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Old 01-15-2001, 11:38 AM   #1
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Post Operation Geo Metro - Need Input:

(Speaking of the 3 Cylinder beast)

Allright guys... get ready.

I just inherited a Geo Metro 2 Door Hatchback. I believe it's a Late 80s model with a carbeurated 3 Cylinder engine and 4 Speed (I think) manual. It runs with a little bit of an oil leak and manifold problems. But it's tiny with still tons of room in the engine bay. I've been given full rights to do whatever I want to it and I don't have to pay anything for it!

Here's what I'm thinking:

Gut the interior and get a single racing seat as well a roll cage.
Keep the HVAC.
New steering wheel.
Paint job.
Clean up the 3 cylinder engine and add a small turbo with 3" Exhaust system.
17" lightweight, butt-ugly wheels and uprate the suspension.

It'll be a cone eater basically but still street legal. I think I can get a lot of work done using junk yard parts but of course, with a steep learning curve. I figured this would be a perfect "project" car. It'll be a long term thing since I'm low on time (and addicted to my bike) - but it would hilarious to see what kind of times I can pull in!

Who's with me?!?!?!

Can I get an Amen!??!

Sorry.
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Old 01-15-2001, 11:42 AM   #2
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If you plan on making it a real "beast"..lose the idea of 17s and go with 14s or 15s.
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Old 01-15-2001, 11:42 AM   #3
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Pop in the Fuel injected four cylinder that came in some Metro's and put Nitrous Like Jay Leno's I think Leno's runs like 11's or something!

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Old 01-15-2001, 11:57 AM   #4
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Find a Suzuki Swift 1.3L DOHC engine & tranny and do an engine swap. That engine will have much more potential than the 3 cylinder engine you have now.

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Old 01-15-2001, 11:58 AM   #5
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As a former owner, here's a few tips.

Dump the 3 banger for a 1.6. The 1/3 DOHC engines are impossible to find. The 1.6 makes good torque, and will haul the little metro around without much trouble. My tracker was more fun though . It was a great "pre-runner". Go to www.calmini.com if you're looking for good hi po parts.

I still have their cam, brand new, for the 1.6 if you wanna get that serious. It isn't even rusted. 125 + shipping. 288/.394 lift 115 lobe sep.

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Old 01-15-2001, 03:32 PM   #6
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AFAIK Geo Metro didn't come out till 90.(Edmunds used verhicles from Geo only goes back that far)

I've got the basest 1990 Metro 2-door XFI 1L 3-cylinder 49HP 53/58MPG 5-speed.

I've heard Eaton has tiny blowers. Might be interesting. I never looked far enough into it to figure out how to get one though.
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Old 01-15-2001, 03:37 PM   #7
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More info....

Stock wheels are 13".
My XFI is Fuel Injected, though it looks like a carberator.
Ditch A/C if you got it.....it's robbing you of too much horsepower.

(Pick up a Hayes manual.....not as good as some I've gotten for other cars but pretty thorough)
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Old 01-15-2001, 06:36 PM   #8
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All the Geo Metros around here (probably totally stock) are being driven a little short of totally insane. Maybe they feel inadequate or something.
Well maybe not all.
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Old 01-15-2001, 06:59 PM   #9
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I thought about doing this with a Festiva. I heard that you can put the 1.8L from the Mazda 323 in without any problems. And there is a guy that makes upgraded springs and swaybars for it.

Jay Leno's car has a V-6 from the Tauras SHO.

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Old 01-16-2001, 12:00 AM   #10
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aaaaahhhh, why bother? life is to short
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Old 01-16-2001, 12:12 AM   #11
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Actually I think I meant 16" - Type I think. But yeah and Engine swap is the other thing that came to mind. Something just like a 1.6L

And hey - why not? Once I make a little more money (hopefully!!) and afford to spend a couple hours of the weekend on it after my mandatory bike ride. But I think it would fun! I think I'll paint it Black with purple flames - whaddya think?

