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For the future… 

I guess this really will just be a note to myself, for future plans, just to keep it written somewhere easily accessible and at the forefront of my brain… 

Future Plans for my 240SX-to-be

S14 shell, doesn’t matter the year but prefer Zenki and 1995 if possible. Must be rust free. 

SUSPENSION: Clean/powder coat old 240SX suspension components. Check for damage/durability issues. Replace bushings if necessary. Change/grease bearings on all fully-adjustable suspension components. Have coilovers rebuilt and/or purchase newest iteration. 

Possible Companies to Consider:

  • Fortune Auto
  • Bilstein
  • Ohlines
  • KW
  • MCA Suspension
  • Nismo

Look for bespoke systems, potentially air-ride/spring combo(?) 

CHASSIS: Double check for rust. Remove/repair any found. Coat internal surfaces with 2-step system: See Eastwood.com for internal frame-coating and/or heavy duty anti-rust/encapsulator. Also, consider 2-part catalyzed epoxy primer/sealer for internal and Direct-to-metal exterior coat. 

Look into color selection. Possibilities include:

  • Basic Nissan Super Black in honor of my original 240
  • Nissan Sunburnt Sienna Metallic  (or something like that), OE on Nissan 350Z (2003+)
  • Some shade of green… Duh. 
  • Toyota Dark Forest metallic(?) OE on 2009(?) Corolla. 
  • An electric blue, but not Si/Civic shade. 
  • A Malibu Blue similar to 1994 Mazda Miata M-edition OE color. 

Seam-weld critical areas to increase chassis rigidity without destroying crumple-zones if possible. Similar to Mazda sky-active plan. 

Look into chassis bracing options (Nismo or otherwise) to complement suspension/engine enhancements and provide extra safety and rigidity. Look into a weld in cage with removable door bars/padding for un-helmeted heads. 

ENGINE: Take VQ35DE+R out of G35 plus either 6 speed out of that, or 5 speed out of 300ZX for stout-ness. Install with all emissions equipment into 240 shell. Hopefully, lightweight 240 combined with torquey and lightweight VQ+super charger (325hp at rear wheels as measured on a Dynomite-dyno in the G) will yield a fun, powerful and eminently controllable vehicle. 

Look into:

  • Excessive Manufacturing
  • Raw-brokerage (RB) motoring
  • Enjuku Racing(?) 
  • Sikky Performance (possible bespoke kit/design) 
  • Fueled Racing (as above) 

CONCLUSIONS: Honestly, be aware this isn’t an overnight plan. Come up with a build list, price breakdowns. Document everything. Focus on acquiring rust free chassis and/or clearing storage space to hold/build/maintain project. Also potentially look into garage/workshop rental. Perhaps talk to Sniper Evo86 and/or jakster726 about it. 

Order of Ops:

  1. Research/Price Breakdown
  2. Clear Unit/Acquire other workspace
  3. Acquire shell
  4. Acquire necessary parts for engine swap
  5. Strip shell
  6. Repair/Ready shell/paint/body/etc. 
  7. Repair/maintain/repaint suspension 
  8. Install suspension
  9. Remove VQ
  10. Prep VQ, freshen it, etc. 
  11. Install swap parts. 
  12. Swap engine
  13. Systems test, troubleshooting, etc. 
  14. If all goes well, I’ll have a running/reliable and fun car by this point. – – Take care of it. 

And there we have the plan. Have to start saving to make this a reality. 

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Control

Fall is upon us (at least here in the north-east United States) and that means that for some, within a few months, we’ll be blanketed with that white shit from God we all call snow.

Winter is one of my favorite times of year, because of Christmas, New Years, the opportunity to snowboard, skate, and take freezing walks with someone special (so you both don’t freeze), but there’s a reason I hate winter as well; it’s the snow.

Snow is white, but really it has no color. It’s just tiny water droplets that froze around some molecule of something less pure. It falls in inches. It sticks to everything and weighs a ton. It covers our cars making us start our commutes 20 minutes early to defrost the windshield!

Most importantly, and annoyingly, it blankets our roads, causing our tires to lose traction sooner, and thusly a loss of control. It makes our braking less effective, makes our cars more prone to spinning, and slows them down more than any other force in the world save friction by forcing us to drive slower to maintain control.

But like everything else in life, you can look with a pessimistic eye or an optimistic eye; it can be a hindrance to your driving, or an opportunity to improve it!

Car control, real car contol, fine car control is a skill not many people bother to master anymore. It’s something everyone can at the very least improve. With control comes better efficiency. Both in terms of gas mileage and time taken to travel. Every winter I learn more about car control. Everything has to be perfect in winter, braking; so you don’t plow into anyone, acceleration; so you don’t bog, turning; so you don’t careen off the road. Yet every winter I see more and more accidents from people who were too confident or under attentive.

This winter, I urge each and every driver to try and improve their driving. Even if you only once go to a parking lot after a heavy snowfall and practice sliding, you’ll still have practiced and know more in depth how to counter the slide. I think if everyone in the US took their driving even half as seriously as the Finnish do, that we would have fewer accidents and more people that enjoyed their cars.

