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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 9:18 pm 
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I found a convertible'92 Geo metro for $900,
but it is automatic.

Has anybody tried to modify a Metro 2 doors
into a convertible model?

I looked at the tranny change and it seems to
be a b***h to do, so I wonder if that solution
wouldn't be easier...

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 9:28 pm 
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:huh: your kidding right!?!?! you think changing windshield frames and the doors and the ---- :furious: forget it thats just messed up. :screwball: if you have two complete cars, a trans swap would be a breeze campared to a drop top swap. :thwack: if you go that route ,take lots of picks cause no one will believe you. and good luck :)

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 9:28 pm 
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i saw one on EBAY a while back. it has been done . you will have trouble with the doors not closing if you don't put a cage in it. or supports under .
allso saw one made into a truck that looked kinda groovy.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 10:15 pm 
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there are some serious chassis differences between the hatchbacks and vert. cut the top off of a hatchback and you're asking for danger! :twisted:

verts have bulkheads and cowl stiffeners, even the inner rockers are different.

swap the tranny, the pedal hanger, the shifter, the ECU, the engine mounts on the chassis (yes even those are different) the radiator and add a clutch cable. you'll still have less work in the conversion than you would have with trying to build your own convertible from a 2 door hatchback. while you're at it, just wedge the twincam in and swap all the brakes over to the GT's discs and you'll have a monster ride.

i know this because i've been doing it every day for the last week or 2! :lol: just following mojo's lead, hehe :lol:

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I cut the roof off my second parts car. I never got to drive it that way, the engine and transmission were out already. Then I cut the car up into little pieces. :twisted:
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BEACH BUGGY! :cheers: :yeahyeah

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t3 ragtop wrote:
BEACH BUGGY! :cheers: :yeahyeah


Is that your Saab?? Sweet Ride! one of those :WTF: is that kind of cars. Like the volvo P1800's

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Don't diss the P1800 :shock: They rock.


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Kento87 wrote:
Is that your Saab?? Sweet Ride! one of those :WTF: is that kind of cars. Like the volvo P1800's


if you are referring to the sonett in my album pics, yeah that was my 67 rallye spec 2 stroke 3 cylinder car. it was one of 256 handmade cars that were built. i owned 2 of the stroker sonetts. i also owned many of the v4 sonetts built from 1968 thru 1974. i used to specialize in restorations on those cars and completed over 100 of them over a 20 year period.

those cars were fiberglass bodied, 2 seaters. front wheel drive, dual diagonal brakes, 15" wheels (the wheels on the red car in the pic were very rare, feather light, cast from magnesium, and made in the tunewerken foundry in a single production run of 200 units.) the 2 stroke cars weighed in at around 1200 pounds and the v4 cars were around 1400. the cars were very rare themselves, in all only 7400 were built over a 7 year span with larger production numbers from 72 thru 74.

that red 2 stroke would positively spank an S model mini cooper and the volvo p1800, not to dis that car, was a slug by comparison. although the sonett will always hold a special place in my heart, i'm having way more fun building relatively inexpensive metro/swift cars. my new love doesn't require the intensive parts search or the huge bankroll that the swedes needed.

the new owner has delivery pics of the car hosted here:

http://www.wmsbrg.com/sweden/burgin/

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don't say it can't be done be cause i am in the process of doing right now. i first cut the rockers out then welded steel tubing in place and have already cut the roof off and no flexing at all will post pics.


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the vert and hatch are two comopleatly differant animals :shock:

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geoinsane wrote:
the vert and hatch are two comopleatly differant animals :shock:



Apparently not for long! Good luck witht he project.

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Thanks all,

Since I'm not willing to weld I passed on the deal.
I'll be looking for a stock stick convertible instead.


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good common sense prevails.... less :thwack: this way

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did you buy a 1992 White Geo Metro Convertible from a place called Bay City Towing in Watsonville?

sonyhome wrote:
Thanks all,

Since I'm not willing to weld I passed on the deal.
I'll be looking for a stock stick convertible instead.


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I once knew a guy that wanted to convert his sedan to a Vert. He cut the roof off at the pillars, drove it over to his shed, hit a pothole and it folded in half like a single slice of bread with ham and cheese.


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