Ross's extended city, easy entry Goblin- 06 SS/SC, NW Arkansas

Ross

Goblin Guru
I have wanted an exo-car for a long time, and tried to justify an Ariel Atom when they were new to USA, but the price quickly grew out of my range.
Then the Goonzquad video introduced me to this kit. Luckly the DF Goblin survived.

My hope for an exo-car re-ignited, I started watching everything I can find on this kit! (YouTube needs more)
I arranged a 'factory tour' with Adam, on the first weekend in December, so I can see their shops and a real DF Goblin.
It is hard to know if I want an extended car or easy entry, since I have never entered or sat in a DF Goblin. (What does the DF stand for? Darn Fast? Doyle Fun?)

Yesterday I bought a donor car. So I guess the new project is officially started.

I have been looking/bidding for 3 weeks on Copart and IAAI auctions. The turbo cars are selling for more that I was expecting (I limited my biding to $3500 including all fees), and I haven't had much luck. Maybe I'm too picky. < 100K miles, within 800 miles of my home...

I have also been watching the supercharged Cobalts, when I came across a 'mystery' one nearby (5 hour drive) with very little information.
06 Cobalt SS, doesn't run, unknown mileage, and crunched in the front.
I thought it might go for cheap, as it is a gamble.
Even if the engine is toast, the rest of the Cobalt parts have a value right? (I'm justifying the gamble to myself)

I did a little research - VIN lookup on http://chevroletforum.com/forum/vindecoder.php revealed that it is a 2.0L supercharged LSJ. I prefer that over the 2.4L NA.
Copart even had an AutoCheck history report, which revealed that it was in an accident 6 months ago. So it has probably been sitting a while. (Still self-justifying a reason to bid). AutoCheck also says it was issued a duplicate title 6 weeks ago. So I look up the online form for duplicate titles, and there is a field for mileage... so I call the Missouri Department of Revenue, and explain that I'm doing some due-diligence on purchasing a car. They check the title document, and the mileage is filled in as ... 'Exempt'. Nice try, but I still don't know if it is worn out.

Inspecting the pictures, I think the front suspension and front frame clip wasn't impacted. Maybe the engine was hit. Airbags didn't deploy, rear is good.
So I waited for the car auction, bid once at $675, and then the Cobalt was sold. Only prebids, no counter bids during the online auction.

It's $1020 after Copart fees, (Update: that estimate was out a bit. $985 when I paid.) and i will pick up the car mid week, and start diagnosing on Thursday or Friday.
No idea if my gamble paid off... yet.
 

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ctuinstra

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DF=Doyel Fabrication.

Nice find! I'll bet the battery is dead or a fuse it blown and they can't read the ODO. Usually a car with a blown motor doesn't drive to get into an accident. It most likely was running when it was hit. But hopefully it didn't sustain damage to the engine in the impact. I doubt that it did, or at least very little. When you visit DF, check out the car they have in the back that is destroyed and Lonny found out it still runs!

In my opinion, get the extended frame. You will appreciate the extra room. I have the easy entry but to be honest, when I drove Lonny's car, I jumped in and out and didn't even notice it was not an easy entry. Once you get in an out a couple of times, it's not even an issue anymore. And the extra bar alongside of you is comforting. If I had to do it a third time, I would probably just go with extended and no easy entry.

I'm glad to hear the Goon video actually helped promote the Goblin to someone. The comments of the followers were harsh, I guess they like to live vicariously through the goons.

I can't wait to see you find out what is wrong and get it running. That's the first thing to do, get it started before you tear it down. Then you can watch the build videos and start tearing it apart. That's the fun part, really.

Where are you located?
 
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redtank22

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I was watching this car on copart thinking it would be the perfect donor for a goblin. Glad to see its going to be used for one!
 

Ross

Goblin Guru
DF=Doyel Fabrication.

Nice find! I'll bet the battery is dead or a fuse it blown and they can't read the ODO. Usually a car with a blown motor doesn't drive to get into an accident. It most likely was running when it was hit. But hopefully it didn't sustain damage to the engine in the impact. I doubt that it did, or at least very little. When you visit DF, check out the car they have in the back that is destroyed and Lonny found out it still runs!

In my opinion, get the extended frame. You will appreciate the extra room. I have the easy entry but to be honest, when I drove Lonny's car, I jumped in and out and didn't even notice it was not an easy entry. Once you get in an out a couple of times, it's not even an issue anymore. And the extra bar alongside of you is comforting. If I had to do it a third time, I would probably just go with extended and no easy entry.

