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Old 06-01-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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Bremund's Viggen Project

I've bought a 2000 Viggen Convertible that is a repairable write off. When I first had a look at it I decided it was too good not to be fixed, so the plan is to get it back on the road.

Once it's back on the road it's pretty much sorted as the previous owner had a fair bit of Abbott stuff put onto it (ECU, sway bars, braces, etc), as well as Viggen Rescue Kit, Koni adjustable suspension, and big brake kit.

Here is the condition I got it in.







more pics in this thread https://www.saablink.net/forum/showthread.php?t=39514
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So I've pulled off most (if not all) the damaged bits/parts.

Turns out the intercooler was slightly twisted took it to have it looked at and the guy says that the twist doesn't matter because it hasn't cracked I'm thinking I'll make do with the current intercooler and after it's back on the road look an after market one.

Only damage to the non-removable part of the car is on the right hand side (drivers side - Australian car), and it's apparently an easy fix. You should be able to see the damage below.

Here are a few pics of how it's looking at the moment.





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nice work. the wastegate looks brand new. are the impact bar holders steady and untouched? when will the fenders be done?


is it bad to not have this pipe above the wheel?
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nice work. the wastegate looks brand new. are the impact bar holders steady and untouched? when will the fenders be done?
A lot of the car is imaculate, my guess is that the car lived in a garage.

Impact bar holder on the LHD side is fine, RHD is slightly bent. Old fenders are going in the bin, too badly damaged to be repaired.

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is it bad to not have this pipe above the wheel?
That is apparently the standard location for that pipe, pull the fender off any viggen and you'll see it.
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i know. i removed mine because the material of whatever it is made from, was chipping of and was about to fall apart from the box.
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Whoops, miss read the question

I've got no idea what the pipe is used for. From memory it was for the air intake?

I'd say that it's there so that the suction point is high, because if it's close to the ground it may suck up too much crap. Probably not too bad going without it.
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Yeah, it's part of the stock air intake. I just left it in there when I switched to the GS open air.

The rest of the car looks pretty good! Doesn't seem like an insane amount of work.

Any pics of the condition of the interior?

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So the guy from the panel shop came round and had a look at the car. Then said it'd cost about $2,500 (~$2,000 US) to fix and paint, but he wants a drive once it's on the road!

There are a few parts he mentioned I needed. Going to chase them up and once they are in hand it'll go in for the repair.

Then there's the task of putting it back together.
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Oh and conveniently the Saab indy I use had a few problems with the computers in the workshop. So I headed round to find the computer they plug the Tech II into was stuffed (blue screens, dll errors, etc), and they couldn't complete a few jobs.

So I installed Windows, then setup all the Saab Software (EPC, WIS, etc). When he asked about payment I told him about the project. So once I've got it back together it'll be getting a service and a good going over (without the tax man taking his share!!)
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Congrats on a good find.

It looks like an easy fix but not as easy as mine was

All I had to do with mine was to drill out that radiator support and weld another one in, replace the radiator, healights and hood. No frame damage what so ever. It took 2 days of work then the painting stuff yours sould take about 4 days

Did you get it with a clear title or was it salvage?
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What stage ECU? It has a stock dp and airbox still... just wondering.
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Any pics of the condition of the interior?
I'll grab some pics of the interior on the weekend.

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It took 2 days of work then the painting stuff yours sould take about 4 days
Yeah, I've spent a bit over a day pulling it apart. I'm guessing 2 or 3 to get it back together.

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Did you get it with a clear title or was it salvage?
Salvage

Did you put a new radiator support in? I just got a price off Saab Australia, they said it's a $940 (US $760) part. The guy at the panel shop said there is no harm in putting a used one in.

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What stage ECU? It has a stock dp and airbox still... just wondering.
It's Stage 1.
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No, I bought a used one for $250 (I know, it's too much but I needed to put the car back together fast)and drilled out the spot welds then fit it to the car. Use a spot weld drill bit.

Mine has a rebuilt salvage title as well.

You can use a radiator support from 1994-2002

Be careful, I noticed that the radiator fan assembly is not the same for the Viggen and the NG900. I imagine yours is cracked like mine was.

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Mine has a rebuilt salvage title as well.
Nothing wrong with salvage, especially when an enthusiast has rebuilt the car. Often will be a better repair than a smaller accident. Also if this happen when the car was 1 year old it wouldn't of been salvage.

