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Old 09-01-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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D1 Autoworks / Mr.Q / Daily Drift S13 build

Greetings everyone!

I thought I made an introduction thread on this site, but I cannot for the life of me find it. Maybe it was another Houston forum, but I cannot find it there either...Oh well

Let me introduce/re-introduce myself and also share my current 240sx I am building.

My name is Quang, but Ive been called Mr.Q for a lot of my life so it kind of stuck with me. I am originally from the east coast, Virginia, and recently moved to the greater Houston area around February of this year. Time goes by so fast! I have been in the drifting scene for about 3 years now, on and off. Officially been drifting for 1 whole year in 2012. The venues I have drifted at back on the east coast were Drift Nirvana (Summit Point Race Track), Club Loose (English Town Raceway), Drift Valley (Shenandoah Speedway) Slideways (Old Dominion Speedway), and Drift Water (Black Water training facility).
The main purpose of this build, as the title states, is to be a daily drifter. What that means to me is this build will not only make this a great track/drift car, but will still be able to drive on a daily basis and to be RELIABLE. Of course, there will be some compromises in doing so, but I will do my best to fulfill both requirements. The only compromise I cannot do without is quality. To even do all of this, I have to thank D1 Autoworks for bringing me on board as one of the auto techs / fabricator. Without them, I wouldn't have the space, resources, and of course the money to even do what I am doing.

Lets start off with my original drift car from VA. I bought this off from one of my closest friends and it was basically ready to go drift. For the past 3 years, I have done nothing besides regular fluid changes and drove it as is. From around Nov 12' until July 13' my old 240 has been sitting storage back in VA neglected.

93 240sx base model
S13 redtop SR20DET
Custom high mount intercooler setup
Aftermarket radiator and E-fans
3" turbo back exhaust
2-way rear diff
Sparco Buckets and harness
Tein HR coilovers
S14 tie rods
GKtech steering rack spacer




I was hired at D1 around March and I had a huge itch to get into another 240. Being in a state that does not salt roads in the winter, I was excited to search for a clean, non-rusty 240. As I search through the forums, I find Dtfdanyo selling a really clean shell for a reasonable price. When I came to see it in person I was surprised to see how intact it was. Completely stock, all body panels, brackets, interior, AC, and most importantly no rust on the frame rails and in the engine bay.

Here is my blank canvas the day I towed it to the shop
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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My new shell sat there for about 2 months until I had time and room to actually mess with it. Also, this gave me time to think over my goals and how to attack this project. What was I going to do with it? Do I want to go full body kit? Maybe 180sx convserion? Ooh maybe Silvia front end? What color?

After day in and day out of brain storming, I have decided to go with the K.I.S.S method. Keep it simple stupid. To me, it makes more sense as it will be daily driven. I do not want to grab that much attention from those with negative thoughts. Also in my opinion fiberglass body panels will crack over time. Quality ABS plastic or polyurethane kits cost A LOT. So I have decided to not do anything with the looks. I want it to look like a brand new 93 240sx that came off the lot with some small aesthetic changes.

First things first, tear it down completely and see what I am really working with!
Tear down in process..





Ughh! That engine bay... Over spray on everything! Cannot stand it so lets modify it! Started with stitch welding the shock tower seams. Removed everything from the engine bay ( brake lines, hoses, wire harness, ect)


Fresh coat of primer/sealer


Soo smooth. AG2 Aztec Red



Cleaned up the wheels wells and new under coating.

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Old 09-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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Starting to install some stuff in the engine bay.

First up is a new reman clutch master cylinder.


Next up Brake master cylinder and remote reservoir for the hydro hand brake


All together. Redid the factory hard brake lines for a cleaner look. PBM solid steering rack bushing/spacers to push it more forward


Hard lines all the way to my PBM hydro e-brake and back to the rear brake lines


As I wait for more parts to come in, time to work on the rear end.

Dropping the whole rear subframe to get it nice and clean


Degreased and pressure washed. Welded GKtech subframe braces. Than primed and painted. Installed PBM solid subframe riser bushings, ISIS control arms, Energy suspesion poly bushins in the LCA and Cantano 5 lug hub assemblies!

