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: 1992 Saab 900S

Alpha Whiskey
11th April 2011, 10:56 AM
Alrighty me and my buddy Blake got ourselves a 92 Saab 900S it has what I believe is the Saab Airflow body kit on it. It cost us $700. It isn't running because the previous owner took all the belts off and stuff to remove the crank pulley.

When we brought it home the front air dam was already cracked pretty badly well I accidently ran over the tow rope and broke the air dam much worse :|.

Day One.
After we got it into my garage Blake had to leave and I went to church, then came home and worked on it.
- Removed drivers seat so I could get to mess of wires
- Removed front bumper so we can fix the air dam
- Removed poorly installed Viper Alarm system that didn't work anyway.
- Removed Motorola Car phone system that must has been from the late 90's but it was at least installed very professionally.
- Polished Hood Still needs a wax.
- Returned the ignition to pure stock after removal of alarm system (Except I broke the key off in the ignition. I then learned it has to be in reverse to get the Key out the PO (Previous Owner) said it was stuck, it was in bad shape already.)
- Cleaned the car found 8 insulin syringes (That was scary!)
- Tested Windows, Hazards, Blinkers, Brights, rear sliding roof, window adjustments all work except drivers side hazard.
- Removed fender flares as they all need some repairs

The car needs
- New Tires badly cracked - it has Ronal Siverspokes 205/60/r15's
- New crank Pulley
- one of those 3 prong shifter bolt tighteners
- New tool kit

Some Pictures. I am going to try and keep this as a log to keep track of all I have done to the car.

Alpha Whiskey
11th April 2011, 10:57 AM

li Arc
11th April 2011, 11:35 AM
Nice find, and great price! It looks in pretty good condition, just some cosmetic stuff mostly. I don't recognize the colour though, it's not quite Beryl Green; did the PO have it re-painted (and got the side skirts painted to match)? The rear driver side wheel arch seems to be coming off a bit; I hope that's not rust!

Anyways, it looks like you're eager to get started, and it looks like the car is in good hands (I see a nicely restored what-appears-to-me-to-be-a Fairlady Z in the background)! Maybe some shots of the engine are in order! Good luck!

li Arc

11th April 2011, 11:55 AM
That's a decent find for the price, this given the airflow kit, mini-lite rims and (best of all) whaletail. But please don't break any more of the airflow kit! :roll::cheesy: Good project, best of luck.

Alpha Whiskey
11th April 2011, 01:02 PM
It is a Z in the background that is my baby, I am sort of a datsun nut but am trying something new. That is rust a little around the wheel well. and under the carpet in the interior the green looks more like the Beryl Green that is really close to a sea foam color.

I will try and not break any more body kit pieces, I was pretty mad at myself about that. Hopefully we will have her running in the next few weeks, the engine bay is pretty bad almost all of the hoses need replaced.

Middle of Day two.

- Put the interior back together
- Cleaned a little bit on engine bay

11th April 2011, 09:02 PM
The Datsun does look nice!

Let me know if you want to part with those airflow wheel arches. I'm on the hunt for a set!

11th April 2011, 11:56 PM
It's in pretty good condition for the price.
There's a lot of 900's here in CO. Too bad most people hate them and can't maintain them. Hence the dirt cheap prices.

I have two C900's and have done almost a complete restoration on both. If you need any help or troubleshooting, let me know. I live in Longmont.

Good luck and I'm sure you'll love this unique, precisely handling and performing swedish oddity!

