Fall has arrived. Today’s weather was gloomy and rainy here in the Upstate of South Carolina. I decided to take a few days off from work and do some work on bowtie6. Today, after a year’s worth of work I had a chance to finally driver her home from my cousin’s shop. All I can say is the Ecotec is something else. The 3.4 V6 is so passe it is pitiful. The 2.4 Ecotec is so far superior!! This engine’s power band is amazing. The torque is amazing. I only had a chance to put a few miles on bowtie6, but I can certainly tell the difference:
- The new frame is stiff. I mean Viagra stiff. There is no flex, the car feels extremely solid. With the original frame, with no hard top… I could feel the body flex. Not so now. It is (as Bob Seger would say), “like a rock”. Amazing.
- Solid axle with PosiTraction – once you get a chance to feel what this is like, you will never go back to IRS. This thing is amazing. The “bite” is so different. There is not “squatting”. You hit the gas and there is no hesitation. It gets the job done.
- Coilovers – OMG!!! Now we have coilovers on all four corners. The rears are quite amazing, but the fronts have transformed the whole driving experience: at parking-lot-speed it almost feels like power steering. The effort to turn the wheels is almost non-existent. And… Remember, I am running 205/55-16’s up front. At speed, this thing is lightning quick. Point-and-shoot, baby!! This and the Ecotec has been the best money spent so far.
I’ll have pictures soon. I have to work on the interior, do some work under the hood and do a lot of “detailing”. There is still a lot of work to be done but in a few days I hope to have things back together soon… Stay tuned!
This thing is just amazing! I would really like to email you a about a couple of things im doing right now. Im building a 72 Datsun 510 with a 2.4 ecotec right now. Im going thought the body/paint stage right now, but I have been busy getting the drivetrain figured out. I might have a couple of questons, but I really like the way you put together most of these cars. Very solid work!
Datsun 510!! Wow. That sounds like a great platform to put an Ecotec in. I would love to find one. What are you doing about drivetrain? I sure hope you upgrade that because the Ecotec is a hoss!!
By all means, let me know… I would like to see pictures of your build. You can email me at: info at bowtie6 dot com.
BTW: bowtie6 is on the road. I have about 250 miles on her so far and it has surpassed all my expectations…