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Old 02-06-2018, 02:36 PM
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What was/is your Favorite fix on your rig(s)?

So a few years ago I used to have a sweet little Geo Metro (I know, that doesn't seem to make sense but trust me, it was a great little turd) and the hatch struts were bad. So if it was warm enough outside the hatch would stay open but if it was cold, the hatch would slowly close under its own weight. It bugged me for about a year but not enough to do something about it until one day I smacked my eye socket on the corner of the hatch. I cussed, went inside and spend the $40 for 2 new struts. The new ones took about 5 mins to install and were so stiff I had to push the hatch shut. Best $40 I spent on that car.

Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago. When I was working on my fuel gauge I also ordered a new forward e-brake cable because the old one's adjustment nuts had seized on and I needed to remove my fuel tank skid plate. When I removed the cable I noticed the sheathing had also failed. I installed the new cable (pretty sure it as less than $20), adjusted my rear brakes, adjusted the cable and had a nice tight e-brake! I was STOKED! <$20 and 10 mins of work and I fixed something important! So excited about it!

What about you? Have you fixed some little annoyance for cheap/easy that paid a huge dividend in how much you enjoy your rig? Can be FSJ but doesn't have to be. I would say cheap is a relative term so you pick what cheap is...
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:27 PM
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Think the best money I ever spent on a 360 at 1xx,000(?) miles was a new timing chain/gears. Freshened that sucker right up.
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:32 PM
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Aftermarket remote start dealio for wife’s ‘09 Charger.
Fixed no start due to failing WIN module @ fraction of cost!
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:59 PM
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I have NEVER seen the 4 words "sweet little Geo Metro" together...ever.


My most fulfilling fix?? Wow so many over the years.

Hatchback struts are money Well every time......

New Michelin Pilot Sport A/S PLUS ZP RFT tires on my Corvette.

All new window rubber on my Cherokee...?

New full exhaust on my Cherokee....?

Hard to pick only one.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:15 PM
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I have NEVER seen the 4 words "sweet little Geo Metro" together...ever.
Totally! But mine WAS awesome! Swapped the front brakes/suspension from a later model metro so it was a go-cart for handling and brakes. I had a couple mods to the engine for about 10hp (which was a 20% increase!). I got 45MPG no matter how I drove it; it was so fun! Sold it because the wife got nervous i was going to die in it if I got in a wreck.


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Old 02-06-2018, 10:48 PM
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Getting ALL the locks (including tailgate and glove box) working and on one key.

Piecing the ancient cruise control system together and getting it working.

Getting the factory AC working again.

Getting a factory analog clock working again.

Rebuilding the intermittent wiper switch to have full adjustability again.

Fixing all the gauges and small lights behind the dash, including seat belt buzzer/light system.

Getting the courtesy and glove box lights working correctly.

Basically fixing any PO hacks or neglect and bringing the small things back to factory operating condition really give me the warm an fuzzys.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:44 PM
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Getting the factory AC working again.

Getting a factory analog clock working again.



^^^^ Those are on my list as well

Along with #1 stoping fluid leaks!! especially power steering leaks
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:13 AM
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^^^^ Those are on my list as well

Along with #1 stopping fluid leaks!! especially power steering leaks
PREACH IT BROTHER!!!
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:18 AM
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My favorite mod on a jeep was when I swapped out an old 3 speed that was missing 2nd gear for a 350 automatic.

My favorite low budget "Hack" was installing a 455 Olds in a Chevy Luv
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Replaced the floor mounted gas pedal with the hanging style from a later Jtruck. The rubber flap on the floor mount pedal tore so every time I got into it the pedal would slide off the posts and no more go. Not an issue with the hanging pedal
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:29 AM
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3 inch lift and all new suspension -- done in a two car garage with no lift and hand tools only.

Also added a later Chrysler remote keyless entry, and made a tailgate rolldown circuit that triggers with the trunk opener on the remote. Two clicks and the tailgate window rolls down automatically.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:25 PM
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Sold it because the wife got nervous i was going to die in it if I got in a wreck.