Thanks for the suggestions though! Keep 'em coming if you want.
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Old 01-16-2001, 12:15 AM   #12
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I would love to see that little geo get into the 11's and just put to shame other big V8 powerd cars. I say go for the engine swap and a nice(cheap) turbo set up!
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Old 01-16-2001, 12:23 AM   #13
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Nah man. You need to go with smaller wheels. Those large wheels, reguardless of how lightweight they are, are a completely different rotating mass then the stockers. And you will probibly loose close to a quarter of your horsepower with them, becuase the gearing is meant to push itty bitty 12" tin cans, not a 16" low-pro.

Get a pair of 14" wheels, or even a set of 13" wheels. The smaller the better. The extra torque will really make a difference. And you'll be glad you went with a smaller wheel and tire.
 
Old 01-16-2001, 12:30 AM   #14
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Anyone want a G13B? Suzuki 1.3 DOHC, fuel injected? Plenty here...
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Old 01-16-2001, 09:30 AM   #15
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AJDay: I'm the only guy around here I see driving a Geo Metro totally insane. For me it's about safety.......the more agressive and insane I drave the less likely someone will be driving near me......figure it keeps me out of accidents :-)
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Old 01-16-2001, 01:20 PM   #16
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I've wanted to do this to a metro for a LONG time. Mainly because my dad loves them. I can't figure it out, but anyway, i agree with the get a 4 from one of the other metros, turbo it, and just do whatever you can! it would be great! i'd pay to watch you race it! ha ha
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Old 01-16-2001, 01:43 PM   #17
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OK, is it just me, or does the UK-market Justy look like it's just a Swift/Metro? Take a look...



Maybe get the AWD drivetrain shipped over here by someone friendly across the pond?

[edit] spelling

[This message has been edited by MikeA (edited January 16, 2001).]
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Old 01-16-2001, 02:13 PM   #18
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Aaaaaaaaaaaw yeeeaaaaaah!!



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Old 01-16-2001, 02:32 PM   #19
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I've told my girlfriend that when I get rich and buy her an Outback Sedan (wishful thinking, hehe), I get to keep her '91 Chevy Cavalier to "experiment" with.

It's got a pretty floppy shifter, but it actually sounds kinda nice when shifting, and it's got a real three-spoke wheel.

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Old 01-16-2001, 05:50 PM   #20
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i just had a chevy metro for a rental. this was the highest trim version available, the LSi i think, and it felt like death on wheels. my gti was in the shop getting fixed because i got rear-ended on the highway on my way home from work, by an F350 superduty pickup. the metro was truly frightening to drive on the highway and i think it instilled a sense of appreciation for safer cars. while having a beater metro would be fun to pimp out and drive hard, at this stage in my life the teenage indestructible years are behind me and i have a sense of mortality. i dont want to go out behind the wheel of a metro. these cars are truly no match for most of the metal on the road these days so if you DO do this, drive safely. a free beater still isn't worth an Excursion bumper through your skull.
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Old 01-16-2001, 06:05 PM   #21
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I pee on mortality!

hee hee... Sorry.
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Old 01-16-2001, 06:06 PM   #22
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Edmunds only goes back to 1990 for all cars Zahnster

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Old 01-16-2001, 08:01 PM   #23
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Gut it and NOS it! yeah but I figure for a car that cost what 6000 new you will blow axles and everything else before you knew it!

I think if you have the skillz drop a big 4 banger from the scrap yard in it what ever make maybe an eclipse turbo and make it AWD oh man that thing would run 9s with no mods hahah!
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Old 01-16-2001, 08:58 PM   #24
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I agree. Nothing like a 200 shot of NOS into a old dieing beast for a single run of glory.
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Old 01-16-2001, 10:21 PM   #25
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Do what I did. Find somebody with a Honda CBR 600f3 who is willing to part with their stock muffler. Rip out the geo muffler and bolt in. See it here: http://z31.com/unsorted/myhouse2.jpg
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