Sean White, owner and operator of Invisbay, is the definition of a Rotary enthusiast. His very first car was a 1983 FB RX7, and that sparked his passion for the Rotary motor. Now he has what many consider to be the cleanest bay 13b-REW swapped FC RX7. All work was done in house here at Metro Autoworks. As Sean was getting ready for NOPI Nationals, he realized his old chassis (Black 1988 FC RX7) just wasn't going to make the trip. So we decided we were going to try and pull a very difficult task. Find a new shell, pull the motor, tub the bay, get it painted, swap the rear end and all suspension components, build a new harness, and put the motor back in, all in 9 days.
After going to pick up the new shell, Shawn, owner of Metro Autoworks immediately tore down the old car, and started swapping the chassis components. Brandon (FabRite) was constructing the tubs for the new car, while Sean re-worked the entire chassis and engine harness. Long story short, the morning of NOPI Nationals, as we were scheduled to hit the road at noon, the full swap had been complete. After a stressful 6 days of non stop work and extremely long nights, we hit the road with not even as much as a 5 minute warm up. Now almost one year later, and no mechanical malfunctions, Sean continues to drive his car to every show he can make it to, and will continue to do so as long as he can.
-13B-REW (Large street port)
-RotaryAviation Apex Super Seals
-Garrett GT35r dual ball bearing
-AEM IGN-1A Smart Coils
-CJ Motorsports Fuel Rails
-850cc Primary Injectors
-1680cc Secondary Injectors
-Fuel Labs Fuel Pressure Regulator
-FabRite Turbo manifold
-Tial 44mm Waste Gate
-Godspeed Front Mount Intercooler
-Banzai Oil Pan Brace
-Full Function Engineering Trigger Wheel
-Shook Motorsports 13B-REW to FC motor mounts
-Level Zero Motor Mount Bushings
-Greddy Intake Elbow
-BC Racing Coilovers
-Volk LE37-sl wheels (18x8, 18x9.5)
Jim brought us his extremly clean, running and driving, Nissan 240SX to have the transmission swapped and to have his bay cleaned up. Upon dropping the car off Shawn pulled the trans and had it sent off to rebuild the t56. While the car was sitting in the shop, and talking with Jim, we wanted to come up with something very few have done. Have a running and driving LS1 swapped 240 with working air conditioning.
Sean White then got a hold of the car. He pulled the dash to clean up the chassis harness and get everything working properly. He then pulled the engine harness out of the car to completely rework and reroute from its factory location. The entire harness was de-pinned, flex loomed re-pinned, and re-installed. Sean also wired in the factory fog lights to work off the factory switch. JDM turn signals were also installed. He also installed a series of Prosport gauges under the factory radio. Sean also wired up a Dakota Digital STA-1000 converter box which now allowed the factory 240sx instrument cluster to read correctly with the LS1 and T56. He re-installed the dash, re-connected the harness, and fired the car up.
While Sean was working his magic on the harness, Shawn and Brandon started working on the A/C lines. With a mis-match of Chevy and Nissan parts, a few cuts, some welding, and some time, they successfully managed to hide almost all of the a/c lines and blow some extremely cold air.
Shortly after all our work was done, the transmission arrived back at the shop. It was installed back in the car and test driven.
This LS1 240sx is always a head turner at the local shows. The sound of this car through its exhaust is quiet enough that there is no drone at highway speeds, yet loud enough to catch the crowds attention. It has been recognized in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, Atlanta, and is constantly getting shared on Instagram and Facebook. If you see it tag @crzswap on instagram!
This 2004 R53 MINI Cooper S belongs to my wife Shannon. From the first day that he was purchased she knew she wanted more then a daily driver . After 2 years of operation the head gasket let go and we decided it was now or never if she wanted something better. With the help and guidance from our friend at Pro Auto llc we began. Instead of the average head gasket replacement we opted for a fresh bottom end. Our friends at Pro Auto LLc called their suppliers and they happily olbiged.
Block: Stock iron Pistons: wiseco .5mm overbore with file fit rings Connecting rods:K1 hbeam forged with arp 2000 hardware Bearings:King race bearings Fasteners: A.R.P. head studs and main studs Head: Stock with multi angle valve job and resurface Head gasket: Cometic MLS
All machine work and bottom end assembly done by our friends at Dougs Machine Shop
Once we recieved the engine back from Dougs Machine Shop in west columbia sc we were ready to reinstall. All other gaskets and seals were replaced with quality Victor Reinz options and a new stock bmw oil pump was also thrown in. Vehicle has been Done for some time now and runs amazingly. !7% underdrive sc pulley, 2% overdrive crank,ngk iridiums,msd upgrades, Lightweight aluminum single mass clutch system. This is by no means a high horse power car but the power it has it well suited for the turns it is getting put into.
On occassion you will see me driving Totoro(his name) around our home area. You cant miss me..... he now sports a giant euro tag that reads "MAMA BEAR" lol
As half owner of Metro AutoWorks, Paul knew he was going to want an eye catcher. This car started as a stock, low mileage Zenki, and he saw it as a perfect platform to build something he knew would catch attention as soon as the hood was popped. Paul ended up buying his set up (VQ35 and CD09 transmission) from one of our other friends, Jim. Once the car was in the garage Shawn pulled the original KA24 out and began stripping the bay down. Shawn pulled every last piece of that engine bay. He fabricated the new motor mounts and sent the car off to paint.
With the car off getting the bay painted, Shawn did a full overhaul on the motor. Gaskets top to bottom, cleaned up the block, heads, and timing cover and gave them all a nice coat of wrinkle black finish which gives it that unique texture. The color Paul picked for this engine bay works very well together
With the car back in the hand of the guys here at Metro Autoworks, we started the assembly. Sean White (Invisbay) completely hid the harness and relocated the battery, main fuse box and relay center to the trunk while keeping the factory wire colors. The engine runs off the stock VQ ECM as well. While the dash was out he cleaned up the harness behind, and installed the Kenwood double din. The factory Zenki instrument cluster was used, again with the help of Dakota Digital speedometer and tachometer signal interfaces. Even the factory coolant temperature sensor in the cluster works and reads properly.
One of the cooler features of the car is Invisbay's installation of the Smart Keyless Entry (by Advanced Keys) system and push button start which allows Paul to simply walk up to the car with the "key" in his pocket and push to start the car. He also tied it in to the factory Nissan alarm.
With the car nearly complete and the wiring in, it was time to finish the plumbing. The radiator outlets were modified by FabRite, in house. He also fabricated the cold air intake and mount for the MAF, as well as the brace to keep the bay as clean as it could be. With the engine bay completed, the car went up the in the air, FabRite had his MIG in hand, pipe bender right there as well, and went to work on the custom exhaust. The manifolds were extended down and added V bands to connect to the rest of the exhaust. The result? What could possibly be the best sounding V6 exhaust note ever heard.
With the car now complete, is sees zero down time. It is daily driven, weekend driven, and road trip driven. This car is an absolute blast to drive, ride in, and even ride next to.
We love the questions, comments, and support that this car has received since its first show. If you have any questions, you can always message us on here, by email, or our Facebook page. And if you are wanting to own this car, just ask! Paul is always looking to pick up anther project.
Mod List Summary:
-VQ35de out of a 2004 Infinity G35
-Fabrite Cold Air Intake
-Fabrite Custom 2.5" to 3" exhaust
-Foose 18x8f 18x10r wheels
-Upgrade Brembo Brake package off G35
-Tein Super Street Coilovers
-Kinetix Upper Intake Plenum
-Kenwood Smart Double Din with GPS