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    1996 Saturn SC2

    Goal: A clean and fun daily driver to take up the miles for the Detail Junky.

    Start Date: Soon...

    Planned End Date: When it goes up for sale!

    Q&A Thread: http://www.sixthsphere.com/phpBB3/vi...461388#p461388

    Introduction

    There just wasn't any hope for Daily 1, the rotting POS 93' SL2. I barely had time to work on the Detail Junky, let alone work on a daily driver that was falling apart faster than I could fix it. To its credit it never broke down, and it even made multiple trips to Boston, MA without hesitation. But it was plauged with problems, burning a quart of oil every 700 miles, guzzling gas, and threatening to throw itself off the road on bumps and bends. Worst of all... it was dirty. The roof even leaked in the rain. In fact the moment I became fed up with Daily 1 my lap was getting saturated in a heavy rain storm. I would've gone to Craigslist to dig up a fresh replacement but at the last moment I remembered that a fellow member was aiming to sell his car. Tyler (sl2fast) just didn't have the time for the coupe and, as much as he hated to see it go, his other toys were simply quicker or more reliable. I knew the car and owner well and was convinced I had to have it after a test drive. Besides, how could I pass up something pre-modified? Tyler bought the car with a roached motor and dropped in a low mileage DOHC/MP3. During the transistion he ported the intake manifold, sourched an OEM header (eventually routed to a custom 2 1/4 cat back), and attached the CP CAI and taper-bored throttle body left over from his 99' SL2. The motor was dropped into place with his old Twistec dog bones. The suspension got the old Intrax/KYB combonation as well as the SPS 17.5 mm rear anti-sway bar and heavy duty stainless steel sway bar brackets that Dad sold him. The real bonus is the Apexi' SAFC purchased and installed during Tyler's early ownership of the car. The car itself is fully load with the exception of the sunroof and it is a very solid vehicle. There is enough umph to tackle the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds (faster than the Detail Junky *gasp*) and a comfortable suspenion that will still keep me entertained. Best of all it is a champ on oil and netted me 36 mpg on my first tank full. A good start but she isn't quite perfect. Of course I'm just plain anal, nothing too major, but a lot of odds and ends.

    ~ Craig


    1.

    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

    For Sale Thread (Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
    Wanted Thread (None)

  • #2
    Re: 1993 SL2: The Daily Junky Build

    Daily 1: The First/Last Entry (06.19.0

    After much debate and doubt my hands have finally dug into the daily. Getting to a couple of weeks ago the car went through a mild stage of regression; friend tries to stunt across hood, friend breaks antenna clean off. Ironically said friend is also a culprit in the black hood that adorns my baby. Having long been aware of what not to do anywhere near the red car hadn't transistioned over this one yet. A couple weeks later, with no radio reception, some bitch hit me in a parking lot. I took the blame, a Scion TC came away with $1300 in damage, and the Saturn rolled away with a scuff, bad alignment, and a broken balljoint (which honestly isn't too suprising given the mileage). At that point I was starting to feel pretty sorry for the little guy so to the junkyard I went. Out in Eliot, ME we (stunting friend and girlfriend) happened across a purple 94' SL2 tuckered away on some hill. It was a clean car with only 84k on the clock so its final resting place is a mystery to me. Many thanks to a fellow vehicle for the good antenna, most of the dash, and two absolutley mint door panels (which are actually for the 'Detail Junky'). Upon arival at home I toor into the car dismantling the dash and upper half of the interior, while my girlfriend put some devotion toward removing the ghetto tint from the rear window. Dad found a moment to modify another stock intake utalizing a modified box (with K&N filter) left over from his car a little drilling, cutting, and capping. The result is a free, better flowing, sleeper bit. All the while stunting friend was climbing tree's (I am serious about that to). Inside the car the headliner had come down to hunt down water leaks along with whatever trim that had to come down for headiner removal. Conviently said upper trim is getting replaced for sake of broken things and future manual seat belt conversions. To my surprise the cabin roof is surprisingly clean as I was fearing rust and grime from all of the water that collects in there with inclimate weather. The results of the day; a step toward no more leaks and a manual seat belt conversion, no more broken trim or ghetto tint, and a dash that is so minty fresh it rivals the 'Detail Junky'. Gasp! Also got my radio reception back with the help of Dad who had to perform a little handy work to get the broken stump out of place. Tommorow I plan on resuming where I left off. I'm anticipating some TLC and paint on the floorboards before I throw down the good carpeting. Got plenty to keep me busy!
    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

    For Sale Thread (Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
    Wanted Thread (None)

