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 Post subject: Asparagus 1985 200sx s12 project
PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:29 am 
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My current project is actually a 72' s30z but I figure I should post about what's lead up to this new project. An 85' 200sx!

So I bought this car almost four years ago during the summer after I graduated highschool. It was freshman year, a friend of a friend, I saw the s12 and jokingly asked that he sell that car to me when he gets rid of it and three to four years later, I got that phone call and it's been in my possession since for a whopping 800 bucks. I daily'd it for a full year and the ca18et broke down, giving me good reason for a whole refresh and new motor. Took me about two years or so to get it where it is now, doing the majority of the work myself in my garage. It was definitely an experience that has let me up the ante to the s30z build.

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The car's been through a lot, there's currently a ka24de from a 93 s13 powering the wheels, s13 susp swap in the front and s13 coilovers adapted to the whole car. Aftermarket is pretty nonexistent so I had to borrow many things from the 240sx scene. A whole lot, really.

I'll let some pictures do the rest of the talking, the majority of my build is located here http://www.s-chassis.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39155 and current updates to this car and the s30 are generally on my blog in at http://jumbosandbox.blogspot.com/

Here's where it started, and the rest should be somewhat in order, it's not the complete build pictures, but it's the gist of it. Hope whoever is interested will enjoy!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:10 am 
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...Awesome, but the fact that it had a grille in the first pics, and now does not, is bugging the hell out of me :lol: Love S12s though, that one looks great.

The white S13 with the Fender vents looks EXACTLY like one I park next to every day in Brea...


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:55 am 
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Beautiful S12! :tu: :mrgreen:

I think this is the first KA24DE-powered S12 I've ever seen. Everyone seems to go with a CA18DET or SR20DET. Glad to see you're at least thinking outside the box. :wink:

Also, I've heard many times people using the slang term "hockey puck motor mounts" as a reference to small hard rubber mounts. Never seen anyone actually use hockey pucks. That is awesome. :P


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I have never heard about the Hockey Puck Mounts...that's awesome!! Great job on your S12 man...it is clean and I love the wheels you rockin!! :tu:

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your hatch is the inspiration for my '84 200sx coupe,same blue,Have loved your hatch since i saw it a year or so ago!


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Come on! You used your home turfs and well as lala lands pucks? Go Sharks! :mrgreen:


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That is the sexiest S12 I've seen, and LOL @ the pumpkin! :lol:

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really nice..

i'm really impressed with you set of wheel!

Thumbs up!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:56 pm 
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thanks a lot guys! The puck mounts aren't too bad, I've heard some horror stories about them breaking apart and etc but they are still doing great. No complaints on this $20 set of motor mounts. My trans and diff mounts are solid also, so the vibration is pretty bearable, though a comfortable car was never really my aim. And the store only had 2 sharks pucks! haha, so CA teams just gotta represent!

here's some snaps I took today, I dropped in the seat and played around with my interior bits

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also got a free billet oil cap from yamato garage, a new shop in missouri. And quite randomly, they use the japanese imperial family crest as their logo, haha.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:53 am 
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asparagus wrote:
also got a free billet oil cap from yamato garage, a new shop in missouri. And quite randomly, they use the japanese imperial family crest as their logo, haha.

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At first I thought it was made to look like a tiny clutch cover... :P


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:55 am 
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ben wrote:
That is the sexiest S12 I've seen, and LOL @ the pumpkin! :lol:


+1! I loved that and the other truly personal custom touches on the car!

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So insanely awesome

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I think I'm in love with your car man....It's one of the cleanest s12's ever! :shock:

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Car looks good! I remember the pumpkin dif and the impuls from the nissanpacific days! Long time no see. Still have the s2k?

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i remember seeing this car ages ago on a forum, cant remember which one but i always wondered what happened to it. i recognised the pink stencils on the underbody!

looks really good now, the wheels suit it perfectly

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ive always liked these cars they look like nissans answer to the ae-86

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:46 pm 
Any chance you could list all parts for the suspension swap?
Also where did you get the front indicators from??


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:45 pm 
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I remember you from there too shane! But nah, the s2k was sold awhile ago. I daily a honda ruckus scooter around SF now :wink:

front indicators are from an mk2 US spec s12, 1986-88

susp consists of

s13 pbm coilovers
s13 front spindles
a1 tierods
q45 calipers/redrilled rotors/s13 lines
stock s12 lca with s13 ball joints
stock tension rods with new bushings
rear coilover is disassembled, using only the shock
threaded spacer perch was from pitstopusa(i think)also is now welded onto the rear arms
4x5in 450 lb spring in the rear
and all bushings are now urethane

there might be more little bits to it, feel free to ask anything specific if need be!


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bro, by far my favorite s12 :tu:
nice personal touches make it stand out just right. keep up the great work.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:28 am 

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So, "asparagus" and i had a bit of a discussion the other day.

he is considering bringing the car down to JCCS, i think it would be a great idea, please encourage him to do so. :mrgreen:

oh and by the way i am the dude welding his exhaust in one of the pics and was the owner of the "white S13 with the Fender vents", its actually pink and i sold it to a junkyard a few months ago.


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