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Old 02-23-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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1973 99 EMS notch

hey guys wanted to share my build of my 99.i had been looking for a small tail light notch for a few years last year i came across this a 2 owner original paint so cali. car very clean and original..the paint was thin and badly faded so that lead to the tear down and prep for paint..let me know what you think and i'll do my best to keep updating with progress (get a little hard with 4 kids my oldest daughter was out there with me on the weekends-shes autistic and eppileptic but LOVES cars) ..heres a link 1973 SAAB 99 EMS Notch pictures by saabfan9 - Photobucket
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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That's a great photo walkthrough on your car!!!! What was the last year of the small tailights?

WELL DONE with it. It looks just right!
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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Awesome. I remember the CL ads for this when it was local. Glad it went to a good home.

How'd you get it back there?
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believe I saw this over @ SaabRally .. looks great regardless
I never saw one growing up in SoCal even, esp. that clean

What are your plans for it .. upgrading drivetrain?
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:49 AM   #5
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Dude, seriously, rock on. Great job so far. I've seen a few of these rehabs on classic saabs recently and, with all the bad saab news, its fantastic to see.

x2 on plans.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:25 AM   #6
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thanks guys life has been very busy...planning on black with flat black interior and engine bay-tr6 steel wheels-radio,bumper,marker,and small trim delete-1972 metal grille and twin us lights (was a euro single light setup)
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #7
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Nice, but don't keep those super inca wheels too far away.

Stock drivetrain?
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turbo head-header-fr/rr sway bars...still working on the drivetrain...ideas?
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:14 AM   #9
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something like this (you get the idea)
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Others will have more experience here, but a 16v Turbo engine swap is probably the most common "big power" upgrade, but requires modification to the firewall. However, if you are doing paint and body work anyway...

I guess it depends on what your overall theme is. Nothing wrong with the stock drivetrain, I assume it is a 4spd? 5spd gives you obvious benefits of overdrive, but may be overkill for what you plan to use it for.

The notch's are a great platform and look really cool - have fun with it!
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looked into the 5 spd swap but starts to get pretty involved with some hard to come by parts..motor is a little revvy at 60-65 mph (3500rpm's)
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Nice, but don't keep those super inca wheels too far away.
^^^What he said about the incas. Love them.

Beauty of a car! Well done.
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And also, the no-bumper-look shown above will look even better with the small tail lights on your model.
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The 16V / 5-speed swap is pretty involved if there's any chance of the car being serviceable without tearing it all apart.

If you're going to keep it non-turbo you can bump the compression ratio a bit and see if Jack Lawrence can do a cam for you, or find a used one, that would be the ticket and not go too crazy.
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looked into the 5 spd swap but starts to get pretty involved with some hard to come by parts..motor is a little revvy at 60-65 mph (3500rpm's)
Even a later model 4spd would help. Those early 4spds were geared real low, had a '74 EMS that would break traction easily in third

edit: the more I think about it, you'd need to make a lot of the same changes to fit a later 4 spd as a 5spd

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