Classic 900, convertion from automatic to manual transmission

Is this feasible?
If so, how much work, time, cost etc do you think is involved?
Thanks, Matt

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Matt wrote:

Yes, it's pretty straightforward.

A long drunken weekend, but I suspect a (less drunk) pro would do it in the region of 8-10 hours.
You'll need the complete pedal box and gear shift assembly from the manual, as well as the manual gearbox, clutch (+hydraulics), flywheel and I'm sure various minor items I'm missing out.
The easiest thing is to have a donor, or at least have access to one nearby.
Parts prices will vary widely depending on how you source them. If you buy a donor car at 200, then that's all your parts right there (+ a new clutch if you're sensible, and a new crank seal. and CV boots).
--
Grunff


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Thanks, i've seen a low mileage classic 900 that is perfect for me in every respect apart from that fact that it has automatic transmission and I was wondering whether it would be worth pursueing.
You assured me that the work is feasible so I think i'll make some more enquiries.
Thanks Matt
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Possible, yes. Practical? Not really.

It might be easier to find the car with the right transmission and buy it. It has been done, but it's going to consume you for many months.
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Yes, has been done. Check for more info at www.saabnet.com
dick in Falls Church
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my dad has his saab 900 converted over at a saab specialist... ended up costing around $1500 or so. For that price he could have tossed the old POS in the garbage and bought a decent 900 with a manual transmission .
make life easier (and cheaper) for yourself and just buy a car with the specs you want from the get go
bastar
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enhema wrote:

It really depends - your logic is totally sound, but if I followed that logic then two of my 900s would have gone to the great 900 yard in the sky long ago. Sometimes you work on a car because you enjoy working on the car, all financial considerations aside. A bit like gardening.
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This is exactly what I am looking to do with my 900 if I get up the nerve to do it! I'm getting a donor car next week which is a 1983 C900 sedan that has a 5-spd manual transmission. My current C900 has a 3-spd auto transmission. If the donor car proves to be in better condition than I expected I might use the auto-transmission C900 to fix up the other one, but I won't know until the other C900 is delivered next week.
There is a website covering the very topic of auto-transmission manual-transmission conversion of a Saab C900 living at:
http://www.saabnet.com/sites/900conversion /
which is excellent place to start researching what's going to be involved.
I recently obtained genuine Saab workshop manuals for 1979 to 1983 C900's from a local source! They're a wealth of info and I would recommend you getting some for yourself, or instead track down the extremely rare (since it's out of print at the moment) Bentley manual for the 8-valve C900's. I've got a copy of the Bentley manual for the 16-valve C900's (1985 and later) but it's not as good as the correct manual(s).
If you were in Australia we could collaberate our efforts! 8-)
For me, the main problem is I don't have a garage, and don't have any way to remove the engine from the car. But I have friends who can help out.
Regards,
Craig.
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