All projects are built towards a certain goal. Whether that goal is to wow the crowd at a standstill or blow by them in a powerful rush of smoke and sound, we all push towards creating something that satisfies our own personal needs. For Daniel, his beloved SR20-powered Nissan 240SX was built to be a heart-stopping and pants-wetting drift machine that, not only put fear into his passengers, but also an enormous grin on his face. The result of acquiring the shell and building the motor was a major accomplishment and the realization of a boyhood dream. But these kinds of accomplishments are never without their complications.
An all too familiar consequence when pushing these types of cars to their limits is the experience of strain and damage, and Daniel’s car was no exception. A blown third gear and a battered turbocharger eventually crippled the car, sending it back to the garage for much needed repairs. After sourcing a replacement transmission and turbocharger from a good friend, work quickly began to put the 240SX back onto the road. Even though an engine crane became unavailable later in the day, we were still very pleased to witness and capture the tear down process.
Work began on removing all of the front body panels, exposing the engine bay, intercooler, and front bash bar. Lights, bash bar, intercooler, and hoses were removed prior to draining the radiator.
Lifting the car up, fluids were drained and the radiator hoses were removed.
After draining the radiator, the old headlight brackets were removed and swapped with a fresh pair.
All in all, a solid day of work was accomplished and we had the privilege of capturing the intimate breakdown process that comes in preparation of better things. We were very excited to see what was coming next after Daniel would pick up his new transmission and turbocharger.