Typically we bring you stories on engine swap madness, videos of cars powered by LS motors, and general updates in the industry. Apart from our own Power Automedia project cars, rarely do we get an opportunity to share with you a build story here on LSX TV, and today is your lucky day.
We just ran across this build thread on Grassroots Motorsports about a 1996 Nissan 240SX that has received an LS2/T56 swap out of a wrecked 2005 GTO. Once powered by a JDM-sourced SR20DET, the Nissan had a lot of exhaust leaks, a few missing components, and other small issues that just wasn’t up to par with the owner’s demands.
The car’s owner, Blane (aka S14Blane on the Grassroots website) evidently sick of dealing with hard to find parts, and having to source many of them from a Nissan Sentra of all places, decided it was time to step it up a notch or two. Since he is a Holley Performance employee, he had their in-house shop and tuning facility at his disposal.
Being as how Holley sponsors their own LS-themed show in the form of the LS Fest, it only made sense that Blane wanted to make his Nissan into an all-round performer on the dragstrip, road course, autocross, and of course, the street. Ripping out the SR20 engine was simple enough since Blane was well-hearsed in such a task on a previous 240 that he had owned prior to this one.
On the other hand, swapping in the LS2 and sourcing all of the required components necessary for the swap was something else entirely. In typical hot rod style, Blane was up to the challenge despite this.
Starting with the engine, Blane left the LS2 itself essentially stock until he knew all of the bugs were worked out of it. Having said that, he did source an entire Hooker exhaust system, including their 1 7/8-inch headers specifically designed for LS-swapped Nissan S14′s for his project.
Many of you looking to do such a swap might look into the Holley Dominator EFI system, along with their fuel rail kit as this is what Blane relies on in his car for fuel and tuning duties. In the name of engine clearance, a first-generation CTS-V accessory drive system is what Blane’s car uses to spin the serpentine belt. Also out of the Caddy parts bin is a CTS-V power steering reservoir. Cooling the 364ci alloy mill is a Hinston LS S14 radiator kit and a “reconfigured” S14 fan shroud.
Sitting squarely between the engine and the 6-speed manual is a RAM flywheel, Street Elite Performance clutch master adapter kit, and an LS7 clutch -all of which are strong enough for the abuse that Blane is going to be dishing out. Shifting the T56 is the tried and true Hurst unit that many enthusiasts rely on.
Making the 240SX handle the corners better is a combination of SPL/Circuit Sports suspension upgrade with 17-inch 5ZIGEN FNO1R-C’s wrapped in Nitto rubber, while an Autopower rollbar, Recaro seats, and a Willians harness helps keep Blane safe and behind the S15 steering wheel. And finally a very cool Holley EFI touchscreen manages all of the LS2′s engine parameters.
The build is still underway, and if you would like a direct link on the on-going development of this car, then click the link here. We’ll keep our eye on this one as the build progresses, so stay tuned for more updates!