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'92 NIS­SAN 240SX (S13)

Super Street - - Project Car -

OWNER JESSE ROBLES

HOME­TOWN TEMPE, AZ

OC­CU­PA­TION BAR­TENDER FOUR PEAKS BREW­ING COM­PANY

IN­STA­GRAM @jesse­crob­les

POWER 546hp; 533 lb-ft of torque at 31psi

EN­GINE Toy­ota JZX110 1JZ VVTI en­gine; Get Nuts mo­tor and trans­mis­sion mounts; Gar­rett GTX3076 Gen 2 turbo; Fu­ture Fab in­take man­i­fold, charge pip­ing, down­pipe; TIAL MVR 44mm waste­gate; ID1000 in­jec­tors; GSK Fab­ri­ca­tion swirl pot; Chase Bays power steer­ing and over­flow tanks; Elevens Paint and Fiber coil pack cover; Wal­bro 450-lph fuel pump

DRIV­E­TRAIN R154 trans­mis­sion with Mar­lin Crawler gears; Spec stage 2 clutch; one-piece drive­shaft; KAAZ two-way lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial

EN­GINE MAN­AGE­MENT A’PEXI Power FC D-jetro and Com­man­der; tuned by UMS Tun­ing on 110-oc­tane

FOOT­WORK & CHAS­SIS TEIN Su­per Drift coilovers; Fu­ture Fab mod­i­fied front knuck­les, front lower con­trol arms and steer­ing rack; Parts Shop Max rear drop knuck­les; Gk­tech rear lower con­trol arms; SPL and Voodoo13 ad­justable arms

BRAKES PBM Z32 front and rear calipers, Hy­dro e-brake; Fast­brakes two-piece ro­tors; Hawk HP+ pads; Chase Bays steel braided lines

WHEELS & TIRES 18x9.5” +22 Volk Rac­ing TE37 wheels; 225/35R18 front, 255/35R18 rear Nankang NS-20 tires

EX­TE­RIOR DMAX front and rear bumpers, side skirts, roof, trunk wing; Ori­gin 20mm front fend­ers; Charge­speed 50mm rear fend­ers; Bomex side mir­rors; Sei­bon car­bon-fiber hood; Lexan glass; painted by Elevens Paint and Fiber

IN­TE­RIOR Fat­head Fab­ri­ca­tion rollcage; Chip Lar­son Rac­ing cabin har­ness; Ul­tra­heaven gauge bezel; MOMO Monte Carlo steer­ing wheel; Works Bell quick re­lease; Cir­cuit Hero shift knob; Re­caro SPG driver and Sparco Pro 2000 pas­sen­ger seats; Takata five-point har­nesses; Palo Santo Well­ness Bou­tique good luck charms

THANKS my dad, mom and sis­ter; Elevens Paint and Fiber; ICB Mo­tor­sport; Project Onethirty; Chip Lar­son Rac­ing; Fat­head Fab­ri­ca­tion; GSK Fab­ri­ca­tion; UMS Tun­ing; Garage Boso; Four Peaks Brew­ing Com­pany Then when you find out he’s the owner of this Pan­dem wide­body Civic, it’s easy to as­sume he has deep pock­ets and just asked his son what parts were “cool to buy.” The truth is, this man crafted his son’s eye for style, and ev­ery bit of this car is part of his own vi­sion.

It’s in­sane to un­der­stand that a car this good look­ing is meant to be beat on the track. Phil is no slouch be­hind the wheel,, ei­ther, hav­ing set class records over the years. It is a pure­bred race ma­chine that can be dis­played at SEMA (some­thing Phil did in 2017 when his car won the cov­eted

Grand Tur­ismo award) and win car shows with a lit­tle el­bow grease. Phil cut his teeth in HPDE with a low-pow­ered car and with years of driv­ing un­der his belt, changed and added parts to drop his lap times. Up un­til re­cently, his Civic was NA, and I per­son­ally re­mem­ber won­der­ing, “How fast could this thing be with 200 hp and slicks?!” The re­al­ity was, Phil ripped. He would lean on ev­ery mil­lime­ter of slick un­der­neath his car to run in­sanely fast lap times.

Much like his ’65 Mus­tang, Phil couldn’t leave his Civic alone for long. He wanted to find the next step in this end­less build. Turbo power was the only thing left, and this meant a huge step in per­for­mance. Nearly dou­bling the power on only 11 psi of boost shows the ca­pa­bil­ity of this mad ma­chine. Cou­pling the in­creased power with a se­quen­tial Quaife means Phil plans to dec­i­mate all pre­vi­ous per­sonal bests. As a mat­ter of fact, there is some more in­tense aero de­vel­op­ment in the plans, and ru­mor has it he wants to at­tend WTAC in Aus­tralia with some of the most leg­endary Time At­tack driv­ers in the world. With the di­rec­tion this build has taken, it could un­doubt­edly hang with the best Down Un­der.

These two cars serve greatly dif­fer­ent pur­poses. These two men are greatly dif­fer­ent peo­ple. How­ever, the fuel that runs through them is the same. Their DNA is shared. Their pas­sions mir­ror one an­other. Each car is stylis­ti­cally un­flawed. Each car ab­so­lutely tears up the track on com­mand. These cars are al­most as rare as this fam­ily. They are show stop­pers, but un­der­neath the el­e­gance is some­thing raw and pri­mal. Hav­ing lived and breathed Ja­panese air and ex­haust, the Robles have an ex­tra keen eye for style. They’ve lived what is so many peo­ple’s dream, but they haven’t squan­dered their op­por­tu­nity.

A fi­nal mo­ment in the in­ter­view re­veals the thought process into their cars, which re­ally en­cap­su­lates these two builds beau­ti­fully. Phil wanted the Pan­dem kit for his car the minute he saw it. He cut and chopped his fend­er­wells again and again un­til the car sat low enough for his taste, yet it still re­tained full func­tion. Both of them nod­ded in ve­he­ment agreeance when dis­cussing how to get a car as low as pos­si­ble.

This pair­ing of like ideals and this mo­ment of shared, un­de­ni­able pas­sion il­lus­trates the depth of love this fa­ther and son share for cars. They con­tinue to fuel one an­other’s mo­ti­va­tion as they each search for that crescendo of per­fec­tion in their builds. In the end, they are do­ing what ev­ery fa­ther and son hopes to: en­joy each other’s com­pany and cre­ate a life­time of mem­o­ries that can live on just a lit­tle bit longer.

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