Influence or influenced?
I met Kyle about a decade ago. Back in the early 2000's there was a group of friends who banded together and formed a car club called "Violent Running Tribe". Through that group I made several friends that I still keep in contact with today. One of those people being the aforementioned.
Kyle isn't like most people that I know. Especially when it comes to building cars. He's one of the most thoughtful people that I know. Everything he does he does with PURPOSE. A trait that reflects in his work.
Q: What's your name and where are you from?
A: My name is Kyle Ranauro. I grew up in Laguna Niguel and now live in Huntington Beach.
Q: What's the Year and make of your car? And why did you choose to build it?
A: It's a 1996 Nissan 240sx base model. I always wanted an s14. Growing up around Nissans; I thought they were rad (even before the whole drift wave). My dad had a purple S14 SE that I loved. From that point I knew one day I wanted one of my own.
Q: What did you use as inspiration when you were planning the build? Did anything change along the way?
A: I have owned the car for 6 years and the car has changed a lot over the time I have owned it. I bought this car off a good fiend and was sitting in a back yard. It had a rattle can paint job and it's been a continuous process of change. From 20" wheels and Supermade to OEM Navan.
"I always had my eye on the 326power d-lux aero, but when I saw the 326power 3D star aero I knew it was only a matter of time till I found a way to get it/ afford it. I was in love. The cars that were coming out of 326power and DLK were just blowing my mind....
...I wanted to make my s14 look like their cars! My good friend Ko ended up finding a used 326power 3D star kit and I couldn't pass it up!"
"The car had clean stock rear fender but was sick of them I couldn't get the track width of the car square and be as low as I wanted with the shape of the stock fenders. After much investigation on doing metal fenders flares, I decided to take the plunge and to do metal flares. Being it the first time doing metal flares it took me month to get them finished into primer."
"I was pleased with the results of the overall car roughed out with the pink and black 3D star and the sc2's. The only thing that kept changing was what color combo. Then I ended up getting in contact with Hiro-san from SonicHedgeHog and the fire was lit! The paint was going to be laid down so I had get my act together and get things finalized...
..I wanted a little more pep. The car already has a rebuilt, blueprinted Ka24de so I decided to just do a very simple turbo set up that would still work with the air conditioning. At that point I pulled the motor and refreshed the chassis then painted the bay before paint."
Q: Would you do anything differently if you could start over?
A: I wouldn't change a thing!
Q: What was the hardest part? What was the most fun?
A: Every step has been a challenge, but the toughest by far was fixing one of the studs that had rusted and broke on the rear subframe. The most fun was definitely having Hiro-San fly out from Japan and paint the car. Having had all my friends help was another great part for me.
Q: What are your plans for the car now?
A: Just drive around and enjoy the ride!
Q: Any shout outs or thanks you would like to give?
A: Oh yeah! There would be no way I could have finished this without the help of my friends! Big shout out to Chad Soares, Gable Berg, Ko Aihara, Hiro-San from SonicHedgeHog, David Lindauer from SuperWow, Sly Alviar, Rob Ferguson, John Thomas from Corner 3. Without these people this car wouldn't of gotten to this point! I'm forever grateful.