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Old 01-12-2018, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default I Bought ShawnV's 96 SW2, with 5th gear swap as my DD

So I've known Shawn for a while, last winter I tried to get him to come off this wagon but all didn't work, he finally decided to allow me to buy it, it's a super clean 96 wagon that is so clean underneath, few minor issues such as the fade on the black/ some flaking of clear coat in areas *would much rather deal with these simple fix issues then the issues of rust from northern cars* plus also knowing that the car was well maintained. I hopped on Amtrak here in Chicago and took it all the way to Greensboro (24+ on the train but watch some shows and relaxed since I stated school this week), Got down there on Saturday morning and picked up the car (with a full size spare) and started driving it back to Indiana, It was getting dark and icy once passing over the mountains so stopped in Knoxville (with some good southern cooking) , then to Nashville for so good music at the honky-tonks and a "mint" set of ION rims for $40 and also have this set of 3rd gen Coupe Rims

But of course can't be running anyone of those up here in the North with snow on the ground (don't want get them ate up plus all seasons are horrible) so tossed on my set of winterforce tires that came on my electrical nightmare 99 SL2 that I'm still trying to figure out... school/winter got in the way...

Need to find my Hubcaps but loving the SW2 with Snows as my DD with my commute being 100+ miles a day for school

Huge shoutout to ShawnV for this gem

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Old 01-12-2018, 01:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: I Bought ShawnV's 96 SW2, with 5th gear swap as my DD

Oh and most definitely frequent trips to the car wash this winter, when summer comes I think a good can of POR for the underbelly (how much should I need to do the entire car?)

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Old 01-12-2018, 01:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: I Bought ShawnV's 96 SW2, with 5th gear swap as my DD

That is a nice looking car! Congrats. Is Shawn down to just his 3rd gen coupe for Saturns?

Needs window tint, though

Never done POR15 on the underside (on my list of things to do), but a very small can of POR15 Hi Temp was enough for three coats each on two different mufflers / pipes, and I still have maybe 1/3~ 1/2 can left.

Surprised me how long just a little of the stuff went.

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Old 01-12-2018, 03:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: I Bought ShawnV's 96 SW2, with 5th gear swap as my DD

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... when summer comes I think a good can of POR for the underbelly (how much should I need to do the entire car?)
POR-15 Six Pack - Black
Those are good size cans. After putting on one can it is time to step back and let it dry before you end up getting the stuff all over you and everything else.
Smear a light coat of silicone grease around the sealing surfaces of the cans so you can open the can later.

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Old 01-12-2018, 05:11 PM   #5
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Default Re: I Bought ShawnV's 96 SW2, with 5th gear swap as my DD

Looks great and dedicated winter tires are amazing. I like Firestone Winterforce for my Crown Vic and Blizzak LM001 for the Ion. What is the 5th gear swap?

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Old 01-12-2018, 09:21 PM   #6
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Default Re: I Bought ShawnV's 96 SW2, with 5th gear swap as my DD

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That is a nice looking car! Congrats. Is Shawn down to just his 3rd gen coupe for Saturns?

Needs window tint, though

Never done POR15 on the underside (on my list of things to do), but a very small can of POR15 Hi Temp was enough for three coats each on two different mufflers / pipes, and I still have maybe 1/3~ 1/2 can left.

Surprised me how long just a little of the stuff went.
It's got it's few little things but yes and absolutely gorgeous car (even though 1st Gen is my favorite... this is defiantly growing on me), yes it has it's list of to-dos' windows tinted, hein's shagin' wagon floor, HCE cluster, fix the light southern issues, few panel issues, and POR15 (need a good parts wagon haha to add to my list of parts cars, now to find one lol)


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Looks great and dedicated winter tires are amazing. I like Firestone Winterforce for my Crown Vic and Blizzak LM001 for the Ion. What is the 5th gear swap?
I have a set of Blizak WS50s? for the VUE *they are in storage right now due to the damage that happened with the VUE* but love them when I was riding on them (even at half tread, was better then my all seasons)

The Winterforce came with another car (99 SL2, auto, manual everything....) Not a fan of the car at all, bought it due to the new snow tires

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Sorry about missing both these questions:
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That is a nice looking car! Congrats. Is Shawn down to just his 3rd gen coupe for Saturns?
He's got his Gold 3rd Gen Wagon that he's owned for quite a while, can't haul as much in the coupe :P

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What is the 5th gear swap?
It's taking the 5th gear from the SOHC and putting in the DOHC See Here for How To that makes you get the better MPG at highway speeds

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