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Glenn Despers - Can't find spare parts for his dream car

Glenn Despers – Can’t find spare parts for his dream car

Anyone who has indulged a little in vintage cars knows that finding parts can sometimes be very difficult. Not the least of which applies to the bodywork, which means that the dream car can be left standing for a while if it sustains serious damage to the bodywork.

This is exactly the reason for the major headaches Glenn Byrum has at the moment. It’s about the car he describes himself as his first love, a beautiful red Nissan 200 SX Coupe he bought in Sweden in 1991. At the time, the car was almost new, and had only 14,000 kilometers on it.

Approximately how happy he is in the car can be read on the odometer. It has covered 250,000 km so far. There were very few bugs and issues, but Glenn did an engine overhaul in 2006. Unfortunately, he doesn’t enjoy the car much at the moment, and here he explains why:

This is how Glenn hopes to get it back, but for now there are parts missing. Photo: private

About the lamppost

– Our son was able to borrow the car to Haakonsvern from vacation – about fifteen minutes away – and it went well. But after a few days he was going home on another vacation, and then there was a change in the weather, with rain and wind. Here it is important to remember that the Nissan 200 SX is a rear-wheel drive coupe model with a turbocharged engine with 200 hp. In other words, it is a smart car, which in any case can easily present surprises when friction becomes small.

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This is what happened here. Starting with a roundabout, Junior had a skid that didn’t allow himself to recover until the car wrapped around a lamppost. When this happened, the winter tires were on the car. Fortunately, things went well with the driver, who ran off everything with a warning – although it has been suggested that the speed may have been too high, Glenn Beerome told Broome.

Here, Glenn thrives on holding on, but admits that the sharing problem is starting to fade with his patience.  Photo: private

Here, Glenn thrives on holding on, but admits that the sharing problem is starting to fade with his patience. Photo: private

Mekking is the cure

By the way, this isn’t the only time the Nissan 200 SX has sustained serious body damage.

– No, in 2006 the car hit a truck, everything behind the driver’s seat was flat. I easily solved this by replacing the body from a friend of mine, so that the car I would have really owned and enjoyed in the coming years was in good shape again.

For me, that’s a pure treat, but it’s too much now. After the last crash, I got the rear positioner and a number of other mechanical components in place, but solving this problem with body parts proved very difficult, he continues.

The confrontation with the lamp post left a lot of broken metal.  Photo: private

The confrontation with the lamp post left a lot of broken metal. Photo: private

The goal is many beautiful journeys

– There are certain places where something has to be cut and new inserted. I’ll probably also have to get a new damper turret on the left side aft, along with an inner flap and wheel arch, but I’m still a bit off – still can’t get what I need for that, if anyone can help me I’d appreciate Forever, as Glenn Byrom asserts.

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– The goal is to rearrange the car 100 percent again, so that I can take many great trips that I look forward to in the coming years!

Is there anyone who can help with parts for my Nissan 200 SX, asks Glenn Byrom.  Photo: private

Is there anyone who can help with parts for my Nissan 200 SX, asks Glenn Byrom. Photo: private

Get the 200 SX sold in Norway

One of the reasons Glenn struggles to find parts is probably because this model has only been sold so few in this country. The car itself was more than alluring enough, but it was relatively expensive – and at this time, around 1990, the Norwegian new car market was on the verge of collapse. An expensive sports coupe with big horsepower wasn’t what most customers were looking for at the time!

The 200-horsepower Nissan SX Turbo was the new car that high-performance car enthusiasts nodded their heads just over 30 years ago. The car had a top speed of 226 km / h, while the car went from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.2 seconds.

At 4.54 meters long and 1.69 meters wide, this is definitely not a small car. Then the net weight also reached 1220 kg. The standard transmission was a 4-speed automatic, and anti-lock brakes (ABS) were standard.

Therefore, this becomes more expensive

The article was first published in broom.