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Old 04-25-2020, 05:12 PM   #6521
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JoAnn fabrics finally opened for curbside pickup. I bought a couple yards of headliner fabric, plus a couple yards of felt as an underneath layer as my headboard is in poor shape. Got an email that part of my order was cancelled. Called the store and they would not investigate. So I found they sold me the 2 yards of felt, and one yard of headliner, which is useless. Grrrr. So much for supporting local stores. Off to Amazon. I'll return the 1 yard after I calm down.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:20 PM   #6522
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On Thursday, I got a set of General Evertrek 195/60R15 all-seasons mounted on the rims I got last summer from a former Saturnfans poster who is now into Hondas and Mercury Marauders. Why have fifteen inch wheels on an SL1?
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Lowers the revolutions per mile which improves mileage slightly and markedly decreases engine wear. Allows operating in the 1500-2500 RPM range instead of the 2200-3200 RPM range. As long as you are not trying to be a winner at every stop light grand prix it is not an issue.
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Old 04-25-2020, 10:27 PM   #6523
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Got the sound deadening down on the floor and doors today. Next weekend I'll tackle the trunk. It was supposed to all go back together today too but after fighting with a door handle for a good 30 minutes, I decided to call it quits for the night.
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Old 04-26-2020, 09:22 AM   #6524
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Got the sound deadening down on the floor and doors today. Next weekend I'll tackle the trunk. It was supposed to all go back together today too but after fighting with a door handle for a good 30 minutes, I decided to call it quits for the night.
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I use long thin pliers, from an electronics store, to hold the lock mechanism linkage for the purpose of reinstalling the plastic clips.
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Old 04-26-2020, 04:55 PM   #6525
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Oil change.

It's a bit early but staying at home means the car is just sitting. Last change at about 152k miles using the inexpensive (after rebate) Rotella gas truck synthetic oil, currently at about 154k miles.

Started a couple of days ago, warmed up engine, let it cool about 10 minutes, pulled plugs. Poured in 3 oz of MMO in each cylinder, rotated by hand, covered holes and let sit overnight. All cylinders drained in morning except #2 which was down to about 1/4" of MMO.

Added 3 oz again to all cylinders but just 2 oz to #2, rotated cylinders by hand, let sit overnight. All cylinders looked dry in the morning, pulled PCM-B fuse and cranked, nothing came out. Replaced PCM-B, reinstalled plugs, fired it up and backed it out of the garage, let it idle in the driveway until the smoke stopped.

Pulled back in, let the engine cool a bit, pulled the oil drain plug and cracked the oil filter a bit and let drain overnight. Installed M1-209 filter and Mobil 1 Extended 5w30 oil. Both say they are good for 15k miles so I don't plan on changing oil until next year. I figure I will have about 10k~12k miles on it by this time next year.
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Old 04-26-2020, 11:20 PM   #6526
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I use long thin pliers, from an electronics store, to hold the lock mechanism linkage for the purpose of reinstalling the plastic clips.
Those clips actually weren't what was giving me trouble, I've gotten pretty good at getting those on. For some reason on the front passenger door I couldn't get it to slide into place enough to be able to screw it in. As far as I could tell, there wasn't anything in the way that would be causing it to not fit, it just didn't want to go it. I haven't had a chance to look at it today since I'm an "essential" worker, but tomorrow I'll see if the swapping it with the rear door handle will work.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:39 PM   #6527
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Went for a 30 mile ride yesterday and gave her a wash. Also spray painted the rusty wiper arms so now they look nicer. Hope everyone is staying safe!
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Old 05-03-2020, 05:04 PM   #6528
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Went for a drive to pick up a Mother’s day gift for the wife. A local winery that is doing curbside service put a case of my wife’s favorite wine in the hatch. You have to think outside the box these days to come up with a decent gift since running to the mall Saturday night is probably going to be out of the question.

