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Old 06-29-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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Did this back in November:

On Friday the 13th no less. Been debating having it fixed, then realized I only paid 300 for the car and the repairs would cost more than a suitable replacement.

Enter (possible) replacement... Found this one on Craigslist, 3.5 miles from the office, so the acquisition story isn't as eventful as some of ours have been. Rode the bus to the office today, had a friend drive me over at lunch and was back in time to eat.

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Waxed a couple of test spots and she will shine like new money before long.






By far the cleanest interior of any of the cars I've bought recently. Also seems to be quite the cream puff for having 144k miles.

I bought it knowing it needed a head gasket, rear windscreen (cracked), a heater hose and the trim replaced on the rear/pass door.

Since then I've discovered that the speedometer doesn't work, the sunroof doesn't close all the way, passenger front window doesn't work, factory radio works, but the amp is not working (2 dash speaker audio system -woot!). Hood has cracked paint and the trunk has a nice dent on top. Needs cone bushings for the front end too.

Interior is as close to perfect as 18 year-old peanut butter leather is going to be. Tires are good. Started on the first try. Drives ok and doesn't overheat. Oil in the water though so the HG is coming shortly.

So the list thus far reads:
Replace amp (temp fix - already have 3 stock amps - until I decide if this is a keep or a flip).
Head gasket and all top end seals.
Clean and lap the valves.
Timing belt
Fix sunroof
Replace the door trim (already have some)
Hood/Trunk replacement - as the junkyard allows for them in the correct color.

If I decide to keep it, transfer over from my wrecked 940 wagon:
IPD sways
Pioneer head unit
Squirter block rebuilt motor(?)
Tethys and adapters
Intrax springs
Gauge-pod and gauges

Later:
R/C/R tails
Glass moonroof from 960
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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please Tethys now.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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Check the fuse for the audio. That might be the issue with the amp.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:02 PM   #4
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Great call on the fuse. Number 26 was toast. Replaced it and we have tunage!!!

Already fixed the sunroof and passenger window too.

Can't wait to get at the paint and such. Then mechanical shtuff once I have the funds to order my parts.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:19 PM   #5
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Sounds like a nice little car, was it in the same ballpark as $300?

And oh my god that interior is perfect!
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:52 AM   #6
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It was in a slightly nicer neighborhood - but still cheaper than fixing the wagon.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:00 AM   #7
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One at a time, I see you are converting to sedans...mmm yes.

Welcome back to the dark side (again)

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Surprised you didnt jump on this one:
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/cto/1816773397.html
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:13 AM   #8
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That one is nice, but outside my price range.

Was looking at this one:
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/1809386239.html
And this one:
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/1812907575.html

They were asking 500 for mine, didn't pay that though.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:47 AM   #9
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Very nice car! a steal of a deal too, and like Isaac said that interior is mint
940 sedans look more and more tempting every day... I must resist.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:56 AM   #10
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940 sedans look more and more tempting every day... I must resist.
Give in. They're a blast.


Honestly **** that though, I'm still jealous as **** seeing 242 Turbos
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:37 PM   #11
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Dirrrrrty...







Cleaning up nicely...



Hard to tell in pics of white cars, but trust - it's getting quite pretty.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:46 PM   #12
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Hood/Trunk replacement - as the junkyard allows for them in the correct color.
Where is this junkyard, and How much would a hood cost at said junkyard? lol
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:53 PM   #13
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I use pullapart - www.pullapart.com

They have 4 locations in Georgia, 3 in/around ATL. About 40 bucks for a hood.

I have a black hood you can have if you want. It's in fair shape.
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:14 AM   #14
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What did you use to de-badge so perfectly? Great find by the way. Love my 940.
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:47 AM   #15
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Zipties (seriously) to pull the badges, WD-40 and a thumbnail to clean the residue.

To be fair, there is a slight shadow still and these were the softest/easiest badges I've removed.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:45 PM   #16
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Spent the better part of the day on the car today.

Swapped in the 15g and ported exhaust housing/manifold. Cleaned out the coolant reservoir, reconnected all the crap I'd disconnected. Tried to swap out the oil cooler setup - don't have a socket or wrench big enough. Oddly, I've done it before, not sure how.

Next comes the intake manifold gasket (arriving tomorrow) and then gonna drive it for a bit and see if the oil comes back to the reservoir.

Also, going to replace the VC gasket and the cam seal since it all appears to be leakish and I have those already.
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Old 07-06-2010, 03:29 AM   #17
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This is almost exactly like my old 940, only it has leather and isn't a '93. I miss that car.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:52 PM   #18
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Minor update:

Oh yeah, I also fixed the dent and replaced the missing door trim on that passenger/back door.

Swapped in the ported 90+ manifold and 15g, with ported exhaust housing, off the 945.

Broke the damned upper hose fitting off the radiator whilst I was futzing about.

Grabbed the rad off the (now) parts-car 945. Installed everything, filled the rad, started the car...

Nasty effin exhaust leak.

Too pissed to try and sort it out last night. Hopefully get to that tonight, after a few more adult beverages.

Next up, suspension swap.

Wheel choice help?
15" Gold mesh MSWs
17" Tethys
16" Hydras
EDIT - almost forgot:
I have 17" Volans
and 16" RH Cup wheels


I think this car gets the Cups.
The hydras will be run for a bit either way as they have good rubber and none of the other wheels do ATM.

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Old 07-10-2010, 07:25 PM   #19
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:58 PM   #20
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i vote thethys or volans.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:26 PM   #21
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Exhaust leak is fixed - the rear gasket fell out of place. Car is running and driving now. Weird wiggle in the front end, ABS light is on - pulled codes 322, 123 and 121 last time. Haven't pulled codes again yet.

Haven't pulled the brakes or suspension yet... no worries, getting the goods from the 945.

Can't recall if the speedo worked this time or not.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:54 PM   #22
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hook it up with some volans at SE
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:13 PM   #23
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nice buy mate.
looks like you know what your doing with restoring it back to its former beauty.
dont drive it too long with that milky oil tho.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:17 PM   #24
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Thanks!

Oil is clean, coolant has a bit of oil in it though. Hoping it's just residue from a previous HG failure. Otherwise it's not a huge deal - just rather not replace the HG.

Volans are sounding sweet though.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:19 PM   #25
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maybe its ATF in the coolant system from a oil Cooler/Radiator fail in the past?
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