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Old 05-01-2008, 05:30 PM   #1
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I have a 98 SW2 now and I just sold my 95 SL2. I love Saturns and now that I am converting a car to electric I would like to use a Saturn.

I want to use it to commute to work so I'm not worried about hauling people, I will likely pull out the rear seat for Battery space. Here is what I am looking for in my donor car:

- Very low aerodynamic drag - I was thinking about a 95 SC1
- Lightweight - No power windows / doorlocks / Air Conditioning
- Non-power steering - Electric motor to run the P/S pump wastes a lot of juice
- Airbags - 95 or later, I *Hate* those motorized belts!

Is the 95 SC1 a good choice? I can't find a definitive answer about what models do or do not have power steering. I've read that taking out the pump and looping the P/S hoses will work, but not as well as manual steering. I don't care if the engine is blown, so I should be able to pick one up cheap.

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Its actually been done, I can remember what body style though. I'm thinking it my of been a SW2.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:23 PM   #3
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Quite a few Saturns have been converted. Most people start with a car they have and don't need for anything else. I want to buy one just for this. Therefore I want the car that works the best for me.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:33 AM   #5
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I have a 98 SW2 now and I just sold my 95 SL2. I love Saturns and now that I am converting a car to electric I would like to use a Saturn.

I want to use it to commute to work so I'm not worried about hauling people, I will likely pull out the rear seat for Battery space. Here is what I am looking for in my donor car:

- Very low aerodynamic drag - I was thinking about a 95 SC1
- Lightweight - No power windows / doorlocks / Air Conditioning
- Non-power steering - Electric motor to run the P/S pump wastes a lot of juice
- Airbags - 95 or later, I *Hate* those motorized belts!

Is the 95 SC1 a good choice? I can't find a definitive answer about what models do or do not have power steering. I've read that taking out the pump and looping the P/S hoses will work, but not as well as manual steering. I don't care if the engine is blown, so I should be able to pick one up cheap.

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
95 SL will most likely be stripped down enough for you or come with manual steering.
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I'd agree with Don, the SL will be the most stripped model though some will have PS.

Would have been interesting to see a diesel Hybrid Vue, too bad GM killed all the plastic Saturns as they are going to be lighter than metal. I think a diesel generator with full electro motive system would be an interesting combination. A company up here is doing this with railway locomotives (www.railpower.com)

Here's a newer S conversion, http://www.docdockdocuments.com/conv...rsionstart.htm the site is a bit wacky to navigate but an interesting read.

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Old 05-02-2008, 11:24 AM   #7
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SL's were only made from 91-92, right? If I want a newer car can I swap in a manual steering assembly? Which models could have had manual steering? Would the manual steering from a '92 SL go into a '96 SL1 or a '00 even for example?
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SL's were only made from 91-92, right? If I want a newer car can I swap in a manual steering assembly? Which models could have had manual steering? Would the manual steering from a '92 SL go into a '96 SL1 or a '00 even for example?

SC's were only made in 1991 and 1992, They bacame the SC2 in 1993. SL's were produced from 1991-2002.
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Some perhaps useful EV links.

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http://www.evnut.com/
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