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Old 09-01-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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I like where this is going. Welcome and nice build sir.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:40 AM   #5
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Wow looks great already! keep it up! Love love love that engine bay now!
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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Yea!!!! Where's the like button

Great start
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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Thanks for the compliments!

Test fitting my daily wheels for clearance in the rear. My all time favorite wheels growing up and fits the era of my car perfectly. Old school Enkei RS 2-piece wheels. 17x8 +28/+35 staggered.







On to the front with my Drift wheels. 16x8.5 +0 Cragars with 225/50/16 BFG KDW2. Making sure I have inner clearance as well since I am running MA Motorsports Awesometron knuckles.



Now to preset my suspension to about what I ride I think will work best for double duties! MMmm Fortune Auto 500 Series 4.



Not bad...still need an alignment and re-adjust the height after the coils settle.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:46 AM   #8
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awsome man and welcome
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:57 AM   #9
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i like the engine bay!
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:02 AM   #10
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Get it done!!
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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how do the fortune Auto coils ride?
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:29 PM   #12
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good choice on FA. awesome coilovers
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:22 PM   #13
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Thanks again everyone! More progress pics will be posted soon. As for the FA coils, I have no personal experience as of yet. They are installed but havent been driven on. From my research, they ride very smooth due to the quality and attention they put into the valving. IMHO one of the best coilovers for the buck in terms of performance, quality, and daily drivable. Each are made to order, so you can choose what spring rates you want and they will match the valving to that. I ordered mine from Enjuku and it took exactly 3 weeks to get them.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:52 PM   #14
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Works has been very busy lately, so progress have been a bit slower than I wanted. Things are getting done for sure though!

My old SR20 from my past drift car installed! Freshly rebuilt with new oil pump, seals, greddy oil pan, spec clutch, ect ect. Not sure how long this shell has been non-running, but its alive and strong!

Current valve cover is only temporary until I can get my original one freshened up!


The infamous miata battery to give myself more clearance for the intercooler piping


Running a custom high mount intercooler setup and yes my pop ups clear perfectly fine!


It will be daily driven so gotta make the AC condenser work some how with my high mount intercooler.

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Old 09-23-2013, 02:08 AM   #15
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:12 AM   #16
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Very nice indeed
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:02 AM   #17
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What's the condensor out of?
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:28 AM   #18
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What's the condensor out of?
I customized the original condenser and made it shorter. I could not find anyone that sells a short and wide condenser that will fit unless I get a custom one made. In theory it will not cool as well as a full size, but we shall see how it goes. Need to fab up new lines from the condenser to the compressor and compressor to the firewall before I can test it out.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:33 PM   #19
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That valve cover looks awfully familiar. Lol
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #20
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I knew someone will eventually recognize it. I have the rest of that engine on stand by for next year.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:24 AM   #21
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I was hoping I'd get to see this soon after you got the motor from me, looking great man keep it up!
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:37 PM   #22
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Been a bit lazy taking progress pics of the build. Some of you may have seen it at GGP this past Sunday. I had a blast eating cones!!! This was the first time pushing the car and drifting with its current setup. I definitely learned tons that day. I can officially say that stage 1 of the build is complete! Time to change a few things and see how it performs at the next event.

Current setup:
Internally stock S13 Redtop SR20DET
Solid engine and transmission mounts
Spec 6 puck sprung clutch
Custom high mount intercooler
HKS SSQV
Full 3" straight exhaust after turbo elbow
Fortune Auto 500 Gen4 coilovers 8kf/6kr
Tomei 2-Way rear diff
PBM Solid rear subframe riser bushings
ISIS Suspension Arms
Factory front and rear lower control arms with ES bushings
MA-motorsports knuckles
PBM high strength tie rods with S14 outers
PBM steering rack spacer bushings
Manual steering rack conversion
Manual brake system
PBM hydro hand brake
4-point roll bar
Achillies ATR sport tires all around 215/45 front 195/45 rear















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