So I’ve finally come to the point in my “build” where I’m satisfied with my car, and can look at it and say “Damn… That thing’s dope, and I started from scratch” I know, I know, It’s not a crazy build, which is why I can’t help but put the word “Build” in quotes. I’ve seen countless threads of others doing super dope shit to their cars, Immaculate engine bays, full wire tucks, insane wheel setups, a zillion horse powders, and just some insane things that I have nothing but respect for. The time, patience, money, and knowledge that goes into these builds is superb.
However, when it comes to me, I just did what I could, being a student I really didn’t have much income to work with, and I’m not ashamed to say that this was my first car ever, and at almost 20 years old I didn’t have a clue about how things worked, and was not mechanically inclined… at all. Much like the rest of us though, I had nothing but cars on my mind as a young kid, and all I knew was that I wanted to have a cool whip when I grew up to impress all the bitches. haha, no but really, I had every single car toy that my parents could afford, and as a single child, you best believe I was being spoiled. Micro-machines, hotwheels, a fucking plethora of R/C cars, Maisto die cast models, every racing game you could get for N64, PS1, PS2, Xbox, 360, etc. You know what the fuck I mean.
Sooo, when the opportunity arose for me to buy a MINT chassis, I enlisted the help of a few pals, made some calls, and jumped on this clean 1993 S13 Silvia… and the rest is history… wow. Only a fucking cornball would say that.
Now that you’re through that wall of text, we can get on with the visuals. Also, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read and not just skip to the pictures, and if you do skip to the pictures, well then you suck. Fuckers.
This is how everything started out. I Found an immaculate chassis, bought it, celebrated. After a few months of searching, I came up on this post an importer made on a local forum I frequent. Trust me I wanted a hatch SOOOO bad, but the condition this car was in was too good to pass up. I kid you not, I logged into Zilvia, went to the “Onevia thread” or whatever the fuck it was back then, and convinced myself that coupes could actually look cool as fuck too. That made me feel better about my purchase, but I was still stoked that I had bought one of the cleanest S13′s for sale at the time in Toronto. Everything was MINT. Digital Climate control from factory, immaculate interior, and a deck that couldn’t even grab any local radio station’s signal cause it was so JDM… bro. (I don’t say that in person, I promise)
It was basically all I wanted. This car was actually a Club Q’s model, meaning it was Automatic, and Naturally Aspirated, but I guess whoever owned it in Japan knew that shit was weak as fuck and swapped it all. Such a clean swap too, the motor looked damn near brand new when I bought it, and the wiring harness was all neatly done. I bought the car already swapped, and 5-speed, with a Silvia bumper nicely cut to allow some air flow to the SMIC, just like the actual K’s stock bumpers.
Fast forward a few months, and this is what the Silvia was looking like. I bought some Megan Track coilovers from a friend, and borrowed these Enkei RS 2-piece wheels that I later ended up buying, from another homie. I ran this setup for the rest of the season, went out to a few track days, slid around a bit, until I decided to buy some more goodies and change the look of the car over the winter.
That winter, I scored an awesome deal on a Silvia K’s Aero option bumper and some Silvia brick headlights. I’m an impatient motherfucker, so as soon as I got my hands on the goods, I went down to my underground and swapped everything over. Even though it was a different color, I instantly noticed the huge change these two things did to the front end of the car. I was a happy camper. I put the car cover back on, and waited for the snow to go away.
When I went to drive the car again after it being stored for 4 or so months, I was not used to the suspension at all. Just driving down my street it felt like I was all over the place in the car, and felt every little vibration in the fucking world. No shit, between taking trips in public transit, and driving my parents stock Mazda 3, I had completely forgot what it felt like to drive a lowered car with stiff suspension. These Megan Tracks had a 12/10 spring setup that felt like ass.
Fast forward a few months again, I picked up a pair of “Final Konnexion” Clear Signals that came off of a super rad Silvia that was HKS’d the fuck out with all sorts of splitters, wide-body, GT wing, Dogbox sequential tranny, etc. Basically a full out RACECAR Silvia that a local importer had at the time and decided to part out. I was a big fan of that car and I was glad I could grab some pieces off of it and put them to good use.
I also added a pair of Half clear front signals, but most importantly of all, I got some cool wheels, cool coilovers, and a cool windshield banner. My setup now consisted of 5Zigen Pro Racer ZR+ 520 in 17×9 +27 all around, with 215/40/17 Federal 595′s all around. I had a 20mm spacer in the front, and a 25mm in the rear, so the actual offset was +7 front, and +2 rear. I loved this setup. I also had some brand new Powered by MAX Competition coilovers, AMS RUCAs, and SPL Toe arms to fix the rear alignment a bit. Peep the Dorimoto [OddCouple] banner on the windshield. Yeah, I was doin’ it.
