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Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 10:29:33 -0400
From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org>
Subject: Re: Well - I wrecked her..


Salutations: On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 07:14:20 -0000, MeatballTurbo <carl.robsonnopsamcing-czechs.com> wrote: > In article <opryrl1zpou3ky2rnopsam.eastlink.ca>, > lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org spouted forth into alt.autos.saab... >> The only real problem with the SAAB in question will be the price the >> current owner (local garage) will let it go for. While I note $8000 as >> what I might offer - he is asking considerably (and somewhat >> unrealistically) more. It's in good shape - but it's no peach. Moreover >> - >> while I would have spares - not a lot of the fairly expensive stuff >> bolts >> over and it's a darned automatic I've been looking for a 5 speed.. >> > > Dexter, silly question, but is the auto to 5 speed conversion as doable > in the 9000 as in the 900 (lot of work but doable)? > > ISTR that yours was body rough, but mechanically solid? > Might be worth converting the pedal box and transmission from yours into > the other one, and selling off the Auto box and pedal box from the newer > one if it is even remotley likely to make any money, to offset the cost > of the conversion. An excellent question and perhaps a good idea. As a matter of fact it - was - possible to drop a 5 speed into current 1989 (also a auto). I have access to a rebuilt 1986 5 speed and was thinking seriously about dropping it in the 1989 had we been able to proceed with the restoration. I'll have to do some reading to find out if it will mate with the 1996 2.3 block/clip. First things first though - gotta make an offer and see if the garage with the '97 is interested in a really sweet parts machine as part of a greater deal. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Nelson Charles - Seven Spanish Angels http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/179.RAM

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