Jareth’s [Extended\Full-Cage\Double Door Bars] - [2010 LS Donor] - [Frame #290]

Jareth

Well-Known Member
So the journey begins :)

It doesn't matter type of project, I'm not one that can be without a project regardless of the type.

I have built a Motorcycle from a kit, 120 Gallon Saltwater Reef Tank, 30'x10' Chicken Coop, and most recently just finished a 68 Camaro LS3 Engine Swap. With all that being said it was no surprise to my wife when she would catch me on the internet researching my next project.

When I would watch F5Cobra builds they would always get to the point that they would refer to as their first go-cart drive, I often thought it was a shame that they could not just stop there instead of investing another 20K on top of the 30K they already had in it to finish it?

Needless to say I was very excited to come across the DF-Goblin, exactly what I was looking for. An adult size, street legal, rocket of a go-cart.

I immediately started searching for a donor and although I might have preferred a SS, everything I found had in excess of 150K miles and was a thousand+ miles away. That’s when I found a base coupe a few hours away north that only had 10,491 miles on it. I thought perfect, it is barley broken it. I raced up to look at it, struck a killer deal and rented a U-Haul to get her home.

I thought it would be months until I had the cash for the kit so I decided to put the donor on the road and drive it for a while, have already put 500+ miles on it, and it runs and drives like a brand new car. Part of me is sad that I will be tearing it apart, but only a very very small part.

Here is the donor purchased on January 9th 2021




I have a two-car garage with a 68 Camaro and a Harley sitting in it. To free up some space and to get the funds to purchase the kit I decided to sell the Harley. I have been riding motorcycle’s for the last 40 years but this last year only took her out a few times, so I said to myself what’s the point in having it just sit there. Two issues solved, space in garage and cash to ordered my kit on January 26th 2021.



3/30/2021 update: changed frame to include Double Door Bars


And I can not neglect to thank my loving wife for putting up with me and my hobbies, she's the best!
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Anks329

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Congrats! Your description of an adult size, street legal, rocket of a go-cart is spot on! I've got a base cobalt in my Goblin and it flies. Getting a donor with 10k miles is a great find, it'll make the disassembly much easier.
 

Desert Sasqwatch

Goblin Guru
Jareth, don't feel bad about the next fate of your donor. It is all about evolution into a higher (performance) form of automotive life! There are just too many Cobalts out there which will never get this chance. ;):D
 

Rttoys

Goblin Guru
Try not to sell the Harley. It seems like once the 2 wheels are gone, they never come back. :confused:

I only put 1 mile on my FZ1 last year. I’m sad, but it’s paid for and I’m keeping it. I put a few hundred miles on the race bikes though. :cool: And a few hundred miles on a track is equivalent to a ton of miles on the street.
 

Zoom Zoom

Goblin Guru
So the journey begins :)

It doesn't matter type of project, I'm not one that can be without a project regardless of the type.

I have built a Motorcycle from a kit, 120 Gallon Saltwater Reef Tank, 30'x10' Chicken Coop, and most recently just finished a 68 Camaro LS3 Engine Swap. With all that being said it was no surprise to my wife when she would catch me on the internet researching my next project.

When I would watch F5Cobra builds they would always get to the point that they would refer to as their first go-cart drive, I often thought it was a shame that they could not just stop there instead of investing another 20K on top of the 30K they already had in it to finish it?

Needless to say I was very excited to come across the DF-Goblin, exactly what I was looking for. An adult size, street legal, rocket of a go-cart.


I immediately started searching for a donor and although I might have preferred a SS, everything I found had in excess of 150K miles and was a thousand+ miles away. That’s when I found a base coupe a few hours away north that only had 10,491 miles on it. I thought perfect, it is barley broken it. I raced up to look at it, struck a killer deal and rented a U-Haul to get her home.

I thought it would be months until I had the cash for the kit so I decided to put the donor on the road and drive it for a while, have already put 500+ miles on it, and it runs and drives like a brand new car. Part of me is sad that I will be tearing it apart, but only a very very small part.

Here is the donor purchased on January 9th 2021



I have a two-car garage with a 68 Camaro and a Harley sitting in it. To free up some space and to get the funds to purchase the kit I decided to sell the Harley. I have been riding motorcycle’s for the last 40 years but this last year only took her out a few times, so I said to myself what’s the point in having it just sit there. Two issues solved, space in garage and cash to ordered my kit on January 26th 2021.



And I can not neglect to thank my loving wife for putting up with me and my hobbies, she's the best!
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You can park your Camaro in my man cave if you want to give you more room. Of course I would have to drive around the block once a week to charge battery.
 

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Jareth

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Thanks for the offer but I'm not sure you would want to markup that nice clean driveway with all the rubber from the tires spinning?
 

Jareth

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It’s not the first part that I anticipated purchasing but an OBD2 scan tool indicated that it needed to be replaced.





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Jareth

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So there has been a change in plans, I setup Facebook Market Place to notify me of any Cobalt’s that show up in my area. And someone selling an engine pops up for $1200, he mentions that it’s still in the car. I send request for some pictures and ask if the whole car is available. I asked what his bottom line price was and I got it for $800. He offered to deliver it so I gave him an extra $50.

Here it is sitting in front of my garage.





Took me a minute with a pry bar but got the hood open and two my surprise the 2nd key was just laying there.



Here’s a short video, for what ever reason the complete exhaust is gone, I assume he may had started selling pieces off the car?



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Ross

Goblin Guru
So there has been a change in plans, I setup Facebook Market Place to notify me of any Cobalt’s that show up in my area. And someone selling an engine pops up for $1200, he mentions that it’s still in the car. I send request for some pictures and ask if the whole car is available. I asked what his bottom line price was and I got it for $800. He offered to deliver it so I gave him an extra $50.

Here it is sitting in front of my garage.
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So you have joined the TDGC (Two Donor Goblin Club)?

With Ark :D
and me,
you make 3.

Was there an issue with your first donor that lead you to buy another?
 

Jareth

Well-Known Member
Yes, may someday still use the 1st donor but cutting up this $800 one makes more sense, and will be more fun :) Won’t have to worry about being careful with the parts I don’t need. Doubt if anything will be worth trying to sell. May even let my wife take some swings with a sledge hammer?

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Jareth

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Picked up some dolly’s to move the donor around. After I parked it I realized I was not going to be able to get the engine hoist in from the front, as you can see from pictures in early post.

 
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