macuserman wrote: ↑Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:22 amMine.
So it seems that all three gears are working. Just seems like the gearing is screwy. It shifts into 3rd somewhere around 25mph and that’s it. Runs about 4k rpms at 70mph. Drove it home around 55-60mph at about 3500rpms. I’m going to take a short video of it shifting through the gears and post it for everyone to see. Seems to shift great. Not hard and doesn’t slip.
Got an inspection today and it failed on the exhaust leaks. The guy just said multiple leaks. I’m likely going to try to use some of that exhaust tape on the holes. See if that will work for some of them. I think it needs a gasket right before the cat but I didn’t really look too close yet.
I was sure to tell the guy about the rust and he said he’s seen a lot worse. Left it at that. Obviously it’s going to progress but I’m planning to take a rust and paint removal wheel to it and just see how bad it is. There are a few patches of something already under the drivers side.
Overall I didn’t have any other issues with the vehicle on the way home. It’s 30 years old. Has some signs of its age but it drives nice and tight.
The guy mentioned that it sat for some time while the previous owner had it. It’s pretty nasty under the back side. Lot of rust starting and corrosion on the brake lines. The suspension parts are all covered in rust except some brand new struts he put in. It looks like mostly surface rust but I think the only way to address the issue would be to take it all apart to clean it off. A lot of work.
The interior is good. A couple of little stains that might come out. The panels with the speakers in the back are faded where it meets the window. The dash is good, maybe a little bit of shrinkage but no cracks or glue for a phone mount. The usual like the faded window cranks and door handles. The door cards look really good, carpet too. Might be metro carpet though.
Had all four wheel covers when I left for home. Found out I lost one in the first 50 miles or so. I guess I should have taken them off but I don’t think I’ve ever had that problem before. They are not perfect by any means but they probably could have been sanded and repainted.
Factory Suzuki head unit in the dash. No signal out of the speakers though. Everything seems to function so there may be one of the speaker leads pinched or shorted.
Lots of stuff I could say. I’ll try to post up more info as I remember. The best part is, the motor sounds perfect and no signs of a blown head gasket or over heating.