Well, maybe not a NEW beginning, but Project 2JZ-240SX has certainly taken a turn as the S14 undergoes surgery, I begin tearing into my new whip, a 92 manual SC300.
The car is monstrously heavy compared to the S14, and with the blown shocks and other Mickey Mouse work done to the SC, it rides like a boat.
Response is dull, steering feedback is lacking, and the car plows into every corner, pushing until the limit, when at long last I can bring the heavy rear end of the car around. Sadly the car doesn’t have enough steering angle to compensate, and the heavy nature of the car makes it difficult to step out as easily as the S14 did.
Compared to the athletic and nimble S14, it’s clear what the SC will become, a nice street car with a 2JZ swap in it. I am considering BAR legality currently, to see if it’s worth the hassle of legalizing the motor upon swapping into my SC.
The paint on the car is in decent shape, the tan interior is very clean, albeit ugly as sin. I make plans on picking up black interior, but first I’ve got to address some issues with the car, such as the headlights not working or the starter working.
Upon further inspection, it seems as though the driver side harness has been chewed up due to be lowered.
It shocks me that to this day, people still aggressively lower their cars down without considering the engine harness.
First, undo the 2 10mm bolts holding the engine harness to the frame, these are located toward the rear of the driver side fender well.
Taking these 2 10mm bolts out will allow you to pull *GENTLY* on the harness and give you enough slack to push the harness up and out of the way. Secure it with zipties or metal loops, I’ve opted for McMaster Carr ground straps.
After I’ve re-run the harness, I take apart the harness to repair the wires that had been run through and damaged. Now wrap up the harness and tuck it away, make sure to give yourself plenty of clearance so that your rims and tires don’t touch the harness ever again.
Next up, I tackle the tan interior of the SC300.
It’s clean.. .but too…….. tan.
You must undo the shift bezel, undo the screws that hold the center console in, and pop out the entire center console panel allowing you access to the radio and climate control mounting bolts.
After undoing those bolts, now remove the climate control and radio as a whole to give you access to the rear screws and dash vents.
I also decided to move over the MOMO Race wheel, because deep dish is so much more nicer and should go into my S14, which is dedicated track only use now.
With the new black panels installed, the car looks much better but the tan seats and carpet are still an eyesore.
Next up, getting rid of the stock seats, carpet, and putting the SC on a diet.