mods were little things like replacing the cracked dash, replacing the seat, installing my stereo system and relocating the battery and some other little things.
After a while I got bored was wasn't ready for the commitment for a full project car like the 510 this blog will mainly follow. So naturally I got the boost bug and turbod it!
|Turbo and intercooler get installed in 1 weekend. |
Fit nicely with all stock parts!
Since the SR20 has a stock turbo at 7-9 psi in Japan, its extremely easy to source some OEM JDM turbo parts for dirt cheap and have a fun little budget boost build. I spent about 1500$ more on a stock turbo, piggyback SAFC (this would come back to bite me), intercooler, exhaust, and gauges brought me to 250whp for 3000$ invested. Not bad I thought.
When I first went down the block I shit myself, I needed new tires! And soon, I would need new engine mounts!
I drove it daily to school and to work everyday for two years and it served me well. Until one day I made the mistake of playing around with too much boost and too much timing on my stock ECU with 9.5:1 compression, and blew the motor while messing around with my friend Stephen and his Eclipse. (he is pictured on the right)
Step Two: Fix the Daily
Once the Daily broke, everything got put on hold and I sourced as I rushed to source a new engine. I picked up this wrecked NX2000 stuck in the dirt in the middle of the Orange groves up in Mount Palomar. For 200$ I couldn't say no, even though it was much more than just an engine. I yanked it outta the dirt with my friends F150 and started on my mission to PART THAT SUCKER OUT!
Over the next coming week I ripped into her as hard as I could, with the help of a friend or two!
The Engine came out swiftly, as it was the main goal of course, and I soon realized that I had no room for another car and had parted out the front suspenion so it was not longer rollable! What to do!?
Thats when I grabbed my sawzall and called a friend and we both ripped it apart and cut it into tiny peices until we could load it into the back of Stephens F150, which we took to the scrap yard the next day.
|About half way into it|
An empty garage? what?! Not for long. Now that I had the room I could swap my engine. It was coming up on my 2 year smog check anyway so I didnt feel too bad about taking the turbo out at all.