Alpha Whiskey
12th April 2011, 12:43 AM
Well the end of day two here's where we got.
- Put back together the interior
- Removed the AC compressor with the bracket
- Alternator was already removed..
- removed idler pulley as well as water pump pulley
- removed the AC pulley from the crank pulley
- crank pulley slid off the rubber dampener was completely gone
- The socket we have is way to large even if we cut it down so we are pausing there
- Made my own socket to remove the tri-nuts

The needs list
- Tires preferably lightly used and dirt cheap for the time being 195/65r15 or 205/60r15
- Crank pulley
- Motorized antennae for cheap to free that isn't broke
- A way to get the key out of the ignition without taking it all apart

12th April 2011, 01:22 AM
Today Alpha Whiskey and I began prepping for the crank pulley replacement. We removed the AC compressor on the mount, the water pump pulley, and the outer crank pulley (AC pulley part of the crank?). At this point, the outer portion of the crank pulley fell off. The only trace of the rubber piece was a rubber/oil paste. I'll be heading to Sears tomorrow to pick up the 27mm socket (if they have it).

I have to say that I grossly underestimated the lack of space between the pulley and the firewall. I think we measured about 2 inches from the head of the bolt to the firewall. It's not impossible by a long shot, but I'm used to my Chevy truck that could fit 2 Saab 900 engines in the engine bay:cheesy:

We just need to source the replacement pulley, and we'll be on the road in no time.

EDIT: I wanted to address the color. I don't know if it's the factory color or not. I will say that if it is a repaint, it was a very professional job. All surfaces that would be painted are, and they all match. They would have had to remove everything from the engine bay. For that reason I'd say it's factory, but who knows, maybe the original owner was flush with cash.

12th April 2011, 02:55 AM
as for the color - it should be Scarabee Green (metallic). I have exct same car combo - made `92 (bur MY `93), scarabee green, airflow bodykit (from factory), whaletale ...

Han Choi
12th April 2011, 07:44 PM
lookin good! Nice to see another 900s owner around here ;ol;

Alpha Whiskey
15th April 2011, 09:09 PM
So not a lot has happened in the past couple days but here is what I did today.

- Ordered Crank pulley, and other assorted parts
- Cleaned some of the brackets and pulleys as well as the firewall and stuff trying to get the caked on oil off
- QuickOrange got the service manual today we are going to start reading though that in the next few days.
- NOTE: every rubber piece is hard and brittle probably gonna need to order all that stuff in.

PICTURES- just imangine the pulleys all black with caked on oil that is the before picture.


15th April 2011, 10:38 PM
nice clean up of the bits;ol;.

Suggestion, I would replace that water pump for some insurance regardless of what the PO said unless you have a service reciept. and all the hoses if you can afford it.

16th April 2011, 01:02 PM
I never new that SAAB produced a 900s with a painted airflow kit, and a whaletale? I new the wing was an option but not the entire body kit:o

Alpha Whiskey
16th April 2011, 08:12 PM
Alright, did a bit more cleaning on the car today, found a 13mm socket embedded into caked on oil and dirt and the drivers side A-arm. SO here a little break down of today. Also I keep posting pictures they are sort of big every one here ok with that? I still have some cleaning to do but enjoy!
- Cleaned alternator
- Cleaned bottom differential protector
- Did some engine bay cleaning, waiting on parts, maybe I can get this thing clean before they come in.
- Noticed quite a few broken belt strands this thing someone has popped a few belts on over the years


17th April 2011, 02:13 AM
Just to keep you encouraged and to see what can be done have a look for misu's restoration of a C900s vert. He is in Cz Republic.

Good work, you have a very nice looking car there.

Real pity about the front air dam.


17th April 2011, 02:47 AM
Don't worry about that airdam. I'll have it back together good as new before long. I'm currently in the process of reproducing the smaller airflow kit parts, eventually culminating in the airdam. Baby steps :D

17th April 2011, 03:18 AM
While you have the alternator out I suggest you replace the rubber alternator mounting bushings. My car only had 92000km on it when i bought it and the alternator was moving around a huge amount. Tightened the mounts, they were already tight, mounting bushings were not good.

17th April 2011, 10:32 AM
The Color is Eucalyptus Green it's from the later model years (I think MY92 was the first year)

SPG/Airflow sets were grey standard, but you had the option to order them in any color you want.

