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Author:  Prairie to Pine Co. [ Tue May 17, 2016 9:44 pm ]
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I Have 2 currently a teal 1993 Gt runner/driver and a White 1989 gti which would run with about an hour effort.but is not street drivable due to a rusty "A" frame mount on the passenger side.

I previously junked out a white.1991 gt that i purchased at co-part salvage auction in the peoples republic of madison wisc. it was a runner driver, but was sold "Parts only, no title' I put a bunch of fun miles on it running it on a dealer plate. then I knocked it in the head. my original reason for its puchase was I needed a transmission for a .......

black 1994 gt that I fixed up and sold to a young man who later moved to Oregon somewhere.

#5 is a red 1989 swift Gti I sold somewhere around 12 years ago to a father and son. who lived near us in Aitkin,Crosby, or Deerwood Mn.Last I saw it ( 8-10 years ago) it had a flat black (primer) aftermarket hood and fender on it from a deer strike. and last I heard was it was in an area garage or storage unit, needing major repairs mechanically, I have owned every gt/gti I have ever seen in person in our area. but I still am on the hunt. best wishes each. Jonathan

Author:  threno [ Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:10 pm ]
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Add one more to the list:

East central Indiana
1989 Red GTi, Registered and used as daily driver

My wife and I swapped out the engine last summer because of a spun bearing. We are currently going through the car and getting all the mechanicals in order before going over the car completely. As she says, "We need to make it nicer!" It's uglier than sin right now, but running better and better every day. Plans are to rebuild the original motor not sure if we go turbo or stay all motor.

We also have a '94 Metro xfi. Mechanicals are sound, but the body is horrid. Unsafe to drive. Lower suspension arms holding on by a rust flake and a paint chip.

The spare engine may be mated to the 5sp from a Sidekick and go into a Locost 7

Author:  Painting Horse [ Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:29 pm ]
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Northern California:1991,Suzuki Swift. Black

Author:  RP91gt [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:09 pm ]
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This is a good thread :thumbsup:

Author:  tbirdscott [ Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:57 am ]
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I have one 89 GTi, up here in BC stuff rusts quick and bad. Rarely see any models of these cars around anymore.

Author:  944door [ Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:16 am ]
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Painting Horse wrote:
Northern California:1991,Suzuki Swift. Black


Oh how I long for a cali swift or metro. Give me a rust free sun baked metro/swift over these east coast rust buckets any day.

Author:  BlackEuropa [ Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:41 pm ]
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Another 91 GT, Northern California, Black.

I have to say... even though it's relatively rust free, every time I turn a bolt on the undercarriage, it wants to snap. 3 out of 6 tries at sway bar bolts and they are rusted solid. Had to re-thread them. Scared to try the last 2. And the control arm bushes are rusted solid on the pivots. Heat and soaking in PB Blaster made no difference.

Everyone... Anti seize on all chassis bolts. Every time! ; )

Author:  wgotzman [ Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:43 am ]
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Were there more in Canada proportionately ?

I still have my original ! 1990 GT Red.

Author:  944door [ Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:52 pm ]
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BlackEuropa wrote:
Another 91 GT, Northern California, Black.

I have to say... even though it's relatively rust free, every time I turn a bolt on the undercarriage, it wants to snap. 3 out of 6 tries at sway bar bolts and they are rusted solid. Had to re-thread them. Scared to try the last 2. And the control arm bushes are rusted solid on the pivots. Heat and soaking in PB Blaster made no difference.

Everyone... Anti seize on all chassis bolts. Every time! ; )




Oh BOO FRIGGIN HOO

I don't wish the rocker panel, 1/4 ,floor , fender and roof rust on anyone. But still that's shocking that its a west coast car with bolts breaking . My 94 metro has serious floor rust and everytime I have pulled the control arms they came out without a fight . That's puzzling to me . But thanks for posting here . Also I added a 94 parts car to the mix

Author:  t3 ragtop [ Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:32 pm ]
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BlackEuropa wrote:
Another 91 GT, Northern California, Black.

