After having done the EG Civic thing (how many times have I heard that?) Som got hooked on S13s. And that obsession led him to the rare ragtop which is seldom done up considering it is less stiff than its hatch or coupe siblings. But that was fixed up quicktime by adding a 5-point cage that increased rigidity and amped up the safety factor. A Silvia K’s front end was grafted on with the trademark Halogen brick headlights. The body itself got fattened up with an A1 Motorsports GPS 4-piece kit that features wide 20mm over fenders to accommodate larger rollers. A Silvia GTR style grill was added along with a Super Made Silvia wing that was last of its kind in the USA. The rear tails received Origin 2-tone lights with the clear/red no amber styling. After the body was prepped it was coated in several layers of Tangerine Orange by Kyle at Item 4 body shop. Then the vinyl was applied by the experts at www.monkeyinadryer.com to show some sponsors love before the final touches were made.
“I had a chance to pick up this one of a kind D-DRUG Tsunami Silvia hood a while back and I did,” says Som. “I’ve held onto it for nearly a year until I decided to use it. The hood is for a Silvia front end, so I would have to do a conversion to my S13 fastback in order to use it... but I didn’t like sil-80s at all, so I decided to roll with this sweet ragtop.”
The overall style of the car is ramped up by the rare Japanezzie wheels it rolls on. “The choice of wheels was also very important for this project,” admits Som. “I needed something big and something with a gangsta lip. It needed to sit with an aggressive stance and have the lip and fender clearance like a JDM VIP car. I stumbled upon some Work Stitch Evolutions and I knew they would be the one. I kept with my theme for orange paint and gold wheels and had them custom painted gold, wrapped in Feddys and ready to go.” So a set of Work Stitch Evolutions were sourced out in the largest the body work could accommodate, with ultra wide 18x9-inch +16 offset up front with 225/40R18 Federal SS595 tires stretched over the lip. Around back are some 18x10-inchers cloaked in the same Federal 225/40R18s, just in case you thought the fronts were stretched. The brakes are simple yet effective 11-inch slotted rotors running combo of Hawk HPS and Project Mu brake pads.
To keep the S13 under an organized slide, the coilovers are a set of highly adjustable Stance GR Pro. In the front, Som spec’ed out 8Kg spring rate with a 6Kg around back to really get it sideways. A set of Tanabe sway bars were added front and rear to eliminate roll and a strut bar. Peak Performance inner and outer tie rods were also added to get proper angle. Also onboard is some of Som’s own product from his company Drift Line USA, including tension rods and wheel spacers.
Beyond the roll cage, the interior is a blend of function and flash. A pair of Bride Brix II seats are mounted on some sliders and draped with Sparco 4-points harnesses. The console has been done in a color match panel and a custom fleur-de-lis fabric throughout. Some SPW gauges including: boost, water and oil temp are found inside an AutoMeter custom pod.
Under the D-Drug lid is the venerable SR20 4-banger. This turbo motor is basically the small block Chevy of Japan and has been swapped into nearly everything that has rear wheel drive! The once regular S13 redtop engine block now sports CP Pistons and S15 rods, as all mods and installation were done by Driftline / B&A Cylinder Head. His own company Drift Line USA in Richfield, MN performed engine mods including: CP pistons, Cometic headgaskets and stout S15 rods. A fresh Garrett GT28 turbo was fitted to a T-pros tubular manifold. The gases head into a GReddy downpipe into a Buddy Club Spec II 3-inch stainless steel exhaust. On the cool side, compressed air heads into Blitz front and is popped off with an HKS SSQV blow-off valve. To hook up the extra torque is an Exedy Stage 2 clutch with a machined OE flywheel.
“The car is far from complete; I have big plans for it later in 2009,” boasts Som. “If I can get the right sponsors on board for the next drift season I will be looking into a VQ35DE swap and a Formula D legal roll cage. As for now I prefer to drive it on the street as much as I can and she’s never been on a trailer and has been on the track multiples times.” What more can you ask for, some jam, some style and something that can be equally as lethal on the street or track.
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