Saab Drivetrain Comes Together

Update by Per Schroeder to the Saab 99 project car
Mar 25, 2008

The engine and transmission assembly on the hoist
An engine crane makes the installation go much easier.
Hooking everything back up is the hard part.

Last week’s big push was getting our long block assembly mounted onto the transaxle. The Saab is a pretty odd duck, with the transmission serving as the oil pan for the engine.

The mating process takes some careful work with the hoist—it took us several tries to lay it down correctly.

We’re finishing up the restoration of the engine compartment with new brake lines and a steering rack from a Saab 99 EMS. The engine should be installed shortly thereafter.

Our registration for Rally has gone out, too.

We hoisted up and installed the Saab’s engine over the weekend. That was the easy part, especially if you have an engine crane.

Once the engine is in there, however, you have to hook up everything. That took the majority of the weekend. We also had to reinstall the front springs–a major pain on an old Saab.

The good news is that our Saab’s new engine chuffed to life last night. The bad news is that Jason Grahn might not be available as a navigator for Rally Tennessee. Bummer!

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