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Day 32 – Tuesday March 17

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St Patrick’s day. Nothing green about this car, just orange.

Tires came in today. Maybe Adam will take them down to get mounted tomorrow. I suggested that we tape the center hub in case the tire store drops the rim.

Day 31 – Monday March 16

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Laid down $450 for a set of 5 tires from Tire Rack.

Day 30 – Sunday the 15th

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On to cleaning up the rims. The 4 on the car were nice but the spare was not as nice. We pulled out the SAAB caps. Two were nice but 3 were cracked. We ordered a set for $100 from Don Levesque who we found on the SaabNet.

The rims did not seemed damaged or bent. We used some parts washing solvent to clean the rims, it was like using kerosene. They were tough to clean. Once clean we tried to wax that had a little cleaner in it. Overall they came out nice for original finish.

The back wheels were 165 Michelins while the fronts were 155. There was a lone Pirelli on the spare. We will order 5 tires and have a well rounded set.

An interesting item was the serial numbers on the wheels. Two were 18, 17, 19 20.






Day 29 – Saturday March 14

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Looked over what type of tires to buy. We settled on Continental 173/65R15. These are about 24 inches in diameter where the stock tires might be 25.4. The tires we settled on were from tire rack. These were $81 each and there was a $75 off coupon for a set of 4.

Continental Tire on Tire Rack

Size: 175/65R15
Blackwall
BMW
Serv. Desc: 84H
UTQG: Treadwear: 280
Traction: AA
Temperature: A280 AA A

They recommended 42 PSI in the tires to carry the original load rating.

Conti Veiw
Conti View
Conti View

Day 28 – Friday March 13

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Friday the 13th

Decided to rebuild the carb finally. Pulled it off the engine along with the decel valve. I picked up rebuild kits from NAPA. As I found out though, there was not a decel kit, I just bought us an extra accelerator pump.



Rebuild went well. I decided not to put it in chem dip and just use carb cleaner. Everything seemed to be clean but the choke plate was very stiff and would not close. We finally had to take it out and polish the shaft, straighten it, and then polish the bore. That did the trick. The carb kit had instructions to set the float and linkage so we set everything.

The distributor, PCV and decel valve all connect to the plate below the carb. The PCV rattled and seems to have a check valve to prevent backfires from going into the valve cover. From the drawings it looks like they moved the PCV intake from the air cleaner houseing to this plate. Seems like it would create a vacuum leak but we’ll see. The decel valve will have to be plugged since there is no rebuild kit for it. Not sure how we will do this yet. I included the part number for the decel valve in case we need it, I think the Pintos use these.

Day 27 – Thursday March 12

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Karen picked up the seals for the front axles. It took us about 1/2 hour to put on the drums and calipers. There was an aluminum bar that we had. After drilling a hole large enough for one on the studs it became a good lever to hold the hub from turning.




The spare rim seemed to be in the worst condition. It appears to be painted black, silver and possibly a clear over the rim bead and center. Detroit tire and rim did some work on MINI. I’ll send them an email to see how much it costs for them to freshen the rims.

Day 26 – Wednesday March 11

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Spent some time looking for tires. It seems that Continental has two 175/65R15 tires for about $80 each. On the Saab site there are several owners that have used larger tires but we’ll stay with this size.

Day 25 – Tuesday March 10

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Day of rest and cleanup here. The front seals didn’t come in today so we will clean up and get ready for those later in the week.

We also need to find the value to torque the rotors. We started with 25 ft-lbs but need the right number

Day 24 – Monday March 9

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Picked up the right rear drum today. Another $10. Adam and I put the bearings in and assembled the wheel. I was a little concerned about the bearing play. It must be from the inherent play in the bearings. I would estimate 1/8 inch at the ouside of the tire. We let the car down and checked the other side and found the same. The new SKF bearings must have this amount of play. With typical tapered bearings you have a chance to take out this play.







Next we went returned to the left front. We put the caliper together and attached the hose. I thought it would be a good idea to try and force grease into the bearing with a rubber tip but that didn’t work. We still decided not to pull the front bearings off. We will do this later if we hear some noises, it would be worth doing the cv joints at that time.

We had a little trouble getting the caliper top seal to lock in place. We used a large socket but it didn’t fit tight enough in the press. An aluminum bar was used to tap it down the rest of the way.

Next we went to the right front and pulled everything apart. It looked in some cases better than the left but we noticed the top seal of the piston was pushed out. This lead to some extra cleaning. Some fine sand paper was used just where the seal seats. A dremel tool was used to pollish the inside of the caliper. Everything fit together nice and snug.

The new rotor sure looked nice. There was a note stamped in the perimeter to not cut them below 8 mm. The old rotors looked new other than the rust. There just wasn’t any wear on them. The pads however, were worn way down. Adam made the observation that there is a right and left set of front pads based upon the angles ground into them.


Finally, we felt good about all of the work and will asseble once we get new seals. They were pulled to try and get more grease behind them.

Day 22 – Sunday March 8

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the March 8th, 2009

A day of rest here. We need to go over to the farm for Roberts birthday party. We’ll look for a socket for that axle caste nut.

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