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Old 07-17-2019, 09:08 PM   #1
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Glacier Blue 9-5 Aero Wagon Project

The story is: My girlfriend has enjoyed driving my wagon over the past 2 years claiming that it "wants to be driven fast". Given that we each have a big dog, the wagon works out great. We tossed around the idea that we would get her a wagon one day. She saw the Glacier Blue color on the internet and decided that was the color she wanted. I kind of laughed it off as I knew the color was super rare. As fate would have it, one popped up a few months later in Monterey, CA. I made it work out as part of a trip to move my brother from Ventura, CA to Nashville, TN. (I am currently spending the summer in Boulder, CO). We packed up the wagon and my SUV and loaded everything east. It all worked out pretty well.

I knew the color combination on a aero wagon was rare, but it turns out that this car is 1 of 13 Aero wagons. 10 were automatic, 3 were manual. That being said, the car needs a lot of love. It was a deceptive California car that started its life in Massachusetts. I knew about the dog leg rust that was on it, but of course there's more where that came from. The seller told me that the incorrect hood was on it because he lost his temper on the original one. Which he did, but only after he had a little run in with a deer. (the part I didn't know about until I drove 1200 miles). The radiator support is kind of kinked up and the condenser, radiator, and rad fan are likely going to need replacement. The Aero bumper is missing the bottom lip and is cracked from the deer incident. It will need replacing.

At 193k on the motor, I knew that I was getting into a project regardless of the body work.

However, I have no regrets. I love the car and so does Anna. It may take a couple of years, but we'll bring it back to it's former glory.
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Some pictures:

An epic California sunset right after I loaded it up:















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I love the color

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Very nice score! I'm sure it will clean up well.
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Got a lot accomplished on the wagon in the past couple of weeks. Finished up the rust repair on the dog legs and driver door that had been started when I got the car, cleaned up the scratches / damage on the rear bumper, buffed head lights out, charged up the AC and did a new fan speed controller. I also did a new radiator, and new (used) radiator fan and condenser to replace all the stuff that was cracked up front from the impact. We picked up a hitch and installed for the bike rack. Other new stuff includes EGR valve, MAF, and Bluetooth stereo and dashkit.













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Anna flew into Colorado and we took the wagon to Saab Owner's Convention in Loveland. Had a blast meeting everyone, but I'll admit I was embarrassed parking this car next to other 9-5's with the hood in the condition that it was in.



After SOC, we made the 1,200 drive home. Luckily we had no issues. I'm pretty pleased with the car so far.



Dropped the hood off for paint. Can't wait for the results.



The two wagons together

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Nice pickup! That's a great color on the 9-5
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Nice looking wagon. Did you do some body work on the hood before sending it off for paint? How did you go about the rust repair on the dog legs? Do you rattle can them?
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