Same for the whaletail and ventcovers. :)

It's a cool car dude! The only thing it needs is a T16 engine. ;)

Alpha Whiskey
17th April 2011, 03:31 PM
Don't give QuickOrange any ideas I am hoping stock will be good enough for a while! I am going to do some more cleaning today hoping that I get the parts sometime next week, but hopefully the car will at least be clean when the stuff gets here.

- Cleaned on the engine bay some more (Not gonna lie getting a little bored with this). The purpose of this car isn't to just be super nice it is to drive so there will only be so much cleaning as it is going to get dirty again.
- Identified a couple parts that need replacement with salvage yard parts
- Took off front grill and AC radiator thing because I broke the ac radiator while towing the car home :|
- Fixed Passengers side headlight
- I will keep posting big pictures until some one tells me to stop I think we all can agree pictures are what make project threads AWESOME!


Alpha Whiskey
18th April 2011, 09:58 PM
So I ordered my parts Friday from eEuroparts they shipped today, all except the crank pulley the one I need the most. I will tell you I really dislike ordering things on the internet sometimes, I like to have my things now I don't love to wait. No more cleaning on the car today I took the day to just chill out.

18th April 2011, 10:31 PM
So I ordered my parts Friday from eEuroparts they shipped today, all except the crank pulley the one I need the most. I will tell you I really dislike ordering things on the internet sometimes, I like to have my things now I don't love to wait. No more cleaning on the car today I took the day to just chill out.

Denver is a major city, are there no independent parts dealers there?

I have this place within 1o mintes from my job: http://www.triangleautoparts.com/products.html

I call and tell them what I need and parts arrive same day or the next; they treat thier customers like a dealer. You order your parts and pay when you go to pick them up.

Alpha Whiskey
18th April 2011, 10:38 PM
We do have a Saab shop here, I called them they said they would check call back in an hour I called back a an hour later they said we don't know whether we have the parts yet, and that they would call either today or first thing in the morning. They never called, this might be petty of me but I am so tired of businesses not calling me back (Has happened way more than once and not just from this business) I would prefer to shop local, but when a company won't even do what they tell me they will I will shop elsewhere. I am sure I will contact them again in the future but for now I will order off the net, plus the net usually has MUCH better prices.

Also I fixed the drivers side headlight enclosure with some JB weld at least for the next little while until I get a replacement housing.

18th April 2011, 10:54 PM
I was talking more along the lines of a foriegn car parts dealer. Like an Autozone but for foriegn cars, usually a small mom and pop shop that has been around for decades; I thought every major city has one of those. At least all the ones I lived in do..

Ordering online is cheaper but the wait sucks sometimes I agree,

19th April 2011, 12:15 PM
I was talking more along the lines of a foriegn car parts dealer. Like an Autozone but for foriegn cars, usually a small mom and pop shop that has been around for decades; I thought every major city has one of those. At least all the ones I lived in do..

Ordering online is cheaper but the wait sucks sometimes I agree,

That's what we did. Supposedly the "mom n pop" shop for Saabs around here, and they couldn't call either of us back. We both called and left phone numbers. I'm not sure what the deal is. You either have a part or you don't. Apparently they're not hurting for business.

In my experience, Denver is kind of weird on the automotive front. Unless it's a Jeep, your mom n pop options are extremely limited. People here just take their cars to a dealer and call it good:confused:

19th April 2011, 06:30 PM
That's what we did. Supposedly the "mom n pop" shop for Saabs around here, and they couldn't call either of us back. We both called and left phone numbers. I'm not sure what the deal is. You either have a part or you don't. Apparently they're not hurting for business.

In my experience, Denver is kind of weird on the automotive front. Unless it's a Jeep, your mom n pop options are extremely limited. People here just take their cars to a dealer and call it good:confused:

I know of a good place! I bought my crank pulley and a sunroof skin from them:

Don't ever go to "East of Sweden" in Broomfield! They are a most incompetent and ignorant company. The mile high body shop are a way better and more organized institution.
Only buy something from the guys in Broomfield if you have absolutely no choice. Their stuff is 50% overpriced. I once had to drive there AFTER calling on the phone only to find that they didn't have the parts I needed.

