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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:07 pm 
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Car Model: og 93 aero coupe stage 3
Hi all,

This project started with another project, that sadly, went to a dead end.

Last year I bought a og 93 aero coupe in silver. That car was my first saab and I am going to remember it forever. She gave me lots of joy every day even commuting into the A14 (good joke).

Mechanical wise I drove almost 15k miles without issues. Even better performance when I noobed the car with a stage 3 (cheers Karl). I was so happy that I started to plan a complete restoration. The plan was simple but not easy: remove all the rust from the body and underneath, respray the car and refurb the wheels to make this car great (even greater) again.

But then your head starts to think wisely... but your heart keeps pushing it... but the head can't give up with the idea that "maybe" is not the best deal to invest that huge sum of money into a "rotten" car :loco: .

I have to include my misses in the equation. She is not at all into cars. For her is just a machine to go from A to B hating the idea of doing services regularly. She wasn't happy at all with the idea of spending almost 2 grand in a "old" car.

So after a bit of introduction you will understand why my head won the battle by knockout (still undisputed I'm afraid). So I started to source a rust free 93 aero coupe to reduce costs and increase reliability over time. After few disapointing fails viewing cars, I found a very good 93 aero 3 doors in laser red with factory sunroof.

As a bonus, it came with saab 900R alloy wheels (same as vectra gsi phase 1), only two ex owners and only 92k on the clock. The bottom end of the engine is gone and I don't know if turbo is still good or what else is gone. Is something that I will asses very soon.

And yes, the question that most of you want to know, the price. The price was quite good. Only £400 for a car that is a very good starting point.

Bad bits of the car (because we can't forget that is a 17 years old car):
- Front bumper cracked
-bonnet faded and with stone chips (quite a few to be honest)

here is a picture of the car being recovered by my mate from dp automotive (He is a nice guy, knowledgeable and offers a very competitive rates):


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So lets start with the plan:

-I would like to fit my B205r engine in the car. I know is reliable and was serviced every 5k. And the most important sump was dropped a month ago.
-Fit a short shifter from Jamsaab.
-Go for stage 3+ from Karl.
- Refurb alloy wheels (still deciding if stick to silver or go for a white).
-Respray the bonnet and source another front bumper (this is already done).

In the meantime Im breaking the parts that I dont need anymore from my lovely silver aero (most parts available :lol: ). With the money I will get from the breaking I will subsidise this project.

So "The Röd" is going to comeback greater than ever :mrgreen: and you will see the process here :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:24 pm 
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Car Model: og 93 aero coupe stage 3
Short shifter from JamSaab already ordered. Hopefully I have some spare time this weekend to install it. Since short shifter service from JamSaab work on a exchange basis, I would like to get it installed ASAP so I can send mine to Martin.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:30 am 
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Car Model: 93 Aero 2.8T cabrio
Looking forward to seeing the progression! Love it when these older OG 93s are dealt a performance improvement. Real wolf in sheep's clothing.

Is the bulkhead braced and repaired? If not, do this when the engine is out. Over-brace it if you can - brackets top and bottom, you can buy a kit or make your own plates - there are a few guides about and some specialists still sell their own I think.

Personally, I would have the wheels redone in silver - powdercoated glitter silver is my personal favourite. Looks like a silver spray but much harder wearing. The wheels will need blasting first but you'll be able to identify any which might need straightening or other repairs at the same time.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:52 am 
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Car Model: og 93 aero coupe stage 3
The bulkhead has not been damaged before. The ex owner had fitted Abbots brace kit but was not included on the sale.

However I have a brace kit fitted on my aero, so I will fit mine on the red.

Hopefully by next week I will start with the alloy refurb. Still waiting for the guy who will do the job for me.

This project is being delayed by the fact that I am still waiting for the new logbook. Apparently ex owner lost it and its been almost two weeks since I applied for a new one.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:58 am 
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Car Model: og 93 aero coupe stage 3
Hi guys, I have updates.

Those days what I have done is gathering parts basically. So we ended up with new 308mm discs, caliper carriers, viggen clutch kit, viggen spoiler, front aero spoiler, short shifter and some maintenance items.

In principle this weekend we are going to do the engine swap and some upgrades.

Here is a show off pic :D :D

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The best case scenario is we complete the swap, we upgrade the brakes and stuff and drive it back to my place but... we are ready for worst case scenario as well, which is take the public bus until the job is done :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:58 pm 
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Car Model: 00 9-3 Aero Coupe Noob Stg 3
Nice project. After seeing the rims on the red one, I had to buy some for mine!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:08 pm 
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sorry guys... I completely forgot about this topic. I was updating the thread but on some other forums so a bit late but I update this thread with I have done so far...

07/07/2018

Time to start the job! Once I have received the V5C and having all the parts needed, time for some action.

Apart from the short shifter (thanks Martin) and the 308mm front discs, I have bought viggen clutch kit from A&E motorsport (credit to Alex Beano).

