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Old 07-20-2004, 03:13 AM   #1
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ok,i have a 89 SE that i pretty much revived,i pulled this car out of a junkyard,replaced tranny,drive axles,rotors,brakes,tie-rods,water pump,radiator,thermostat,fuel pump,rear brake re-done.god,i love this car!

and i bought a 1988 SSE that is in absolutely horrible shape for 100$ with a toast tranny ,i want to take partts of the SSE and put them on my SE?
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Leather Seats!
Rear and Front bumpers (my SE ones are beat up of years driving in maine cold)
Steering column maybe?

any of those things possible?.

I love my SE and would love to "turn" it into a SSE! ..then i could take the SSE back piece and put it on my SE!
thanks guys..
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You should be able to move almost everything over.

The body parts will be easy.
The mechanical stuff might be different.
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I know you would be able to take the stereo & seats from the SSE with no problem. As for bumpers - I have never done it before, so I can't guarantee anything, but I'm pretty sure it will work. Body parts are pretty interchangeable in different model bonnies. You'll just need to figure out how to connect the headlight washers and fog lights (if your sse bumper has those, and you want them to be functional). I believe the headlight washers are actuated by the same switch that washes the windshield. Anyways, good luck with the project! I know you will be very satisfied after you put the SSE seats in her. I was!
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The SSE'* got an engine oil cooler too (at least, the '91 does), if you wanna bring that over, if at all possible?
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the 1988 SSE im lookin at has the back rear lights still in place and in one piece


and as for the bumpers,do you unscrew the bolts near the tires,like in back of them on the outside?

i think i can get the underneath door pieces to work too!..and the power seat controllers,as the SE has a change $ thingy there instead,i just might have to run a ground and +12v wire?
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Get a Factory Service Manual. www.helminc.com

The rear bumper has 8 nuts that hold it to it'* supports, some screws by the trunk lid opening, and those screws you found by the wheels holding it on.
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..and the power seat controllers,as the SE has a change $ thingy there instead,i just might have to run a ground and +12v wire?
Yes, the power seat buttons can easily snap in place instead of your change storage thing. Pretty simple install.
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