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You can use a radiator support from 1994-2002

Be careful, I noticed that the radiator fan assembly is not the same for the Viggen and the NG900. I imagine yours is cracked like mine was.
Yeah, putting a new radiator and fan assembly in. You may of noticed the 900 in the background? It's a 1994 900S that is going to be the donor of most parts. I've spent a bit of time running through the needed parts and putting them into the Saab EPC checking what's the same and what's different.

One dilemma is the headlights. Computer says that the headlights are different, however at the Saab indy we parked a Viggen and a 1996 900 next to each other and couldn't see the difference. I'm thinking I'll put the 900S headlights on and if they are wrong I'll change them.

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No, I bought a used one for $250 (I know, it's too much but I needed to put the car back together fast)and drilled out the spot welds then fit it to the car. Use a spot weld drill bit.
The panel guy said it'd be max $200 in labour to remove the radiator support panel from my 1994 900S, I'm thinking I'll leave that up to him. He's thinking of also putting the chassi rails from the 900 on the Viggen, but that depending on the result of the robort/jig measuring device.
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Nothing wrong with salvage, especially when an enthusiast has rebuilt the car. Often will be a better repair than a smaller accident. Also if this happen when the car was 1 year old it wouldn't of been salvage.



Yeah, putting a new radiator and fan assembly in. You may of noticed the 900 in the background? It's a 1994 900S that is going to be the donor of most parts. I've spent a bit of time running through the needed parts and putting them into the Saab EPC checking what's the same and what's different.

One dilemma is the headlights. Computer says that the headlights are different, however at the Saab indy we parked a Viggen and a 1996 900 next to each other and couldn't see the difference. I'm thinking I'll put the 900S headlights on and if they are wrong I'll change them.



The panel guy said it'd be max $200 in labour to remove the radiator support panel from my 1994 900S, I'm thinking I'll leave that up to him. He's thinking of also putting the chassi rails from the 900 on the Viggen, but that depending on the result of the robort/jig measuring device.
Haha the headlights are the same. It's just that they use a different type of gasket the NG900 had the foam type gasket while the newer 9-3 and Viggen used the rubber gaskets. The fit will be perfect don't worry

The same goes for the corner lights. The foam gaskets are replaced with rubber on the newer model. Nothing serious

Mine wasn't that damaged actually, the frame had absolutely no damage what so ever but the radiator support was bent and thus replaced. The headlights, grille, hood, radiator, radiator fan, ACV condenser as well as the drier and corner lights needed to be replaced.
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Nothing wrong with salvage, especially when an enthusiast has rebuilt the car. Often will be a better repair than a smaller accident. Also if this happen when the car was 1 year old it wouldn't of been salvage.



Yeah, putting a new radiator and fan assembly in. You may of noticed the 900 in the background? It's a 1994 900S that is going to be the donor of most parts. I've spent a bit of time running through the needed parts and putting them into the Saab EPC checking what's the same and what's different.

One dilemma is the headlights. Computer says that the headlights are different, however at the Saab indy we parked a Viggen and a 1996 900 next to each other and couldn't see the difference. I'm thinking I'll put the 900S headlights on and if they are wrong I'll change them.



The panel guy said it'd be max $200 in labour to remove the radiator support panel from my 1994 900S, I'm thinking I'll leave that up to him. He's thinking of also putting the chassi rails from the 900 on the Viggen, but that depending on the result of the robort/jig measuring device.
Haha the headlights are the same. It's just that they use a different type of gasket the NG900 had the foam type gasket while the newer 9-3 and Viggen used the rubber gaskets. The fit will be perfect don't worry

The same goes for the corner lights. The foam gaskets are replaced with rubber on the newer model. Nothing serious

Mine wasn't that damaged actually, the frame had absolutely no damage what so ever but the radiator support was bent and thus replaced. The headlights, grille, hood, radiator, radiator fan, ACV condenser as well as the drier and corner lights needed to be replaced.


You can remove the radiator support your self in 20 minutes using this special drill bit.

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....re&dir=catalog

There are 16 spot welds to drill out

To remove the chassis bumper support rails you need a grinder to cut through 3 welds on each and just pull them out using a hammer gently to pry them out.
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Today it went off to the panel shop to get the couple of panels fixed and painted.

This is how it looked just before going.





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Old 09-22-2009, 06:00 PM   #19
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far out. how much did this cost you? I wouldnt mind getting a wrecked viggen to take parts off lol
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