yes, it's a 1990...(nowhere near vintage, in my mind) but I love this forum, and really don't know where else to post this (the 240sx guys'll hate it... and the mitu-loyal? we'll see:
Cody bought his second starwagon after a short-lived love affair with a panel version that was too far gone, and my craigslist-addiction happened to dredge up this far cleaner 'vanwagon' (passenger van)
so we've loved these little vans for some time now... but admittedly, the 105 hp motor and slushy auto trans makes for a 'limited' driving experience.
it's no secret we like Nissan/Datsun products. the KA is bulletproof. (it's a truck motor!) 'nuf said. we found a roached out rare nissan 'vanette' at pick'n'pull that had a Naps-Z24 motor and the cable-shifted trans with the correct bellhousing to bolt right up to the KA series!
Cody then bought a complete KA24de (twincam, 2.4L 155 hp) out of a 1995 s14 240sx. (well, he bought TWO... the first? very little salvageable parts even for a complete rebuild) new clutch/PP, lightened flywheel, aluminum radiator (AE86), petal assembly sourced form australia & modifed for LHD chassis, modified toyota van manual trans cable shift assembly, custom motor mounts, trans mount, radiator mounts, relocated battery, P/S res, overflow res, homogenized wiring harness (retaining stock cluster, Cruise control and idiot lights.) a ton of little brackets and tweaky mods later.. (A/C will work as soon as we source the right fittings and recharge!) it all seems to fit as though it was meant to be!