The importance of having the engine before welding starts

Which drivetrain to choose, so many choices, 4-cyl? 6-cyl? NA? Turbo?
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The importance of having the engine before welding starts

Post by Midlana1 » 16 Oct 2018, 11:17

This guy built a Miata-powered Locost, then seemingly on a whim, decided to upgrade to an EcoTec LTG 2.0 liter turbo engine and a stronger transmission. It all kinda went about the way you'd imagine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDnA10G ... vNAvMoUyFX
(From http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtop ... lit=ecotec)

The point being, make sure you have your chosen drivetrain before you start building, when it's a lot easier to move tubes out of the way!

Ironically, the EcoTec would be a sweet engine in Midlana, assuming there's a manual FWD transaxle for it.

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Re: The importance of having the engine before welding starts

Post by rennkafer » 16 Oct 2018, 14:16

Watched his videos, that's about a bass ackwards way to go about a swap. Hope he doesn't abandon it halfway through.
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Re: The importance of having the engine before welding starts

Post by Midlana1 » 16 Oct 2018, 15:01

Like my brother said, he should have sold the Miata-powered one and built a second one. Going to be nearly the same amount of work modifying this one.

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Re: The importance of having the engine before welding starts

Post by rennkafer » 17 Oct 2018, 06:54

Or at least taken some basic measurements before purchasing the engine/trans. That's a bunch of money to toss at something that won't fit without a complete re-do of the chassis.

Of course he's continuing right down the same path he started on..."how can I make this chassis modification as difficult as possible".
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