Even when we buy new cars, as gearheads, our minds quickly turn to thoughts of, “How can I modify this thing.” Nick Schmitt took an otherwise pedestrian Nissan NX2000 and put a turbocharged, AWD powertrain under it.
What’s your name, location, and occupation?
Nick Schmitt, Kaukauna, WI, Sheet Metal Fabricator
What’s your weapon (vehicle) of choice, how did you come to own it, and how do you use it?
1991 Nissan NX2000. My brother originally bought it from someone in Michigan roughly five years ago, which I then purchased it from him about 1 1/2yrs later. At the moment, it’s mostly used as a cruiser and even sometimes a grocery getter.
This is not your typical NX2000, is it? What makes it so special?
No its not. This NX2000 has gone under the knife to be fitted with an all-wheel drive drivetrain & engine out of a Pulsar GTi-R.
Why did you decide to swap in this particular powertrain?
It really just seemed like the simplest way of making it all work. Things were somewhat compatible from the get-go, which means less down time trying to figure things out.
How sure were you of success in the end?
I had my doubts at times, but I knew it was possible; just had to make it through the frustration at times and rough parts of the build.
What does being a gearhead mean to you?
Anyone that enjoys building, modifying or creating things out of the norm.
How do you define ‘high performance machine?’
Highly altered to be pushed much further then it was ever meant to be from the factory.
Definitely something you don’t see everyday, unless you’re Nick!