|05-18-2020 05:56 PM|
Not a fun job regardless but I can knock it out in 1.5 hours now
|05-18-2020 09:55 AM|
|Cark||Did you do the alternator from above or below? I've been lucky and have only had to do one, which I did from the top, which wasn't so bad once I ground down the casting on the intake manifold. It was hard to believe that little lip could make a difference, but it did.|
|05-17-2020 09:11 AM|
Did the alternator as preventative maintenance
The ac leaked so I pressurized the system and found 2 leaks. The line going from compressor to drier and the line going from the compressor to the txv. One like is nla new so will be going used through goldwing
Have a new compressor to install so I’ll knock the lines out at the same time
|04-24-2020 08:05 AM|
Myself trying to find it
|04-24-2020 07:34 AM|
It's amazing the difference that doing bushings and mounts in these cars makes. Well worth the labor in my opinion. Super jealous of your SAS bars.
That subframe cleaned up so well
Hopefully you have all your oil leaks sorted out. When I swapped in my cleaned up rust free one, I hadnt, and it ended up getting disgusting again in a couple hundred miles
|04-23-2020 08:07 AM|
I always forget to take more pics once I get into a rhythm working.
Next is new rotors, akebono pads and fresh fluid, radiator and coolant bypass hoses, all new wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends and poly control arm bushings along with all new bushings for the rear ( poly where possible) and adjustable cross bars back there. Also have new blower motor, cabin filter and fan speed controller. Will be ordering up an alternator as preventative. Also need to drop exhaust manifold To fix a broken stud ( will be installing all new ones )
|04-23-2020 08:00 AM|
Been a long time since I updated this.
Installed new Oem water pump, used aluminum radiator from previous parts car, coolant temp sensor, thermostat, coolant bypass valve and all the coolant hoses to silicone. Then noticed my coolant level was dropping, found the radiator leaking at one of the seams and also a leak somewhere near the coolant bypass valve. Ordered a new Nissens radiator and the do88 coolant bypass valve bypass hoses. I hate the whole stock setup and the space it takes up so I’ll be bypassing it.
Also installed new tensioner pulley, idler pulley and serpentine belt.
Installed new positive battery cable and starter
Over the past few weeks I’ve installed a new pcv box as it was leaking, all new pcv hoses as well
Went to tackle all the motor mounts and subframe bushings with Hutchinson mounts and poly for the subframe bushings. Figured I’ll throw in the front sas bar while I’m in there. Being from NC surprisingly the sway bar bolts gave me a hard time. Oxy acetylene torched every bolt for a good 10-20 min and they were still being a bitch. 1 unfortunately didn’t make it which meant subframe had to come down. Dropped subframe, cleaned and helicoiled the broken hole. Installed sas bar with new bushings, power flex bushings, power flex dog bone bushings and and the rest of the motor mounts.
Pain in the ass but worth all t he work. Car drives amazing now
|05-16-2019 07:17 AM|
I got my kit from Matt. I was planning on doing the fronts last night but stopped when I realized I need ball joints.
So I started looking at the rear, and got a question for you: is there any special trick to aligning things on reassembly? I see the spring bracket has slotted holes in it, but the procedure in WIS makes it seem like you just kinda slap it up there and bolt it down, is it that easy?
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|05-06-2019 08:50 PM|
Was planning on wetsanding and/or diying painting the peeling clear on the hood and roof pretty soon but there was an 04 Wagon at the yard and surprisingly it was expresso black. Paint on hood was in great shape so I snagged it up. Got it home and did a cut and polish and she cleaned up real real good. Just need to fix the roof now
A few days ago (week later after finding my hood) another 04 wagon in expresso black shoes up at the same yard. What are the chances of 2 expresso black cars in the same yard in my area albeit. My friend Jon’s hood also had severely failing clear coat so I snagged that hood up for him. Also scored some roof racks with keys from this car for my wagon
|05-06-2019 08:42 PM|
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|05-06-2019 07:54 AM|
|Lendo||You've made some nice progress on the wagon. Hopefully the neighbors weren't staring during the suspension swap|
|05-06-2019 07:11 AM|
Did you buy the whole kit from eSaab before they went out of stock?
I want to buy new everything already assembled for mine so I don't have to play with spring compressors, but they're out of stock and eEuro only ships one bolt at a time from different warehouses these days.
|05-05-2019 07:52 PM|
The suspension needed a overhaul as everything was worn and sagging. Opted for the complete Oem kit from esaabparts. Installed the rear assemblies so far along with the sas bar in the rear. Still need to do all the bushings in the rear along with the adjustable cross stay arms. Still need to do the front suspension along with sas bar, all engine/trans mounts etc
|11-27-2018 11:25 AM|
|Troup||Free tires on a basically free car. This guy...|
|11-27-2018 06:53 AM|
|9Kwrecker||Free is a great price. I flipped a car last year that came with a set of Cooper snows mounted on some Saturn wheels, I'm now on the second season running "free" snow tires.|
|11-27-2018 05:02 AM|
|Saabeh||Loved my WS80 Blizzaks, they're great. I did notice that they screech when you accelerate on wet pavement though.|
|11-26-2018 03:48 PM|
Scored some practically brand new blizzak ws80s for free off of Facebook 3 months ago. Luckily I was able to swap the winter setup and undercoat the car 2 days before we got hit with a blizzard of 10+”
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