Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2003 18:07:45 -0300
From: Dexter J <>
Subject: Re: Saab 99 buying advice?

Salutations: wrote: > > Someone who looks an awful lot like Dexter J <> wrote: > > > Ahh - there is a nicely restored one I found the other day.. They were > > asking around $4,000(cdn) I think.. Looked great - can't find the damned > > link again though.. > > Let's see - $4000 Canadian is ...(calculates)... about 12 bucks USA'n, right? > > > If you can get a 4 speed, you are laughing.. It works very well against the > > turbo B series engine and is pretty much indestructible.. > > Yes, I'm certain it's a manual, as I've had the clutch in my own hands. > This is the pressure plate I learned that using a spark plug wire isn't > the best tool for the job, to keep it compressed. OK - you're losing me - but that's all right, it seems to happen more and more these days.. :) .. > > > The water pump > > can be a problem as can the timing chain - but if they've done the motor > > they should have addressed both and you're good for another 100,000kms.. > > OK, what do I need to know about this timing chain, then? He mentioned > that the tensioner had been "borrowed" for a different car. How big of > a hassle is that going to be? > > Dave Well normally the B series timing chain isn't nearly as much a hassle as the water pump in the block - but given that it's normally a high mileage timing chain system by now you are probably looking at replacing several sprockets to lock it down for another 100,000kms.. I can see how someone could swap in a newer 900 tensioner - but - I would be planning to pull the engine out and do the sprockets (and everything else back there too) sooner than later if they are not actually as yet done.. There are mysterious rumors whispered occasionally in darkened corners in some more obscure shops around here that it can all be done with the motor in the car with carefully placed 2x4 timber - but I think it's actually quicker overall to pull the beast out and do it on the bench.. My ISP has long since dropped the start of this thread so I don't know if you said if it had been rebuilt, restored - or not.. You were asking about the mechanical injection controller?.. It's usually pretty bullet proof too - except of course that the air mass sensor (a wire and pedel assembly if I remember correctly) will be corroded and it will be cruddy as heck (which effects it) if it hasn't been completely disassembled and soaked in thinner in the past 20,000kms.. Whatever, it's still a 30 year old machine and unless it's already been restored properly - you may well be looking at pulling out some systems and rebuilding (wearable parts are of course getting more rare).. No matter what is said about it by the owner(s) - you are going to want to really look carefully at the body shell and underside and particularly the inner fenders along the welds given it's age.. By this time most running turbo shells should be starting to see metal fatigue around the chassis.. All this said the 70's 99 Turbo really - is - the sub-sonic street fighter SAAB said it was at the time brother Dave.. It's no fuel miser - but - it's no fuel miser.. :) .. That sweet little pup short body three door looks just great if you bump up the rear springs about an inch and the turbo will take you down the tarmac faster than you need most of the time.. You will know all about handling the old series Turbo before turning off the machine - so anything more I have to say would be preaching to the choir I suppose.. Interestingly - pretty much everything in the bay and the running gear is interchangeable out to the mid 80's 900 series and for my money it's a better shell in a serious accident than the 900 series.. I hadn't heard about the remote water pump jag someone had mentioned - but that and a much bigger rad/oil cooler would be a great idea.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Holland Hucknall - T-Bone Shuffle

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