Real name: Jamal Smith, but we all call him Jay! That’s a joke, but, seriously, Jay Smith ladies and gents is the guy who arms the business deals over at Side Mission Garage. Part of the trio at the garage, he does his job very well. His acute knowledge of cars and car parts allow their customers to feel like they’re in good hands. He has been an avid salesman for some years now, and at the age of 25 he doesn’t seem like he is showing signs of stopping. The best visual representation of Jay is a mullet (not that he has one or sported one before), he carries himself with his business ethics up front and his party in the back. That party being drifting.
In 1989, Nissan of North America birthed this 240SX coupe. Since owning it, Jay has replace the original iron block engine for a beefier aluminum block: the VH45DE engine. This 4.5 liter V8 was taken from an Infiniti Q45, with numbers on the board of 278 hp and 294 pounds of torque. There is no comparison to the original 4banger engine. With custom intake, headers and exhaust, all made at Side Mission Garage by the magic man himself Estie Falero, we are left to believe the car is making about 300 – 320+ ponies. Those numbers are still in speculation because the car hasn’t been to a dyno as of yet. JIC coilovers and SPL suspensions arms gives the car a balanced performance between street and track. No Nissan front brakes here, but instead some big boy Cadillac CTS-V front brakes. A hydro e-brake connected to the Z32 rear brakes to lock up the rears. The S13 Silvia front now graces the car. The front and rear bumper as well as the side skirts are OEM. The car is widen with an Origin kit, 20 mm front fenders and 50 mm rears to accommodate sitting on Varrstoen ES2 wheels which are wrapped 275,35 R18 up front 295,30 R18 in the rear. This type of meaty tire setup is rarely seen on most drift cars, but it does give the car a very grounded look like a classic muscle car.
In the end. drifting is Jay’s outlet from the day to day stress and daily life woes. He has always seen it as an awesome sport, a challenging range of skill required to handle a vehicle while drifting rather than going fast in a straight line. Jay is not in it for the competitions, or even get a pro license, he just wants to have fun sliding here and there with his SMDG (Side Mission Dori Gang) teammates!
Photo x shane prescod
Location @ Pompano, FL