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Vypurr 08-06-2009 07:20 PM

Car Of The Month: Sep '08 - StreetEG
Car Of The Month: Sep '08
StreetEG's 1974 Datsun 240z with RB25DET swap

Interview: Andrew Goodman
Photographer: Bob MacMillan

TST: Welcome Eric and congratulations on being this month’s Car of the Month! When did you first hear about TST?
Eric: The very first time I heard of tristatetuners was at a meet in a rock-filled parking lot at a sandwich shop. I think Troll and some girl were handing out t-shirts there and that was when I first caught wind. Then once it caught on to the regulars at the Hamilton Dunkin’ Donuts meet, I decided to sign up.

TST: What first sparked your interesting the automotive hobby?
Eric: I used to race mountain bikes when I lived out west, and I was always tweaking that thing to go faster, stop shorter and take bigger bumps. It’s been in my blood since I was a teenager.

TST: Nice, have you ever thought about getting into rallying cars?
Erid: Nah I would like to get into it, but there are not really too many places to go practice. I’m more of a backroad kind of guy.

TST: What kind of cars did you tear up the backroads with before you bought your Z?
Eric: My favorite car was my (Honda Civic) eg hatch. It was stripped to nothing but a driver’s seat and a steering wheel. It never saw a mile where it revved fewer than 8k rpm. I miss that car a lot, once I get a garage big enough for the z and another car I am going to build a new one.

TST: We'll stay tuned for that. What made you decided to switch over to the Datsun?
Eric: Well my Hondas kept getting stolen, so I was pretty discouraged about the whole tuning scene, but I was still looking for something to keep me busy. I actually stumbled upon the Z on a forum called Nicoclub. The guy ran into some financial trouble and he was selling this car for NOTHING, so I bought it sight unseen as a fun project. I flew down to Georgia that weekend and drove her up here.

TST: Theft is definitely a big problem with Hondas, especially in more recent years. What did the Z have done to it when you purchased it? And what have you added since?
Eric: Well the Z was the ultimate project car for me because it came with the bodywork already done and the swap was running, but there was a ton more to finish up. I drove it home without a fuel gauge, tach, speedo, blinkers, reverse lights, radio, open dump pipe, untuned and a 5 gallon cell that I had to refill every 100-150 miles. Since then I have added everything that I just mentioned along with racing seats, 4pt harnesses, I polished the cage, and I took off the hundreds of stickers that the previous owner had put on. There’s still plenty to go.

TST: This car was at Import Intelligence a while back; did they help you get it tuned up?
Eric: Yeah I had just finished putting the front mount and Greddy intake manifold on with a different throttle body and TPS, and I just couldn’t get it to idle properly. I also needed them to do some welding for me to get the radiator and intercooler in place and finally the have the intercooler mounted properly so that the hood could open more easily.

TST: Do you daily drive it?
Eric: Hell no! The car may see 1000 miles a year. I wish I could drive it every day because it’s a blast, but it is just not a friendly daily driver. At least not for the job I do.

TST: What is the job you do?
Eric: I am a recruiter in the accounting field. Sometimes the job requires that you take clients out for lunch and to other meetings, so having a car with the gas tank in the hatch just does not fly with some of the clients.

TST: I can see how the Datsun might not give the best first impression, although it would certainly win me over! Are the limited miles you put on it your way around NJ inspection? They are pretty strict with modified cars.
Eric: It’s registered as a classic car, so that gets me around some of the strict rules.

TST: The bodywork on your Datsun is one of a kind, what’s the story with it?
Eric: Well as the story goes I am the third owner of the car. The first was this guy down south who was very well known for his work. This was his personal car and he was going for an import that could battle the Corvette, thus the opal taillight conversion and the molded front. It’s a completely metal kit welded to the body with half-inch thick support beams for the kit. It is very solid, and all the welds are seamed with fiberglass. The hood was shortened and the metal scoop was added with the vent conveniently located above the turbo. To be honest, when I first got the car I hated it. The paint was messed up and there were stickers everywhere; it just needed some TLC. Now that I have brought it back its growing on me slowly but I get mixed reactions.

TST: That's understandable, at the end of the day it's your car, and if you like it that's all that matters. What kind of power is the car making at this point?
Eric: It is a stock RB25 (Nissan Skyline single turbo motor) with bolt-ons running around 10psi untuned. Usually puts it around 230-240whp although I hoping for 300 once I get it tuned.

TST: That's a solid goal. Any plans to drag/drift/road race it? I bet this would be a blast to take to Clubloose at Englishtown.
Eric: There are plans but for now they will stay as just plans. This winter we will see what the potential for the car is. I am really going to take the next step to get the right parts on it to start taking it to drag and drift events. It needs a diff, fuel cell enclosure, better fans/radiator setup, and really aggressive wheels that actually fit the car properly.

TST: You should make up an official member journal so we all can follow along.
If you do ever part with the Z, what would you want to build next?
Eric: It depends on where I am at financially. I haven’t built anything AWD yet so I am definitely going to look in that area. But after the Z I can’t do something that blends in, so I think I’m going to find a Nissan Pulsar GTIR and see what I can do with that.

