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Building The Cruzen2.0

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Background:
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.

As Delivered
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After removal of front crash bar and upper rad support (and hood)
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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
Radiator Vehicle Automotive exterior Bumper Auto part

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As of now the wheels haven't fallen off the project, but they did have to come off the car
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Tire Alloy wheel Spoke Wheel Rim


JUNK!!!
Alloy wheel Tire Rim Wheel Spoke


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.

Something like this
Alloy wheel Rim Wheel Spoke Auto part


Updates will come as I make progress
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Any of you wondering where I get it from...
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This is my dads project that WILL be done in time for the woodward dream cruise.
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It's a 1968 c10 that just arrived from Montana after months of sitting trapped in snow on a farm. It will receive a 700+hp 540 BBC and look just the way it does.

See, I got it from somewhere!
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You'll probably have that done before my Camaro is - thing seems to never be done!
Cruze title is finally on its way to me!
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Yes, there are things to be done on the car, but NO. It's hot, bugs, would rather wait for paycheck and... Motivation!
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As of yesterday I no longer have to look at the Buick shell sitting in my yard. Now it's the junk yard's problem!
So that should be a little extra money there!

Did you change any of the seats out to the Buick seats?
Mp81- No, rear seats were damaged and the fronts might be going in my dads c10. I didnt want the extra weight of the power heated seats in the cruze either. The buick shell weighd in at 1900lb with no wheels
You'll regret that decision about the heated seats come this January. LOL
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You'll regret that decision about the heated seats come this January. LOL
You're not wrong, haha.

We have heated seats in the '14 CTD and my Volt (along with the heated wheel), and it's something I wouldn't be without.

But - easy to add, if you don't want the power tracks.
I plan to weigh Cruzen 2.0 soon, curious to know exactly how much difference there is from a cruze to a verano. Also, some time this week I shall get this pile titled, insured, registered and used to pay off the ECO so I can sell it soonish
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Looking to get $7k for the ECO (not the 2.0)
Ah, I see, I was wondering why you would unload the only running 2.0 cruze so fast. Selling the ECO makes sense though.
Just an update, due to my finances being low and now waiting on MI SOS, there has been a lack of progress (the heat and humidity don't help much either). For the SOS problem, I must wait for the MI title (in my name) for 2.0 to arrive before it can be on the road. I have, however, acquired a few more parts and hope to get some things done this weekend such as fitting the rear bumper and exhaust tips as well as final assembly and installation of the front bumper with the correct radiator baffles, lip, and lower bumper closing panel. To such end, I picked up most of said parts this afternoon in addition to the fasteners and clips to install both bumpers and the accompanying wheel arch plastics.
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You'll be waiting 4-6 weeks, if I remember correctly back to the Cav. I had to do the same thing.
Do the Verano exhaust tips exit under the Cruze bumper valence or do you think you'll have to trim the plastic some?
Not sure about exhaust tips, just got the rear bumper and havent had it anywhere near the car yet. Ill find out tomorow.
Thank you for not being "That Guy" and promising a swap with no intent to even take the 1st step.. LOL I won't bother telling you how long its taking me to put a Subaru engine back into a Subaru. Your funds seem to be way more than I can toss all at once.
Thank you for not being "That Guy" and promising a swap with no intent to even take the 1st step.. LOL I won't bother telling you how long its taking me to put a Subaru engine back into a Subaru. Your funds seem to be way more than I can toss all at once.
Ive been "working on" swapping a Duramax into a 1/2ton RC/SB 2wd Silverado for over 5 years. Lost interest, and it just sits in the garage. I really like what Cruzen is doing. It should be a very fun car when he's done.
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