I know I should’ve gotten a case of the real good stuff (Charmin Extra Soft).
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Had time to put down the sound deadening in the trunk today. Between the floor, doors, trunk and trunk lid, I used about 70 sq/ft of sound deadening. Probably added a good 25-30 pounds to the car too. Was definitely worth it though. It's so much nicer on the highway than it was before. There's more tire noise than anything now. (and even that isn't very bad, lol)
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Old 05-09-2020, 01:39 PM   #6530
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I noticed a few weeks ago that the drivers side door grab was starting to crack. I looked online to see if anyone had NOS, but I couldn't find anything. I figured I would just grab one next time I went to the junkyard. I knew there was a SL2 with a black interior there, so I had the idea to just switch all the door grabs to black. Saturn already liked to mismatch their black and tan trim pieces, so I didn't think it would look that out of place.

They where all pretty dirty, but they cleaned up well. Magic eraser works great for getting out the finer scratches that have developed over the years.
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Both front door grabs had broken where it gets screwed down. The drivers side also had a big crack down the middle of it. When I was looking for a NOS door grab, the only one I could find for any door was the front drivers side in black. That's exactly what I need here, so I'll be using that instead of trying to repair it.
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As for the passenger side, I super glued the screw post to hold it in place. Once dry, JB weld was added around it for strength. It worked great given how little I had to work with. I unfortunately glued it in the completely wrong spot. One new hole in the door card later and that problem was taken care of.
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I can't really say for sure weather I like that black more than the tan, but it's defiantly unique to any other S-Series now
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That concludes this months mostly pointless but still fun to do project, lol
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Old 05-09-2020, 11:11 PM   #6531
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I'm rebuilding the suspension. Front and rear. Have finished the front today and the car is finally on the wheels again! Also, I have changed the oil.
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Checked oil. 480 miles since oil change. Early, but looking good! My supplies for this short OCI is 4 quarts Delvac Super 15w-40, 1 quart Rislone Engine Treatment and one ~10 ounce can Liquimoly mos2. FL-400S. I have remaining for top-off about 1.125 quarts.

I am hoping for 2000 miles per quart!
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Today, I took it on a non-essential drive as a non-essential worker. I noticed there were a-holes pushing 15 mph over the posted limit. Things are getting back to normal. Let’s hope for the best
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Checked oil. 480 miles since oil change. Early, but looking good! My supplies for this short OCI is 4 quarts Delvac Super 15w-40, 1 quart Rislone Engine Treatment and one ~10 ounce can Liquimoly mos2. FL-400S. I have remaining for top-off about 1.125 quarts.

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Thanks! I used my Samsung Galaxy S7. Just set the focus on the dipstick.

Looks like all my chemical efforts are showing results now. I purchased this car @77k miles. Probably did not get great care as it had original thermostat AND!!! original ECTS running 1200 rpm warm idle.

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I Just about finished up the cabin floor, the MLV layer for the back well's came out fantastic. Still fighting the carpet, it's fairly acceptable, but there's still strong discoloration.
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I drove it to LKQ. Felt good to drive. Didn't realize the center brake light or the inside mirror cover was different on the coupe so I struck out there. Does anybody else feel bad leaving a car like this?


I've already converted my '98 but Gen 1 cars seem to be getting rare.

Also I found a tire gauge in that car and took a picture of this alternative door lock.
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I drove it to LKQ. Felt good to drive. Didn't realize the center brake light or the inside mirror cover was different on the coupe so I struck out there. Does anybody else feel bad leaving a car like this?


I've already converted my '98 but Gen 1 cars seem to be getting rare.

Also I found a tire gauge in that car and took a picture of this alternative door lock.
I just threw a trash bag over the head when I grabbed mine. 1st gens don't usually last very long at this junkyard anyway though so It's not like it really mattered...That car is long gone now.

That lock also doesn't seem very effective, unless the key is a 7mm socket. Then I suppose it's working as designed
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It's extremely sad to think that there is probably an equal amount of 1st Gen's in junkyards as on the road. At least where I live.
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