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It’s been while but I thought I’d start a thread to document my latest acquisition. Bought a 1989 240sx coupe last June amidst the early stages of the pandemic. I’ve always wanted one and even tho it was more than I wanted to pay I bought this one. It’s had a hard life, but I plans to bring it back to its former glory. Plans are to do a resto-mod/street/track day car. Enough talk, on with the pics. 
 

Day I bought it. 

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I have tons more pics but this is all I have time to do. 

 

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I love S13's!  Especially the coupes.  I had a few over the years.  I wish I would have kept the last one I had.  O well.  Don't sell it dude! 

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14 hours ago, Draker said:

Looks like a great starting point!

It has been a lot of fun working on it. It was so hacked! I’ve never seen a car so fucked up. Lol.  

14 hours ago, datzenmike said:

Love the looks of the KA-E. I'm a sucker for big valve covers.

Yea I do too. It’s like a modern L series. 😁

12 hours ago, ]2eDeYe said:

Looks like a complete car, thats a bonus. 

 

Agreed Mike, single cam is beauty in simplicity 

Pretty complete. But there were a lot of small things missing that I’ve been putting back like interior parts and bumper supports. 

12 hours ago, Icehouse said:

I love S13's!  Especially the coupes.  I had a few over the years.  I wish I would have kept the last one I had.  O well.  Don't sell it dude! 

Awesome. Thx. Yea I’m planning on hanging on to this one. 😁

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I like coupes. Lol

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Back when I was doing a tuneup on it. 😭 For some reason the previous owners felt it was necessary to tighten the spark plugs way too much. So much that I broke it while trying to break it loose. First time that has ever happened to me  

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wires broke too! 🙄

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Small things like this radiator bracket were missing and had to find them. 

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Super pro wire tuck. 😅

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After tuneup. Also  came with a header but had to put the stock exhaust back in cause CA smog laws  😤

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spark plugs looked ok except for 3 and 4. I later realized the o2 sensory was not hooked up so it was running super Rich. 

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night shot. 

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Broken electrode is just the long socket leaning over and snapping the very brittle porcelain. Whew, I thought you meant the threads snapped off in the head, now that's a bugger.

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5 hours ago, datzenmike said:

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Broken electrode is just the long socket leaning over and snapping the very brittle porcelain. Whew, I thought you meant the threads snapped off in the head, now that's a bugger.

Yea I think I I hit the porcelain when I finally broke it loose and my hand slipped and hit it. Oh well. It’s fixed. 😁

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3 hours ago, ]2eDeYe said:

I feel like this thread has been waiting to be posted for a while 🙂

Lol. It has. I stopped posting after the initial photobucket fiasco. But I just figured out how to post using Flickr on my phone so Its in now! 

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4 hours ago, Lozer said:

Yup and a big box of spares. Come get it bud.

Dang ok. I have to make some room in the garage and get an engine stand. I’ll hit you up. Thx 

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Nice!  I love s13s.  I have a 1990 hatch that ive owned for like 15 years.  Bought it auto, converted it to manual, daily drive it for a while, blew the engine, got halfway through a z32TT engine swap, sold that swap to buy a 720, rebuilt the stock motor (its about 75% installed right now).  I have an s13 Silvia triple projector front clip, the z32 brakes and a 5 lug swap.  No other car cockpit has ever felt quite "right" when i sit in it.  I've neglected that car for far too long.

 

It's ridiculous but a KAE powered 240sx is a very rare beast nowadays.  

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On 2/4/2021 at 4:32 PM, Lockleaf said:

Nice!  I love s13s.  I have a 1990 hatch that ive owned for like 15 years.  Bought it auto, converted it to manual, daily drive it for a while, blew the engine, got halfway through a z32TT engine swap, sold that swap to buy a 720, rebuilt the stock motor (its about 75% installed right now).  I have an s13 Silvia triple projector front clip, the z32 brakes and a 5 lug swap.  No other car cockpit has ever felt quite "right" when i sit in it.  I've neglected that car for far too long.

 

It's ridiculous but a KAE powered 240sx is a very rare beast nowadays.  

Thanks! Yours sounds like a sweet ride. We all have the neglected ones. Lol. 
 

I’m only staying KA cause of CA smog laws. Love driving it though!

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July 1st

Took the bumper cover of off And found this. Lol. 

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I found the correct steel bumper and threw it on. Feel much safer now. Lol. 

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also found a fuel filler door and slapped it in. 

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And finally took it to get an alignment. The guy who sold it to me had just put in some extended LCA’s and didn’t get it aligned. It was scary AF driving it home. 😅

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Installed some small bits under the hood. I’m a stickler for the little things. 
 

hood prop retainer 

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Grommet was missing from the hood prop bracket. 

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much better 

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missing hood bumpers 

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