Brian Insley: 1996 Nissan 200SX SE-R

Brian Insley's older brother was into racing and drifting when he was a teenager, and he always helped him work on his car and learned as he went. "

He had a Nissan 240SX with a SR20DET motor," remembers Insley, "so that, and like every kid growing up playing with Hot Wheels, got me into cars


He bought a 1996 Nissan 200SX SE-R for only $200. "The kid that was selling it couldn't figure out what was wrong with it," mentions Insley. "Sometimes it would start, sometimes it wouldn't do anything for weeks

. He thought it was the alarm system. So I bought it from him hoping it was something I could fix." Just by chance, Insley found that it was just a bad battery terminal, "the car ran and drove perfectly fine after."

The 200SX didn't have a grill on it, and rather than spending $30 at a junkyard, Insley, having a background in art, went with something different. "I made teeth out of an old rabbit cage I had laying around," he mentions, "I cut them out with a grinder and hand-painted it." The custom modifications snowballed from there. As a fan of rat rods, Insley decided to grind all the paint off the car and sprayed it with a vinegar-peroxide mix out of a bottle to achieve the rust look. His artistic side just kept flowing.

"I originally thought people would hate it, and talk mess to me, but I took it to my first meet and everyone ended up loving it. I was really surprised!" Insley eventually received an award at his very first car show with the 200SX in competition. "I haven't stopped since then," mentions Insley.


I pretty much built the whole car by myself," states Insley, "and learned a lot from the journey."

Owner: Brian Insley
Location: El Mirage, AZ
Vehicle: 1996 Nissan 200SX SE-R
Horsepower: 140 (estimated)
Club: n/a


Facebook: /brian.pukemonster
Instagram: @rusttoof

Photography by Brian Insley, Kleen Productions.

01 Brian Insley 1996 Nissan 200SX SER PASMAG TBLGLIVE


  • SR20DET redtop swap
  • Unorthodox Racing pulleys
  • Front-mount intercooler

03 Brian Insley 1996 Nissan 200SX SER PASMAG TBLGLIVE


  • Straight pipe withblast pipe and tracker flap


  • AEM Electronics wide band
  • Glowshift boost gauge
  • Nistune chipped ECU

06 Brian Insley 1996 Nissan 200SX SER PASMAG TBLGLIVE


  • SR20DET 5-speed transmission


  • US Drift Stars wheels - 15x10
  • Toyo Extena tires - 195/55/15


  • Tein lowering springs (2-inch drop)


  • Rusted-everything
  • License plate ducktail wing
  • Teeth grill
  • Randomness everywhere

07 Brian Insley 1996 Nissan 200SX SER PASMAG TBLGLIVE


  • Nissan Pulsar pop-up light (1)

05 Brian Insley 1996 Nissan 200SX SER PASMAG TBLGLIVE


  • Randomness, rat rod style


  • Kicker Audio speakers
  • 1990 double-din touchscreen unit


  • Graffiti engine bay
  • License plate ducktail
  • Teeth grill
  • Rust


  • Bigger top mount turbo
  • Bride seats
  • Steering wheel
  • TBD

04 Brian Insley 1996 Nissan 200SX SER PASMAG TBLGLIVE