I have to say... even though it's relatively rust free, every time I turn a bolt on the undercarriage, it wants to snap. 3 out of 6 tries at sway bar bolts and they are rusted solid. Had to re-thread them. Scared to try the last 2. And the control arm bushes are rusted solid on the pivots. Heat and soaking in PB Blaster made no difference.

Everyone... Anti seize on all chassis bolts. Every time! ; )


i live squarely in the rust belt and i fixed my problems with rusty bolts when i built my red twincam vert. i snapped off every rusted bolt, nut, and washer on the car. then i drilled, tapped, and replaced it all in stainless steel slathered in copper never seize. i cut off and replaced every suspension bushing with new polyurethane bushes. i rust proofed the entire chassis inside and out and installed aluminized fatmat on the entire body tub so that water will never touch the steel.

since i spent several hundred hours on the project, cutting out rust and replacing that with new steel and then putting the car back together using all the swift gt accoutrements and a bunch of custom parts i'm trying very hard to stay on top of any kind of rot.

i use the car as my summer toy. i drive it a lot, to work and back as well as general cruising but i avoid rainy days and the car spends winters completely abed and under covers.

i have had nearly every bracket and removable piece, from the wheels to the wipers to the valve cover powder coated and then clear coated. that really cuts down on corrosion on alumnium parts and outlasts paint by 5 times (to date.)

what the car really needs is a new paint job as the red oxidizes pretty fast and the clear coat has started to peel.

so, as heretical as this might sound to you, i retired a 91 swift gt that was rusted beyond salvation for parts to build my vert. that means that there's one less gt and one more cool metro vert in the world. =)

Author:  old redneck [ Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:01 am ]
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I live in the Kansas City MO area and own 2 a rusty white 92, 230k or more driven daily. It's my winter car but when my son gets some of his stuff running I am going to fix the underneath. I got a black 90 off here from Florida and it's been a money pit. engine, trans, struts springs, and complete new ceramic brake system last winter with braided steel lines. It is intended to be my car to keep forever or until I am gone. I needed wheels and couldn't find any good ones here so I have changed to Honda aluminum 15's. I missed one near Jefferson city last year on Craigs List as I had to leave town for something. I looked this last week on Craigs list and with the ones posted here there seems to be 3 in Lakeland Florida one for parts.

Author:  swifterthanu [ Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:35 am ]
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neo_mk1 wrote:
There would most likely still be thousands still in the USA and more up in Canadia ...


I remember a thread from a member here in that there was less than 4000 suzuki's imported in 1989 and the numbers didn't break them down between Samurai's and Swift's let alone GTi's. He provided the importation numbers from Suzuki of Japan.

I have two 1989 GTi's. There were three base colors for the year (Black, White, Red) and I have a Red one and a White one. As for the Black one, I've never seen one in GTi badging. I've sold them in GT badging but not GTi.

One day I will get the last one and then might move onto the GT's.....

PS: I've been all over the US since 1989 and have yet to see them in the thousands.......

Author:  CAMI Man [ Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:51 pm ]
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Import numbers do not reflect the numbers accurately .
Many Suzuki Swift GT and Swifts were built at CAMI Automotive .

Author:  swifterthanu [ Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:02 pm ]
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CAMI Man wrote:
Import numbers do not reflect the numbers accurately .
Many Suzuki Swift GT and Swifts were built at CAMI Automotive .

I definitely know you are correct. I was only referring to the 1989 GTi #'s.

Author:  Woodie [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:12 am ]
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Wait?

I thought all of the GT's, Convertibles, and Turbos were built in Japan?

Author:  CAMI Man [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:22 am ]
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Woodie wrote:
Wait?

I thought all of the GT's, Convertibles, and Turbos were built in Japan?


