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Old 04-23-2022, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Metro pieces and parts

All my storehouse of useless knowledge relates to the VW Beetle. Now, in the 21st Century, I'm behind the wheel of a Geo Metro and a complete noob.

Two things on my mind to the moment:
  • I need to paint the wheels and I'd like to get some center caps. The Metro cap is uninspiring, just a black nob. There are more interesting cap for the Tracker and Prizm. Will they fit the 13" Metro wheel?
  • A major problem is the internal rain gutters. None of my three roof racks will fit. I see that there was an optional rack for the Metro convertible. Want To Buy.
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Are you sure they're 13" wheels? The 89-94 Metro had 12" wheels originally. Full wheel covers were used on some models. Maybe all the non-XFi Metros. Prizm was a Toyota, so the caps probably won't fit. Caps from the Tracker are probably too big, but I've never tried one. Suzuki Swift center caps probably fit, but they're also just black knobs (with a fancy "S"). Pizza pans?
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Are you sure they're 13" wheels?
Not any more.

155/80-12. The wheels need paint in any case. I'd only need two if I put [the planned] skirts on the back.

The decision would be easy in favor of these, if I had an edge roller to replace the flange. Then I would gang them together and shave them down from 15".

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All my storehouse of useless knowledge relates to the VW Beetle. Now, in the 21st Century, I'm behind the wheel of a Geo Metro and a complete noob.

Two things on my mind to the moment:
  • I need to paint the wheels and I'd like to get some center caps. The Metro cap is uninspiring, just a black nob. There are more interesting cap for the Tracker and Prizm. Will they fit the 13" Metro wheel?
  • A major problem is the internal rain gutters. None of my three roof racks will fit. I see that there was an optional rack for the Metro convertible. Want To Buy.
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the best part a geo metro can have is a LS4 swap
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I was thinking a genuine sheepskin seat cover.

But now you have me thinking this, the Lexus electric axle:


It was slated for the 1958 Baja bug. I'm looking forward to see what Arcimoto's new battery tech initiative is like.
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Here's a time dependent question.

The Metro was parked down the street in a supermarket parking lot while they're repaving the lane in front of my house. The battery was low (dashboard lights but the starter wouoldn't turn over) so I took it home and charged it overnight.

When I went back this morning, some benighted soul had run a self-drilling sheet metal screw into the ignition switch. They abandoned the project when they realized the battery was missing. And the wheels are turn to left lock and locked.

So I guess it will sit there two more nights and even then it looks like there are selfshearing bolts holding the switch in the steering column.

Any ideas on how to remove the buggered part?
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If you're lucky, you'll be able to get the bolts to turn with a hammer and chisel. The next step might be cutting the heads off. Maybe take the steering column home to get the bolts out?
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Bit confused.... the self drilling screw is to bypass the key lock or to prevent you from using the car?

If they were attempting to steal it: continue their processes with the charged battery I would think. If they were being jerks, this is gonna be exasperating.

Who the heck needs to steal a metro? Even worse, who the fark needs to bugger up freebeards ride and why?
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I suspect that the self-tapping screw was used with a slide hammer, since the head had been broken off.

And since the slide hammer was gone, but not the socket wrench and a keyring with house keys and one GM key they probably tried first, I suspect mood enhancing substances at play.

Has anyone R&Red the ignition switch? DuckDuckGo finds results that suggests it's in there with bolts that shear off the head so they can't be removed.

I'l know more once I find a tow truck company that answers their phone.

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