TST: That would definitely not blend in! If your money supply were limitless, what would your dream car be?
Eric: I’ve never really given it much thought. I try to dream within my bounds. If I had to choose I would probably have to say a Veryon. Why the hell not?

TST: No reason not to, that's why we always say money isn't a boundary! Thanks for taking the time to share your car with us; do you have anyone you'd like to thank before we go?

Eric: The guys who came out to shoot the car last night did an awesome job, it was a lot of fun. Also Import Intelligence for the help with the motor and Justin "seeps" Spaeth (veryslows14) for the help with the car.

User Information:
Full Name: Eric Guidice
User Name: Streeteg
Location: Hamilton NJ
Age: 24
Occupation: Accounting Recruiter

Kenwood MP3/CD head unit
Kenwood 4” Front speakers
Kenwood 5x7 Rear speakers
Bazooka 6” self powered subwoofer

Engine and Performance:
Rb20 Transmission
Tilton Clutch
Stock Turbo
Greddy intake manifold
Ebay FMIC 24x12x4
Greddy Type-S BOV
Infiniti q45 throttle body
3” exhaust to Carbon Ti Muffler
Slim Filter (pep boy special)
Custom Drive shaft
Top hat performance Rb mounts
Modded oil pan for Datsun RB swap
Custom radiator with dual electic fans
Custom Catch can
R180 3.73 Gearing

Autopower Roll Cage Polished
5 gallon Fuel cell
Corbeau A4 seats (black)
Corbeau 4 pt harness
Custom Dashboard
Autometer Pro Comp Tachometer
Autometer Pro Comp Water Temp
Autometer Pro Comp Oil Pressure
Autometer Pro Comp Volts
Autometer Pro Comp Boost
Autometer Pro Comp Pyrometer
Autometer Pro Comp Oil temperature
Apexi AVC-R Boost Controller
Custom Heater
Cowprint shift boot
Greddy counterweight shift knob
Gold Flake Apexi Steering wheel
Custom Trunk release

Exterior Suspension and Wheels:
All metal Widebody Kit
Opal GT taillight conversion
Custom Hood Scoop
Turbo Vent
Sparco Pins
Molded Spoiler
Wiper Delete
Custom Sunroof
Sidemarker Delete
Projector Headlights
4300k HID Headlights
Tokico springs and shocks
Sportmax 006 wheels 17x9 rear 17x8 front

Click Here To See More Pictures

StreetEG 08-07-2009 09:12 AM

Yayyyy! The car has been completely rebuilt since this photoshoot- New suspension wheels and inteiror---I am almost embarassed at the fitment I used to have.

New Photos:
stay tuned for more @

Vypurr 08-07-2009 09:49 AM

Post some pictures up mang!

StreetEG 08-07-2009 10:22 AM

GHost240SX 08-07-2009 01:57 PM

So SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO dope. Im jealous

boostedmirage 09-01-2009 05:00 PM

nice ride

polarexpress17 09-04-2009 03:52 AM

definately sick! whats up with the crooked IC?

CHAOS 09-04-2009 05:29 AM

its 2009 lol not 08.

phate1229 09-06-2009 07:17 PM


Originally Posted by polarexpress17 (Post 1495746)
definately sick! whats up with the crooked IC?

jdm angle

Nick 95 6sp 09-07-2009 10:23 PM

cool and unique

reminds me of a shark... JawsDM

Nick 95 6sp 09-07-2009 10:26 PM


Originally Posted by CHAOS (Post 1495748)
its 2009 lol not 08.

I had to go back and look to make sure I didn't post in a year old thread

nurevekcivic00 09-09-2009 08:36 AM

this car is amazing

KDMguy 09-10-2009 10:43 PM

Omg nice!!

ttypewe4jim 09-10-2009 10:58 PM

Very nice ride!

E30FTW 09-24-2009 01:49 PM

sick !

Cutlass372 09-26-2009 11:19 AM

Looking good :) You have come a long way since you first picked this car up, I remember reading the thread. Did you go to coilovers and sectioned struts over the tokico stuff? The front of the car doesn't completely do it for me, but.. to each his own and im sure its fun. Good luck with the car and we should try to get together a local Datsun meet ;) haha.

Oh PS, There was no 240z in 74, if it is a 74 it's a 260.

StreetEG 09-26-2009 12:05 PM

ya i didnt write the article--- but yes its a 260. And as far as the front goes, for the money i got it when i picked it up you couldnt beat it so I lived with the front. As far as the suspension that project is this winter for a full rebuild. Along with topmount hx35. I am excited. As for the meet--- there was a big NJZ car meet a few weeks back-- a lot of nice datsuns out there. Ill keep you posted on em

Cutlass372 09-26-2009 12:17 PM

Yeah, Sort of pissed at myself for missing that one. I Kept telling myself it was coming up, but I thought it was in Sept and not aug. I am really just trying to find someone to tune my carbs and maybe pick up a few parts.

laser92dsm 10-03-2009 11:07 AM

Damm this 240 is nice ive always thought about buying one and restoring it.

ecknissan240 10-06-2009 06:08 PM

absolutely gorgeous

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