Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

Inside out

So for the last few days I have been working on putting in a new dash into the Z; an s13 (89-94 Nissan 240sx) dash. Even though this isn’t the first time this has been done, the documentation for how to do it is non-existent, so I took it upon myself to show you what is needed.

Because this is the first time that I have ever done a dash conversion I had to take my time, and make small cuts. To get from stock to nearly fitting took 6 hours, and to nearly finish it took another 3; but before I get too into it, the photos.

Taking out the stock dash
240sx dash install
240sx dash install

Clean up
240sx dash install

Comparison
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install


Then the package arrived to complete my interior
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install

Cutting into the dash
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install

The fit
240sx dash install
240sx dash install

How it looks cut up
240sx dash install
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240sx dash install
240sx dash install

I am really unsure about what I want to do about the gauges; mainly because of what may be coming in the next couple of months. So for now I am going the AMG ZIP-TIES route.
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install

Made sure the car started up, which it did, and then moved onto the next part of the install; the e-brake. I remember reading somewhere that some of the 240z kids were using the 240sx brake handle and cables so I gave the good ‘ol college try.
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install
240sx dash install


I read incorrectly. The cables are far too long and there really isn’t a way for me to loop them to make them work… so all this work for nothing. Well, I should be able to use it once I figure out how long the cables need to be and somehow make some of my own. I mean you don’t REALLY need an e-brake right?

… Yeah… but hey it looks decent right?

240sx dash install
240sx dash install

This is where the photos end. But the clean up and the (nearly) final product will be finished and posted tomorrow. Along with that I’ll pull out the Jag and grab a couple of side-by-side shots for all you whom have been asking for them.

For the rest of the photos click HERE

-‘till next time