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Greetings, trying to keep the forums alive. Seems like everyone is migrating over to FB Groups.

(for those who are interested, here is my youtube channel. I try to document everything done to this car) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDxRI82DI5xrL5yKQSxZBog

I recently sold my dream Saab - The Viggen due to moving out of state and couldn't justify taking it with me (long story). The Viggen was my 4th and favorite Saab and I was sad to see it go.

So when I moved, I was on the search for another. I posted on the local Saab FB group with 2 conditions - It had to be manual and under $1,500. I got a few responses. One of them caught my eyes (mainly because it was $850 :LOL:). The owner worked with me down to $700 and it was a deal!

This is my 2004 9-5 Arc. It was sitting for a bit because the previous owner bought a new car and has not been used. It runs and drives remarkably well. Still a mystery to me why the owner let it go for so cheap. Maybe one day I will find out (hopefully I don't haha). It has zero rust, not even a speck! This is new to me because I am from the rust belt. It was weird to see an old car without rust!
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Has 165k miles on the clock
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It is indeed a manual :p
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The first thing to do was to give it a good exterior wash. Body panels are in excellent shape, I could see no dings or dents, just a few scratches in the common places.
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Next on the list is a good interior detail. It needs it badly haha.

I am also documenting the progress on my YT channel.
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I fished out a few more goodies from the parts car today.

These cool B-pillars with mesh pockets!
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fun fact: They took out this reinforcements on the 2004 models. Cost cut by GM probably.
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Much better :)
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And the homelink mirror!
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During: I tapped into the sunroof motor harness for the ground and switched power (red/blue) wire. Just connecting these gave most of the functions. I think I'm missing the function where the auto-dim stops when in reverse but I can live without it.
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So the accountant talked the lawyer into telling the engineer about the pillar re-enforcement delete and the Swedish engineer says..."it's okay, I'm not planning on buying one of your cars for my family anyway".
 

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Made some small progress on the Sharktooth today. Having a 4 year old and a 1 year old, I don't find much time to work on it but...you eat an elaphant one bite at a time, am I right? haha...

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In addition to the hot staples on the back side, I filled in the cracks between the upper grill and the rest of the bumper with this product. This stuff just works, cures to a solid but flexible bond.
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Still got a lot of sanding to do. But after I wrap up with the sanding, I am moving onto plastic body filler.
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Also bought an orbital sander from wish.com. Believe it or not it's actually pretty good. Even if it lasts for just this job, I think it's worth the $20 bucks.
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Recently got a tune from Saabtunerscott. I told him I have a stock 9-5 Arc and he gave actually gave me the stage 2 tune since the Arcs have the same engine and turbo as the Aeros (except for a few things). This is the numbers that the ECU calls for. 282hp and 316 lb. tq. (430 nm).
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Super easy to install. After sending him the VIN and Immobilizer code, he sent me the stage 2 ECU (no need to send your ECU) via mail. Then all I needed to do was swap the ECU!
Location of the ECU:
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After putting in the ECU, I actually realized that I had a boost leak (there wasn't much difference with the new ECU in the car so I knew something was wrong).
Sure enough, I had a bad check valve at the 1 location below.
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I made the update to the system so that it is the same as the face-lift 9-5s by eliminating the red hose in the above picture. This is a common thing to do for those of us still on the old system.
Doing this, you only need 1 check valve. I replaced the plastic one at the 2 location with this aluminum one, and also replaced the lines.
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Much better!
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The tune completely woke up the car and it now spins tires on 2nd gear during a roll which has never occured before. Time for new tires soon!


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That seems pretty aggressive for completely stock hardware (Aero or arc has hardware is the same, as you said). Be careful with EGTs and internal temps.
 

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I finally had some time to finish up the Sharktooth bumper!!

I started by JBWelding all the cracked portions
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Then onto some plastic body filler
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3 coats of primer
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There were some spots left to fill in so I used this:
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Then onto 3 layers of base coat.
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It didn't come out all that great since I didn't have a proper paint gun, but I wasn't expecting perfection so I pushed on lol

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This was my first time doing body work and it was very difficult so I have a new appreciation for body shop technicians. It looks pretty decent from 10 feet but leaves a lot to be desired up close.
But I will wear it proudly since it was my own work from start to finish!


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That looks great!. The difference in expertise required to look good at 10ft and up close is immense. Having a proper paint booth is one of the major other factors though.
Thanks! Yea it's all in the pain-staking little details, and definitely experience! It was a fun learning project with not much at stake since I started with a pretty pathetic junk sharktooth. I will continue to search for used sharktooths locally haha
 
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