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

      Daily 2: The Game Plan (02.10.10)

      I am resurrecting this because things are going to get a little more involved with the coupe (despite protest from local members). I've been wrestling bad ideas since I took ownership of the SC2 (to replace the quickly failing POS 93' SL2 that was "Daily 1") and a series of events have set in motion a desire to step things up a notch. Most recently my friend backing into the drivers side front fender (which I artistically repaired with Band-Aids). Earlier in the summer an exposed manhole snagged the catalytic convertor trashing it and the Thermal R&D exhaust system. Somewhere in the season I got caught in a freakish hale storm at some odd hour of the morning which left dimples all over the steel bodywork. And every time I park the car in the city of Portland somebody backs into the nose. After each accident/incident I've tried to comfort myself with the reminder "...at least its not the red car" but the thought doesn't soothe my sympathy for the little guy. On top of everything there are still odds and ends that I never resolved plus there are alterations to be had. I want to go lower and faster while raising the level of civility in a more handsome overhauled SC2.
      '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
      '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
      '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

      The Detail Junky Build

      "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

      For Sale Thread (Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
      Wanted Thread (None)

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

        ^I hate you. Finish your red car, stop trying to make this one compete with it. THIS IS YOUR DAILY!
        - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


        FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

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        • #5
          Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

          GOD DAMNIT CRAIG. ENOUGH!



          Justin, were gonna have to go break his knees to make him finish the red car
          1995 Saturn SW2: Crushed
          1995 Saturn SW2: Lower Than You


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          • #6
            Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

            Little Things: Dogbones (03.25.10)

            Today I randomly decided to finally swap out the Twistec mounts for the Summit/OEM mounts I had leftover from the SL2. Despite the horror stories I've heard about Twistec products I was still shocked at what I pulled out. After getting everything squared away I took the car out for a quick spin; even in just firing her up and letting her idle there was a huge difference!

            1.


            2.
            '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
            '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
            '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

            The Detail Junky Build

            "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

            For Sale Thread (Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
            Wanted Thread (None)

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

              Lucky you. Both my twistec mounts where fuuuuuuuuuucked up. The lower one was just slightly worse than yours in the second pic. But the upper was trashed.

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              • #8
                Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                You don't drive your car hard enough to break toothpicks, nevermind twistec mounts Craig. lol
                - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


                FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                  Originally posted by d3ad1ysp0rk
                  You don't drive your car hard enough to break toothpicks, nevermind twistec mounts Craig. lol
                  lol, explains the limited damage to the POS. My first one broke >2 months of being on the car, the second > 6 months. Fail.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                    Daily 2: Lame Stuff (04.26.10)

                    Two and a half weeks ago my madly cambered (from getting backed into) drivers side front tire wore through and went flat on my way home. I managed to nurse the car off the next exit and leave it at a rest stop. I came back for it the next day with a spare wheel/tire. Then I went to do an oil change. While tightening the oil plug it suddenly got really loose and refused to back out. I ended up having to swap the oil pan. That job spilt over into the next day; longest oil change ever. Later I took the car in to have my replacement front Falken's mounted and get an alignment; I learn that the passenger side ball-joint is toast. So last Thursday I scammed a set of replacement LCA's and the next day I got to work. Everything went smoothly until the LCA-to-cradle through bolt which I ultimately had to cut out. This was another job spread out over two days. Finally everything seems to be good. Tomorrow I can put my Sawtooth's/Falken's back on the front for an alignment. On deck is dropping off a bunch of stuff for paintwork; trying to get the car in shape for the summer.
                    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
                    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
                    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

                    The Detail Junky Build

                    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

                    For Sale Thread (Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
                    Wanted Thread (None)

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                      ^You know if your turbo car had been finished like I've been pushing for, you could've been driving that while working on this POS...
                      - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


                      FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                        no kidding.
                        1995 Saturn SW2: Crushed
                        1995 Saturn SW2: Lower Than You


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                        • #13
                          Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                          His turbo car STILL is not done?

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                            Daily 2: Interior Update Dump (08.13.10)

                            I came across a lot of early pictures from when I first got working on the car. I'll start with the interior. When I first got the car the interior was in decent enough shape though it was missing some things (other things were broken) and in dire need of a thorough cleaning. The center console didn't fit properly and as a result the forward tray and kick panels weren't in place. It wasn't until the car started going hard into first gear that I discovered a questionably built short throw shifter. It had a raised pivot point but without the extended cable pivot points. The piece used to raise the main pivot was too tall for the console to sit over, hence the loose fit. So I sacrificed the short throw shifter I had built for the SL2 (also with intention of building a nicer one for the SL2) and swapped that in. With a proper shifter I was able to put a lot of things back together. Elsewhere I replaced the pieces that make up the center vents (broken and distorted from the previous owners routing of the SAFC wiring), the cigarette lighter (not sure why, I don't smoke), and the face/knobs for the climate control. Upon reassembly I re-routed the SAFC wiring for proper fit of the trim.

