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Old 07-11-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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My Verona -- 1973 99LE 2-door (Verona Green)

I looked at this '73 99 near my house yesterday, advertised on Craigslist:

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/car/715094003.html

and I went back today and bought it.

The good news is the car has 91,000 original miles, and is astonishingly rust free for a MN car. The only real rust problem on the whole car is the typical door bottom rust. The rest of the body is shockingly OK.

It starts and idles (after the vacuum hose to the distributor was hooked up, the old gas was drained and some new gas put in).

I was able to drive it up and down the seller's driveway. The brakes stick after the first application. Yesterday they were still sticking, but this morning I banged the brake master with a wrench and they loosened up enough for the 100 foot test drive. Whether that's the brake master or just 24 hours for the calipers to unstick, I do not know.

The turn signal dash light sucks power even when the turn signals are not activated. You have to pull the fuse for that circuit or the battery will run down. Apparently that's a fault in the turn signal relay, which I will need to replace.

On Monday, I'm going to have it towed to my office building parking lot. The basic agenda is getting it to run and drive enough to be mobile, change all the fluids, and then wax the living daylights out of it.

I'll have to redo the brake master and calipers to have any real confidence in driving the car, but I hope I can get it mobile before doing that -- to get it in and out of the garage for some weekend wrenching.

Here are the obligatory pics -- more and better pics after I take possession on Monday:






















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Old 07-11-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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Yup. I was very sad that I could not justify picking this car up.

Its a great deal for a very solid 99!

The paint is faded as shit, but it will come to life with very little work.

About the brakes. Was the parking brake being applied? If so, stop using it as that is probably the cause of the brake issue.
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I like it, and I like the color too. What kind of things are you going to do once it's up and running well? (or is that as far as you've gotten, heh.)

I love where it says "Saab AC" lol
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looks cool, the green is excellent, very 70's. The braking issue could be trouble, as the 73's have a completely different front brake setup than the later cars. They dont have sliding yoke calipers (a good thing) and the handbrake is a set of shoes inside the front rotor, kinda like what the ng900s have in the back. Parts availability is pretty poor, though there were some remanufactured calipers on ebay recently, and Chip Lamb has parts it seems, but not at bargain basement prices... if you need brake parts, i still have the calipers/rotors/hubs from my car. I converted to the vented 900 calipers along with the later trans I installed. I've also got DJet components that are known good that I'm not using anymore if you need them.

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Old 07-11-2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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I love it.. That is my favorite color combo. Mine is alabaster yellow. Yuck. Just needs a 16v and a 4speed.
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2.0 GOOSE 500whp + 8500rpm = 11.06 @125 E85
Viggen 439whp / 447tq 12.43 @114 on Gt2871.64, (Now 511whp Gt3076)
Nordic E85 9-3 SS Aero 320hp / 350ftlbs
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Yup. I was very sad that I could not justify picking this car up.

Its a great deal for a very solid 99!

The paint is faded as shit, but it will come to life with very little work.

About the brakes. Was the parking brake being applied? If so, stop using it as that is probably the cause of the brake issue.
Yeah, for $650 I cannot complain. It's not a Paul and Jeff deal, but it's still a deal.

Yes, the parking brake was applied. But if the parking brake was sticking, why would the brakes loosen up and then stick after pressing the pedal for the first time? If it was the e-brake, wouldn't it just be stuck without this on-again, off-again stuff?
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lif you need brake parts, i still have the calipers/rotors/hubs from my car. I converted to the vented 900 calipers along with the later trans I installed. I've also got DJet components that are known good that I'm not using anymore if you need them.

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Just don't ask for the wastegate actuator. It is currently living in my toolbox, that mean thing....

Nice, nice score. That green is clearly Saab's answer to avocado '70s appliances.
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Sweet car!
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I like it, and I like the color too. What kind of things are you going to do once it's up and running well? (or is that as far as you've gotten, heh.)
Short-term I just want to get it running and driving and enjoy it.

Long term - 16vT conversion perhaps. I have a couple of other projects lined up on the runway in front of it.

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I love where it says "Saab AC" lol
Yeah, that's cute. I wonder if it's worth trying to get the AC to work again. Probably not.
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looks cool, the green is excellent, very 70's. The braking issue could be trouble, as the 73's have a completely different front brake setup than the later cars. They dont have sliding yoke calipers (a good thing) and the handbrake is a set of shoes inside the front rotor, kinda like what the ng900s have in the back. Parts availability is pretty poor, though there were some remanufactured calipers on ebay recently, and Chip Lamb has parts it seems, but not at bargain basement prices... if you need brake parts, i still have the calipers/rotors/hubs from my car. I converted to the vented 900 calipers along with the later trans I installed. I've also got DJet components that are known good that I'm not using anymore if you need them.

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I appreciate the offer, and I'm sure I will be chatting with you about various DJet weirdness.

Supposedly the DJet cars are zippier than the later 99s. It'll be fun to see if that checks out.
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I want at that paint, bad.
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I saw the post on Turbo!, Greg. Looks like a great project!

I love that color.
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I appreciate the offer, and I'm sure I will be chatting with you about various DJet weirdness.

Supposedly the DJet cars are zippier than the later 99s. It'll be fun to see if that checks out.
With the automatic trans I don't think you'll truely know how zippy it could be!

If you decide you don't want it in the near future I'll take it off your hands.

Like I said, I was disappointed that I could not pick it up, but with the pending Lemons car project I didn't think I needed to have yet another car on my property

This is the car I bought those Inca wheels for...sad.
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fix the battery tray grounds now rather than when the D-jet stops working Looks like a nice find. Does it have power steering? Some of the 99-automatics had it, none of the manual trans cars got it.

I say step 1 would be to ditch the auto. a non turbo + automatic takes any measure of driving fun away from the car... a 4 speed is a great choice for non turbo 99's
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i love how the clock is bigger than the speedometer
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Supposedly the DJet cars are zippier than the later 99s. It'll be fun to see if that checks out.
It seems that they are, its a real good system when it works, and when its not leaking fuel. The pre-74(or 75, not sure) cars apparently came with a hotter cam due to the lack of federal emissions requirements at the time, makes them have some interesting top end kick when theyre running right. I'd invest in a few feet of good high quality fuel injection rated hose ASAP if I were you, since leaking gas is never a good thing. Like has been said, removal and replacement of the autotragic should really be first priority, I cant even imagine how slow that car is gonna feel.

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Like has been said, removal and replacement of the autotragic should really be first priority, I cant even imagine how slow that car is gonna feel.
My first Saab was a '75 99LE hatch, with an automatic. I cut my Saab teeth on this drivetrain.

Yes it was slow. But of all the cars I owned I got more speeding tickets in that Saab than any other.

But 4000 rpm at 75-80 mph FTL. Definitely a manual conversion is in order down the line. Probably not this summer, though.
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Plus that manual conversion turns this from a $650 car into a $2500 car in a heartbeat (or a few weeks depending on where you take it).

Kinda the crappy thing about it
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JK and I went to look at this car together some time ago.

I was quite tempted. However, ever I realized I wanted a vert for my "fun" project car.

I am glad it stayed in the Saab community. GA has much more experience w/ 99's than I.

I look forward to seeing her come along!
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nice pick up .
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