From a young age, Jason Underwood's world has revolved around cars. As a kid, he was a dreamer and would make a list of mods he would do to specific cars as if he actually had money. When Gran Turismo came out in the later part of the '90s, you'd find him glued in front of a pre-flat-screen TV playing for hours. In between fantasizing about building cars in his notebook and in Sony's racing simulator, Jason was helping his Pops wrench on cars. Cars were—and still are—life.
By the time Jason was old enough to drive, the ideal project car fell in his lap—a Japanese-spec, right-hand-drive Nissan 240SX. For a teenager living in Oklahoma, this was unheard of. Call it luck or call it fate, Jason was well on his way to fulfilling his dreams of building a Japanese sports coupe.
Before reaching its current setup, the PS13 had gone through several stages with different body parts, wheels, and even paint colors. "First I painted it sunset bronze with Vertex aero and CCW LM5 wheels." After the addition of a Chargespeed hood and rear over-fenders, Work VS-KF wheels replaced the CCWs and the car was painted red. Many would have been satisfied, but Jason wasn't. After a couple more years, it was time for another makeover.
It all started with a wheel find. Jason hit the jackpot when he came across a set of SSR Agle Minervas for sale—his all-time-favorite wheel. He delivered them to , where the staff rebuilt the SSRs with new lips and barrels, re-chromed the faces, and added 24K gold hardware.
Keeping it JDM, the Vertex aero was replaced with most of the Spirit Rei Miyabi kit mixed in with a few other exterior components synonymous to the PS13, like BN Sports hood and DMAX taillights. From what Jason says, there are only 15 other cars in the world with that same Spirit Rei kit. A custom purple paint job finished the reborn exterior.
We mustn't forget about the engine and chassis modifications, either, which were done earlier in the build process. A Redtop SR20DET was swapped into the shell originally, which still powers the car today and features enough power to light up the rear tires at grassroots drift events, which Jason frequents. The vehicle's footwork is also on point with nearly every suspension bolt-on you can install on an S13 as well as an OEM Z32 brake upgrade. Jason's overall goal was to keep it a true street car and not go over the top because he simply loves cruising and listening to good music while driving.
While there are a lot of great parts used in this build, we commend Jason the most for building his first project car from the ground up in his two-car garage. Everything from the body and paintwork to the engine swap was all done himself thanks to the know-how his Pops passed down him.
Jason plans on keeping this car forever and tells us he's playing with the idea of picking up an S15 Silvia. If he does, we have a hunch he's already written down a list of mods he's planning to do and has already built it in Gran Turismo. Someone find this man a shell.