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renesis said:
Probably, at least when it is first released, unless you do the conversion yourself of course.
I would like to see Hennessey Motorsports & Lingenfelter Performance Engineering get into the mix. Nothing drives down price like competition--so far Mallet is the only show in town. I believe that's why he can get away with 18k for a motor swap that doesn't even include a 6-speed tranny and new rear. And remember he is also taking possession of your brand new stock Ecotec motor too! Imagine what he would charge if you wanted to keep the stock motor.

Seems ridiculous at best--only reasonable to people that have that kind of cash to blow at every whim that comes their way. And it appears that Mallet gets plenty of these types year after year.
 

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radtech said:
Will Mallet be the only hope of getting a LS2 or LS7 motor for a Sky/Solstice?
Like others suggested, build it yourself. The LS2/LS7 swap kit will be available for sale later on in the year. Problems you will need to tackle though, ECU must be changed out (rewiring), in addition to the $6K for just the LS2 motor you will need all the accessories (power steering, alternatior, pulleys, etc), new intake, new exhaust, refitting of the brake system (vacuum lines, etc), new clutch, new springs and shocks, etc. By the time you buy all this yourself and do the install you probably saved yourself $3000 opposed to having Mallett Cars do it. You don't get the 2 year warranty Mallett offers (which no one has cash in on to date) or the resale listing in NADA guide making if more valuable that the original car. One major advantage to having this conversion done professionally is the resale value has increased over the base car, whereas a do it yourself conversion tends to lose money on resale. Look at all the self converted cars on EBAY for sale.
 

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Delnari said:
Like others suggested, build it yourself. The LS2/LS7 swap kit will be available for sale later on in the year. Problems you will need to tackle though, ECU must be changed out (rewiring), in addition to the $6K for just the LS2 motor you will need all the accessories (power steering, alternatior, pulleys, etc), new intake, new exhaust, refitting of the brake system (vacuum lines, etc), new clutch, new springs and shocks, etc. By the time you buy all this yourself and do the install you probably saved yourself $3000 opposed to having Mallett Cars do it. You don't get the 2 year warranty Mallett offers (which no one has cash in on to date) or the resale listing in NADA guide making if more valuable that the original car. One major advantage to having this conversion done professionally is the resale value has increased over the base car, whereas a do it yourself conversion tends to lose money on resale. Look at all the self converted cars on EBAY for sale.

i totally agree with you on this. it is much cheaper to do it yourself, however not only do you have all the negatives posted above, but you have the issue of experience and details. mallett has done this before and they are good at it! they have done all sorts of tests and they've actually worked with a few sols (supposedly) so im sure that their conversion would be much more tried and true than any of us could pull off. id hate to do my own work, and have something major break 10k miles down the road. and if it does happen, i would want the warranty to cover it.
 

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radtech said:
Do you think I can talk Mallet into a layaway program? :D
Yes, you can have a layaway plan. Just put $1500 a month in the bank for one year and you will have enough for a conversion :lol:

Unfortnately, you have to think of these conversions are for those who have cash in hand only. The Sky/Solstice is a recreation vehicle at best, and financing a rec. vehicle is just plain bad economics. The problem I see is the cars are just too affordable for the general public, so getting a serious modification performed will cost nearly as much as the car itself. So if you have $40k laying around for one of these special cars then by all means go for it! Just remember, as exciting as these conversion cars are, they are not for the average buyer. :mad:
 

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Delnari said:
Yes, you can have a layaway plan. Just put $1500 a month in the bank for one year and you will have enough for a conversion :lol:
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Man! That $1500 a month really puts it in perpective--thats a mortgage payment for allot of people. :eek: Mallet deserves a beating for tempting poe folk. :lol:
 

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Another alternative way to finance such a car is to do what I'm doing...

I bought a 2000 nissan maxima new and financed for 4 yrs. After the payoff I've been setting aside what would be that car pmt for my next car - which will be a LS2/7 sky. When it comes time to buy the car I will have the cash needed for the mods and finance the car for 4 yrs.
 

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Another alternative way to finance such a car is to do what I'm doing...

I bought a 2000 nissan maxima new and financed for 4 yrs. After the payoff I've been setting aside what would be that car pmt for my next car - which will be a LS2/7 sky. When it comes time to buy the car I will have the cash needed for the mods and finance the car for 4 yrs.
You have 18,000 for the V8 conversion and enough left over for a decent down payment?
 

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I'm not paying $18k for a basic conversion from Mallett. I plan on spending $12-$15k for the engine (probably out of a totaled Z06 or C6 vette), and all necessary conversions parts which will probably be supplied by Mallett (I'm hoping at a reasonable price) - then built it myself. Also I will buy a used sky with under 10k miles on it.. No way will I buy a brand new car just to pull it apart.
 

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I'm not paying $18k for a basic conversion from Mallett. I plan on spending $12-$15k for the engine (probably out of a totaled Z06 or C6 vette), and all necessary conversions parts which will probably be supplied by Mallett (I'm hoping at a reasonable price) - then built it myself. Also I will buy a used sky with under 10k miles on it.. No way will I buy a brand new car just to pull it apart.
Well...a brand new LS2 is only $5,499 so I don't think the other conversion parts will go over 10k. Might as well get a new engine. Also, Im thinking that you could sell the stock Ecotec motor too.
 

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good point.. my high end estimates are for the addition of a supercharger and or stroker motor if I feel the need.. but I have some time to think about all that.. I would think the ecotec motor could fetch $2k, no?
 
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