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Old 01-24-2014, 01:31 AM   #1
SaabaruPL
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Default Not exactly a Subaru....Its a Saabaru!

Maybe going to use this as a Build Thread. But anyway....

Hey guys! My pops recently purchased a 2005 Saab 9-2x Linear, cold weather package (guessing it is that package since heated seats and wipers, no fogs or sunroof.) The car has 93K miles. But... unfortunately it was leaking oil out of the exhaust pipe... yes literately oil was spewing out of the exhaust. Along with lots of smoke.




Short story before i get more into detail. My pops called me one morning saying he found a car I like. I was shocked because my dad bought a '84 BMW 635csi that i said ill buy off him, so i can work on it, he sold it a day after he bought the Saab. , So me rubbing my eyes as i am on the phone (i just got up for work lol) he goes guess what it is. So i go BMW e46? he says nope, i say Subaru? He goes a SAAABARUUU!!!! I heard subaru when he said that lol, got super stoked! At work i just kept thinking about it. Later after work i was like.. .wait hold on. Called him, and asked again if its a Subaru or a Saabaru. It totally hit me later on that this car is also one of my favorites. He said that if i dont like it (for whatever reason) hes gonna keep it for himself. I also thought that all the Saabarus were made just WRX's in a Saab tuxedo. But.... i was wrong. Kinda went awww... when i heard its a linear. (honestly iv never saw a linear)

Ok back to the car. The car looks like someone bought it, and just drove it, didnt even take care of it. Front lights needs some restoration. There is a scratch going across the whole side of the car (looks like someone got pissed off and did it, or someone didnt realize their car is up against something near it). Not too bad, a goof buff should get it out. The roof is all scratched up (light scratches). The interior is a huge mess. Very dusty inside. Seats have coffee/pepsi stains. Looks like the car was used as a mobile fast good joint. The locks around the car need some WD40. There was A LOT of leafs and small sticks on the vents near the windshield. And there is a small rust/bubble spot on hatch. And the windshield is cracked. near the bottom all the way across. Looks like a giant M but flattened and stretched out (looks like a bird if you were to draw it the easy way lol) Thats for the cosmetics from what i remember (im away in college while the car is sitting at home)

In general looked like once the car crapped out, someone sat it underneath a tree for the fall.




Now mechanically.... well when we took out the engine, my dad started with the clutch. All the bearings were worn out really badly. Clutch was worn all the way to the rivets or w.e they were called. When my dad started to take apart the engine, we noticed oil in 2 of the 4 spark plug "chambers". Then my dad took off the oil pan... and what he found was this. The oil looked like it was never changed. Or at least past the time it was supposed to be changed. There was metal shavings in the pan. Looked like mud. So as we proceeded my dad started to take apart the engine some more, and well... he found a piece of the connecting rod. At this point my dad is like... im really curious what happened lol. Later that day i had to leave for a bit, and came back and my dad just told me to go down to the garage and look at the table to see what he discovered. Here are some pictures!






Of course when my dad got the car (from a friend who bought it somewhere), his friend told him about a buddy who has a few Subaru engines. So my dad ended up buying "the same" engine 2.5L. Used with 70k miles. Later when we were looking at the engine more, we noticed that the EGR is not there or different (i dont exactly remember), the throttle body was an older one (more lines, not electronic). The intake looked different.
So my dad decided to send the heads for re-machining from the Saab engine. What the plan is to take the good block from the 70k engine, swap the heads, and put the the intake from the saab on that engine as well.

As of Monday or Tuesday i was informed by my dad that the heads were done, and that the gaskets and timing stuff arrived. He said he will dive into the garage this weekend, not exactly what he is going to do yet, since we still got to get the clutch parts.




Im thinking of a WRX swap in the future if i still have the car/get the car. Or maybe just set it up to run a small turbo. I know the car has at least 165 HP stock, id love to get 180 out of it minimum. 200 would be nice.... 250 would be great, and id probably leave it at that. If you guys have any suggestions or advice you're more than welcome to share! I want to make this Saabaru one bad ass car. And i know this might be a slight challenge since exterior wise there isnt much.
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:33 AM   #2
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Glad to see another car and engine saved. Well done. Keep us posted.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:04 PM   #3
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Will do!

There isnt going to be much done in the next few weeks (maybe a month or two) but once we put it together and it runs ill post a huge update.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:48 AM   #4
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Today i got these 2 pictures from my dad. He picked up the heads and brought em back home. He didnt do anything today since it was so cold back home.


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Old 03-10-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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Quick update for those who care/are interested hahaha

All the parts that me and my dad needed are all at home now. My dad put the engine together, and all that needs to be done is pop the engine in, connect everything, finish up in the engine bay, and turn the key. Then just some minor adjustments and a tune up and we are good to go. My spring break starts this friday (March 14th), so this is going to be the time to finish it off and practice driving stick shift. Cant wait. Ill do some other updates such as the interior and exterior cleaning. The before and after should be a huge difference.

Also got a quick question: Did any of you own a 2.5L AWD, and then a WRX or vice versa and which one did you notice any huge differences in driving any of the 2 cars (minus the 70-90 HP difference lol)? Kinda curious, because i might do mods to this just nothing big. Thinking that if this car dosent prove to me to be fun to drive its gonna come down to selling it and picking up maybe a WRX or something else.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:24 PM   #6
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In for the build!! I wish i can find a saaburu near me
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:28 PM   #7
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In for the build!! I wish i can find a saaburu near me
From what i noticed a lot of them are on the East Coast. Or at least where there is a lot of snow during winter haha. This one came from Michigan from what i remember. (would have to double check the stuff that came with the car)
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