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Old 07-30-2023, 11:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It probably falls within the scope of my abilities. It would have to go back up on the ramps.

I just repaired an inch-long split in the tailpipe with a fiberglass bandage, aluminum flash metal and two hose clamps. A "$250" repair for sixteen dollars.

The first attempt went off the end of the ramps and I had to jack the car up to get them out again. The second time, with the front up I had to use two bottle jacks in three lifts to level it up. Fortunately I have six jack stands.

What was really noticable is to raise it off the side jack points, I had to lift the center rear jack point two inches before the side jack points cleared. That body has no torsional rigidity at all.

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Old 07-31-2023, 12:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I didn't want to buy expensive, heavy-duty jack stands, but I also didn't want to die, so I made some tripods from 2 X 4 studs. They are working fine. Lifting is done in stages so that a power drill can do the work on a scissors jack.
YouTube has many clips about making ramps, mostly wasting a lot of wood, but the featured improvement is hinging the thin ends so they can swing out and not restrict access. It occurs to me that one could make a whole series of sloping blocks and drive a foot at a time, adding bigger blocks in front of each tire and moving shorter ones to the following tire.
I got over a year out of a plain fiberglass bandage on the exhaust pipe, and the problem is probably new holes. "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."
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AFAIK the underpinnings are pretty much the same for the hatchback and the sedan versions, and that very same generation of the Swift soldiered on until at least 2004 in parts of Asia, and 2003 in Europe. Eventually, you could try to get some parts shipped from overseas.

Most differences were engine types in some regions (in my country, the G10 is the most common engine for the hatchback).
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If the tank isn't leaking, I would try cleaning it out. If you really need one, RockAuto has them. https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...6268&jsn=22952
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My little brother left a 1959 Chevrolet parked in the street in front of our house, with a leaking gas tank.

I tried a number of things to stop the leak -- what finally worked was rubbing the jagged edge with a potato. The more you know....
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My little brother left a 1959 Chevrolet parked in the street in front of our house, with a leaking gas tank.

I tried a number of things to stop the leak -- what finally worked was rubbing the jagged edge with a potato. The more you know....
And a few potatoes down the filler neck just to make sure it's fixed?
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IIRC he came back, towed or drove it away and survived a head-on collision in it. It would have been the 1970s.
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I tried a number of things to stop the leak -- what finally worked was rubbing the jagged edge with a potato. The more you know....
Some "unorthodox" ways to fix a radiator leak with random food items are quite common, but I don't remember seeing anything like that applied to a fuel tank.

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