What you see in these photos is the culmination of dedication and drive: most people buy project cars to build slowly over time, to one day create a vision of what they have, while others keep changing the goal posts and start builds with the end result always changing. Some projects, though, happen to start off as an opportunity, and that exactly how this one started for Neil many years ago.
There’s a bit of a blessing and a curse when it comes to the Nissan S-chassis. Admittedly, I’ve never owned one; however, it’s hard not to form some sort of opinion, given just how popular the chassis is. That’s the blessing: an absolutely immense following, aftermarket, knowledge base, and community surrounding a relatively inexpensive rear-wheel-drive driver-centric platform, and one that looks good, no less. The curse, though, stems from the same roots.
For anyone at the age of 30, plus or minus a handful of years, there’s a decent chance your love for cars began in the world of Japanese imports. For me, it was all thanks to the Honda Civic, and shortly after, it was the Nissan S chassis that became the object of my affection. Believe it or not, ever since, S13 coupes have held a special place in my heart. Hatches were a neat counterpart, of course, as were S14s with their updated aesthetic.
We were five or six days into our trip, four-wheeling our way across the Colorado wilderness. As we made our way down the 550 freeway, we descended upon Ouray County’s only stoplight, nestled in Ridgway where the 62 freeway meets the 550. With a town population of less than 1,000, it’s a quiet place, perched at the doorstep of the San Juan Mountains, and was to be our stopping point for the afternoon.
Carl Taylor has made a name for himself, and it’s one synonymous with some of the most vibrant, boldest builds out there, Stateside or not. He’s no stranger to the StanceWorks homepage, nor seemingly any other blog or magazine, and with good reason. His cars have set a benchmark for style and vivaciousness, pairing bright colors and custom wheels with unique parts and the Players style he’s come to be known for.