Jay Lyons - 1994 Acura NSX
I've been building cars since I was 15. I've built countless cars. I am on a quest to become known as one of America's best builders.
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My name is Jay Lyons, aged 35, from Philadelphia and I've been building cars since I was 15. I've built countless cars. I am on a quest to become known as one of America's best builders.
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I own a shop called AMS Auto Moto Specialists (@the.real.ams on Instagram). In terms of what services we provide, let’s say, we build custom cars and work on absolutely anything. I started from nothing and built it into a very reputable company. We have even built pro athletes and celebs.
My obsession for the NSX all started at age 11 when I was at a car show and saw an NSX for the very first time! I have been obsessed ever since. I even had a 5 gallon water jug that said “NSX Fund” on the front, written on a piece of duct tape, from the time I was about 17! I had saved up enough money to buy the car about 6 times before I actually used the money to purchase one. Other priorities kept coming up like, house, renovations, engagement, wedding, starting my business etc.
When I was finally ready to buy an NSX I found one in Las Vegas. The deal fell through at the last minute and I must admit I was super upset! I had been trying to buy a red one from a guy in New York for about a month but, he had promised the car to someone else! Gutting I know… One night I came home to a text message at 8:30pm saying “IF YOU STILL WANT THE CAR I’LL SELL IT TO YOU BUT, IT HAS TO BE TODAY.” I had just got home from a long day and I could not miss the opportunity so I drove to get the car with some friends and was on my way home with it by 2am!
It took me about 3 years to complete the work we have done on the NSX and in terms of modifications, the list is as follows:-
- Fully disassembled and painted the car;
- Wider front fenders;
- NA2 valance kit, with a wings west front lip;
- Replaced the front windshield;
- JDM headlights and led bulbs;
- The hood is full Carbon fibre which I painted red, but left the vents carbon;
- The paint job is what is referred to as a "Concourse Level" paint job Meaning it is extremely high quality and shows no flaws or texture. It's usually one of the first things people notice when they see the car; and
- Wheels are SSR Agle Strusse. 18x9 in the front and 19x10.5 rear.
This setup is pretty unique. I am running KW V3 coil overs with an air cup kit. The air suspension is activated by a switch that I built into the dummy pedal next to the clutch. So to lift the car you push the dummy pedal, and then again to lower the car. It's hands free and lifts the car by 3-4 inches. Aside from that I replaced the basic wear and tear items like control arms, axles, wheel hub bearings.
The engine is stock. I removed it and resealed it. Spruced it up with some red powder coat and cleaning. I built a supercharger system using a kit that came off of my mustang. It's a ProCharger P1SC. It's all custom; nobody sells a kit for the NSX. I mounted a vibrant heat exchanger behind the front bumper, and plumbed it to an air to water intercooler mounted to the air intake in the engine bay, and fluid is cycled through a Shelby GT500 intercooler pump. I built a coolant reservoir to fit in the engine bay. We upgraded the fuel system and injectors and tuned the car on an AEM stand-alone. We built the exhaust system from scratch, using a kit we ordered for a v6 mustang from Roush Performance. They wouldn't sell me just the mufflers so I had to do it that way.
I had my upholstery guy redo the entire interior using high grade Italian leather and alcantera. The seats, headliner, and door cards are all custom made. We made insert panels for the headliner which give it an awesome look. Also, I built a centre console from fiberglass which houses an 8" sub-woofer. You can't tell there is a sub in there, it looks like it's supposed to be there but it kicks out some great sound.
My current car collection of fully built cars-
- 1993 Mustang Cobra 347 with nitrous
- 1992 Mustang LX 5.0 37k miles
- 1982 Buick Regal Lowrider with hydraulics. 50k original miles
- 1996 Chevy Impala SS
- 1991 Honda CRX 700hp custom steel wide body
- 1968 Mustang Pro Touring Car
- 1992 Infiniti M30 Convertible
- 2007 Saleen S331 Supercharged
- 2015 Cadillac Escalade on 26's
- 1990 F150 lowrider on white walls
I have started to attend car shows/competitions this year however, I have not yet competed yet. This year I was invited to many really big shows for a VIP spot at ‘Tuner Evolution’, ‘Elite Tuner’ and ‘Clean Culture’. The only reason as to why I have not gone to any shows in the past is purely because; I just did not have the time! I have had to work crazy hours to get the shop to the point it’s currently at. I have just started a YouTube channel and I am going to start posting, promoting and hit shows like crazy! Watch this space… My main goal is to market my company and cars like crazy this coming summer.
I have attended a few local meets this year, to be quite honest, I enjoy meets more than shows as I think they are more of a hangout. At shows I feel like I have to stay with my car constantly and explain all the work that has been done.
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