As promised, pictures of before and after. One issue (or advantage) with these cars is headlights are made of glass. Issue because they’re easier to break (accident or vandalism), advantage because they’re are resistant to deformation and yellowing (I’m looking at you Nissan).
Quite easy to remove, just remove three T25 screws and unclip the grill. Unplug the harness. Be careful with the wipers.
Now I have proper lighting and no more dealing with tape. The new housing even came with bulbs and the electrical plug. Awesome job from the Wisconsin junkyard!
Next would be to check why the left turn signal socket is not making proper contact.
More stuff done at the shops:
- New tires. Went with Coopers 185/65/15 CS1
- All 8 Brake pads replaced
- All four rotors resurfaced (ooh shiny)
Pending to do myself
- Fuel filter replacement
- PCV Valve
Recently (April 4th) I did something I wanted to do for a long time, and that was buy another car. I saw her at the company parking lot and I guess it was love at first sight. I looked for the owner, inquired about the car, did a test drive and placed an offer. Well, that’s not how the story ended. After that I decided to explore the Facebook marketplace and looked at other cars. I test drove a 79 Malibu and a 79 Fairmont, they din’t convinced me or I was convinced of how much of a death trap (for others) that kind of cars could be. At the time the Saab owner sent a message telling me he was willing to go a bit lower on the price, so I went with the Saab.
Here’s a picture of her:
I’m really enjoying working on her, so far this is what I’ve done:
- Oil and filter change
- Sparkplugs change
- Hood strut
- Trunk lifts
- Coolant hose (URO Part # 9178849)
- Air Filter (Mann C31122)
- Airbox, MAF, intake hose cleaning
- Fixed parasitic current draw by removing the stock HU
- Head unit and speakers replacement (used this VW harness Metra 70-1784)
Work performed at the local shop
Pending work to do:
- Fuel filter
- Brake pads
- PCV valve