The roadmap is the following:

1. Disconnect the knackered engine from the red one.
2. Remove subframe.
3. Remove the engine.

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Once we have everything ready we started with disconnecting all the sensors and plugs, hoses etc. Easy job!

Next is remove the subframe in order to remove the engine without lifting it. We use a jack for that purpose.

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Once the engine is out, its time to check the mounts and if we can save some for spares. Two of them were in good condition the other wasn't.

At this point we have to repeat the same exercise in order to remove the good engine from the rusty shell.

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Having the engine lifted, the right thing was to start with the clutch and replace the oil pressure switch, one of the vacuum hoses and the engine mounts.

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See in the following picture how bad was the chassis... rust all over the place. We realised that this swap was the right choice. Safety first!

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I knew that this car was rusty on the common places but I couldn't imagine how bad it was. All the structure was damage :cry:

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At the end of the day we were quite exhausted. We were in the middle of the process but the remaining steps were still to do


1. Insert the engine in the bay.
2. Assembly the mounts.
4. Put back the subframe.

To be fair removing the subframe is a pain in the back... and you can imagine how painful it is if you repeat it 3 times.

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The engine is in place and we can't continue. Time to save some energy and call it a day.

Next day we will finish the process or at least that will happen in the best case scenario.

Still to do:

1. Connect all the sensors, hoses, plugs etc.
2. Top up liquids.
3. Fit the exhaust.

What do you think? not that bad for a Saturday right?

09/07/2018

Here some pictures...


At this point the remaining task was to put back the exhaust...

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After finishing the swap and a day driving it, no issues at all. The only bit that is missing is to change the shifter, my gear shift don't have the plastic bit that clashes with the stick in order to find the 5th gear. So now you need to feel it.


After a quick wash

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what do you think?

Still things to do such as upgrade to 95 discs and the shifter.

11/07/2018

Today I booked a interior valet. The car was quite dirty, so now its clean and for me that makes a difference.

13/07/2018

stage 3+ from Noobtune booked. Lets see how it feels from stock to stage 3+

Still to do:

-Source and OEM (gear knob and stick)
-Spray and fit the viggen spoiler
-Refurb the vectra gsi phase 1 alloys
-Upgrade to 95 discs
- Fit the short shifter
- Fit bilstein b8 and eibach springs


21/07/2018

stage 3+ ECU now fitted 8)

22/07/2018

Today I have replaced the stock radio and put a double din instead.

In order to fit it you have to cut some plastics etc but the result wasn't that bad.

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after
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This picture is the stage 3+ that I fitted the other day

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26/07/2018

The allys are refurbished and ready to go


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I couldn't find the proper centre caps... I measured with the caliper 59mm 54mm but the only ones I can find are 58mm 54mm

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what do you think?

26/08/2018

There are some updates...

I will travel to my country (Spain) with the aero. And I manage to sell the aero body kit to one member of SOC Spain. Then I will have room to come back with gourmet food :D :D

I forgot that I will do some upgrades back there! my father owns a garage and it will be a good opportunity to work on the car.

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There was some uncertainty about this trip. A month or so after the swapping and I was about to drive 3k miles+ round trip...

Luckily the car didn't miss a beat and we managed to reach the destination!! :lol:

This picture is at some point between Zaragoza and Teruel ( still about 130 miles away from destination)

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Once reached and after spending the sunday on the beach, next thing to do was continue with the upgrades.
We changed discs and pads all round. In order to fit 308mm discs you will need only the caliper carrier. Plug and play.

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During the trip omne the heat shield came loose. So a retight was needed with a bigger washer.

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We also fix a leakage on one of the seal of AC compressor. Then refill with some gas.

Also we started to remove the centre console in order to fit the short shifter. Here a picture of the process

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We did our own mod on the short shifter. This opening will help a lot in case we want to remove the link.

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Finally I sourced a chromed valve cover ( Cheers Pete) and we managed to replace it. Still not as nice as I would like. I would like to spreay the DIC and polish the cover but I think is good enough.

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Bonus track:

See some picture of the Raw Saab meeting at Barnoldswick prior to my trip to Spain. it was nice to meet some other members and Peter Raw

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29/08/2018

Another update...
The cone filter is messing my MAF sensor. The MAF was wuite dirty and I don't want to damage the sensor just because of the cone. So I have ordered a air box and stock panel filter.

I will post some pictures after replacing the filter and my impressions.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:12 am 
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Car Model: 93 Aero 2.8T cabrio
Epic progress! Well done!
Could maybe do with being lowered 30-35mm or so?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:54 pm 
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Car Model: og 93 aero coupe stage 3
Quad_cam_turbo wrote:
Epic progress! Well done!
Could maybe do with being lowered 30-35mm or so?


I would like to. A friend has offered me a b8s and eibach springs for £300. I will buy them asap but now I need to start save some money :D


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:29 am 
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Car Model: 00 9-3 Aero Coupe Noob Stg 3
Glad to see it's all sorted. Lovely looking car.


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