Sadly way safer in a geo metro than a FSJ.
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:32 PM
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Sadly way safer in a geo metro than a FSJ.
I don't know, it was a 1,500# car, with no frame/subframe (engine and trans bolted to sheet metal), or any sort of bracing. Like our FSJs, no ABS, no airbags, no rollover protection. I used to say I was slightly safer than a motorcycle. At least our FSJs are big enough we could win vs. a Civic or similar car. Geo Metro vs. anything other than a motorcycle would be ugly.
Neither of these are pretty but I would rather be in the Wago
Geo Metro crash test
79 Wagoneer crash test
So I fixed my Geo Metro by replacing it with a Cherokee Chief. 45mpg/ 9mpg; Meh! Close enough! HAHA!
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:17 PM
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A couple screws to have 3 on each center cap and a few drops of loctite.

Have no idea why I drove around for about a year just waiting for that clunking sound to know I have to get out and screw the two remaining screws back in.

It's been so nice to just drive!
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Old 02-09-2018, 02:14 PM
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OK, this might need some explaining on this board .

A Mazda Miata is a traditional sports car in the mold of old MGBs and such. It has a longitudinally oriented inline 4-cylinder up front with the usual pair of motor mounts, but there is no transmission mount. Instead, a large aluminum C-channel (called a Power Plant Frame) bolts to the transmission tailshaft housing and to the hard-mounted differential pumpkin in back, holding it all in a plane. I must have forgotten to tighten the bolts at the diff (probably after changing another blown rear end) and they wiggled out.

Now those bolts are so long and the car so low that they smacked pavement before falling all the way out, snapping off one of the mounting ears on the diff. I noticed this when the shifter almost dropped through the floor. Oh, and I was a thousand miles from home, somewhere in Iowa on a Sunday. I pulled the shifter up as much as I could by hand, wondering how far it had to drop before the driveshaft fell out, and drove gingerly to a town. Nothing in Iowa is open on Sunday -- I swear, the whole damn state closes! I found a truck tire shop, of course closed, and behind it a barrel of bolts & such. I rummaged through it and found some likely matches, made a ramp from junk to make room under the car and effected a kludge fix with through-bolts. Drove it and even raced it that way for 5 years.

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Old 02-09-2018, 02:21 PM
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Oh, and I have nothing but respect for Geo Metros; they fill a needed niche and I wouldn't mind having one. Dear Wife had one, of sorts: it was a brandamnew '89 Suzuki Swift GTi which was the same body but with a neat little aluminum twin-cam four cylinder engine. 100 HP moves a 1,750 lb. car right smartly.

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Old 02-09-2018, 02:25 PM
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As for the Wagoneer, I'm not sure whether converting to a manual transmission or fuel injection was the better "fix".

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Old 02-10-2018, 09:14 PM
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It was a very simple/quick fix, but repairing the vent line on the fuel filler of my 77 Cherokee. I bought the jeep about 60 miles from home and filled the tank before starting out. I was swimming in FUMES!!
PO had casually mentioned that 'sometimes it smells like gas.' The rubber elbows on the vent line inside the rear quarter panel had large holes in the. 5 min with some hose, problem fixed! Easiest fix so far. Cruise repair was also fun/easy. Bad relay, rewired to accept a modern relay.
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:41 AM
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Most grins

On my 1979 Cherokee from1-10; 455 Buick(20yrs ago)is still#1,panel rear doors,'66 J4000 front clip, rear disc brakes, Chevy van high back buckets, Detroit locker in rear,3" lift,33" BFG's,J 10 axles,Dana 20t case.Theres more but these are my favorites.
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:44 PM
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There is just too much to choose from with mine, with it being a total basket case when I got it.

So much didn't work right, or flatout didn't work. Barely drivable. Rattled and banged badly over bumps. Sat like a lowrider because of bad springs. Many holes through out. Didn't steer worth a damn. Brakes sucked and needed lines replaced. Nothing in the tailgate worked and couldn't get it open. Extremely dirty. 20 yr old dry rotted tires. Barely ran and was so rich it smoked. Took over 4 try's to start anytime. and more im not even remembering at the moment. Total POS when i got it, but its been fun fixing everything.

Its my favorite driver now.
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