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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:13 am 
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Stripped out the inside of swifty last night> took all of about 45 min. I dont want to see all that nasty wieght going back in there. So heres what I'm thinkin. Anybody ever use hippo linner for there interior? My brother in law just finnished putting it on the floor of his pickup, stuff looks amazing ,is said to be durable and here's the biggie LIGHTWEIGHT!!!! let me know what you think still have a small hole in the floor to fix and some of that tarpaddin crap to get out. But for 50 buck I think this is the way I'm going to go. Cover the whole floor front to back no carpet. the plastic door kicker moulding is only going back in so i can hide power and RCA cables ebrake wire to be relocated under console and those plugs under the seats that dont go to anything NEON cuz my wife hates it :twisted: :twisted: hehehehahahaha! keep you posted


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I used the indoor/outdoor carpet from Home depot. It comes in a few different colors, looks pretty good, is easy to work with, and weighs almost nothing.

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I left mine empty: :mrgreen:

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Man you should see my car now. Pics will be up next weekend.

I drive 30K miles a year in a gutted car. I don't think there is anything else I can take out. I even stripped down the wiring harness to the bare essentials.

Next will be the undercoating. Kerosene, right Mike?

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I'm curious to see pics of gutted cars. I'm doing the same to my Swift when i get back to the states. I think i'm going to leave the 2 front seats and thats it. But i still want it to look clean.

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If its that tar stuff, kerosene works great. The sound deadener needs some heat, though.

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i have mine gutted, i have got back to the metal through-out the car and have just used some black paint to tidy it up.

to match i got the white cage and black buckets. i would never put anything back in, so nice with out it all. (plus i scrapped the interior)


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ccRacer wrote:
I'm curious to see pics of gutted cars. I'm doing the same to my Swift when i get back to the states. I think i'm going to leave the 2 front seats and thats it. But i still want it to look clean.

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Here's what I did to mine:
http://www.teamswift.net/album_personal ... er_id=1972

I'm currently busy putting Aluminium sheet on the sides to cover those ugly holes and I also found a "NOS bottle look alike aluminium "thank" " which I'm currently busy modifiyng to turn it into a fuel thank which will go into the spare tire compartment. Pics of these will come up soon.

I'm also thinking of getting the dashboard out to remove the metal thing that goes side to side under the dashboard, and right in the middle it kind of opens out. Anyone know if this thing is bolted or welded to the body?

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I believe that it is bolted


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Are you talking about the crossbar? If you take that out the sterring wheel will not be mounted anymore.

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I'm also thinking of getting the dashboard out to remove the metal thing that goes side to side under the dashboard, and right in the middle it kind of opens out. Anyone know if this thing is bolted or welded to the body?


The MK3 has some vertical support braces in the middle of the dash that make it a nightmare to remove. The horizontal brace is different is different from the MK2, in that it splits into two around the stereo area. Both MK2 and MK3 horizontal braces are screwed to the frame of the vehicle with four large Phillips head screws. Some people have found these rusted on. I'd recommend using a Phillips driver on a ratchet handle or an impact gun, the first time you remove them.

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Are you talking about the crossbar? If you take that out the sterring wheel will not be mounted anymore.


There's a separate tubular brace for the steering column above the ECU, this is also bolted in. The steering colum itself is primarily secured to a large box structure spot welded to the firewall. You could probably remove the tubular brace without effecting the steering.

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Lihtan wrote:
instant_shine wrote:

I'm also thinking of getting the dashboard out to remove the metal thing that goes side to side under the dashboard, and right in the middle it kind of opens out. Anyone know if this thing is bolted or welded to the body?


The MK3 has some vertical support braces in the middle of the dash that make it a nightmare to remove. The horizontal brace is different is different from the MK2, in that it splits into two around the stereo area. Both MK2 and MK3 horizontal braces are screwed to the frame of the vehicle with four large Phillips head screws. Some people have found these rusted on. I'd recommend using a Phillips driver on a ratchet handle or an impact gun, the first time you remove them.

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Are you talking about the crossbar? If you take that out the sterring wheel will not be mounted anymore.


There's a separate tubular brace for the steering column above the ECU, this is also bolted in. The steering colum itself is primarily secured to a large box structure spot welded to the firewall. You could probably remove the tubular brace without effecting the steering.


Thanks Lithan, I will try that when the time comes.

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1989-GTi: 3Tech 210/340 Cams,Cultus IM, B&G springs, TD04L turbo, Apexi SAFC, Suzukird UD pulley, Circuitse7en dual boost controller, AEM wideband, AEM water / meth injection kit, HKS bov.
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Drivers side view

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Passengers side view.

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Towards the back. It now has a harness bar and a triangulated rear strut tower brace that is welded in with load plates. Load plate are welded in before the tubing to strengthen the sheet metal.

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You forgot to remove your stereo. :poke:

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Lihtan wrote:
You forgot to remove your stereo. :poke:


Yeah, what the heck is the point of that? Can you even hear it over the sound of wind, tires, gravel, rain, etc?

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I still drive around 30K miles a year in this car. I like the radio, it helps me keep my sanity. I think I may remove the pair of speakers from the front and put the rear ones up front.

My car stereo plays the soundtrack to my life.

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I have to admit that even I have recently gotten temped with car audio...






I now use a Discman and headphones on long freeway trips :mrgreen:

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First thing I REMOVED on my car.

But then an N/A 3 cyl. needs all the help it can get :-P

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Does anybody ever get any questions from other motorists about the absence of any interior? It seems that I can't leave a parking lot without someone saying
"Hey you're missing a dash!"
"You sure got a lot of room in that thing!"
"When are you putting the car back together?"
"Do you race that?"
"Did you do that for fuel economy?"
"Did you do that for speed?"

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I think the biggest question is "what do you answer to them?" :wink:

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You missed some stuff.

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:shock: nice chassis... hmm look like truck frame but i like it

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Cheater. I've been tempted to something similar but with an STS Northstar motor and trans in the back. Since the Caddy motor overhangs to the front I think the weight balance will be nice.

Anyone have a MKI less motor?

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