19th April 2011, 06:43 PM
Thanks for that! They did have the pulley, but at $195. We're eager to get on the road, but I think I can wait a couple days to keep an extra $100 in my pocket.

19th April 2011, 07:06 PM
Thanks for that! They did have the pulley, but at $195. We're eager to get on the road, but I think I can wait a couple days to keep an extra $100 in my pocket.

Ooops! Sorry about that. That's an insane price.
I got mine for 75$. You can't get a new one for less than this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Harmonic-Balancer-Crank-Shaft-Pulley-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZMakeQ3aSaabQ7cModelQ3a900Q QhashZitem35b1839289QQitemZ230611456649QQptZMotors Q5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories#ht_1045wt_116 4

You have free shipping and a 12 month replacement-can't beat that!

If this doesn't satisfy you, you can search for a 9000 pulley- I think they fit as well.

19th April 2011, 08:43 PM
I can't speak for AlphaWhiskey (he ordered the parts), but I didn't think of checking e-bay for new parts like that.

Alpha Whiskey
19th April 2011, 10:02 PM
I didn't think of ebay either honestly

19th April 2011, 10:54 PM
Whoops, lol.

Alpha Whiskey
23rd April 2011, 09:23 PM
So Quick Orange and I made the socket a couple days ago to remove the crank pulley and degreased the engine bay some more. Well I got some parts.

- Removed Crank Pulley
- Separated and Clean Aperture disk
- Removed and Cleaned front crank thing reoiled the parts and replaced the O-ring and front crank seal and replaced them on the engine.
- Cleaned the crank sensor
- Replaced Distributor Rotor, and Distributor cap- The picture is the old one


23rd April 2011, 09:33 PM
Those wheels are real nice. Shelby markings on them or Minilite?

Real nice. ;ol;

Your energy saving this car is remarkable.

Thor, Odin and Loki are pleased.

Alpha Whiskey
23rd April 2011, 10:55 PM
The wheels are definitely Ronals and I do believe they are silverveins they are not the shelby rims.

24th April 2011, 08:30 PM
The "front crank thing" is your oil pump!!

Notice the two marks in it for timing it.


24th April 2011, 08:32 PM
A whole bunch of wheels popped up with the Minilite design. You can still get them.

26th April 2011, 10:32 PM
The pulley has shipped and should be here this week. Hopefully I can get it running over the weekend, but we'll see.

2nd June 2011, 12:15 PM
It's been a while since we've updated, mainly because we haven't done anything. After getting the pulley in, we went on various trips individually and, well, life happens.

After receiving the pulley, we realized we needed a few more parts...then a few more...and some more. Last night, however, we got everything that was essential to the operation of the engine, and set to work.

AlphaWhiskey is the most familiar with the engine out of the two of us, so he started in on getting it all back together. He'd already done the pulley and main seal a couple weeks ago, so all that was left was rebuilding the alternator and getting all the accessories back on.

While he did that, I set about repairing the front valance. It was torn apart almost completely near the driver's side corner, then had various 6-8 inch breaks throughout. The lower part was also completely torn off.

Using my drill, I drilled a few small holes near the breaks so that I could use safety wire to draw the breaks together as I repaired it. For the actual repair, I used ABS cement. ABS cement is basically acetone with ABS plastic suspended inside. You can make it yourself, but it's so much easier and faster to go spend $11 at Home Depot for a jug.

Splitting the breaks apart, I painted both broken sides thoroughly with the cement, making sure to get as much coverage as possible. With everything covered, I used .041" safety wire to draw the breaks together like stitches. Doing this keeps the pieces lined up properly, as well as provides necessary pressure to get a good weld.

