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I bought a 1972 99 late last year and had it shipped to me over the winter.
Ultimately, I will get a 2.1L / 5sp swapped into it, but here's where it starts and I will add updates (and pictures) as I have them.

The car has been at a local shop for the last couple of months because I needed to get the gas tank refurbished and had to wait while the only shop in the region that could do the work could get it done (and then re-done because there was a pin hole that was missed the first time), but I should have it at least drivable within the week.

On the immediate agenda:
- complete fluid replacement (brake, oil, transmission).
- brake job (rotors, caliper rebuild, pads, lines)
- replacement of all of the bushings.
- replacement of the ball joints
- rewire of the electrical
- replacement of the dash and gauges to the right one (someone, in its history swapped in the dash from a 1970)

What I will get done before summer of 2018
- replacement of suspension, brakes, spindles, rear axle, springs
- repaint

What I want to get done before summer, but depends on the availability of the regional SAAB specialist is the engine/trans swap.

Here's what she looks like now and where I am starting.
 

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That's a very nice looking 99 you've got yourself.
Regarding the fuel tank, I'm guessing yours has the earlier metal type tank. It is possible to easily swap this for the later plastic type tank from a later 99. I have just done this on my 74 EMS and fitted the plastic fuel tank from an 84 99 instead. No more corrosion of the fuel tank getting into the fuel system.
Good luck with the project and keep us updated on your progress.
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I was told that the plastic tank wouldn't quite fit AND, when I went looking, I could not find one or even a metal one that could be swapped in.

So, I was left to the choice of having one fabbed up or to try and recover the original.

Next pic is that this is the pile of parts that I have accumulated thus far that will be part of the rebuild.
 

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There is a difference in dimensions of the two tanks (Metal and Plastic) due to the increased fuel capacity 12 gallons compared to 10 gallons. I was told that all I needed to do was relocate the fuel tank strap mounts that are under the boot/trunk floor forwards approximately 20mm. There is a difference between the filler pipes between the outer body panel and the rubber 90 degree pipe that goes onto the tank. The metal filler pipe on the metal tank narrows to a smaller diameter on the tank end. The plastic type tank metal filler pipe does not narrow at the bottom end, but is a different shape and will not fit without panel modification inside the boot/trunk. I used the early metal filler pipe, but cut the end off where it narrows and bought a replacement rubber 90 degree pipe that was longer. It all fits fine.
Where is your fuel pump, in the fuel tank or in the boot/trunk?
Mine has Bosch D-Jet electronic injection and the fuel pump is mounted in the boot so I used a fuel tank for a 99 with a carburettor because it had a feed and a return fitting on the tank.

Nice collection of spares you're getting together there.
 

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Just bought my 4th 99 today

Picked up a parts car today and once finished will have many parts from 2 1978 99 hatch backs and will have nearly a complete 75 ems. Rebuilding another 75 ems and have body almost complete and ready for paint. Send me a note in a month and I should be able to help out with any parts.

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So, this weekend included changing the oil and brake fluid.
The oil was a deep, dark black which tells me that it had been a good, long while since that fluid was introduced to the engine. The brakes were also desperately in need of attention as the brake fluid looked like it had not been replaced in decades.

A couple issues cropped up in that the primary/secondary lines had been switched at some point in the car's life and my vacuum pump did not have the needed suction to pull the old brake fluid through the lines - so I had to do it the old fashioned way.

As I was finishing the last caliper, the freaking bleeder screw broke off and I could not get it out.. so, now, rather than taking it out and stretching its legs, it will sit on jack stands until I can replace all of the calipers - which I was going to do anyway.. on the bright side, it starts and runs well.. so, once I have those new pieces in place, I can get it on the road.
 

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Picked up a parts car today and once finished will have many parts from 2 1978 99 hatch backs and will have nearly a complete 75 ems. Rebuilding another 75 ems and have body almost complete and ready for paint. Send me a note in a month and I should be able to help out with any parts.

Enjoy
How are the brake calipers?
 

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Update on Sven (the name of the car now):
- Repaired the last caliper.
- Finished bleeding that brake that stopped me last week.

He is now capable to drive on the road... sort of. Tomorrow:
- I am going to re-bleed the brakes because there must still be some air in there somewhere.
- Change the gear oil... I have a feeling that it has been decades since that system has even been even thought about, much less changed.
- Swap out the rear springs for a new set.

What I did today as sort of a milestone celebration was to give Sven a bath with actual soap and water. Filled his tires to a reasonable pressure and took him around a block a couple of times, just to stretch his legs a bit and see if there were any funky new noises that needed attention.

More to come, but these are post wash pictures that show what taking off a decade of dirt can do.
 

