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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:25 pm 
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I would like to do a bottom end rebuild on my 94 Geo Xfi. Is there anyone in Minnesota who would be willing to help me since it will be my first rebuild? I was thinking of working on it Mid-May...


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:10 pm 
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Hello fellow minnesotan, I'm Not a mechanic. But I can offer a little simpathy, as my normal solution has been to have one of my guys do a motor swap. But good used 3 bangers are getting a little scarce these days; The next one may need re-building such as you are planning. My only experience has been 3 or 4 top end rebuilds, and with-out exception, the motor would almost immediately start to use oil out the bottom end. usually 1 Qt every 4-600 miles,(not good when it only holds under 4Qts to begin with ) so you are wise to do a complete. Check out the tech forums threads, I haven't looked yet, because I'm a newbie (Or is it newby :?:) But I'd be willing to wager some-one has already addressed every conceivable question you might have, or at least take it on as a personal challenge to help you get on the road, Best wishes

1987 Sprint turbo (red) Resto-Mod
1988 Sprint Turbo (red)(Junked Before I Knew what I was Doing)
1989 Gti (red) (sold 8 years ago) somewhere near crosby MN
1989 Gti (White) Runnable Resto-Mod, But now MN Rust-Bucket in search of a clean donor tub
1991 GT (junked) Most parts saved
1991 Vert (Red) (southern car) Current resto project. (5sp With AC)
1993 GT (teal) Nearly finished resto-Mod
1994 GT (black) sold 5 years ago (went to oregon)
several other pedestrian models both Geo and Suzuki
Plus sold over 300 new and used metros though my dealership and while working at a new Geo store.

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Current stable:
1987 Sprint Turbo (Porsche Guards Red) 75k 5sp,AC, w/cruise, Resto-Mod,owned since 1997) (looking for dash-pad)
1989 GTI (white)104k 5sp,AC (Resto-mod completed 1999). (looks great, But rusted out ,need clean southern body.)Help!?
1991 Vert (red) 129k 5sp,AC, Resto-Mod, 75% Done.(Clean SW car)
1993 GT(Teal) 103k 5sp,AC,w/PW (Resto-Mod,60% done.)(Clean SW car)
1994 Swift GS 4Dr sedan (Painted 2005 Ford Kona Blue) 95k 1.3 SOHC 5sp


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