While I was doing that, AlphaWhiskey was finishing up with the engine. We tried to get it started with a battery he had in his Z, but sadly, it wasn't up to the challenge. Off to Wal-Mart we went to get a battery.

Once back from Wal-Mart, we attempted to fire it up. It was turning strong, but still nada. We put some carb-choke cleaner into the intake as some starter fluid, which actually got us seemingly close, but then backfired and literally singed AlphaWhiskey's arms. Boy that stunk!:lol:

After cranking for a little while, we decided the spark plug wires were likely not hooked up properly. The wiring diagram in the book is, let's say, lacking. Being the genius he is, AlphaWhiskey started guessing based on a diagram he found here and got it on the second try. Nice!

After we got it started, we ran into a problem we hadn't thought of. Currently our key is broken inside the ignition. Besides being a pita, it also won't allow the ignition to return to the "on" position automatically after starting. After it's started, it keeps the starter on (which results in a horrible racket). I told AW my suspicion about the noise, so he suggested we turn it on, then trigger the starter from the engine bay. It worked perfectly!

We let the car run for a while just to hear the fruits of our labor. It idled nicely, occasionally revving up, but I think that's an old chemical issue. Feeling adventurous, we popped it into first and drove forward a few feet, then reverse, then forward again. The clutch felt smooth, and everything engaged very nicely.

Our remaining list of things to do is:

* Tires
* Windshield
* Finish repair of front valance/bumper
* Assess the ignition issue, see if we can repair it, otherwise replace it
* Get the musty old cigarette smell out of the car:confused:

2nd June 2011, 12:28 PM
I never knew two guys to own 1 car and it be a good situiation; I am dying to see who and how you guys plan to alternate the daily driving.

aw hell, just split it down the middle! :cheesy:...

they are readily cheap enough where yu both could have bought one each right? someone will want thier own before this thread is all said and done; I am willing to bet both my cars on it!

2nd June 2011, 12:37 PM
Luckily, we're both in a situation where we have other running vehicles of our own. My DD is a motorcycle, and I've got a truck as well. We're going to trade off every once in a while driving it, but I don't think there will be much frustration. We originally bought it with the intention of autocrossing it. I don't know whether or not we'll actually end up doing that considering all the valuable body parts on it, but we'll see.

Alpha Whiskey
2nd June 2011, 12:49 PM
Hey there is no conflict here the car is clearly mine! Orange is just going to have to ask nicely to drive it and I will think about it.

But seriously as this is just an extra car for both of us I am hoping there won't be any trouble with the sharing of it. The question is can we get our money back out of it when we decide to sell it some day.

I was going to post today, but since Orange summed up our work so nicely I don't really need to say anything.

The ignition is sort of an annoying glitch, for the time being I think I will run a push button that once the Key is in the On position you can start the car. I need to figure out how to get that darn key out!

2nd June 2011, 12:55 PM
as mentioned; by the time this is done, if not already owned, he will want his own car;ol;; thats a bet i can make and never read another post and just wait for my check in the mail :cheesy:...

2nd June 2011, 01:07 PM
My name is first on the title!:cool:

That's the wonderful thing about being in the military- they send you away to places for months at a time. I won't be around at all this summer, so AW can cruise in the 900 all he wants. I need the use of it for a couple of weeks this winter (dibs in November!) for a drive train swap in my truck, but otherwise, I couldn't care less who drives it.

As much as I like the 900, it doesn't get 43 MPG, do 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, and park downtown practically for free. Gotta love motorcycles;ol;

Alpha Whiskey
2nd June 2011, 01:25 PM
Well I think you should continue to read we should be updating with more photos soon and thats what keeps the people coming right?

Alpha Whiskey
2nd June 2011, 11:41 PM
Alright so we got her running put some Seafoam through her and changed the oil. She heated up to operating temperature and the fan kicked on (Only one is that bad?*edit*Just searched the other is for the A/C) and cooled it down and we let her idle for a good long time.

