New member.. another VERY rotted Metro being raised from the dead

Count Metrola
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April 6th, 2017, 3:15 am #1

This is my very first restoration project, as well as the RUSTIEST 1994 metro I have ever seen. I bought the car last October for $275 in hope of a cheap, fuel efficient car. It has the 3/5. As it sat, the frame looked REALLY rusty, but intact. Fixable to the average Joe, right? As soon as we moved it to load it onto the trailer, the drivers side front tire rolled back and crunched the lower fender leaving a three inch tall, 12-inch diameter pile of rust. In other words, the frame is broken off completely :die Unfortunately, I'd already paid the guy :doh . As I got it home, I reckoned I've bit off more than I can chew. BOTH front horns were completely deteriorated with the drivers side horn hanging, literally, on by a thread. Rockers were gone, floors were gone, rear control arm mounts were gone, as well as the entire lower firewall. I was shocked that the car didn't fold in half on me. Now, with it being April, I have the floors completely done as well as the passenger side rear control arm mount. I hope somebody takes the time to look through this and gets inspiration/motivation to save their Metro, whichever version you have. :cheers I'll post some pictures tomorrow.
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1994 Geo Metro XFi 2dr hatch 5 speed. Rustiest hunk of awesomeness I've ever seen.
Rust fix now, restomod soon after. Safety first, modifications later!

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geometromaniac
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April 6th, 2017, 3:37 am #2

I had a Metro up north in Ct. It was used in the winter what a mistake. The front horns rusted bad as did the rear control are mountings. A Metro that bad is not worth saving for the safety issues. A competent welder will not fix the front horns on a Metro due to liability issues it is just not safe. Please go find one that is a lot less rusted you will be a lot happier and safer.
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Count Metrola
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April 6th, 2017, 3:46 am #3

I lied. I'll post some now!








This is the driver's side floor pan. I think its 18 or 16 gauge steel that I welded it out of. It's thicker than the original pan.
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1994 Geo Metro XFi 2dr hatch 5 speed. Rustiest hunk of awesomeness I've ever seen.
Rust fix now, restomod soon after. Safety first, modifications later!

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Count Metrola
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April 6th, 2017, 3:48 am #4

geometromaniac, I would be a lot happier with a cleaner metro. But, I believe the way I am fixing my car will yield it a lot safer than the original. I will reveal it later in the future. I appreciate your concern. :cheers
1994 Geo Metro XFi 2dr hatch 5 speed. Rustiest hunk of awesomeness I've ever seen.
Rust fix now, restomod soon after. Safety first, modifications later!

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1993XFI
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April 6th, 2017, 12:31 pm #5

ambitious project you have going on. Just make sure the car is safe to drive. Work looks good. I understand about putting money and time into a Metro that isn't worth a whole lot. You do it because you can do it. I do have some extra parts if you might need something. Not that far from you.

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Count Metrola
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April 6th, 2017, 12:44 pm #6

Oh cool thanks! Yeah I am pleased with it minus the :shit flux core welds. Despite that, the floors are incredibly strong. I like the mentality that anything can be restored. Part of my ambition for this project is the face that I have seen cars that were literally folding in half restored to perfection. Also, the car only has 50,000 original miles on it. The engine and trans is cleeean. Not metro's specifically, but older cars. I plan on recreating the front horns with thick-wall 2.25" box tubing and quarter inch plate with 3" C-channel running along the floors to recreate the factory C-channel. Stay tuned! More pictures will be uploaded shortly.
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1994 Geo Metro XFi 2dr hatch 5 speed. Rustiest hunk of awesomeness I've ever seen.
Rust fix now, restomod soon after. Safety first, modifications later!

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Count Metrola
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April 6th, 2017, 12:54 pm #7

Passenger side floor



I bent this dropped section of the floor with a bench vice and a sledge. Don't have a brake. Not straight, but it does the job.
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Rust fix now, restomod soon after. Safety first, modifications later!

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smysmbrg
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April 6th, 2017, 1:03 pm #8

You win the award for fixing the rustiest metro ever. Cant belive the seller didnt give you some money back when the wheels fell off. You must be planning something pretty radical structure wise, guessing off the pics the front and rear suspension frame parts will need replacing.
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Count Metrola
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April 6th, 2017, 1:04 pm #9

Ohhhhh yeah. Look up at one of my replies. I stated what I want to build the frame horns out of.
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Count Metrola
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April 6th, 2017, 1:06 pm #10

Rear control arm mount. Passenger side. Literally held on solely by the inner bolt. Inner rocker panel was gone too.
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Rust fix now, restomod soon after. Safety first, modifications later!

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