Hi, I am doing a conversion on a SC2 Saturn 2 door coupe, this will be a log of my progress, documented with pictures. Here is my story:
I became interested in doing a conversion in the early 90’s, but it was only a dream at the time. I was a HiLo driver for one of the big three and had plenty of time to think about it. I decided if I was giong to do it I would do it right. But time passed and I found myself retired and on a limited income about 1 & 1/2 years ago. I was plenty busythe last year and a half, I don’t know how I ever found time to go to work as busy as I have been.
But a couple of months ago a cusin who is also interested in doing a conversion and had many long talks on the subject, loaned me the video of Who Killed The Electric Car. It sparked a desire to do that long ago dreamed of progect to fruition.
I started looking on Ebay for parts and lo and behold a motor was available for sale with many other items to do a conversion. So I sent the guy and asked him a few questions about the motor and other items. Then I went online and looked up the place where he bought the items from EV of America he made his purchases back in 1997 and Bob Batsun and I talked for about 45 minutes on the parts that were for sale, he assured me that I couldn’t go wrong at that price and it would be a good buy. He was right I just got done pricing out the items new and I saved about 2000 dollars doing it that way.
The next thing I needed was a “DONER CAR” I started in the junkyards looking but they were too bad for me, I wanted something I didn’t have to work on cosmetically too much with a nice interior a easier progect than the junkyards could provide. So guess what Ebay again , I bought a car in Pensylvania with a bad transmission but it included a extra 5 speed tranny with it, it looked good on the net, it looked good in person at night in the dark. There is only so much you can look at in the dark in the mud, you get the picture. It still looked good on the ground till I got it up in the air on my hoist. well the sub frame was rotted on the drivers side by the lower control arm.
So I started looking again, there were some promising cars on the net but noone could tell me what their GVWR’s were. So I went cruising on craigslist.com and after lots of cruising I found two candidate cars. I went about 80 miles to look at one and I fell in love at first sight. But I had to be cautious and it was on concrete in the daylight in the bitter cold of Michigan. So I looked at the subframe and it looked good minimal rust, nothing a little welding won’t fix. I towed it home, it was another tranny problem. sound familiar? LOL
I got it home and tore it down took the exhaust off with a little help with the torches I was able to save it to sell. Then I took the subframe down engine trans and radaitor condenser and all, what a neat little package to do it that way the car was on the hoist and I put jack stands down under the subframe lowered the car down onto the jack stands, dropped the bolts off the subframe and raised the car off the subframe. the next things to come off was the Gas tank and gas lines. I noticed the brake lines are rusty and I am going to replace them before I get it going.
Last Friday I went in for surgery on my right wrist, I had a broken tendon and had three bones taken out. my hand is in a cast and won’t be going again for about three months, but that is ok cause I still have allot of research to do on my progect car. Please excuse my mistakes writing this as I am writing with one fat fingered hand. LOL:eek:
There will be more as I go along the road to EVness. Talk to ya soon