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Old 02-09-2018, 12:38 PM
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This is badass Eric!

Have you considered finding a wrecked Solstice/Sky redline, utilizing the LNF/AR5 and anything else that would be of help? I figure you could find a good donor car relatively cheap?
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Man View Post
This is badass Eric!

Have you considered finding a wrecked Solstice/Sky redline, utilizing the LNF/AR5 and anything else that would be of help? I figure you could find a good donor car relatively cheap?
Thanks!

I have. It's just that it's adding either work or cost. I figured I'd have to get pretty lucky to find a GXP/RL. Even a 2.4 Solstice or Sky would be a good find for this. I'd also have to keep the Balt outside while that goes on. I'm willing to do that, but I'd rather not. I was going to talk with my uncle about source parts or cars. He's pretty good at finding stuff like that and salvaging. He also has a much more forgiving HOA (as in, he doesn't have one but I do ). If I stumble across a usable wrecked GXP then much of this goes out the window and that's what I'd run.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:31 PM
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Tax refund arrived a week earlier than expected so time to get the frame ordered!

First I'm going to research powder coating places to see if I should have it coated before or after shipment. I'm guessing after because the shipping fees also do up if it's coated before shipping
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:37 PM
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id do it uncoated. being your not running the powertrain the kit is designed for you may end up having to make some changes along the way. myself, id be mocking the entire drivetrain into the chassis first, and once your sure everything is the way you want it strip it back apart and send the chassis for powder coat.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:41 AM
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id do it uncoated. being your not running the powertrain the kit is designed for you may end up having to make some changes along the way. myself, id be mocking the entire drivetrain into the chassis first, and once your sure everything is the way you want it strip it back apart and send the chassis for powder coat.
Agreed
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:57 PM
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Yeah good call. There isn't really a good reason to ship it coated. I can also have other things coated at the same time like the control arms and subframes
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:05 PM
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Got some quotes and it's $800 more to ship with powdercoat. There are plenty of options locally, so I'll just make sure they're not crazy and I'll buy it uncoated.

Looking for engine donors too. If I get a good price I may just buy a car, pull the engine, and part or scrap the rest. Probably the most cost-effective option.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:53 PM
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yeah thats the route i would go atleast. just buy a cheap car and part it out. limited market but guys are always looking for stuff.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:33 PM
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i found a site that shows ended auctions. If I can get a good 2.4 Ion or Malibu locally it looks worthwhile. Skys go for too much money, and are too rare.
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I bought the Saab donor for my Luv at a salvage auction for $600. Yanked the motor and sold $800 worth of parts. Couldn't beat that.

Also, if you are wanting to go with an AR5 in the long term, I'd look for one sooner rather than later. They seem to be gaining popularity. I was able to score mine for $175+ the Saab trans as a core from a local yard. A solstice bell housing cost me another $200 though.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:16 PM
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I'm just having a hard time convincing myself I need more than 250hp. I mean, it's always cool to have more power, but it's just not that usable. I'll see what I can find around.

I can keep an old car in the garage for a week or two. It really is looking like the way to go.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:32 PM
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I'm just having a hard time convincing myself I need more than 250hp. I mean, it's always cool to have more power, but it's just not that usable. I'll see what I can find around.

I can keep an old car in the garage for a week or two. It really is looking like the way to go.
You keep that I don't need the power **** outta your build thread

I mean build it so you can turn it up if needed, then you can always take it to the drag for ***** and giggles and crank the power up
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ECaulk
You keep that I don't need the power **** outta your build thread

I mean build it so you can turn it up if needed, then you can always take it to the drag for ***** and giggles and crank the power up
Yep pretty much this^ or at least build it Stout in what you can afford. No since starting with a great chassis and skimping from there. Trust me you will just have to go back later and spend even more money to do it up right. Had 3 motors in the Nova till I finally just did it right. Wish I would have taken the time and done it right the 1st time even if it took longer.
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:23 PM
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have a good look at costs of mating the miata trans to the ecotec and compare it to the cost of an ar5. the costs might surprise you in the end. also keep in mind that your miata trans is worth money and you will be able to sell it if you dont use it. in the end it may be very close price wise when all is said and done.
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just had a quick look, the adapter kit from ecotec miata is a bit spendy at $640. looks like a bunch of screwing around with the t-stat housing as well, and the kit is only good for 6 bolt cranks, meaning no 2.0l lsj/lnf/ect). i had a look on car-part.com and they are showing solstice transmissions from $250 to $800.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:54 AM
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I'd get the racer kit for $950 that comes with oil pan and mounts as well.

Good point about the adapter, but if I were getting a 2.0 i'd definitely get the ar5. I'll take a look at car part. I didn't see anything cheaper than $700 on eBay. It also gets tricky mounting the transmission. The later ones have a similar ppf, but it needs modification to work. The earlier ones mount to a frame member so they would be even harder.
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Old 02-14-2018, 01:10 PM
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You gonna keep it road worthy or tear up some sand dunes?
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:30 PM
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Roads. There is a lift available but it doesn't interest me.

Apparently there is a PPF adapter for the AR5 in the works that is piquing my interest. We'll see.
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Old 02-18-2018, 12:55 AM
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Deposit is in! Last I heard lead time is 5 months so I've got a while to get ready. I'm looking at an LE5 Ion on Copart that I'll try to snag for cheap Monday.
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I just called and they told me my chassis number is 311


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Old 02-23-2018, 05:03 PM
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I just called and I'm 95% certain they told me my chassis number is 311

is it original?
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Old 02-23-2018, 05:22 PM
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I'm not painting it amber though
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is it original?
you know it, because all entertainers come original
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you know it, because all entertainers come original
Then paint it yellow!
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:55 PM
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Everybody's been saying I need to paint it Amber, but I don't really like that song. Their earlier stuff was way better.

Sometimes Craigslist has potential donors, but that means dealing with the people of Craiglist...
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