At this stage my car looked cool, drove great, and was still clean as fuck. I liked it lotssss. I still had dreams of having a full kit on it, as I was never a big fan of the rear end of my car, especially the rear bumper, and also always wanted some sideskirts. After a while of driving on this setup I had a full kit in mind and also REALLLLY wanted a more aggressive wheel setup with some dish. The most perfect course of events happened shortly after…
No… ^ That’s not the perfect thing I was talking about. Well, it was a part of it. I knew what K’s Aero bumpers were worth, so I tried my luck, and jokingly posted the bumper up on a local forum to see if I would get any bites. I ended up getting interest from some dude who wanted it for my asking price but was too far to pick it up, so we had to setup a date to meet, etc. While all that was happening I talking to a friend that had a Silvia front, and I thought… “Maybe this guy will want it” so I told him what was up, and he did not hesitate at all. He wanted that fucking thing. I was so stoked that I called the other guy up and said “hey man… the bumper disappeared.” I never heard from him again. The buddy that I talked to about the bumper was dead serious, and EMT’d me the full payment for the bumper, and also gave me a temporary bumper to roll on for a while. As soon as that payment hit my bank account, I ordered the full kit I was dreaming of. Boom. Just like that.
As for the wheels, that’s another story. I basically went to chill with my homie Liam who was working on his super cool 1JZ Cefiro at the time, and decided to test fit his wheels on my car. I ended up liking them so much that I asked if he would sell them to me. He agreed on one condition, find me another sick set of wheels, and these are yours. I did just that. Searched around for a few days and found him the wheels he currently has on his car. I sold my 5Zigens, saved up some more to pay for the new wheels and, bam. Now I had a full kit on the way, and a new set of wheels to play with. I was stoked. Everything just worked out so well.
I did a few things to the chassis over that winter. Coated the front end, and wheel wells with some heavy duty under coating, bought a 3″ downpipe to complete my 3″ exhaust. (3″ Elbow, 3″ Downpipe, and 3″ Straight pipe to 3″ dual tips.) Bought a rear strut bar for maximum bracing (lol) and a few other goodies. Once the snow went away, I started putting everything together. I pulled my fenders accordingly to fit my new wheels, and sent the kit out for paint.
A few weeks later awesome things happened.
Everything I wanted to for my car had become a reality. I was going off, instagraming, tweeting, facebooking pictures all day long, haha. I couldn’t get enough of this new look. In my eyes, my car is complete (minus some Silvia window visors, and DMAX roof wing not pictured in these shots. But those will come soon.) My car is now fitted with a SuperMade Instant Gentleman kit, and 18×9/18×10 Work Eurolines. I still look at my car every time I get out of it and say “damn… you sexy” If no one is watching I’ll even wink at it a couple times. Uhh…
I’m glad things worked out the way they did, and I’m glad to have followed though with my vision.
Most of all though, I’m glad I actually sat down tonight at 2am, and put this little “build” post together to share with the interwebz, I hope you homies enjoy!
There are probably a lot more stories that happened during this two year period, and other things I’ve done to the car that I missed but I think you guys get the gist of it. This is more of a transformation post than a build post anyway. I’ll still be updating the site with dope shit. so stick around.
for now, I’ll end this post with a few more visuals of the Sillyvia. Peaceeeeee!
’93 Silvia Club Q’s
Vroom shit (or lack there of)
- Stock SR20DET
- AMS BOV
- Powered by MAX Turbo inlet
- Bings 3″ Turbo Elbow
- ISIS 3″ Downpipe
- ISIS 3″ Dual Straight Pipe
- SuperMade Instant Gentleman Kit
- Silvia “Bricks” Headlights
- Final Konnexion Clear Silvia Signals
- DMAX RoofWing (Not Pictured)
- OEM Silvia Window Visors (Not Pictured)
- Powered by MAX Shift knob
- Powered by MAX e-brake drift button
- AMS Short Shifter
- Unknown Rear strut bar
- Awesome Cup holder
- Powered by MAX Competition Coilovers
- SPL Toe Arms
- AMS RUCAs
- Work Euroline 18×9 +5 / 18×10 +10 (effective offsets)
- 225/35/18 Nankang NS-II’s front
- 225/40/18 Falken FK452′s rear