11 Months of Love and Engine Bay Porn

The primer and seam sealer cover up a lot of the reinforcements that we’ve taken care of.
We’ve started the reassembly by installing the upper control arms, Vorshlag engine mounts for an E30 BMW and the modified front engine mount that uses an isolator from Grainger.
Fitting the crank
Attempting to fit the Pinto pistons
Foul!
Welding the headers

Today (March 17th) marks the 11 month anniversary of our Saab 99 ownership. We’ve done a lot in 11 months and we’re planning on a lot more in the next year.

This weekend we primed and painted the engine compartment. It’s ready to receive the engine and transmission that we’ve also been working on.

That’s right, we’ve started the assembly of the new engine for our Saab 99.

After the block has been bored, cleaned and painted, we lay the newly reground crank on .010″-under bearings. We used Red Line Oil Assembly Lube to avoid damage on that first start-up

Next, we oil the piston with some straight engine oil and slide it into the block. A piston ring compressor will be used to guide it all the way in.

The Ford Pinto 2.0-liter pistons that we’re using have the wrong skirt shape and interfere with the counterweights on the crankshaft. This is actually pretty easy for the machine shop to fix, so the pistons are taking a trip back there for some final work. We’re using the Pinto pistons because they’re a pretty easy way to increase our compression ratio to 10:1 (up from 8.3:1)

While we’re waiting on those, we repaired the used MSS header that came with the purchase of our Saab 99 with some additional welding.

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