My 2012 ECO MT has been named "Cruzen" so this is the build of "Cruzen2.0"
My ECO is worth too much to do all these modifications to it.
I WILL build the first(?) 2.0t 6MT CRUZE!
2014 Buick Verano Premium, 2.0T, 6MT, 17k miles, salvage- runs/drives, $3k (PURCHASED) 2012 Chevy Cruze LS, 1.8L, 6MT, 195k miles, bad clutch, $3k (PENDING AS OF 5/30/18)
The Buick was delivered today (5/30/18) and this it the first bit of prep so I could find out what replacement parts I needed to buy.
After removal of front crash bar and upper rad support (and hood)
Messed up rads. No leaks tho, AC still blows cold! Only part not usable or the same with the recipient Cruze is the main engine radiator
As of now the wheels haven't fallen off the project, but they did have to come off the car
The wheels I will be using from now on (including the final look) will be 17x7 5x115 from a 2012 Equinox with 225/50/r16 tires to look stock and be the same size as the factory Cruze ones while fitting the Buick hubs and not saying "BUICK" on them.
As far as I can tell, it's bolt in. I'm more worried about if the clutch master mountings are there, if the shift cables come out the same spot, and sometimes (I can't confirm for the cruze) the column lock and shift lockout are different. All things that can be overcome, but though I would like to avoid it, you might have a good point. An auto will be cheaper, more common, and I know of one on craigslist with a clean title for $1800... Decisions, decisions...
EDIT: Nevermind about the $1800 example, too many issues.
UPDATE: I looked up the process for titling a salvage vehicle a while ago and I just checked the michigan sos website to make sure I was remembering everything correctly. LINK. I had missed/forgotten that there is an annoying but not too difficult way to do it, have a police officer re-certify it as a salvage vehicle, then fix it, then have it inspected and rebuilt title issued, then it can be plated. I would do all of this BEFORE beginning the swap to make it less likely to fail the inspection.
Really, my only protest to buying an auto is it's just one more thing to sort out on top of the long list I've already got. I'm considering it.
Also, have you ever tried to get a hood for a cruze? Pain in the ass, usually expensive, and the majority of cruzes get scrapped from a front end crash. The junk yard near me had a total of 4 cruzes in the last year that weren't hit in the front, out of 30+ cars I believe. In the end it might be worth it to spend a little more for one with a good hood.
The rarity of a manual verano is the reason I spent as much for it as I did.
I believe new CAPA certified 1G hoods are around $150-200.
Rock Auto has one for $91 (plus $134 freight) but they don't say it's certified.
That's where it pays to have a friend who owns a body shop, but it's still going to cost more to paint it than to buy the part, unless you paint it yourself.
So when are you going to get started on the tear downs?
I would imagine the bosses are there for the different mounts, but you'll probably have to drill the holes. No big deal. Heck, knowing GM...they probably use the mount holes for something else on the auto cars, and it'll just be a simple matter of swapping parts.
For those wondering about a auto to manual swap, the mounting, bosses, and even the port for the clutch fluid is there. Pedal support also has all the mountings for the pedal, just looks a pain to get to. Like its "take the dash out to get to it" hard to get to... Which I have to do anyways to swap wire harnesses. I'll get a pic of the pedal assembly later.
Swaping to a stick is so much nicer in these cars than my Grand am would have been (2001 w/ factory 5spd), on those GM didnt even bother to punch the hole for the clutch master. And to make it even more difficult, the manual had a different subframe and the trans mounted to it instead of the body.
So far I've got the heatshields, exhaust, fuel system, rear suspension, and shifter cables moved over. Not sure if I'm going to run the buick exhaust tips or use downturns to make it look like a stocker, not really sold on the look of the buick tips anyways. I'll probably make up my mind as soon as I get a bumper on the car to see where they end up.
Cruzen, I happened to look at a newer Camaro today, and it's wheels had silver bowties on the centercaps.
They looked to be the same size as the Cruze centers, too.
Made me think of your post about it.
BTW, told you so about the bosses and such. Those harnesses look fun. Ugh.
Kidding, just the engine bay is done. The interior is still all over the floor, and there's a lot of fiddly stuff to sort out such as wiring the lights and decklid as they are different between the 2 cars. Hope to pick up those parts today, then it will technically be legal to drive.... Once the title gets here that is. CANT WAIT TO HEAR THIS THING RUN AGAIN!