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                            2.(Shifter comparison; new shifter foreground.


                            3.


                            4.


                            More recently I got around to recovering things overhead. The headliner was dirty, torn, and sagging and recovering it would also give me an opportunity to some OEM map lights. I tried hunting for an actual 1G SC2 sunroof headliner to recover but ended up grafting a map light section (saved from "Daily 1") into my existing headliner. This was accomplished by feathering the edges of my graft piece into the headliner surround then cutting out the area for the map light cluster to sit in. When all was done I prepped the headliner and covered it in a charcoal padded material with spray adhesive. Feeling a little creative I had some of the contours of the headliner contrast stitched with a tan thread to match the interior.

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                            2.(My grafting piece.)


                            3.


                            With the map light cluster I had an empty spot where the sunroof toggle switch used to reside. After some debating I deemed it a good spot to mount a manual fan switch. I first created a template in cardboard to get an accurate outline and layout the holes for the switch and mounting hardware. For the final piece I dug up some scrap sheet aluminum to transfer the template onto. After test fitting things and tailoring the piece for proper fitment I prepped the plate for a few coats of a black wrinkle finish. I had to do a little trimming on the backside of the map light cluster to have clearance for my the hardware. I installed the plate with countersunk stainless steel screws. For the fan switch wiring Dad helped me pin out and tap into the wiring from beneath the under-hood fuse box. I ran the wiring up the A-pillar (secured with some painters tape) and connected it to the switch with some flag terminals. For the map lights I simply spliced into the wiring for the dome light. The switch and toggle cover are from McMastercarr.

                            1.(Cardboard.)


                            2.(Aluminum.)


                            3.(Comparison.)


                            4.(Finished product.)


                            5.(Backside.)


                            The map lights/fan switch and headliner I just recently installed. I am still in the process of finishing the sun visors so pictures of everything will come after those are installed. Other un-pictured alterations include a much nicer SAFC mount, another gauge cluster with painted needles (the trip-odometer quit on the original cluster), and a new head unit.
                            '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
                            '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
                            '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

                            The Detail Junky Build

                            "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

                            For Sale Thread (Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
                            Wanted Thread (None)

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Re: 1996 SC2: The Daily Junky (2) Build

                              Daily 2: NEMS Kancamagus Cruise Prep (09.27.10)

                              The New England Motorsport cruise is coming up this weekend (October 3rd). This is the one event I have to make this year and, with the SL2 waaay behind schedule, this will be the third year I drive the SC2. Last weekend I started by doing a thorough interior detailing which was more for myself (not like anyone is going to see it) than anything. Over the course of this week I am going to go over the paint (again). Last year I went over the whole car with Meguiars products and pads taking care of most of the paint damage. Unfortunately Black is a bitch to maintain and the winter left last years detailing with light swirling and a lot of areas to touch up (I blame unearthing the car from snow during the season). No matter how hard I try my car is always getting hit or brushed in parking lots and street parking. The other day while I was looking over the car my eye caught some spiderwebbing on the rear bumper. I had hopped it was an illusion (the car is pretty dirty) but closer inspection confirmed that somebody love tapped the rear; paint is deformed on top of the bumper (over the drivers back up lamp), there are scuff marks leading down to the lamp, and paint is blistered where the license plate got shoved inward. A little pissed as the paint on the rear is barely a year old... on top of which I have to do some touching up the pass rear quarter (over the wheel well) where somebody parked down the side of my car. When I mask everything off I'll be discluding the nose, hood/headlamp covers, roof, and the top of the trunk as these areas are getting repainted/replaced next year (mainly hail damage). I also have a BNIB 2.25" Magnaflow catalytic converter to replaced the mangled Catco unit that is under the car. The Catco unit met with a manhole cover that forced it to eventually puke up its guts. It has been long overdue for replacement. More recently the emergency brake light has made a cameo appearance and the e-brake itself has gone limp so I need to figure out what the story is there. Other than that I'll check all of the fluids and tire pressure... more soon!
                              '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
                              '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
                              '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

                              The Detail Junky Build

                              "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

                              For Sale Thread (Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
                              Wanted Thread (None)

                              Comment

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