Still Wicked Retarded

We weren’t happy with how the timing marks were “jumping” when we set the timing on the Saab last week, it appeared to be around 17btdc, but would jump back to 5btdc every so often. We took the distributor out, washed it out with brake cleaner and relubed the advance weights. We also filed and reset the points gap. The result? What looked like 17btdc was actually 5btdc with sticking advance weights. We’ve now advanced it to a true 17btdc and the car runs fairly strong and we’re thinking at least as good as it was 30 years ago when Car&Driver measured 0-60 for a Saab 99 at 9.2 seconds. That was pretty heady stuff back in the day and one reason the Saab 99 was THE car to have in SCCA Showroom Stock’s SSB for a while.

Next up, rust repair on the other half of the car…going to fix up the left side.

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