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Old 11th July 2018
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Looks great! moving right along. Life is busy with a toddler, car rebuild, and kitchen remodel!!
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Engine is in, went to fill with fluids and the brand new water pump and seal (halves) did not take, it is a waterfall. Couldn't believe it. Car is going to have to sit for a while.


This started happening.
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Engine is in, went to fill with fluids and the brand new water pump and seal (halves) did not take, it is a waterfall. Couldn't believe it. Car is going to have to sit for a while.

Possibly the block pipe o-rings? They're notorious for pinching. I now test fill the system to check for leaks before I button up the PS, cobra etc. Had a pinched o-ring set me back half a day.
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Possibly the block pipe o-rings? They're notorious for pinching. I now test fill the system to check for leaks before I button up the PS, cobra etc. Had a pinched o-ring set me back half a day.
It was coming out right where the halves join.
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I've been gone for a minute but I'm back now.

So the 1999 wagon had to go, rust was too much, clutch was toast, just not worth fixing it, as much as I wanted to. I was sad to do this.



So I found a 2000 9-5 Aero Manual wagon with 67k miles, no engine/no trans, hadn't seen the road in 6-7 years, it was in North Carolina. So I drove 1700 miles in 2 days to tow it home.



This is exactly the color combo, year, style I wanted, believe it or not, this was weirdly a dream car for me. I wanted a no rust rolling shell so I could build it EXACTLY how I wanted.

First things first. Tear down the new engine




Randomness inbetween like cleaning/prepping
Clean out the back, test wheels




Remove everything and clean



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Assemble the engine



Mess with the suspension




Bolt the interior together with fun






Put the engine in


Tune it


Restore things

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Polish it




Drive it




Take the daughter for ice cream




This started in March, I just officially registered the vehicle for the Road Saturday and have a few hundred miles on it already.

2000 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon Manual
67,700 miles
Black and tan
02+ Aero vented seats
06 engine with pcv intact
king cobra with T5 cams
New head gasket and timing chain
B08 manual transmission
All sorts of updates I can't remember but I got rid of alot failure points
New bushings everywhere (subframes, rose/lateral, trailing arm, LCAs...all rubber because I'm old)
Auto level suspension in the rear
Roll out floor.
02+ exterior mirrors with auto dimming
Custom stereo setup
Projector retrofit
LEDed interior EVERYWHERE
04+ 300mm vented rear brakes

So much more that I have done and lost track of.

This car is exactly how I want it, I eliminated the weak points or as many as I could. A/c works, it cruises great, ride is nice, it goes when I want it to. Its the perfect daily.

Things left to install is the Wagon spoiler, my grille I made, and some window tint.


As for my 04+ Sedan, I got it running and did the first oil change after startup but the brand new thermostat wouldn't open, a hose burst and I was sick of it for a while, so I parked it and let the project sit. I am going to get back to it here in the next few weeks now that my daily driver is sorted.
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Wow, great update. It is awesome to see your "touch" like on the headliner. Very nice daily driver!
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I concurr, very nice!

The valve cover looks great! Now paint the rest of the car that color!

I'll take myself to icecream when I finish mine 😂
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Got some groceries


It got wet:





Then it got dry:





Returning soon....the Sedan
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That is the way to do it Drunkie!

Brilliant work!
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Love your attention to detail and finish!

And man how I envy a rust-free bodyshell... and those 02+ vented aero seats
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First time I've been through this thread. Most excellent.

One thing I did want to say...

#yellowfogsFTW!

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Thanks guys!

I just picked up some new wheels for Summer sessions (the current wheels will become Winter wheels) and dropped them off for powder coating; Color: BMW Silver

HINT on the wheels: OEM and period correct to the car.

Will begin dusting off the Sedan here soon. Hope to have that on the road by July 8th/9th to start the break-in procedures.
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