No the GT were also made at CAMI Automotive .
I remember when we started to build the GT seeing loading docks full of GT DOHC motors .
I think it was in 1990 .
We were going to build some convertibles but that got scrubbed .
Only Convertibles and MK2 Turbo were exclusive to Japan / Kosai plant .
CAMI also built a special 1994 Metro 4 cyl SOHC only available to CANADA ./ Metro GSI (( built exclusively at CAMI for Canada market ))

Author:  CAMI Man [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:43 am ]
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:arrow: I know off topic but cool , to ad to my above reply .
Found some pics of 1994 Metro GSI Canada market only.

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Author:  swifterthanu [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:46 pm ]
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CAMI Man wrote:
I remember when we started to build the GT seeing loading docks full of GT DOHC motors .


I would love to see crates of GT DOHC engines in my garage!!

Author:  jaguar,vettes&sprints [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:17 pm ]
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swifterthanu wrote:
CAMI Man wrote:
I remember when we started to build the GT seeing loading docks full of GT DOHC motors .


I would love to see crates of GT DOHC engines in my garage!!

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Believe me when I say No no you wouldn't.!
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there 28 yrs old car's
most people have moved on...
Only the crazy of crazy people actively hunt these car/parts
back in the day There was a "Canadian Machinest" that would buy every Cam he could get his hands on
Now I see set here for $100 and are not moving
the 1.3 DOHC was $800 all day long Now $400 at that price might as well drag em out to the wood shed let them rot
intill a fellow enthusiast is in need
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We (the Suzuki enthusiast) are Dinosaurs
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Author:  suzukitom [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:49 pm ]
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Nope. Dinosaurs are now just gasoline.. we are the rare type of enthusiast in the automotive world.. we demand good fuel economy while needing the speed.. we need to save each car on the chance that 1 in 1000 people will notice its virtues like we did and want to buy it for either $10,000 or $50. Even with suzuki abandoning north America market.. These cars will run forever in our hands.. like 57 chevs in Cuba. .

Rant ends...

Author:  swifterthanu [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:57 pm ]
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suzukitom wrote:
Nope. Dinosaurs are now just gasoline.. we are the rare type of enthusiast in the automotive world.. we demand good fuel economy while needing the speed.. we need to save each car on the chance that 1 in 1000 people will notice its virtues like we did and want to buy it for either $10,000 or $50. Even with suzuki abandoning north America market.. These cars will run forever in our hands.. like 57 chevs in Cuba. .

Rant ends...


:cheers: :yeahyeah

Author:  jaguar,vettes&sprints [ Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:00 pm ]
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suzukitom wrote:
Nope. Dinosaurs are now just gasoline.....

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Shure they are . :huh:
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and I have a 1000 sq ft condo with a view of Granville bridge I'll sell you for $100,000

Author:  Blink Ryba [ Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:44 pm ]
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I had a real 1989 swift Gti in Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada, bought it from a junk yard, body and chassis had way too much rust for me to take it ended going to another wrecker 100% stripped. I reshelled the engine and soon to be the rest into a 1991 Pontiac firefly that has next to no rust. Just working out the bugs from the previous owner (wheel bearings, head gasket, sensors, ect) really fast, when I first got the GTI i never got to drive it or start it under its own fuel so not until I did the swap I was finally able to hear it run under its own fuel which is where I figured out the head gasket was gone then I repaired it and was able to drive a gti for the first time in my life and I loved it, can't wait to make this thing flawless, you can check out my Instagram for some photos http://Instagram.com/blinkryba

Author:  suzukitom [ Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:54 pm ]
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jaguar,vettes&sprints wrote:
suzukitom wrote:
Nope. Dinosaurs are now just gasoline.....

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Shure they are . :huh:
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and I have a 1000 sq ft condo with a view of Granville bridge I'll sell you for $100,000


Image

Does the condo have a view? More importantly does it have parking for 6 cars?

Author:  944door [ Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:44 pm ]
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CAMI Man wrote:
:arrow: I know off topic but cool , to ad to my above reply .
Found some pics of 1994 Metro GSI Canada market only.


Interesting , it appears to have swift headlights . The Canadian market got all the cool shit. aka firefly turbo.

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