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    strait 6

    i was thinking on the idea of making a locost built around a chevy strait 6 engine, something like a 250. any thoughts? i'm only in the planning stage now, and was wanting some input as to how to select the gearbox and final drive, or if this is a poor choise of engine for a locost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the new guy View Post
    i was thinking on the idea of making a locost built around a chevy strait 6 engine, something like a 250. any thoughts? i'm only in the planning stage now, and was wanting some input as to how to select the gearbox and final drive, or if this is a poor choise of engine for a locost.
    We need more information. What are you putting this engine in? It's a tough motor, but not fast at all. Not really good for much, other than a daily driven car, that it's designed for. There are lots of them though, and they're cheap.

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    i am planning on building a sevenesque style roadster. part of the reason i chose this engine is $$$$ and availability, but i've looked around online since posting and seen the 292. now i don't know witch engine to use. is the 292 as cheep and available as the 250? is it powerful? i want it to be something i can drive, hard.

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    These are typically not considered something you can "drive hard". They need a turbo to be powerful at all......enter the 2.4 Ecotec. Which is what I would use. And have.

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    i've read that they can be tuned to around 300 hp and i thought that it would come down to delivering the power to the pavement via the drivetrain.

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    350v8 is the cheapest engine to mod

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    i figured the 350 would be too wide to give me the sevenesque style body i was looking for.

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    You mod a flat head Ford V8 to those same specs also, but it will cost you like it will cost you on the straight six. It's expensive to the point I wouldn't much consider it.

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    In a Locost, that 250 would give you enough power to fly, but what will kill the handling is the weight.

    I'll bet it is a cast iron block and the entire engine is north of 400 lbs alone...

    What makes a 7 so cool is low weight. If you want to look for a cheap engine, check out an Iron Duke (Chevy inline 4 used in everything for YEARS), a Ford 2300 (also used in everyting)...

    Toyota I-4

    Nissan I-4

    Think 4 banger with a 7.

    The Nissan KA24DE weights about 300, Iron Block/Aluminium Head, they are a dime a dozen, The 240SX version is 155 hp/165 ftlb... stock.

    Stock that in a 1300 pound chassis and you better hang on to your hat when you stomp the loud pedal...

    You don't need monster power to make a 7 fun, the chassis is light as is...
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    All those are good suggestions, but i still stand behind the GM Ecotec. Dime a dozen, and they have factory turbo and superchargers both available for them. 4 banger would be my choice though.

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