Archive for August, 2014

GT meets IPD

GT is getting some attention with lowering springs, Konis, and sways.

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SAAB c900 Alternator Replacement

It’s bad enough that the engine is in backwards, but alternator access is especially tough because the master cylinder, AC, hose, and heater hoses are in the way. Zack from the Peoples Wheels had a hard time with his and it had been a while since I’d done one so I decided to take my time and document the process.

First step, AC belt tensioner.

First step, AC belt tensioner. Not too bad- just loosen the small nut and bolt

In my case I wanted to replace the pully/bearing unit so off it came

In my case I wanted to replace the pully/bearing unit so off it came

New one is short $ from eEuroparts.com

New one is short $ from eEuroparts.com

My 2-arm puller came in handy

My 2-arm puller came in handy

Make sure you have the rounded hub side in

Make sure you have the rounded hub side in (old one is flipped over, new one oriented correctly)

New one tapped right on using a socket and brass hammer

New one tapped right on using a socket and brass hammer

PS pump next- loosen the base 17mm bolt in the back

PS pump next- loosen the base 17mm bolt in the back- you can see it there to the right of the hard line

And loosen the adjuster bolt behind the pulley

And loosen the adjuster bolt behind the pulley

 

Alternator is next- I took a quick snap to document electrical lead placement, particularly the # of grounds

Alternator is next- I took quick snaps to document electrical lead placement, particularly the # of grounds. Note that the oil filter is off.

A better one of the leads

A better one of the leads. That green wire will get a new connector.

I removed the whole top bracket to make room and to refresh the bushings. eEuroparts makes a nifty kit.

I removed the whole top bracket to make room and to refresh the bushings. eEuroparts makes a nifty kit.

After lots of wriggling while having an assistant hold the AC hose out of the way, I have an empty space

After lots of wriggling while having an assistant hold the AC hose out of the way, I have an empty space.

Only to realize that I got the wrong alternator. There were two kinds in 1984, and mine has two big ears rather than one big and one small.

Only to realize that I got the wrong alternator. Apparently there were two kinds in 1984, and mine has two big ears rather than one big and one small. Bosch AL35X is incorrect.

Another angle.

Another angle.

Well that was a bummer- off it went back to eEuroparts. I poked around and learned that Bosch PN AL69X works if you turn the clock position 180 degrees so I ordered one of those- it was even on clearance for $83, such a deal!

At least I have the right belts

At least I have the right belts

Here's where it's going- note how the top of the bracket slips under the AC bracket

Here’s where it’s going (before necessary cleaning)- note how the top of the bracket slips under the AC bracket

Nice and clean, ready for new bushings

Nice and clean, ready for new bushings

Here's the angle for installation

Here’s the angle for installation

Fitting the correct alternator...

Fitting the correct alternator…just enough room!

I found this setup to be key for the left and bottom 6mm hex alternator bracket bolts

I found this setup to be key for the left and bottom 6mm hex alternator bracket bolts

Install and adjust belts and done. I found the new alternator belts to be a bit of a pain to put back on but not terrible.

 

Mak Jax Arrival

I should have gotten a mid-rise lift a long time ago. Uncle Stephen and I have some footings to pour. More later.

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Vintage Camping

The Minkanic and I headed up to Vermont a few weeks ago in the 1800. The freshly rebuilt engine made mountain driving fun.

Nice campsite

Nice campsite

Dappled and dapper

Dappled and dapper

At Hemmings Motor News HQ

At Hemmings Motor News HQ

2014-07-07 10.02.25

Rain!

Rain!