1) Is the basic 2.2 L61 the best option for a plentiful and inexpensive swap motor from a donor car, or should I be looking at other alternatives or variants?
2) What are my options for a RWD 5 speed transmission, that will bolt right on the L61? From reading this site it seems that there are a some choices. Are they all hydraulically actuated clutch mechanisms, or are there cable operated ones?
3) I think I need to go "standalone" with the ECU, like a Mega Squirt or something, right? Are there MS wiring harnesses for the Ecotec, or what should I be researching in this area? Is throttle control via cable or electric?
I think I understand SOME of challenges in accomplishing a swap like this... engine/transmission mounting, drive shaft mods, exhaust fab, etc. But this is just the beginning...
RANDOM THOUGHTS: Steering is manual gearbox style, I'd like to see if I can fit a PS R&P unit from a more modern Volvo, since an Ecotec will come with a PS pump, or can that be deleted with a different belt/pulley system?
Sorry for the long post, but I have a lot of questions. Looking forward to your input and ideas about the feasibilty of this swap. Thanks guys!
1)Yes the L61 is the most abundant and readily available variant, and it will meet your goals.
2)There is only one ready to use transmission option as far as RWD 5spd manual goes, and that is the OEM Aisin AR5 as used in the Solstice/Sky/G2X/GT. With custom bellhousing or adapters numerous other transmissions (including the ubiquitous BW T5) become options.
3)If using an L61 there is no need to go with MS, youll be able to run an OEM J-body ECM/wiring with some minor mods, this would entail significantly less work and investment(time, potentially money) than standalone.
A first generation L61 is most likely going to come with an intake cam mounted PS pump, if youve got room you could likely make this work, or simple block off plate from an electric power steering vehicle can be found or you could easly fab your own plate, no belt rerouting is needed. a Solstice PS setup uses a traditional front mounted belt driven pump and could also likely be fashioned to work relatively easily