I went down to the city today to meet up with local drifter, Jim Bissey. Jim’s been racing since he was 5 years old and once he was let down by two of his built SR20’s blowing up, Jim decided it was time to take a slight break and upgrade to another engine platform.
The idea for Jim to move up to a 1Jz VVTI was inspired by Nick DAlessio and Steve Angerman who both had been saying “bro get a 1J”. After going for a ride in both of their cars, Jim instantly fell in love with the boosted straight sixes.
The day after Jim crashed his old shell and the motor blew, he began working on his new 240SX hatch shell and started from scratch on building a new chassis. Not many people can say that they’ve been the only one to touch their car during a build, but Jim can proudly say this. The cage, engine, wiring, paint, etc was all done by Jim at his family’s shop, J&C Auto in Philadelphia.
The build was not easy, but with the help of friends, Nick DAlessio and Steve Angerman, and Jim’s father, the car was able to get done. Jim would like Nick and Steve for answering the questions he had throughout the build and his father for pushing him to get back into racing and not give up when his previous chassis was causing so many issues.
Jim will continue on now with his fresh build to complete the last three rounds of Street Wise Drift for 2013 and continue to participate in local events and competitions.
Instant Gentleman body kit 30mm front fenders 50mm rear over fenders
Front 17×9.75 XXR527 w/ Toyo 245/35/17 Rear MB battles 245/40/17
Toyota 1JX-GTE VVTI with an R154 transmission Power FC Tomei Expreme turbo elbow Custom full 3 inch exhaust Koyo radiator Smax performance intercooler Smax oil catch can Smax coolant overflow Smax fuel pressure regulator Smax reusable fuel filter ACT stage 3 clutch kit One piece driveshaft Kaaz 2 way LSD
Steering and Suspension
BC Racing Coilovers ISIS arms kit Solid subframe bushings Modified front steering knuckles Tein inner tie rods/ SPL outer tie rods 5 lug conversion Z32 brake conversion S14 lca’s
J&C AUTOmotive custom roll cage Grip Royal lime steering wheel Sparco corsa racing seat Racequip harness Ksport hydraulic handbrake Custom switch panel
Words & Photos: Mike DeFusco