|01-13-2009 04:47 PM|
I think I'm going to sit down between now and the spring and sort some of this out.
|01-13-2009 04:44 PM|
Throw the futon away and get the car into storage.
|01-13-2009 04:38 PM|
|01-13-2009 03:46 PM|
Oh, I should add I got the car put on my insurance and went to the DMV and ordered personalized collector plates. I have a 60-day temp tag until they get here.
Not very exciting, I know.
|01-13-2009 03:40 PM|
Well I got it started and moved off the street (to avoid the impending snow emergency and getting towed).
A $37 heat gun, two long extension cords, and about 45 minutes of heat directed right at the starter motor helped it turn right over.
And more to the point, I know how to get it started when I need to move it again.
|01-10-2009 06:06 PM|
|01-10-2009 02:52 PM|
My basic plan is to start it, drive to the car wash, wash the salt off, and then drive to my storage garage for winter storage.
The problem is -- I need to clean out the half of the storage garage where it is going first, and it needs to start in order to get to the garage in the first place.
It's supposed to get real cold next week, too, as an added complication.
But, basically, yeah -- I'm not driving this in the winter.
|01-10-2009 02:36 PM|
your car is telling you something, 99t's should no longer be driven in wintertime.
|01-10-2009 02:31 PM|
|JK||I would try not driving it in the winter, which I assume would help with the cold start issue|
|01-10-2009 12:11 PM|
Use fire on the starter.
|01-10-2009 12:09 PM|
Well it took awhile, but Marty was kind enough to drive the 99 T up to the MN Saab Club meeting on Thursday night, and I picked her up and drove her home.
JK, to allay your fears, the brake master cylinder was replaced and the brakes are working fine.
So I put her on the insurance as a collector car, and went to the DMV and order some personalized collector plates. Until they come I get a 60 day temp tag that lives in the rear window.
It won't start when cold. Marty told me about this, apparently the solution is to bang on the starter with a hammer while trying to start it. Once it warms up, it starts fine.
My question -- wouldn't pouring hot water over the starter warm it up enough to start? Or using a hair dryer pointed at the starter? I'm looking for solutions that do not require two people to try and start it.
Here's the obligatory picture of the car in front of my house.
|12-12-2008 12:12 PM|
|Moonracer||GA The ride is ready, come get it!!!!|
|11-29-2008 07:39 AM|
|JK||That sounds reassuring!|
|11-29-2008 05:45 AM|
|Moonracer||Brakes have been flushed all calipers cleaned and freed up, new pads in front. the master is ok to drive untill later it only bypasses when you slightly let up on the pedal and it's only the first half of the cyl that is messed up anyway.|
|11-28-2008 08:57 PM|
|JK||Well, to me going is equally if not more important than the ability to go. On an unfamiliar car I always to a brake flush and inspection before driving it any sort of distance.|
|11-28-2008 08:51 PM|
Yeah, the brake master cylinder is having some issues. The first time you push the pedal after start up it's mushy, and then it firms up afterward.
It's driveable. Do I fix it now or do I wait until spring?
|11-28-2008 08:44 PM|
You mentioned good response from steering and gas pedal...but how about the brakes? Seems conspicuously omitted!
|11-28-2008 08:34 PM|
You should rally it.
|11-28-2008 08:20 PM|
Here are the rubber and rims for the car:
The car at Marty's:
|11-28-2008 06:19 PM|
Well, I got to drive the 99 Turbo today. The car needs new tires in the worst way, and I had some good rubber in the storage garage - so I ran it down to Marty's and had a chance to play.
I have had the car for over four years. I bought it not running. After all that time, it is a completely surreal experience to start it up and drive it around.
There are still a few loose ends to tie up before it comes home, and a long list of items on the project to-do list, but it actually drives pretty well. Especially considering the 12-year-old, dry-rotted, flat-spotted tires.
But after 5 or 6 miles, I absolutely love it. Direct, quick responses to both gas pedal (when the revs are up) and steering wheel. Eager and agile. Loads of character, all of it good.
It was love at first drive.
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