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So welcome to my build log, this is sort of a build log slash restoration log, I'll make a list of things I want to do and things I've done. My goal is to restore this car as I can with better upgraded parts and eventually install a supercharger. I'm open to any and every comment or suggestions! I also want to thank all my sponsors, I really appreciate the support!

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A 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS with
2002 Mercedes C230 Kompressor supercharger

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General things done
Things to do
  • Bedline most of the underside of the car to prevent further rust (brush, rust inhibitor, then coat)
  • Install Thrush 176333 Muffler and dual 3.5" double wall exhaust tips
  • Aluminium braze portions of the charge pipes together (budget TIG welding anyone?)
  • Install Boost Gauge (2nd post)
  • Install AFR Gauge
  • Design and make SC mounting bracket
  • Design and make SC in/out ports plate (Part 1)
  • Design and make bracket for extra pulley
  • Cut out new gasket for the SC in/out port plate
  • Repair drivers side rocker panel
  • Pair rust above rear wheel well where the rear bumper mounts
  • Change transmission oil with the good AMSOIL stuff
  • Change out front brakes with PowerStop Z23 kit (post 2)
  • Finish exhaust (Trubenz 2.25" aluminized with added resonator and muffler)
  • Replace faulty rear wheel speed sensor
  • Fix defrost
  • Change engine oil
  • Check toe alignment
  • Check headlight alignment
Things I'd like to do
  • Light tint on rear windows
  • Swap to LEDs (everything but headlights)
  • Coolant flush
Supercharger specific things to-do list | Excel log : Supercharged Cruze
 

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Interesting...what is your plan for the intake manifold/intercooling?
 

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The clutched variation ?? or is this a standard pully ???
 

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The clutched variation ?? or is this a standard pully ???
Standard pulley.

Interesting...what is your plan for the intake manifold/intercooling?
Won't be mounted on the intake manifold and will be intercooler much like a turbo.
 

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Won't be mounted on the intake manifold and will be intercooler much like a turbo.
So you're saying it would be something like this, that I have seen on a Subaru years back:

 

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not too wise ..mounted to the chassis while the motor moves ?? Looks like he's going similair route to what we did with my buds del sol though we were using the 63 case I think it was .. definately going to be a fun build to watch
 

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not too wise ..mounted to the chassis while the motor moves ?? Looks like he's going similair route to what we did with my buds del sol though we were using the 63 case I think it was .. definately going to be a fun build to watch
I'm not sure if it is or not - I think that's just the output of the blower going into the piping that feeds down and around to the intercooler...if it's mounted to that...that's even scarier. I think I see some bracketry there that holds it in place to the engine, though with all the tension from the belt, you best hope it's some **** beefy stuff.
 

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not too wise ..mounted to the chassis while the motor moves ?? Looks like he's going similair route to what we did with my buds del sol though we were using the 63 case I think it was .. definately going to be a fun build to watch
The way mine will be mounted it'll be to the motor where the AC compressor usually sits. It was probably an Eaton M62, like the Cobalt SS SC
 

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We used the mercedes charger but the variation was clutched. We had it on several different honda motors back in 2000 ish lol .. It couldn t keep up with the 18 GSR motor at the upper rpms.. but your not spinning your motor up to almost 8500

Old Video my bud did after we had initially figured it all out . again 20 years ago lol so forgive the grphics. You have the right plan in my opinion if your putting it where the ac comp was easiest location to work at .

 

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We used the mercedes charger but the variation was clutched. We had it on several different honda motors back in 2000 ish lol .. It couldn t keep up with the 18 GSR motor at the upper rpms.. but your not spinning your motor up to almost 8500

Old Video my bud did after we had initially figured it all out . again 20 years ago lol so forgive the grphics. You have the right plan in my opinion if your putting it where the ac comp was easiest location to work at .

I'm hoping to design a plate bent in an L shape to serve as both the mount that I'd first mount to the engine, then I'd mount the supercharger to, to then have the ports for in and out of the supercharger itself, but I'm not against having them separate. I really like the creative spridgets one, but it's just too expensive for what it'd cost to make just a plate and two pipes.

I just need to finish figuring out the pulley for the supercharger itself, to see if the stock one is OK or if I need to have one made. I found this video that's very straight forward that'll serve me for this. (1) How to Size a Supercharger Pulley - YouTube
 

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Lookin forward to seeing your build progress..
 
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That's right, you read that right. I'll be updating the OP a bit more later, but here goes nothing!

Eaton M45 from a Mercedes will be used :)

Parts list
  • [_] Air fuel ratio gauge (AEM? Glowshift? other?)
  • [_] boost gauge (AEM? Glowshift? other?)
  • [_] fuel regulator
  • [_] supercharger (Eaton M45 from Mercedes C230 or SLK230)
  • [_] intercooler (2.5" tubing variant)
  • [_] Charge piping (2.5") - Sponsored by AEM Intakes (
  • [_] Intake piping (3") - Sponsored by AEM Intakes
  • [X] Cone filter (3") - Sponsored by AEM Intakes
  • [_] hptuner + 2 credit
  • [_] serpentine belt
  • [_] Extra pulley for better supercharger pulley
  • [_] custom designed brackets to fit the supercharger where the AC compressor is and have an extra pulley for more contact area
  • [_] custom in/out plate (cheaper version of the creative spridgets one)
  • [X] spark plugs (NGK Iridium)
  • [_] injectors (Bosch green #42)
  • [X] big 3 power kit
  • [X] gauge pods, custom 3D printed (2" (52mm) single gauge pod. by oldmatedave)
  • [_] bypass valve (Mini Cooper S)
  • [_] Plate for adapter BOV (Supercharger bypass valve adapter for all A-series engines or universal applications — Creative Spridgets)
  • [_] Tubing for bypass (2" rubber)
  • [_] Charge pipe for bypass (to connect 2" tubing)
  • [_] Mercedes gasket no. A 111 098 03 80

What I've done so far

  • Installed new plugs (NGK Iridium)
  • Installed big 3 Cruze kit
  • 3D Printed and finished gauge pods
  • Fitted gauge pods
Seems like a fun project. Take a lot of pics and make a decent write up of what you did. Only thing I can’t agree on in the placement of your gauges. Someone out there makes an “A pillar” with built in gauges.
 

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We used the mercedes charger but the variation was clutched. We had it on several different honda motors back in 2000 ish lol .. It couldn t keep up with the 18 GSR motor at the upper rpms.. but your not spinning your motor up to almost 8500

Old Video my bud did after we had initially figured it all out . again 20 years ago lol so forgive the grphics. You have the right plan in my opinion if your putting it where the ac comp was easiest location to work at .

I have been asking people for years why we couldn't set up a switchable SC using some form of AC clutch and here it has been possible all along...sproing!!
 

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Seems like a fun project. Take a lot of pics and make a decent write up of what you did. Only thing I can’t agree on in the placement of your gauges. Someone out there makes an “A pillar” with built in gauges.
ZZP does:


 

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ZZP does:


ZZP gauge pillars FTW - perfect match to the factory grain and color. I have theirs in my Cobalt and it looks factory (if factory came with three gauges instead of just one).
 
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