So here is all the things we still need to accomplish.
New Tires- I wouldn't trust the old ones for over 30mph and maybe only 100ish miles
New Exhaust- We might only need a muffler, but this thing is leaking BADLY
New Windshield- Our is very bad, has any one had experience changing their own windshield in these cars?
Repair the body kit- The ABS adhesive is setting on the first section then we will move on to the rest.
AIC- The Idle varies wildly I am going to try and clean it to see if that helps


3rd June 2011, 02:00 AM
I never knew two guys to own 1 car and it be a good situiation; I am dying to see who and how you guys plan to alternate the daily driving. someone will want thier own before this thread is all said and done; I am willing to bet both my cars on it!

Too true only two of us here, and we need two of each, two 9000's and a C900 vert, and a Fiat Uno each and one as a spare!!

Alpha Whiskey
3rd June 2011, 02:37 PM
Well I cleaned on the AIC today as well as the Throttle Body, took another look at the exhaust and it is pretty bad. I called a few places, but they definitely weren't being cheap when it came to the repair estimates. Also glass replacement isn't cheap either so I have found.

li Arc
3rd June 2011, 05:22 PM
What exhaust pieces are you trying to replace? Eeuroparts has the whole system in stock, at $169 (http://www.eeuroparts.com/Main/PartDetail.aspx?id=8819690B), which really isn't bad. The muffer alone seems to be around $75-80 most places.

li Arc

3rd June 2011, 07:56 PM
I was at the upullandpay last week and there was an 87 that someone had obviously just replaced a bunch of parts on before giving up and scrapping it. It had a brand new exhaust system (cut off at the cat). I grabbed the new exhaust hangers and what looked to be a brand new alternator.

I a little welding or a pipe and a couple of clamps and you would have a new exhaust.

Alpha Whiskey
3rd June 2011, 07:59 PM
The Denver or Aurora location?

3rd June 2011, 08:07 PM
Denver. Just don't take anything else. I have reserved it all. :cheesy:

Where are you guys at in Denver?

Alpha Whiskey
3rd June 2011, 08:10 PM
Well we need tires, a windshield, and the exhaust pretty much after the Cat. The car is over here in Aurora

3rd June 2011, 08:21 PM
The Aurora location hasn't had any Saabs lately, there have been several new ones through the Denver site recently with a lot of nice parts. There are 4 at the moment 2 of which are nice, did not look at windshields, but surely one would be good.

Alpha Whiskey
3rd June 2011, 11:04 PM
The Aurora Place has one that has a decent windshield all I saw was a single chip down towards the base in the middle of the windshield, the exhaust looked OK, but I didnt get a good look as I didnt realize my exhaust was bad :(. Cleanspg your car looks really nice

6th June 2011, 12:06 PM
Well, AW and I had an extremely productive Sunday. Many thanks to cleanspg- we went to the Denver U Pull n Pay and found everything we needed! The muffler looked nearly perfect, but a little beat up on the underside. We weren't concerned. We found a perfect windshield, so we grabbed that. We also got a very new looking AC condenser.

After the yard, we went to a used tire shop and found a set of 4 good looking tires for $120, and they have a guarantee.

Once we got back to the garage, we both went to our corners. AW got to work on fabbing up the exhaust, and I started knocking out the rest of the front fascia. There was a slight size difference in the exhaust pipe that AW had to work out using some well placed notches, a hammer, and a welder. I got the last large piece of the fascia stitched into the main piece. We'll be rolling with safety wire on all the pieces for a while, but I can already tell it's going to be solid.

Once we were done with those tasks, we started it up to test the new(ish) muffler- sounded good! Nice little rumble without being obnoxious, and not loud.

Now the big daddy- the windshield! For anyone looking to save money, definitely do this yourself. You can find instructions on how to do it elsewhere on this board, but suffice to say it's an easy way to save some money. The gasket can be a little frustrating, but the good news is you don't need any special adhesive, and as such, there's no curing time. As far as time to actually get the glass in, it took two of us having never replaced a windshield about 15 minutes. We spent longer cleaning the nasty stuff off the glass:lol:

Unfortunately, all the pics are on AW's camera, so those are forthcoming.

