Josh's City Goblin - 10 XFE Donor

jirwin

Member
Hello, all. I am from Bay City, Michigan and I plan on building a City Goblin with a 2010 XFE as a donor. The XFE was actually my dd for about 5 years before I replaced it. The only reason I replaced it is because the rockers and whatnot were completed annihilated by the salt we put on the roads in the winter. Mechanically the car was fine, but it didn't look it. In the shape it was in I would have been luck to get $1000, so I just left it sitting in my driveway. It was around that time that I remembered seeing a post Adam had made on Reddit about the kit car he was making, with a Cobalt as the base. I looked into it some more and fell in love. Ordered my kit soon after.

More about me: I've always liked cars and go-fast machines in general, but I've never built a car. The extent of my car experience has just been basic maintenance, although I have a pretty decent understanding of how things work. I'm a programmer/webdev by trade with a little experience in electronics, so I'm pretty comfortable with wiring and whatnot. Every car I've had since I turned 16 has been a manual, the Cobalt included. Most of my experience with engines has been with motorcycles. I've had an 84 Honda Interceptor VF500F as my first bike, which I had to almost completely rewire. Sold that one, and now I own a sport bike and a street legal dirt bike.

I've been procrastinating on putting a write up in here for a while, so I'll try to catch everyone up on where I'm at. Looking forward to talking with everyone.

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11/25/2018 - Donor body stripped
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12/17/2018 Frame Arrives!
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12/17/18-3/11/19 WINTER HIBERNATION

3/11/19 Got the frame back from powdercoating! Gloss black
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3/11/19 - 4/20/19 - Second winter

4/20/19 Subframe out!
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4/27/19 Engine hoist picked up
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4/28/19 Engine is out! Super proud of myself for getting this far. I've never done anything like this before.
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BaltimoreHokie

Well-Known Member
Nice, Welcome to the forum! The black frame will leave you tons of options for a wrap / paint down the road. Nice engine picker, I also bought on for the build but then really only used it for the painting / prep. It did come in handy when I moved houses so its prob a good thing I had it...moving a engine around is not an easy thing.
 

JSATX

Well-Known Member
Looks like we had identical donors. Dunno why but seems like not many use the 09-10 base.
 

jirwin

Member
Last night I worked my way through removing the wiring harness. I have everything done except for the rear. In they video they have a coupe, and I have a sedan. It seems the taillight wiring is a little different there. In the coupe there are plugs in the wall of the trunk, whereas in the sedan the wire just appears from behind the bumper cover. The step where it says to disconnect the trunk wiring is different too:

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I didn't want to cut the wires without asking first. Can anyone shed some light on the differences in the sedan and coupe as far as the rear lighting?
 

JeffsGoblin

Well-Known Member
I’m fairly certain those wires are for the side marker lights which are not use in the Goblin unless you are doing something custom.
 

JSATX

Well-Known Member
Your best bet would be to identify the lights function based on the color of the wiring. There are several posts on the wiring diagrams if you don’t have them.

You’re going to need to do this anyway to correctly wire your goblin, so ID and tag now, chop out what you don’t need (there’s evap and emissions stuff near the fuel tank if I remember correctly.) and get on down the road
 

jirwin

Member
I’m fairly certain those wires are for the side marker lights which are not use in the Goblin unless you are doing something custom.
The sedan does not have side marker lights.

Your best bet would be to identify the lights function based on the color of the wiring. There are several posts on the wiring diagrams if you don’t have them.

You’re going to need to do this anyway to correctly wire your goblin, so ID and tag now, chop out what you don’t need (there’s evap and emissions stuff near the fuel tank if I remember correctly.) and get on down the road
I'll see if I can find a wiring diagram, thanks.
 
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