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  • PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

    Bought from Liam (liamrh) on Monday for $800

    Currently deciding between fixing & flipping, or working the car over to use for my business (fix it up, put vinyls on it, etc).

    Car (as purchased)
    1997 Saturn SW2

    -just over 190k miles on body
    -manual trans
    -manual windows
    -manual locks
    -ABS/Traction Control
    -semi-rebuilt DOHC
    -H&R Race springs
    -ST Struts
    -fidanza flywheel
    -ACT organic street clutch
    -AEM cold air intake (ebay ripoff)
    -kumho ecsta asx's on front (almost new), snow tires on rear (very worn)
    -glow gauges
    -reworked exhaust (obx stainless header, no cat, large resonator, stock piping, aftermarket muffler)

    Pics as purchased








    More pics
    SaturnSeries.net Owner
    '99 SC2 Project Car build thread

  • #2
    Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

    Nice find

    Needs some TLC, but at least you've got some decent stuff on the car already.
    Say what you mean and mean what you say.
    Talk is Cheap, Actions speak LOUDER than Words.
    I don't look for Street Races, they find Me !
    Keep it Real !

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    • #3
      Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

      Originally posted by blue00sl2
      Nice find

      Needs some TLC, but at least you've got some decent stuff on the car already.
      Some of which will come off the car & go on my coupe.

      http://www.sixthsphere.com/smf/index.php?topic=29376.0
      SaturnSeries.net Owner
      '99 SC2 Project Car build thread

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      • #4
        Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

        Odds & ends I got with the car, as Liam got rid of all his extra stuff so he wouldn't have to move it.

        Stock Parts
        smooth idler pulley
        91-99 tie plate
        aluminum intake manifold (bare)
        2 headlight bulbs
        5 cluster bulbs
        used clutch, pressure plate, & flywheel
        set of main caps & bolts
        used crank
        throttlebody
        swaybar endlinks (used, threw away)
        used crank
        wheelwell shrouds
        stock rear swaybar
        oem downpipe for header
        stock intake
        battery strap
        emergency jack
        ac compressor & pulley end bracket
        aluminum intake manifold with fuel rail, throttlebody, MAP, PCV, vac lines
        5-bolt cast exhaust manifold
        serpentine belt tensioner
        intake manifold wiring harness (threw away)
        plastic valve cover (5-bolt head)
        set of used pistons & rods
        used timing set (threw away/recycled)
        oil change pan
        new? Fuel filter
        oil pan
        timing chain cover
        oil pressure sender
        flat faced valves
        valve springs
        valve keepers
        cam caps & bolts
        lifters
        91-92 header (coated)
        welded differential (needs bearing)
        front knuckles
        egr blockoff plate
        4 sawtooth wheels (so-so clearcoat, no curbing)

        Wheels & Tires
        2 steelie wheels (15”) with studded snow tires
        2 studded snow tires (unmounted)
        2 oem hubcaps

        Aftermarket
        “Timex” brand electric oil pressure gauge
        Autometer pro-comp ultralite AFR gauge
        strut bar (no ends)
        cherry bomb glasspack (unused, 35” end ot end, ~30” body, 3” in/out)
        swaybar brackets (aftermarket)
        aluminum 90 degree elbow & connector
        alt underdrive pulley
        2g vent gauge holder
        pyle flip-out screen OLR7N
        american racing center cap
        silicone reducer
        kats block heater

        Tools
        13mm craftsman shallow socket
        '97 powertrain controls field service manual
        s-series haynes manual
        generic 7, 9, 11, 12mm sockets
        funnel
        piers (rusty, threw away)
        engine stand
        2 funnels
        bore gauges

        Various
        2 small hose clamps
        aluminum mug (threw away)
        sony diskman
        box of hefty trash bags
        muffler clamps
        roll of strap steel
        accordion rubber tube (threw away)
        sony li-ion laptop battery (recycled)
        SaturnSeries.net Owner
        '99 SC2 Project Car build thread

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        • #5
          Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

          keeper. cleaned up, & some tint, imo.
          it'll be nice.



          ...to say,
          hey honey,
          I'm taking
          the wagon.
          current build: 95 wagon, completed build: 95 sc1 to DOHC

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          • #6
            Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

            My current estimates of what it'll cost me to get it set up like I want it are in the $1,000-1,500 range, which puts it just borderline on whether I think it's worth it.
            SaturnSeries.net Owner
            '99 SC2 Project Car build thread

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            • #7
              Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

              on two of my cars ive taken teh carpet out, hung it on a pole or something, and shampoo'd and powerwashed the hell outta it. Comes out looking REAaaall nice. Good luck with it. Chassis in good shape? no rust holes etc.

              -RuD
              TOY: 95 SW1 Turbo 5 spd DOHC swapped - Sold.
              DD: 04 ION Redline (stock)

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              • #8
                Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

                Originally posted by sw2low
                on two of my cars ive taken teh carpet out, hung it on a pole or something, and shampoo'd and powerwashed the hell outta it. Comes out looking REAaaall nice. Good luck with it. Chassis in good shape? no rust holes etc.

                -RuD
                Chassis is great as far as I've seen (haven't crawled under it, but I have the carpet out, and have seen nothing on the car aside from a couple very very minor surface rust spots).

                Already took the carpet to the local carwash & powerwashed it for quite a while with soap then rinse. Still plenty of stains, but it is better. If I keep it, the carpet will be replaced (~$10 at the u-pull-it, so why wouldn't I?)

                I've started scrubbing down various trim pieces. The dash will have to be replaced if i keep it, as it has a gash in it. The dash top is being a pain - cleaning it just seems to reveal either dirt or sun damage in the grain. I've scrubbed it hard with various cleaners at least a half dozen times. Another part that should be cheap enough at the u-pull-it whenever I can get there.

                The front end has a grinding noise that Liam attributed to the brakes, but I had my doubts since it didn't change much if at all when braking. Swapped some known good brakes off my sc2, and sure enough, it still sounds pretty bad. Suspect the front pass wheel bearing. The car already needs an alignment, so I'm probably just going to pick up a pair of knuckles with known good bearings from Hein at the next meet in a couple weeks.

                I washed the car, and the paint doesn't have a lot of deep gouges, but has a TON of scuffs, swirls, etc in it. The hood also has a ton of rock chips. If I keep the car, I may look into what it would cost to have the hood repainted, as well as have the bumper covers touched up where they've been tapped & the paint damaged. The rest of the paint may be able to look pretty decent with a LOT of time with clay & polish. We'll see. Not going for showcar paint, but I'd like it to look a lot better than it does if I'm going to throw my biz logo on it and such.

                While I was powerwashing, I hosed off the engine. I need to drive the car a little to get some oil to come out wherever it's leaking. At that point, I'll yank the engine/trans out, fix the leak, swipe the lw flywheel & act organic clutch, throw a standard flywheel & cheap new clutch I have in it, and put the drivetrain in the SL2 I have sitting out front. Fix a couple minor issues with it, drive it a bit to make sure everything's happy, then sell the SL2. Then, that money will be used for a total engine rebuild for the wagon, which I'll then either sell or finish fixing up for my biz.

                Right now, I'm leaning toward keeping it, especially after the effort going to into scrubbing the trim & everything down to make it look all purdy.
                SaturnSeries.net Owner
                '99 SC2 Project Car build thread

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                • #9
                  Re: PurdueGuy's '97 SW2 "Green Dwagon"

                  Looks clean. gl with it.
                  -Kyle

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