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Old 08-03-2008, 10:03 AM   #1
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B234 removal w/ auto tranny.

In the next few days I will be pulling a B234 out of a '93 9K CSE with an automatic transmission. Will the trans and engine separate the same as a 5spd, or is there anything specific to the AT (flexplate, bellhousing, converter, etc.) that I need to know to make the removal go more smoothly?
I'm really excited to start this project, and would like to minimize the number of hangups encountered during it.
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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If your going to drop this b234 into your ng900/og9-3 then I'd look for a short block (not a 93). They won't bolt up.



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Old 08-03-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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Yeah, since you posted this in the ng900 forums I would forget that engine and find one from a 94 and up.
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Hey man I am in cleveland ohio. I may have a b234 block for you I need to see if the crank is damaged first.
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Old 08-03-2008, 12:03 PM   #5
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In the stickied B234 thread, it said MY 93.5 and up would work, so I'm hoping this is a late '93 motor. Visually, the motor looks the same as my B204, and the donor 9K is T5. (The bad DIC was laying in the passenger seat.) I would just disassemble it and swap the rotating assembly into my current motor.
And Drew, thanks for the offer! If this doesn't work out, I know who to come to!
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Old 08-03-2008, 12:10 PM   #6
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Open the drivers door, what is the build date? If it is 06/93 or later you are likely A-OK.

Visually they look very similar.

Better be 100% sure, its a lot of work and there is just NO WAY to make it work if you have a -93 MY motor.

The T5 factor is irrelevant. The 9000's had red Di's even before Trionic 5.2 or 5.5

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Old 08-03-2008, 12:34 PM   #7
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The T5 factor is irrelevant. The 9000's had red Di's even before Trionic 5.2 or 5.5
Gooooood luck!
yes. haha, a little research on 9000's proves this correct, previously unknown to me.
I didn't even think to look for the build date, I'll have to check when it's towed to the junkyard.(It was in an auction.)
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wish me luck, I'm gonna go find out if I can really use this engine. If it does, I may have scored a saweeet deal. :fingers crossed:
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:24 PM   #9
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Build date= 7/92
I'm assuming it's a no go. Only question is, wouldn't cars with a build date in '92 be a MY '93? Ex. mine is a MY '96 w/ a build date in '95.
FWIW, VIN= ys3cl68m6p1000712
Meh, the search continues.
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June is the split month, anything 6/92 - 5/93 is a MY '93

Did you buy the car already?
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:53 PM   #11
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No, I didn't buy it. I visited it at its final resting place, the junkyard.
Here's what the vin decoder turned up:

Specification for Saab 9000 VIN: YS3CL68M6P1000712
Model year 1993
Model series Turbo
Body style 5-door CS
Airbags Not specified - "passive restraint"
Engine B234 (2.3l full-pressure turbo - 200hp)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Built at Line A, Trollhattan, Sweden
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When i pull this 9000 motor tomorrow (hopefully) I will take the crank out and get it checked and see if you want to buy the block.
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Thanks alot! PM me what you find out.



On an unrelated sidenote, I found an absolutely MINT '98 900s at the same junkyard. Can't have more than 50K on the clock. Cheap parts FTW!
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