Josh Newtons 1989 Nissan Silvia


" I had a s14 kouki about 8 years ago.  Loved the car and miss it like crazy.  It was the one that got away.  I decided I wanted to try The kouki front on the coupe.  Chopped up some fenders and made some s13.4 metal fenders.  They came out decent for never doing it before.  But once I stood back and looked at it I wasn't in love like I thought I would be.  I pulled them off and put them on the wall in my shop.  I've always loved the brick s13 silvia front.  I decided if I was going to do any front it would be that.  And I already had good metal oem fenders.  So I started over again.  I want to be in love with the car when it's done.  Not just content.  I love the brick front end and it's all coming together how I wanted.  When I started this build I wanted to build something to motivate people.  Motivate them to push them selves a little more on their own builds.  Anyone can build the same car I did.  It just takes time and patience.  I hope I influence people to build something they can be proud of.  If I did that to even 1 person I'd be stoked.  The area I live in has a lot of really well built cars.  It's always a challenge to stand out and now the competition is stiff as ever.  Hopefully I can leave a impact on someone somewhere.  That would make it all worth it.  I don't ever plan on selling my car. Plan on handing it down and keeping it in the family as long as possible. "
 I'd definitely give a huge thanks to my lady Megan.  Without her I wouldn't be where I am today with the car or in my life.  She's always telling me to get it done and letting me get plenty of garage time.  Thanks to T.f. works for all the parts and to any of my friends that have lent a hand here or there.







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Josh Newtons 1989 Silvia

Josh Newton Lives in Bristol, Indiana He has been building his 1989 Silvia for about 3 years now. When he got the car it was in horrible shape, Body Damage, Paint was a disaster, Suspension was shot, and the Wiring Harness let’s just say it looked like a couple of Mice had went to town on it.

Josh threw a SR20 into his Silvia and realized all the things his car truly needed. He drove it for maybe a week, not even long enough to burn a full tank of gas before he had made up his mind to park the car. The tear down had begun.

Josh Newton paints for a living and he does one hell of a DAMN good job friends!!!!



Since he was a two tone fan he decided to take his talent in the paint booth and create one of the cleanest 1989 Silvia’s around. He started off his journey of creating his masterpiece by taking the car to a Bare Shell, Bare Metal, He took every window out, down to ever last bolt and trim piece the car had on it. It truly became a blank canvas.

Josh has done all of the sheet metal work, all the paint work, suspension work, body work, motor work and every bit of restoration work done to the car! 95% of it has been done by his own two hands. The Tube work was done by a friend of his at his work. That simply looks incredible!!!! Josh has chopped out old frame rails. Replaced with one piece ones all the way to the rear sub frame. Stitch welded. 3m seam sealer on all seams. Coated everything with wurth chip guard and color systems body wax in the new rails. The engine bay it’s basically wire tucked. All the wires for the head lights are ran thru the tube bars. Even a custom removable front core support!

Josh is a true Car Enthusiast who hasn’t given up on his masterpiece. He says” There is nothing else I’d rather be doing, I’m a car guy, Drifting, Dragging to even Car shows” He simply enjoys them all. I think Josh has himself a 3 in 1 combo with this one of a kind build that I truly admire.

Words from Josh himself “I didn’t really build the car for drag or drifting. I wanted to build a car that was reliable and I could daily comfortably. Without all the daily 240 problems . Wanted a car even my mom could get in and drive it and not hate it. It has taken 3 years because I’ve bought a house, got engaged and getting married this year so all those things came first. Josh in his spare time does side jobs to pay for the parts so it took him some time.

Josh I am honored to be able to write about your car. I am a die hard Nissan fan, I have been following your build page for some time and when you reached out to me I was truly ecstatic! Thank you!

If you guys want to continue to see the progress of Josh Newtons Silvia check out his Instagram and give him a follow @infamous_twotone


Work Meisters

18/10.5 Rears

18/9 Fronts

300ZX Brakes Front & Rears


  When I ordered the wheels they got done. Shipped themfrom Japan only for them to get stuck in the California port strikes in 2013. They were sitting on a ship waiting to get unloaded for about 2 months.  Longest 2 months ever.  Took about 5 months to get then from start to finish because of the strike.  


Stance USA Coilovers

Upgraded Swift Arms

Stance Arms

Energy Suspension Bushings

S14 Outer tie Rods T.F Version 2

Ichiba 5 Lug Hubs

All New Hardware


S14 Kouki SR20

Chase Bays Power Steering

Stage 2 Spec Clutch & Flywheel

S14 sr. Custom intercooler piping

Bmw oil cooler

Nismo motor mounts

Isr Down Pipe

Custom 1 piece steel drive shaft

J30 diff

Black braided -6 and -8 fuel lines

Wolbro 255 fuel pump

Weld on -16 coolant ends with black braided coolant hoses

Mitshimoto triple pass radiator

Mitshimoto slim fans

Isr Oil Pan

Power steering cooler (Mitshimoto)

Isr Short Shifter

Koyo Radiator

T28 DBB Turbo


Black Silvia OEM Carpet

Rewired 21 Circuit Street Car Kit

Wilwood Reverse Mount Pedal Kit ( Made to fit with a stock dashboard )

Holley Digital Dash

Holley Boost Gauge

Holley Fuel Guage

Bride Low Max Seats

GripRoyal Artic Digital Camo Steering Wheel


Rocket bunny rear diffuser

S13 silvia oem side skirts

Origin turn signals

Brick head lights

HIC window visors

Circuit sport led tail lights

Custom carbon side skirt splitters.

Valspar base coat with standox clear

New windshield

Metal oem silvia hood.

Rolled and pulled fenders

Wingless trunk

Josh plans on daily driving his 1989 Silvia when finished. Rain or shine however it wont see a bit of snow or ice. Which I don’t blame him folks because look at the quality of his work! Flawless!!!


Author: SparkPlugGuy