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Day 51 – Sunday April 5

Posted in Sonett III by Blade3562 on the April 9th, 2009

Today we backed the car out of the garage, well pushed it.

Once it was outside it got a handwiping bath, and then some engine work. We adjusted all the valves to the proper gaps. We then bolted the valve pan covers back on.

Next we remounted the Carb:

And then rolled the car into the garage:

Side Note: The Driveway was pure choas today:

Day 50 – Saturday April 4

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the April 5th, 2009

Today we took 2 or 3 steps forward and possibly a ton backwards. We decided to crank the engine. Well everything went good until we hit the third and finally click on the ignition. Then we heard some “expensive noises”(old friend of ours). The clutch was catching on something when the motor would begin to turn over. Then we cranked it with the key and no clutch, worked fine. then did it again after pumping the clutch, no problem. hmmmmm Still even after a couple failures it was a cool feeling and sound :D . It appears though that either: A. the engine needs to be pulled from the clutch or B. the motor needs to run to free the flywheels needs to be freed from the clutch.

Clutch Disengaged:

Clutch Engaged:

Well for some of our work we needed light, but the extension cord came unplugged and to plug that end we need some like talk about irony. So Dad got inventive. Using the flash on the camera, he could finally see behind the storage racks and located the receptable.

We then took the Valve Pan covers off, really clean in there, wow.

Day 49 – Friday April 3

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the April 5th, 2009

Took some concrete cleaner to the gas tank. We might have diluted it too much but it cleaned it a little. We are not going to seal it since the rust was not bad and some liners seem to come off.

Day 47/48 – Wednesday/Thursday April 1/2

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the April 5th, 2009

Drove the Sonett down the road, just kidding, April fools.

Day 46 – Tuesday March 31

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the April 5th, 2009

Sent sender off to Palo Alto.

Day 45 – Monday March 30

Posted in Sonett III by Blade3562 on the March 31st, 2009

Today we didn’t do very much other than clean out the inside of the tank. It’s a little bit rusty in there and most likely needs some sort of coating. We sent an email off to Palo Alto about or sending unit and it looks like we’ll be shipping it out to them tomorrow or later this week for a rebuild.

Day 44 – Sunday March 29

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the March 29th, 2009

Today involved electrical systems testing. We put the the battery in and tested out our rear lights. After several hours of misunderstanding and miscommunication the lights work fully and almost perfectly. The interior electircal systems work fine, all except the gas gauge. The problem with the gas gauge is that even though the tank is empy it read full, We’re trying to figure out the problem and eventually will.

I also was searching through the saabnet.com forums and found a really sweet set of rims for the Sonett, but it doesn’t look like my dad wants to get them.

Well we decided to rip the tank out, first step was the sensing gauge.

Then the Tank

Day 43 – Saturday March 28

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the March 29th, 2009

Worked on cleaning the trunk of the car and then moved on to installing the right rear tail light.

Adam decided it was better to get inside the rear to do the cleaning. If we left out the spare maybe a third person or the dog could be anchored in there.

Apparently when Perry owned the car there was a run away picnic table that took out the right rear tail light. He picked up another and we went to install it today. The fiberglass was torn in the corners by the license light, we used a larger washer on the back side to secure it. This picture shows the light as it was hanging out.

I guess the mice thought this was an easy way into the car instead of opening the door. The went in through the light and build a nice nest in the fiber glass. Looks like we will put in new panels before closing things up.

We had to so some serious cleaning on the replacement housing before installing.

Once installed we took a couple of rear pictures. First though we decided to polish up the black panel. Came out pretty good.


Day 42 – Friday March 27

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the March 29th, 2009

Went through Haynes manual we picked up.

Also updated the purchased parts page.

Day 38/41 – Monday/Thursday March 23/26

Posted in Sonett III by Blade3562 on the March 27th, 2009

Spring Break!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow I’m going to clean the rear trunk area other than that its a break and i was relaxing.

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