How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

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How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by Edge1 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:11 pm

Just curious how many are running them that we know about? I'm in the process of putting one together right now and wondered how many members on here have built one and how happy are you with the finished performance/results. I've followed all the various threads over the past few years but was looking for a real number. Fire away

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Post by John C » Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:06 pm

I don't know a real number, But I have been following the threads also. After reading the posts and talking with Chuck at airboat pro I would guess a couple dozen. Chuck has 4 ecotec motors in his shop now getting rigged to go on boats. My next boat will be an ecotec also. Gonna go with the 4.3 6 cyl out of a 2014 Silverado pick up.

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Post by SWAMPHUNTER45 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:54 pm

You need to PM Chuck from Airboat Pro if your in a build. I have seen several boats two of which he built. They run!

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Post by Edge1 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:35 pm

Thanks Swamphunter, one of those engines at Chuck's is mine. He is a walking encyclopedia of airboat knowledge for sure!

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Post by loudmouse » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:56 pm

Chuck knows airboats. HE knows the newer concept of computer controlled engines. Not to mention he is a very straight forward person unlike many in the airboatn world. Money that u spend with him is money well spent!
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Post by chuckitt@earthlink.net » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:07 pm

Edge1, is your engine the 2014 1.4L Cruze engine. If so, I am mounting the drive unit today so we can get the engine stand started. To answer your question, off the top of my head, yours will be # 22 and John's Ecotec 3 a 4.3L V6 will be # 24. A few of these were just ECM and Wiring Harness setups. 3 were not for airboats.
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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by Edge1 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:58 pm

Yes Chuck, that's me. Glad to see you got it started. Looking forward to seeing her run!

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Post by John Fenner » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:05 pm

What is a ballpark for a powerplant and gear setup if I may ask, also what are the donor vehicles again? Special gear drives or bolt on? I'm building a 7'x13'6" sled that would be sick fast with this lightweight and big power setup.
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Post by John Fenner » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:07 pm

Link to other threads if you like vs answering all my ?s
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Post by Andrew McD » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:23 pm

Theres a bunch of different ways to go with the eco set ups John. What size power are you looking for? Below is a list of some vehicles with the LNFs. I'm sure with a little more specification Chuck will point you in the right direction. There is a direct bolt up gear box for the "larger" ecos by Ballistic and it is sweet! Theres also a direct bolt up belt drive for the smaller powerplants by century.



Year(s)

Model

Power

Torque



2007–2009

Opel GT

260 hp (190 kW) @ 5300 rpm

260 lb·ft (353 N·m) @ 2000 rpm



2007–2009

Pontiac Solstice GXP

260 hp (190 kW) @ 5300 rpm

260 lb·ft (353 N·m) @ 2000 rpm



2007–2009

Saturn Sky Red Line

260 hp (190 kW) @ 5300 rpm

260 lb·ft (353 N·m) @ 2000 rpm



2008–2010

Chevrolet HHR SS

260 hp (190 kW) @ 5300 rpm

260 lb·ft (353 N·m) @ 2000 rpm



2008–2010

Chevrolet Cobalt SS

260 hp (190 kW) @ 5300 rpm

260 lb·ft (353 N·m) @ 2000 rpm



2009

Elfin T5

264 hp (197 kW) @ 5300 rpm

259 lb·ft (351 N·m) @ 2000 rpm



2012

Fisker Karma

260 hp (190 kW) @ 5300 rpm

260 lb·ft (353 N·m) @ 2000 rpm
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Post by John C » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:09 pm

The 6 cyl Ecotec 3 is a 4.3L NA motor, 285 HP @ 5300 rpm/305 ft lbs TQ. @ 3900 rpm. GM starting putting them in the 2014 Silverado and Sierra P/U trucks. the Ox Box or other standard bolt pattern gear box will bolt up to it without an adapter plate.

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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by b_stoneking » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:29 am

I just picked up a LE5 2.4 NA. It's going to be a gradual build but I'm starting to look for the harness and ecm. Also trying to decide if I should add a turbo to it.
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Post by stonny9 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:39 pm

John Fenner wrote:What is a ballpark for a powerplant and gear setup if I may ask, also what are the donor vehicles again? Special gear drives or bolt on? I'm building a 7'x13'6" sled that would be sick fast with this lightweight and big power setup.

Chuck mentioned a price for engine/stand/ecm with harness in a thread last year??. I dont want to quote the wrong number and of course it varies with what engine u get and maybe even the current market. I think he will even just supply the standalone wiring harness.

In the ecotec car world people are doing hybrid builds by using the best parts from different gen engines.

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Post by scottyroll » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:48 pm

John Fenner wrote:Link to other threads if you like vs answering all my ?s
I think it is buried in one of these 6 pages and while scanning I did see some price figures. Still a good read regardless.

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Post by John Fenner » Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:23 pm

Thanks, time to find a wrecked Solstice!
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Post by John C » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:52 am

Give Chuck at airboat pro a call before you buy a motor. He can give you a few tips as to what you need to get from the car with the motor. It will save you some $$$ and headaches down the road. A lot of the motors offered at salvage yards have had parts removed, starters, air intake, bolts, etc, etc. The wiring harness has usually been cut also. Make sure you know what you are getting. Best way is to find a motor still in the car with everything intact before anything has been removed, cut, or damaged.

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Post by One Eyed Gator » Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:36 am

John F. try this site www.car-parts.com

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Post by dak10 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:43 pm

Edge1 wrote:Yes Chuck, that's me. Glad to see you got it started. Looking forward to seeing her run!
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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by Edge1 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:01 pm

I can't wait to find out. It's going on a 12x7 DB, should run pretty good!

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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by Huffduf41 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:37 am

Will the ballistic box designed for the 2.0 LTG mount to the 4.3?

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Post by John C » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:08 am

A standard bolt pattern gearbox that will bolt up to a sbc will bolt up to the Ecotec-3, 4.3 LV3. No adapter plate needed.

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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by Huffduf41 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:26 pm

Nice. I can't believe how affordable the LV3 is. @Chuck how does the LV3 compare to the LTG on an airboat?

Thanks!!

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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by br,lc,LA » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:31 pm

Edge1 I can promise you set up right you will be proud of what that 1.4L can do! I have had a long road getting back going after sinking but Chuck did me right.

If I am not speaking out of place I believe I was the 1st 1.4L LUJ he built and dak was the 2nd.

We had a ride this weekend and my little 12x7 (I think it less than 5' on bottom, 80"+/- beam) boat could hang with the LS boys and the Strokers. I was light and some places they got hung up I could fly through or work a little to get out.

FYI this is Chuck's first time to see the finished product in action. And I will post a little video as soon as it uploads

I was even able to play log games with the boys!
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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by br,lc,LA » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:11 pm

12x7'6" American Airboat
1.4L GM Ecotec - Stock Turbo
2:1 Century Ecotec Drive
80" 2-bld WW Stump Puller
"Nothin' as Fine as Hearing a Turbo Whine"

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Re: How many EcoTec airboat rigs are actually in service?

Post by Edge1 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:48 pm

Looks like fun, thanks for sharing!

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