December 18, 2014

Myron’s s30

Posted on August 7, 2009 by in Featured Cars

Myron is the perfect example of a Driven Daily’er.  He’s a strict-budget driver who’s a skilled fabricator and really knows how to nail down his goals.  Although this particular s30 has become less of a daily driver and more of a track car, it’s still one of my favorite builds even if only for its purity.  Luckily, I had a chance to email Myron, and he was nice enough to let me feature his build on my site.

DD:  What made you decide to buy an s30?

Myron: When I was looking for a car I wanted something that was pre-smog (A big plus here in CA), RWD, and plenty of room to grow as far as performance goes. It didn’t take me very long to decide after knowing that the 240Z had rich racing history, but in all actuality the timeless styling alone had me sold the moment I saw one.

Myron's s30

DD:  What does your vehicle ownership timeline look like? (what did you own/modify leading up to this project?)

Myron: My first car was an ’89 240SX coupe. Even before the whole drift hype and band wagon 240sx’ers I had a fairly modified street car equipped with suspension mods, 300ZX TT brakes, aggressive wheels/tires and the infamous SR20DET. After getting busted for an illegal motor swap I picked up my 240Z. It didn’t take very long for me to start restoring/ modifying the suspension and to swap out the automatic L24 setup for a 4-Speed SU-carbed L28. At that time the car was driven more than 60 miles a day, and still pounding some track days on the weekend. Never satisfied, I swapped the L28 and 4-speed for a RB25DE and 5-speed. I got tired of driving the Z everyday so I picked up a 240SX fastback to take it’s place. Knowing that the Z no longer had to endure the constraints of everyday driving I went crazy trying to reinforce the chassis without installing a full roll cage. Additionally, I stripped all the interior and got rid of everything I didn’t need, and tried to make my suspension parts more adjustable. Lastly, I swapped the RB25DE for a VQ35DE with the 6-speed which is what I’m currently running.

Myron's s30

DD:  How did you get started with fabrication?

Myron: My tight budgets and my curiosity with how things work had always forced me to  do my own work. I took very little baby steps to get where I am now. I used to be a bolt on only type of guy before I started my own fab. I think what really gave me the confidence to start my own fabrication projects were the several college welding courses I took. If you have those kind of things available in your area I highly recommend taking a few courses. Even If you don’t plan to do your own fab in the future I think it’s really important for car people to know a few basic welding procedures.

 

Myron's s30 intake ducting

DD:  You did a massive amount of fabrication on your car.  Have you considered offering your services professionally?

Myron: Thought about it, but never seriously considered it. Although it may not seem like it I’m currently trying to keep my focus on school in which I hope to attain my ME degree. Maybe after…?

Myron's s30 underside

DD:   If you had to guess, how much of an investment (time and money) have you put into it?

Myron: Don’t know. Don’t care.

Myron's s30 weld quality

DD:  What are your plans for the future for your Z?

Myron: A trailer, slicks, and more seat time. Lots more.

Myron's s30 dashboard

DD:  What would you consider the ‘ultimate’ chassis, and why?

Myron: If were talking any chassis…. Formula one. F1 is the pinnacle of all motorsports.

Myron's s30 engine bay

DD:  What is your highest priority for your vehicles, (suspension, powerplant, drivetrain, etc)?

Myron: I believe that a car that has all parts that work very well in unity has far more potential  than one with one or two strong points and a few weaknesses. That said, all of them should be on the same level of priority. Balance is always key.

Myron's s30 side

DD:  What driving habits or modifications make you cringe when you see them?

Myron: People that don’t let you pass with fast cars on the straights and slow in the turns.

Myron's s30 exhaust side

You can read more about Myron’s fabrication and modification on these threads (but they are by no means exhaustive):

ProjectVQ

Brake Bias Tuning

Home Made Control Arms

Fuel Cell Installation

Aluminum Dash Fabrication

Brake Lines and Brakes

Chassis Stiffening

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6 Responses to “Myron’s s30”

  1. Chris Hecht 15 October 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Wow! That is a rad Z. I wonder if the VQ up front makes it noticably more heavy up front compared to the L series stuff? Although those are iron blocks and the VQ aluminum, right?

    • Jesse 15 October 2010 at 3:33 pm #

      The VQ is aluminum, has less than 1/2 the crankshaft, and a much smaller intake system. However, it has two dual overhead camshaft heads, so it’s not considerably lighter. I would venture a guess of 50-100lbs less than an equivalent l-series. The VQ also has great transmission options, and makes gobs more power n/a.

  2. Myron 26 October 2010 at 3:26 am #

    Thanks, Chris.

    I was able to get the VQ much further back than the L series. It actually sits behind the front x-member. The VQ is a tad bit lighter a well so I’d assume I made the front end lighter.

    I’d still like to get the car weighed on each corner some day.

  3. Dane Larsen 16 February 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    i love the z!!!! i was looking around for ideas on a dash and this is exactly what i was wanting!! and then i found some hybridz forums posted here on the build and its soo inspiring i wish i had money hahaha but im definetly stealing your dash design its perfect! XD

    • Jesse 17 February 2011 at 9:32 am #

      Most of Myron’s modifications were done on a tight budget, but he still managed to do them with an extremely high level of quality and effectiveness. It’s a very efficient build, all-around.

      • Dane Larsen 17 February 2011 at 2:54 pm #

        yeah i know haha ive been looking at all the threads on his z and it really makes me wanna get to work!!


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