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Old 06-20-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Talking I bought a 1971 Saab 99 with T16 Swap and more...

So this past Saturday morning we (DeLorean, PaulH and myself) went over and picked up my "new" 1971 Saab 99 T16 project car. It's nearly done - just needs the engine put back into it and all hooked back up. (To put it simply) Car came with all the parts in boxes and many extra's.

Some details of the car; This is a quote about the car from the seller;

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The car began its life as a 1971 Saab 99, painted red, but has been modified just a bit. The steel gas tank was removed along with the rear suspension and has been converted to a plastic gas tank from a 1980 99 with a 900 rear axle with koni adjustable shocks. The battery has been relocated to the trunk and 900 trunk deck with carpeting fit. All rust has been repaired on the body, with completely rust free fender lips! The engine bay firewall was moved back and a 900 16vT engine fit (modified 900 engine mounts included) with a 900 radiator. The engine bay and body have been painted and are ready to go. A 1987 900T wiring harness with fuse box has been fitted to the stock location and all unused wiring removed from the harness. The front brakes have been adapted to '88 up calipers, but the front and rear hubs remain pre '87. A dual master cylinder setup has been added and stainless steel brake lines installed. The interior of the car has been fitted with gray leather seats from a 1987 spg (front and rear) along with the dash, door panels, and rear side panels. The hand brake has be converted to a hydraulic setup, but using the stock handle and ratchet. The car had been fully assembled and running with the interior, wiring and 900 16vT engine, the engine was removed to paint the engine bay and to rebuild the engine. The wheels on the car are 15x7 with Kumho tires; I will also be including 5 Shelby wheels with the Inca hexagonal center caps.

Secondly I have almost completed the rebuild of a classic Saab 900 16v Turbo engine for the car, over $400 of new parts have been purchased; gasket kits, seals, main bearings, rod bearings, rings, water pump, high flow injectors, etc.. I have pictures of the full rebuild process showing the work and parts used as I built the engine at my work, a vintage engine restoration shop (Home - Leydon Restorations. Specialists in high end vintage racing machinery.). The engine will be mated to a rebuilt 5 speed transmission from Ericson Industries with a 9000 Turbo clutch (9 inch).

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LOTS of boxes to sort through - I was also given an engine stand, manuals, books and a box of Saab VDO gauges, senders and the panels they go in. Those pictures will follow - some super rare gauges I have never seen before!

I can not wait to put this car together.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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I spoke to you about this car at Carlisle..... looks GREAT! Can't wait to hear about its roadworthyness
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wow......now THAT'S a project car.



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Very cool. Move this project to the top of the to-do list. Can't wait to see it finished. That motor is beautiful!
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That engine looks amazing. I wonder what he paid (on top of the $400 in parts) for that!

Let me know if you want to sell the eng/trans and use something else in the project!
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:30 PM   #6
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Very very nice!!

Sounds like you got some real goodies there.
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Nice to see you picked this up, I wish I could have. sounds like a really great deal.
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Wow, nice score.

You know it's a deal if Burnside jumps on it.
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Very cool. Someone had some serious time and effort in that. Mind snapping some pics of the firewall mod? Still manual rack?

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That is a great score!

That first pic though...car looks like it's got a lift kit! Must lower!

Well done!
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yeah that engine looks super nice.



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Why did the owner give up on it? thats a awesome find!
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:02 AM   #14
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It's a 10 year project... lol never put it back together so decided to sell it and cut the losses.

Yes - manual rack still there and will be staying there.

No A/C - I have plans for an under the dash hot-rod setup after it's roadworthy.

Needs a late 99 heater core so it can have heat.

Bulkhead is out of the 1980 99 Parts Car - as are the rear shock towers. Has 9000 front brakes and c900 rear brakes - still uses the stock 99 wheels Oh - and working parking brake.

More pictures to come as I get time to start sorting everything out before assembly.

Yes - it was a good deal since I bought it, and the wife told me I should and could get it
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Well, you better have this thing running Immediately! its way too cool to sit in your garage for another 10 years!
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Well, you better have this thing running Immediately! its way too cool to sit in your garage for another 10 years!
Agreed - plus I want the garage spot back for my 86' 9000

This weekend I plan to un-load the engine from my truck - and start to sift through some of the boxes.

Not sure as to how fast or soon the assembly will begin. I am in the midst of changing jobs in a few weeks - so there will be a transition period. I do plan to run the 99 as a daily driver as much as I can - as I'll have a much longer commute to West Chester from Lansdale ahead of me in about 1.5 weeks. Sooner it's up and running the better. I'll prolly drive my Sonoma and Geo on and off til I get it road worthy.
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Going back to fixing Saab's @ a dealership, this time as the #1 Tech out of a total of 3 guys it sounds like. Offer was REASONABLE - wish it was a little more b/c the benifits expense was much higher then I have now. Just means I have to make that much more money lol I am hoping it all works out well - then in a few years we'll look for a house out that way and I'll move closer.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:59 AM   #20
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Sounds like a good deal. If you are working flat rate and there is enough work it should be better money, right?
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