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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 7:15 PM Thread Starter
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ecotec 4 banger motor?

buddy was contemplating a engine swap into a early nova. it doesnt need a v8, they were thinking a ecotec 4 banger and whatever rear wheel drive trans that would bolt up.
Anyone hear or see a swap like this? they are used to the ecotec into thier sand buggies so getting them to run isnt a issue. jim
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Re: ecotec 4 banger motor?

Pontiac Solstice or Saturn Sky would be a good donor car for that. Never seen one done before though.
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The stock Ecotec bottom end can supposedly support some pretty serious power. Here is a 67 Nova that has a modern Ecotec in it:

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Re: ecotec 4 banger motor?

IMHO, sometimes just because you can does not mean you should. I prefer the ground pounding sound of a V8 not some fart box.
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their car has a 250, not sure if the stock oil pan clears the crossmember

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Re: ecotec 4 banger motor?

Reading that nova article it Sounds like GM offers a connect & cruise & banger already set up for RWD

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Reading that nova article it Sounds like GM offers a connect & cruise & banger already set up for RWD
They used too....the LTG Ecotec engine is no longer shown on their crate engine page.

I like the sound and feel of V8s too but since I drive mine everyday, 30 mpg is nice.
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A friend built the Ford equivalent; Duratec 4cyl in a Falcon

with a turbo, it's a total sleeper

https://www.timelessmuscle.com/featu...of-the-falcon/
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A friend built the Ford equivalent; Duratec 4cyl in a Falcon

with a turbo, it's a total sleeper

https://www.timelessmuscle.com/featu...of-the-falcon/
The Falcon is so cool. The engine looks factory. I love the fact that there is no chrome or polish under the hood. Nice job.
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Re: ecotec 4 banger motor?

Me too Dennis! nicely done indeed! Derek, tell your bud the Chevelle boys are lovin' it!

And I would also disagree Eric, I dont need no V8 for a daily, nor the 603 HP my MJ467 pounds out. . In fact, my plan was to drop one of these in an 64 Elky (or other donor) one day soon as a daily. ( or maybe electric!)

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PS, that Falcon Ford 4 banger rebuilt, may compete with a new Cummins 2.8L on cost. 200HP/300 ft lbs is adequate for what I'm looking for. Plus 25+ mpg at cruise. Plus I can make fuel for it from waste. Keep your LS convos. But I dig the huffed 4 bangers as powerplants. They make as much steam as a 307/350 V8 easily.
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IMHO, sometimes just because you can does not mean you should. I prefer the ground pounding sound of a V8 not some fart box.
Agree....YT is full of young commenters..."My v6 camaro makes xxhp why would I want an old slower car"

Id never be happy wiht anything less than a V8..electrics turbos etc you can keep it

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They used too....the LTG Ecotec engine is no longer shown on their crate engine page.

I like the sound and feel of V8s too but since I drive mine everyday, 30 mpg is nice.
It was $8,000, and for some reason, nobody bought them.
Personally, I'd love one in my El Camino, same HP as stock 327, lighter, great gas mileage. But no way am I paying that much.
Another interesting swap would be the 5cyl from a Colorado/Canyon

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The Falcon story is a good one. It struck me as odd that he was concerned over the initial cost of the basic car and once that deal was done, he seemed to go on an unlimited budget in doing the drivetrain. Nice job in the end, though.
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It was $8,000, and for some reason, nobody bought them.
Personally, I'd love one in my El Camino, same HP as stock 327, lighter, great gas mileage. But no way am I paying that much.
Another interesting swap would be the 5cyl from a Colorado/Canyon
I bought my 525 mile LFX V6 and 6 speed automatic, complete with all electrics, harness, ECM, and exhaust back to the cats for $2500.

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I've also pondered a 3.6L v6 transplant from a modern Camaro or CTS into my EL. 300+ HP stock is 1/3 more than the stock v8 had. Then... think about going into uncharted territory with TWIN TURBOS!

Also, since these old cars were originally designed for inline 6s *and* v8s.... what other inline 6 could we drop in? The maligned Vortec 4200? (even though it wasn't a bad engine) A Cummins? (not sure the frame could survive the weight though)

This is what the spirit of hot rodding is all about. Just because it's not a v8 doesn't make it wrong.
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