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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:55 pm 
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Had this for about a decade. It sat for about 6 years due to really worn out suspension and bushings. I was planning to SCCA this car so I put in all new whiteline bushings, whiteline caster bushing, new springs, shocks, upgraded to CRX brakes, aluminum radiator, front axles, timing belt, timing cover (top and bottom), CA catalytic converter, exhaust header, and some misc items. Passed CA smog! I spent about $2k to get her running and driving well. I would love to SCCA this little pocket rocket, but I simply have no time and too many projects. Car is located in San Diego, CA. I'll take photos and upload today.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:34 pm 
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How many miles?
Compression checked? Oil burnage?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:52 pm 
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I live In san diego and have 4 of these cars, none of them DOHC..... man i wonder just how much faster this is.. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:41 am 
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We have 3 GT's and 1 GA.
The difference is significant and if you sell two of your GA's and buy that one GT you will be very happy and never drive a GA again.

However, the down side is all the speeding tickets. But it's your call.

That car is begging you to take a test drive/ride.
Check the right rear hatch and make sure it is air tight when closed.

Pros:
-GT
-good interior
-passed smog (find out when; it will have to pass again if not within last 90 days)
-reasonably priced
-no cracks on windshield

Cons:
-no A/C (can be added but requires extensive work and hard to find GTi wiring)
-light switch (hard to find, expensive)
-steering wheel ($100 gets the job done)
-will require a complete body spray paint

Copy down the VIN or License Plate and we can look at its Smog Check History for more detailed information. (ie, when it was brought into the State, etc.)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:26 am 
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Here is the link to the CarFax
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5e8x3gtjhhtk4 ... i.pdf?dl=0

I have not done compression check. I can do that today or this weekend. It does not burn oil. Based on the CarFax it probably has 222k miles.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:30 am 
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If this was a MK3 I'd be hauling the trailer down right now. :?

GLWS though, great price for the car IMHO.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:10 am 
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More photos.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:44 am 
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pvr007 wrote:
I live In san diego and have 4 of these cars, none of them DOHC..... man i wonder just how much faster this is.. :mrgreen:

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It's not really the speed.
These SSGTI are not as fast as you think
BUT..... that sound when you wind it up around 4G and that slight neck whip.
Well It's something few car guy's get to experience
and afterwards it will take a lot more "Money car" to make that feeling go away.!
Also cornering and braking in these light nimble cars it really is Gokart-est
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Cheep thrills reliability and fairly good mileage for around 2 grand...
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the 3 banger isn't at all a "grenade." it's a tough little son of a bitch doing a big job. respect it.
suprf1y wrote:
I didn't save anything.Vehicles are to me, like little boys are to Tommy.Toys to be abused for my own personal pleasure.
jrjd wrote:
"Driving a Swift GTi is like driving a bike in your house".


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:54 am 
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pvr007 wrote:
I live In san diego and have 4 of these cars, none of them DOHC..... man i wonder just how much faster this is.. :mrgreen:


jaguar,vettes&sprints described it nicely.....i describe it myself in 2 words....quick and nimble.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:05 am 
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What are the advantages of the next gen over these? Just aesthetics?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:11 pm 
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metrojosh66 wrote:
What are the advantages of the next gen over these? Just aesthetics?


No advantages, just my personal styling preference.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:20 am 
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metrojosh66 wrote:
What are the advantages of the next gen over these? Just aesthetics?

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.they don't have Hollow cam's.....and slight diffrent bumper treatment..... that is it
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the 3 banger isn't at all a "grenade." it's a tough little son of a bitch doing a big job. respect it.
suprf1y wrote:
I didn't save anything.Vehicles are to me, like little boys are to Tommy.Toys to be abused for my own personal pleasure.
jrjd wrote:
"Driving a Swift GTi is like driving a bike in your house".


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:40 pm 
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The biggest issue for me is the interior......

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:48 am 
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There are significant differences between mK2 and mk3 cars--some people like the "refresh" of the styling, some don't, but the later cars are significantly heavier due to extra seatbelt tensioners, dash and steering wheel padding, and structural reinforcements welded into the unibody. I can tell you which one I'd rather start with on a competition build vs. which one I'd rather be in in an accident. The later ECUs make up for the extra baggage by making a couple more hp out of an identical engine (other than the camshafts which obviously make pretty much no difference...).

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:22 pm 
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Long shot but it this still available?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:54 pm 
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Nice piece !
I am interested in knowing the part#s for the bushings and shocks you replaced.I have a '91 and am hoping you can take a moment and tell me how the job was....and again share part numbers .
Thanks!
Al


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:25 pm 
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z0sicks07 wrote:
Long shot but it this still available?


I still have it. I've been traveling for the past month.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:26 pm 
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almcphee wrote:
Nice piece !
I am interested in knowing the part#s for the bushings and shocks you replaced.I have a '91 and am hoping you can take a moment and tell me how the job was....and again share part numbers .
Thanks!
Al


I got all the bushings here: http://www.whitelinesuspensionparts.com ... Swift+1989


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:06 pm 
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Were they tough to change ?
Did you buy the caster correction items?
Any tips.....because I think that's the next project......
Cheers!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:07 pm 
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Just curious do you still have the car?


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