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Update

Dropped Sven off at a restoration shop today as there are some items that I don't want reliant upon my skills.

So, what they are going to do is:
- Replace the rear axle from a 1993 900S as it requires fab work to get the shorter cross bar into place. While they are doing that, I also asked them to get the front UCA / LCA squared away with the 1993 version.
- Replace and re-plumb all of the brake lines. The reason being that I bled the brakes twice and, overnight, air still got into the system from somewhere (although I had no brake fluid on the garage floor, so it must be somewhere high in the system.
- Replace all of the hubs while they are in there anyway with 1993 versions so that I can run the better brake rotors and calipers - although that means that I now have soccer ball rims and winter tires that I can no longer use (they will be for sale if anyone is interested).
 

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axle swap

I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to swap rear axels. Took about 2 hours with a buddy for complete swap on both cars. I kept 99 knuckle connects and put them into the front axel to the rotors so I could keep the 4 holers going. Calipers swapped out easy as well.
 

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Update

The goal this weekend is to disassemble and wire brush the entire rear axle assembly (Axle, front and rear trailing arms and pan hard bar), remove all of the bushings, self-etching prime the entire lot and give it 3-5 coats of paint. Then, once the POWERFLEX bushings arrive, get those installed and get it on the car.

After that, it's on to the front suspension with the same approach so that I can start to see what the ride height looks like and make any adjustments that are needed.
 

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Update

it's been a while since I posted, but a lot has happened..
- The suspension has been completely swapped over to a 1991 version. I had the used parts sand-blasted and I repainted all of them with self-etching primer first and then 2-3 coats of rubberized undercoating so that they could stand up to the winters and road debris more easily. I also replaced all of the bushings with POWERFLEX competition bushings.. that should make things nice and tight.

- The brakes calipers, rotors and pads have been upgraded to performance versions so that there is plenty of (controllable) 'whoa' to pair up with the upgraded 'go' that is in the engine bay now..

- The engine and transmission have been swapped to a 16V FI engine/trans from a 1987 that has less than 15k original miles due to that car being in an accident. It (the engine/trans) sat for a number of years and was actually in the process of being swapped into a 99, but that 99 was wrecked before the engine swap could take place. So, with the new clutch and pressure plate and a freshening of the wear items in the engine itself and I expect that I will easily double the HP of the car when it's done... given the weight of the car, I expect it to be more than quick enough for my needs. (that makes me very happy).

- The fuel delivery system has been replaced fully..

- The entire wiring harness has been fully replaced, including a new fuse block that is inside the passenger compartment.

- As of today, it is back to being a runner in that it goes, stops and drives under its own power... This turned the sour mood that my first meeting created into one where I have been in the best mood.

Left to do..
- The VintageAir system has been installed, but the compressor needs to be mounted and then plumbed before it's 100%.

- The DynaMat that I received as a father's day present needs to be installed.

- The finish work for wiring up the lights needs to be done.

- The radio and speakers need to be installed.

- PAINT!!!

- New tires..

There is a laundry list of items that I haven't covered, but if anyone is looking for a good shop that can do restoration and modification, I would highly recommend Enfield Automotive Restoration in Enfield, CT.

Below are some pictures that I took today.
 

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So, it's been a while.. got the car back late last year. The shop that had it charged me a boat load of money (if my wife knew how much, I would not be able to type).. and I finally asked for it back when I got a huge bill and the car was not even ready to run. Yes, the driveline was done and I could start it, but damn... for the amount spent, I could have bought a new 2019 Nissan for cash. What I got back was sad.. I mean, they couldn't even shop vac the car and, to add insult to injury, I had to go there and pick up the hood, bumpers and glass because they forgot to pack them up. I'm not going to name the shop, but if you're in northern CT and want to get some work done, feel free to ping me first.

The good news: If you need/want to rewire your car, go to American Autowire. I have not only used them to replace my wiring harness, but their customer support is freaking awesome. If it weren't for their personalized support, there is zero chance that I'd have made the progress that I did.

Stats:
  • Rear wiring is 100% replaced. All crimped and run with wire wrap. It's a little thing, but it puts a smile on my face when I see that all that is needed is to plug things in and I am good to go.
  • the center section is what I am working on now as I want to clean up and wrap everything.
  • the dash is done, but I need to blow it apart again once I finish the rest of the wiring so that I can tighten everything up.
  • the horn works!!! with the original stalk trigger...
  • I need to figure out why the wiper motor isn't working, but my bet is that I need to run the power to a dedicated line for power.
  • the suspension is done.. it's from a 90 900, so when I am on the road, this thing will run like it's on rails.
More to come as I am almost done with the wiring. My goal, though, is to have this car on the road within a few months.
 
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