I don’t understand why when cars are such a huge part of our lifestyle as Americans, we know so little about them.

Again, I urge everyone reading; improve your driving this winter. It may save your life, it will most likely save you money, and it will probably help you enjoy your car instead of it being a chore. Like anything else though, you have to want to improve yourself for it to be effective. But, please, if not for you then for the safety of others, become a better driver. I promise you will not regret it.

So… You Know the Song ‘Grenade’ by Bruno Mars?…

It’s funny sometimes how life can hand you music to make a soundtrack that intertwines itself so perfectly within your situation, that you feel it can’t be anything but fate…

Grenade by Bruno Mars. It’s a song about myself and Silvia; my car to anyone who knows me or reads my Motoring Blog.

Thank you New York state for your wonderful annual auto inspections. Congratulations also go out to the federal government of the United States of America for finding a way to prevent unsafe driving by making an engine diagnostic system that makes it nigh impossible to run modified cars on the streets for more than a year.

OBD-II is amazing in it’s implementation. It’s required equipment on any car sold in the U.S. of A. No car produced after 1995 is exempt. That means Model year 1996-Present is running an Onboard Diagnostic (Gen-II) system. These systems are amazing in their control as well. They can retard cam timing to lean out A/F ratios, they can sometimes stop knock before it’s begun and can even tell you when something is potentially wrong with your engine! All it has to do to achieve this is run a network or sensors, i.e. it’s eyes and ears, to all corners of your engine, chassis and drivetrain.

On my 1996 Nissan 240SX, I have a knock sensor, a throttle position sensor, an intake air temperature sensor, a mass air flow sensor, an exhaust gas recirculation temperature sensor, a rear (exhaust) O2 sensor, a fuel pump sending sensor, a manifold absolute pressure sensor, an evaporative emissions system solenoid sensor, a camshaft position sensor and a crankshaft position sensor… And those are just the one’s I know about!?

While their programming and method of use may allow some of us to forgo stand-alone EMS and wideband controllers, due to the far reaching nature of the factory sensors and ability to rewrite almost every aspect of the management system, we still must deal with the Priority Channel these are allowed during your inspection. Any discrepancies between acceptable values and current values are reported to DMV, as well as any sensors not reading what they are supposed to.

Modern ECUs are incredible. You cannot ditch them if you want to drive on the street. And any method for fooling the computers or your ECU is against the law. Not to say ECU tuning is illegal, but if you’re rewriting firmware or allowing the motor to operate outside it’s intended efficiency, good luck to you.

I was never around for the days when you could check your timing with your watch…

Pissy Women, and Repaired Accord

Women in my life seem to be premenstrual, or maybe I’m just an a-hole. On the other hand, My car is back in action. New Windshield. Cat-Converter tightened, new Plastic front spoiler

Best Halo Party Ever

Ok, check this action. My buddy, Sniper Evo86, finially came home from college for a little. So, we had a welcome back Halo Party.

I rigged up 3 Xbox 360s, which, as always wasn’t easy, got everyone together around 7, and we fragged till around Midnight.

Among those in attendance were Carcinogen Crush, Evangelion 79, XFierceWarriorX, SNOWM4NN, MimicsShadow, and EpicPwnorz. My good buddy, Mac (Not his real name) was there too, as a courtesy. Eva’s Sister was there as well. As was Fierce’s friend InfernoChakram (Other username substituted instead of his real name), and Carcinogen Crush’s and EpicPwnorz’s friend Jazz (Nickname, don’t ask).

Lots of our all stars were in attendance. We had a lot of good games, and some games that made me want to go emo. But I did get to spend a good amount of time with a aforementioned girl that I have a thing for. So, I wasn’t emo all night. (No Need therefore to play Phantom’s Emo Game). I also can’t complain that almost everyone there chipped in for Pizza (a whopping 2 mediums, 1 stuffed crust large, 10 chicken wings, and 4 liters of soda)! Most of said food disappeared. On top of that still is everyone but Jazz had a ride home more or less. (I owe Sniper a serious Favor for the ride he provided to two of the aforementioned females).

Let’s also add to the bill that everyone helped clean up! (There’s a first time for everything! ^.^; )

Anyway, For those awesome reasons, It was a great night. I hope to remember it for some time. Welcome back Sniper, and thanks for coming everyone else. I hope you had fun.

There was another waste of blog space finished.

Tired of the Crap!

Ok…So, I lost like 3 potential GFs this week. I love my life man… I had one, waited too long, she got a GF, had another, we’re too close, so dead end there (Not actually complaining), and lastly, the latest one, already has a BF, man… Sometimes, life just sucks huh?

On a Less lame note however, Tomorrow I get my Accord Serviced. Meaning hopefully, some better gas mileage, and some better everything else…

Mazda3

Today, The Madza3!

Basically, This is the car that I’m pining for, because, it’s nippy and recently recieved acolades in Car and Driver Magazine for being a general cut above the rest of the “Power Toys” (as if I needed anymore motivation to buy it)

The Mazda3 Hatchback looks pretty nice for a five door, and from what I hear, a pretty nice ride. Although road noise is pronounced. (according to Consumer Reports)