View Thread: buying a Silvia


j_dawg
how much could I get an early 90's Silvia in good condition?

eric
If you're from MD, or anywhere in the US you're not gonna get a silvia. The closest you could get would be a 240SX. For an early 90's (1989-94 S13) you could easily find one in good shape for less than $3K. The next step would be to swap the KA engine for the japanese SR20DET, which can range from $1K to $4K depending on the milage and state of tune of the engine (redtop, blacktop, etc. ) There are some other small differences between the Japanese Silvia and the US 240SX, and if you check out sport compact car (http://www.sportcompactcarweb.com/projectcars/0211scc_projsilvia/) they built a pretty mean S13 silvia.

eric
BTW where in MD are you from? I go to school in college park.

mustangdriver
:stupid:

Yeah, SCC has a pretty awesome Silvia in their garage. You can get a pretty decent 240SX for under $3K like he said or if you want one with a blown engine you can get one under $1000 like they did in the mag. SR20DET engines are pretty easy to find but because of their popularity they are a little expensive. Don't bother getting a red-top unless you just want it look cool, the black top engines are the same thing, just cheaper.

I'm from MD too, getting ready to move back there in 3 weeks :cheers: Welcome to Tripleplate :tp:

j_dawg
Thanks, I have the scc and thats how i found out about this forum. I live in mechanicsville in st.mary's county.

mustangdriver
Thanks, I have the scc and thats how i found out about this forum. I live in mechanicsville in st.mary's county.

Oh cool, we were wondering when we would get a member from the SCC feature. Sweet!

I was just down in your area within the last month. A couple of people I went to school with live down there.

k6kicker
*ahem* well just so you know i'm the local....errrum "local" nissan nut (ummm us-spec nissan nut...there you) so if you have any questions fire away...now i know pittsburgh is a long ways to go to get a car for you but theres a lot in north hills with 7 s13's listed and one had super hicas (meaning all wheel sterring and an lsd) all under 70,000 miles, sure they were asking 5k for the hicas model but some of the others were down ro 3k and were in show room shape

Rotary Boy
red top=looks cool and much cheaper

blacktop=looks not as cool but is much cooler under the valvecover, significantly more expensive

mustangdriver
red top=looks cool and much cheaper

blacktop=looks not as cool but is much cooler under the valvecover, significantly more expensive

Interesting, I always heard the opposite. I heard the red top was more sought after b/c it's cooler looking but it's not worth the extra money b/c it's the same thing underneath. I trust you though :eek:

k6kicker
depends on the blacktop you are tlaking about.....the 180sx blacktop is just a newer retop, the s14 silvia bl;acktop has a larger turbo and vvt and betetr flowing ins and outs

Rotary Boy
s13 red top= cheapest of the sr20det's decent flowing heads, cams that leave much to be desired

S13 black top= more expensive, it's an S14 blacktop with an S13 red top turbo.

S14 blacktop= more expensive. better cams, better flowing heads, better turbo stock, magic valve action and more wiring.

S15 blacktop= shitty 6 speed transmition and way to much wiring, painfully overpriced, higher boost out of an S14 turbo.

eric
*ahem* well just so you know i'm the local....errrum "local" nissan nut (ummm us-spec nissan nut...there you) so if you have any questions fire away...now i know pittsburgh is a long ways to go to get a car for you but theres a lot in north hills with 7 s13's listed and one had super hicas (meaning all wheel sterring and an lsd) all under 70,000 miles, sure they were asking 5k for the hicas model but some of the others were down ro 3k and were in show room shape

doesn't the all wheel steering alot of unneeded weight?

Lotus
Oh cool, we were wondering when we would get a member from the SCC feature. Sweet!

I was just down in your area within the last month. A couple of people I went to school with live down there.

what scc feature?

mustangdriver
what scc feature?

BAM (http://www.sportcompactcarweb.com/projectcars/)

Just go down to Nissan Silvia.

eric
I think lotus was asking about when we were featured in SCC. We were one of their "Featured Websites" where they take 2 or 3 websites every month and have a 1 paragraph write up about them. here (http://www.tripleplate.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=7940&highlight=scc+tripleplate)

Lotus
I think lotus was asking about when we were featured in SCC. We were one of their "Featured Websites" where they take 2 or 3 websites every month and have a 1 paragraph write up about them. here (http://www.tripleplate.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=7940&highlight=scc+tripleplate)

yep that one.

The 18th Letter
Welcome to the forum. Like everyone said, we don't get the Silvia, but you can swap a SR20DET in and do a Silvia conversion like the SCC did. Or if you have the money, swap in a RB25DET from the Skyline GT-T and make it a Sky40. :rock: I remember and article in SCC about the Skyline motor swap, it doesn't seem that much harder than a SR20DET, you just need to buy a mount kit, custom driveshaft and some other stuff. Go to scc's site, they might have that article.

j_dawg
thanks everybody

k6kicker
you need to learn to fear the torque master ka :sarah: