1988 Nissan Cefiro – Modified Magazine

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Nissan Cefiro

True Japanese Street-Style in Liam Kirby’s ’88 Nissan

Before Liam Kirby was born, designers and engineers at in Japan were hard at The year was 1987, and Toyota was a strong sedan lineup led by its Mark II platform. Nissan a third sedan in addition to the R32 and Laurel to stay competitive.

The answered the call with the Cefiro: a RWD sedan that several chassis and engine with Nissan’s two existing It’s safe to assume the at Nissan never imagined 24 years later one of their would be ripping around at events-in Canada of all places-powered by an built by the very manufacturer the car was to compete against. As strange as it may this Cefiro does that.

The automotive journey just a handful of years ago for during the summer before his year of high school. He was of taking the bus and had been saving his for more than a year the intention of purchasing a proper RWD to build. There would be enough cash left to afford gas and insurance at the end of each but he knew it would be worth it.

Liam ended up with a platform for his first project an S13 240SX. In fact, his father had to pick up an S13 for years, but Liam’s mom have it. Influenced by his father, purchased an S13 of his own.

As time on, the eager high school got a second part-time job to afford coilovers, and other parts for his

The build continued, and Liam transformed his S13 into a full-blown car. While this driving aggressively a blast, it him with a loud and uncomfortable on the street. Being Liam’s mode of transportation, it was becoming

Not to mention, the car began to rust, to the effects of harsh Toronto

Liam decided it was time for new. He wanted to build a car could hold its own at drift but still remain comfortable and on the street. After discussing his with his friend Oliver, was reminded of how much he wanted to an FR sedan platform.

It’s no that North America has out on a lot of cool Japanese cars the last several decades. a worthy FR sedan platform to from would have challenging in the United States, but to Canada’s relatively lenient importation law (when compared the 25-year law in the United States,) was able to find his imported RHD shell without too much Before he knew it, he was on his way home his new Japanese sedan.

The first the new shell needed was a full set of components, including front and subframes. Fortunately for Liam, the shares nearly all its major components with the S13 240SX. meant he was able to repurpose a majority of the parts he already including his Stance coilovers, adjustable arms, S14 lower arms and uprights, and the welded from his previous S13.

With everything usable the 240SX swapped over to the Liam sold what was to fund his new project. The next to address was the powerplant. I was really of the semibuilt SR20 from the and since I was starting from I decided that I might as sell it and make the same numbers with a stock Liam explains.

After the Cefiro shares the same engine bay as the R32 Skyline, he decided to up to an engine with a bit more than his previous setup. But to the of the engineers at Nissan, Liam choose to go with the RB26. he turned to one of its rival’s most engines: the Toyota 1JZGTE.

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from a common platform a plentiful aftermarket to a car rarely in North America with an engine swap would be far easy. However, Liam a specific plan for the build to that everything would be right the first time. the new engine could find its way the bay, a set of custom fender was fabricated to allow for the additional angle produced by the modified S13

Despite a lack of previous or metalwork experience, Liam in head first. Before the custom fender tubs in place, and the bay was completely shaved, and painted.

With the engine bay the inline-six Toyota engine its way into its new and unfamiliar home. The 1JZ was up with a GReddy timing 2JZ water pump, and a slew of push-lock fittings, hoses, and Liam also equipped the car a Mocal power steering and a large Vibrant intercooler to this former family would be up to the frequent drifting and abuse it would soon

Unfortunately, an attractive exterior high on the priority list for the of this practical Japanese Luckily, Liam had a vision for the exterior. There weren’t cool Cefiros on the Internet for me to go off of.

It easy building a car when you no background on your computer of a version for motivation. He decided to the exterior to an Origin Lab body kit completely repainting it at Diamond The aero selection, when with the car’s low stance and 3.5-inch HNC Material exhaust gives the car a stunning appearance of traditional big-body JDM drift

Another key component to the overall success of this Cefiro is the gear. Wheel choice can or break a build like but Liam nailed it. The car is equipped a set of beautiful, staggered SSR Gartmaiers, in at 18×9.5 up front and 18×10.5 out

Aggressive offsets and widths this sedan doesn’t in with the others in the grocery parking lot.

Interior was something Liam’s S13 lacked. this in mind, he decided to all the interior panels intact. A set of R32 seats provide the occupants a little extra support being too wild for street

The handbrake, center console, and have also been to items from the Cefiro’s R32 Cleverly placed gauges AEM make sure everything the hood stays in check.

And you have it: an unlikely hero in a land. The engineers that the Nissan Cefiro would never dreamed of a slammed sliding sideways to the hum of a Toyota 1JZ on the side of the globe, but Liam has proved to them and everyone that with enough and heart, anything’s possible.

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