It’s been over 100 years since the introduction to the V8 engine. Even still it’s being widely used in motor sports around the world. And why not? With manufactures ranging from Europe’s BMW and Mercedes, to American muscle since the early nineteen hundreds. The V8 design has left it’s foot print in every corner of the world. It’s no wonder it is such a controversial subject. With so many various platforms and designs there’s bound to be contradiction everywhere you go. But before I go on a rant about automotive history and car culture’s wide spectrum. Let me introduce a man who prefers just a little bit of originality.
(Photos by: Jorge Reyes & Words by: Kenny Bacon)
One of the most common V8 to import chassis swaps is Chevrolet’s notorious LS1. However, there is one option not so common, and to be perfectly honest I’m not sure why people don’t consider it more often. Fords 5.0 V8. It’s been used for years in mustangs and various Ford chassis’s making it an ideal candidate for a couple reasons. Many generations are cross compatible and parts are easier to come by and relatively cheap from local auto parts stores. The only down side to them is they tend to be bigger physical dimensions. But for Edwin this wasn’t something he was particularly concerned about. He was determined to do something a little different and swap one into his 240 regardless. The end result? Probably one of the meanest grassroots 240SX I’ve seen.
What started as a typical daily grocery getter ended up as a fuel gargling, tire shredding drift rig. Edwin and his 240 have been nicknamed “Fankenstien.” Personally I would have opted for Edwin 240 Hands. It’s not every day that you get to mix your name and your passion with cliche movie titles. However nicknames are typically assigned not chosen. And the reason makes perfect sense. The chassis has been pieced together from four different 240‘s. The engine and components from three various mustangs and all hand built by Edwin himself.
One thing that really caught my eye though is he chose to roll his 5.0 on steelies. Most people are so stuck up on stereotype wheels and typically 17‘s or 18‘s. But to be just a little more different Edwin grabbed some 16 inch steelies from Diamond Racing with a tasty amount of chromed lip. For all sliding purposes Edwin currently prefers to burn off his Michellins.
Have you ever noticed that some cars if built right can look so good run down? No five thousand dollar paint job, no wide body fenders, and no three thousand dollar wheels. Just pure 20 plus year old body wear stanced out. Like it’s begging to be driven hard and used. Edwin has intentionally created a car to represent this image. Instead of buying the Instant Gentleman or Rocket Bunny kit, Edwin kept the early generation pig nose bumper, lip, and budget baller status side skirts. aside from circuit sport tail lights this body is all stock. Pieced together from all the various S13 chassis’s he acquired.
Suspension is a very important part to drifting. Consistency is key and in order to achieve this there are several need accessories. Stiffer suspension is always a necessity. So Edwin grabbed a set of Godspeed coilovers. This is a good start but as one’s skill level improves they must therefore further improve their car. He also ordered a set of traction arms and drift spindles allowing more steering angle to throw down some serious sideways action. To keep the rear spinning freely a 4.08 possi differential was assembled.
Drifting is a brutal sport. It literally will tear cars apart. It’s also one of the most fun styles of driving I’ve done. However it’s likely you’re going to put your car into a wall at some point. If you’re looking into getting into it as a hobby I highly recommend a 240 chassis. There’s plenty of them around and a huge following willing to help you progress. Edwin’s build is a great example that it doesn’t take a big budget to get involved. Keep it simple and put yourself out there. You’ll be surprised the friends and people you can meet along the way.