Diamonds in the Rough // Edwin’s 240sx

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.