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Old 05-21-2012, 03:04 AM #1
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YUGO, but not stop or idle, cheapass resto thread

1988 Yugo GV $450, no brakes, wont idle, needs a CV boot and a few structural areas patched(very solid for a Yugo) driver side rear strut tower being the worst of it. Car has new rotors, calipers, pads, shoes, wheel cylinders and hardware. For some reason it has a VW grill and no timing belt cover or spare tire, kinda important in this car, the spare is part of the crumple zone. I plan to have it on the street long before fall. I should have well under $1000 in the project, including the car itself, when you can find them, parts for these are dirt cheap.

The tow rig, surprisingly enough the Chrysler product with 200k on it didnt give me any ****.


We didn't get the straps tight enough or something and it fell off the trailer after 1/2 a mile in town, this is the result, not sure what to do about it, if anything. After some random guys stopped and helped us pick it up and put it back on, followed by tightening the straps as tight as I could get them, the trip went smoothly.


It felt like it had some brakes, but it turns out there were none, when I rolled it off the hauler I learned how to drive a yugo in reverse quickly. This is where it stopped.


A couple undercarriage shots.



Decent interior with factory AM FM Cassette deck.


Most of the clutter will be removed.


Picked up these tires on the way home for $60, they are new 145r13 off a Diahatsu minitruck, made in Japan, no dot number(just a DOT style date code) as they are JDM truck tires, but whatever.


Fired it up and drove it carefully into this shady parking spot closer to the garage, this is where it will spend most of its time for the next month or two.




PLAN in roughly chronological order:
-Get yard driveable
-Remove interior, dash, heater, fenders and bumpers, treat all rust, weld in patches on structural ****, fiberglass everything else. Fix dings and dents, mostly with bondo. Rattlecan over my repairs. Clean interior and fix any issues there.
-Go through suspension, replace bushings and ****.
-Address powertrain concerns, timing belt, coolant flush, tranaxle fluid, CVs, carb, etc. Rip out all the emissions ****(AIR pump, EGR, EVAP) and build custom exhaust system from manifold back.
-Collect odds and ends needed, spare wheel, complete speedo cable assembly(the gear and **** that sticks in the trans is gone, just a plug in the hole), timing cover and hatch struts being the important ones. Some weatherstripping should probably be replaced.
-Assemble and put on road, use as ratty looking summer DD, maybe run it at the Woodward dream cruise(will really pop out in a sea of 69 camaros, mustangs, and 57 chevys).
-Park in fall.
-Paint properly next spring.

Tl;DR: My trolling car, 1800 pounds of Yugoslavian steel, the most useless thing I have ever bought.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:26 AM #2
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that's probably the nicest yugo I've ever seen lol good luck

i've bought much better cars for less though
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:12 PM #3
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Interesting car. Interested to see final product.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:23 PM #4
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Seriously though looks fun
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:56 PM #5
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:12 PM #6
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does it use one set of leaf springs. like are the front wheels using the same spring? lol

also nice hood scoop
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:32 PM #7
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I thought the hood scoop was especially funny. Really adds to the overall goofy, but funny (in a good way), image.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:01 AM #8
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:47 AM #9
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does it use one set of leaf springs. like are the front wheels using the same spring? lol

also nice hood scoop
Front end is like a super bug, coil spring struts with the sway bar playing the roll of half the control arm.

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I thought the hood scoop was especially funny. Really adds to the overall goofy, but funny (in a good way), image.
The hood scoop is the heater air inlet.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:20 AM #10
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All I ever think of when I hear YUGO.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:12 PM #12
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It gets better, I figured if the brakes were totally gone I would put it in reverse and use the engine to slow the car down. Me not being used to carbed cars and their single on position ignition cylinders(the Yugo has locking column), I ended up bump starting the car, making by backwards trip even faster.

Does anybody know if a fiat 128 timing belt tensioner bearing will fit? Yugo spec ones are really hard to find.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:53 PM #13
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If I were you I'd want that thing to be a Yugo in name and appearance once. Basically what I'm getting at is swap out the entire engine for something that didn't have its supply chain ****ed up when a civil war broke out and caused suppliers to suddenly be located in different countries.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:49 PM #14
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If I were you I'd want that thing to be a Yugo in name and appearance once. Basically what I'm getting at is swap out the entire engine for something that didn't have its supply chain ****ed up when a civil war broke out and caused suppliers to suddenly be located in different countries.
The powertrain and suspension is a mostly direct copy of a Fiat 128(so this car is, indirectly, approved by Enzo Ferrari), the parts ARE NOT that hard to find in most cases.
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Learned something new today. Were any of them made by Fiat/under license? Or are they just a knock off of the engine?
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congrats on getting the golden year of the yugo.
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Many mechanics and even Zastava factory workers agree that the "best" yugos ever built were built between 1988 and early 1991. Quality control was good, high standards were set in terms of plastic quality, seat cloth, and "well screwed together" interior. Paint and rust coating was also done very well during that period, as evidenced by many cars still showing no signs of rust and tear of the seats, or major engine issues, after more than twenty years later. 1989 was considered a "golden year" for yugos because almost 200.000 were built that year, and many can still be seen on the road today. Also cars were usually branded Yugo instead of Zastava during that period, because the company was taking pride in its (at the time) good sales and reputation established in the export markets, especially in the USA. With political problems starting in 1991, quality dropped significantly, coming to such low standards such as plastic parts of the dashboard not fitting correctly.


for performance, get rid of the emissions carb, try to find some old webbers or something to replace it. Apparently thats good for 10 or so hp.
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Seriously though, not a Yugo but part of me really wants an old Lada Riva. Just about no chance I'll ever come across one in the US though.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:34 PM #20
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Bled the brakes, it now stops, upped the idle adjustment and got it idling poorly. Took it maybe half a mile down the road, goes through all gears, with typical yugo ultra vague shifting, nice synchros though. ****ty cell phone vids to come around 3am when I get out of work and have time to get them off my phone.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:36 PM #21
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Replacing the powertrain with something good would detract from the cars inherent ****tyness. Its like a honda vtec swapped mini, its fast, but has it any other point?
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