Alpha Whiskey
7th June 2011, 10:27 PM
Well a sad day for some reason the memory card in my camera pooped the bed and had to be reformatted. Which means we lost our recent pictures, that being said Like Quick-O said we got the muffler on and windshield in, and everything is about ready to have put back on we still need to finish up the flares and smoothe out the front bumper, but It will be ready to drive and get inspected soon.

The SRS light is flashing is there a way to reset it at home? I have been reading around it doesn't seem like the old disconnect the battery thing is going to work.

8th June 2011, 11:24 AM
Seriously dude? That sucks! We had some great stuff on there:confused:

Alpha Whiskey
28th August 2011, 11:39 AM
So there is not much of an upate QO has been out of town for a while the car has been sitting it was firing up and running just fine, now it isn't. I am getting a little frustrated with the car. Here is the Problem


We are not getting spark at all from the coil so I started using the manual to test the EZK heres where I am.

Test between pins 6 and 20 on the EZK and see the voltage well it is supposed to be battery voltage the problem is it is negative voltage, I know the battery is not hooked up wrong am I being able is negative battery voltage ok? Does anyone know I am also posting in workshop. I am going to be working on the car today I will try and get some pictures, maybe a video if I get it running.

Alpha Whiskey
21st November 2011, 09:36 PM
So this project was put on hold for a few months I needed to downsize, and QO went out of town for a few months. The problem was the Crank Position Sensor it just stopped working.

We replaced it yesterday put it back together and it still didn't start. I was pretty bummed. Well before we put it back together QO said I remember reading that the wires don't hook up the same way on the new sensor and me being pig headed thought that doesn't makes sense SO long story short we wasted about 3 hours trouble shooting only for me finally to say "Hey will you look up that thing about the wires for me" so he did I read it and had nothing left to lose so we swapped the wires and it got spark. I should have trusted the internet, luckily QO remembered reading that on here otherwise we wouldn't have got it started at all most likely.

This car is pretty quick we drove it a couple miles yesterday. Thank you to this website for giving such great information. I think that QO and I can replace the crank pulley in under 2 hours now we have it down and is actually easier once you know what you are doing.

21st November 2011, 11:41 PM
I'm pretty sure we could do the pulley in 30 minutes. It really isn't that bad. The hardest part is figuring out where things are located. If you need to do this repair, just do it. You'll need to go to Sears and buy a 27mm socket and their lowest profile 1/2 inch ratchet. Cut the socket down to size and you're ready to rock.

The car drives well, but it threw the CEL about 15 miles down the road. It also keeps flashing the brake fluid and abs lights. The fuel gauge freaked out then seemed to die, so I need to run that one down. Last on the list, the oil pressure seems to be a little high.

18th February 2012, 08:33 PM
As I mentioned in another thread, I'm working on a custom center console with cupholders. The huge recess is a big waste of space to just fill with junk, and all the other cup holder "solutions" suck.

What I've done so far is to trim the center console bezel just under the ashtray. It's rough around the edges, but I'll clean that up later. Today I started making my mold for the business part of the console. When I'm done, it will join the plastic around the shifter as though it was OEM.

As you can see in the pictures, the cup area itself is quite large and able to accommodate a fairly wide cup. Vertical clearance is an issue that can't be helped unfortunately. The forward position has decent clearance and easily fits a 44 ounce Sonic cup, while the rear position will fit a 20 ounce bottle or coffee cup well. Anything taller than a 20 ounce bottle will be tough to fiddle with for the passenger.

19th February 2012, 06:46 PM
interesting id deffently like to see if you join the ashtray to the cup holder

20th February 2012, 01:35 AM
That's something I'm considering, but we'll see. It's a very strange little space indeed.