Hi guys this thread is to document the prepping of a geo metro engine (Also called a G-10, Suzuki swift, spirit engine, but it is an Aluminum 3 cylinder 1.0L) for insertion into my 80s I/C Argo, but should be useful for all others, max hustler or any other that uses CVT style clutches. Or if you happen to find a AATV that has no engine, i dont see why this would not work. It is simply a matter of building moter mounts to align the clutches and graft the engine in. When you boil it all down, we have a metal frame, plastic floating tub and 6 or 8 axels. It would be super exciting to someone try this on a T-20 machine.
The car itself is a 1993 Geo metro, manual transmission and Throttle Body Injection (pre OBD II starting in 1996 meaning less sensors to deal with). I found it at a junk yard for 300 USD.
The first task is to get it running. It took me a day soaking the cylinders down to free it up. It does not have a fuel tank or fuel pump, so tomorrow i should have a fuel pump in hand. The G-10 TBI requires 30 PSI at 45 GPH. The engine has a regulator and return line to regulate manifold pressure to about 20 PSI. My fuel pump is good from 20 to 70 PSI at 45 Gallons Per hour, cost, $130.
oil and filter: 26 dollars.
Cold hard cash so far, $456 (Im going to keep track so see how expensive it is hope the wife dosent find this thread )
oh, and a Polaris drive and driven clutch P-85 style was $120 from a 800 or 700 RMK, newer liberty engine.... 99 to 2005 i believe any clutch would work i just don't want to have to buy another clutch puller. Further more, the P-85 clutches are used on Polaris 4 wheelers and side by sides. I am going to try to simulate the weights and springs of a Polaris RZR, while the parts will not swap, the spring tensions and weights will give me a starting line. The 1.0 L Polaris engine and the 1.0L suzuki/chebbie Engine have very similar torque, hp and RPM curves. I am going to start out with a blue spring and 35 gram weights on the drive, and crank the driven way up.
So really $576 spent on the geo engine project so far. I imagine i will change the timing belt and tensioner pulley and water pump, maybe take the radiator in to be cleaned. I hope to hear it run tomorrow 50 HP at 6000 RPM here i come and if that isn't enough, some day i can cam it and change the valves and make a 100 HP.