1981 Saab 900 Manual Trans Weber Carburetor + NEW PARTS XTRA MOTOR TRANSMISSION

  • Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Saab
  • Model: 900
  • Type: Hatchback
  • Year: 1981
  • Mileage: 150,000
  • VIN: YS3AG33S4B1015718
  • Color: BEIGE?
  • Engine size: TURBO DELETED NOW CARBURETED
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: FWD
  • Interior color: BEIGE?
  • Drive side: muricah
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Options: CD Player

1981 Saab 900 overview

I have decided finally to part with (meaning I'm selling it not parting it out, it runs drives, its not a TOTAL beater, its being sold as a whole) my 1981 Saab 900. It has been a Saab story since day 1. I love her oh so much and hate her oh so much. Purchased in February of 2014. Two weeks after I adopted her (on an impulse and because I had my tax refund money burning a hole in my pocket) the motor went. So I DELVED into the CULT of SAAB, joined the Facebook groups. Found myself a 1984 Turbo on craigslist that was super duper ragged out inside (but ran beautifully however and had been in storage for some years as the current owner had spent some time in prison) to use as a parts car. I bought said parts car for $500 bucks and got into hooked to my buddies pick up with a tow rope and we drug the ol girl home (an hour drive at speeds up to 55 mph) got it there and I went to work pulling that engine and transmission. Now in the mean time I went nuts and ordered TONS of parts. I have seals, gaskets, and bushings out the wazoo. I have a brand new clutch kit, the rear main seal, new timing chain; the vast majority is all still new in the original packaging. I didn't bother resealing the donor motor; I just stuck it in to get it going again with the intention of sorting it all out and installing all the beautiful new components later. Now: enter the part about K-Jet woes. At the same time I had just acquired a 1981 Volvo 242 with K-Jet as well. Both turds gave me hell, and I wound up buying a Weber Carburetor conversion kit for the 242 to delete the K-Jet components. Well that worked so beautifully for the Volvo I began to wonder if I could slap a Weber on the Saab. I had a spare intake manifold from the donor car and GUESS WHAT! I was able to fabricate from that old manifold a creation to accommodate a Weber 32/36 OR the bigger 38/38. Since the Volvo had a 32/36 I decided to go a step more for the Saab and purchased the 38/38. I removed the old high pressure Fuel pumps and replaced them with the proper universal low pressure pumps needed for carbureted engines, tapped them into the original wiring and buckled on my new manifold with the Weber carburetor and electric automatic choke and guess what! The Saab starts right up every time now. The problem now is that the hood wouldn't shut. So of course I cut out a hole in it. Now the problem is I needed a scoop of some kind and couldn't find one cheap enough. Multiple people have suggested a bread pan I just never got around to it. I built one that works well enough for now. That's the saga of how I got it going again, the turbo components were deleted sold away on eBay to a nice Saab enthusiast who I remain to this day Facebook friends with in Florida.
So now lets get to the nitty-gritty.
Motor - good Vin of the donor vehicle (the 84 turbo sedan) is: YS3AT45S1E1032799
Transmission came from same donor shifts all forward gears and reverse, however likes to pop out of second.
Installed the newer style shift coupler and those things are expensive.
All the lights work except the headlight bezel lights as they come from a newer car and I never wired them up but the sockets are there and they are ready to go
The interior is amazingly good for a car this age
It has a Sony XPlod Head unit and 4 new speakers
The Tires were installed by Firestone and are 98% as I don't drive the car (we will get to why)
Brakes are good
Clutch is good (bought a new one(included) because if I was going to do the front seal may as well do the clutch too.
Steering is tight
Exhaust is good
Manual windows are good
AC Blower motor works (don't know about compressor, don't have it hooked up or charged, would need a new receiver drier and expansion valve to give it a go)
The body is straight but it looks that the car had a portion repainted so it's shinier on one side, I had it all waxed and pretty at one point and it looked uniform, so that's good.
I put in those fancy molded rubber floor mats
Rust on this car is minimal by my standards.
All trim on the car is intact.
Speedo tach temperature gauge all good
ALL 3 motor mounts replaced at swap time
Did an axle seal and boots on the right and ball joints on the left. Don't know why, I was just all over the place changing parts
Battery new last August (or September?)
Here is why I don't drive it. THE MAIN SEAL LEAKS! I have a brand new seal and brand new clutch kit I have almost everything to seal this car up I just have lost steam. I Have two Volvo 240s and a Mercedes 300D. Someone rescue this thing from me.
You get allllll the parts pictured, too much to list, contact me and I can email you receipts. I have the receipts for it all. You also get the old motor and transmission, the motor is shot but some Saab nut out there may rebuild it or have it rebuilt, the old transmission was GREAT all forward gears were perfect no popping out of second... the catch was reverse didn't work. We had it up on my dads lift and he was able to manually, with the side cover off the transmission move the gear into reverse and it worked. To some Saab Lunatic out there I have everything all together to make one solid and good transmission combining parts from the two of them. I'd love to do it but I just don't have the time and I don't want the thing going to the junk yard. I start it once a week, I drive around the block but you gotta keep oil in it. Someone local could actually drive it away, it runs that good, you just gotta be careful and keep the oil in it IT'S REGISTERED THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR!
I also have the original fuel distributor and all that crap, not the lines, sold them on eBay. Original lines and wiring from tank to the front are intact. The cluster was replaced in like 2011 with a new one, when they did that they had to install that weird polarity reversing relay for the fuel gauge, fuel gauge works in reverse, I have an extra cluster and an extra sender from an 84, was going to install them but didn't bother, they come with it.
Ask any questions, I'm not an @$$hole at all. I have pictures of all stages of construction on this ol thing.
I don't know the mileage, I've lost track, sold the original turbo cluster. VINs provided below if you want to pull records and try to make an educated guess:
1984 Saab 900 Turbo Sedan Donor of Motor and Transmission: YS3AT45S1E1032799
1981 Saab 900 (the car were talking about that comes with its old blown motor and forward gear functioning strong transmission PS Pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, sensors and crap):
YS3AG33S4B1015718
Clean and clear Title in MY name. I also have the key for the extra ignition switch and shifter assembly pictured somewhere in the extra parts section
I'll include the engine hoist that I used for the motor swap also, bring a pickup truck or van to load the extra motor and transmission and hoist and a driver for the Saab. If you don't want to drive it with the leaks I suggest driving down the road, pulling the fuel pump relay and calling AAA for a tow lol up to you though.
The following Dropbox link will take you to videos and a ton of photos showing lots of neat stuff:
*the nazis at ebay wont let me post the link so just message me and I'll send it to you* orGo to craigslist, search Saab 900 in Dallas, Texas and you'll find this listing with the dropbox link.
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