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Ecotec 510

Postby ecotec510 » 19 Dec 2009 16:17

Here's some pictures of my project Gm Ecotec swapped 510. I'm reworking the front suspension/crossmember currently so I took some pics of it going back together today. A chunk of concrete at 70mph took version1 crossmember and rack out . The improvements in the new setup got a little out of hand, went to control arms and ripped those ugly tc rods/mounts off.
Here's a rundown of the major changes done to the car.
Complete 2.4l LE5 Pontiac Solstice Powertrain w/throttle by wire, w/ GM electronics no standalone.
Custom made struts w/Sentra SE-R Brembos, 350Z rotors, 350Z hubs, bilstein VW Rabbit inserts
Custom Front Lower A-arms, Nascar screw-in Ball joints, all heims, aluminum shortened steering arms, adjustable bumpsteer, Fiat rack pinion with adjustable mounting, steering shaft goes thru toeboard into a shorty column,1-1/4 tubular swaybar.
Tilton pedal box, with balance bar.
R180 rear from STI w/clutch type lsd, also using STI CV's and knuckles, brembos, hubs, etc.
Custom rear A-arms to hold the STI knuckles, adjustable in toe and camber, coilovers using bilstein shocks.
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby ecotec510 » 19 Dec 2009 16:19

New crossmember/suspension
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby ecotec510 » 19 Dec 2009 16:21

More suspension pics
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby ecotec510 » 19 Dec 2009 16:25

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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby ecotec510 » 19 Dec 2009 16:27

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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby merlin » 19 Dec 2009 16:34

ummmm.... :shock: :shock: wow! :shock:
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby jeffball610 » 19 Dec 2009 17:30

Nice fab skills!

You've only got 8 posts on this site? Share some knowledge with us. What made you choose this swap option? What brought about the complete redesign of the front end? Got some pics of the whole car? Share. Share. Share.
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby thisismatt » 19 Dec 2009 17:31

I am disgusted with myself after seeing that :oops:

Awesome work, truly.
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby Camano510 » 19 Dec 2009 17:55

Impressive, to say the least. The complete GM set up should make it a real nice runner/driver, with minimal tuning issues. The only thing that comes to mind is a speedo and cruise control- But who needs those in a 510? As the others have requested- More PICS!
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby S15DET » 19 Dec 2009 18:09

Awwwww, where to begin? Great project! I love a the clean-slate approach. Very nice looking! I can't wait to compare notes at the Atlanta meet.
More details, tell us the whole story. These teaser pics are driving us crazy.

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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby ecotec510 » 19 Dec 2009 18:18

thisismatt wrote:I am disgusted with myself after seeing that :oops:

Awesome work, truly.


If it helps any, I taught myself how to tig, never had a welding or fab class in my life. Lots and lots of practice to get my fabrications to this level.

jeffball610 wrote:Nice fab skills!

You've only got 8 posts on this site? Share some knowledge with us. What made you choose this swap option? What brought about the complete redesign of the front end? Got some pics of the whole car? Share. Share. Share.


I'm a gm guy, and after finding a new solstice powertrain for cheap it was a no brainer to try to wedge into into a 510. The popular swap with the solstice guys is to transplant an LS2 corvette setup in place of this 4 cyl. A 500 mile motor/trans for roughly 2k is hard to beat. Plus its a very hi-tech setup, very reliable, gets 30+mpg, and had plenty of power to push this little ride around.

The suspension is just a crazy idea I had. It's my attempt to maximize the factory strut setup without radically changing the suspension. I've added antidive, pushed the balljoints out to improve scrub radius, and totally cured all my bumpsteer problems. This setup bumps within 1 min of a degree in 3"in of suspension travel. Not that anything has to be that close, but it is nice when things work out that way. Also, it was nearly impossible to get a decent swaybar setup on the car with that front sump pan in there. With the front tc mount out of there, there's plenty of room to mount a beefy bar. I haven't driven on the new suspension yet, it's nearly there, so we'll see if it was worth the trouble.

Camano510 wrote:Impressive, to say the least. The complete GM set up should make it a real nice runner/driver, with minimal tuning issues. The only thing that comes to mind is a speedo and cruise control- But who needs those in a 510? As the others have requested- More PICS!


Speedo is one wire hookup out of the ecm, tacho is the same, cruise is a few wires and switches too. The solstice tune is junk, it took a while to get the tune in order, the long tube headers and no cats made the base tune a bit off.

Here's some early build pics, and the only recent exterior shot I've got. This is from the roadside last time I drove it.
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby duke » 19 Dec 2009 18:28

thisismatt wrote:I am disgusted with myself after seeing that :oops:

Awesome work, truly.


Me to Matt. Very cool work, I love the thinking outside the box approach that you are going with. Can't wait to see more pictures.
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby m33pm33p » 19 Dec 2009 18:39

I knew someone would beat me to it.. Have you had it on the dyno with the new tune? Figures? Big fan of ecotec motor's after reading so much on the drag cobalt.

Oh yea.. MORE PICS!

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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby johnbureezu » 19 Dec 2009 23:21

Holy Diver! That's gotta be the best suspension setup I've ever seen on a Dime! Good job man!
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Re: Ecotec 510

Postby Camano510 » 19 Dec 2009 23:39

So are you using the Solstice gauge cluster and switches in place of the originals? How close is the ration in the STI rear end to the stock Solstices? Is that something you can modify with tuning? This is a direction we haven't seen yet, and your work is very nice. Looks like you started with a really clean car as well. Watching with excitement. I did a EFI 5.0/AOD into my wifes 66 Mustang convert, and it really is nice to drive. Runs like the 91 GT the stuff came out of.
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