1984 Nissan 200SX Turbo (S12)
2.0L SOHC Turbocharged (Hybrid) RWD Performance Car
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About the S12:
The Nissan "S12" belongs to a long line of cars. Beginning the S-series with the "S10" chassis in 1977, the so-called "Silvia" went through a progression of changes. By 1984, the "S12" chassis had been developed and sold around the world. In the United States, this car was badged as the 200SX. In 1989, the 240SX replaced it, and carried the "Silvia" name in Japan and the european markets (this was known as "S13"). Because Nissan revived the "200SX" badge for Sentra-based vehicles in the mid 90's, enthusiasts often refer to the 1984-88 Nissan 200SX as "S12".
These cars are extreme underdogs! When was the last time you saw a 200SX smoke a Mustang or Camaro on the back streets? Given proper attention to tuning, and some clever custom tinkering, the S12 might very well be the next oldschool 80's, stealthy, "who's yo daddy" ride yet! Weighing in at well under 3000 lbs., and with rear wheel drive, these turbocharged 1.8L cars are itching to be exploited.
My History with the S12:
Back in 2000, I was heavilly entrenched in the DSM world. I'd been growing tired of the widespread elitism in that crowd -- uless you were a Supra or a DSM, you're not respected. I always had my own tuning path, choosing alternative parts and setups, and my DSM peers, rather than appreciate my effors to broaden the knowledge base, teased me. To them, there was a tried and true method, and all you had to do was shell out the $$$ to get there. How boring!
By 2001, I was getting fed up. In 2002, I was exposed to the classic Z community, in the form of a 280Z. I was astounded... IRS in a '78? Hell, as far back as '69! Fuel injection? Handled really nice! Nissan? Hmmm hadn't done my homework on those. Hmmmm!
A few months later, I was in the junkyard. My mission was to scope out 80's cars. Yes, 80's cars. Those boxy, angular things that were often the basis for transformers and your brother's hotwheels. The turbocharger was used quite often back then. I was looking for something 80's, hatchback, RWD, and perferably, TURBOCHARGED.
The Supra Mark III was out, as I felt it was too heavy, and also because it was too high profile. I had initially been looking for a first-gen Isuzu Impulse Turbo, a 1.8L SOHC Turbo RWD car. Along with this, I'd been considering a Conquest or Starion, but I was thinking it would keep me too close to the DSM camp, being of Mitsu design.
So there it was, when I stumbled on it... a very 80's hatchback, with a weird faux hood scoop, and a foam spoiler.... There was a faded chrome badge on the spoier: "TURBO". Hmmm! So I popped the hood, and lo and behold -- rear wheel drive!
After inspecting the car further, I discovered it was a Nissan 200SX Turbo. A NISSAN! Hmmm! My digging on the net turned up a small group of people on an email list, with a few other Nissan guys, but nothing significant. I started communicating with them, and eventually I conspired with a couple of them to start a club. I'm the lucky guy who coined the club name, which has stood solid to this day. Dan Aho set up the server and the software, and Club-S12.org was born!
My first S12 was a 1985 Turbo I bought later that year in Dec '02 for $300. It was originally red, but was repainted teal green. It came complete with three matching ugly steel 15" wheels, and one busted up 16" wheel. The interior door panels needed work, and the driver seat was from some other car and bolted in all weird. The turbo was also removed and broken. But for the most part it was a complete car, the body was straight as an arrow, and the price was right. I spent the next three months working on it every afternoon, and put it together again.
In the summer of '03 I experienced a blown head gasket that flooded the engine with water. And there it woud sit, dreams of FJ20ET's and CA18DET's. It wasn't until 2005 that I would resurrect my S12 interests. I bought a 280ZX Turbo that summer, and it became my new passion for some time.
In the winter of 2005, I picked up a 1984 200SX Turbo for $500. It had a fuel pump issue but otherwise ran fine. I bought a bunch of goodies for it, including Magnecor sparkplug wires, but right before they came in, the faulty old wires caught the engine bay on fire. I'm lucky more wasn't damaged.. it melted the injector harness, left a lot of grime on the firewall, and that's about it.
The car has slumbered since. Recently, it was moved to a club member's place down in San Diego on emergency needs (my storage jacked me over last minute). I've become more active now in club interests, and I've been plotting to put it back together. A club member and friend, Bart Cepek, has shipped me a T25 as of this date (4/11/06), and I'll be working to get it back up and running.
I'll be updating this profile as things come in. I'm also importing the pictures from other items that were on the profile I had for my first S12.
If you have tech questions, PLEASE, go to the Club-S12 Forum, and ask them there, not here! Thanks.
Page 1: Introduction and Updates
Page 2: Wheels
Page 3: Cone filter and heat shield
page 4: Clear corners and JDM grille
Page 5: Mini-meet w/Joart & Sterling
Finished layout of this place. Man, I had a lot of content in the old '85 Turbo profile! I'll be going down to San Diego this weekend to work on the S12. Premo gave Floodshark the turbo scoop off my car, because his was rusted. I have the one that Sterling gave me when he came to visit a few years back, and I'll be using that. It's in better shape, anyways. I'll also be taking down my Blaster SS coils, my Magnecor plug wires, and my intake setup. If Bart's goodie box arrives this week, that will come down with me.
Bart's goodie box has the two wiring harnesses I needed to replace, a good heater core, fuel rail, and good injectors. As well as a T25! So no more T2, I'll be upgrading! That fits with my philosophy anyways -- if you have to replace something, UPGRADE!