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    Got this today. Half off at pick and pull.
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    Decided to go with a little more HP and picked this up on Saturday. Saab B207L I'll keep the L61 as a spare as all the Turbo parts will swap over.
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    I have a "large" turbo for the Saab if interested. Great price. It is just sitting in the cabinet. I will never use it because I am supercharged. Nice piece for a spare.
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    It's been a while but some progress this weekend after my transmission arrived.
    All bolted up, only issue is the Solstice Bellhousing used M12 bolts and the Colorado Trans M10, I am looking at shoulder bolts or Aluminium sleeves, there are two dowels that align the trans to the bellhousing so I don't think this is too big deal. I will need some sort of pilot bearing, hopefully the Colorado one fits the SAAB crank.

    Right side Solstice engine mount bolts up good.

    Left side has one of the three holes missing so I'll make a plate to pick up the other open hole as the mount looks like it will line up ok to a piece of angle that is an easy addition to the cross member



    It took a bit of cutting to clear all the bits at the back of the head and the oil cooler.


    It does fit!
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    Looking forward to more progress photos.......
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    Just a heads up, i had to mechine the input shaft shoulder back a lil on my ar5 to keep it from hitting the pilot bearing and crank, just check your clearence
    83 chevy s10, l61 swap,colorado trans swap, full exhaust, cai, bagged and bodydropped,kyb monotube shocks, 4 wheel disc brakes, 4 link, zq8 sway bars front and rear,poly bushing through whole chassie

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    I test fitted it today with the Colorado pilot bearing and I see what you mean.


    Some progress on the left side mount, plate is done, the top two bolts and the bottom right are into the block the bottom right bolts the plate to the mount as the Saab block is missing that casting.

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    After talking to some people I may be better to use a spacer between the block and trans so I can easily replace the trans if needed.
    Does anyone know of anyone making/selling a spacer for the ecotec block?

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    I wasent able to find a spacer with the tool i built it take 5min to shave the shaft back , really easy. Also i beat the living shit out of gear boxes and killed the mighty t5 i used to run but the ar5 is proving to be a very well built trans
    83 chevy s10, l61 swap,colorado trans swap, full exhaust, cai, bagged and bodydropped,kyb monotube shocks, 4 wheel disc brakes, 4 link, zq8 sway bars front and rear,poly bushing through whole chassie

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    http://www.s10forum.com/forum/f105/t...96/index2.html
    old link but page 2 very bottom you can see what i did, hope this helps
    83 chevy s10, l61 swap,colorado trans swap, full exhaust, cai, bagged and bodydropped,kyb monotube shocks, 4 wheel disc brakes, 4 link, zq8 sway bars front and rear,poly bushing through whole chassie

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    I would make or buy a spacer to add between the trans and engine if I was doing this.

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    http://www.s10forum.com/forum/f105/t...96/index2.html
    old link but page 2 very bottom you can see what i did, hope this helps
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    Some real good info there thanks for the link, I was wondering about the throwout bearing, I have one that came with the Colorado trans and one from a solstice. I think I will do what you did and run the entire solstice system.

    I can't really tell from the pictures but did your trans end up slightly rotated? I had mine together and in place today and when the engine is level the trans is rotated, to level the trans based on the mount the engine is on a lean.

    Also found that the stock Solstice clutch plate fits the Saab flywheel fine but not the pressure plate as the SAAB flywheel doesn't have as deeper recess as the solstice. So I need to find a Saab pressure plate.

    <Edit> I found this Solstice master cylinder on ebay, is it correct? Is there a separate tank for fluid? http://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-SKY-...9fc0cf&vxp=mtr
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