First Love: Mike Power's 1989 Nissan 240SX

First Love: Mike Power's 1989 Nissan 240SX

Photography by @connorcroak.

The 1989 Nissan 240sx you see here was actually Mike Power’s first ever project build. When he was first getting involved in drifting, he was lucky enough to have a close friend of his sell him the fairly clean S13 with an SR20 swap - the perfect platform to get his feet wet and get some seat time. In 2016 he attended his first drift event with Club Loose, and it’s been a never-ending story since then.

01 Mike Power 1989 Nissan 240sx USDrift pasmag Connor Croak

As Power’s driving abilities improved, the car’s mechanical prowess improved as well. The SR20 was eventually replaced by a 2JZ-GTE VVTI so he could make a reliable 700-plus horsepower, and the car’s exterior was transformed with style in mind. Modifications were always a balance between overall function as well as ease of serviceability in an effort to maximize seat time and minimize time spent fixing the car in the pits. These days you can catch Power getting sideways at USDrift events in the same 240sx that started it all for him.

06 Mike Power 1989 Nissan 240sx USDrift pasmag Connor Croak


Owner: Mike Power
Location: St. James, NY
Vehicle: 1989 Nissan 240sx
Engine: Toyota 2JZ-GTE VVTI 3.0L I6
Horsepower: 700+ whp
Club: Power Racing LLC
Competition: USDrift


Facebook: /mikepowerracing
Instagram: @mikepowerdrift


  • Toyota 2JZ-GTE VVTI engine swap
  • GSC S1 cams
  • Ferrea valvetrain
  • Garrett GTX3584rs gen 2 turbocharger
  • Fuel Injector Clinic 1650cc injectors
  • Thorn Industries R35 coil pack conversion
  • Hypertune valve covers
  • Plazmaman intake manifold
  • Radium 10-gallon fuel cell
  • Griffin dual-pass rear-mount radiator
  • Spal fans
  • AEM Performance Electronics 6 ECU
  • ECU Masters (PMU16, 12-position can keyboard)
  • RAD Industries self-exciting alternator


  • Future Fab twin-scroll exhaust manifold
  • 4-inch oval exhaust


  • Andrews A431 4-speed dog box transmission
  • Winters quick-change differential
  • 3.5-inch aluminum driveshaft
  • Driveshaft Shop 1000-hp axles


  • Work Wheels T5R wheels - 17x9 +38 (f), 18x9.5 +12 (r)
  • Achilles 123S tires - 255/35/17 (f), 255/35/18 ®
  • Wilwood (4-piston front calipers, dual piston rear brakes, hats and rotors)


  • Tubed front and rear chassis w/ FD Pro2 spec cage
  • Wisefab suspension arms
  • Stance XR3 custom coilovers
  • Bink Industries multi-link front sway bar


  • Origin Labs (Racing Line aero kit, 55mm front fenders, rear overfenders)
  • Plastics4Performance window kit
  • Ganador mirrors
  • Silvia brick headlights
  • D-Max (clear corner lights, LED tail lights)


  • HGK fiberglass dashboard
  • Woodward collapsible steering column
  • OMP (330mm steering wheel, HTE-R 400 seats)
  • Schroth Racing harnesses


  • Power Racing LLC
  • Quickstyle Motorsports
  • Thorn Industries
  • Fuel Injector Clinic
  • Work Wheels Japan
  • Setrab USA
  • Phenix Industries
  • Schassis
  • Wirecare Inc
  • Cleo Tuned

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