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Old 03-23-2010, 11:18 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Well, I already broke it.

The top was down for a couple of days (in the garage), and I went to put it back up. Cold temperatures (~5C) + stiff 40 mil plastic rear window and you can guess what happened.

And the top was only a few years old!

Sucks to have to add something new to the "fix or replace" list before you've even crossed anything else off.

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Old 03-28-2010, 08:13 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Got my GT side skirts and bumpers yesterday... plus a VAN load of Swift crap.

The guy gave me an ultimatum: I could have the skirts and bumpers, but only if I took everything else Swift related out of his shed!

The mice will be upset at losing several nests.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:21 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Got my GT side skirts and bumpers yesterday... plus a VAN load of Swift crap.

The guy gave me an ultimatum: I could have the skirts and bumpers, but only if I took everything else Swift related out of his shed!

The mice will be upset at losing several nests.
LOL... this is usually how I acquire stuff.

I just bought a couple lawn mowers (for parts) and ended up with 16 batteries (worth $4 each, cores), about 200 lbs of clean aluminum, a couple complete transmissions, and a bunch of random steel, as well as 200+ feet of 8/2 wire already inside a 1" black underground plastic casing.

"Get it out of here..."

I love those words.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:15 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I ended up with 13 parakeets that way lol... I really want the Swift hood/lights/bumpers/skirts for my vert too. I think they look really good on them!
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:19 AM   #25 (permalink)
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The guy gave me an ultimatum: I could have the skirts and bumpers, but only if I took everything else Swift related out of his shed!
Good deal! Any 3.52 transmissions? <rubs hands together vigorously>
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The mice will be upset at losing several nests.
Don't be surprised when you find that the mice came with the deal...
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:10 PM   #27 (permalink)
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"Get it out of here..."

I love those words.
I'm still not convinced it was a deal (for me)!

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Don't be surprised when you find that the mice came with the deal...
Well, they'll just have to make friends with the mice in their new neighbourhood then.

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I really want the Swift hood/lights/bumpers/skirts for my vert too. I think they look really good on them!
So do I. And with this "deal", I've got all thost parts. And one (1) GT seat with the nice bolsters. Why only one, I don't know. The mice must have carried the other one off when they saw the guy coming to clean out the shed.

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Good deal! Any 3.52 transmissions? <rubs hands together vigorously>
I wish I had good news for you. I have a line on 3 more transmissions, but they're all the worst gearing (GT DOHC or convertible models). If I find more of the good ones, you can bet I'll jump on 'em though.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:13 PM   #28 (permalink)
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First two efficiency mods of 2010 to the ForkenSwift happened this week, courtesy of the convertible project (which itself is sitting patiently, gathering dust in the garage).

When I picked up the Swift parts pile of junk ... I mean parts "cache" ... to get the GT body kit, included was a set of four 155/80/13 tires on rims. Ugly, rusty rims. Old tires.

They've been on the ForkenSwift 2 days now, and it's easy to tell that they roll much, much better than the snows that have been on the car since day one. Not surprising, really: I already knew the snows were bad. And the rubber on these 155's is probably rock hard! (Not to mention weatherchecked enough that I turned away as I was airing them up to ... somewhere north of the max sidewall figure. Just in case.)

Then I stole the relatively smooth wheel covers from the 'vert and stuck them on the ForkenSwift too, to hide the rusty rims. And improve aero.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:27 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I've got to get new stems installed in my truck so I can air my tires up to 80 PSI... the standard rubber stems will probably want to blow their guts out if I load the truck at that pressure, so I'm waiting until I get the rims I plan on running the LT tires on before hand, so I can put the brass stems in that I have.

Good to know your *ahem* junk pile *cough* had some usable parts in it.
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I was digging through the metros in a local junkyard and I happened upon this:

they didn't know where it came from, or what a swift was. they said I could have it for free since they were never going to sell it to anyone

I'm gonna go rummage some more when I get some money. they also said they had no g10's, but there was definitely one there with a 5 speed tranny in a sedan. what's the gear ratio in those?

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