Project 240SX – Interior Swap

Interior Swap – Why?

Simple answer: I couldn’t stand the color. If the 240 hadn’t fallen in my lap, I would not have considered buying it because of the color. What to do? A complete interior swap!

Not my preference.

Sourcing the Parts

Back in the day, before list serves went the way of the dinosaur, I was part of a 240 list. Someone had posted interior parts from an S14a for sale. He had totaled his 240 and was selling a few parts of the interior. The listing was for seats and a few other miscellaneous parts. I emailed him about the rest and he said the car was still accessible. The only other problem was that everything was in Florida and I live in Indiana.

A quick call to a close friend with a truck and we took a road trip. We picked up the seats and miscellaneous parts and headed to the scrap yard where the car was located. Other than the dashboard and driver’s airbag, I picked up everything else including the carpet and seat belts!

Beyond the broken glass that was everywhere, this was a blast!

Sorting and Cleaning

After the long drive home, I couldn’t wait to start installing the parts. I sorted all of the parts and cleaned them. I quickly tore the original interior out and installed the new pieces…at least what I had on hand.

Comparing some of the parts.

The first round of parts did not include the dashboard, column cover and steering wheel. It took me a while to locate more of the parts and I installed them when they arrived. In order to avoid buying a black airbag, I elected to swap in an aftermarket steering wheel. I covered the conversion in another write-up.

Round 1 complete! It took me a while to find the rest of the pieces.

Wrapping it up

Within a few months, I found the rest of the parts that I needed. The time and effort to complete this swap was absolutely worth it! I had a car that I loved and enjoyed driving. I couldn’t believe the difference a color change could make!

Cap off the project with a set of brand new floor mats from Nissan.

Now that I had an interior I loved, it was time for fresh paint. Check out the next installment for the details.

For more pictures and details form the project, check out the pictures below.

Read more about Project 240SX here