I'm glad to hear the Goon video actually helped promote the Goblin to someone. The comments of the followers were harsh, I guess they like to live vicariously through the goons.

I can't wait to see you find out what is wrong and get it running. That's the first thing to do, get it started before you tear it down. Then you can watch the build videos and start tearing it apart. That's the fun part, really.

Where are you located?
NW Arkansas, between Bentonville and Fayetteville. Doyle Fabrication, good to know. 1 vote for the extended frame. I kind of wish this was the standard frame, not sure of a need for a short version, other than pricing. Easy entry looks more like a go-cart, but at the expense of safety. I agree, getting it running first is a good idea. I have watched the build videos, great information, and it helped me decide on this kit, seeing it is well supported. I plan to make build videos myself.
 

JERMzSS

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Congrats!! Look up "Reaction Motorsports Events" on YouTube and there's several videos on there with my Goblin in it.
 
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Ross

Goblin Guru
Congrats!! Look up "Reaction Motorsports Events" on YouTube and there's several videos on there with my Goblin in it.
It looked like you were having a lot of fun! You want a visitor on my way to/from Doyle Fabrication, Texas in a two weeks?
 

JERMzSS

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It looked like you were having a lot of fun! You want a visitor on my way to/from Doyle Fabrication, Texas in a two weeks?
Sure thing! 479-414-4264 is my number. Shoot me a text and you're more than welcome to come check it out. Lonny and Adam are awesome. You will have a great time talking with them.
 

jamesm

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Welcome Ross! I'll add another vote for the extended frame. Glad to see some more Goblin owners fairly close (I'm only about 90 mins north of you).
 

Ross

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Welcome Ross! I'll add another vote for the extended frame. Glad to see some more Goblin owners fairly close (I'm only about 90 mins north of you).
Tomorrow, my son and I are heading to pick up the donor car in St. Louis, Missouri. You interested in a quick visit? Ross. 479-640-9941
 

Ross

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We picked up our 'mystery' donor car, and got a chance to see James M's DF Goblin build.
 
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ctuinstra

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Thanks for the video! That was very interesting to see someone else's Goblin and to see your donor. I about leapt out of my chair when the car started! My understanding is that you didn't know if it started and run or not, I could be wrong. The 196K is a bit high, but if it has had its oil changed and been taken care of, it will be fine. Plan to change the timing chain and gears now while the engine is out. Also, change the clutch. Make sure it has the new style chain tensioner otherwise change it out with the timing chain. A few things you should do before you install it in the Goblin.

Keep the boost gauge and wiring.

I wouldn't be too concern about the engine being pushed back. Hopefully the intake is still in good shape. The reservoir for the heat exchanger isn't needed, so use it, I didn't. You can buy a new motor mount on eBay or online GM parts stores, I had to and it wasn't expensive.

It's a good donor for the Goblin. Those SC motors are harder to come by and hate to see one crushed when it can be used again. And for what you a paid for it, you did very well!
 

Karter2026

Goblin Guru
My donor had 180,000 miles on it. I had the head off because the chain jumped a tooth or two and I wanted to make sure there was no internal damage. I was impressed with the condition of the cylinder. I agree with Chad on the timing chain, I would also do a water pump. So much easier when it is apart. Also label every wire and plug during teardown. You may feel like it is overkill yu will be happy you did it.
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Ross

Goblin Guru
ctuinstra
You are right, our donor was not running. I did try the starter about 10 times, with no luck. The car wasn't getting enough amperage, and I was hoping that the old battery would still hold some charge, but no. After adjusting the jumper cable a bunch of times, I was able to get the music thumping, and test the electrical circuits in the donor. Then I remembered that new cars have a safety switch on the clutch, so I pressed the clutch and bumped the starter. To my surprise, the starter motor cranked. To my horror, it didn't stop cranking when I turned the switch off. The car's computer took over and cranked the starter until it started, then reved up, then finally shut off. I didn't catch that start on video, along with the other attempted starts... but it did give me a heart attack... 6 month old gas, unknown oil level, no water in the engine jacket. Turns out the oil was fine, and no water jacket is not a problem for a quick start.
Thanks for the pointers on getting the donor ready.

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Glad you enjoyed, there will be more videos!

Karter2026
Some more good points. Thanks. As I dig into the rebuild, I will be checking for wear. I am surprised that the build videos didn't label all the wiring, but I agree!
 
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